Saturday, 12 September 2020

"Bandits at 2 o'clock Carruthers" (birds flushed)

   
It was on Friday morning 11/9/2020, when just for a change I was out birding at Montrose Basin and guess what, it was dull, cold, windy and with light rain. I was looking at cold grey mud, water and sky!

Then birds started to appear as the tide turned at Maryton Ditch, first Redshanks, small groups of Black-headed Gulls, a group of Red-breasted Mergansers and a large flock of Wigeon. I thought I'd persevere and wait for something to happen and to my surprise it did, with Curlew Sandpipers and two Spoonbills flying in and apparently oblivious of my presence.

These first photos have been brightened, reality was much more grim.....

Curlew Sandpiper video, 4 birds eventually, click here

Spoonbills preening, click here     Spoonbills flying, click here for video


Curlew Sandpiper, first there was one....



then there were two...



then it was three...and in a video later there were four



While I was sheltering from the wind on the Lurgies path this lonely Pink-footed Goose flew in, it looks a bit thin















Hundreds of metres out on the mud, Jonathon picked this Barnacle Goose up in his scope



Photo from the Lurgies, dead centre is a Great Egret



Just after the RAF flushed everything I managed to capture this Spoonbill with Aldi in the distant background



"Bandits at 2 o'clock Carruthers". The bandits being the RAF when 3 fighter jets made a low and very noisy pass over the south of the basin. Montrose Steeple and Spoonbill



And now a selection of Spoonbill photos taken in the early gloom at Maryton where they spent some time preening and what looked like just waking up for the outgoing tide





































Thursday, 10 September 2020

Spoonbills and Pinkies


Some photos and video of the two Spoonbills and a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper I found at the Lurgies on Wednesday. I'd gone on the off chance that a missing Cattle Egret from Strathbeg might be in the field with the cattle, it wasn't but I suppose if there are cattle on the north bank, the ground there is also suitable.

Spoonbill video, click here             Spoonbill catching flounders, click here   

Pink-footed Geese, click here       Curlew Sandpiper, click here 

Canada Goose juvenile, click here for colour changing bird video 



3rd calendar year Spoonbill at the Lurgies on Wednesday September 9th in company with a 1st calendar year bird












A distant but just within record photo limit Curlew Sandpiper (in some light)



In the shade of a large dark cloud



Pink-footed Geese, around 80 birds were moving around with some preening in the ditch at Miss Erskine's Bank



What looked like a very black Canada Goose which later was found to be a rich dark brown on the back and a lighter brown on its flanks which I think means it's a young bird and perhaps the one I'd mentioned on the blog before



Adult Canada Goose from the Lurgies path



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Have a Spoonbill photo as a thank you














Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Little Gull and Mediterranean Gull (7/9/2020)



Stop press: 2 Spoonbills at Victoria Park, Arbroath tonight, Tuesday, perhaps the two seen at the Eden Estuary earlier in the day.

Little Gull at West Links Arbroath, flies to Med Gull, click here for video   originally near a BH Gull then moves in the strong wind


Little Gull in the wind