TonyQ

TonyQ Big Year 2017 (A second attempt)

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43. (UK.43). Siskin Carduelis spinus

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Loch of Kinnordy 14.02.2017

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Loch of Kinnordy 14.02.2017

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44. (UK.44). Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

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Loch of Kinnordy 14.02.2017

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45. (UK.45). Twite Carduelis flavirostris

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Near Loch of Kinnordy 14.02.2017

This was a mixed flock of birds that flew quite quickly. I confess I didn't know they were Twite until I looked at the photos when we got home!

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46. (UK.46). Wigeon Anas penelope

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Birnie Loch 15.02.2017

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Birnie Loch 15.02.2017

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Birnie Loch 15.02.2017

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47. (UK.47). American Wigeon Anas americana

(New bird)

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Gaddon Loch 15.02.2017

The American Wigeon is a rare visitor to the UK - it doesn't even make it into the rarities section of our bird book. So it was a treat to see it.

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48. (UK.48). Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

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Gaddon Loch 15.02.2017

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Gaddon Loch 15.02.2017

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49. (UK.49). Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

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(f) Broughty Ferry, Scotland 14.02.2017

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(m) Broughty Ferry, Scotland 14.02.2017

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50. (UK.50). Turnstone Arenaria interpres

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Broughty Ferry, Scotland 16.02.2017

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When I am in Scotland I am a tourist, so I can't see this without stopping and taking a photo...

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Lovely shots, the Tree creeper is a bogey bird for me, even see them in the garden now and again but getting a photo is a different matter!

Scotland takes some beating.

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Some great shots again @@TonyQ! And a lot of really good birds with the American Wigeon as hughlight!

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Great selection of birds from Scotland, @@TonyQ ! By the time we will go there (August) most will probably be gone, but the fury one will be around, I believe :) .

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@@TonyQ - you have got it all - great photos, rare birds, new birds (I've never heard of a twite) and some old favourites I haven't seen in a long time (I haven't seen a treecreper in at least 10 years)

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@@Dave Williams

Thank you. I always find Treecreepers difficult also. They tend to move quickly and do it in the shade!

@@PeterHG

@@lmSA84

Thank you

@@xelas

I am sure there will beone or two left for you. And I am sure you will enjoy HIghland Cattle.

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51. (UK.51). Redshank Tringa totanus

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Broughty Ferry, Scotland 16.02.2017

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52. (UK.52). Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

EBC territory!

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53. (UK.53). Eider Somateria mollissima

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(f) Broughty Ferry, Scotland 13.02.2017

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(m) Arbroath, Scotland 16.02.2017

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(m) Montrose, Scotland 16.02.2017

I put the second male in as it shows the colour at the front of its chest.This is a spectacular bird. Last year I only saw males at a distance, so it was great to see them much closer this year.

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54. (UK.54). Skylark Alauda arvensis

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

We dont see many of these in our area of the country because of changes to farming methods. It was a real pleasure to here numbers of them singing on either side of the track we were walking on.

 

Periodically, one would shoot up in the air, hover and sing very loudly.

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

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55. (UK.55). Greenshank Tringa nebularia

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Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

A bit of an EBC. Taken through the window of the Visitor Centre as we sat down with a cup of coffee.

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56. (UK.56). Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

(New Bird)

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Near Pitlochry, Scotland 14.02.2017

A fairly rare visitor to the UK. It was hanging about with the Tufted Ducks (the relatives). We met a man who lived near the pool - he said it had been there all winter, and indeed had spent the previous winter there (but disappeared during the summer)

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57. (UK.57). Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

(New Bird)

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Near Loch Leven, Scotland 15.02.2017

Very distant, feeding on a field with a few Mute Swans - we couldn't get closer so this is the best I could do!

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58. (UK.58). Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

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(f) Montrose Basin, Scotland 17.02.2017

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(m) Ladywalk Reserve, West Midlands (England) 07.03.2017

We saw lots of pheasants in Scotland, but I couldn't get a decent picture of a male, so this on is from England a few weeks later.

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59. (UK.59). Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

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Monifieth, Scotland 17.02.2017

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60. (UK.60). Dunlin Calidris alpina

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Monifieth, Scotland 17.02.2017

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Monifieth, Scotland 17.02.2017

I really like watching Dunlin - pretty little birds.

 

That is probably all from this trip to Scotland. (I do have one or two really bad photos of birds we may see elsewhere - but I may dig them out on December 31st :) )

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So back to England....

 

61. (UK.61). Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

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Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 04.03.2017

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Manor Farm Park, Birmingham 04.03.2017

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