Wednesday, 11 May 2016

In search of the elusive Glossy Ibis

I eventually found the Glossy Ibis at Montrose Basin today, nobody knew where it went when not near the Shelduck Hide and we still don't as that's where it was. I suspect that it can see approaching birders and walkers when they are some distance away and simply flies away, most likely to the Mill Burn area.

Don't miss the Glenesk birds below the Montrose Basin birds from 11/5/2016, the Glenesk ones were from 9/5/2016 and also seen that day were, Ring Ouzel, Tree Pipit and Cuckoos.


Scared away before it came close enough for a photo with my DSLR

Another with the SX60, probably at 65 times zoom

My first Whitethroat of the year already nest building with what I think is some spiders silk

Late Pink Foot Geese at the Wigeon Hide, Montrose Basin. 42 present

Roe Deer buck crossing the South Esk at the Lurgies

The Redshank didn't seemed worried by the large mammal

Female Redstart in Glenesk, I like this one

Male Redstart in the same place and likely it's mate

Spotted Flycatcher near Invermark, Glenesk

Wheatear near Lochlee

Whimbrels moving through

The third group of Whimbrels I've seen this week, 2 at Easthaven, 3 passing Arbroath and now 4 on the beach at Montrose. Numbers of Terns increasing as waders dwindle and still some Goosander and Merganser.

Whimbrels feeding video, click here,

Four Whimbrels at Montrose, they were scared away by dogs

Now 24 Common Terns on the beach

This Dunlin looked a bit lost

Osprey with flounder, he's already eaten the head

Still a few Red-breasted Mergansers and nine Goosanders around at Montrose Basin

A Buzzard I accidentally disturbed from a presumed nest

A Wasp chewing wood at the Old Harbour, Montrose Basin making a home for many more wasps

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Avian Pox and Bird Feeder Hygiene

Not all bad news below but I thought I'd mention hygiene when feeding birds as I've now found three birds from different sites with what appears to be Avian Pox, a disease thought to be spread though a number mediums including bird feeders. Apparently some birds do recover but I'm not hopeful for the Coal Tit below which is an infrequent visitor to my garden where the feeders are cleaned regularly.

Also in the photos a couple of Whimbrels from my BTO Webs count at Easthaven and a yet unidentified Newt from Montreathmont Forest.

Coal Tit, a small growth is just seen above its beak and over its left eye

Not a pretty sight, the whole eye is affected and swollen but despite this the bird is behaving normally and had just finished bathing and preening

Whimbrel near Easthaven, also heard and seen calling


Grey Heron having just caught a small flounder whose body has been pierced by the Heron's beak

VTOL (vertical take off and landing) Pied Wagtail. I'd watched this Wagtail walk about on the strand line and appear to jump vertically into the air on a number of occasions and accidentally caught this. It had leapt up to catch a fly it disturbed from the seaweed.

Female Yellowhammer in Montreathmont

Newt, Common or Palmate, I don't know yet