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    North Sea Thread

    A fellow worker arrived today, who pointed me in the direction of a photograph he had taken of a bird here at the beginning of the month. Opening up the photo, I found a Petrel. I assumed Storm, but have checked it out on the Bird ID pages. I found a Storm Petrel here myself, many years ago. It...
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    Petrel - North Sea

    I have been given this photo to ID. I'll go as far as Petrel, and assume Storm, but would like to get confirmation. Photograph was taken on the 03/10/21, approx 120 miles NE of Aberdeen.
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Nice spot. (y)
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    North Sea Thread

    Nothing new to report here, and wind direction looks unhelpful into the weekend. However, I was speaking to a guy who was working on a neighbouring platform a few weeks ago, and he informed me of the presence of a couple of Ravens. Not on our list, and so frustratingly close (within sight), but...
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    North Sea Thread

    Yes, I was wondering who would spot that first!:whistle: Thanks for that Daniel. It is indeed a L-TD. I've checked the other photos, and it is even more obvious than the hawk-eye view. 👍 Must learn not to rush IDs. Long-tailed Duck was the last species to make last years list. Hope that is not...
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    North Sea Thread

    There has not been much about since the S-E Owl. The winds changed to being northerly, and have now swung all the way through the westerlies to being a southerly. However, lunchtime, I was speaking to someone on an external walkway, when he spotted a bird down below us. Another Common Scoter...
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    Seafield to Kinghorn

    Certainly feels like winter where I am. L-T Ducks are a definite sign of winter. For me R-B Merganser is the final step out of autumn
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    RSPB Vane Farm parking.

    The pricing scheme is not very clear on the website, but I think the £3 parking fee only covers one person for entry to the facilities, as they are still quoting a family price.
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    RSPB Vane Farm parking.

    I am saddened to see that RSPB Vane Farm are bringing in a £3 parking charge. Over the years (30+), I have been there many times with the family. As we (5 of us) did this summer, we use the centre to access the Loch Leven Heritage trail., but we also use the cafe and kiosk facilities and the...
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    North Sea Thread

    Since my last post, I have made another sighting of the owl and can confirm it is a Short-eared (see flight shots). I have also received the photo from the Helideck observer, confirming the same ID.
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    North Sea Thread

    Just before teatime yesterday, I received a report of an owl being seen at close quarters. I was only 1 minute away, but by the time I got there, the owl was way out from the platform heading into a mist bank. Definitely an owl, but length of ears was not identifiable. While scanning the owl a...
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    North Sea Thread

    Managed to creep up on a Brambling. Probably helped that it had an eye problem!
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    North Sea Thread

    The vast majority of the flock has now moved on, however, there are still significant numbers of birds, Redwing and Brambling, down on the Cellar Deck. No sign of an owl, but I did find a Sparrowhawk male, also on the Cellar Deck. I can now see what has triggered the mass movement, as the flock...
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    North Sea Thread

    There have been flocks of Redwing moving through each night, but this morning has been something else. There are thousands of Redwing surrounding and all over the platform. Also seeing Blackbird, which is good because they somehow managed to escape my attentions last year. Starling seen, and on...
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    North Sea Thread

    Yes, similar to Collared Dove, we tend to get at least 1 per year. Always singles though.
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    North Sea Thread

    Not much change since Wednesday. Low numbers of GBBGs and Herring Gulls. The odd Gannet passing by. A single Redwing on Thursday, and another single sighting on Friday. Today a little change with a flock of 23 Kittiwake sitting off the platform, and a rather tired looking Woodpigeon sitting on...
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    North Sea Thread

    I arrived back yesterday. Only a few GBBGs and Herring Gulls about, apart from a single Gannet. This morning though, in very wet conditions, I found my first Redwings of the year sheltering on the Cellar Deck. About a dozen present, so I assume a much larger flock will have passed by last...
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    Seafield to Kinghorn

    I went looking for the ringed Ripit again this afternoon. I did not find it, but did find the Grey Plover again.....and it had a friend with it!
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    Ring Identification - Firth of Forth, Scotland

    The bird is on my patch, so I'll try and get more photos (tried today, but it was up on a tower, out of range). Thanks for looking.
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    Seafield to Kinghorn

    I had a day away at the Eden Estuary today. Surprised to find the centre is still locked up. I made do in the shelter, but quite a few others turned up then turned around. Anyway, on my homeward journey, I dropped into Seafield. I was hoping to get another go at the ringed Rock Pipit, but the...
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    North Ronaldsay

    A definite case of sabotage, if ever I heard one!
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    Ring Identification - Firth of Forth, Scotland

    Each year, Rock Pipits move into my patch, which is on the north side of the Firth of Forth, for the winter. I found half a dozen Ripits, a couple of days ago, and spotted that one of them had a metal ring. I tried to photograph it at maximum zoom, but the sunlight was very strong at the time...
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    Seafield to Kinghorn

    The Grey Plover was still present yesterday. A few lingering Sandwich Terns were noticeable. And new in were a handful of Purple Sandpiper. That is, “new in“ to me. I notice on Birdtrack that both the Grey Plover and the Purple Sandpiper were reported by a frequent visitor to the patch, in the...
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    Seafield to Kinghorn

    I was speaking with Ron and Marilyn Edwards, who run the Craigencalt Trust, on Sunday. During our conversation, two very interesting things came up. The first is that the planning permission for 200+ houses on Mid-Mire (The large arable field just to the east of the loch), has been refused by...
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    North Sea Thread

    I've been updating all my lists over the weekend. Platform list now looks like this..... Barnacle Goose Greylag Goose Pink-Footed Goose Gadwall Teal Common Eider Velvet Scoter Common Scoter Long-Tailed Duck Red-Breasted Merganser Nightjar (d) Woodpigeon Collared Dove Water Rail Oystercatcher*...
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