A collection of pictures taken during our travels around the Arbroath area and further. Most photos are of birds, some wildlife and a few views, and
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I eventually found the Glossy Ibis at Montrose Basin today, nobody knew where it went when not near the Shelduck Hide and we still don't as that's where it was. I suspect that it can see approaching birders and walkers when they are some distance away and simply flies away, most likely to the Mill Burn area.
Don't miss the Glenesk birds below the Montrose Basin birds from 11/5/2016, the Glenesk ones were from 9/5/2016 and also seen that day were, Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipit and Cuckoos.
The third group of Whimbrels I've seen this week, 2 at Easthaven, 3 passing Arbroath and now 4 on the beach at Montrose. Numbers of Terns increasing as waders dwindle and still some Goosander and Merganser.
Not all bad news below but I thought I'd mention hygiene when feeding birds as I've now found three birds from different sites with what appears to be Avian Pox, a disease thought to be spread though a number mediums including bird feeders. Apparently some birds do recover but I'm not hopeful for the Coal Tit below which is an infrequent visitor to my garden where the feeders are cleaned regularly.
Also in the photos a couple of Whimbrels from my BTO Webs count at Easthaven and a yet unidentified Newt from Montreathmont Forest.
Coal Tit, a small growth is just seen above its beak and over its left eye
Not a pretty sight, the whole eye is affected and swollen but despite this the bird is behaving normally and had just finished bathing and preening
Whimbrel near Easthaven, also heard and seen calling
Grey Heron having just caught a small flounder whose body has been pierced by the Heron's beak
VTOL (vertical take off and landing) Pied Wagtail. I'd watched this Wagtail walk about on the strand line and appear to jump vertically into the air on a number of occasions and accidentally caught this. It had leapt up to catch a fly it disturbed from the seaweed.