Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beach birds, no bikinis involved

Tales from my Westhaven to Easthaven Webs count, one from Inchcape Park in Arbroath and then another try for Kittiwakes at the cliffs before they all fledge. Needless to say it got dull again, or was it dull when I started. I've started off with some comparison photos of our Hirundines not in any specific order but all taken near to or at Easthaven on Friday.

House Martin, note the white rump and short fish tail

Sand Martin

The unmistakable Barn Swallow, the red cheeks aren't obvious but the long marked tail certainly is

A Swift, the shape and speed are a giveaway and the screeching sometimes heard when in a group

The first Wheatear juvenile I've seen on the beach this year, already on the move south perhaps. A second was seen at Arbroath Cliffs

Some of 37 returning Dunlin on the beach, a mixture of adult and juveniles were recorded

The Oystercatchers and other waders don't like dogs as is obvious from this. Why would anyone need to have five dogs? In the flock were Redshank, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Gull, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and a Whimbrel. Not all seen in this photo

Turnstones back at Inchcape in Arbroath, no Purple Sandpipers yet

Fulmar at the "Mariners Grave", Arbroath Cliffs

Kittiwake adult

Always calling and apparently playing in the wind but I'm sure it's a form of behaviour to do with communal nesting

Juvenile Kittiwake

Slightly younger and less confident juvenile

I said to Olive this reminded me of her and I until she pointed out what they were sitting on, failed again.......

Herring Gull, if it flies past photograph it

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