Friday, 4 March 2016

Iceland Gulls at Forfar Loch and more from the last days

I'd thought a visit at dusk would be required to find an Iceland Gull at Forfar Loch but was surprised when I found both an adult and a 1st winter near the Yacht Club spit, I say near as the large flock of gulls were scared off the spit on a number of occasions. Later I went up to Kinnordy where the RSPB were making a racket building a Black-headed Gull nesting raft! I did find my first Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year there and even got photos of the only Brambling at the feeders.

Iceland Gull video (adult) click here,

Iceland Gull video (1st winter), click here,

Iceland Gull photos from about 150 metres hence poor quality.

Adult Iceland Gull


Adult again


1st Winter Iceland Gull


One pair of around fifty Gadwall on Forfar Loch


A sequence of these photos showed the stickleback was still alive in the female Goosanders beak


Different female out in the centre of the loch


Male Goosander, stunning colours


Moorhen called Billy Elliot!!



Kinnordy Bramblings are beautiful


In another photo it had a Tree Sparrow on the other perch



Lesser Black-backed Gull at Kinnordy


Whooper Swan, looks like a developing juvenile



Eider drake at Carnoustie Beach


One of a pair of Song thrushes at Carnoustie Golf Links






Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A day on the beach/beaches

SNH make no secret of the fact they have a Peregrine pair at St Cyrus and today for a brief period both of the Peregrines and both Ravens were in the air at the same time. Unfortunately the sun only lasted about ten minutes contrary to the BBC forecast so I ended up taking shelter in the hide overlooking the North Esk where a ringed Greenshank was feeding. The Greenshank had been ringed at Montrose Basin as a juvenile last autumn and was last seen with the Bittern at the SWT Centre.
The view in the bottom photo is of Lunan Bay as seen from the Corbie Knowe end.

Greenshank video, click here,

Peregrine


One of a pair


Raven


Raven again, might be the other of the pair


Lunan Bay from the south





Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Lunan Bay at low tide

In search of a Long-tailed Duck close enough to photograph at Lunan Bay south of Lunan mouth today. All I could find was two Sanderlings and many Red-throated Divers which were mostly too far out to sea. It looks like the Sanderling are beginning to show signs of their spring plumage, it is March 1st after all.







Periscopes up!


I think these are the same two just seconds later



Monday, 29 February 2016

An Auchmithie Bird Watcher

Birds have a hard enough time in winter just getting enough to eat to stay warm and alive without having to worry about domestic cats. This one won't even leave them in peace on the rooftops in Auchmithie. Yes it's sitting on a chimney eyeing the Starlings and getting a heat no doubt.






There is a Red Head Smew in the centre of this photo which I estimate was about 1km away!



My garden is currently being invaded by Starlings but not yet at the record level of 227 counted from a photo some years ago


Still at least eight but probably fourteen Tree Sparrows in the garden