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Recent content by Hugh Addlesee

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    North Sea Thread

    Definitely shearwaters and they look fine for Sooties to me (the paleness of their fronts is presumably down to reflected light). There have been good numbers in the North Sea too.
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    Birds fae Torry

    I suspect Andrew's the oracle, but your bird is a Dunnock.
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    North Sea Thread

    Both Redstart species have been seen on North Ronaldsay in the last week (http://northronbirdobs.blogspot.com/?m=1).
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    North Sea Thread

    Superb stuff! I just had a quick look at Great Tit in The Birds of Scotland. I'd forgotten that Continental birds are reasonably regular on the Northern Isles (and probably on mainland Scotland too). It states that there were 7 records of Great Tits from N Sea installations in 1979-2004, so a...
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Looks very much like an Arctic. Nice record. Hope it's lingered for my patch yearlist!
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Nice sighting. There have been more records as the population has recovered from the cold winters at the start of the decade. Most have been in late summer to midwinter, probably of dispersing juvs. Yours is the earliest summer record.
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    North Sea Thread

    Or your second Shag in two days....
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Red-legs are released in big numbers in the region for shooting, though some do also breed in the wild. There was a small flock at Skene earlier in the year which I'm sure wouldn't have been long out of a pen. Sadly any partridge inland nowadays is far more likely to be a Red-leg than a Grey.
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    North Sea Thread

    Nice! Good to hear the gulls are still providing entertainment.
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    Birds fae Torry

    Yes, so was I! Thanks for your help in trying to find them. It was certainly much easier around there before all the conifers were planted, and it'll be even more of a challenge once they're big! Hope it stays as good for the birds. Good luck with Rook!
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    Birds fae Torry

    As well as a collybita that I saw with Mark, there was a presumed tristis showing well on the north side of the sewage works - a ringed bird, mostly in the young conifers. I briefly glimpsed a second in the willows behind - I don't whether it was ringed or not. I didn't hear a single call from...
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    North Sea Thread

    The attenuated look of Iceland Gulls is certainly readily apparent in side-on views (both due to the longer primary projection and the slighter tertial step) and that rule-of-thumb (from the Collins Guide) can be applied. The views you're getting make that less easy though, with the relative...
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    Big Iceland or little Glaucous - North Sea

    Ah, but did you get your fingers burnt?! If you look back at the previous thread, there is no consensus: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=337021. I didn't comment on that thread, but went the same way as you on Gander's North Sea thread, and that's still where my vote would lie. I find...
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    North Sea Thread

    I thought I might as well just find the other gull id thread: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=337562 Not many responses so far, but that could be because I'm the only one who thinks it's most likely a Glauc! I've never knowingly seen an Iceland that much bigger than adjacent HGs, but...
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    Big Iceland or little Glaucous - North Sea

    While agreeing that it doesn't look a particularly brutish bird, to me it doesn't have the typical gentle look of an Iceland. My crude measurement (ruler on monitor!) is that it's also about 10% longer than the Herring Gull. Hence, my vote's for Glauc. With lots of views, but only two previous...
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