Thursday, 2 April 2015

New arrivals in the Angus Glens and on the Coast

The first of this years Wheatears have arrived and the Puffin numbers are up to twelve now.

Wheatear, blurred due to wind (not mine)

Red Kite, the blue tag looks to be V3

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Meadow Pipit, rock hopping

Puffin near Arbroath


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Arbroath Beach - Rock Armour devastation??

Currently Geddes are installing new rock armour to protect the sea wall at the West Links Arbroath and the first photos show the rock already installed which has resulted in the beach surface being destroyed. I do wonder if Angus Council were required to carry out an environmental assessment before a track was forged along from Gayfield Park and also how big an area will eventually be affected by the work of the heavy machinery and the hundreds of tons of rock. Who knows the beach may heal and might even be better, but I wonder if the gull roost will disappear and we'll lose the Med Gulls?

Paddling Pool area

Beach surface destroyed

Great Black-backed Gulls, Arbroath

Mute Swan, Montrose Basin

Leucistic Oystercatcher, Montrose Academy

Pied Wagtail, Inchcape Park, Arbroath

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

St Vigeans Nature Trail

I didn't manage to avoid the gales at St Vigeans but it was a useful wander along a route which will be an ADBC members trip in April where I was able to get an idea of which birds were around and where. All of the Dippers I saw were in the shadows and everything else wouldn't let me near except the Roe which knew I couldn't leap two burns and fences to get near it!

Roe Deer Buck in velvet


Grey Heron

Mistle Thrushes

Song Thrush

Monday, 30 March 2015

Olive's Kingfisher photo and a few bit part players...........

The first Chiffchaffs this year for me at Montreathmont, Murton and Forfar Loch but top billing is Olive's Kingfisher photo taken with a Canon SX50 during a dull spell.

Kingfisher by Olive, included on merit

First Chiffchaff this year, wouldn't stay still

Buzzard calling

Lesser Black-backed Gull

I'm thinking a hybrid mallard female here

Male Tufted Duck

Female Tufted Duck

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A few photos from the ADBC trip to Forfar Loch and Montreathmont Forest

The club trip today spent time at Forfar Loch where we got goods views of a male Kingfisher, Bullfinches, Goldcrests, Teal, Wigeon, Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Crested Grebes amongst others.

Moving to Montreathmont forest we saw a Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker which was excavating a new nest hole in a live tree, both of the Bank Voles near the feeders and the usual tits etc.

The last two are from a previous trip to Kinnordy where there were three Snipe on the bogbean and still a number of Whooper Swans around.

Looking for a stickleback

Caught one and turning it to avoid the spines

Nearly lined up

Bullfinch male at Forfar, female nearby

Bank Vole, Montreathmont

Green Woodpecker, Montreathmont

Great Spotted Woodpecker, new nest hole in creation

Snipe at Kinnordy

Whooper Swan also Kinnordy