Saturday, 10 September 2016

Forfar Loch, Murton, Balgavies and the Basin as usual............

Reports of a Black Tern, American Wigeon, Slavonian Grebe and a Scaup at Loch Leven suggested to me a movement of winter ducks so I checked out Forfar Loch, Murton and Balgavies and never found any! The Little Grebes at Forfar have had a good season and I counted 38 birds and that probably wasn't all of them. Murton has a large flock of Lapwings and Balgavies was quiet so I moved on to Montrose Basin.


Black-tailed Godwits hiding behind one the boats at the sailing club, Forfar Loch


A Blue Tit close to me on the viewing platform at the east end of the loch


One of the newly ringed Greenshanks at Montrose Basin. I reported an earlier Greenshank at the Ythan estuary with same combination but on the opposite legs


Same Greenshank


One of a number of Redshanks with a shiny new metal ring


Four of these Redshanks have metal rings as did many of the group this crop was taken from. They were being kept moving by a young Peregrine which seems to appear as the tide receeds 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Cormorant fishing in Keptie Pond, Arbroath

Not good light at all but despite that I got some photos of a Cormorant catching Roach in the pond and surpringly even at 3200 ISO I got away with. Also some Common Terns at Arbroath Harbour before they head south.













Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Knot a lot about

Some in my preference order from Annat Bank, Montrose Beach, the Lurgies, Glen Dye, Danger Point, Arbroath (Old Brewhouse area) and our gardens. The warm and humid weather seems to have stopped much of the movement of migrants, I hope they don't all rush through when the weather breaks. The lack of butterflies in any numbers continues but my buddleia bushes have attracted a few Red Admirals and a couple of Peacock.

Red Admiral video, click here,


Knot still showing a little peach/orange colouring. At Annat Bank on the beach at Montrose


Just before they flew up towards the Basin as the tide rose


Sedge Warbler sitting on Glaxo's fence


Whitethroat very near to the Sedge Warbler


Cormorant flying off when a group of walkers got too close at Montrose Basin


Red Grouse in Glen Dye, on the low ground away from the guns up the hill who didn't seem to be shooting at much. Maybe their thoughts were on the roast beef and red wine waiting at the shieling cottage


One of three remaining Wheatear along the track, a few Meadow Pipits also around


Mediterranean Gull flying past the Old Brewhouse in Arbroath where I was waiting for my white pudding supper which turned into a sausage on the way from the chipper!!


Eider duck shaking a small crab to break off its second claw before eating it. Made me hungry enough to eat the sausage supper


Painted Lady in Olive's garden


Red Admiral in my garden, photographed through the double glazing


Olive's pet garden snail


A scruffy Blackbird juvenile I've been feeding








Sunday, 4 September 2016

Curlew Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Geese and more

A mixture from the coast taken over a couple of days this week


Two of the many Curlew Sandpipers at Rossie Spit, Montrose Basin (SX60)


Kittiwake juvenile hunting small fish


About as deep as it managed to dive


Black-headed Gull trying to get the Common Tern to give up its fish supper


Common Tern juvenile at Inchcape, Arbroath in the shade of the concrete pillar


A bit of a confrontation which isn't uncommon


I staked out the Black-headed Gulls at West Links, Arbroath hoping for the Mediterranean Gull turning up, it didn't


What a beak, Great Black-backed Gull at West Links


Juvenile Pied Wagtail on the rock armour at West Links


Rock Pipit at Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath


Canada Geese on Miss Erkine's Bank at Montrose Basin. Photo from the Lurgies path