Friday, 22 May 2015

Tales from an Angus Glen

A few of the locals in an Angus Glen and one in particular was a surprise to me, the Long-tailed Tit which I'd never seen so far into the hills before. We sat and watched the Ring Ouzel female collecting food for some time before she eventually saw us hiding in the rocks. Also seen on a few occasions this week were Curlews chasing in this case a Buzzard, another a Crow and on a third trip a Raven.

Common Sandpiper

Curlew chasing a Buzzard

Long-tailed Tit

Red Grouse male

Red Grouse female

Red Kite "L7"

Ring Ouzel female

Ring Ouzel male

Song Thrush chick

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Tree Pipit


Starling chick in my garden

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Scurdie Ness and my second Corn Bunting survey

I counted 77 Ringed Plover, 59 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 4 Sedge Warblers, 2 Whitethroats and around 30 Common Terns between Ferryden and Scurdie Ness today in between the heavy showers. A different farm for the Corn Buntings and I only found one but then the farm is mostly poly-tunnels.

Dunlin at Scurdie Ness, note the metal ring

Ringed Plover, Scurdie Ness

Sedge Warbler, Ferryden. The nearest to a clear photo of a mobile bird.

Corn Bunting, taken into the sun

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Spotted Flycatcher

First Spotted Flycatcher this year seen in Glen Clova.

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Spotted Flycatcher

Wetland Bird Survey, Easthaven

Some of the birds seen on Saturday while recording my monthly Webs between Westhaven and Easthaven, Angus. Highlight and out of season is the Pale-bellied Brent Goose and my first Arctic Terns this year. I have a photo not posted with what appears to be one and maybe two waders both smaller than the Sanderling below and I hope to get an ID soon. I'm hoping Little Stint.........

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Pale-bellied Brent Goose Craigmill Burn

 Ringed Plover and Dunlin


Arctic Terns

Common Scoter female


Grey Plover

Sanderling in breeding plumage, not often seen