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Forum: Scotland Friday 13th July 2018, 20:57
Replies: 1,806
Views: 430,214
Posted By Gander
You are certainly in a good area. I visited the...

You are certainly in a good area. I visited the Musselburgh scrapes for the first time earlier in the year. I had a great time there and will be back in the autumn
Forum: Scotland Friday 13th July 2018, 20:48
Replies: 227
Views: 37,671
Posted By Gander
Thanks for the suggestion Delia. I've already...

Thanks for the suggestion Delia. I've already created an ordered list on a Word document as a back up, so all I need to do is slide the bird into its correct place on the document, then copy and...
Forum: Scotland Friday 13th July 2018, 16:08
Replies: 227
Views: 37,671
Posted By Gander
List Admin

I've decided to change the way I list the patch birds from an alphabetical order to the same form used by the BOU. Also, as the list is now getting bulky, I will only post it with updates once or...
Forum: Scotland Friday 13th July 2018, 09:02
Replies: 227
Views: 37,671
Posted By Gander
July Surprise

Yesterday saw my first visit to the strip in nearly a month. It was an unexpected visit, that came about as the result of a cancelled appointment. With the school holidays upon me, I knew I would not...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th July 2018, 15:25
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By Gander
Thanks Andrew.

Thanks Andrew.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Thursday 12th July 2018, 15:21
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By Gander
Piper - Fife

Not sure about this one. It looks too small to be a Common Sandpiper (see comparison photo with Ringed Plover) and it does not have the white gap between the shoulder and breast that I'm used to...
Forum: Scotland Saturday 7th July 2018, 12:55
Replies: 418
Views: 54,833
Posted By Gander
Update

Nothing but Fulmars today. Very warm and very calm, with 140

Time for an update of the platform's all time list. Yesterday's Puffin and last months Spotted and Pied Flycatchers to add to it. It has...
Forum: Scotland Friday 6th July 2018, 14:18
Replies: 418
Views: 54,833
Posted By Gander
Newsflash

After 25 yrs and 6 months working in the North Sea, I've just seen my first ever offshore Puffin. Great Skua just got knocked to second place as bird of the month. :t::t::t:

2018 List
1) Cormorant
...
Forum: Scotland Friday 6th July 2018, 11:36
Replies: 418
Views: 54,833
Posted By Gander
Dog Days

THe dog days of summer have continued, with very little to report this week. Fulmar flock is still present, and Gannets pass by in ones and twos. The odd Herring/Great Black-Backed Gull also seen to...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st July 2018, 12:28
Replies: 14
Views: 367
Posted By Gander
I am pretty much stumped, however, as an absolute...

I am pretty much stumped, however, as an absolute long shot try

https://www.british-birdsongs.uk/short-eared-owl/

I'm living just down the road in Kirkcaldy, and I've not heard of any S-E Owls in...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st July 2018, 09:35
Replies: 14
Views: 367
Posted By Gander
Where on the Fife coast are you hearing the bird?

Where on the Fife coast are you hearing the bird?
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Sunday 1st July 2018, 07:11
Replies: 14
Views: 367
Posted By Gander
Have a listen to Common Eider call. Can sound a...

Have a listen to Common Eider call.

Can sound a little like booming at distance across water.
Forum: Scotland Thursday 28th June 2018, 12:06
Replies: 418
Views: 54,833
Posted By Gander
A bit more showing yesterday and today. Yesterday...

A bit more showing yesterday and today. Yesterday saw a Grey Seal and then an unidentified whale turn up. Also, the first Herring Gull for a while showed up, followed by four today. Also today, I've...
Forum: Scotland Tuesday 26th June 2018, 08:37
Replies: 418
Views: 54,833
Posted By Gander
Summer Doldrums

I've been out here for a week, but there is very little to report. To show how bad it has been, the gull count for the week stands at three (all GBBG). Only resident birds are a small flock of...
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Sunday 24th June 2018, 12:36
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By Gander
Many thanks.

Many thanks.
Forum: Butterflies and Moths ID Sunday 24th June 2018, 12:09
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By Gander
North Sea Moths

I found these this morning on the turbine air intakes of a North Sea oil platform. I will be grateful for an ID.

P.S - The wire grill is made up of 1.5 cm squares.
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Wednesday 20th June 2018, 12:24
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By Gander
Nice quick answer for the GBBG. Bird tagged in...

Nice quick answer for the GBBG. Bird tagged in 2017 on Isle of May. Recorded again later that year in Belhaven Bay, Lothian. My sighting in March this year is the only other record.

No answer for...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Monday 18th June 2018, 08:41
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By Gander
Yes, that was the contact for the BHG. I have...

Yes, that was the contact for the BHG. I have resubmitted my report this morning, so we'll see what happens.

The second bird is a GBBG, not a Herring Gull.



Report submitted. Took months last time...
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 16th June 2018, 10:45
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By Gander
In the case of the BHG, I tried to make contact...

In the case of the BHG, I tried to make contact with the ringer as per http://www.cr-birding.org/sites/default/files/prattachment/BHG-UK%2026.04.18_6.pdf

If you have a better contact, I'll resubmit...
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Saturday 16th June 2018, 09:29
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By Gander
Many thanks.

Many thanks.
Forum: Bird Ringing and Banding Saturday 16th June 2018, 09:25
Replies: 26
Views: 913
Posted By Gander
I would have thought that a centralised database...

I would have thought that a centralised database that both observers and reporters can access would be hugely beneficial, not only to the observers, but also to the ringers.

The Norwegian system...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Friday 15th June 2018, 22:35
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By Gander
Meadow Pipit for me. IMG_7165 appears to be...

Meadow Pipit for me. IMG_7165 appears to be showing the extra long hind claws. Flank stripes not fine enough for Tree Pipit. Stripes in general not smudged enough for Rock Pipit.
Forum: Trees, Flowers, Plants and Shrubs Friday 15th June 2018, 22:25
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By Gander
Fife Clifftop Plant

I found the pictured plant today, on a clifftop overlooking the Firth of Forth.
Forum: Scotland Friday 15th June 2018, 20:51
Replies: 227
Views: 37,671
Posted By Gander
Storm Hector

I returned to the strip this evening following yesterdays storm. Viewing from the car park, the first thing that became evident was a strange lack of Eider out on Kirkcaldy Bay. It was not until I...
Forum: Scotland Friday 15th June 2018, 20:38
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By Gander
Sounds like I need to go to Mull. :t: Well done...

Sounds like I need to go to Mull. :t:

Well done that man!
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