Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wood Sandpiper, distant Garganey and horse eating harriers..........

My almost annual visit to Strathbeg and a few from around Angus including a rare view of a Wood Sandpiper in the open and the sun. Nothing special at Strathbeg, all of the rare birds had gone on holiday. I should say though that the Little Gulls, two adults which bred at Strathbeg in 2016 are back in position in front of the centre and hopes are high they will manage to fledge another brood this year.

Some video below, all in Full HD 1920 by 1080 if you select that setting in YouTube

Wood Sandpiper video, click here,                  Black grouse video, click here,        

Strathbeg Little Gull video, click here,            Common Terns, Strathbeg video, click here,                      



Wood Sandpiper on the bog bean in front of the Gullery Hide at Kinnordy, there had been a second one earlier in the morning





The now famous Little Gulls which bred at Loch of Strathbeg last year, the first record of this species breeding in mainland Britain. There was juvenile with them briefly in the morning



At Kinnordy the Marsh Harriers are seen preying on small birds and frogs, up north at Strathbeg they appear to choose small foals!!


Yet another singing Willow Warbler, the last, honest


A nice breeding plumage Dunlin at the Ythan


Sandwich Tern also at the Ythan


The Garganey drake at Kinnordy recently which slept throughout my visit. (Canon SX65)



Black Grouse feeding on new leaves and buds in a small plantation in the middle of the day and viewed from the car without disturbing them


Tree Pipit which was singing and parachuting between trees in an Angus Glen



Collared Dove at Tayock seen on the fruitless search for a Lesser Whitehroat