Saturday, 17 October 2015
The Snow Goose was found by Gus near Montrose and photographed and filmed in dull conditions from a long way off. Also in poor light some action from the Grey Heron's at Keptie Pond, Arbroath and a Chiffchaff and Goldcrest from Lunan Bay. Finally, "the boys are back" refers to Tree Sparrows returning to my garden today from their summer holidays.
Blue phase Snow Goose
Calling to a second bird
Just caught a small roach
I got too close
But it came back
A lot of these wee fellas around just now, a sign of a hard winter, or poor summer?
Thursday, 15 October 2015
The search for the Snow Goose failed, perhaps it's with the 20,000 Pink-footed Geese on "Goose Road" nearby. I was lucky to see a Short-eared Owl being chased away by Crows at Mains of Usan and found "my own" Yellow-browed Warbler in Montrose but couldn't get photos of either birds. Most of the photos below were taken at distance other than the Grey Partridge which with 19 others sat motionless hoping I hadn't seen them.
Two Barnacle Geese with Pink-footed Geese near Usan Smiddy
The third Barnacle in the flock spooked by a car horn, why do that?
Two fishermen, little and large
Grey Partridge, I never usually get this close
Kestrel flying from wires at Mains of Usan
Kingfisher seen fishing on the Lunan, with a Stickleback in its beak
One of 40 or so Linnets at Mains of Usan
Red-breasted Merganser at the Lurgies, note the lower bill appears broken
Starlings, not counted but I'd say over 300 in the photo and more out of shot at Mains of Usan
The field a couple of days ago looked like the the area around the post, a lush green. Now the Pink-footed Geese have eaten virtually all of the winter cereal over most of the field except near the road and the posts.