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Moray birding (1 Viewer)

DMKSlater

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Just outside our area but White Billed Diver still off Portsoy, and between 8 and 10 White Billed seen from a boat in the Moray Firth (from very reputable source!) Get the scopes out folks :)
 

Ben Nevis

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Birders from the Aberdeen area went offshore on the MV Gemini Explorer and had between 8 and 10 White billed Divers,off Portsoy.

Plumage ranged from full Winter to nearly Summer.
 

Andy Webb

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Portsoy white-billed divers

I wonder where they are overwintering?

Hugh Addlesee saw 11+ birds between Portsoy and Sandend after the boat trip which were unlikely to have been seen from the boat - possible minimum of 20 birds in that area!

Where do they winter? We haven't ruled out whether they winter off Portsoy, but more likely these are birds from the Dogger Bank concentration (estimated 200 birds from our digital video surveys). They probably move to the Moray Firth to moult.
 

Brian2

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Hi I'm staying in Keith at the end of May and would appreciate any tips from local birders.

Any good local spots I should spend some time at?

thanks in advance
Brian
 

DMKSlater

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Try for the white billed off portsoy! Then trip to troup head for gannet colony. Plenty of other good places...... but I get paid to take folk there :) (ps if your stuck send me a PM
;-) and have a good trip.

Dave

PS Just checked out your blog... very nice!
 
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Brian2

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Try for the white billed off portsoy! Then trip to troup head for gannet colony. Plenty of other good places...... but I get paid to take folk there :) (ps if your stuck send me a PM
;-) and have a good trip.

Dave

PS Just checked out your blog... very nice!

Thanks Dave
I tried last year for the single white billed Diver without joy but I'll keep my fingers crossed one of these hangs around a while for me.
target this trip is Dotterel, Ptarmigan and Capercallie....Only had one previous trip and missed these three but I would gladly take a WBD too.
and thanks for the comment on the blog, much appreciated. B :)

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Marcus Conway - ebirder

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Thanks Dave
I tried last year for the single white billed Diver without joy but I'll keep my fingers crossed one of these hangs around a while for me.
target this trip is Dotterel, Ptarmigan and Capercallie....Only had one previous trip and missed these three but I would gladly take a WBD too.
and thanks for the comment on the blog, much appreciated. B :)

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would recommend David from birding ecosse :t:

Great time to visit this area
 

DMKSlater

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Thanks for the kind comment Marcus :)

Snow Goose being reported at Burghead via Birdguides, no further info. Still very good numbers of Pink Footed Geese in Auldearn/Nairn area.

Waxwings still being reported in Bishopmill in Elgin.
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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Had to dig down for this thread... I needed to do so as I had a rare visit to the Moray coast this afternoon. Rather a lovely area. Two Curlew Sandpipers were at Lossiemouth, along with three Bar-tailed Godwits and a few other waders. Spey Bay was hard work in the wind. A Bonxie and a Red-throated Diver were offshore and a few Pink-feet were going over.
 

DMKSlater

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Helooooo! Been a while but some recent sightings for the area:

Long Tailed Ducks back on the Moray Firth
Little Gull and Little stint being seen up river from the Lossie Estuary, Grey Plover also on the estuary.
30 Redwings over Darnaway this evening.
 

DMKSlater

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A beautiful morning up here on the Moray Firth and although no rarities it was just one of those days it was great to be out in the Field birding.

Long Tailed Duck, numbers seem to be down on what I had on Friday, Common and Velvet scoter, Red Throated Divers dotted across the whole of the Firth and one Slavonian Grebe. Not many passerines although one Robin was getting run ragged by four or five "interlopers"

Grey Plover was still at Lossie Estuary yesterday.
 

DMKSlater

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Seems to have been an influx of Fieldfare in Moray today, quite a few flocks being reported around the Forres area.

At Lossiemouth, Purple Sandpiper and Snow Bunting at reported Harbour and Grey Plover still on the estuary.

Water Rail at Loch Spynie.
 

Tree Sparrow

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Seems to have been an influx of Fieldfare in Moray today, quite a few flocks being reported around the Forres area.

At Lossiemouth, Purple Sandpiper and Snow Bunting at reported Harbour and Grey Plover still on the estuary.

Water Rail at Loch Spynie.

First Fieldfare & Redwing arrived here at home, near Dufftown, yesterday but today has seen constant birds coming into the shelter belt around the garden. Seems to be far more than last year, especially of Redwing.
 

DMKSlater

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Barnacle Goose 15, Golden Plover 62 Findhorn Bay
Sanderling 40 Lossiemouth west beach
Long-tailed Duck 35 Portgordon
Shoveler 1 male Loch Oire
Gadwall 1 male, Black-tailed Godwit 1, Great Black-backed Gull 466 Spey estuary
15/10/2013 Snow Bunting 9 Findhorn
Twite 30+, Jack Snipe 1 Netherton (Findhorn Bay)
Slavonian Grebe 6 Burghead Bay (off Findhorn)
Slavonian Grebe 4, Black Guillemot 4 Burghead Bay (off Roseisle Forest car park)
 

DMKSlater

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17/10/2013 Jack Snipe 3 , Golden Plover 33 , Barnacle Goose 25 Findhorn Bay
Green Sandpiper 1, Water Rail 1 at hide Loch Spynie
Sanderling 31 Lossiemouth east beach
Whooper Swan 29, Water Rail 1 at hide Loch Spynie
Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 1, Skylark 4 (flying south) Portknockie
Blackcap 1 Tugnet
Blackcap 1 Forres
 

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