Final day and finally a Caper shows

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This morning I returned to Loch Garten for the Caperwatch arriving at 5.30am to find the volunteers already had a Caper in the scope much to my delight having not seen one last year at all but another guy had spend five days on the spin getting up at silly oclock to get his first ever so he was doubly delighted. By 5.45am the snow started falling heavily again and any view of the bird was quickly lost which disappointed the late comers.

I left satisfied with the year tick and sat in the car park for a while to enjoy the birds at the feeders which included , , , and .

Crossbill were in the car park but I couldn’t tell if they were Scottish or not. One guys logic was that if they’re in Scotland they must be Scottish until I reminded him we were in Scotland but it didn’t make us Scottish!

Coal Tit
Crested Tit
Crested Tit
Great spotted Woodpecker
Great spotted Woodpecker

Following my early success I moved north to Burghead where I scanned the coast for the reported White-billed Diver to no avail. I later found out I was looking in the wrong place.

With Portsoy now only twenty miles away I headed across passing through Elgin and then Cullen which is the nicest town I’ve encountered here so I’ll be returning for a better look in the future.

Eider

At Portsoy conditions were really bad with big waves and a strong wind coming straight in off the sea so I used the car as some kind of shelter at the top of Marine Terrace to give a higher point of view to scan.

There were lot’s of Gannet, Fulmar and Auks about along with a few Shags. I found a couple of Great northern Divers and then after nearly an hour of scanning I had a White billed Diver in the scope.

I returned to the harbour were a few Eider posed for the camera and then set off for home via Lochindord which ended my annual Scotland trip.

In summary I collected 15 year ticks picking up most of the Scottish specialities and a lifer with the .

Year list now 2015 – Life list now 368

 

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Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Essex Birder using the blog as a diary of my trips around the country chasing birds. Enjoying the places it takes me and the people I meet along the way. Great to spend time with my Dad and brother as we chase our year lists and grow our life list in the process.

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Essex Birder using the blog as a diary of my trips around the country chasing birds. Enjoying the places it takes me and the people I meet along the way. Great to spend time with my Dad and brother as we chase our year lists and grow our life list in the process.

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Tim Walker

How can your year list be more than your life list, and by some margin 😉