A chance over the last week to check out my new birding surroundings in Aberdeenshire Scotland. I've been up here with Dazza preparing our new home for our permanent move back on to terra firma in a few weeks time.
|At Newburgh, there are plenty of areas to view birds at close range, like this Goosander.
From here I would head north taking in Cruden Bay, where there are rocky cliffs and a wooded gully with sycamores and willows for searching out passage migrants.
|Great views can be obtained from the car at Gadle Brais
|Cairngorms National Park ~ Only a 40-minute drive.
As a sub-note, after eleven years writing as Boatbirder, this is likely to be my final post under that particular pseudonym, although I suspect the new one won't be too much of a surprise! I've immensely enjoyed living on the water for the past 16yrs but a move to the coast was always my end game! I've enjoyed the company of some excellent and genuine birders over the years, particularly at Brandon Marsh, where I had many wonderful moments and indeed some good finds. Sadly some are no longer with us but the memories will remain.
When the ultimate move takes place next month I'll be restructuring the blog to take in my new surrounds, nothing too drastic, perhaps a different theme and of course a different header? So watch this space.
For now, this is Boatbirder signing off with a few images of our first week in our new surroundings........
|Despite being a national rarity Curlews are widespread here.
|Black-tailed Godwits over the Ythan + Knot
|A Ruff stands out among the many Redshank.
|Shags at rest at Peterhead ~ One sporting a ring from a local colony.
|Still plenty of Sandwich Terns passing through.
|Crossbills are a feature of the area.
|Pink-footed Geese in off the sea ~ Spot the Barnacle, these birds likely from the Svalbard population.
|Guillemots are plentiful throughout the area.
|Moulting Eiders ~ A regular breeder around the Ythan.
|Rock Pipits are fairly common along the coastline.
|Skylark, another regular of the area.
|Grey Wagtail during a visit to Port Soy
|Turnstones, a common feature around the harbours.