Birds fae Torry (1 Viewer)

Gander

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278 from January of this year. Only 19 more to beat it!

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I've had no more than 6 at one time at Seafield this year. I noticed on Autumn Watch that they mentioned they are getting fewer Purps on the Isle of May each year. Reason given was that with global warming, they don't need to travel as far south.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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I've had no more than 6 at one time at Seafield this year. I noticed on Autumn Watch that they mentioned they are getting fewer Purps on the Isle of May each year. Reason given was that with global warming, they don't need to travel as far south.

The two main sites in Aberdeenshire are Girdle Ness and Peterhead. Apparently numbers at the latter have generally been in decline for a while. Our numbers dipped a bit but have increased slightly in recent years. I expect more are wintering further north these days, but maybe they're also breeding more successfully too.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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A pleasant day in Torry after the rain of the weekend. I had a look around Nigg Bay around lunchtime. A flock of at least 40 Siskins flew over - quite a high number. Snipe were showing well in the marsh, with a group of six huddled in the vegetation. Another two flew out. Also about were a Chiffchaff, a Teal, a Redwing and a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 

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Ben Nevis

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A pleasant day in Torry after the rain of the weekend. I had a look around Nigg Bay around lunchtime. A flock of at least 40 Siskins flew over - quite a high number. Snipe were showing well in the marsh, with a group of six huddled in the vegetation. Another two flew out. Also about were a Chiffchaff, a Teal, a Redwing and a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Is there any particular area of the marsh,the Snipe seem to prefer Andrew ? I've heard them calling but other than that,most of my sightings have been of them flying and landing In out of sight places.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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Is there any particular area of the marsh,the Snipe seem to prefer Andrew ? I've heard them calling but other than that,most of my sightings have been of them flying and landing In out of sight places.

The photos above are roughly in the middle. If I've seen them on the ground, that's roughly where they tend to be, but it depends where they're roosting. They also roost in the eastern part and sometimes flush from there. They also pop up in various other places. I flushed one from the path near the railway line the other day!
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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I had a quick stroll round the headland this afternoon, in very mild conditions. One Black Redstart was around the MAREX building, giving nice views on occasions. Otherwise, it was over to the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser:

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Getting closer.
 

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Andrew Whitehouse

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A quick update from Torry. Yesterday was still rather mild, although I didn't get out until the final hour of daylight. A Black Redstart was still around the MAREX building, perching up on the south side on Abbey Road at one stage. Otherwise, it was all about the Purple Sandpiper Totaliser. Would the record be broken?

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Nearly, but not quite.

Today was much colder and felt like the first day of winter. The wind had gone round a bit more to the west by the time I got out and the sun was actually quite pleasant. Three Snow Buntings flew south over Greyhope Bay, my first of the winter. Offshore things were pretty quiet, although a Long-tailed Duck went north. I didn't see the Black Redstart but didn't look for too long. It wouldn't surprise me if it's moved on though.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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Welcome to your new look 'Birds fae Torry'. Yesterday was pretty gloomy and cold, but I had an interesting look around Nigg Bay. The highlights were a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a flushed Woodcock. A female Blackcap was on Abbey Road.

I was back in the same area this morning, in much better weather. Six Snipe were again showing well in the middle of the marsh. Two Water Rail were briefly seen, with another calling. Also about were 17 Siskin, two Teal and a Kestrel. A Crossbill was heard calling as it headed southwest.

A stroll round the headland eventually produced a female Black Redstart, seen briefly on the shore at Greyhope Bay. Fairly inevitably, it was chased off by a Robin. Two Common Scoters went past offshore and around 130 Pink-footed Geese flew over Torry at dusk.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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A bit quiet over recent days. Yesterday a Goldeneye was in Nigg Bay. Today was lovely but mostly quiet. A female Black Redstart was still around though, and showed nicely on the north shore between Skate's Nose and the Breakwater.
 

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