Thursday, 25 August 2016

Curlew Sandpipers everywhere and St Cyrus NNR

A visit to Rossie Spit but not quite at high tide and I benefitted from many of the waders having already left as the tide had ebbed making finding a Curlew Sandpiper much easier. Normally it's a case of trying to keep an eye on a single bird amongst the Dunlin but there were no Dunlin and seven Curlew Sandpipers in the open on the waters edge. On a hot and sunny day it was difficult to know where to go next so I chanced St Cyrus NNR where there were still some birds showing but with many people around the large gull flock at the mouth of the North Esk was kept moving and unsettled.

Curlew Sandpipers video, never close, click here,

Curlew Sandpipers at Rossie Spit, Montrose Basin, six of the seven present. (SX60)

Two of twelve Black-tailed Godwits at St Cyrus

Canada Geese at St Cyrus

One of the adult Peregrines at St Cyrus

Adult male Stonechat at St Cyrus

Juvenile Stonechat

Black-headed Gull J4U3 with its supper at the Old Harbour, Montrose Basin

Monday, 22 August 2016

Montrose Railway Station and Tayock Hide

Not a day for photos but I did capture a Greenshank and one of the three Ospreys fishing near the Railway Station in Montrose where the foot bridge provides a good viewpoint.

Greenshank going at speed as usual, Tayock Hide

Paused for two seconds

Osprey Blue CR6 failing to catch the fish it tried for

The ring is visible on the left leg