Friday, 6 February 2015

Photos from the week, hills to coast

In alphabetical order, the rugby is about to start...........


Water Rail near dusk

Brown Hare, Backwater Dam


Fieldfare, Glen Lethnot


Glen Lethnot


Long-tailed Tit, Kingennie


Mute Swan on the Kingennie ice


Why did the Red Grouse cross the road?


Bambi...........


A lonely rabbit waiting for a Golden Eagle!


Red Grouse landing at Glenshee



Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Blackcap, one of a few who stay in winter?

It's thought the very few Blackcaps we see in winter are continental birds which choose to move to the UK in winter and not the normal summer migrants which arrive in spring. This appears to be based on ringing returns from birds netted in winter.

This male was in my garden on 2/2/2015 but I haven't seen it again, perhaps it doesn't like sharing with the male Sparrowhawk who has returned again after a short break bothering birds elsewhere.


Male Blackcap, very wary and difficult to photograph


The cap shows a small amount of brown around the edges, maybe one of last years juvenile males?

Monday, 2 February 2015

Arbroath Harbour on a chill winter day

The weather continues cold due to low temperatures and a northerly wind so I'm staying local, today at Arbroath Harbour and Cliffs.


Herring Gull, Inner Dock Arbroath


Pied Wagtail, Old Brewhouse


Rock Pipit, Arbroath Harbour


Stonechat at Whiting Ness, Arbroath Cliffs