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TUE 25/11/14 In the Lammermuirs a ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD again c1 mile east of Fasney Bridge in valley between Penshiel Hill & Priestlaw Hill (NT642625) viewable from unclassified road at Duddy Bank 12:30-13:15. On the NE side of Edinburgh drake SURF SCOTER still west of Musselburgh with Velvet Scoters off Eastfield at 1.15pm also Black-throated Diver & 2 Slavonian Grebes + nearby 2 Red-necked Grebes & 18 Slavonian Grebes off Musselburgh also Kingfisher at the River Esk Mouth. In Dunbar fm/imm Black Redstart again south of harbour on East Beach early a'noon but no sign of male Black Redstart which was present here y'day. In the Pentlands Jack Snipe still on marsh at Harperrig Reservoir. On the west side of Dunbar a Little Egret in Belhaven Bay this a.m then flew SE over caravan park also 2 Greenshank & Water Rail (heard only) at Seafield Pond.

MON 24/11/14 In Dunbar male Black Redstart still south of the harbour on East Beach early a'noon also Little Egret.

SUN 23/11/14 In Dunbar a Black Redstart south of harbour on East Beach this a'noon + nearby on west side of Dunbar female Scaup on Seafield Pond this a.m + 35 Twite in Belhaven Bay. At Thorntonloch d/b Brent Goose still in sheep field on north side this a.m also Snow Bunting flew south over + 11 Whooper Swans. On the NE side of Edinburgh the drake SURF SCOTER off Joppa this a'noon but distant. In the Pentlands c71 SNOW BUNTINGS on the south side of Scald Law by path to South Black Hill also
4 Snow Bunings on Carnethy Hill + Jack Snipe on marsh at Harperrig Reservoir. In the Lammermuirs again no sign of any Rough-legged Buzzards today.

SAT 22/11/14 On the west side of Dunbar a Yellow Wagtail flew south over Seafield Pond at 3.05pm also Little Egret, 2 Greenshank & 20+ Twite in Belhaven Bay this a'noon + nearby presumably the same Yellow Wagtail was on saltmarsh near toilet block at JMCP then flew towards Belhaven Bay at 1.45pm. In the Lammermuirs no sign of any Rough-legged Buzzards in Mayshiel / Kingside Hill area in 3hrs this a'noon. In East Lothian 110+ Whooper Swans NE of Drem in fields between Chapel & Kingston at 12pm NT539819.

FRI 21/11/14 In Dunbar a fm/imm Black Redstart west of harbour on cliff just west of swimming pool then along shore near war memorial below Bayswell Rd 3.30pm at least.

THU 20/11/14 At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER still off the River Esk Mouth this morning also 14 Black-tailed Godwits this a.m + Little Auk close in off seawall this a'noon also Black-throated Diver, 3+ Red-throated Divers, 5 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Great Crested Grebes & 12 Long-tailed Ducks. At Torness the d/b Brent Goose still on south side in field by dunes.

WED 19/11/14 In the Lammermuirs ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still NW of Whiteadder Reservoir / NE of Mayshiel on north side of B6355 over Kingside Hill 4pm at least NT633648. Off Hound Point 5 Pomarine Skuas & 11 Red-throated Divers past 12.00 - 15.00.

LATE NEWS TUE 18/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS reported NE of Mayshiel north of B6355 in Nine Stones / Kingside Hill area.

TUE 18/11/14 Off Hound Point 13 Pomarine Skuas, 11 Red-throated Divers, Sandwich Tern & 100 Kittiwakes past 9.00am - 3.00pm. On the west side of Dunbar
Little Egret in Belhaven Bay feeding close to seawall 2.30pm - 3.30pm also c20 Twite & Greenshank today.

MON 17/11/14 Off Hound Point 99 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Bonxie, Sandwich Tern & 1000+ Kittiwakes past 1.05pm - 3.05pm. Off Musselburgh 3 Pomarine Skuas & 5 Little Gulls late morning also Swallow flew south over cadet huts by River Esk Mouth at c12.10pm. In Gosford Bay 2 p/b Brent Geese flew east past Ferny Ness late morning. In Dunbar Chiffchaff visiting a private garden this morning.

SUN 16/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS reported again; one in valley near Fasney Bridge + one between Mayshiel & Whiteadder Reservoir until 4pm then flew into larch tree above Mayshiel to roost. On the west side of Dunbar no sign today of the adult Caspian Gull in Belhaven Bay but 2 Pomarine Skuas flew east past late morning. At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER still off the River Esk Mouth this morning. In Edinburgh single Waxwing in Barnton near Whitehouse Rd / Gamekeepers Rd junction briefy then flew off west at 12pm also 8 Whooper Swans flew over Granton Harbour at 4pm. In Tyninghame Bay Little Egret, Greenshank & Merlin this a.m also Snow Bunting & 33 Twite (inc one colour-ringed) + Brent Goose flew south past at 9.10am. At Barns Ness a Little Auk flew north past at c12pm. In Aberlady Bay 2 Little Egrets on river near wooden footbridge at 11.30am also 50+ Twite today & Kingfisher at Marl Loch + nearby Arctic Skua flew east past Gullane Point & Little Gull feeding off Black rocks on the NE side of Gullane Bay at 3pm. At Seton Sands adult Med Gull by burn mouth today.

SAT 15/11/14 On the west side of Dunbar an adult Caspian Gull this a'noon in Belhaven Bay then flew out to sea at 1.45pm + nearby adult Med Gull south of harbour off East Beach at 4pm. In the Lammermuirs a ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD this a'noon along line of pylons east of minor road east of Fasney Cottage at 2pm then flew south over road and present in valley south of Fasney Cottage by Herd's Hill at 2.40pm + 3 Snow Buntings reported over Lamb Hill. At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER again off the River Esk Mouth this a'noon also Little Auk flew east past Fisherrow at 9.30am. At Barns Ness Long-tailed Skua, Arctic Skua, 6 Little Gulls & Little Auk reported past today also 1+ Snow Bunting this a'noon and possible Water Pipit reported + nearby 3 Snow Butings on beach in Whitesands Bay. At Seton Sands 3 Med Gulls (all adults) by burn mouth late a'noon also Black Guillemot still distantly offshore + nearby 2 Red-necked Grebes & 15 Slavonian Grebes off Longniddry this a'noon. At South Queensferry a Little Auk just east of Forth Rail Bridge late morning.

FRI 14/11/14 At Musselburgh drake SURF SCOTER again off Fisherrow also 2 Scaup (both drakes) + 3 Little Auks passed 08:45 - 10:00. Off Port Seton Harbour a Little Auk east passed at 9.40am.

LATE NEWS 13/11/14 Off Dunbar Harbour 2+ Pomarine Skuas, Arctic Skua, Bonxie & 5 Little Auks passed 08:20 - 10:15.

THU 13/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2+ ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS still today; at least one present in valley between Nine Stones & Bleak Law viewable from B6355 north of Mayshiel at 3pm (NT615660) also sightings in valley west of Fasney Bridge / Herd's Hill late a.m and on east side of Priestlaw Hill (NT656623).

WED 12/11/14 In the Lammermuirs ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD south of Mayshiel viewable from unclassified road east of Fasney Cottage where pilons cross briefly at 1.15pm. In Haddington single Waxwing flew west over High Street at 1.30pm. In Aberlady Bay 4 Little Egrets also Kingfisher. At Seton Sands adult Med Gull this a.m.

TUE 11/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS still this a'noon; one showing well by the B6355 1/2ml NW of Whiteadder Reservoir on the south side of Kingside Hill (NT635648) 1.15pm - 3.00pm then flew SW over Mayshiel + one flew south over unclassified from Southern Law c1km east of Fasney Bridge early a'noon. At Thorntonloch the Brent Goose still in sheep field on north side late a.m.

MON 10/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS still c5mls SW of Gifford / c1km NW of Fasney Cottage west of the unclassified road just south of the Whiteadder junction over Wanside Rig NT602642 early a'noon at least; earlier one Rough-legged Buzzard c1/2ml NW of Fasney Brige flew south over the road by pilons towards Herd's Hill at 10am + ringtail Hen Harrier & Merlin. At Musselburgh 2 Med Gulls (both adults including the returning red colour-ring code 7P8) at the River Esk Mouth at 12.45pm. In Aberlady Bay a Little Egret upstream from wooden footbridge at 12pm.

SUN 09/11/14 In the Lammermuirs 2 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARDS from early a'noon and still late a'noon at least 5.5mls SW of Gifford along Fasney Water in valley west of the road where pilons cross and favouring area west of Herds Hill (NT612627) and north of here just north of Fasney Cottage (NT608635) and showing well at times. In Gosford Bay the Black Guillemot again off Ferny Ness (and distantly off Seton Sands) also Great Northern Diver, 67 Slavonian Grebes, Great Crested Grebe,
5 Red-throated Divers (+ 11 flew west), 34 Long-tailed Ducks & 245 Velvet Scoters offshore + 3 Snow Buntings at 1pm flew west towards Longniddry. At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER still off the River Esk Mouth today. At Torness a Little Auk this morning on sea near harbour close in by breakwaters + Brent Goose between Torness & Thorntonloch late a'noon.

SAT 08/11/14 At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER still off the River Esk Mouth this a'noon.At Torness a d/b Brent Goose at south end of seawall this a.m at least also Snow Bunting along shoreline, Woodcock on rocky foreshore & Puffin offshore + 5 Bottle-nosed Dolphins & Harbour Porpoise past + nearby Little Auk on sea off Thorntonloch this a.m. At Skateraw 12 Snow Buntings flew over also Black-throated Diver offshore + nearby Woodcock at Barns Ness. At Dunbar a Little Auk on sea off harbour drifted north at 8.45am also Great Northern Diver flew south past at 8.25am + nearby 5 Little Egrets flew SE over Seafield Pond at dusk but may have returned to roost also Chiffchaff in Belhaven Bay Caravan Park. In Gosford Bay a report of a Little Auk east past Ferny Ness at midday. In Aberlady Bay 3 Little Egrets today.

FRI 07/11/14 In Whitesands Bay (1 mile east of Dunbar) the Water Pipit still on beach this a.m also adult Med Gull again. Off Barns Ness single Little Auk passed at 9am also Little Auk & Black-throated Diver passed at 12.45pm + Short-eared Owl in off sea at 1pm. At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER again off the River Esk Mouth at 1pm.

THU 06/11/14 In Whitesands Bay (1 mile east of Dunbar) the GREY PHALAROPE still early morning but no sign after c9.15am also Woodcock in off the sea this a.m. Off Barns Ness 137 Little Auks north past in c45 mins late a.m / early p.m also 20 Little Auks north past 2.00pm - 2.10pm + Long-eared Owl flew in off the sea at 1.30pm. Off Dunbar 30 Little Auks north past by 10.40am.

WED 05/11/14 In Whitesands Bay (1 mile east of Dunbar) a GREY PHALAROPE this a'noon with feeding gulls c100m off beach c12:40 - 14:05 at least also adult Med Gull with the flock cNT712776 + Water Pipit on beach at west end. At Torness 2 Snow Buntings by walkway near outflow late a'noon also c650 Golden Plover. At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER again off the River Esk Mouth 09:30am. In Tyninghame Bay 2+ Little Egrets this a'noon + Wheatear at St Baldred's Cradle. In Aberlady Bay
4 Little Egrets also Greenshank.

TUE 04/11/14 At Musselburgh a juvenile SABINE'S GULL this morning at the River Esk Mouth until 9am and again off the seawall at 1.50pm then flew off NW towards Inchkeith and no further sign also 2 Ruff & Kingfisher this a.m.

MON 03/11/14 In Aberlady Bay 1+ Snow Bunting still on sand spit. In the Pentlands c20 Whooper Swans on Harperrig Reservoir. At Skateraw 1st-winter Common Tern late a'noon.

SUN 02/11/14 At Skateraw a RICHARD'S PIPIT this a'noon in fields north of the cottage / west of the metal gate to Chapel Point 2.20pm - 3.25pm then flew off SW. In Aberlady Bay a 1st-winter European White-fronted Goose with Pink-footed Geese early morning also 3 Little Egrets, 3 Ruff, Greenshank & Merlin + nearby
660+ LITTLE GULLS & a single Great Northern Diver off Gullane Point early a'noon also 4 Snow Buntings on beach. At Dunglass 1st-winter Med Gull by burn mouth 9.10am then flew towards Thorntonloch. At Musselburgh adult Med Gull on the River Esk between footbridges this a.m. In the Lammermuirs a Snow Bunting on the unclassified road north of Fasney Cottage / south of Whiteadder junction this a.m.

SAT 01/11/14 At Musselburgh the drake SURF SCOTER still off Fisherrow late morning also Little Gull & 2 Arctic Skuas off the River Esk Mouth at 10.25am +
19 Whooper Swans, 2 Slavonian Grebes & 2+ Red-throated Divers off the seawall + 2 Ruff on the wader scrapes still. At Seton Sands the eclipse drake Garganey still by the burn mouth 3.50pm at least also adult Med Gull by burn mouth again early a'noon. At Thorntonloch a Ring Ouzel this a.m. On the NW side of Edinburgh Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Greenshank this a.m also Hooded Crow reported.

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