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Old Sunday 14th July 2013, 19:29   #1451
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A little egret spotted in the Foveran Burn, Newburgh this evening. Near the bridge by the Udny Arms Hotel car park.
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Old Sunday 14th July 2013, 19:36   #1452
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Welcome to Birdforum NewburghChick.

That's great news to know they're there - a super place.

Thanks for letting us know.
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Old Monday 15th July 2013, 11:46   #1453
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Loch of Skene

A nice morning down the loch on Sunday, water level getting very low. List as follows, Mute Swan/Whooper (1)/Carrion Crow/Oystercatcher/Mallard/Swallow/Great Tit/Robin/Blackbird/Chaffinch/Wren/Dunnock/Common Gull/Black-headed Gull/Herring Gull/Grey Wagtail/Woodpigeon/Sedge Warbler/Grey Heron. Some other ducks on water but too far for me to id, about half a dozen Terns about also, Common ?, again too far. Buzzard and Pheasant heard.
At the West end got these waders, looking for confirmation here. 3 Little Ringed Plover, one lighter than the other two, am assuming a juvenile, 1 Common Sandpiper and I think the 3rd picture is a juvenile Dunnock. (As ever, open to more knowledgeable id's)

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Old Monday 15th July 2013, 11:58   #1454
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A nice morning down the loch on Sunday, water level getting very low. List as follows, Mute Swan/Whooper (1)/Carrion Crow/Oystercatcher/Mallard/Swallow/Great Tit/Robin/Blackbird/Chaffinch/Wren/Dunnock/Common Gull/Black-headed Gull/Herring Gull/Grey Wagtail/Woodpigeon/Sedge Warbler/Grey Heron. Some other ducks on water but too far for me to id, about half a dozen Terns about also, Common ?, again too far. Buzzard and Pheasant heard.
At the West end got these waders, looking for confirmation here. 3 Little Ringed Plover, one lighter than the other two, am assuming a juvenile, 1 Common Sandpiper and I think the 3rd picture is a juvenile Dunnock. (As ever, open to more knowledgeable id's)

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Hi Jimmy. I think you're right with the first two but the third looks like a young Robin to me. Best wait for some more experienced birders though.

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Old Tuesday 16th July 2013, 08:03   #1455
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You may be right there Rich, the red breast and large eye are a bit of a give away eh ?

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Old Tuesday 16th July 2013, 11:23   #1456
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Old Tuesday 16th July 2013, 11:51   #1457
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Just to confirm (if any confirmation were needed) that your identifications are correct. Anyway, is that a yellow colour-ring just visible on the right tibia of the juv LRP Jimmy? Presumably the same bird and one of the adults were still present this morning, but I didn't have time for anything other than distant views. As to ducks, there are a few Teal and Wigeon back, but just Mallards and Tufties otherwise today, and they are Common Terns kicking around. Spot Fly and a Blackcap feeding three fledglings just west of the Towers.

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Old Wednesday 17th July 2013, 10:19   #1458
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Hi Hugh, looks like it is a colour ring, must admit I didn't notice in the field, bird's were a bit distant, had a look at the other photos but much the same as this one, doesn't show to well on cropping and bird facing the wrong way on them, might try for the Flycatcher this week, this would be a first for me, might still be around hopefully.

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Old Thursday 18th July 2013, 09:06   #1459
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Although it's now Rigifa ex-Pool, a Golden Plover stopped by last night.
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Old Thursday 18th July 2013, 12:34   #1460
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Hi Hugh, looks like it is a colour ring, must admit I didn't notice in the field, bird's were a bit distant, had a look at the other photos but much the same as this one, doesn't show to well on cropping and bird facing the wrong way on them, might try for the Flycatcher this week, this would be a first for me, might still be around hopefully.

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Hi Jim,
Thanks for checking your photos. Presumably the same juv and single adult LRPs were still present yesterday evening along with a RP (although unfortunately a 'birdwatcher' was rabbiting away on his mobile on their favoured spit, preventing them from settling). The juv LRP is colour-ringed, almost certainly by Grampian Ringing Group, i.e. it'll have fledged locally.
Good luck with the Spot Fly - even if still present, not easy to see in the canopy at this time of year, but listen out for it calling.
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Old Thursday 18th July 2013, 18:18   #1461
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St Fergus

a couple of birds hanging around St Fergus, Rock Thrush and Red Backed Shrike. both found by Margaret Cowie.
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Old Friday 19th July 2013, 09:15   #1462
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Two new juv LRPs at Skene this morning, both unringed this time (with the previous LRPs and RP gone).
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Old Friday 19th July 2013, 11:46   #1463
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Two new juv LRPs at Skene this morning, both unringed this time (with the previous LRPs and RP gone).
Thee were 3 juv and 1 ad LRP at Skene yesterday morning
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Old Saturday 20th July 2013, 14:16   #1464
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No flycatcher but did get these today, surprised me completely, never even heard them around here. A bit dull and under the canopy, just had time too fire off a few frames, here's a couple.

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Old Saturday 20th July 2013, 15:29   #1465
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No flycatcher but did get these today, surprised me completely, never even heard them around here. A bit dull and under the canopy, just had time too fire off a few frames, here's a couple.

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Old Sunday 21st July 2013, 14:57   #1466
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Had a trip up the Aberdeenshire coast today and was well rewarded.

First stop was Scotstown Head at 7am for the Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush,which after a little searching,appeared and gave some great views,before disappearing Into some sand dunes.Thanks to the "Coventry Lads" who helped with finding the bird. (Hope you got a nice breakfast lads..!)

Then nearbye,for the Red backed Shrike at 9am,which allowed more great views.We then went to Strathbeg,where 2 summer plumaged Black tailed Godwits a Ruff and an Osprey were on show from the Visitor Centre.At the Fen Hide,two Bearded Tits flew past briefly.

We headed back for the Shrike but It had not been seen and didn't show,while we were around and thoughts of going back for the Thrush,were cancelled,when we heard that two visiting birders had forced the bird half a mile away from the original site,In their quest for photographs of It.

The Ythan was the next port of call and although nothing major was seen,there seems to be a fantastic number of Terns (4 species) In the Ternery and surrounding area,which was good to see but no Roseate..!

Our last stop was at Blackdog for the Scoters but they were well out to sea,so we didn't stay too long.A super day,with the Rock Thrush being a lifer.
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Had a wander round here yesterday, hadn't been here for sometime and a great little spot. A Buzzard family with the juvenile constantly calling, must have been hungry, both adults hunting, a Moorhen family of 2 adults and 1 chick were showing well on the small pool and a small flock of House Martins came in to drink on the wing, list here
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No sign of the Bridled Tern during our visit up to Aberdeenshire yesterday, did get Litle Tern, Ruff and a Peregrine at the Ythan estuary though.
A visit to Strathbeg produced another Ruff, Peregrine, female Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warblers and a juvenille Black Tern from the Fen Hide.
Also saw large flocks of Curlew on the track to Rattray Head with several Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwits among them.
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Just south of Blackdog, I managed to pick out at least 1 drake surf scoter amongst the common scoters.
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I managed to miss the recent good birds (Greenish Warbler; Wryneck) on my Findon patch. The best I could manage yesterday was Great Skua out to sea, a couple of Wheatear on the coast, and Golden Plover and Snipe at Rigifa Field (no longer a pool).
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I went up to the Ythan today. Plenty of commoner waders were about, with over 100 Sanderling and several hundred Dunlin. It was a bit harder to find more unusual species though. Eventually I had distant views of one Curlew Sandpiper north of the bridge. A Spotted Redshank showed a bit better in the same area. Other waders included one Black-tailed Godwit, four Bar-tailed Godwit, eleven Knot and 179 Golden Plover. Two Ospreys were ambling about upstream of the bridge and a Peregrine stirred things up near the estuary mouth. A juvenile White Wagtail was also seen.
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Great news today from RSPB with Cranes now breeding in the area for 2 successive years.

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Great news today from RSPB with Cranes now breeding in the area for 2 successive years.

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Certainly Is Ian and makes a nice change,to read some positive news.
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There was a huge Swallow roost in a biofuel willow plantation near Banchory this evening, just west of Kilduthie, Hirn (NJ726008). Incredible watching them erupt off telegraph wires and bales, and swirling around. Most went to roost about 7.50pm. Virtually impossible to estimate, but probably in the order of 20,000. Attached photo shows just a small part of the flock. No idea whether a complete one-off or not, despite passing by every day...
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