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Old Tuesday 1st June 2010, 15:38   #1451
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A genuine migrant today....a garden warbler in the battery willows. Quiet otherwise, apart from newly fledged pied wags and chiffchaff.
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Had a quick look early this morning, before going to see better birds up the coast. Lots of Bottlenose Dolphin action and several Red-throated Divers moving up and down the coast was the best of it. I was quite surprised to see a Reed Bunting singing next to the Battery.
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Old Saturday 12th June 2010, 22:11   #1453
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The weather was rather autumnal this morning when I went round the Ness but the birds had a distinctly mid-summer feel. Lots of 1st summer gulls loafing about, a returning Redshank, flocks of juvenile Starlings, auks whizzing past offshore, nothing remotely rare. There were some impressive spikes of Northern Marsh Orchid and a female Wheatear was darting about the south side. I saw a few this time last year, which made me wonder what they were up to. It's a bit of an odd time to get migrants.

More important news was that the tower by the lighthouse now has a turny-around thing on it. And the mysterious hole by the bench has been mysteriously filled (see pictures). I've also discovered that the Spar near me stocks vegetarian rowies, so I can now enjoy the delights of a 'Torry croissant'.
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Old Tuesday 22nd June 2010, 19:17   #1454
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I was wandering up Victoria Road in Torry this afternoon (coming back from the shops and the Temminck's Stint) and was surprised to see ten Crossbills flying along the road. The start of something bigger?
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Old Thursday 24th June 2010, 13:28   #1455
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I was wandering up Victoria Road in Torry this afternoon (coming back from the shops and the Temminck's Stint) and was surprised to see ten Crossbills flying along the road. The start of something bigger?
That is interesting Andrew. Were they glips (4E) or parakeets (1B) or something else ? I note some have been turning up on Orkney and Shetland ( and North Ron) over the last few weeks. Not sure if these are "incoming" or "outgoing".
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That is interesting Andrew. Were they glips (4E) or parakeets (1B) or something else ? I note some have been turning up on Orkney and Shetland ( and North Ron) over the last few weeks. Not sure if these are "incoming" or "outgoing".
Sadly I was carrying my shopping at the time, so didn't get a recording . I got more of a glip impression from the calls, but I don't have a good enough ear for these to be sure. They appeared to be flying inland, so maybe coming in rather than going out. I shall have to get out and look for more (and try to get some recordings).
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Old Thursday 24th June 2010, 23:13   #1457
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Had a look around this evening, in calm and quite muggy weather. A family of seven well-grown Goosander were with their mother on the river. Another five adult Goosanders were seen around the Ness. A Sedge Warbler was on the north bank and a Reed Bunting was again singing by the Battery. A few Bottlenose Dolphins upping their ends in the usual areas. On Greyhope Bay there was a scattering of Turnstones and small numbers of Common and Sandwich Terns. From their regular calling I assume the Ringed Plovers have young, but it's hard to pick them out from amongst the single. Offshore two languid Manx Shearwaters flew north.
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Old Wednesday 30th June 2010, 20:22   #1458
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A cracking day weather wise, enlivened by a black guillemot off the foghorn, along with a manxy, a puffin, and large numbers of gulls and auks. The ness can be a very pleasant place at times like this with loads of butterflies and wildflowers to distract from the birding.....
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A cracking day weather wise, enlivened by a black guillemot off the foghorn, along with a manxy, a puffin, and large numbers of gulls and auks. The ness can be a very pleasant place at times like this with loads of butterflies and wildflowers to distract from the birding.....
talking of the foghorn, I noticed that the gap in the fence has been repaired. No more viewing from the Upper Circle.
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Old Thursday 1st July 2010, 10:51   #1460
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talking of the foghorn, I noticed that the gap in the fence has been repaired. No more viewing from the Upper Circle.
Are Black guillemot uncommon up the East Coast or do you get them in certain locations ?
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talking of the foghorn, I noticed that the gap in the fence has been repaired. No more viewing from the Upper Circle.
There were some workmen up there a month or two book who were saying this was going to happen. They also told me that if anything happened to me while I was in the foghorn then it was my own fault. I was truly chastened by that.

Black Guillemots breed along the coast in northeast Scotland but only in small numbers so are not normally very easily encountered. They get commoner further north.
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Are Black guillemot uncommon up the East Coast or do you get them in certain locations ?
Is there still a pair or two at Muchalls ? I remember them breeding there a few years back but am never in that area.
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Is there still a pair or two at Muchalls ? I remember them breeding there a few years back but am never in that area.
Could be but I'm not sure. I've seen the occasional bird just north of Cove Bay during the breeding season and I suspect that they have at least attempted to breed in that area.
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Old Thursday 1st July 2010, 15:08   #1464
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More seabirds today, loads and loads of auks moving and 62 manxies in an hour. I also met a chap who was out surveying hoverflies, which you don't see every day.
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Flowers fae Torry anyone?

With an absence of birds today I started looking at some plants in Nigg bay....and found a sea pea. Apparently this is the only place it can be seen in NE scotland (according to the NESBREC map....see my blog for pics and map link).

Desperate times call for desperate measures..................
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A very pleasant day at the foghorn today. Loads of Gannets, mostly going south, auks going both ways, and a lone Manxie heading north. I probably missed a lot more though. And a dark phase Arctic Skua giving the terns a hard time.
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I also met a chap who was out surveying hoverflies, which you don't see every day.
Was it Kenn Watt, Aberdeen Hoverfly expert and developer of the Scottish Hoverfly Atlas?
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Was it Kenn Watt, Aberdeen Hoverfly expert and developer of the Scottish Hoverfly Atlas?
Yes it was! Excellent hoverfly expert ID!
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Had a shufty this evening. No hoverfly related excitement and not much other excitement either come to that. There were, however, one or two signs of the distant approach of autumn (or at least of high summer). 17 Goosander were around Skate's Nose and there were large numbers of eclipse Eiders loafing about more-or-less everywhere. Two Common Sandpipers were perched on top of the North Pier and there were large numbers of Guillemots on the water around the harbour mouth. Amongst them I noticed one young bird. The usual few Bottlenose Dolphins were parting the waves. The rocks on Greyhope Bay held a sleeping Purple Sandpiper in brownish breeding plumage and at least eight Turnstone. Two Common Scoters went south off the Coo but there weren't too many seabirds moving through, although a large group of Gannets were feeding well offshore. For the second time recently I saw a Fox crossing the south side of the golf course, this time with a young rabbit clasped in its mouth. Eleven Curlew, perhaps migrating, flew south.
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Quite blowy here today, with some heavy downpours at times. I did a bit seawatching from the flat during the day. The best was my first Bonxie of the year going north. Also two Manx Shearwaters and two or three Puffins. I finally had a proper look down at the Coo this evening but there were fewer birds moving by then - just a couple of Manxies of any note. Also a Dunlin on Greyhope Bay.
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Andrew, what time did you see your Bonxie?....I had one travelling north past Arbroath mid-afternoon (really not sure of the time, but probably between 3pm and 4pm) with a srong tailwind. Would be interested to find out if it could conceivably have been the same bird we both saw.
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Andrew, what time did you see your Bonxie?....I had one travelling north past Arbroath mid-afternoon (really not sure of the time, but probably between 3pm and 4pm) with a srong tailwind. Would be interested to find out if it could conceivably have been the same bird we both saw.
I think it was a bit after 3 or 4 pm (maybe 5-6) so could be the same bird. I suppose it's possible there were a few Bonxies going through yesterday, so hard to be sure.

Today there didn't seem to be too much moving but a Red-throated Diver went through and there were several dolphins around.
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I concur.....best bits were a groups of 40 common and 7 velvet scoters this afternoon.
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More dull seawatching this afternoon. A bonxie went north, as did a few small groups of common scoter. Thats it.
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Very breezy this afternoon, but a bit better than the murk and drizzle of yesterday. The Goosander flock is building up around the harbour mouth with at least 22 now present. Maybe we should have a Goosander Totaliser in these thin times for Purple Sandpipers. There was also a single Red-breasted Merganser amongst the very numerous Eiders. The usual Bottlenose Dolphin activity.

Greyhope Bay was quite busy. A group of twelve splendid looking summer-plumaged Knot were on the rocks. Two of them were ringed, but not in any readily identifiable way. There was, once again, a single Purple Sandpiper, which now looks remarkably dark, almost chocolate brown on the upperparts. In addition there were twelve Turnstone, a Dunlin and a good scattering of Redshank and Ringed Plover. One juvenile Common Tern was accompanied by lots of adults and there was also a juvenile and adult Arctic Tern.

Off the Coo two Whimbrel went south and single Arctic Skua and Bonxie were on their way north. 39 Common Scoters mostly went north, but some of them decided to sit on the sea instead, as they are sometimes inclined to do.
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