Saturday, 22 September 2012

Migrants arriving

A number of common and scarcer migrants around the village today:
Two Yellow-Browed Warblers in and around the trees at the roadside as you come into the village.
A Yellow Wagtail also overflew the area at 17.30. A scattering of Goldcrest around the village.
Yellow-browed Warbler
The Sand Loch had a Lesser Whitethroat in the afternoon.
The Mains of Slains back road area had good numbers of Meadow Pipit and  Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler and a single Garden Warbler. Still a few Ruff and Black-Tailed Godwit in the Slains area as well.
Winds are predicted easterly over next few days so more sure to arrive.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Waders and westerlies

Main highlights in the last week have been the 3 Pectoral Sandpipers that stayed at least 3 days on the northern edge of Feu Farm, in a small field pool. Also of rarity interest nearby was the Paddyfield Warbler that interrupted a Swallow ringing session near Logie Buchan on the 8th September.This was the first record for NE Scotland.
Pectoral Sandpiper, Feu Farm
Otherwise waders continue to frequent the wide variety of small pools in the fields in the area, with Black-Tailed Godwit , Green Sandpiper and Common Snipe all being seen in the last few days.High tide on the Ythan encourages greater numbers into the fields.
Also reported over Cotehill recently were 5 Crossbills and a Great-Spotted Woodpecker.