Friday, 31 March 2017

Little Gulls and a first Wheatear for 2017

There were 42 Little Gulls today on the Island Pond at Monikie CP hunting flies in a strong wind which also made photography a bit awkward. These gulls pass through on their northward migration and won't stay very long at all. I searched the beach at Westhaven later in the hope of a Wheatear which I didn't get and found one when checking if the Purple Sandpipers were still at Arbroath, success.



Little Gull, a 1st winter bird


Little Gull adult


Another youngster


Wheatear at Inchcape, Arbroath a first for the year. I was late for my tea when I delayed to get this quick shot


Redshanks at Westhaven looking for a safe and undisturbed roost near high tide


Ringed Plover at Inchcape where 24 Purple Sandpipers remain


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Murton NR and surprise Siskins

A temporary, fruitless, but short search for a first seasons Osprey left me chasing a better photo of the Green Sandpiper still at Murton but it was kept moving by the ranger in his wee truck, noisy teenagers and two "non teenagers" who should have known better and strayed from the paths, well actually never went near them almost walking along the shore of the pond!



Better than the previous photos but could be so much better if it showed when it was sunny and it was left in peace....


In front of the Gladstone Hide


Spooked by some random machinery noise


Pintail pair but never near the hide before the "canny walkers" scared everything away


Still some Wigeon around, these near the Stewart Hide


Reed Bunting through the dirty windows of the hide


I almost never get Siskins in my garden and usually only when the weather is hard so this pair were a big surprise this morning and were even in the front garden for a while







Monday, 27 March 2017

Red-necked Grebe, New Hide, Lintrathen

The Red-necked Grebe remains at Lintrathen, Ravens in numbers at Backwater and a flyby from a pair of Crossbills, my first seen this year.




Red-necked Grebe at Lintrathen Loch, photo from the New Hide



Red-necked Grebe at Lintrathen Loch, photo from the New Hide



Red-necked Grebe at Lintrathen Loch, photo from the New Hide



Raven, one of seventeen seen northeast of Glenhead Farm, Backwater Dam. There must be a carcass on the hill where they had gathered



The male of a pair of Crossbills which flew through the picnic area at Backwater Dam. Unfortunately I was on the wrong end of the sunlight for the male and too slow getting the camera from the car for the female which landed on the cables in front of the car!!