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Birds Seen in the Burnside Area of Scrabster from 1989 1999
Norman Glover

The table below shows the birds seen, month by month over the past ten years, from my sunroom window. The view covers the area from Scrabster harbour to about half way across the bay towards Dunnet Head. I have a 30x80 telescope on a tripod and the definition is good enough to identify birds on Holborn Head.

As usual, Statistics can be very misleading; some of the birds shown appear regularly, year after year, while others come only occasionally but usually in the months shown. Some, of course, are resident like the house sparrow, shag, herring gull, pigeon, black bird and others. Oddly one usually common bird that appears in our garden only occasionally is the chaffinch.

It is remarkable how regular the arrivals are the migrants usually appear during the same couple of weeks each year.

At odd times there is a bird which is obviously temporarily "lost" having been blown off course during migration. Before my records started we had a Black Redstart, in the garden, and a flock of Brent Geese, in the sea, which fall into that category

Bird

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Arctic Tern

*

*

*

*

Black Guillemot

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Black Headed Gull

*

*

*

*

*

*

Blackbird

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Blackcap

*

Blue Tit

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Chaffinch

*

*

*

*

Collared Dove

*

*

*

*

*

*

Common Scoter

*

Curlew

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Dunnock

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Eider

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Fieldfare

*

*

*

*

Fulmar

*

*

Gannet

*

*

*

*

Goldeneye

*

*

*

*

Goldfinch

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Great Northern Diver

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Great Skua

*

*

*

*

*

Great Tit

*

Green Finch

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Grey Wagtail

*

*

Greylag Goose

*

*

*

Heron

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Hooded Crow

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

House Martin

*

*

*

*

*

House Sparrow

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Kestrel

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Lapwing

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Long Tail Duck

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Meadow Pippit

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Mute Swan

*

Oyster Catcher

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Pied Wagtail

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Pigeon

*

*

Razor Bill

*

*

*

*

*

*

Red Breasted Merganser

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Red Throated Diver

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Redshank

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Redwing

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Reed Bunting

*

Robin

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Rock Pipit

*

*

*

*

*

Shag

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Shell Duck

*

Snipe

*

*

*

Song Thrush

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Sparrowhawk

*

Spotted Flycatcher

*

*

*

*

Starling

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Stonechat

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Swallow

*

*

*

*

*

*

Twite

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Wheatear

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Whinchat

*

Whooper Swan

*

*

*

*

Willow Warbler

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Wood Pigeon

*

Wren

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Guillemot

*

*

*

*

*

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