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


Coots


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.


Gannet


Purple Sandpiper with breeding plumage growing in


Wheatear


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