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Old Sunday 29th September 2019, 19:40   #3426
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Not an everyday Torry bird,so I thought I would post about them.
At 07.20 this morning,11 Whooper Swans flew In from the direction of Nigg Bay/St Fitticks Park and landed on Tullos School Playfield and started feeding.

Sadly,I doubt they shall hang around for long,once the dog walkers waken up.
A nice record. Sadly they'd moved on by the time I went there in the middle of the morning.

I didn't see too much in the Nigg Bay area, although there were three Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and four Goldcrests. Three Snipe in the marsh were my first of the autumn.

An afternoon walk round the Ness was cold with a blustery north wind. Seawatching seemed as though it might be a good option. I set up my scope at the Coo at around 3.20 and almost immediately clapped eyes on a Balearic Shearwater heading north at relatively close range - maybe 400-500 metres out. A patch tick and only the third I've ever seen in eastern Scotland. I guess it's also the rarest bird in global terms I've ever seen here.

There was surprisingly little else moving, although I did manage four Arctic Skuas, three Bonxies, six Red-breasted Mergansers and six Common Scoters. The pair of Swallows at the Coo still appear to be feeding young in the nest.
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Old Monday 30th September 2019, 06:29   #3427
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Old Monday 30th September 2019, 15:46   #3428
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Congratulations on the Balearic Shearwater,Andrew.A super record.

I've seen a few on my annual holiday's to Mallorca but never thought one would pass close enough to Torry Turf.
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Congratulations on the Balearic Shearwater,Andrew.A super record.

I've seen a few on my annual holiday's to Mallorca but never thought one would pass close enough to Torry Turf.

I saw one off the Ness in Sept. 2003 (accepted). It lingered for about an hour, feeding in the company of Manx. Looked like a bit like a small Skua when not flying.
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Thanks for the comments. I know Mark saw one three years ago and I think there was one in 2006, which I also saw but when it passed Newburgh rather than at the Ness. Not sure there have been any others here in recent years.
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Old Tuesday 1st October 2019, 20:20   #3431
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Thanks for the comments. I know Mark saw one three years ago and I think there was one in 2006, which I also saw but when it passed Newburgh rather than at the Ness. Not sure there have been any others here in recent years.
Can I tell a 'one that got away' story? Some years ago (can't remember which one now, as I didn't file the 'record' for a good reason) on a nice August afternoon, I was birdwatching on the south side of the Coo. It had been a good day for Manx Shearwater, and I saw many dozens, ALL moving north.

Suddenly two similar small shearwaters (of Manxish appearance) appeared from the north, traveling rather erratically south. As one got level with me it turned towards me and as it did so it employed a stiff 'Common Sandpiper' wingbeat. I tried to keep on the other one at the same time and as I did so it veered quite fast out to sea, and as it did so it passed a Fulmar going north (within inches), and it appeared 'HALF THE SIZE' of the fulmar. I concluded that both birds might be (as was the terminology then) Little Shearwater. As they disappeared south I tried to get the face pattern but the light wasn't right.

When I got home I thought 'What to do?' Single observer record, of what was then a very rare species, in an unfamiliar location. Reading up I learned that people were sceptical of North Sea records, as LSs were held to like deeper water than offered by the North Sea. So I contacted Andy Webb and asked for advice, but confessed that I didn't think the record had a hope in hell of being accepted, but that if the birds were spotted by others and identified as LS somewhere further down the coast, the record might have a chance. So in the end the record never went to be judged.
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Old Saturday 5th October 2019, 18:53   #3432
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I had a somewhat frustrating wander round the Ness today in seemingly favourable conditions. Migrants weren't very much in evidence. Nine Goldcrests were probably the most conspicuous. The best were a Whinchat and a Stonechat, both around the Battery. Otherwise there wasn't a lot else. Twelve Wigeon and three Common Scoters went south and a Teal was along the north shore. A Sandwich Tern was still around. That was about it.
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I had a fairly thorough look around today after the rain abated late in the morning. The conditions were again favourable and there were more migrants around than yesterday. Robins and Goldcrests were particularly numerous, with the latter numbering 46 - one of the higher counts I've made in recent years. Over half of those were in a single flock flitting through the allotments.

Nigg Bay was fairly busy with three Brambling and four Redwing, as well as three Chiffchaffs. I'm fairly sure I heard a Siberian Chiffchaff in scrub by the marsh but I couldn't see the bird and won't claim it. In the marsh there were seven Snipe, five Teal and six Moorhen. A Whinchat was long the edge of Tullos School field. There were also two Bullfinches and at least ten Long-tailed Tits.

Another flock of at least eight Long-tailed Tits were on Abbey Road. The day's best migrant was a Ring Ouzel flying out of the grass dump at the allotments and over the golf course. Elsewhere there wasn't that much: two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and three Stonechats about the best of it. A Collared Dove flew across to Footdee and was my first on patch this year. A Common Sandpiper was seen briefly flying up the Dee.
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I got out for a wander late afternoon today, after the rain had abated. There was clearly an influx of birds. The whole area was riddled with thrushes, particularly Song Thrush, Redwing and Blackbird. Other birds were taking an interest in them, including a surprise Merlin that dashed right along Abbey Road. A female Ring Ouzel was seen quite well in the allotments.

Two rather dainty looking Lesser Whitethroats were along the north shore, along with three Chiffchaffs and a Brambling. Goldcrests were again numerous with at least 27 counted. A Swallow flew over the golf course. I had some good views of a Yellow-browed Warbler in the sycamore by the steps to the breakwater. A Short-eared Owl flew over the Battery. I bet there was plenty more out there.
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It was a pleasant autumn day here in Torry today and the birding was quite interesting too. There seemed to be a certain amount of movement going on, with Skylarks in particular heading south. Although the numbers of migrants were low, with thrush and Goldcrest scarcer than earlier in the week, the variety was good.

Most of the action was along the north bank below the allotments. Two Siberian Chiffchaffs were calling to one another in the undergrowth, though only one was seen and then only briefly. At least one Lesser Whitethroat looked distinctly 'eastern' but was never seen for longer than a few seconds at a time. 'The Tree' was particularly busy and a single Acrocephalus warbler appeared in the lower limbs. I always get both excited and slightly anxious when an acro appears. I couldn't do anything with this one other than make it a Reed Warbler. Other migrants included two regular Chiffchaffs and four Blackcaps.

Elsewhere there were fewer migrants but I did see two Whinchats and two Stonechats in the Battery/ Greyhope Bay area. We also had some whopping great progress on the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

67

It is lit.
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Another interesting day in Torry in calm but mostly cloudy conditions. The Nigg Bay area was quiet initially with few migrants about. Two Jack Snipe were flushed in the marsh - my first of the autumn. A Siberian Chiffchaff was then heard calling and was seen, rather poorly, in the young trees north of the marsh. I played a tape of the song to encourage it out into the open. It didn't come out but it did start singing back! Other birds in the area included a Bullfinch, at least one Redpoll, four Goldcrests and two Chiffchaffs. A pair of Stock Doves were up on Tullos Hill - my first of the year.

My walk round the Ness began well with very good views of an immature Ring Ouzel along Abbey Road. The 'interesting' Lesser Whitethroat was again frequenting 'the Tree' but I didn't get any good photos. Other migrants included a Chiffchaff, four Blackcaps, three Goldcrests, a Whinchat and two Stonechats. I was pleased to see two juvenile Swallows around the Coo, presumably from the late nest there. A Peregrine flew through low, into the harbour.

A very smart Snow Bunting showed nicely on the breakwater before picking about the boulders in Greyhope Bay. On my way back at dusk I heard another Siberian Chiffchaff calling along Abbey Road. They seem to be almost as common as colybita Chiffchaffs at the moment.
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