Monday, 31 January 2011

Small Waterfall

With the melt-water coming off the hills, the Largo Burn was in spate and produced this small waterfall in the Serpentine Walk at the junction of the two paths coming from Lower Largo.
In the Serpentine walk itself the shoots of snowdrops are just beginning to be seen and hazel catkins are also appearing.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Big Garden Birdwatch

For over 30 years now the RSPB has been conducting a garden birdwatch at this time of year. The public are invited to take part by watching and recording the birds they see in one hour in their garden or a park and sending in their results by post or on-line. Because of the hard winter it is particularly important this year.  My results were:

Blackbird: 3
Dunnock: 1
Chaffinch: 4
Coal tit 1
House sparrow 1
Robin: 1

We usually have goldfinches visiting the garden. Sometimes as many as six or seven at a time, but suddenly they seem to have disappeared.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Bullfinches are occasional visitors to our garden. This one was in our neighbour's tree but eventually came into our garden. It seemed to like the seeds on the St Johns Wort.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Clouds over Largo Bay

 Pink-tinged clouds above dark cumulus at dusk over Largo Bay.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Moon and Jupiter

The planet Jupiter is the brightest object in the evening sky just now. This picture was taken last night. It's not very clear, but shows a waxing crescent moon and Jupiter. The picture was taken facing West so Jupiter is seen South of the moon. From now on Jupiter will grow fainter and appear further from the moon.