Friday, 30 November 2007

Heron on the Rocks

It was damp and gloomy today, so the picture is not that great but the silhouette of the heron standing on the rocks (between the pier at Largo and Lundin Links) is unmistakeable.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Colour in November

There is still some colour in the garden. The cotoneaster by the front door has not so many berries on it this year, but the leaves have tuerned a wonderful red colour. The perennial wallflower has been flowering all year and is still producing flowers at the end of November.

....and not just birds

Intruder at the bird table

I'm not madly keen on mice, and absolutely hate them in the house, however, this 'wee sleekit, timorous beastie', which I think is a wood mouse, appeared at my bird table today, and I must say it does look rather cute. Actually it wasn't that timorous, and I was amazed how close it allowed me to get to take these pictures. As long as it stays in the garden it's very welcome

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Waiting to be Fed

With the advent of colder weather the birds are visiting the bird table more frequently. This wood pigeon is nearly always sitting on the fence in the morning, waiting for me to go out and put seed on the bird table. It struggles to get under the roof of the table, but always seems to manage it after a few attempts. The robin is also a frequent visitor.

Sunset over the Forth

From Largo Bay we get beautiful sunsets over the Firth of Forth. The first picture was taken last week and shows the sunlight just appearing below the clouds and reflecting on the wet sand. The second was taken today. It had rained all day but cleared up to give this picture of the sunset over Leven.
Musical Interlude
Last Friday, 23rd November attended an excellent concert by The Gathering, at Rothes Hall in Glenrothes. It's a band that includes musicians from some of the legendary bands of folr rock, such as Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Lindisfarne . (See the picture of the flyer for full details). Some of the memorable items were Meet me on the Corner and Together Forever (Lindisfarne) and Fire on the Line (Steeleye Span). They deserved a bigger audience, but I think everyone there seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. They have a 3-track demo CD out, but hope to produce a full album next year. Look forward to that as this is my favourite type of music.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Mallards at low tide

At low tide there are nearly always Mallards feeding amongst the seaweed in the harbour at Lower Largo. Here is a group of two males and two females.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Eider Ducks

The pier at the harbour in Lower Largo is a good spot for watching seabirds. There are some rocks opposite the pier and there are often gulls, herons, cormorants, mallards and eider ducks to be seen. Today, as well as a group of mallards, there were two eider ducks swimming in the harbour. The male (in the picture on its own) is black and white, the bird with the patchy plumage is likely to be a juvenile.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Dramatic Clematis Seedheads

The silvery seedheads of the yellow Clematis growing by my front door look wonderfully spooky at night when they are illuminated by the outside light.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Autumn Garden

Here are some pictures from my Autumn garden. This lovely rose (Aloha) was still in flower in Mid-November. The Physocarpus diablo has turned a brilliant red

Monday, 12 November 2007

Cormorants at the pier

Bitterly cold day, but there were cormorants diving in the harbour by the pier at Lower Largo. They dive so quickly, one minute there, the next gone, to come up some distance from the original spot.
Mallard ducks in the harbour and a grey wagtail on the rocks.