Thursday, 28 April 2016

Photos from another winter week....................

Some photos from Montrose, St Cyrus, Murton and Forfar Loch, nothing new as migrants seem to holding back due to the weather.

The link below refers to Avian Pox which the Dunnock photographed below at Montreathmont Forest has, a second bird was seen earlier at the Montrose Basin Twite feeding area.

IMPORTANT - Avian Pox info, click here,

Guillemot on the South Esk Estuary, Glaxo area. Note, it's a bridled one or will be when it gets adult plumage

Herring Gull, Ferryden

Raven chicks at St Cyrus

Sandwich Tern, can you see the sand eel it's dropped, it retrieved it before it landed in the water

Sandwich Tern, Montrose

Skylark at St Cyrus

St Cyrus Beach, or is it some exotic location

Common Sandpiper, Forfar Loch

Dunnock with and eye problem in Montreathmont Forest

Lesser Redpoll at Murton NR

Magpie at Forfar Loch

Look closely as this Reed Bunting has a crossbill!

Robin as requested by Olive

One of very many Sand Martins at Forfar Loch

Woodpigeon at the car park at Forfar Loch

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Easthaven White last

I'd seen a couple of White Wagtails at Easthaven but hadn't managed a photo in the shimmer of the heat rising from the sand but got a few at last. I've also found time to sort out a few videos from last week which are at the links below. The Ring Ouzel was taken on a windswept hillside at Lochlee, and the Sandpiper and Dipper feeding at Dalbrack Bridge in Glenesk.

Ring Ouzel video, click here,

Common Sandpiper video, click here,

Dipper video, click here,

I searched online and studied the books for a definitive description of a White Wagtail and am happy to conclude this bird is one. The upper photo shows the bib and the lower photo shows the grey rump and when comparing with Pied Wagtails on the beach this bird was distinctively different. This year as previously the White Wagtails weren't easy to approach but the resident Pied's were comfortable at less than 10 metres.

White Wagtail at Easthaven Beach