🏴 Monday 9th October 2023 🌤️ 15C ~ Wind SW @ 6MPH ~ After returning from Shetland yesterday afternoon it was back to some more local birding with a drive over to Girdleness. Scotlands mainland as you may know has been hit by torrential rain over the past few days and from a birding perspective at this time of year this can sometimes be a great time to get out into the field. I'd noticed that a few Short-eared Owls and plenty of thrushes and Goldcrests had been reported coming in off the sea yesterday at Girdleness so worth a look this morning.
|A large amount of Goldcrests frantically feeding after their journey across from Scandinavia|
The conditions were bright and calm this morning so a perfect opportunity to check the shoreline from the harbour to the southern breaker. Lots of willows, meadowsweet and bramble. At least 30 Goldcrests by the time I'd completed my walk, plus a single Chiffchaff and Blackcap but the best of the morning was a Yellow-browed Warbler in willows. A walk across to Torry Battery didn't yield much else so I can only assume that with last night's clear night and calm conditions this morning most birds had dispersed.
|Yellow-browed Warbler ~ Best of my 2hr search at Girdleness|