Thursday, 26 February 2015

Montreathmont Crossbills, and I got my Lesser Redpoll photo

The Crossbill photos are Ok but the Redpoll was in a tree being blown around so a record shot it is. I've included four Red Squirrel photos at Olive's request and as she helps fill the feeders it's the least I can do.

The last three at the bottom are from Murton and it looks like the Shelduck are coming inland as well as Oystercatchers, Lapwing and Redshank.

1st winter Crossbill (juvenile)

Female Crossbill

Lesser Redpoll

Even the squirrels are looking for Redpoll!



Mute Swan cygnet, Murton

Shelduck, Murton

Wigeon drake, Murton

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

An accidental Kingfisher

I've always wanted a half decent photo of a Kingfisher but didn't want one that had been set up by planting a branch and sitting in a hide, I don't have a hide anyway so was pleased to find a Kingfisher today at Monikie. I got quite close to the bird which was sitting in willows looking for sticklebacks and it caught three while I crept closer, at one point I had one knee in mud and a foot in the water! Despite the sun being low in the sky I'm pleased with these three and others I took.

The eagle eyed viewers may notice the Kingfisher is ringed but that really would be a miracle if I'd been able to read the ring.

Watching for sticklebacks

Spotted one

Just bashed it into submission

Kestrel near Monikie school

Curlew at Inchcape, Arbroath

Song birds from an Angus forest hide

It's my rota week for filling the feeders and the birds were queuing up to get at the food as we filled the feeders, this despite most of them having adequate food in them already. No sign of the Jay or Green Woodpecker and I still can't get a Redpoll photo at the hide but I'm not giving up yet.
A flock of Siskins and perhaps some Redpoll were spooked by a Buzzard on the track but no Crossbills seen or heard in Mondays windy conditions.


Long-tailed Tit, unfortunately the tip of the tail is cropped!

Red Squirrel with a thorn in its lip?


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sparrowhawk versus Robin

Despite perseverance and flying around the small bush the Robin was in the Sparrowhawk male in the two photos didn't get it because it didn't panic and try fleeing from the bush.

Looking at the Robin but unable to get into the dense part of the bush it was sheltering in