Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Mediterranean Gulls - not weather


A check on the Mediterranean Gulls at West Links in Arbroath, at high tide, when I found a 1st and 2nd summer sitting on the seaweed at the foot of the rock armour with the Black-headed Gulls and a single Sandwich Tern. No terns were found at Inchcape Park where the continuous parking of twenty campervans seems to put them off roosting there at high tide. Time to charge for overnight stays or Council Tax, and I wonder where they wash and empty their toilets, those that have one!

Mediterranean Gull, 2nd summer, click here for 4K UHD video



Mediterranean Gull 1st summer (one year old)







Mediterranean Gull 2nd summer (two years old). The larger shuffled looking feathers than a Black-headed Gull has are shown well here







Lesser Black-backed Gull







Sandwich Tern, as with the gulls it was difficult to get a clear view at high tide



I am intrigued with the large tongue which it obviously needs for its diet of mussels and crabs



Saturday, 1 August 2020

Hoverflies with a P1000


Insects Hoverflies, Butterflies, Olive's flowers and something the birds planted! Identification is my best guess with some investigation, flowers are Olive's job but don't hold you breath!

Marmalade Hoverfly video, click here  

Syrphus ribesii Hoverfly,click here for video renamed


Marmalade Hoverfly

















Syrphus ribesii is a very common Holarctic species of hoverfly. Its larvae feed on aphids. In common with many other species of hoverfly, males have the eyes meeting on the top of the head, whilst females have their eyes widely separated.


Syrphus ribesii is a very common Holarctic species of hoverfly. Its larvae feed on aphids. In common with many other species of hoverfly, males have the eyes meeting on the top of the head, whilst females have their eyes widely separated.



I'm assuming this is a Common Wasp, apparently not but still unknown



Best attempt is, Grass Moth (Crambus perlella) 



Looked big enough for Large White Butterfly











Posted for identification, planted by birds









Obviously a Poppy and likely from a wild seed mix


"Such as parcel of rogues in a nation" - anyone notice rogues is an anagram of grouse!


Incredulous......Roseanna and Mairi ask the nice men with the shotguns to show voluntary restraint after they fail to introduce the ban on Mountain Hare culling they voted for in parliament!

Scottish Government fails to stop Mountain Hare culling despite voting to do so, view this response, click here  

More about the White-tailed Eagle poisoned in the Cairngorms National Park, click here  

Cairngorms National Park - Pride of Natural Scotland, click here for poster with audio  


Graphic from Raptor Persecution Scotland







Look out for this, you'll be seeing a lot more of it soon.... hopefully the poster and not the slaughter





Thursday, 30 July 2020

Kittiwake breeding success - Arbroath Cliffs


Plan A failed, the Cory's Shearwater stayed in the Forth instead of continuing up the coast. Today it was seen heading north past the Isle of May but at 1345 there are no reports from Fife.

I still went down to Arbroath Cliffs and these are some the birds and insects I saw.  






At last a single Kittiwake in a place where I could get a photo



Same Kittiwake, it seemed a bit distracted, or maybe just tired



Juvenile Herring Gull, quite a number on the low rocks demanding to be fed



I like the detail on the wings of young gulls



I watched as the adults brought in a number of starfish, probably easy to find at low tide



Juvenile Kittiwake







Too close for a 400mm less



Kittiwake breeding seems to have been a success this year with many just about to fledge and more on the low rocks and out at sea



Six Spot Burnet Moth being bullied off a thistle by a White-tailed Bumblebee



Six Spot Burnet Moth



This massive tower has been around off the Arbroath coast for many years now, measuring wind conditions for the Seagreen Wind Farm that is now going ahead. Not sure when.