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


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


Redshank


Ringed Plover, wings up


Down


Ringed Plover


Ruff with Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling and Turnstone


Sanderling


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


Peregrine


Snipe


Black-tailed Godwits


Buzzard


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


Dunlin


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...