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Old Monday 24th September 2007, 10:16   #26
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I have seen him or her (pc correct) at Nigg Bay on and off for several years.He/She must be getting on in years,unless this bird is an offspring.
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Hmm, nice stuff Andrew. Brave man living in Torry (or is it a research project!).

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Old Monday 24th September 2007, 10:52   #28
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Hmm, nice stuff Andrew. Brave man living in Torry (or is it a research project!).

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Torry's a lovely place! Well, it's interesting anyway. Guardbridge has it's 'interesting moments' too, I'm sure .
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Old Monday 24th September 2007, 12:02   #29
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I have seen him or her (pc correct) at Nigg Bay on and off for several years.He/She must be getting on in years,unless this bird is an offspring.
That's certainly true; I first saw he/she at least ten, and probably nearer fifteen, years ago. Still in the same area though.

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http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-M...rts/1/wind/in/

has the winds in the North Sea as southerly strongish on Saturday turning SE on Sunday all day. Looks good for the weekend, as the BBC Weather page has the SE-ters turning up on Friday(though I find them not altogether reliable long-term these days).

I may have to be 'ill' next week.

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The weather's certainly looking promising, both for migrants and seawatching. I'll keep an eye on developments.

I didn't get too many opportunities today but managed a few seabirds mid to late afternoon. Still lots of Gannets going through and also 1 Arctic Skua, 7 Common Scoters north and a Manx Shearwater going south. There were 2 Red-throated Divers north and another (or possibly one of the above not fancying it) south. 3 Knot were on the north breakwater and I had tantalising views of a few other waders flying north, some of which may have been Knot but a couple looked more like Ruff. I think waders are sometimes going to do that to me. I can do them when they're within a mile but it's a bit of a learning curve doing blurry silhouettes disappearing behind buildings. 50 Pink-footed Geese followed the Dee inland.

And then there was this crazy power boat coming into the harbour. It was advertising biofuels, which surely somebody has an opinion on.
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Old Monday 24th September 2007, 20:41   #32
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And then there was this crazy power boat coming into the harbour. It was advertising biofuels, which surely somebody has an opinion on.
Apparently not...
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Old Tuesday 25th September 2007, 21:06   #33
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Had a few glances out to sea today and managed a single Arctic Skua, 3 Common Scoters and 6 Wigeon, moving the house list serenely onto a well-earned half century. The 'usual' Bottle-nosed Dolphins were also bobbing about both morning and evening. Tomorrow, I'll be giving the sea a good, hard look and a stern talking to if it doesn't cough up a few shears.
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Tomorrow, I'll be giving the sea a good, hard look and a stern talking to if it doesn't cough up a few shears.
I bet the sea won't sleep tonight now.
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Old Tuesday 25th September 2007, 21:11   #35
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I bet the sea won't sleep tonight now.
Yes, it'll be tossing all night. Arf Arf!
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Old Wednesday 26th September 2007, 09:27   #36
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Woodcock is one I'll have an eye out for if we get some easterlies over the next couple of months. I've seen some in some pretty unlikely situations here in Aberdeen.
My best one was flying down Union Street at 3.00 am one November!. Probably lured by the scent of Macca Pies. Generally see a few nipping up each autumn and early spring on my early morning cross city cycle commute.
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Old Wednesday 26th September 2007, 19:10   #37
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Well, the sea was given a hard look. And I can tell you that coarse oaths were exchanged. Well when I say a hard look, I mean a few bits off and on from the flat and just over an hour from Girdle Ness late afternoon. And it was certainly a refreshing day here in Torry. But not refreshing in the sense of being knee deep in big rares but refreshing in the sense of it being cold. And windy. And raining a bit. Sadly the seabirds seemed to prefer to be elsewhere. In the AM, 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea, 1 Common Scoter and 85 'Goose sp' north and, err, the Bottle-nosed Dolphins again - half a dozen or so. The highlight, and the only house tick of the day, were 4 Mistle Thrushes going north. You'll have to ask them why. Also a couple of Swallows (which seem to have largely cleared off with these raging northerlies) going through.

Had a bracing seawatch from 4:15 to 5:30 up by the foghorn at Girdle Ness, hunkered down against the wind. The highlight was a flock of 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese north. Also 13 juvenile Arctic Terns, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Wigeon, 13 Teal and 31 Pink-footed Geese north and 2 Red-throated Divers south. As for the skuas and shearwaters, nada, rhien, nichts, nyet komrade. Down south probably. I will have my vengeance.

Some nice pictures:
1. The north breakwater. I've never known a night like it! Or a day for that matter.
2. Somewhere, over the rainbow... there's a great big tanker.
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Can we have some dolphin pix please?
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Can we have some dolphin pix please?
Don't you believe me ? I'll see what I can do, although digiscoping isn't ideal for catching them as they surface. You'll probably just get a bit of dorsal fin!
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Ah excellent, I see my digs are sorted for next time I'm in Aberdeen, even a window overlooking the sea Hope you'll have bought a new sofa by then
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Old Wednesday 26th September 2007, 20:45   #41
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Ah excellent, I see my digs are sorted for next time I'm in Aberdeen, even a window overlooking the sea Hope you'll have bought a new sofa by then
Actually the cupboard on the landing has a window too. Remember to bring a sleeping bag!
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Actually the cupboard on the landing has a window too. Remember to bring a sleeping bag!
I do hope you won't find it too cramped in there whilst I stretch out in the front room ...but a mighty generous offer, I see you're not a true Scot yet

(you are now safe from an unexpected gueat, following that last comment, it is probably none too wise for me to venture anywhere near!)
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Also a couple of Swallows (which seem to have largely cleared off with these raging northerlies) going through.
When I was at the foghorn on the 17th, a Swallow was making periodic trips (every half-minute or so) inside the main built part of the foghorn, over the top of the padlocked green door, which I took to be feeding trips to the young.

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Ah Andrew, maybe you'll just need to chum the local waters with rowies to get these well fed NE birds in....
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Old Thursday 27th September 2007, 19:51   #45
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I maybe should have been chumming - still very few seabirds. Maybe tomorrow. I have the feeling the wind has been a little too far round to the west here, which I reckon pushes birds too far out. Further down the coast a northwester or northerly is either onshore or parallel to the coast so is perhaps more productive.

Anyway, I did have a bit of a go from the bedroom observatory this morning and, by way of consolation, there were lots of ducks on the move: a whopping 318 Wigeon north, 61 Teal and 4 Mallard. Also 2 Red-throated Divers, Common Scoters (18N, 1S) and my first Velvet Scoters for the house list (1N, 11S). 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins briefly surfaced to the north of the harbour but no pics yet. So you'll just have to take my word for it.

Seemed to be a few passerines moving, although most were too distant to ID. I did manage a couple of Swallows and the first Song Thrush for the house list.

It'll be tomorrow. Or maybe the weekend. But definitely someday soon.
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It'll be tomorrow. Or maybe the weekend. But definitely someday soon.
Not tomorrow please. I'll be at work. Saturday morning will be fine. There was definitely an easterly tinge to the weather today. Frustration is rising at the moment, but there's only Friday to get through. The winds seem fine in strength, and the sky was (mostly) a perfect seawatching grey today. Let's hope it strengthens a bit for the weekend, and something must turn up. So far it's been a rather dull autumn. There were still Sooties and Greats moving up further down south today and persistent easterlies could push them in toward the coast.

Otherwise more Geese going by south today in larger groups (60-70 at a time)

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Actually it looks like it was yesterday rather than today Phil. At least for one well known BF poster:
http://proregulus.blogspot.com/2007/...-seawatch.html
Yesterday afternoon the winds went round a little to the east, and things apparently got much better. Having said that, I met a well known local birder at Girdle Ness today who was there yesterday evening and didn't have much except a good passage of Sooty's. So in the spirit of the 'well known BF poster' himself, I think all his rares were just immature Gannets and Kittiwakes.

So today the place to be was clearly the North Sea coast - loads of eastern migrants coming in, megas in Shetland. What a great day to have a look round the Aberdeen's premier migration spot. Err...

Well, as it transpired I had an okay day, although it seems pretty bad in comparison to what's been getting seen elsewhere. Early doors, from the flat 49 Wigeon and 1 Common Scoter north and 3 Red-throated Divers south. I hit the road pretty swiftly and had a good tramp round the allotments and the Battery. Sibe warblers were fairly flying out of every bush. In my fevered imagination. In reality, there were a few more Robins than usual but that's about your lot.

The wind again moved round a little to the east of north and seawatching suddenly seemed a worthwhile activity. Lo and behold - shearwaters. From 9:25 to 11:00 23 Manx Shearwaters and 15 Sooty Shearwaters north. Also 'happening' were 4 Red-throated Divers (2S, 2 on the sea), 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Arctic Terns, 15 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters, 32 Wigeon, 35 Pink-footed Geese (S), 2 Fulmars (which are 'elusive' at the moment), 18 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Puffin and my first Long-tailed Duck of the autumn (a female south). On the way back, I gave the south side of the Ness a good thrashing but came up with only a female Stonechat. Someone needs to teach those bushes some discipline.

After having to go into work for a bit (sigh), I got back to the Ness for another go from 16:05- 17:50. Not so much moving, except for loads of auks and Gannets. Not many shears though, just 5 Manxies and 3 Sootys. I did witness my first skuas of the week, 2 Bonxies and 1 Arctic Skua. Where have they been? Probably the same places where everything else was. Plus, 4 Teal, 5 Red-throated Divers (S), 1 Wigeon, 4 Puffins, 1 Fulmar and a Harbour Porpoise. I'm left with the conlusion that the highlight were 2 Pintail heading north - a glorious Girdle Ness tick! 9 species of duck whilst seawatching today - at least they seem to like me.

There seem to have been folks seawatching from Girdle Ness most of the day, from what I can gather. Other stuff seen by other slightly more fortunate people included Great-northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Little Auk. All of which I can probably live with.
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Actually it looks like it was yesterday rather than today Phil.

My best ever seawatch day from the Ness was the 7th October 2002 " (151 Sooties, 'Large' Shearwater), So it's not too late yet. Up early tomorrow, though I've had a skinful tonight, so my head may be some distance behind my body in the morning.

Shetland has had an amazing day today. Surely something must rub off down here.

Edit: * If I discount 15th August 2003. On that day I saw (sober) two Little Shearwaters going south (when everything else was going north). I saw them for approx two minutes, and had one pass a Fuilmar, going north, on its way, which was right next to it, and appeared fully twice as big. I didn't submit the record as I was made aware that it would be unlikely to get accepted (to put it mildly), but in my heart I know that's what they were. I even noted the 'Common Sandpiper' -type flight of one. The main thing that discouraged me from sending them in was that I failed to 'get' the face-pattern. Everything else, however, was right. C'est la vie.

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Nothing really exciting but a Torry bird,all the same.I had a Common Buzzard flying over the locally called "Hen Houses" on Farquar Road at 8am.It was being chased by Magpies.5 years ago,both these species would never have been seen in the Torry area.How things are changing..!
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Total for today's 7 hr. seawatch. 2 Arctic Skua and 3 Manxie N from the foghorn. Abysmal apart from hundreds of Gannets N.

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