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Old Saturday 3rd November 2018, 22:04   #3326
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Rather mild, windy conditions here today. Not too much seemed to be going on in terms of migrants, although a Fieldfare came in off the sea. A female Pheasant was on the north bank.

Most of the interest was out to sea and birds were generally heading south into the wind. Two skuas went through Greyhope Bay. The second was a very dark, broad-winged juvenile Pomarine Skua. The other bird was paler and may well have been the same species but wasn't seen clearly enough. Watching from the Coo produced a pale juvenile Arctic Skua. Two Little Auks came up off the sea and continued south. Also moving were a Long-tailed Duck, four Goldeneye, two Common Scoter and 14 Red-throated Divers. At least three Harbour Porpoises were conspicuous offshore.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2018, 17:26   #3327
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I had quite a good look around today but didn't find too much. The Nigg Bay area held 12 Snipe, three Teal, two Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff. A Woodcock was seen flying off towards the school fields. I had a look round the Ness in the afternoon but things were pretty subdued. Seven Ringed Plovers were on the breakwater and a Siskin flew over Abbey Road.
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Old Saturday 10th November 2018, 18:07   #3328
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Overnight rain had filled the marsh up, but didn't really seem to bring in any significant migrants. Aside from a scatter of Redwings and other thrushes and three heard-only Chiffchaffs there wasn't too much about in the Nigg Bay area. Six Snipe were seen nicely on the ground, which was unusual. At least ten Goldcrests were also around.

An afternoon walk around the Ness was no more productive but it did move along the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser nicely:

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Old Saturday 17th November 2018, 21:31   #3329
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A slightly interesting day in Torry, with easterlies still giving a hint of autumn. The best bird was seen early on, with a Treecreeper in the trees opposite the bowling green on Victoria Road. The Nigg Bay marsh held four Teal, five Snipe and a Water Rail. Maintaining the theme of 'birds that run up tree trunks', a Great Spotted Woodpecker was flying along the railway embankment. Other stuff in that area included a Chiffchaff and two Bullfinches. Several Fieldfares and Redwings were around, with some appearing to come in off the sea.

In the afternoon, a female Blackcap was in the scrub by Inverdee House. Another Snipe was flushed near the Battery and a few more Fieldfares and Redwings came through.

Note on pictures: the Long-tailed Tits are from last Sunday, but I did some today too.
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Old Sunday 18th November 2018, 23:08   #3330
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Not much around today, although a couple of things I don't normally see so well are a Turnstone's tongue and the purple sheen on a Purple Sandpiper.
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"I don't normally see so well are a Turnstone's tongue and the purple sheen on a Purple Sandpiper."
I have never seen such things. I'm happy that over time your photographic equipment and/or skills have improved so much I can share it. These are much better than my 'record' shots.
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