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Old Saturday 31st August 2019, 20:21   #3401
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I went round the Ness in fairly boisterous winds this afternoon. A very high tide produced good numbers of waders, including 126 Oystercatchers, 96 Turnstone and four Knot. Three Wheatears were along the north shore. The juvenile Black Guillemot was still around, quite close to the shore below the Coo. Out to sea there were a lot of common seabirds and also single Arctic Terns and Manx Shearwaters.

There are still Swifts around. Two went south this morning then I had two coming in off the sea in the afternoon. In the evening six passed over Victoria Road.
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Old Sunday 1st September 2019, 19:46   #3402
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I had a reasonably interesting wander round the Ness today even though the conditions weren't all that promising. Most notable were at least four Whinchats, spread between the north side of the golf course and Greyhope Bay. There were also at least eleven Wheatears.

Offshore was fairly quiet but there was a Bonxie going north, as well as ten Common Scoters and a Red-throated Diver.

A juvenile Black-tailed Godwit flew south over the golf course, calling as it went. I also heard a Whimbrel going over.

As it's now September and officially autumn, it's about time we fired up the old Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

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And we're off!

Keeping a hand in for summer was a single Swift over Victoria Road this evening.
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Old Sunday 1st September 2019, 19:51   #3403
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As it's now September and officially autumn, it's about time we fired up the old Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

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Well you've got to start somewhere I suppose Andrew!!

I've not see/heard Swifts here for weeks now!
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Old Sunday 1st September 2019, 20:19   #3404
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Well you've got to start somewhere I suppose Andrew!!

I've not see/heard Swifts here for weeks now!
From tiny acorns...

This year has been quite freakish for Swifts here. Never had them so regularly this late in the summer.
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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 08:25   #3405
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At least 35 Swifts over the harbour this morning, probably moving through. There was quite noticeable vis mig happening, with good numbers of Meadow Pipits and smaller numbers of Pied Wagtails, Swallows, Sand and House Martins.
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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 18:21   #3406
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Similar to Andrew,I had at least 20 Swifts over Abbey Place/Balnagask Road at 1830,followed by a dozen House Martins shortly after.
I dont keep dates but this must be the latest Swifts I have ever seen In Torry.
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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 20:33   #3407
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Yes, I saw at least ten Swifts this evening. Most were flying quite low over the south side of the golf course but a couple were over Victoria Road.

I should add to this morning's notes that I also saw a small distant flock of geese. They were too far away to ID but others have been seeing quite a few (very early) Pink-footed Geese today so I presume that was what they were. Quite odd to have Pink-feet arriving on a day when there are still loads of Swifts around. Strange times.

I had a look around the Ness this evening. Birds were quite similar to yesterday. Three Whinchats were near the Battery and there were ten Wheatears scattered across the golf course. In Greyhope Bay there was a large flock of 50 Knot, almost all juveniles. A quick look out to sea turned up a Bonxie and two Arctic Skuas.
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Another day with the peculiar mix of geese and Swifts. Five Swifts went south over the harbour this morning and 57 Pink-footed Geese also went through. Quite an obvious southward passage of Meadow Pipits and Swallows too.
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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 07:28   #3409
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Three Swifts south this morning, along with a big passage of 200 Swallows (in just half an hour). Also three Sand Martins.
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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 08:47   #3410
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I still had my local House Martin pair,feeding young (3rd brood) at the nest on Wednesday on Balnagask Road.Shall have to have a look today,to see If they are still there.
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Despite there being hordes of good seabirds further south today, things were rather quiet here. Offshore the best of it were singles of Arctic Skua and Bonxie and a couple of Wigeon. The juvenile Black Guillemot was again around off the Coo. Eight Knot include seven going north and there was also a Dunlin and a Purple Sandpiper. One Wheatear was on the golf course.
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Old Sunday 8th September 2019, 20:09   #3412
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I was out for quite a bit of the day today. It was interesting without ever really taking off. Probably the most notable bird was seen early: a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker at Baxter Place. A good look around Nigg Bay didn't pull out anything particularly major but there were two Goldcrests, four Chiffchaffs, three Sedge Warblers and a juvenile Bullfinch. A group of five Wigeon and three Teal were seen flying over the golf course in the distance.

An afternoon look around the Ness was largely uneventful. Two each of Knot and Dunlin were the best of the waders. A Red-breasted Merganser was with the Eiders off the Coo. Three more Teal went south. Two Sand Martins were over the golf course. I'm really starting to yearn for some proper easterlies.
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 09:01   #3413
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Had a Swift again this morning over the harbour. Seemed to be a fairly strong passage of hirundines, including all three species.

Mark had a Greenish Warbler yesterday. Looks like it showed well :
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Old Friday 13th September 2019, 07:47   #3414
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There are still house martin's working the area around the lochan at my work, just west of Aberdeen, just as they have all summer. The weather is still nice, but I do wonder for how many more days we'll have their company this year.
In Stonehaven in the evenings right now there are tens if not hundreds of house martins, sand martins and swifts up high - they can't all be local birds, so they must be passing through. Autumn is here.

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There are still a pair of House Martins feeding young on Balnagask Road In Torry.Their 3rd brood.
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The Swallows are still feeding young in the Coo. Not too much else around today. Offshore there were single Great and Arctic Skuas. A Dunlin was among the waders and two Wheatears were on the golf course.
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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 20:13   #3417
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It was a bit livelier this afternoon even if there wasn't anything major around. Most noticeable was the sizeable passage of Pink-footed Geese with 427 counted. A few very distant flocks were probably this species too, so the actual numbers were no doubt quite a bit higher. Most were going through out to sea or were coming in off.

Also out to sea were substantial numbers of feeding Kittiwakes and Gannets, creating quite a spectacle. Passage included three Bonxies, an Arctic Skua and seven Manx Shearwaters. Three Knot went north and another was on Greyhope Bay. The Purple Sandpiper Totaliser also shot right up:

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A Pheasant called unseen from somewhere in the allotments.
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Old Saturday 21st September 2019, 20:58   #3418
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I had a fairly good look around today. The most interesting thing in the Nigg Bay area is that the marsh is being 'managed' at the moment, with quite a bit of the vegetation being cut out. It gives a much clearer view and will probably help to stop it clogging up too much. A very young Moorhen was in there - maybe a third brood? Other birds in that area included a single Redpoll, four Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests, three Bullfinches and a Blackcap.

A look round the Ness in the afternoon almost immediately turned up my first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn at the allotments. It was initially heard calling and then was seen in the small trees in the southwestern part before showing fairly well in the grass dump. It was brielfy heard and seen in the same area at dusk. I think this might be the earliest I've seen Yellow-browed Warbler in the area.

Other birds included four scrappy looking Pheasants, five Goosander, four Knot, 14 Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin, a Chiffchaff and two Sandwich Terns. Four Manx Shearwaters went north out to sea.
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A scattering of migrants here today, in pleasant hazy sunshine. The battery held a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler (with bill stained pink from eating blackberries). At the allotments there were at least two Yellow-browed Warblers. One was in the same area as yesterday and showed quite well at times. Two were calling together nearby on the north bank, one of which was seen. It could be that the two included the initial bird but they could have been different. There was also a Redstart briefly at the grass dump.

Otherwise, a Goldeneye whizzed around the harbour and there were two Black Guillemots just off the Coo. Waders included a Dunlin and two Knot. On the way back through Torry I had good views of a Treecreeper along Victoria Road.
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Old Sunday 22nd September 2019, 17:13   #3420
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and a Garden Warbler
What a lovely photo. Garden Warblers are beautiful, subtly-plumaged birds, and this is probably one of the best photos I've seen of one. When I lived in Wales I got quite used to their song, which I rather miss.
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What a lovely photo. Garden Warblers are beautiful, subtly-plumaged birds, and this is probably one of the best photos I've seen of one. When I lived in Wales I got quite used to their song, which I rather miss.
Thanks Phil. I really like them too and was pleased to see this one today.
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Old Monday 23rd September 2019, 11:17   #3422
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After the good birds reported at the weekend,I headed around the "Plotties" (Allotments) and the North Bank of Girdleness,In hope of picking up something good.Sadly,nothing much was showing and on speaking to Andrew and another birder round there,they had little to report neither.However,I believe Andrew had more joy later on.

I was hoping to see a Yellow browed Warbler as a couple had been reported yesterday,along with a Barred Warbler,reported by Mark Lewis earlier today but nothing showed at all.Until I was making my way home and I heard,then seen,a Yellow browed Warbler In an Ironed off garden a two minute walk from my house on Victoria Road/Abbey Place !!
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I tried looking for Ben's Yellow-browed Warbler but didn't find it. It no doubt had wandered off around the streets of Torry. I did see two others however, both in willows below the Battery. They were about the only landbird migrants I saw despite the promising conditions. Other birds were on the move, however. The most impressive was a large flock of 270 Barnacle Geese that appeared out of the mist to fly south over the breakwater. I think that's probably the biggest flock I've ever seen here. Other wildfowl on the move included 32 Teal, 19 Wigeon and two Red-breasted Mergansers.

Waders were moving too. At least eight Dunlin flew south in a couple of groups but there were a few more groups of small waders that were probably this species. A Knot was on Greyhope Bay. A medium-sized wader circling in the mist over the Battery was puzzling and I'm not totally sure what it was. It looked a bit like a Knot but seemed too big and give flat call that was unfamiliar.

Perhaps the best bird was a second calendar-year Mediterranean Gull on Greyhope Bay - my first of the year. More surprisingly, a Kestrel at the Battery was also my first for the year.

Others had good stuff today e.g. Barred Warbler, Pomarine Skua and two other Med Gulls.

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What a lovely photo. Garden Warblers are beautiful, subtly-plumaged birds, and this is probably one of the best photos I've seen of one.
I second that on both counts. I remember at Ham Walls, Somerset, a couple of years ago having five different individual birds singing in five different consecutive trees along one of the trails.
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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.
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