Saturday, 30 September 2000

30th September 2000 Beachy 7.00am - 5pm

Honey Buzzard 50 all heading south out to sea - superb pale morph bird with neat black mask. Amazing spectacle.
Marsh Harrier c.10 part of HB movement with several males seen
Sparrowhawk c.3
Osprey 1 south
Merlin 1
Hobby c.4
Peregrine 1
Swift 2
Swallow c.500
House Martin c.500
Tree Pipit c.50
Redstart 1
Whinchat 1
Wheatear c.3
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat c.3
Blackcap c.5
Chiffchaff c.20
Spotted Flycatcher c.3
Long-tailed Tit c.8
Raven 1 hole in centre of left wing (shot ?) and missing a few primaries on left wing

Saturday, 23 September 2000

23rd September 2000 Lunan Bay, Montrose 7.00am - 7.30pm. (no sign of poss. Audouin’s Gull) with brief visit to Montrose basin (no sign of large Tern sp.). Showers

Red-throated Diver c.4 on sea including 1 in full summer-plumage.
Great Crested Grebe c.3 on sea
Fulmar c.10
Gannet c.10
Shag c.5
Mute Swan 2
Eider c.100
Common Scoter c.100
Surf Scoter 1 drake found by DC just offshore off Lunan Bay
Velvet Scoter c.200
Red-breasted Merganser c.3
Buzzard c.5
Lapwing c.20
Arctic Skua 1 very pale immature with white cap and belly but extensive white on bases of upper-primaries.
Little Gull c.40
Sandwich Tern 1
Black Tern 1
Guillemot c.5
Tree Sparrow 1 Usan
Brambling 2 Usan

Friday, 22 September 2000

22nd September 2000 Fife Ness 7.00am - 10.00am (no sign of Yellow-breasted Bunting). Rain at dawn then clearing becoming sunny. Collieston, Aberdeenshire 1.30pm - 6.30pm (no sign of Eastern Olivaceous Warbler). Sunny becoming less windy towards evening.

Pink-footed Goose c.3,000 in flight and in fields just north of Collieston
Buzzard c.5
Marsh Harrier 1 female with creamy crown and throat.
Swallow c.25
Robin c.25
Redstart c.5 including 1 immature showing characters of samamisicus with pale panel on secondaries.
Whinchat c.8 Fife Ness
Wheatear 2
Reed Warbler 1 Collieston
Lesser Whitethroat 1 Collieston
Whitethroat 1 Fife Ness
Garden Warbler 1 Collieston
Blackcap c.5 Collieston
Willow Warbler 1 Fife Ness
Goldcrest h
Spotted Flycatcher 2 Fife Ness
Pied Flycatcher 1 Fife Ness
Brambling 2 Fife Ness
Reed Bunting 1 Fife Ness
Yellowhammer 1 Fife Ness

Also smashed scope - a day to quickly forget!

Sunday, 17 September 2000

17th September 2000 Beachy 6.45am - 12.15pm. Cloudy but calm

Brent Goose 4W
Chiffchaff c.20

Sunday, 10 September 2000

10th September 2000 Beachy 6.45am - 1.15pm. Virtually calm with light SE influence. Sunny

Marsh Harrier 1 all dark brown with creamy cap. Flew South over Birling.
Sparrowhawk c.2
Merlin 1 female
Swift c.3
Wryneck 1 (same) Chat Vale
Sand Martin c.50
Swallow c.1,000
House Martin c.1,000
Tree Pipit 2h
Yellow Wagtail 1h
Grey Wagtail 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Redstart c.5
Wheatear c.5
Reed Warbler 1
Barred Warbler 1 imm at Birling
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Whitethroat c.15
Blackcap c.5
Chiffchaff c.10
Willow Warbler c.10
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher c.5

Saturday, 9 September 2000

9th September 2000 Beachy 6.45am - 12.05pm. Overcast with thick fog until c10.30am. Calm

Sandwich Tern 2
Wryneck 1 Chat Vale
Redstart 3
Wheatear 3
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Whitethroat c.10
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap c.10
Chiffchaff c.10
Willow Warbler c.10

Sunday, 3 September 2000

3rd September 2000 Beachy 6.45am - 1.45pm. Light northerly but sunny. Cold

Snipe 1 in flight over Birling
Swift 2
Sand Martin c.10
Swallow c.50
House Martin c.350
Tree Pipit c.5
Yellow Wagtail c.5
Grey Wagtail 4
Redstart c.5
Whinchat c.10
Wheatear c.10
Sedge Warbler c.15
Reed Warbler c.10
Lesser Whitethroat c.5
Whitethroat c.20
Blackcap c.5
Wood Warbler 1 Old Trapping Area - ex. Views - very long-winged and a bright individual
Chiffchaff c.5
Willow Warbler c.25
Goldcrest 3
Spotted Flycatcher c.5
Pied Flycatcher 1 poor brief view - Old Trapping Area

Saturday, 2 September 2000

2nd September 2000 Beachy 7am - 12.15pm. Moderate northerly and overcast but dry. Cold

Sand Martin c.5
Swallow c.50
House Martin c.50
Tree Pipit c.5
Yellow Wagtail c.20
Redstart c.2
Whinchat c.5
Wheatear c.10
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler c.5
Reed Warbler c.5
Lesser Whitethroat c.5
Whitethroat c.20
Garden Warbler c.5
Blackcap c.5
Chiffchaff c.10
Willow Warbler c.25
Goldcrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher c.10

BOU announce two ‘splits’ Green-winged Teal UK 466 Sx 322 and Mealy Redpoll UK 467 Sx 323