Saturday, 27 May 2017

Spoonbills, Little Ringed Plover and a lonely Cygnet

A rare visit by two 1st summer Spoonbills which are currently still at Montrose Basin today Saturday 27/5/2017. Last report said they were again on Miss Erskine's Bank where the photo below shows them, which was taken from the Lurgies path. Also below a Little Ringed Plover sitting tight on three eggs after the pair had spent a few minutes seeing off a Black-headed Gull which is a threat to these tiny plovers.

Spoonbills feeding, click here for video                       

Two minutes of the Little Ringed Plovers distracting the gull from their nest, click here,



Spoonbills resting during high tide, previously they had been feeding in a channel near Maryton Ditch


Little Ringed Plover


Late Black-tailed Godwits



Grey Heron on what has become a roost, originally two birds looked to be about to nest but it's a busy place at Keptie Pond, Arbroath and I suspect that's why they abandoned it as a nest


The male Swan at Keptie who has been looking after the wee fella below while his partner continued a fruitless wait on remaining eggs for about two weeks. Today she has left the nest and joined the male and cygnet


An only child, sure to be spoilt, aawwhh....


Still a few Tufted drakes around, a species that does better at keeping ducklings from the gulls than the mallards


Jackdaw on the beach at Easthaven where only a few waders are passing through now. Other birds on the beach at high tide were Herring Gulls, Carrion Crows and Rooks feeding on the strand line


Full of cheek and character, well I think so. More of the Starlings causing a din in my garden


Feed me!


Accidental arty photo.............


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