|"Foamy Sea", Cransdale Head|
The sea sometime conjures up other surprises, such as the intermittent invasion by foam that can mark Easterly gales.
The village itself is divided into a number of smaller distinct communities, with Hightown, Lowtown surrounding the harbour, and Kirkton of Slains at the gateway to the village.
Birders tend to favour the roadside and churchyard bushes at Kirkton, and those these often prove productive , but the entire village has a history of producing surprising finds, as well as the regular movement of migrants through the gardens,fields and surrounding wilder ground often being impressive in extent. These finds have included Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Lanceolated Warbler, multiple records of Greenish Warbler as well as numerous local rarities and scarcer migrants.
Reserve rarities have included Thrush Nightingale, Rough-legged Buzzard, Montague's Harrier and Subalpine Warbler. Obviously the adjoining Ythan Estuary is a major draw for birders and walkers alike.
As you come out of the village, passing the Forvie Centre, you will see Mains of Slains Farm, and beyond this as you approach the Collieston cross-roads, you will see Cotehill Loch on your left, and also the view across the western flank of the reserve. Cotehill loch itself has had many bird of interest over the years including Ringed-Necked Duck, Green-winged Teal, Marsh Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and Red-necked Grebe. More recently Montague's Harrier's have been seen.
|Sunset at Collieston|
|Pools in Slains area|