Monday, November 12, 2018

πŸ“– #64 ~ Aberdeenshire, Scotland 🍁

Our home for the next week is a delightful cottage overlooking Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire Scotland, arriving on Saturday evening. We spent our first day just chilling out locally, enjoying a long beach walk in the morning and heading just a few miles further up the coast to explore the harbours of Peterhead.

Juvenile Eider Duck ~ Plenty around here!
This area has some excellent sea watching opportunities and also holds large concentrations of Eider Ducks and there was certainly plenty around the bay during our walk.

Possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus littoralis)
Also of note was a possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus littoralis) found by Dazza along the inlet at Cruden Bay but I'm no expert!

Purple Sandpipers at Gadel Braes

Today we visited RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, only a short drive from the cottage. Firstly, a stop at the rocky sandstone shoreline along Gadel Braes, Peterhead. This is a great spot to sea watch from the comfort of the car and along with two Red-throated Divers more Eiders and Shags offshore at least a dozen Purple Sandpipers with the foraging OystercatchersTurnstones and Redshanks.

Gorgeous Hen Harrier passing the Dunbar Hide
RSPB Loch of Strathbeg has a large population of Tree Sparrows around the small visitor centre and well worth a look. At this time of year too, there are good numbers of Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans. It's also a great place to find wintering Hen Harriers and we were not disappointed. Huge flocks of Golden Plover and Wigeon seemed to be constantly on the move, mostly put up by at least six Common Buzzards, Marsh Harrier and Hen Harrier. We also managed a quick view of Merlin, which flashed through while chasing a flock of Linnet.

More Images of the Day!

Golden Plover

Pink-footed Geese

Whooper Swan in the evening light