Located in a valley on the east side of South Ronaldsay, the wood is a mixture of habitats and planting. Late Summer (as it is here) probably wasn't the best time to sample its delights, but as a means to escape a stiff northerly wind, it fitted the bill perfectly.
|Paths wind sinuously through scrub and wood|
|Bench, bridge, burn|
|The path often runs alongside the burn|
|A small glade between conifer, willow and rose|
|Rosa rugosa avenue|
|Common Carder Bee on Devilsbit Scabious|
|We are still in Orkney, aren't we?|
Very nice little hidey hole for migrants. Id get yourself down there on regular basis over the next few months especially after favourable east/north east/west/south west winds. Oh and mug up on your US passerines! The eastern stuffs easy coz its in Collins, as is some of the western stuff, but .... An excuse to visit the library (Sibley guide to Eastern US or the Sibley guide to all US species will be next best thing.
Oh, is it very hot along the burn ;o)
Also, re your previous blog about invasive non-natives: R rugosa - ahhhh!!!!
He he he, the R rugosa is where we found the bird ringing station, so it can't be all bad!
You should also take up vis-miging at this time of year! It can be very rewarding
Oh! There's a "forest"? What kind of trees are those in the last picture?
ps - In case you can't get to the library, the best US online bird site is Cornell's All About Birds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search.aspx
I don't know if they note which ones head over your way, however.
They're some sort of piney conifer-type tree-y thing. Dunno :o(
Thanks for the weblink. There's been an American Golden Plover on North Ron for a while, tucked in amongst the more usual Golden Plovers.
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