Saturday, 24 January 2015

Tales from an ice-bound Murton

All but one of Murton's pond were completely frozen over and only a small area was free of ice on the one where the birds were. There were 93 Coots, 36 Wigeon, 24 Gadwall and smaller numbers of other ducks an swans, I'm assuming as Rescobie is frozen over the Coots have flown west to Murton. I never saw a single song bird on a walk around the reserve perhaps there is no food available and the small birds have to feed in surrounding fields.

Goldeneye drake

Goldeneye duck

Gadwall duck with a Coot

Collared Dove

Chinese Goose, escaped from the childrens area??

A wander around Arbroath

Earlier this week I had time to waste while my car was being MOT'd so I walked around central Arbroath to see what the cold weather had brought in. I counted 180 Fieldfares flying south and one in a tree at the station, two Mistle Thrushes in a garden on Viewfield Road and little else of any note.

Taken at sunrise showing the Bellrock Lighthouse

Mistle Thrush

Monday, 19 January 2015

A mixed bag, sites and quality!

All photos taken with the Canon SX50 showing it works with good light, peers through tiny gaps in hedges and reaches across large distances. But will I buy the SX60??

Fulmars at Red Castle

Great Tit at Montrose Basin

Fieldfare taken through a dense hedge at Maryton Ditch

Kingfisher, 176 metres away! It's on Miss Erskines Bank, I'm on the Lurgies path.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Photos from my Webs Count and Carnoustie

My monthly Wetland Bird Survey today on the patch between Westhaven and Easthaven done near to high tide. Quite a good count today with Bar-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover and four Scaup a first for this patch since I've done it.

Below the Ringed Plover is one of three Stock Doves seen in the grounds of Woodlands School, Carnoustie and finally one of five Grey Squirrels which I'll be reporting to the Scottish Wildlife Trust at,

Two of four Bar-tailed Godwits

One of nine Ringed Plover

Stock Dove in Woodlands School grounds, Carnoustie

The alien Grey Squirrel, a local pest spreading squirrel pox to the native Red Squirrels