Saturday, 23 April 2016

A Keptie Pond first - Common Sandpiper

Thought to be a first sighting at Keptie Pond today a Common Sandpiper along with new Coot chicks, Swallows, Sand Martins, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

Common Sandpiper


Sand Martin

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Ring Ouzel, Common Sandpiper and even Dolphins - from three days this week

In reverse time order starting with photos from Glenesk and Lochlee, including Ring Ouzel and Common Sandpipers amongst a few others. The following day at Easthaven I found my first Whimbrels of the season and two White Wagtails which couldn't be photographed into the heat shimmer! Murton NR is still hosting a single Black-tailed Godwit, two Common Sandpipers, a number of Willow Warblers but no sign today of Little Ringed Plover.

Finally, three photos from Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath and the two noisy Herring Gulls who think they're going to nest on my dormer but they'll be discouraged as in previous years.

Common Sandpiper, Dalbrack, Glenesk

Common Sandpiper, Lochlee

Meadow Pipit, Invermark

Pheasant, Invermark

Red-legged Partridge, from the car in Glenesk

Ring Ouzel, Lochlee

Also Lochlee, but never close

Song Thrush, Invermark

Whimbrels at Easthaven

Shelducks fighting over women

Black-tailed Godwit at Murton NR

Willow Warbler also at Murton

A Cormorant who had found a shoal of Sand Eels and was catching one every 10 seconds at Whiting Ness, Arbroath

Bottle-nose Dolphins heading north at Arbroath Cliffs

Fulmar, also Arbroath Cliffs

Herring Gulls on my roof

Monday, 18 April 2016

Scurdie Ness - Gannet, Purple Sandpipers and Wheatear

Still searching the coastline today for anything rare and interesting and the first photos are of birds found between Mains of Usan farm and Scurdie Ness Lighthouse. The last two are from St Vigeans where I'm keeping an eye out for the Dippers and Grey Wagtails.


Purple Sandpiper with breeding plumage growing in


Turnstone in part breeding colours

Teal pair still hanging around at St Vigeans

Song Thrush at St Vigeans, now feeding chicks

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Little Ringed Plover and Long-tailed Ducks

The first three are from in-between hail showers at Murton NR and the Little Ringed Plovers were appropriately in front of the sign telling visitors about them. The Black-tailed Godwit has been hanging around at Murton for a few days, feeding hard to fuel its trip north to breed.

I'd gone to Lunan Bay in a vain search for a Shore Lark but was rewarded with at least eight Long-tailed Ducks in summer plumage, five Sandwich Terns and eighteen Sanderling yet to get their summer colours.

Little Ringed Plover video, click here,                       Black-tailed Godwit video, click here,

Little Ringed Plover male (yellow eye ring and black facial markings, female ring less obvious and markings brown)

Birdwatcher watching

Black-tailed Godwit

One of five Sandwich Terns fishing in Lunan Bay

Male Long-tailed Duck in summer plumage

Drake, and duck almost in summer plumage

Sanderling just showing the start of a moult into summer plumage

A 1st summer Guillemot, Lunan Bay

Meadow Pipit, also Lunan Bay