Trip reports

Jan 2nd 2022 - Annual Ythan Outing

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

A great turn out for our first trip of the year More...

Drumoak the winter wonderland

Sunday, 28 November 2021

A winter wander around a different take on Drumoak, Deeside More...

10th Nov 2021 Loch of Skene

Saturday, 13 November 2021

A goosetastic start to the day More...

Mid week to Montrose

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Who would have thought it could be wet in October, but the basin is never dull. More...

Sunday 17th October 2021 Loch of Strathbeg

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Well at least one of the "pair of legs" obliged More...

22.9.21 Kinneff Old Church

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Great weather, birds mostly still local but autumn is on the way More...

Sunday 5th September - Outing to Girdle Ness, Aberdeen

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

A fine local wander in the sun More...

Troup Head - Gannets galore

Sunday, 22 August 2021

The Local Group's first visit to Troup Head since lockdown and it was a spectacular walk round the Reserve in near perfect conditions. More...

Ythan Estuary 12th August 2021

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Good to be back to outdoor meetings More...

Balmedie 11.7.21 Birds and Butterflies

Monday, 12 July 2021

So great to be back to outdoor meetings. Socially distanced of course More...

Haddo House - Duck Masterclass!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

A pleasant day with plenty of birds, after the recent storms and before the Coronavirus took a hold of our lives. More...

Fraserburgh - Gulls and Sea ducks

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Heading up to the North East corner in search of White winged gulls and sea ducks. More...

Seaton Park and River Don - Dippers and Otters

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Storm Ciara doesn't stop play. More...

Duthie Park and the River Dee

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Life in the heart of the city, a rewarding wander along one of our rivers and some of the hidden gems. More...

The Annual New Year Ythan wander

Thursday, 2 January 2020

WOW what a start to 2020 More...

Loch of Skene - Ducks and Woodland birds

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Sunshine on Skene - a brief break from the poor weather for a beautiful crisp outing to the Loch of Skene. More...

Seaton Park and the Don estuary

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The 'legendary' Leslie takes the Local group to the Don ever hopeful of another Harlequin duck More...

Autumnal Strathbeg & Rattray

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A venture north to the RSPB reserve of Strathbeg then onto Rattray in search of migrants More...

Kinneff Old Kirk scores again!

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Autumn arrived and the group trip was rewarded More...

Montrose Basin - Wildfowl and waders

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Our latest visit south to the Montrose basin, the Pink foots are back and so were we. More...

Summer at Girdle Ness

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Nearly double the bird species to people and great weather! More...

Ythan Estuary - Returning waders

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Knot so many migrants but the waders are on their way in good numbers. More...

Fowlsheugh July 2019

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Puffin followed by chips - what is not to like? More...

Glen Girnock - warblers, whinchats and redstarts

Sunday, 14 July 2019

A glorious glen wander More...

RSPB Loch of Strathbeg - Wader migrants and summer breeders

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Weekend trip to the wonderful reserve at Strathbeg in search of late spring migrants and summer breeders. More...

River Don Walk

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

40 birds before breakfast - who could want for more? Well, perhaps the sun and an otter but that is being greedy! More...

St.Cyrus - Spring migrants, Peregrine and seabirds

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Well that was one we got right! More...

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...