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    Tayforth Birding

    2 young Peregrines calling as they fly over our garden this morning.
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Yellowhammer singing it's little heart out
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Went up to Scurdie Ness lighthouse, a flat sea with little moving, a few Arctic Terns a flock of a dozen or so Linnets and some Divers on the sea, I think Great Northerns but they were a long way out and seemed to have younger birds with them??
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Had a wander round Forfar Loch yesterday, a rather late nesting Great Crested Grebe sat tight at the car park end, they are learning to nest further out and building a bigger nest it would seem. Lots of Magpies, a Dabchick and little else out of the ordinary, lack of sun seemed to keep...
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Selection of rather dim images, no sunlight sadly
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Now completed our 10 days of isolation and had a negative covid test, so went for a nice walk above Lunan Bay, a small group of Dolphins visible and a largish group of Velvet Scoters, surprised to see them in the summer. Also a group of 4 Ravens, plenty of farmland birds, Skylarks everywhere...
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Prior to this week in isolation, me and my son did a couple of Munroes, carried a very heavy camera and lens up there to be rewarded in great views but zero wildlife, save 2 Meadow Pipits, the place was mobbed with walkers(that's what you get when the ski lift is running bringing folk up on...
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Currently isolating due to close contact with my Grandson who has tested positive for covid(he's on the mend now, but his mum has it now), so birdwatching in the garden, we had 3 Swifts over us yesterday, love watching them, no Swallows since the old barns have been demolished for house building...
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Went for a walk round Balgavies Loch in the rain, very little to be seen, Male Osprey sat by the nest and the Female had a couple of flights round the island, there are apparently 3 chicks, but they were keeping their heads down in the wet. Apart from around a hundred Greylag Geese and 4 Mute...
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Spent the day on the South Esk close to the basin, a couple of pairs of territorial Common Sandpipers, another couple of pairs of Grey Wagtails, a Grey Heron(who was catching more fish than me), a Kingfisher constantly going up and down the river and good numbers of Swifts flying over head...
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    Tayforth Birding

    Went on a cycle ride near Auchmithie this afternoon, 3 Corn Buntings, half a dozen Yellowhammers and a dozen Skylarks heard singing away, didn't notice a single Swallow or House Martin, not even round the couple of farms we passed?
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Just been out with the Bat detector, good numbers of Common and Soprano Pipistrelles out tonight, any one else got a fascination with wee flying meeces?
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    Fowlsheugh Pics

    The Puffins seem to be being dislodged by Razorbills, there are some in the big cave and a couple of burrows to the left hand side when looking north from the bench seat.
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    Fowlsheugh Pics

    I've heard them called Bridled and Brindled, never sure which is correct lol.
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    Fowlsheugh Pics

    Some more pictures, got a bit carried away lol
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    Fowlsheugh Pics

    Had a good couple of hours at the cliffs, mixture of birds on eggs, some with very young chicks and some with well developed chicks. Good numbers of Kittiwakes amongst the heap of Razorbills and Guillemots, a few Fulmars and amongst the Guillemots quite a few of the Brindled ones.
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    Sea ducks

    I've never been David, on my list of places to go.
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    Sea ducks

    St. Andrews can be good for Scoters later in the year too
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Had our first pair of Swifts over the garden, I do hope they stay, they haven't nested in our village for at least 5 years.
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    That Greylag got a nasty case of lead poisoning I heard........................
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Some of the pictures
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    Had an hour or so wander round Balgavies Loch, male Osprey sat on guard and female sat tight on the nest with a couple of Swifts buzzing round removing some insects from round her head. Hundred or more Greylag geese and little else on the loch, pair of Tufties, a pair of Mallards and 3 Coots. A...
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    Montrose Basin and the surrounding area

    After visiting St. Cyrus, we called in at Scurdie Ness for a bit of sea watching, a very strong wind flattened the sea, but no mammals on display. Eiders, Cormorants, Lesser Black backed Gull, a few very distant Gannets and a few Terns, more Linnets and Skylarks, a very odd, quiet day really.
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Had a trip up to Fowlesheugh today, couldn't get a parking place, it was mobbed, never seen that before in the week, went to St. Cyrus instead, no sign of the Peregrines, wardens think the nest has failed it seems. Got a couple of Linnets, Reed Buntings, Fulmars, Buzzard, Jackdaws and a Copper...
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    Tayforth Birding

    Had a walk down to Lunan Bay, what makes the trip interesting is not what I saw, but what I didn't see, no Terns and only one Gannet, food shortage again? There were a few Point of the compass jellyfish around, so the mackerel should move closer to shore soon, so maybe the Gannets will show up...
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