Saturday, 21 September 2019

Clifftop Walk (21/9/19)

Wheatear


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.

Species seen.
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.


House Martin

Wheatear

Wheatear

Gannet

Guillemot

Oystercatcher

Kittiwake

Kestrel

Kestrel

Eider

Black Headed Gull

Common Scoter

Knot

Shag

Gannet

Common Gull

Cormorant

Common Gull

Fulmar

Great Black Backed Gull

Common Scoter

Guillemot

Razorbill

Goosander

Stonechat

Painted Lady

Cormorant

Cormorant

Herring Gull

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Peacock

Cormorant



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.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

The Great North Run (18/9/19)

Red Grouse

For this Wednesdays birding outing with Paul, we decided on a trip north to Speyside where we hoped to catch up with some of the specialities from that area - Crested Tits in particular, but also hopefully Golden Eagle as well as White Tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier and maybe a Scottish Crossbill or two. With time running out a little for Paul to reach his target of 200 species in a year (he's only onshore for about half of that) we needed to try to maximise our time. We started early and headed up through Glenshee then into Aberdeenshire then over the tops into Moray. We started birding the area at Dava Moor and Lochindorb before heading up the A9 to Strathdearn for raptors then down to Loch Garten for Cresties. Unfortunately luck wasn't on our side and it was a lot of miles and effort for zero return for either of us with regards year-ticks. An enjoyable enough day however.

Breakdown of sightings (only first of each species)

Dundee - Feral Pigeon, Herring Gull, Starling, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon,

Dundee to Dava Moor (via Glenshee & The Lecht) - Blackbird, Collared Dove, Rook, Swallow, Kestrel, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Mistle Thrush, Common Gull, Red Grouse, Red Legged Partridge, Raven.

Lochindorb/Dava Moor - Mallard, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Greylag Goose

Strathdearn - Red Kite, Peregrine, Long Tailed Tit
(Mammals - Red Deer, Feral Goat)
(Dragonfly - Common Hawker)

Loch Garten - Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Treecreeper, Goldcrest
(Mammal - Red Squirrel)

Loch Garten to Dundee (via A9) - Song Thrush, Jay, Mute Swan, Black Headed Gull
(Mammal - Roe Deer)


Tufted Duck

Goldeneye

Red Kite

Buzzard

Raven

Common Hawker

Common Hawker

Ichneumon sp.

Red Deer

Buzzard

Raven

Red Deer

Kestrel

Feral Goat

Peregrine

Red Deer

Coal Tit

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Robin

Robin

Red Squirrel

Coal Tit

Coal Tit & Red Squirrel

Coal Tit

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Treecreeper

Greylag Goose


40 species seen - Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Gull, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Long Tailed Tit, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Mute Swan, Peregrine, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Red Grouse, Red Kite, Red Legged Partridge, Robin, Feral Pigeon, Rook, Song Thrush, Starling, Swallow, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon.

Dragonfly seen - Common Hawker.

Mammals seen - Feral Goat, Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer.