Saturday, 27 August 2016


27 Aug -

Friday, 26 August 2016

Sunday, 21 August 2016


21 Aug - On a brief stop, the Little Stints had departed Farmoor, but nice views along the causeway of an adult Sanderling moulting out of summer plumage - also 4 Dunlin including a confiding juvenile, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Raven over, and many Sand Martins together with a late Swift feeding over the choppy water on a fair westerly breeze.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Musselburgh waders

20 Aug - An impressive wader spectacle on the falling tide at the Esk mouth this evening, large numbers of Curlews, Bar-tailed Godwits and Oystercatchers flighting onto the estuary as the mud became exposed. Highlights included 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 summer plumaged Grey Plovers - also Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank and 4 Black-tailed Godwits, with a nice group of 20 or so flighty Sanderling. Altogether a shorebird spectacular...... Other highlights included 9 Velvet Scoter offshore with large numbers of moulting Eider, and at least 100 Goosander/Red-breasted Mergansers. Due to the strong easterlies and showers, a steady stream of Sandwich Terns were passing, with Gannets and a few Kittiwakes offshore.

Friday, 19 August 2016


18-19 Aug - the highlight of 2 days Munroing was an unexpected Osprey fishing over Loch Ericht, probably a late-departing juvenile. Red Grouse, Wheatear, Stonechat and many (presumed juv) Meadow Pipits also in evidence on the hills.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Redstart at Blakehill

12 Aug - I had another go at the Blakehill Redstarts this morning, and the male was rather obliging, sitting out preening in the morning sun and allowing fairly close approach, and some photos. Also a family party of 5 Kestrels all hovering.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

WEBS induction

11 Aug - A morning look around the part of the Water Park that myself and one other are counting monthly, as from Sept. Highlights included a Little Egret on pit 32 and a Kingfisher flying across lake 34. Otherwise fairly quiet, as would be expected in August.