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Hello from north Scotland (1 Viewer)


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Hey all,

I am quite blessed to live in a region rich in birdlife, by the coast, with our house by a woodland, and a couple min walk away from both a estuary and the coastal dunes. Farmland is also next door, and the moors are about 15min drive.

Started serious birdwatching during the UK lockdown, as spring was perfect time for this. But I had already got a bit into birds a few years ago when I lived in Iceland, a country also perfect for birds, especially sea birds.

Where I live is also the habitat of some rare birds, like the crested tit, the crossbill and the cappercaillie, between the Cairngorms national park and the Findhorn valley and estuary. But I haven't seen any of these, though I know the crested tit is easy to spot, and I saw one suspected individual once.

So far I identified quite a number of birds, but I still haven't got into the details of most water birds (estuary, reeds and sea), and I still struggle with birds of prey, which are quite abundant where I live. The osprey is an almost daily sight, but I only confirmed its sighting when the far bird repeatedly hovers and dives into the sea. Buzzard is also very common. I only saw falcons and eagles in other countries, not in Scotland yet.

Songs and calls are a hard thing for me, the easiest songs are the song thrush, blackbird, goldfinches, sparrows, chiffchaffs. I still struggle with IDing some birds species, particularly warblers, buntings and chats.

Other big hobbies I had include stargazing, gardening and hiking.

Glad to join the forum.
Hi pcbess and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

Oh I'm jealous.... such a lovely area you are in. You've no doubt crossed the firth to the Black Isle... a hot spot for Red Kites in your area?

All things Scottish can be found here. Also, keep an eye on threads titled something like Scottish Bashes; we try to meet up occasionally and they're always great fun. You'd be most welcome to join us on another if you can manage and we ever manage to get our of lockdown enough to meet.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
Welcome to Birdforum! I am sure that you will find lots to interest you here and I hope that you enjoy your visits.
Welcome to Birdforum.
I am sure you shall find most of what you need on here.Don't be afraid to ask questions on the Forums,there are many kind and helpful people on here.
Believe me,you are no different to any other Birder on here,as we all had to learn,as our Interest In birds grew.So my advice Is to get out there and enjoy the birds you see and perhaps a good Bird ID Guide Book,shall help you,with the birds you find It difficult to Identify.

The Scottish Ornithologists Club has a fantastic website,with links to your area,so perhaps look it up.Local Meetings,Outings,Places to Visit and the local Bird Recorder,so I am sure this would help you.

You live In a fantastic part of Scotland and I have a good knowledge of the area and there are birds around you,that would make the more experienced Birders amongst us,very envious.So take your time,enjoy the scenery and most of all,enjoy the birds you see.
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