Saturday, 12 March 2016

Montreathmont Forest and Forfar Loch

Some of the visitors to the feeders in the forest in today's post. Thankfully on this occasion the seed and food was topped up not just myself but other visitors, I wish they all did.

It's well known that birds are loyal to feeders and travel distances to get the seed and other food and they can waste a lot of time and energy if they find the feeders empty. I hope people can all help by bringing along some seed, lard, raisins, fat balls or any suitable food when they visit.

The lower photos are from Forfar Loch and the paddling pool area in Arbroath.


The Jays don't come close to the feeders and this one's visit was only fleeting and distant


This Yellowhammer was more confiding but as always difficult to photograph on the ground in what is a shady location


The Blue Tits help out by coming closer and sitting in the little good light


An under-rated bird the Chaffinch, especially the colourful males


A constant at the feeders these Coal Tits, they come in grab a seed and retreat to eat it before coming back for more


This is one of the Dunnocks now singing in the rain from the gorse bushes along with the many Robins and Wrens


A number of different Great Spotted Woodpeckers use the feeders but can be wary


This duck is being discussed, it's been suggested it may be a Pochard/Tufted hybrid and not a Scaup as I previously thought. At Forfar Loch.


The duck again but with a Tufted duck this time, I also have a photo of it with a pair of Gadwall, friends with everyone it seems


A female Goosander, one of my favourites at Forfar Loch in winter



Carrion Crow, bright, cunning and careful but never too shy to nick in and grab some chocolate raisins I'd dropped at the West Links area in Arbroath






Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Hen Harrier video and some night time shots

Link to a video of a male Hen Harrier and below that some slightly less interesting birds from a day when the promised sun didn't materialise. Especially the ones taken at night!


Hen Harrier (male) video, click here,


Not sure if this is an aurora taken the night after everyone else saw the brilliant one



Orion over the houses on the hill at Seafield near Arbroath



One of the local Peregrines


A shiny Starling, birds with character who eat all of my garden food



Ringed Plover at Victoria Park, Arbroath


Another Lesser Black-backed Gull, this time in Arbroath. Must be spring right enough


It's a hard life, these gulls seem to sit around for most of the day






Glen Lethnot, Glenesk and back to Forfar Loch

Olive and I went for a "walk", (that's what I told her) in Glen Lethnot today and I'd always thought there should be Crossbills there but had never seen them. Perhaps I should have been looking on the road and not high in the trees as the two below appeared to be either feeding or collecting salt, or maybe grit from the road. There were also at least 140 Lapwings in the glen, 3 Ravens, a Kestrel and a number of Buzzards and Red Grouse.

Moving across to Glenesk we found 2 Red Kites and when we went to cross the bridge over the North Esk at Haughend the bridge has been destroyed by the winter floods which had reached record levels.

The last 4 photos are from a previous trip to Forfar Loch on Sunday hoping to see the Iceland Gulls again but the disturbance was high and the gulls were probably feeding on the landfill site in peace as the workers were at church, yeah!!




Male Crossbill, thought to be eating salt from the road but with a beak like that they may be picking up grit with their tongues



I've been spotted, I was still in my car with the engine running and the vibration has caused problems with all of the Crossbill photos


It really was this red in the sunlight


This female looks to be licking salt, difficult to confirm though and it could be grit


Same Crossbill


Lapwing, one of around 140 seen in Glen Lethnot


Relaxing


Buzzard chasing Raven, seconds later Raven chasing Buzzard


Red Kite in Glenesk


Where the Haughend Bridge over the North Esk was!!


Goldcrest at the west end of Forfar Loch


Long-tailed Tit, Forfar Loch


Robin, Forfar Loch


Woodpigeon at Forfar Loch, light has given it a darker tone than it actually had