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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 07:42   #3376
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Super shots of a super bird,Andrew.

I'm sure there might be some good birds to be had around the Ness today,after last nights fog.However,Grandchildren take over my day,so I won't be seeing any.
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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 07:49   #3377
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Hellfire Andrew! Spent yesterday afternoon in the Fife Ness area with only a lesser whitethroat to show for it.

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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 20:58   #3378
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To be fair Rob, there wasn't much around here except Lesser Whitethroat. And the odd Bluethroat.

I was certainly hoping there would be some good birds around the Ness today. After the mist cleared it was quite a pleasant day. A fair amount was singing around Nigg Bay and no doubt something good was hidden around there somewhere. The best I could manage was a Whinchat, perched on the young conifers by the burn. A Garden Warbler was singing along the railway embankment. A couple of Redpolls flew over, but that was about it.

I tried around the Ness in the afternoon. I saw yesterday's Bluethroat again, rather briefly. A Tufted Duck flew in off the sea. My first Puffin of the year flew south quite close inshore. Two Dunlin and were on the breakwater and there were still four Purple Sandpipers. Four Wheatears were on the golf course.
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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 21:11   #3379
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Still no bluethroats in mainland Fife. A morning when I found wood warbler, whinchat, pied flycatcher and garden warbler still felt as though something was missing!

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Old Monday 20th May 2019, 20:03   #3380
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If it's any further consolation Wood Warbler would be a total mega here. I've never seen one anywhere on the Aberdeenshire coast.

An interesting sighting today was of a female Long-tailed Duck by the Victoria Bridge, which was diving about in the river when I passed on my way to work. Not sure how healthy it is but it looks quite perky in Mark's pictures.
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 20:44   #3381
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I had a look around the Nigg Bay area this morning. The most surprising sighting came early with a single Redwing hopping about around the old people's home on Victoria Road. No idea what that was doing here in late May. A Garden Warbler was again singing along the railway embankment. As is the fashion these days, a Lesser Whitethroat was also singing along the embankment, a little bit further west by the school playing fields. I was pleased to see a family of recently fledged Long-tailed Tits, a species that now seems to be a regular breeder here.
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Old Sunday 26th May 2019, 19:08   #3382
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Rather rainy here today, so I didn't get out until the afternoon. A few waders were around, including a Whimbrel and two Purple Sandpipers on Greyhope Bay. A seawatch was reasonably productive. Among large numbers of commoner seabirds moving north were one dark phase Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, nine Manx Shearwaters and 27 Puffins.
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Old Tuesday 4th June 2019, 07:07   #3383
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A bit of a strange one for me just now.20 Canada Geese just flew very low up Abbey Place and over Balnagask Road towards the Gramps.
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Old Tuesday 4th June 2019, 10:40   #3384
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A bit of a strange one for me just now.20 Canada Geese just flew very low up Abbey Place and over Balnagask Road towards the Gramps.
Nice record! Presumably birds on moult migration to the Moray Firth. They usually go through around this time of the year.
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Old Sunday 30th June 2019, 18:19   #3385
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Hmm, a bit quiet on this thread lately. That's probably a reflection of the rather casual approach I've been taking to birding locally over recent weeks, as well as things being fairly uneventful. I'd hesitate to say it's been quiet, as there have been plenty of birds singing and breeding. It's good to live somewhere that bucks the general trend of declining wildlife. Everywhere around the Ness and Nigg Bay is thick with flowers, insects and nesting birds at the moment.

I'll offer a quick summary of recent events:
9/6: Bonxie and two Puffins offshore
15/6: Two Manx Shearwaters and 17 Puffins
16/6: Garden Warbler singing along the railway embankment
22/6: A few returning waders including a Dunlin. Also 10 Manx Shearwaters.
23/6: A pair of Lapwing around the waterworks
27/6: A later evening visit didn't produce many birds but there were plenty of bats around and also several 'lekking' Ghost Moths

Here a few pictures from 23rd.
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Old Sunday 30th June 2019, 18:20   #3386
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Here are some close-ups of a preening Willow Warbler, also from 23rd.
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Today was a bit still fairly quiet but a group of six Black-tailed Godwits flying over Aberdeen Bay were good, and an early sign of autumn. There were also several Painted Ladies around and both Common Blue and Meadow Brown were on the wing. A Puffin was offshore and the local Bottlenose Dolphins gave a good show.
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Old Sunday 30th June 2019, 18:35   #3388
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Beautiful pictures for you report Andrew.
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Old Sunday 30th June 2019, 19:07   #3389
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Some lovely photos there,Andrew
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Mostly still quiet here over recent days. On Thursday a juvenile Stonechat on the north bank was a bit of a suprise, as it's a while since I've seen any adults.

This evening I enjoyed a moderately engaging seawatch, with quite good numbers of seabirds moving. 100 Manx Shearwaters was a fairly high count and other species included four Puffins, one Red-throated Diver, 22 Common Scoters, six Red-breasted Mergansers and five Whimbrel.
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Had my first wander round the Ness for a while this evening. The most notable bird was a juvenile Shelduck, languishing among the infrastructure in Nigg Bay. A Dunlin was with a few Ringed Plovers on the breakwater. At least 70 Swifts were gathered over Torry towards sunset. I wonder if they'll move south ahead of the incoming storm.
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Had a fairly good look around the Ness this morning. Conditions have certainly been interesting over the past day or so but things were mostly quite subdued, with no evidence of any landbird migrants at least. There were one or two notable things about though.

First up was a thrilling patch record count of no less than six Pheasants in the grass and weeds near the Battery. All were young birds that I suspect will have been released somewhere. Maybe someone's developing a shoot at the Ness.

Second was a female Pochard lingering offshore with the Eiders. Only my fourth ever sighting here. The light winds offshore didn't produce too much passage but a Bonxie went north, as did a single Knot and two Common Scoter. Also around were one Dunlin and ten Ringed Plover on the breakwater and a gathering of at least 40 House Martins over the golf course.
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Had a bit of a seawatch today, although it was fairly quiet despite a brisk northerly wind. Four Bonxies and one Arctic Skua was about the best of it.
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It was a fine but breezy morning here in Torry, although it gave way to showers by early afternoon. A few waders were on the move, usually stopping off around Greyhope Bay. At least seven Knot included both adults and juveniles. A juvenile Sanderling was notable and there was also a Dunlin and six Ringed Plovers. A bedraggled looking Arctic Tern was on the rocks for a short time.

The best bird was a juvenile Black Guillemot off the Coo. It looked to be transitioning into paler first winter plumage. Probably the most enjoyable sighting was of a family of Weasels in Greyhope Bay. Two young ones were jumping about in the grass at the top of the beach while an adult prowled around the pebbles.
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Yesterday's juvenile Black Guillemot was again present off the Coo. A lot of Bonxies were around, both moving through and lurking about. A minimum of eight were counted. There were also two Arctic Skuas and a Manx Shearwater moving.

Waders included single Whimbrel and Knot. A juvenile White Wagtail was on the shore below the Coo. The highlight was a Merlin hurtling around Greyhope Bay before heading into the harbour. Today's top mammal action, in addition to some leaping dolphins, was a remarkably tame Common Shrew on the golf course. At one stage it even ran between my legs.
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A good weekend,then Andrew.
Especially your mammal encounters.
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Had a slightly quirky sighting of a Whimbrel flying south over Victoria Road this evening. Also eight Sand Martins going purposefully in the same direction. There were still at least 16 Swifts gathering over Torry between 8 and 8.30. Similar numbers have been present every evening recently. They're staying remarkably late this year, though I'm not sure why.
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I had a scoot round the Ness early evening today, still in fairly warm conditions. A reasonable selection of waders included a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and five Knot. 58 Goosander were in the harbour and three Wheatears on the golf course. There were still 12 Swifts over Victoria Road at dusk.
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