Loch of the Lowes Wildlife, September 25, 2010

Crows greeted me this morning and jackdaw warbled overhead at the feeders. They seem to become ever more frequent at the Loch. In autumn, as we know everywhere, huge numbers of corvids congregate. They are an intelligent hoard aren’t they? Our predicatable family group of jays, seem to be more scarce each day. We had a large family group throughout the summer which seems to have dispersed and no longer require the reliability of our feeding station. Change.

I was farther north the other day, saw an osprey on Monday,  just south of Brechin, flying nimbly and powerful. Where I stopped, there were plenty of swallows. There still are some right here. These birds must be the result of a second brood, a second creation of creatures. There were huge gathering flocks of other species too. We have bloggers in Africa. Hello to you especially, this day. Swallows or barn swallows fly much farther than osprey. They are seen in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi and on. They join sedge warblers and others in their flight from “up” here over water, deserts, mountains, and jungle. I want to repeat the last sentence ” over water, deserts,..” And we have heard that the deserts are increasing in size. This no doubt has an impact on many migrant populations, human ones also. There they mingle with other resident and migrant swallows and warblers. Can you imagine? Perhaps you have been, are there…

I think south, up, down, north, towards the isobars streaming cold arctic air onto these U.K. islands which provides shelter for tiny creatures, for me. Light shines brightly this midmorn. Rinchen

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Crows greeted me this morning and jackdaw warbled overhead at the feeders. They seem to become ever more frequent at the Loch. In autumn, as we know everywhere, huge numbers …

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