This is a Jackdaw. I thought I was seeing a hoodie crow and was so excited. I love that name! But when looking it up online discovered it was a Jackdaw. Still in the crow family though.
|Moorhen in her nest on the lake in Linlithgow|
|Moorhen, a chicken like water bird|
|This is a Robin, totally different than the US Robin! I snapped this at Loch Earn|
This is a magpie. We have them in the western US but I've never seen one and they are prolific in Scotland. My favorite bird. They are gorgeous. have a wacky little run and are very hard to photograph! They were in and out of Katrina's garden all day. You just can't 'sneak up' on them. click here to see better images of them and here to read about them. In Scotland the magpie was once believed to carry a drop of the Devil's blood under its tongue which perhaps stems from another belief that the magpie was the only bird not to wear full mourning at the Crucifixion.
|Mom and babies|
|Loads of swans on the lake at the park in Linlithgow.|
|Notice dad swan is in front of mom and the babies and his wings spread to intimidate the dog. Very protective! Was fun watching him maneuver them behind him and spreading out his chest and feathers.|
|This pair was begging big time from us while we ate our lunch sitting by Loch Earn|
|They kept flying up at the window to remind us they were there!|
|This fella was walking/flying on a leash at the Kelpies! His owner walks him there daily.|
Just a cool pic of a crow sitting on a rooftop. All the gadgets and points are to keep witches from sitting on the roof!
images and here for info on the bird. Make sure and watch the videos! They have a beak I sure wouldn't want to peck me!
|A Blue Tit in Katrina's garden!|
Saw lots of pigeons and doves. Many different varieties of pigeons there I've never seen here. The castle ruins were good places to see them. Loads of pheasants in the fields too, but I couldn't get a pic. Katrina said they are suicidal by nature, flinging themselves into your car as you drive by!