Thursday, 4 August 2016

Black-throated Diver and juvenile Marsh Harriers

I can't say where the Diver was or someone would have to kill me, the Marsh Harriers at Kinnordy aren't a secret though, just elusive a lot of the time. I didn't manage a photo of the three Greyhens on the road during a recent trip but good to see as it's usually the showy Blackcocks.


The photo doesn't do it justice compared to a scope or even binoculars




Juvenile Marsh Harrier






Monday, 1 August 2016

Still quiet but new life all around

It's my rota week looking after the hide and I managed to get a few photos of a Jay coming to the table. I counted 13 species on a hot day with young Siskins, Willow Warblers, Robin and Blue, Coal and Great Tit chicks. On the way back we came across what looked like a sick Siskin chick on the path but we shouldn't have worried as it eventually woke up and flew away as I stood over it!

The weather although warm (for Scotland) continues to be showery and the light comes and goes continually. I'd like to get back to the Sand Martin wall at Murton in some decent light as there's so much action with all the young birds there.


Jay in Montreathmont Forest


Tempted in by mixed dried fruit


One of many second broods of Sand Martins at the concrete wall at Murton NR


Two recently fledged Sand Martin chicks, I couldn't tell whether they were helping with the new broods or hindering by begging food


Yellowhammer singing in his territory


Fox and Cubs at Murton


Hoverflies just about everywhere just now and many species


Green-veined White at the cliffs near Auchmithie


Two of around twenty Shags south of Auchmithie


A constant at the Old Harbour, Montrose Basin, a Black-headed Gull ringed in Norway, J4U3, limping a bit on the non-ringed leg


My pet Dunnock feeding in the safety cage, old rabbit run which keeps the cats and Sparrowhawk at bay

Sparrowhawk food, these House Sparrow chicks are a second brood and sitting perilously in the open


More but older House Sparrows


A Dracula like pose for this Starling. Another young bird has appeared with only a metal ring which I've part read but it doesn't come in often


The Starlings make good use of the safety cage and easily go through the 50 mm mesh. The Blackbirds can do the same with slightly less ease