Despite the record-breaking temperatures in some parts of Scotland today my morning visit to the Ythan Estuary was draped in cloud. Add to this a strong northwesterly and it was quite a dreary mornings birding with temperatures struggling to reach 14C.
|A party group f 14 Ruff from the 'Snub' layby|
That said there's always plenty to see and point the camera at around the Ythan! Having parked up at the 'Snub' layby I managed a count of seven Little Egret
all hunkered up along the opposite bank. A record for the area I'm led to believe. As I counted the Egrets a party group of fourteen Ruff
passed by, thankfully my camera was primed and ready.
|A single Knot just below the layby during a very brief sunny interlude.|
My normal commute between here and the Waulkmill Hide produced a good selection of waders: Redshank
, Ringed Plover
, Black-tailed Godwit
, Bar-tailed Godwit
, some of which are photographed below. A single Osprey
was also noted from the Waulkmill Hide.
|1st Wheatear of the Autumn at Cransdale car park.|
A short drive to Collieston for a brief sea watch away from the Ythan produced my first autumn Wheatear
along the rocks from the Cransdale car park. Also while here at least three Rock Pipits
and a passing Kestrel
Out to sea four Red-throated Divers
among the many Razorbill
. Several fish shoales were being bombarded by Gannets
and a selection of Gulls
, plus three Great Skuas
. At one stage a single Manx Shearwater
passed through and while following with the scope a large Cetacea breached briefly, possibly a Minke Whale
but it was away off and unfortunately, I didn't connect again.