Thursday, 28 May 2015

Craigmill Den, Barry Mill, Carnoustie Golf Links and Easthaven Beach

The Little Grebes were on Carnoustie Golf Links along with the Skylark and Damselfly. Craigmill Den had Whitethroats and a Blackcap singing and two Grey Wagtail chicks being fed by Mum. On my way to Carnoustie Golf Links I stopped at Barry Mill where a pair of Stock Doves posed and finally there were 4 Whimbrel c40 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 13 Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlews, Shelducks and a single Redshank on the beach near Craigmill Burn.

Little Grebe with its chick being fed with small fish and snails while I watched

a second chick


Blue-tailed Damselfly (male)

Whitethroat, Craigmill Den


Grey Wagtail chick, Craigmill Weir

Swallow, Craigmill Den

Stock Dove at Barry Mill

One of four Whimbrels near Easthaven

There were ten Shelduck near Craigmill Burn

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Catch up and some Common Tern photos taken on a dull day

First Green Hairstreak Butterfly I've seen ever and I can't wait for a sunny day to see how good a photo I can get of the Terns compared to these taken in the cold and gloom at Montrose today. The others are from various places on different days recently.

Orange Tip Butterfly

Small Copper Butterfly

Green Hairstreak Butterfly


Greenfinch at Glaxo

Local Osprey

Sedge Warbler


Monday, 25 May 2015

Goshawk and Peregrine

Goshawk and Peregrine, I'd be delighted to see either, more so if they were at the same site and even more if I saw a Buzzard and Red Kite there too. All in the same vicinity within 10 minutes of each other but that's all I can divulge for Schedule 1 birds.


Goshawk and mobbing Jackdaws, possibly has prey in its talons

1st summer Peregrine?


with Common Gull in pursuit

size comparison

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Deeside area on Saturday

I strayed into Deeside for a few hours on Saturday looking for Whinchats which I'd seen in the area last year but they'd been replaced by Stonechats but it was good to see a pair had already fledged a brood. It was good to see a number of Lapwings and Curlews along with a good number of Meadow Pipits and Wheatear and a single Raven. The Red Kite ranged over a large area while I was there and was seen with a Buzzard and again with a Kestrel.

Stonechat fledgling

Stonechat female

Stonechat male


Meadow Pipit and proud of it!

Red Kite, maybe "1P" or "1B", top lit from a strong overhead sun.