Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The Light Shines Through

 The sun shines through a break in the clouds lighting up Largo Bay.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

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.  My results for this year were:
Blackbird: 3
Dunnock: 2
Blue tit: 3
Coal tit: 1
House sparrow: 2
Robin: 2
Starlings: 4
Wood pigeon: 1
Crow: 1

For once the count was fairly representative of what we see most days (perhaps because of the frosty weather). Chaffinches usually feature but were absent. This month we have also seen goldfinches, bullfinches and long-tailed tits on occasions.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Serpentine Walk in Winter

Although the trees are bare, the winter evening sunshine brightens up the scene. No sun today, very dreich but these pictures were taken a few days ago.

Snowdrops are the first flowers to appear pushing through the fallen leaves. Quite early this year.

Fungi on a fallen log, possibly sulphur polypore also known as chicken of the woods.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Rainbow Over Largo

 Rainbow highlighting the top of Largo Law. Taken from the Serpentine Walk.
 Looking over the fields from the Serpentine Walk.

 Rainbow over Upper Largo with Largo Law in the background.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Swans Back at the Pier

 A pair of swans and a cygnet at Lower Largo Pier

Thursday, 19 January 2012


Stuck high up in a tree overlooking the Massney Braes in Lundin Links, is what looks like a model, or part of a model BA aeroplane that has come to grief. Logo just visible. Thank goodness that it was just a model!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A Sparkling Day

A very frosty morning, but once the sun was up, a beautiful day on the beach.

Oystercatchers working the tide-line.

I saw three swans......
The sun goes down over the Forth on the eve of a lovely day.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Storm Damage

The storm last week caused significant damage locally to slates, fences, sheds and trees. Here a large tree close to the bed of the old disused railway track in Lundin Links has simply been uprooted. At the base of the root ball some daffodil bulbs have survived.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Some Winter Fungi

Many-zoned polypore - Coriolus versicolor - growing on logs near the path at the top of the Massney Braes in Lundin Links. The upper surface shows contrasting, concentric zones of black, grey and brown with a paler undulating margin.

Jelly Ear Fungus - Auricularia auricula-judae - growing on a rotting log near the path in the Serpentine Walk.

Coral Spot Fungus - Nectria cinnabarina - found on dead branches and twigs. This example was found near the path at the top of the Massney Braes in Lundin Links.