Monday, 23 May 2016

Scurdie Ness, Montrose

A walk with Olive down to the lighthouse to loosen up my legs after an early morning Corn Bunting survey which covered 11.35 km. A surprise Short-eared Owl was the first bird I saw on the survey and I did see five Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers, four Grey Partridges and eight Puffins.

There were waders still going through at Scurdie including Sanderlings, Ringed Plover, Turnstones and one or two Dunlin. I'm not sure if the Ringed Plover actually knew I was there as the rock structures provided good cover.

Ringed Plover at Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

Again in profile

Summer plumaged Sanderling

Mixed plumage Sanderlings

Sedge Warbler, singing as usual

Meadow Pipit with unknown caterpillar species..........

This Swallows mate was bringing in nest material which this one watched and criticised, sound familiar!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Whitethroat, could it be called anything else............

A Whitethroat near Montrose Beach and three of the ever increasing number of noisy Starling chicks in my garden.

Starling symphony, click here for video

Whitethroat singing and trying to distract a dog walker away from a likely nest

He's not happy

I've never seen a Whitethroat "parachuting" like a pipit but this one did

The last photo of the "likely lads", more like three craws sittin on a wa'