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2008-10-03 00:00:00

A Wildlife-lover got a treat when she spied a rare osprey over the Humber on its migration to sunnier climes. Wildlife enthusiast and amateur photographer Mandy West (45), of Grange Avenue, Barton-Upon-Humber, managed to photograph the bird of prey at Far Ings nature reserve. She said: "I saw an unusual-looking bird catching a fish and realised it was an osprey. "To see it on my local patch was absolutely fantastic as ospreys are on the Amber list of protected species. "I have lived...

2008-10-01 21:00:11

A tagged osprey making his first migration from Scotland to North Africa headed out into the Atlantic and is believed to have died there. Deshar, born three months ago at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sanctuary, was fitted with a satellite tag, The Scotsman reported. Richard Thaxton, head of the Loch Garten Visitors Center, said he was saddened by Deshar's fate. "The satellite data showed, unknown to him of course, that he was heading for the Azores, but he missed the...

2008-09-17 06:00:00

By Peter Ranscombe AS THEY soar gracefully high above the cliffs and mountains of Mull, every beat of two young sea eagles' wings will be tracked using the very latest satellite technology. The eagles - Scotland's largest bird, with a wingspan of up to eight feet - are part of a tagging project that will unlock the secrets of the journeys they make. This week marks the run-up to The Scotsman's Wildlife Watch, where readers can provide invaluable data and sightings of flora and fauna -...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'