Wednesday 7th December
An afternoon off work and a wee visit to Guardbridge for another attempt to get Great Grey Shrike on the yearlist. Saw it, and got a few photos (not too great) but it flew off even though I was at quite some distance away, and didn't come back while I was there.
Sunday 4th December
Fife once again delivered the goods, giving me the second of my bogey birds in just over a week, and in some style with 3 together at one point - Short Eared Owls at St Andrews West Sands.
194. Short Eared Owl
Saturday 26th November
Another trip to Fife to attempt to add another new species or two to the list. The Great Grey Shrike at Leuchars which had been reported on Wednesday and Thursday was hiding (although with strong gales blowing, I'm not surprised), but en route to looking for it, I finally...
Saturday 19th November
Went out today to Fife to try and add 3 more ticks to the year list. Not a great start in St Andrews when the Waxwings that have been around most of the week near Morrison's were noticable by their absence, so it was onwards to near Crail to see if we could find the two...
Friday 18th November
Took a long walk along the coast from Tayport to Leuchars, with a wee diversion thrown in which added 3 miles or so to the trip. Legs a wee bit heavy now. Didn't get many of the target species, but did manage to see the biggest of the targets - a Sea Eagle (Red T), and a...
Sunday 13th November
A day out with the ADBC in rather dismal light turned out quite well in the end. A field of Canada Geese was spotted en route to Backwater Dam, so we stopped on the way back and found a Bar Headed Goose among the flock. Got a text later in the afternoon reporting a Little...
Saturday 5th November
A productive day out which started at Riverside Nature Park provided 6 new patch ticks there, and some nice birds were seen later at Westhaven, including a single Twite flying along the beach, possibly just arrived. A detour to Auchmithie was made later to get a Firecrest...
Saturday 29th October
Took a trip through to Arbroath to try and see the Dusky Warbler (a lifer), and with a bit of help from others, managed to see it. Went to try and relocate it later and found what appeared to be another warbler (possibly a Radde's - hopefully someone will re-find this bird...
Sunday 16th October
A wee bit of lazy seawatching produced a surprise in the shape of a Skua I didn't recognise (though there was a nagging doubt it could be JUST an Arctic) but after posting pics on here the ID was confirmed and I got my second lifer of the weekend. A nice Long Tailed Skua...
Monday 10th October
Yet another failed attempt to see Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl. This time a trip to Speyside. Did find a single Crested Tit showing well in Abernethy Forest (and a juvenile Peregrine having a go at a Red Kite at The Lecht).
181. Crested Tit
Saturday 8th October
A trip to Auchmithie in the hope of seeing migrants, but nothing rare, although 7 Barnacle Geese down the coast were a new one for the year. (50+ seen on Sunday from Fife in 3 or 4 flocks).
180. Barnacle Geese
Thursday 8th September.
A wee wander from Arbroath to Carnoustie produced a surprise addition to the list for the year (and another kind of half tick - counted it last year, so it goes on this year again for the sake of consistency).
178. Black tern
179. White Wagtail
Saturday 20th August
Forgot to add the three new birds I picked up last Saturday at Guardbridge. Three of the regular rarer waders that pass through this area.
176. Spotted Redshank
177. Curlew Sandpiper
Sunday 14th August
Managed to add a completely unexpected bird in an unusual location to the list, whilst out watching Dolphins in the middle of the Tay between Monifieth and Tayport. A low, and fast, flying Merlin at wave-top height. ID'd from hastily grabbed (and blurred) photos.
Saturday 6th August
Over to Fife in the hope that the Little Egrets from earlier in the week (4 of) were still around. Got a text before I left saying 3 still there and 4 Kingfishers around too. Still needing Kingfisher so had fingers crossed. Saw 2 Little Egrets on the river and 1 Kingfisher...