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Old Friday 13th June 2014, 14:38   #26
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Skuas

It has not been anything special to report from DonMouth the last weeks but today it was one Arctic Skua and one Great Skua just outside the mouth.
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Old Friday 13th June 2014, 17:03   #27
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Or did I put wrong ID? Could it be two Arctic Skuas One dark phase?
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Old Friday 13th June 2014, 21:14   #28
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Or did I put wrong ID? Could it be two Arctic Skuas One dark phase?
Yes, I would say so. To be honest, that was my thought as soon as I looked at your photo this afternoon - difficult to judge size, but it certainly seems to lack the bulk of a Bonxie. Arctics are much the commoner skua coming close inshore to harass the terns etc on the Aberdeenshire coast during the summer.
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Old Friday 13th June 2014, 21:26   #29
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Thanks Hugh!

When I looked at my pictures did this feeling grow stronger. So 2 Arctic Skuas are what it is.
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Old Friday 20th June 2014, 16:27   #30
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I have visit DonMouth the last days without any good records. Today I had a new "Aberdeen" butterfly for me, Six-spoted Burnet. A few was flying at the south side of DonMouth. Maybe are this butterflies common here but I post it if they aren't...
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Old Wednesday 10th September 2014, 21:34   #31
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A while since I've had a look round here, but I had a fairly brief look around Donmouth and the golf course this afternoon in rather lovely weather. A Kingfisher was a bit of a surprise on the estuary. A Wheatear, a Whitethroat and three juvenile Stonechats were on the golf course. I might try looking a bit more often over coming weeks.
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Old Sunday 28th September 2014, 09:51   #32
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2 Kingfishers on the Don at the moment on your patch. One hanging about the Bridge of Don to Donmouth with occasion clashes with no 2 who's hanging about the Brig o Balgownie right round into Seaton Park. Both male.
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Old Wednesday 8th October 2014, 19:20   #33
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I wasn't able to utilise the flexibility of my job to quite as much of a degree as I would have liked today. I did, however, manage a quick wander around the King's Links and the south side of Donmouth late in the afternoon. Unlike everyone else who went birding in Aberdeenshire today, I didn't manage to find anything particularly exceptional. Perhaps the most notable sighting was a flock of 18 Greylag Geese heading inland. With them was a smaller goose, which I suspect might have been a White-front but it was too distant to be sure.

There were some migrants about but it was all fairly common fare: two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a Fieldfare, a Reed Bunting, ten Song Thrushes, a Stonechat, a Wheatear and eight Goldcrests. Other stuff included two Wigeon, two Dunlin and 17 Sanderling.
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Old Thursday 13th November 2014, 18:23   #34
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I heard my first Waxwing of the winter today in Old Aberdeen (along Dunbar Street). I also took some students out for a wander around Seaton Park to look for birds. Not too much around but a few Redwings and a Dipper briefly. A couple of days ago there were four Little Grebes upstream of Bridge of Don and a Purple Sandpiper on the beach.
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Old Wednesday 7th January 2015, 20:37   #35
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No sightings of the now legendary Seaton Park Toilet Duck?
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Harlequin 1st winter Drake

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Harlequin still present today feeding in one of the channels on the other side of canoe slalom.
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Harlequin duck still present at lunchtime today (17th) but further upstream (just east of the northern tip of Papermill Avenue).
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Old Monday 26th January 2015, 16:16   #38
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A good weekend at Donmouth. 2 Peregrine Falcons on top of Lord Hays Court. Resident Common Buzzard and Kestrel on the Links and a Little Egret briefly visiting too
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Iceland Gull on the rugby pitch in Seaton Park on Saturday. FPS tells me it's likely the same one as at Girdleness recently.
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Old Sunday 8th February 2015, 19:45   #40
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Had a nice stroll around Seaton Park and Donmouth this afternoon. The Harlequin was up at Papermill Drive and, as others have noted, is starting to look a bit more 'full on'. Also had some good views of Dipper around there, as well as several displaying Stock Doves. Things were rather quiet elsewhere (well, I guess there weren't any mega rares anyway). Several Red-throated Divers were offshore and the flock of 24 Sanderling on the beach included one colour-ringed bird. Will be interesting to find out what its story is.
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Old Monday 9th February 2015, 11:55   #41
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Had a nice stroll around Seaton Park and Donmouth this afternoon. The Harlequin was up at Papermill Drive and, as others have noted, is starting to look a bit more 'full on'. Also had some good views of Dipper around there, as well as several displaying Stock Doves. Things were rather quiet elsewhere (well, I guess there weren't any mega rares anyway). Several Red-throated Divers were offshore and the flock of 24 Sanderling on the beach included one colour-ringed bird. Will be interesting to find out what its story is.
The colour-ringed Sanderling was originally ringed as an adult female in Zackenberg, northeast Greenland in June 2011. Since then it has been seen several times in Aberdeenshire and during every winter period.
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Old Wednesday 25th February 2015, 21:34   #42
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The 1st-winter Iceland Gull was downstream of the roadbridge from at least 2.10-2.30 this afternoon, both on the river and down at the mouth. It was getting some stick from the Herring Gulls. Also an ad LBb Gull & a Grey Wag (probably not unusual, but I don't recall seeing one there before).
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The 1st-winter Iceland Gull was showing very nicely just downriver of the Brig o' Balgownie at lunchtime today, mainly perched on a large branch north of the island. No time to look for the Harlequin, but it's beginning to look like it really might have gone.
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Harlequin looking pretty funky these days. Here's one from last Friday...http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15...1302c9d9d5.jpg
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Hi

Any advice on trying to see White-billed Divers off Portsoy. Appreciate they are usually well offshore. Any particular place to try to view from and any tide conditions better than others?

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Old Friday 23rd October 2015, 11:13   #46
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A while since I posted on this thread, which is because I haven't really done any birding in NE Aberdeen lately. Anyway, this morning I was quite surprised to see a flock of 7 Crossbills going south over Spital on my way to work. That's a 'patch tick' for me, I guess.
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Old Saturday 7th November 2015, 13:35   #47
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On Thursday morning I took my students out looking for birds in Seaton Park. We had good views of a pair of Dippers on the river and also saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker briefly. It was a bit frustrating to only hear a Kingfisher on the river.

Perhaps a bit predictably the birds improved once most of the students had left. I was walking back over the King's Links when two Short-eared Owls flew up from the rough grass. One proceeded to fly around my head alarm calling for several minutes! Sadly none of the students were around by that stage to enjoy it, though admittedly this might have been partly because I'd set an essay deadline for the same afternoon.
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There was a 1st-winter Iceland Gull at the rivermouth this afternoon. Also probably the same two Short-eared Owls that Andrew saw a fortnight ago were over the rough ground at the north-west of King's Links, mobbing a couple of perched Buzzards.
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At least four Short-eared Owls on the northern part of King's Links today, flying about to great effect in mild sunshine. Happily a few of my students hung around to enjoy them this time. Here's a picture one of them took.
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Had a look at the Kings links today and saw two young guys continuously flushing short eared owls just so they could take photos. I did wonder how long it would take for this to happen just hope it does not end up like down in Arbroath where they are flushing and baiting the owls with mice just so they can take photos
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