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Gander

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Even for a time of year when you accept that it will be pretty slow, this has been an exceptionally slow start. Only three species recorded!

2021 Platform List
  1. Great Black-Backed Gull
  2. Herring Gull
  3. Kittiwake
 

delia todd

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Gosh!!!

Perhaps the birds are socially distancing from you Paul LOL

May I wish you and your family a very happy 2021.
 

Gander

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A Guillemot seen yesterday. It was reported to me the day before as having been spotted on one of the walkways. Very unusual! Lunchtime yesterday I saw it on the sea surface having a good preen.

Even less birds around today with very few gulls about. It is almost as if they think something nasty is about to happen with the weather.:eek:

4. Guillemot
 

Gander

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Arrived back yesterday. Only a handful of GBBG, a single Herring Gull and a single Kittiwake seen until a Gannet went past this morning.

As a side note, I did see a Red Kite on the drive up to Aberdeen on Monday.

6. Gannet
 

Gander

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There are a handful of Kittiwake present, but the larger gulls have all but disappeared. A Guillemot has been seen over the last couple of days.

Roll on the Spring!!!
 

Gander

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It has been extra bleak this mid-winter!

A few Kittiwakes. Both Herring and Great Black-Backed gulls in single digit numbers. And a single Gannet yesterday.
 

delia todd

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Perhaps they've all learnt the 'self-isolation' lesson Paul.

Bit depressing for you lad, don't they know you need cheering up when you're out there... they could make a bit of an effort for you couldn't they!! 😁

Here.... have a beer on the QT 🍺 no-one needs know, do they
 

steve_zodiac

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Wasn't there once a North Sea bird club for birders working on the rigs. I seem to recall reading in Birdwatching back in the eighties about the club, and some of the bird records particularly during spring and autumn migration.
 

Gander

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Wasn't there once a North Sea bird club for birders working on the rigs. I seem to recall reading in Birdwatching back in the eighties about the club, and some of the bird records particularly during spring and autumn migration.
Yes, it closed down a few years ago. All my records up to then went to them.

I arrived back home yesterday. I have to say that it has been the most barren trip ever, but I think I know the reason. In the autumn, the platform ceased production for the last time, a decision partly brought about by Covid. All work on the platform since is around decommissioning. As a result of all the process equipment being off-line, we are no longer using sea water for cooling purposes. That cooling water was heated before being returned to the sea, hence, the sea around us would have been a few degrees warmer, therefore making it more attractive for the gulls and others to sit in. Also, the large turbines we used that pushed out large amounts of hot air, are no longer running. No more hot air around the platform, and believe me we felt it last week. Again, it makes the platform less attractive to birds in the winter, I feel.

Still, spring is around the corner.
 

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