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Old Saturday 22nd December 2007, 10:54   #326
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I just went outside and checked the thermometer: -11C

It's been a long time since it's been that cold.

Nice Douglas Fir cones by the way, Ken.
Wow. That's cold. Wrap up warm, boys.
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Here are the same bits of the River Dee today, showing what -12 upstream can do. It wasn't too cold here in Aberdeen though.
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Old Sunday 23rd December 2007, 20:28   #328
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Most of the ice on the river had gone today but it still felt cold in the fresh wind. I took a wander round the Ness early in the afternoon, which at this time of year is 'late in the day'. Something I'm sure you'll all be delighted about is that once more the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser has moved on to:

200

A nice round number, I think you'll agree. All were roosting up on the old pier with the high tide but only four red colour rings could be seen. Maybe that shows a bit of a movement of birds through the area.

We've not had particularly cold weather here in Aberdeen but some of the ground was still frozen and this prompted a Robin to feed right down on the strand line on the north shore.

A single Bottle-nosed Dolphin was swimming into the harbour. I thought it was quite strange that it was on its own and reckoned there must be a few others in the area. Sure enough four more were frolicking with great enthusiasm in the heavy seas off the foghorn. I also noticed a single Harbour Porpoise appearing occasionally through the swell. It seemed to be keeping its distance from the dolphins. A rather forlorn looking young seal was stranded up on the rocks at the eastern end of Greyhope Bay.

The 'Royal' Eiders, as Dr G calls our two King Eiders, were off the foghorn. They were quite distant at first and rather aloof from the Common Eiders but then they reappeared just off the jetty later on. A large flock of gulls, most of them Common Gulls, were feeding five hundred metres or so offshore. A single Fulmar was gliding amongst them, the first I've seen for a month or more. More surprising still, I caught sight briefly of a Manx Shearwater attempting to head south into the wind. It disappeared for a bit but then reappeared much closer in to the shore. This was a move it soon regretted as it began to receive unwelcome attention from a squadron of large gulls, keen to remind it of where a Manx Shearwater should be at this time of year. Eventually it got the message and escaped to the open seas. It's much the latest date in the year that I've ever seen a Manxie. There were also at least 3 Kittiwakes around - again a species I've not seen for a while.

This will probably be the last report from Torry for 2007, at least from me. I'm off 'doon sooth' tomorrow but will be back home in the New Year. I'm wondering what I'm going to miss over the next week. So long as it's not another Eider species, I'll probably cope.
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good report as usual Andrew. Nice to know what I've been missing this past week. Today is a bit milder up the valley, and I was sent into the garden to dig up some leeks. Not having a pneumatic drill, I had to give up. We'll have Christmas lunch when the permafrost thaws.

Happy Christmas, and a successful new year to you all who read this fascinating, informative, humorous and entertaining thread, and I just hope the Royals hang around until 2008. I don't think I've ever managed to tick the same individuals two years running.

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Old Sunday 23rd December 2007, 21:45   #330
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good report as usual Andrew. Nice to know what I've been missing this past week. Today is a bit milder up the valley, and I was sent into the garden to dig up some leeks. Not having a pneumatic drill, I had to give up. We'll have Christmas lunch when the permafrost thaws.

Happy Christmas, and a successful new year to you all who read this fascinating, informative, humorous and entertaining thread, and I just hope the Royals hang around until 2008. I don't think I've ever managed to tick the same individuals two years running.

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Cheers Ken - have a wonderful Christmas yourself. And keep up the good work on your own excellent website!
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I hope you have a great Christmas Andrew

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Old Monday 24th December 2007, 11:11   #333
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Right, time to go down the ness then Andrew! Hope you're not going too far south.....it'll be a long drive back for that spectacled eider!

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.....it'll be a long drive back for that spectacled eider!
Or Steller's

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Those are the chaps. If you can also avoid seeing any Harlequins over the next week or so then that would be great!

You can see some good stuff, obviously, just not those ones.
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Those are the chaps. If you can also avoid seeing any Harlequins over the next week or so then that would be great!
Still looks icy on the Dee:

http://myndir.fuglar.is/picture.view...icture_id=1251
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http://myndir.fuglar.is/uploadImage/...traumond_9.jpg

This is what to look for chaps.
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Compliments of the season to everybody in the Torry gang. Thanks for bringing back many childhood memories.

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"Merry Christmas" to everyone,from a 100% Torry Loon born and bred and still living in the "Royal Burgh of Torry".
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Both the "King and Queen" are still in residence,this morning.If you are going for a look,wrap up well,as its freezing.
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Both birds still on the water,opposite the (Torry Coo) Foghorn this morning.
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Both birds still on the water,opposite the (Torry Coo) Foghorn this morning.
Andrew will be back in a few days. You need to try a little harder to find something to grip him off with while he's away.
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Shall try my best in the morning Helen.How does Harlequin Duck sound to you ?
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Shall try my best in the morning Helen.How does Harlequin Duck sound to you ?
Superb. Just as long as it doesn't stick around long.
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I have visited the Coo several times recently to look for the King Eiders. My skill level is such that I have not been certain which of the Eiders is a King Eider, or even which of the "different looking" Eiders is the Prince and the Queen. No-one who has been there when I am has been able to assist me.
My new camera does not seem to be able to use to digiscope, but I have taken some photographs, which I attach a few, and the others can be found at
http://www.amilne.co.uk/indiabirdrep...Coo/index.html
None of them is sufficiently detailed to provide a good photograph, but as a whole they may enable an expert to tell me if I have been photographing the right birds, and which one is the male. I have tried since again since these were taken, but the light has been poor for photographing at these distances with my kit.
All except No 11 have has image/adjust/automatic levels in Xnview to enhance the colours.
I also attach a photograph of the Coo, and would ask if it was any of the readers here who tried to park next to it on Xmas day?
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Hi Alex - all of the pictures you've attached (apart from the trashed car one) show at least one of the King Eiders.
1. The two right hand birds, with the drake top.
3. Shows the drake.
4. Drake right and female left. This one shows the head and bill profile well, particularly on the female.
5. The two dark birds, with the drake top.
That trashed car's making me feel homesick. I was quite a few hundred miles away on Christmas day by the way!
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Thanks for helping out Andrew.
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Just keeping this thread to the forefront! Went to the Torry Coo today (idiot that I am) looking for the king and queen eiders. There were a few eiders on show but I couldn't claim any of them were the royals. The conditions were really bad, gale force wind and rain and freezing. BTW, a second metal post has been removed from the fence around the Coo (it wasnae me honest) so it is now easier to get inside where it can be a bit more sheltered, but with a restricted view.
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Hi Ken - according to his blog Mark Lewis didn't see them on New Year's Eve so perhaps they've departed. I'm back in town now, so will have a look when I'm able. The forecast looks a bit grim for tomorrow though!
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