You went out in this?!It's a while since I've posted, so I should update things over the last week. It perhaps goes without saying that the weather has been pretty bad since the middle of the week and it's not really been possible to get out every day.
Sunday 31st: St Fittick's was okay. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen on the way down near Victoria Road and presumably a different bird was along the railway embankment. Ten Redwings were also along Victoria Road. Otherwise, three Teal, three Snipe, three Water Rails, 25 Siskins. The headland produced a Stonechat and 248 Purple Sandpipers. Looking north into Aberdeen bay revealed 12 Long-tailed Ducks and 11 Red-throated Divers.
Tuesday 2nd: A wander along the River Dee was largely uneventful but there was a flock 15 Siskins near the boat club. There was also a colour-ringed Black-headed Gull. After reporting it I found that it was ringed in northern Germany in 2013 and seems to return to this area every winter.
Wednesday 3rd: A windblown headland produced very little except for a Stonechat.
Saturday 6th: Very hard work around St Fittick's. Two Snipe and 14 Curlew about the best of it.
Sunday 7th: The weather was a bit better today, although there were still regular snow showers, leaving us with a fair covering by the end of the day. It was very cold. Birds were clearly moving. At St Fittick's a group of eight Fieldfares came in off the sea and settled by the marsh, before reappearing later on Tullos Hill. Five Redwings were also about. A Woodcock was flushed from the scrub north of the marsh. Six Meadow Pipits were probably recent arrivals too. Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers appeared together briefly - I think the first time I've ever seen two at the same time here. Also breaking new ground were a patch-record group of eight Stock Doves on Tullos Hill. Other stuff include two Teal, two Water Rails and six Snipe.
The headland was pretty windblown. My first Kestrel of the year was flying around the golf course. A male Stonechat was on the golf course near Greyhope Bay along with eight Skylarks. Another Woodcock came in off the sea and hurtled over towards Walker Park, persued by a crow.
The Water Rail photos are still a work in progress.