Thursday, 16 March 2017

Yellow Birds from my rota week

Some photos from the forest taken in between the showers when I was doing my hide rota this week. Yellow seemed to be the theme with Blue and Great Tits, Yellowhammers and Siskins. The Red Squirrel was back at the feeders as someone had provided peanuts which he then ignored as it was easier feeding on the sunflower seed dropped by the birds. I've learned that putting seed or feeders within reach of the pheasant is a costly mistake as a number of different birds hit the supplies hard. It's good to see that some visitors continue to bring food with them, now we need to turn that into all visitors.

Blue Tit with a metal ring......

Male Siskin


This big lad clucked all of the time he was below the feeders

Red Squirrel male taking the easy option, the sunflower seed the careless birds drop

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ringed Plover 2, Turnstone nil

Unable to get into a position where the waders at Inchcape Park, Arbroath weren't shaded I did manage some photos but spent a long time waiting for opportunities where the target turned into the light which they weren't inclined to do due to the wind blowing along the beach.

Although the frog at the bottom of the post isn't the first I've seen this year it was found in the hills, unfortunately spawning in the same puddle as last year which is on a land rover track. The frogs have again spawned in my garden pond earlier this week but unseen, the spawn being the only evidence.

This Ringed Plover at Inchcape stood up to and threatened the Turnstone a much bigger bird which backed down both times in two encounters

One of around 30 Redshanks on the beach with at least two wearing metal rings

One of very few Dunlin along the Angus coast just now

The only other Dunlin I saw on Tuesday

You can tell the Black-headed Gull was originally at the bottom of a larger photo, hence the awkward framing so close to the edge

One of the ever wary Goldeneye at the Lurgies, I'd be wary as well as people were shooting at them for most of the winter

An unintended reflection but welcome

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Iceland Gull and the return of Puffins

A 3rd winter Iceland Gull made a visit to Arbroath Harbour today, at first sitting at either ends of the west breakwater before flying off to preen in the sea offshore of the Old Brewhouse. Just the three Puffins at Auchmithie but I'm sure the numbers will build up over the next week or two.

Iceland Gull video, click here                                      Puffin video, click here

Iceland Gull 3rd winter on the west breakwater, Arbroath Harbour, with a Great Black-backed Gull for size comparison

On its way to just off the Old Brewhouse, perhaps it may stay and preen in the Brothock Burn at low tide

For comparison with a Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls

Best I could get in the late afternoon just before the rain at Auchmithie and they weren't keen to come inshore