For the first day of my latest week's holiday from work (Saturday) I had a plan to get up very early and head through to Arbroath cliffs to do some seawatching. With winds from the southeast I hoped that birds would be pushed in closer than usual and perhaps something unusual might be in the mix. I slept in however but still decided to head for Arbroath cliffs when I got up. I arrived around noon and headed out to the cliffs where it was initially rather hazy and overcast. However it did eventually burn off resulting in a very nice day. Unfortunately the winds weren't quite strong enough to bring much in close so the seawatching was disappointing. I decided to walk along the cliffs and eventually ended up going all the way to Auchmithie. 44 species of bird, 5 of butterfly and 1 moth species seen in total. Photo opportunities were fairly limited also.
On walk to bus stop Arbroath Road - Feral Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Starling, Herring Gull, Robin, Blue Tit, Blackbird.
From bus to Arbroath - Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Mallard.
Arbroath/Cliffs (seawatching) - Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Shag, Great Black Backed Gull, Fulmar, Black Headed Gull, Gannet, Kittiwake, House Martin, Wheatear, Razorbill, Guillemot, Oystercatcher, Kestrel, Eider, Common Gull, Cormorant, Common Scoter, Rock Pipit, Knot.
Cliff walk and Auchmithie - Goosander, Grey Heron, Curlew, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Swallow
Butterflies seen - Red Admiral, Small Copper, Painted Lady, Peacock, Large White
Moth seen - Silver Y
Arbroath bus station to Dundee - Dipper, Mute Swan, Rook.
|Black Headed Gull|
|Great Black Backed Gull|
Species seen - Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Common Gull, Common Scoter, Cormorant, Curlew, Dipper, Eider, Fulmar, Gannet, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Black Backed Gull, Grey Heron, Guillemot, Herring Gull, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Kittiwake, Knot, Lapwing, Linnet, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Pied Wagtail, Razorbill, Robin, Feral Pigeon, Rock Pipit, Rook, Shag, Skylark, Starling, Stonechat, Swallow, Wheatear, Woodpigeon, Yellowhammer.
Butterflies seen - Large White, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper.
Moths seen - Silver Y.