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Old Tuesday 10th October 2017, 07:48   #3201
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Still one YBW around - calling along Abbey road. Dead other than that though...
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Old Tuesday 10th October 2017, 08:32   #3202
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Still one YBW around - calling along Abbey road. Dead other than that though...
Apart from the Great Egret over Nigg Bay this morning (not seen by me)! Suspect I could have seen it from my flat if I'd have been looking too.
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Old Tuesday 10th October 2017, 10:36   #3203
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Yep, I'd have got it on my list if I'd been looking out of the office window at the right time...
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Old Saturday 14th October 2017, 18:29   #3204
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Another rather low key day at the Ness. I wandered about the Nigg Bay area in the morning. Three Teal and an obliging Wigeon were on the marsh. Although things were sometimes busy in scrubby areas, the best I could show for it was four Chiffchaffs, seven Goldcrests, four Coal Tits, two Siskins and a Redpoll. Five Bullfinches were also about. Apparently the ringers have caught several in recent weeks, so there are obviously good numbers about.
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Old Saturday 21st October 2017, 18:27   #3205
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While I've been hard at work during the week, earning my crust, others have been seeing a few good birds. Some remnants of the influx of migrants was still around today, and there was some interest even if the party seems to be coming to a conclusion.

Thrushes were still quite numerous around Nigg Bay, particularly Blackbirds and Redwings. There were two Yellow-browed Warblers, one seen briefly near the waterworks and the other heard calling further west. A pukka looking Siberian Chiffchaff was seen along the Tullos Burn, resolutely refusing to call. A flock of seven Whooper Swans flew over, coming from the west. Other stuff around there included a Siskin, two Snipe, four Teal, two Chiffchaffs, a Water Rail and a Coal Tit. A marauding Sparrowhawk was seen carrying off a Redwing.

A look around the rest of the Ness was pretty underwhelming though, with little in the way of migrants.
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Old Sunday 22nd October 2017, 19:19   #3206
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Still a lot of thrushes around today, with Blackbirds and Redwings into three figures. More interesting were three Ring Ouzels around Nigg Bay. Two were in the scrub along by the school fields, including one very dark looking immature. The other was an adult in flight nearer the waterworks. A Yellow-browed Warbler was heard calling nearby. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the marsh. Other bits and pieces included three Teal, four Bullfinches, two Redpolls, a Mistle Thrush and ten Goldcrests.
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Old Tuesday 24th October 2017, 13:44   #3207
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Barred warbler last night (and again this lunchtime) at the west end of the north bank, around the area where the traffic cones have been creatively deployed. Also a black redstart (or maybe 2) here, and a sibe chiff yesterday. Not much anywhere else around the headland though...
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Old Tuesday 24th October 2017, 18:02   #3208
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A late afternoon foray produced quite good views of the Barred Warbler in the 'traffic cone tree'. It's the second time I've seen one in that specific tree, in fact. Also a female Black Redstart in the patch of trees a short distance to the west of there.

Also of note, much of the scrub at the western end of the Abbey Road patch has been ripped out today. Quite dramatic! Not sure what the plan is for that bit of ground.
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Old Saturday 28th October 2017, 21:03   #3209
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Some late news from Wednesday of some progress on the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

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Nice work! There wasn't much else though, and there wasn't a lot today either. It really seemed like winter, despite the mild temperatures. The best was a good view of an adult Water Rail in the marsh. Otherwise, a couple of Bullfinches and a scatter of Goldcrests was about all that was around. Two Redwings (most likely Icelandic I guess) flew in off the sea. A Common Scoter went north.
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Old Monday 30th October 2017, 09:59   #3210
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It definitely felt like winter yesterday, with a rather biting northwesterly wind. I spent quite a while seawatching but, although there was some passage of auks and Gannets, there was little else. Single Long-tailed Ducks and Common Scoters were the best of it. A male Blackcap was in the scrub between Campbell's and Inverdee House.

It's also worth mentioning that all of the scrub and trees in the Abbey Road area have now been removed. It's pretty drastic stuff. Has anyone found out what's going to happen to it?
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Old Friday 3rd November 2017, 22:49   #3211
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2 sibe chiffchaffs in Nigg Bay this afternoon, including one that was giving the alternative ‘hweet-like’ call
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"It's also worth mentioning that all of the scrub and trees in the Abbey Road area have now been removed. It's pretty drastic stuff. Has anyone found out what's going to happen to it?"

Richard Nicholson is the Arboricultural Officer for the city. Send him an e-mail through Trees@aberdeencity.gov.uk
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Thanks for the email address Malky. I'll see if I can find anything out.

A lovely late autumn day in Torry today, with a certain amount of interest bird-wise. A Snow Bunting - my first of the year - flew south over the wetlands. I also had quite good views of a Siberian Chiffchaff in scrub near the school fields, giving a regular tristis flat call. There was also a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, initially along the embankment and then sitting in a willow along the burn. Other stuff in the wetlands included seven Snipe, three Teal, two regular Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests, two Siskins and a Redpoll. A late Common Darter was still on the wing.

Around the rest of the Ness there were three Stonechats and a Totaliser raising 135 Purple Sandpipers.
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The strong northwesterly meant that the main interest was out to sea today and I managed a fairly decent seawatch around midday. Four Little Auks were seen heading north, though most put down on the sea rather than continuing onwards. A couple were reasonably close in. Probably better was a single Black Guillemot, also heading north. Also seen were a single Great Northern Diver, two Long-tailed Duck, 36 Wigeon and two Mallard.

Elsewhere, a Chiffchaff was in the bushes around Campbells and a pair of Stonechats was in Greyhope Bay, where a party of around 20 Siskins were seen flying over the sea.
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A nice stroll today, mostly around Nigg Bay. The weather was bright and sunny but with a cold and fairly brisk wind. A Siberian Chiffchaff was seen nicely in the trees east of the football pitch. It was accompanied by a more normal looking Chiffchaff and a few Goldcrests. Two Jack Snipe were around the marsh, where there were also two Teal and a Wigeon. Not too much else except for six Rooks and a group of Long-tailed Tits, which were along Victoria Road. A few were ringed, so I assume this was part of the group from around the ringing station at the waterworks.
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One or two things around today, although mostly birds that have been present for a few days. I finally managed to catch up with the juvenile Great Northern Diver that's been in the harbour. It was sometimes a bit elusive, generally on the northern side of the inner harbour near the lifeboat station.

I also had very good views of the roosting Short-eared Owl on the northeastern side of the golf course (next to the third tee). I guess it's used to people standing just a few metres away from it, and is surprisingly hard to see unless you look closely.

The most unusual sighting was of a Jack Snipe that flew along the shore in Greyhope Bay before coming down out of sight in a crevice amongst the rocks. The pair of Stonechats were also along the bank adjacent to the bay. There was also some positive news on the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

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