Trip reports

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Crossbills here, there and everywhere! More...

Cabrach

Sunday, 24 March 2019

We braved the wind - others the mountain! More...

Drum Castle Grounds

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Those who braved the weather were rewarded More...

Peterhead to the Ugie

Sunday, 10 February 2019

The sun shone but white winged Gulls were not enjoying it today always next time More...

Drumoak and Park - Winter Woodland and Riverine Birds

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Another wonderful turnout especially given the time of year and temperature. More...

A New Year wander

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Great start to the local groups outings More...

Johnstone Gardens to Hazelhead Park

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Urban Birding and a fine cuppa - what is not to like? More...

Gargantuan gaggle of geese Loch of Skene

Thursday, 8 November 2018

What was not to like, good company and a magnificent lift off More...

Outing to Girdle Ness

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

10,000 steps, 40 species of birds, not a bad local wander More...

Montrose Basin - Geesetastic!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

After the storm - a wonderful Autumn Wander More...

Cruden Bay

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Sunshine, Showers & Skuas More...

Local Group Outing to Inverbervie and Mill of Benholm

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Sea, Sunshine & "secret locations" More...

RSPB Trip to RSPB Strathbeg

Sunday, 26 August 2018

A bird in the hand - is beautiful to behold - thanks to Grampian Ringing Group More...

Donmouth to Murcar

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A good Tern out at Donmouth.... More...

Glen Esk

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Stunning Scenery and the wildlife was pretty good too! More...

Boat Trip to the Isle of May - Puffins, Puffins amd more Puffins

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Local Group visit the Isle of May and are rewarded with spectacular wildlife in sensational sunshine. More...

Mid-week Ythan wander

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Storm Hector won't stop our lot, drafty and challenging conditions but well worth the effort. More...

Invercauld Estate - Green woodpeckers and raptors

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A very warm welcome to an upland estate in upper Deeside.More raptors than woodpeckers but a great day out. More...

Midweek Muir of Dinnet - Cuckoos, Redstarts and Tree pipits

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Midweek visit to the Muir of Dinnet in search of summer migrants More...

Girdleness - where Spring had merely slightly uncoiled

Sunday, 29 April 2018

A cold day but warm company More...

Portsoy - Lucky 13

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Divers, Gannets and cake More...

Loch of Strathbeg

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New Hide officially open - It's "Snow" Joke More...

Costa del Fraserburgh

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A Glorious Winter Wander in the Fraserburgh area More...

Montrose Basin - wildfowl, shorebirds and finches / Loch Kinnordy

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A select few saw some great Winter Birds More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mid January forest walk on the outskirts of Aberdeen. More...

2018 - Ythan Estuary - Happy New Birds

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Our traditional walk saw a great turn out More...

Seaton Park

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ducks, an Otter and good Company - what is not to like? More...

RSPB Loch of Kinnordy, and SWT Loch of Lintrathen - Winter Wildfowl, Raptors and Bittern?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Wonderful winter wildfowl and good company More...

Strathbeg October 17

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A sky full of Thrushes as Aberdeen and District RSPB Local Group's outing to Strathbeg coincided with a huge influx of winter migrants. Highlights being thousands of Redwings and Blackbirds arriving off the sea, with a small party of Bramblings More...

Aberdeen coast from Kinneff south - Migrants

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Coastal trip to Kinneff and surrounding hot spots in search of autumn migrants. More...

Outing to Nigg Bay and Girdleness

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Persistence paid off for those who ventured into the fog. More...

Cairnbulg & Strathbeg

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Brilliant - but breezy early Autumn Trip More...

Mid-week Ythan wander

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A late "summer!" migrant hunt for waders and skuas More...

Glensaugh and Glendye

Sunday, 13 August 2017

A couple of short walks into two different glens in search of upland species and breeding success. More...

Pannanich to Cambus O'May

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A summer wander in Deeside More...

Fowlsheugh and Newtonhill, Sunday 18th June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A select few were rewarded with some great breeding birds More...

Lord's Throat, Bennachie and Castle Fraser

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Leader Mark Sullivan Lord's Throat on Donside followed by a walk round the Dragonfly trail at Castle Fraser More...

Midweek Rattray and Strathbeg

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Leader Tim Marshall takes the group round Rattray's gems and in past Strathbeg for quite a tally. More...

A change of plan 'Crossed' our path

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Upland birds in stunning Deeside scenery, birds in great condition in great location. More...

Forvie NNR

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A great trip but sadly Elvis not seen from the building More...

Glorious Glentanar

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A great day out with some great company, some "old" or should I say familiar faces and some new. Birds not so much. More...

Forfar Loch, Balgavies and Montreathmont

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring Arrives More...

Gulltastic Fraserburgh

Sunday, 26 February 2017

3000 gulls & initially clear sky's - another great Local Group Outing More...

Loch of Skene - Woodland walk and evening Gull Roost

Monday, 20 February 2017

More than a few brave souls had a great wander around the Loch. More...

Hazelhead Park - in search of the Mandarin..

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The draining & closing off Johnston Gardens did not dampen the spirits of the local Group - Hazelhead did us proud - Read on More...

Ythan Estury 2017 - Our Annual Clear the head wander

Monday, 2 January 2017

The Local Groups 2007 outings got off to a great start with a congenial walk, new members and good birds More...

Loch of Strathbeg - "Winter finches, buntings and wildfowl"

Sunday, 20 November 2016

And then there were five! More...

Montrose Basin

Friday, 11 November 2016

Winter waders & Winter visitors More...

Girdleness Battery and Allotments "Migrants"

Monday, 17 October 2016

Another great turnout for the Torry Battery & Girdleness migrants outing on 17th October - despite the wind we caught up with all the common migrants we'd expect. More...

Red Deer Rut and Black Grouse - with out the Grouse!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Patience paid off for the deer rut - we will be back for Grouse another day. Great trip on 9th October More...

St Cyrus, Montrose Basin and Lunan Bay

Sunday, 18 September 2016

3 sites and lots of great things to see More...

Aberdeen and District RSPB Local Group outing to Nigg Bay, Aberdeen

Friday, 9 September 2016

More than a few birds to sniff out at Nigg! More...

Blackdog and Donmouth, Sunday 28th August 2016

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Scoters and More More...

Ythan Outing August 2016

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Terns & Skua's put on a show for our mid week outing More...

Troup Head

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Gannets Gannets Gannets More...

Balmedie

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Beautiful Birds and Butterflies More...

Tay Reed beds and Loch Leven

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A visit to the nationally important Tay reed beds followed by a visit to the RSPB centre and hides at Loch Leven. More...

Fowlsheugh with Fish 'n' chips

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

An evening outing that offered both Puffins and puddings! More...

Rattray Head and Strathbeg

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Our latest official outing trip to Strathbeg and Rattray Head in search of migrants and waders. More...

Ythan Estuary in brilliant sunshine.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Looking for terns and the Spring wader passage. More...

Glen Clova - Raptors and Upland birds

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Mid week visit to Glen Clova in search of Eagles and Ouzels. More...

The Cabrach outing

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Grouse and moorland breeding waders with the Head keeper of the Cabrach estate. More...

Spynie loch and Lossiemouth forest

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Our first joint outing with two members of the Moray Bird Group to visit Spynie loch and Lossiemouth forest. More...

Stonehaven, Cowie and Dunotter woods

Sunday, 21 February 2016

A coastal outing to Cowie (Stonehaven) and Dunotter woods to check out a few of the lesser watched local areas. More...

Donmouth and Seaton Park - winter river and woodland birds

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Seaton was switched for the Kings Links due to the recent sightings of Short eared owls and a possible Canadian Thayer's gull. More...

New Year Ythan outing 2016

Saturday, 2 January 2016

The annual 2nd January Ythan walk to 'BLOW' the cobwebs away. More...

Kinneff Old Church and Miltonhaven

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A surprising productive "Hunt for Red(wing) October" More...

Ringing Session with Raymond Duncan of the Grampian Ringing Group

Sunday, 11 October 2015

An afternoon outing in the company of Raymond Duncan and his colleagues of the Grampian Ringing Group at Glenseaton Lodge. More...

East Haven - Angus Coast Migrants

Sunday, 20 September 2015

The groups first visit to East Haven and surrounding area. More...

Cairnbulg, Inverallochy and Strathbeg

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A new group destination with migrating waders in mind. More...

Boat trip to Troup head

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The local group visit to Troup Head with views from a different perspective. More...

Lochter Ospreys

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A 'Scottish' summer visit to Lochter Activity Centre to see the Ospreys close up. More...

Loch Kinord - Woodcocks & Owls

Thursday, 18 June 2015

An evening walk around Loch Kinord in the company of Harry Scott More...

Glen Callater - "Upland birds"

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Glen Callater home of the Ouzels or is it? More...

Visit to Loch Of Leys, Banchory

Sunday, 31 May 2015

A crack of dawn walk to see the "Singing in the rain" More...

Skye and the 2 Uists - 15th to 23rd May

Friday, 15 May 2015

The local group's spring trip west with a great mix of birds. More...

Not Johnston Gardens!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

We fell for a fall. More...

FORFAR LOCH AND MONTREATHMONT FOREST - 15th April 2015

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Headed south looking out for those heading north. More...

29th March - Cabrach Black grouse lek

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A strange croaking call was heard ......... More...

Donmouth and Seaton park, Aberdeen

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The latest mid week outing in the glorious spring sunshine. More...

"Happy" New Year and a bracing change from the mince pies

Friday, 2 January 2015

The annual 2nd of January Ythan visit More...

Loch of Kinnordy - "winter wildfowl & woodlands birds"

Sunday, 23 November 2014

.....we had excellent views of large numbers - in excess of three hundred - Greylag Geese swimming and periodically flying back and fore, a few Mallard, larger numbers of Teal,...... Mute Swans ...... Whoopers More...

Burnbanks, Cove and Loriston - "Suburban birding"

Friday, 14 November 2014

..... we noticed a very pale grey Chiffchaff, signifying its Eastern origins. Obligingly it periodically hopped into full view ensuring all present saw this late migrant.......then we flushed a Snipe, and very shortly after, a Woodcock! More...

Cruden Bay

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

In the pools there we saw a variety of water fowl, including wigeon, teal, mallard, mute swan, coot, moorhen, snipe, grey wagtail yellowhammer, and - of course - the ubiquitous robin. More...

Fife Coast

Sunday, 19 October 2014

As the tide was coming in birds were concentrated on the exposed sand bars which lay quite far out. Redshanks moved about amongst large numbers of less energetic dunlin More...

Rattray Head and Strathbeg. "Migrants".

Thursday, 25 September 2014

.....along the Lagoon a further four Dunlin and a Ruff - or wait a minute - check the book - look again - and yes, the "Ruff" evolved into a beautifully crisp juvenile Buff Breasted Sandpiper!. More...

St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

Thursday, 17 July 2014

.........along the raised walkway we saw more warblers flitting around and some were able to hear the high pitched call of a Grasshopper Warbler nearby.... More...

Pannanich to Cambus O'May: Upland and Farmland Birds

Sunday, 8 June 2014

........a new linear walk for the group along a beautiful wooded stretch of the upper Dee Valley.......we all had prolonged views of a very co-operative Spotted Flycatcher..... More...

"Pre-Work" Walk, Cults

Thursday, 22 May 2014

....Inchgarth Reservoir at 0600 for an early morning walk......to find singing warblers and a selection of riverine birds.....Two hours, 3 kms, and about 46 species - a very successful outing! More...

White-billed Diver Cruise, 3rd May 2014

Saturday, 3 May 2014

.......the shout went up "White-billed Diver" as first one then two birds were seen......a third bird, in full breeding plumage gave astounding views to us ...... More...

"Puffins and Black Guillemots".

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Driving drizzle and mist, and a forecast that the weather would deteriorate further...through rain spattered binoculars Penny picked up a Puffin..the sea tally now included Razorbill, Eider, Shag, several Gannets - parties of four to twenty flying north - and three Black Guillemots More...

Findhorn & environs. "Sea Ducks and Waders"

Sunday, 13 April 2014

....to add icing to the cake a dipper posed for photographs at the lip of the weir.........we later sat down in a forest and lazily waited for robin, blackbird, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, blue tit, dunnock to come to us, and yes - crested tit. More...

Montreathmont/Balgavies Loch/ Murton and RSPB Loch of Kinnordy.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Trevor pointed out a Palmate newt lying among the pebbles at the bottom of the water. Soon another was seen nearby. For most of us this was the first sighting of a rarely seen amphibian. More...

Glen Tanar and Loch Davan

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

.......we were fortunate to have the most spectacular views of tree creeper at and below eye level.... Several "blackbirds" - possibly ring ouzels - had been spied earlier but were frightened off by walkers before a scope could be set up More...

Around Scolty Hill "Winter woodlands"

Thursday, 13 February 2014

We reckoned the Falls of Feugh were too full and turbulent for the Dipper, and sure enough, a little further on in a quiter tributary along the Tilquillie road we found the said bird, happily feeding and "dipping" below the sprawling bushes. More...

Donmounth -26 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January 2014

.....Birdwatching the new extreme sport........a good test for the various Gore-tex and Analogy jackets on display!.... More...

Aberdeen Local Group Trips to Hungary (Hortobagy and Zemplen Hills) October 2013

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The trip was primarily aimed at seeing the massive Common Crane migration in the Hortobagy, Hungary... a very significant feeding ground on the Eastern European migration fly way, particularly for Common Crane, Greylag Geese, White-fronted and Lesser White-fronted Geese and Red-breasted Geese,.... many wintering duck and grebes.....a total of 8 woodpecker species were seen More...

Geese and Grebes Montrose Basin and Lunan Bay

Monday, 4 November 2013

A ringed plover was spotted and three or four mergansers, also a longtailed duck. A group of thirty or forty sanderling flew in to feed on the newly exposed sandbank. More...

"Migrant hunting South of Aberdeen"

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

.....there were few birds to be seen when suddenly a snipe was flushed and darted northwards, seemingly too tired to bother with the customary weaving flight! More...

Rattray Head - 6th October 2013

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

I had seen some nice migrants there on the previous day and had high hopes that they might show......The total number of species seen was about 65 but they certainly didn't give themselves up easily!! More...