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Old Friday 3rd March 2017, 18:54   #3126
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There was something rather uplifting about seeing flocks of Kittiwakes powering northwards in the early spring sunshine.
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 17:47   #3127
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A clear and mild day after yesterday's continuous rain, much of which was still lying around in puddles. Around Nigg Bay the birds were coming in two by two. A couple of Woodcock were flushed near the football pitch. There were pairs of Long-tailed Tit and Bullfinch and also two Goldcrests. One Water Rail was calling and my first Yellowhammer of the year was near the bay.

Otherwise things were fairly quiet. There was a bit of movement out to sea, including one Goldeneye and four Common Scoter. A female Stonechat was in Greyhope Bay.
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Old Monday 6th March 2017, 08:31   #3128
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A juvenile Iceland Gull again around the North Pier just now.
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Old Friday 10th March 2017, 19:54   #3129
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I had a brisk wander around the Ness late this afternoon in pleasant but cool conditions. A few enjoyable sightings followed. What we must now refer to as the 'regular pair' of Otters were swimming across the harbour without a care in the world. Plenty of Bottlenose Dolphin activity today too. A bit of a suprise was a Short-eared Owl, which was quartering the area between Greyhope Bay and the Battery. A male Stonechat was in Nigg Bay and a Moorhen was seen with characteristic brevity along Tullos Burn.
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Old Saturday 11th March 2017, 18:50   #3130
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The morning was quite damp but the weather was much better through the afternoon. The wetlands were mostly fairly quiet, aside from three Common Snipe. On Nigg Bay there was an impressive group of at least 22 Long-tailed Ducks. A minimum of ten Red-throated Divers were offshore, along with both Harbour Porpoise and Bottlenose Dolphin. There was again some action on the Short-eared Owl front in the Greyhope Bay area. There actually seemed to be two birds around, although only one was seen at any particular time. One bird had an obvious gap in the outer primaries on the left wing, which was distinctive.

Here are photos of both owls. 'People getting married' was a patch tick for me.
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Rather a foggy morning here in Torry, although this cleared out to sea to some extent by midday to leave a rather pleasant, warmish day. Stuff around Nigg Bay included two Chiffchaffs, one of which was very good for tristis. The other seemed like a normal colybita and was apparently unringed. It was hard to tell if the tristis-type was unringed because it only seemed to have one leg! The only calls heard were colybita but were probably from the normal looking bird.

A Woodcock was again flushed near the waterworks and there were a pair of Stonechats. 11 Long-tailed Ducks and a drake Red-breasted Merganser were on Nigg Bay. 192 Purple Sandpipers were roosting.
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An Otter was around the North Pier again this morning.

Also, here's a quirky aerial photo of the Ness taken when I was flying back from Norway on Sunday.
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