Thursday, 18 May 2017
A few from a shortened day broken by a dentist appointment. Hope to spend tomorrow inland and maybe even up the hills.
Whitethroat on the usual territory near Glaxo in Montrose
Linnet, also near Glaxo
House Martins collecting mud for their nests on the St Cyrus NNR Centre buildings
Willow Warbler at St Cyrus
One of a mixed age group of this years young Starlings which have invaded my feeders
Sunday, 14 May 2017
My monthly Wetland Bird Survey count at Easthaven today and since it was sunny I took along a camera just in case something rare or interesting turned up, nothing unusual did but a flock of small waders at least 150 strong was impressive to see. Most waders are in or getting close to breeding plumage and I was a bit surprised to see so many still around.
At a first glance I thought two Dunlin had just landed but it's a Sanderling on the left with a Dunlin to the right
Turnstone almost in full breeding colours
Some of an eventual count of around 90 Sanderlings which formed the bulk of the large flock seen at Easthaven. Other photos I've ditched had a higher percentage of birds closer to their eventual breeding plumage than some of these
This male Shelduck had just seen off another male who had designs on his missus!