Saturday, 13 February 2016

Signs of Spring before it got cold again

Catch up from the end of the week. I think the Whooper can't fly as it hasn't moved from the lake and is being kept off the water by a Mute Swan. It's approachable only because it won't go into the water when the Mute is around and determined I was the lesser threat.


Whooper Swan


Still on the Buddon Course lake at Carnoustie Golf Links


Coots fighting for territory on Denfind at Monikie. Goldeneye and Tufted Ducks also courting.


Cormorant fishing inshore behind Gayfield Park, Arbroath


One of nine Pochard still on the North Pond at Monikie CP


This Robin was in Pitlochry, unlike the Ring-necked Drake which had temporarily moved to Loch Faskally and has now been reported back at the Cuilic near the golf course in Pitlochry where it had been since November 30th last year!!



Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Long-tailed Tits - they're so cute

Some Long-tailed Tits at the Lurgies and a female Goosander at Keptie Pond, Arbroath where the Gadwall pair are still around. Two Woodcock at West Woods of Ethie were impossible to photograph as was the Green Woodpecker which I haven't seen before in these woods. I had stalked the woodpecker when I was accosted by a growling dog who's owner didn't seem to care, needless to say off went the bird.


Long-tailed Tit





A Shelduck in front of the Shelduck Hide


Goosander female


A happy Goosander


Grey Heron, Keptie Pond



Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Backwater Dam in the sunshine

A few birds seen at Backwater Dam and a Goosander and Teal at Kinnordy

Grey Wagtail on the dam spillway, click here for video   watch for the zoom out


Lesser Redpoll


Bullfinch


I didn't expect a Grey Wagtail inland at this time of year


Mistle Thrushes singing everywhere


Backwater Dam


From the dam westward


Two of three Brown Hares


Goosander at Kinnordy


Teal on a fly past