Friday, 1 May 2015

Slavonian Grebe, Whitethroats, House Martins and the rest.........

A Slavonian Grebe was present today at Kinnordy along with a fishing Osprey, Dunlin, Shoveler, the long staying Whooper Swan, the Marsh Harriers and a Red Kite. The Slav was too far away for photography of any quality. My first two Whitethroats of the year were found at Elliot where House Martins were collecting mud from a puddle for nest building. Puffins and Fulmars were easily found at Auchmithie later in the day.

Slavonian Grebe from afar

Slavonian Grebe

Whitethroat at Elliot

Whitethroat number two Elliot

House Martins gathering nest building mud

Having a rest

Just too windy for a reflection shot

Swallow for comparison

Carrion Crow

Osprey fishing at Kinnordy

Fulmar, Auchmithie

Eiders courtship, Auchmithie

Nesting Fulmars

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Iceland Gull still in Arbroath and other characters

Still not straying far due to intermittent weather and light for photography so these are all from in or around Arbroath.

A rare close shot of a Jay, unfortunately in poor light before the rain

The Iceland Gull today showing the ring number clearly, T:12H

Iceland Gull

Sandwich Terns, Arbroath Harbour

Chiffchaff on the Brothock Burn, Arbroath

Grey Heron near Morrisons in Arbroath


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Iceland Gull (juvenile), Arbroath

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Winter birding..............well it feels like it!

Dodging showers and trying to find shelter from the wind, ended up at Forfar Loch briefly where I saw my first Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Sandpipers and around 200-300 hirundines mostly Sand Martins with some Swallows.


Common Sandpiper




Sunday, 26 April 2015

ADBC Club Trip, St Vigeans, Arbroath Cliffs and Harbour

47 species were found on the ADBC trip today at St Vigeans, Arbroath Cliffs and Harbour and there might have been more but for the heavy squall which curtailed things. A Kingfisher and Blackcaps found are new to my list for St Vigeans and the Iceland Gull looks set to stay around having been here since 7/4/2015 and it's now lost its limp and looks stronger.

Iceland Gull, click or view in sidebar

Iceland Gull juvenile, still being chased by the Herring Gulls

Now with colour ring "T:12H"

Grey Wagtail, St Vigeans