Friday, 15 May 2015
The young Iceland Gull now almost looks established at Arbroath Harbour but still gets put in its place from the Herring Gulls from time to time, this chase lasted longer than usual and the Iceland Gull flew off to Danger Point where it spends time most days preening. The Willow Warbler photo is probably the best I've taken (so far) and the Bank Vole strayed into a shaft of light just long enough but even then the camera speed was low. The Ringed Plover has fledged an unknown number of chicks, there were four eggs and today the male was doing a distraction display so there must be some chicks around. I found the Common Sandpiper in the rain at Elliot late afternoon.
Still no peace for the juvenile Iceland Gull
The plumage is evolving with some darker patches showing
Willow Warbler, Montreathmont
Bank Vole, Montreathmont
Reed Bunting male at Balgavies
Common Sandpiper , Elliot
Thursday, 14 May 2015
I can't compete with Neil's stunning photo of a Green Woodpecker now on BirdGuides but as I got this one in 20 minutes of stalking it will do me. Other photos are from my Corn Bunting survey, Elliot and Arbroath Harbour where the juvenile Iceland Gull is still sitting on the roof of the sewage pump station.
Roe Buck at Seafield
Wheatear at 0606 in the morning, very low and odd light
Coal Tit, Montreathmont
Fieldfare, I can't remember seeing one in Montreathmont before. (Note to self, don't post here after a few glasses at 1 am, I had this as a Mistle Thrush but obviously a very late Fieldfare).
Pied Wagtail, male at the harbour, a very dark individual
I have been advised that placing a perch near an active Kingfisher nest is an offence without a Schedule 1 licence.
Kingfisher blood bath, chicks head to right of the large stone..............
Is this an Otter footprint? Four toes in centre of the photo.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
No site details with these but I found what looked to be a predated Kingfisher nest with pre-fledgling feathers still "in pin" and spraint from an unknown as yet source nearby. The Yellowhammer has one of the feathers in its beak for its nest. The Ringed Plover was photographed from a distance so not to disturb it from the nest and the Swallow was at Keptie Pond where at least one Greylag remains. Perhaps the other is on a nest?
Yellowhammer with what I think is a feather still "in pin" from a predated Kingfisher nest, predator unknown as yet
Ringed Plover sitting on a nest of 4 eggs, due to hatch soon
Monday, 11 May 2015
It's my hide rota week just now so I didn't venture far and ended up at Montreathmont, Arbroath Harbour and Elliot. Two unexpected visitors at Elliot were a female Sparrowhawk and a Roe Buck which admittedly looked lost and scruffy due to moulting into it's summer coat. Yet another Iceland Gull photo taken in between some serious showers and a Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler for comparison.
Female Sparrowhawk, Elliot
Not quite sharp
Iceland Gull, Inchcape, Arbroath
Purple Sandpipers taken near sunset at Inchcape
Willow Warbler, Montreathmont
Ringed Plover, Elliot
Roe Buck, Elliot, looking very scruffy in moult, I've never seen deer here before
Green-veined Butterfly, Montreathmont, a tiny specimen about half the normal size