Friday, 28 August 2015

A Wader Fest at Easthaven

A bright and sunny day although windy and at high tide the beach was covered in waders so I make no excuse for posting a few (many) photos below. In alphabetical as I couldn't decide on another order!

Bar-tailed Godwit

Curlews and others


Knot again (did you see what I done there)

They'd had enough and flew off

Curlew, Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit

Little Gull, flew south before I got close enough


Ringed Plover, wings up


Ringed Plover

Ruff with Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling and Turnstone



Wheatear, the odd one out and one of four going south

Montrose Basin and St Cyrus NNR

I didn't think I'd had a good day at Montrose Basin and St Cyrus until I looked at these and although I didn't find anything new I think this is a good variety including some rarer species, or at least those not seen so often.

Goosander juvenile

Little Egret



Black-tailed Godwits


Canada Geese

Whinchat, St Cyrus, juvenile I think

Stonechat, St Cyrus

Common Blue, female

Small Heath

Maiden Pink

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Fife Ness coastal path walk

I thought we'd discover the Fife Coastal Path north of Fife Ness since it looked like Fife had sunshine and here in Arbroath we had gloom. A webcam at St Andrews is a good source to check out the weather there. As expected there were many, around 200 Shags at Fife Ness with some Cormorants and along the path north we saw Sanderling, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Gannets, yet another Sparrowhawk and a Painted Lady Butterfly.

Update on the Shags, I managed to photograph and report 54 ringed birds amongst the large group, with a good scope I'm sure more could be recorded.

St Andrews Webcam

Bar-tailed Godwits


Painted Lady

Sanderling, four of eleven

Short Spined Sea Scorpion (deceased) a large specimen around 35 cm long

Whimbrel, calling as it went by

Sparrowhawk near the Dark Cave

Red Admiral in Olive's garden

August 24th, Whiting Ness and Arbroath Cliffs

Just stepping out of the car at the end of Victoria Park at Whiting Ness when I spotted an Arctic Skua on the low tide line chasing a Kittiwake, so a good start to a short time filling trip. Everything else except the Sparrowhawk and Med Gull seen before Dickmonts Den which is only a short walk along the cliff path.

Photo into very bright sunlight

Update on previously photographed Fulmar chick

Fulmar, such effortless flight

Grayling, first this year for me

Shag with ring, green/white PBE

Silver Y moths, many around

Six Spot Burnet moth, a bit windy for these

Small White Butterfly, seen better days

Small Tortoiseshell

Mediterranean Gull (adult) still at West Links, Arbroath

Sparrowhawk at Mains of Usan, size, colour and eye suggest juvenile female

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Pied Flycatchers

Pied Flycatchers in the mist at Mains of Usan will complete this later...