Recent records

The records that appear below are unchecked reports. In the case of rare species, their inclusion here does not imply acceptance by a rarities committee. *NEW* An archive of previous months can now be found here

Also updated on 27 June: Photos (Eider).
Birds in Moray & Nairn 2015 now available only on this website under ‘Bird Reports’ – ‘2011 onwards’.

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28/6/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
28/6/2017  Short-eared Owl  1  Blairnamarrow (Tomintoul)  Gordon Biggs

Short-eared Owl, Blairnamarrow 28 June 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
27/6/2017  Canada Goose  7,  Pink-footed Goose  2,  Osprey  3  Binsness (Findhorn Bay)
27/6/2017  Wigeon  12  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
27/6/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins

Little Egret, Findhorn Bay 27 June 2017 (Gordon McMullins)
27/6/2017  Black-tailed Godwit  32,  Shelduck  67  Findhorn Bay  Roy Dennis
27/6/2017  Puffin  1,  Manx Shearwater  1,  Common Scoter  35  past Burghead  Roy Dennis
27/6/2017  Sanderling  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
27/6/2017  Red-legged Partridge  2  Fornighty (NH9350)  Jack Harrison
26/6/2017 (early evening)  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  Duncan Gibson
26/6/2017  Ring Ouzel  3 pairs (one with fledged brood)  Glen Avon (Foal’s Crag to Inchrory)  Martin & Jenny Cook

Ring Ouzel, Glen Avon 26 June 2017 (Martin Cook)
26/6/2017 (08:25-09:25)  Sooty Shearwater  1,  Manx Shearwater  40,  Gannet  330,  Fulmar  7,  Kittiwake  259,  Razorbill  16,  Guillemot  11,  Common Tern  8,  Sandwich Tern  5,  Teal  6,  Red-breasted Merganser  2  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
26/6/2017  Red-legged Partridge  1  Scarffbanks track  Bob Proctor
25/6/2017  Wheatear  1 juvenile  near Relugas (NJ9948)  Alison Ritchie
25/6/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Forres (River Findhorn near A96 bridge NJ015583)  Ian Bailey
25/6/2017  Little Egret  1,  Little Grebe  1,  Redshank  7 (old River Findhorn channel),  Whooper Swan  1,  Pink-footed Goose  2 (off Binsness),  Red-breasted Merganser  8,  Bar-tailed Godwit  9  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
25/6/2017  Goosander  87  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
24/6/2017  Tree Sparrow  12  Forres garden  Alison Ritchie

Tree Sparrow, Forres 24 June 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
23/6/2017 (evening)  Quail  1 singing in barley field  Auchenhalrig (NJ3662)  Keith Paterson
23/6/2017  Stock Dove  4  Balormie  Henry Farquhar
22/6/2017  Eider  7 females with 14 ducklings  Portgordon (just west of harbour)  Martin Cook

Eiders at Portgordon, 22 June 2017 (Martin Cook)
21/6/2017 (23:30)  Long-eared Owl  young calling  near Lossiemouth cemetery (c.NJ235695)  Martin Cook
21/6/2017 (22:45)  Quail  1 singing  Bridgend (Roseisle NJ145664)  Martin Cook
21/6/2017 (22:30)  Quail  1 singing  Bailliesland (NJ251658)  Martin Cook
21/6/2017  Stonechat  pair with fledged young,  Sedge Warbler  4  Burghead-Cummingston  Gordon Biggs

Stonechat between Burghead-Cummingston, 21 June 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
21/6/2017  Grey Partridge  1  Rafford  Gordon Biggs
21/6/2017  Kestrel  2  Plewlands  Gordon Biggs
20/6/2017  Little Egret  1,  Red-breasted Merganser  3,  Redshank  6  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Richard Somers Cocks
   
Little Egret and Red-breasted Mergansers, Findhorn Bay 20 June 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
19/6/2017  Red-throated Diver  3  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Martin Cook
19/6/2017  Goosander  118,  Pink-footed Goose  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
19/6/2017  Peregrine  1  Lossie estuary  David Main
19/6/2017 (10:20)  Quail  1  singing  Kinloss  Allan Lawrence

Quail, Kinloss 19 June 2017 (Allan Lawrence)
18/6/2017  Tree Pipit  1  Torrieston woods  David Main

Tree Pipit, Torrieston 18 June 2017 (David Main)
17/6/2017  Ptarmigan  4  Ben Avon  David Law

Ptarmigan, Ben Avon 17 June 2017 (David Law)
17/6/2017  Ring Ouzel  5 adults  Glen Avon (2 singing males and fledged young near Inchrory NJ1708, 1 adult and fledged young Foal’s Craig NJ1609 and 2 males Allt Rurach NJ1610)  David Law
17/6/2017  Great Northern Diver  2  Spey Bay (off Kingston play park NJ335657)  per Birdguides
17/6/2017  Magpie  9  Lossiemouth golf course  Henry Farquhar
16/6/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  Duncan Gibson
16/6/2017  Canada Goose  12,  Goosander  60  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
16/6/2017  Curlew  23 (in cut silage field),  Red-breasted Merganser  female with brood  (on River Divie)  Edinkillie  Mike Crutch
15/6/2017  Sanderling  5,  Ringed Plover  17,  Dunlin  2  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
15/6/2017  Quail  1  Kinloss (north side of airfield)  Allan Lawrence

Quail, Kinloss 15 June 2017 (Allan Lawrence)
15/6/2017  Stonechat  2  Burghead-Cummingston  Gordon Biggs
14/6/2017  Quail  1  Kinloss  Allan Lawrence
14/6/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  1  Scoot More (NJ1738)  David Law
14/6/2017  Woodcock  1  Lynemore (NJ1438)  David Law
13/6/2017  Cuckoo  1 singing  Aultmore (near Keith NJ420569)  Robert Potter
13/6/2017 (18:40-19:40)  Manx Shearwater  6, Puffin  2,  Gannet  85,  Kittiwake  203,  Sandwich Tern  1,  Common Tern  7,  Arctic Tern  4,  Guillemot  7,  Fulmar  4  passed Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
13/6/2017  Canada Goose  32  flew passed Burghead (morning)  David & Carol Shaw
12/6/2017 (19:45-20:45)  Manx Shearwater  21,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Gannet  119,  Kittiwake  68,  Guillemot  24,  Razorbill  22,  Fulmar  13,  Sandwich Tern  3  passed Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
12/6/2017  Puffin  1,  Kittiwake  200  on sea off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
12/6/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  1,  Cuckoo  1  Tilliglens (NJ0046)  Mike Crutch
11/6/2017  Canada Goose  7  Aitnoch  Alison Ritchie

Canada Geese,  Aitnoch 11 June 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
11/6/2017  Woodcock  1  Little Aitnoch  Alison Ritchie

Woodcock, Little Aitnoch 11 June 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
11/6/2017  Little Egret  1,  Canada Goose  15,  Barnacle Goose  1,  Pink-footed Goose  3  carse area at Netherton (Findhorn Bay)  Gordon McMullins
11/6/2017 (04:10-05:40)  Manx Shearwater  3,  Puffin  2,  Kittiwake  1176,  Gannet  184,  Black Guillemot  1,  Guillemot  81,  Razorbill  234,  Red-throated Diver  13,  Common Scoter  59,  Sandwich Tern  2,  Fulmar  11,  Grey Heron  3 (close in)  passed Lossiemouth in 1.5 hours  Bob Proctor
10/6/2017  Great Skua  1,  Great Northern Diver  1  Burghead  Karen Guthrie
10/6/2017  Quail  1 (heard)  Darkland  David Law
10/6/2017 (09:05-10:05)  Great Skua  3,  Common Scoter  120,  Red-throated Diver  6,  Black Guillemot  1,  Guillemot  48,  Razorbill  6,  Kittiwake  312,  Gannet  101,  Fulmar  6  passed Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
9/6/2017  Little Egret  1,  Canada Goose  16,  hybrid Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose  1  carse area at Netherton (Findhorn Bay)  Gordon McMullins
9/6/2017  Grey Partridge  2  Roseisle maltings  Gordon Biggs
8/6/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (old river channel NJ0261)  Gordon McMullins
8/6/2017  Canada Goose  16  carse area at Netherton (Findhorn Bay NJ0262),  hybrid Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose  1  Gordon McMullins
7/6/2017  Canada Goose  5,  Greylag Goose  6  Knockando  Gordon Biggs
7/6/2017  Quail  2  (1 heard 15:30 & 20:30-20:50, 1 seen 20:40)  Mains of Paithwick, near Keith (NJ4752)  Mark Warren & Pete Stronach
5/6/2017  Quail  1 (heard)  Golford, Nairn (NH9554)  per Jack Harrison
5/6/2017  Grey Partridge  1  Scarffbanks track  Henry Farquhar
4/6/2017  Quail  1 (heard)  Darkland  David Law
4/6/2017  Corn Bunting  3  Binns area (NJ3164)  David Law
4/6/2017  Curlew Sandpiper  1  Findhorn Bay (opposite Binsness)   Jimmy Mair
3/6/2017  Tree Pipit  Scootmore (NJ1638)  David Law
3/6/2017  Curlew Sandpiper  1,  Ringed Plover  28,  Dunlin  10  Findhorn Bay (opposite Binsness)  Gordon McMullins
2/6/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (south side near Mosset Burn)  Jack Harrison
1/6/2017  Iceland Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  Duncan Gibson
1/6/2017  crossbill sp.  10,  Spotted Flycatcher  3  Sleughwhite woods (NJ0549)  Mike Crutch

Spotted Flycatcher, Sleughwhite 1 June 2017 (Mike Crutch)
31/5/2017  Black-tailed Godwit  2,  Bar-tailed Godwit  16,  Goosander  18,  Red-breasted Merganser  6  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
31/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (old River Findhorn channel)  Gordon McMullins

Little Egret in Findhorn Bay, 31 May 2017 (Gordon McMullins)
31/5/2017  Redstart  1 (female)  Woodside (NJ0145)  Mike Crutch
30/5/2017  Hobby  1  Spey estuary (sped through, heading east)  Martin Cook
29/5/2017  Kestrel  1  Muirton  Henry Farquhar
29/5/2017  Little Egret  1,  Ringed Plover  207,  Dunlin  18 (near old River Findhorn channel),  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Shelduck  141 (south end)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
29/5/2017  Eider  two broods of ducklings (1 and 2),  Goosander  1  Findochty  Alison Ritchie
   
Eider broods and Goosander, Findochty 29 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
29/5/2017 (10:00)  Little Stint  1,  Ringed Plover  37,  Dunlin  9,  Turnstone  3,  Goosander  45  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
28/5/2017  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Bar-tailed Godwit  20  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Richard Somers Cocks
28/5/2017  Bar-tailed Godwit  1  Hopeman east beach  Jack Harrison
28/5/2017 (06:45-07:45)  Guillemot  689,  Razorbill  144,  Manx Shearwater  2,  Gannet  40,  Fulmar  31,  Kittiwake  42,  Arctic Tern  1,  Common Tern  1,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  3,  Common Scoter  8  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
28/5/2017  Great Northern Diver  1  Lossiemouth (on the sea)  Bob Proctor
27/5/2017 (18:00)  Canada Goose  5 (flew east),  Corn Bunting  1  Portgordon  Henry Farquhar
27/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (near old River Findhorn channel)  Gordon McMullins
27/5/2017 (10:00-10:45)  Ruff  1 (male in breeding plumage)  Findhorn Bay (in Mosset Burn)  Gordon McMullins
26/5/2017  Cuckoo  2 singing  Balnught (NH888403)  Jack Harrison
26/5/2017  Greylag Goose  3 adults with brood  Aitnoch (Dava)  Alison Ritchie

Greylag Geese, Aitnoch 26 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
26/5/2017  Cuckoo  3 males  Knockaneorn (Clunas NH8946)  Alison Ritchie

Cuckoo, Knockaneorn 26 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
25-26/5/2017  Stonechat  2 pairs with young  Burghead-Cummingston coastal path  Bob Johnson, Gordon Biggs
 
Stonechat [female and juvenile], near Burghead 26 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
25/5/2017  Ringed Plover  22,  Turnstone  5  Burghead (north shore)  Bob Johnson
25/5/2017  Ringed Plover  302,  Dunlin  26,  Bar-tailed Godwit  4,  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Lapwing  6,  Curlew  37,  Oystercatcher  230+  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
25/5/2017  Osprey  3  over Elgin (west end)  David Main
25/5/2017  Stock Dove  1 singing  Kellas oakwood  Bob Johnson
25/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
24/5/2017  Ringed Plover  22,  Dunlin  12,  Turnstone  4,  Wigeon  5  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
24/5/2017  Whitethroat  3,  Stonechat  fledged brood,  Sandwich Tern  2  Hopeman (east)  Mike Crutch, Hilary Rolton
 
Whitethroat and Stonechat, 24 May 2017 (Mike Crutch)
23/5/2017  Stonechat  pair with fledged brood  Portknockie to Cullen shore path near Jenny’s Well  Bob Johnson
23/5/2017  Goosander  84  Spey estuary  Mike Collins
23/5/2017  Sanderling  36,  Ringed Plover  50,  Dunlin  1  Lossiemouth west beach  Margaret Sharpe

Sanderlings, Lossiemouth west beach 23 May 2017 (Margaret Sharpe)
23/5/2017  Ringed Plover  67,  Sanderling  1,  Dunlin  8  Covesea beach  Margaret Sharpe
23/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Covesea  Margaret Sharpe
23/5/2017  Whitethroat  1 singing  Tomnamoon (NJ0449)  Mike Crutch
23/5/2017  Shoveler  3 (2 male, 1 female)  Montgrew pool (NJ453520)  Gordon Biggs
23/5/2017  Ringed Plover  35,  Dunlin  3,  Grey Wagtail  1  Burghead  Gordon Biggs
 
Ringed Plover and Grey Wagtail at Burghead, 23 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
23/5/2017  Redstart  pair,  Stock Dove  3 singing  Cawdor oakwood  Martin & Jenny Cook
22/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Burghead  Gordon Biggs

Wheatear, Burghead 22 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
22/5/2017  Stonechat  1  Portgordon  Nick Mellor

Stonechat, Portgordon 22 May 2017 (Nick Mellor)
22/5/2017  Corn Bunting  1 singing  Longmorn  Jimmy & Hannah MacDonald
22/5/2017  Grey Partridge  2  Earlseat (NH960543)  Jack Harrison

Grey Partridges, Earlseat 22 May 2017 (Jack Harrison)
22/5/2017  Grey Partridge  1  Roseisle distillery crossroads (NJ125657)  Jack Harrison
21/5/2017  Swift  1  Rafford  Dan Puplett
21/5/2017  Tree Sparrow  1  Forres (Knockomie, on garden feeder)  Karen Guthrie
21/5/2017  Whimbrel  4  Lossie Forest (flew south)  Martin & Jenny Cook
20/5/2017  Stock Dove  1  Darkland  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Sanderling  2  Lossiemouth west beach  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Wigeon  5  Spey estuary  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Mulben (near Glentauchers Distillery)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Garden Warbler  1 singing  Inchberry  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Teal  a pair  Glenlivet (NJ2419)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Red-legged Partridge  2  Glen Rinnes (NJ2834)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Grey Partridge  2  near Kinloss  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Stock Dove  1  Scarffbanks  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Grey Plover  5  Findhorn Bay  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Knot  24  Burghead  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Knot  1  Findhorn Bay  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1  west side of Cummingston  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Sanderling  1  Findhorn Bay  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Red-legged Partridge  1  Shempston  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Common Scoter  c.30  Burghead Bay (flew east)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Teal  1  Loch Spynie  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (in field on south side near Mosset Burn)
20/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Aldunie (Cabrach)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Stock Dove  1  Roseisle maltings  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Greenshank  1  Findhorn Bay  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Great Northern Diver  1  Spey Bay (off Kingston)  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Barnacle Goose  2  River Spey at Garmouth golf course  Moray Bird Club
20/5/2017  Knot  c.50  Burghead  Gordon Biggs
 
Knot at Burghead, 20 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
20/5 2017  Grey Partridge  1  Rafford  Gordon Biggs
20/5/2017 (10:58)  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  per Birdguides
19/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Spey estuary  Karen Guthrie
19/5/2017  Corn Bunting  2,  Whitethroat  2  Troves (NJ2459)  Karen Guthrie
19/5/2017  Little Gull  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Peter Norgate
19/5/2017 (15:00)  Hobby  1  Spey estuary (chased hirundines round the estuary and then flew off high to the west)  Martin Cook
18/5/2017  Sanderling  5  Lossiemouth west beach  Margaret Sharpe
18/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Grange  Henry Farquhar
18/5/2017  Whitethroat  1,  Sedge Warbler  3,  Reed Bunting  2  Montgrew pool (NJ4551)  Henry Farquhar
18/5/2017 (16:05)  Little Gull  1 Spey Bay  per Birdguides
18/5/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  2  Tilliglens (NJ0046)  Mike Crutch
17/5/2017  Grey Partridge  2  Earlseat (NH960543)  Alison Ritchie

Grey Partridge, Earlseat 17 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
17/5/2017  Ringed Plover  1090,  Dunlin  350+,  Sanderling  1  Findhorn Bay  Roy Dennis
17/5/2017  Pink-footed Goose  42 flew north-west  Kinloss  Roy Dennis
17/5/2017  Grey Plover  4  Findhorn Bay (near Netherton)  Richard Somers Cocks
 
Grey Plovers, Findhorn Bay 17 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
17/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (south shore and drainage channels near Mosset Burn)  Richard Somers Cocks

Little Egret, Findhorn Bay 17 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
17/5/2017  Whitethroat  2,  Little Grebe  2  Loch Spynie  Lisa Stewart

Little Grebe, Loch Spynie 17 May 2017 (Lisa Stewart)
17/5/2017  Grey Wagtail  1  River Lossie near Cooper Park  Lisa Stewart
16/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (ditches on south side)  Allan Lawrence
16/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1  Kinloss  barracks  Allan Lawrence
16/5/2017  Whitethroat  1  Lossie estuary  David Main

Whitethroat, Lossie estuary 16 May 2017 (David Main)
16/5/2017  Mandarin (male)  River Nairn (Cantray bridge)  Jonathan Clarke

Mandarin Duck, Cantray bridge 16 May 2017 (Jon Clarke)
16/5/2017  Ruff (male)  1,  Knot  90  Mosset  Burn  Roy Dennis
16/5/2017 (18:05-19:05)  White-billed Diver  1 (flew west 18:28), Kittiwake  391,  Gannet  189,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Sandwich Tern  2,  Common Tern  4  passed Lossiemouth  Bob Proctor
16/5/2017  Iceland Gull  1 (first-winter)  Lossie estuary  Duncan Gibson

Iceland Gull, Lossie estuary 16 May 2017 (Duncan Gibson)
16/5/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  1  Tomnamoon  Mike Crutch
16/5/2017  Swift  2  Findhorn  Mike Crutch
16/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Towie Hill windfarm  Alex Gordon
16/5/2017  Osprey  1  Loch Spynie  Lisa Stewart
16/5/2017  Whitethroat  1  Scarffbanks farm track  Lisa Stewart

Whitethroat, Scarffbanks track 16 May 2017 (Lisa Stewart)
16/5/2017  Ringed Plover  1190,  Dunlin  341,  Sanderling  4,  Knot  5,  Turnstone  1  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
 
Sanderling [left, either side of Ringed Plover] and Dunlin, Findhorn Bay 16 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
15/5/2017  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Bar-tailed Godwit  36  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks

Black-tailed Godwit with Bar-tailed Godwits, Findhorn Bay 15 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
15/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (in drainage ditch just south of the bay)  Richard Somers Cocks
15/5/2017  Whitethroat  1  Garmouth (above water tower NJ339646)  Stuart Massie
14/5/2017  Ringed Plover  11,  Dunlin  6,  Turnstone  2,  Sanderling  1,  Stonechat  3,  Whitethroat  1 singing  Covesea  Margaret Sharpe
 
Dunlin and Turnstone, Covesea 14 May 2017 (Margaret Sharpe)
14/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Allanreid (Glenlivet)  Jimmy & Hannah MacDonald
14/5/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  1,  Blackcap  4,  Common Sandpiper  2  Drumin (Glenlivet)  Jimmy & Hannah MacDonald
14/5/2017  Goosander  91 (including 41 adult males),  Greenshank  1,  Ringed Plover  25,  Dunlin  50,  Wheatear  1,  White Wagtail  2  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
13/5/2017  Spotted Flycatcher  2  Fochabers (Spey bridge at Fochabers)  Margaret Sharpe
13/5/2017  Purple Sandpiper  6,  Ringed Plover  4,  Dunlin  2  Covesea beach  Lisa Stewart

Purple Sandpiper, Covesea beach 13 May 2017 (Lisa Stewart)
13/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  per Birdguides
13/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Monaughty Wood (NJ106566)  Geoff & Debbie Smith
13/5/2017 (05:00-06:00)  Gannet  197,  Fulmar  46,  Kittiwake  731,  Razorbill  162,  Guillemot  10,  Common Scoter  6,  Velvet Scoter  1,  Red-throated Diver  3,  Common Tern  7  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
12/5/2017  Swift  5  Forres  Karen Guthrie
12/5/2017  Stonechat  pair  Little Aitnoch (NJ958401)  Alison Ritchie

Stonechat, Aitnoch 12 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
12/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Aitnoch  Alison Ritchie
12/5/2017  Common Sandpiper  1,  Greylag Goose  3,  Wigeon  2  Loch Spynie  Gordon Biggs

Common Sandpiper, Loch Spynie 12 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
12/5/2017  Knot  35  Burghead (flew over harbour)  Bob Johnson
12/5/2017  Fieldfare  1  near Crosslots (NJ174677)  Allan Lawrence

Fieldfare, Crosslots 12 May 2017 (Allan Lawrence)
12/5/2017 (early morning)  Ringed Plover  1011,  Dunlin  452,  Knot  193,  Bar-tailed Godwit  38,  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Curlew  21,  Little Tern  2,  Pink-footed Goose  24  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
11/5/2017  Swift  4  Nairn (Seabank Road)  Seamus McArdle
11/5/2017  Swift  1  Garmouth  Stuart Massie
11/5/2017  Garden Warbler  1 singing  Mosstodloch (beside the River Spey)  Martin Cook
11/5/2017  Sanderling  1,  Ringed Plover  8,  Dunlin  8,  Stonechat  1,  Kestrel  1  Lossiemouth west beach

Stonechat, Lossiemouth 11 May 2017 (Margaret Sharpe)
11/5/2017  Wheatear  2,  Ringed Plover  3  Covesea beach  Margaret Sharpe
11/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (south side, in field)  Gordon McMullins

Little Egret, Findhorn Bay 11 May 2017 (Gordon McMullins)
11/5/2017  Swift  3  Elgin (west end)  David Main
11/5/2017  Swift  7  Lossiemouth (St James’s Church)  David Main
11/5/2017  Little Tern  3,  Shelduck  16,  Long-tailed Duck  1,  Goosander  47+,  Greenshank  1,  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
11/5/2017 (13:00)  Little Gull  1 (adult)  Loch Spynie  Steve Broyd
10/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Dunphail  Mike Collins
10/5/2017 (evening)  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (in field on south side)  Allan Lawrence
10/5/2017  Goosander  69 (including 34 adult males),  Long-tailed Duck  1,  Little Tern  2,  Whimbrel  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
10/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile)  Lossie estuary  Duncan Gibson

Glaucous Gull, Lossie estuary 10 May 2017 (Duncan Gibson)
10/5/2017  Little Tern  1  Spey estuary  Eddie Seal
10/5/2017  Cuckoo  1 singing  Balloch Hill (Keith)  Alex Gordon
10/5/2017 (06:50)  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Tugnet (in bushes by wooden bridge NJ348653)  Keith Paterson
9/5/2017  Puffin  1 found dead  Findhorn (near end of Beach Road)  George Paul
9/5/2017  Sanderling  2,  Ringed Plover  8,  Dunlin  2,  Wheatear  1,  Osprey  1  Lossie estuary  Margaret Sharpe
9/5/2017  Stonechat pair,  Tree Pipit  1,  Cuckoo  1,  Whitethroat  1  Altyre woods (NJ0253)  Mike Crutch
9/5/2017  Ring Ouzel  pair  Ailnack Gorge (Tomintoul)  David Law
9/5/2017  Barnacle Goose  2 (flew over),  Oystercatcher  288,  Herring Gull  1740,  Great Black-backed Gull  34,  Lesser Black-backed Gull  2,  Common Gull  24  mouth of Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
9/5/2017  Little Egret  1 (in channels near Mosset Burn),  Greenshank  1 (old River Findhorn channel),  Redshank  10,  Goosander  29,  Wigeon  10+ (River Findhorn),  Red-breasted Merganser  28 (south-west corner),  Knot  236,  Dunlin  226,  Ringed Plover  350+,  Bar-tailed Godwit  53,  Black-tailed Godwit  1 (east side)  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks, Gordon McMullins
 
Greenshank and Little Egret, Findhorn Bay 9 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks) 
9/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing,  White Wagtail  1,  Greenshank  1,  Dunlin  53,  Ringed Plover  7,  Turnstone  11,  Little Tern  1,  Goosander  52  Spey estuary  Mike Collins, Martin Cook
8/5/2017  Wood Warbler  1 singing  Cawdor Castle oakwood  Jon Clarke
8/5/2017  Little Egret  1  Findhorn Bay (in roadside ditch c.1 km west of Kinloss NJ047611)  Martin & Jenny Cook

Little Egret, Findhorn Bay 8 May 2017 (Martin Cook)
8/5/2017 (20:30)  Grasshopper Warbler  1 still singing  Kinloss (east side of B9011 road at c.NJ062620 – c.50m south of small car park)  Martin & Jenny Cook

Grasshopper Warbler, Kinloss 8 May 2017 (Martin Cook)
8/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (1st summer)  Spey estuary  Pete Gordon
8/5/2017  Greenshank  1,  Whimbrel  1,  Whooper Swan 1 (near river mouth),  Pink-footed Goose  c.1000 (at south end),  Bar-tailed Godwit  35 (north end)  Findhorn Bay  Pete Gordon
8/5/2017  Shelduck  2,  Dunlin  18,  Ringed Plover  3  Carse of Delnies  John Scrimgeour
8/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 still singing  Kinloss (east side of B9011 road at c.NJ062620 – c.50m south of small car park),  Blackcap  1 male nearby  Gordon McMullins

Grasshopper Warbler, Kinloss 8 May 2017 (Gordon McMullins)
8/5/2017  Swift  c.10,  Common Tern  5  Loch Spynie  Jim Simpson

Common Terns at Loch Spynie, 8 May 2017 (Jim Simpson)
8/5/2017  Blackcap  1,  Sedge Warbler  1 singing  Scur Pool (River Findhorn NJ0154)  Mike Crutch
8/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 still singing  Kinloss (east side of B9011 road at c.NJ062620 – c.50m south of small car park)  Gordon Biggs, Geoff & Debbie Smith

Grasshopper Warbler, Kinloss 8 May 2017 (Gordon Biggs)
7/5/2017  Swift  12,  Common Tern  3,  Goosander  a pair  Aberlour  Alan Edward
7/5/2017  Grey Partridge  2,  House Martin  18  Easter Delnies  Chris James & John Scrimgeour
7/5/2017  Knot  1  Nairn west beach  Chris James & John Scrimgeour
7/5/2017  Swift  1  Burghead harbour  Bob Johnson
7/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 still singing  Kinloss (east side of B9011 road at c.NJ062620 – c.50m south of small car park)  Richard Somers Cocks, Gordon McMullins

Grasshopper Warbler, Kinloss 7 May 2017 (Richard Somers Cocks)
7/5/2017  Little Stint  1,  Dunlin  469,  Ringed Plover  183,  Knot  144,  Bar-tailed Godwit  17  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
7/5/2017 (15:12)  White-billed Diver  1  Lossiemouth (off Shore Street)  per Birdguides
7/5/2017  Siskin  20,  Lesser Redpoll  3  Invernairn (Nairn)  Chris James
7/5/2017  Swift  1  Loch Spynie  Duncan Gibson
6/5/2017  Pink-footed Goose  2000  Findhorn Bay  Seamus McArdle
6/5/2017  Ringed Plover  8,  Dunlin  9  Lossie estuary  Seamus McArdle
6/5/2017  Swift  1  Aberlour  Roger & Sheelagh Halsey
6/5/2017  Sedge Warbler  singing at Grange Hill, Miltonhill, Upper Hempriggs (all near Kinloss) and Kirkton (Alves)  Robert Potter & Cathy McNulty
6/5/2017  Whitethroat  1 singing  Miltonhill (Kinloss)  Robert Potter & Cathy McNulty
6/5/2017  Great Northern Diver  2,  Red-throated Diver  14  Spey Bay (off Kingston)  Roy Dennis
6/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (2-3 year),  Long-tailed Duck  2  Burghead  Roy Dennis
6/5/2017  Whitethroat  2 (near caravan site),  Stonechat  pair (at Pet Cemetery)  Cullen  David Law
6/5/2017  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  5,  Whimbrel  1 (on rocks)  Cullen (from caravan site, east of village)  David Law
6/5/2017  Great Northern Diver  10,  Red-throated Diver  8,  Common Scoter  c.100  Spey Bay (Boar’s Head Rock area)  Martin & Jenny Cook
6/5/2017  Glaucous Gull  1 (juvenile),  Gadwall  1 (male),  Whitethroat  2 singing  Lossie Forest gravel pit  Martin & Jenny Cook
6/5/2017  Fieldfare  2  Tomnamoon (NJ0449)  Mike Crutch
6/5/2017  Long-tailed Duck  1,  Eider  4  Buckie harbour  Mike Crutch
6/5/2017  Long-tailed Duck  5,  Stonechat  a pair  Covesea  Lisa Stewart
 
Long-tailed Ducks and Stonechat at Covesea 6 May 2017 (Lisa Stewart)
6/5/2017 (12:30)  White-billed Diver  1  Lossiemouth (off west end)  Andrew Bevan
6/5/2017  Whitethroat  1 singing  Moor of Tore (NJ0954)  Geoff & Debbie Smith
6/5/2017  Common Sandpiper  2 (Tugnet),  Shelduck  2 (in field behind Dolphin Centre)  Spey Bay  Mike Collins
6/5/2017 (pre 08:00)  Grasshopper Warbler  2  Spynie Canal at Elgin-Lossiemouth road (north of canal, one each side of the road)  Duncan Gibson
5/5/2017  Pochard  2  Loch Oire  Roy Leverton
5/5/2017  Gadwall  4 (Mosset Burn),  Whimbrel  1 (off Minton Point),  Dunlin  112,  Ringed Plover  33,  Oystercatcher  512  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
5/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1  Kinloss (by side of airfield)  Gordon McMullins
5/5/2017 (12:00)  White-billed Diver  1  Lossiemouth (off Shore Street)  per Birdguides
5/5/2017  Sedge Warbler  1 singing  Spynie Canal near Findrassie (NJ196659)  Bob Johnson
4/5/2017  Gadwall  4 (Mosset Burn),  Greenshank  3 (old River Findhorn channel)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
4/5/2017 (16:00)  Grasshopper Warbler  1 still  just north of Kinloss (NJ062620)  Mike Crutch

Grasshopper Warbler, Kinloss 4 May 2017 (Mike Crutch)
4/5/2017  Whitethroat  2  Kinloss  Allan Lawrence

Whitethroat, Kinloss 4 May 2017 (Allan Lawrence)
4/5/2017  Brambling  1  Darkland  David Law
4/5/2017  Sedge Warbler  3 singing  Chapelton wetlands (Forres)  Geoff & Debbie Smith
4/5/2017  Dipper  1,  Grey Wagtail  1  Sanquhar Loch (Forres)  Geoff & Debbie Smith
4/5/2017  Little Tern  5,  Arctic Tern  6,  Common Tern  2,  Dunlin  66,  Ringed Plover  17,  Greenshank  1,  Goosander  26,  Red-breasted Merganser  5,  Goldeneye  2,  White Wagtail  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook

Little Terns on the Spey estuary 4 May 2017 (Martin Cook)
4/5/2017  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing briefly,  Sedge Warbler 3 singing  Spey Bay (at Tugnet NJ349653)  Martin Cook
4/5/2017 (09:15)  Grasshopper Warbler  1 (possibly 2) singing  Kinloss (east side of B9011 road at c.NJ062620 – c.50m south of small car park)  Mike Crutch

Grasshopper Warbler at Kinloss, 4 May 2017 (Mike Crutch)
4/5/2017  House Martin  8  Elgin (west end)  David Main
3/5/2017  Barn Owl  2 (possibly 3)  calling  Darkland  David Law
3/5/2017  Tree Pipit  1,  Cuckoo  1,  Raven  1 (flew over)  Dulsie (NH9242-9342)  Robert Potter
3/5/2017  Tree Pipit  1  Whiteash Hill Wood  David Law
3/5/2017  Gadwall  1,  Common Tern  3,  Osprey  1  Loch Spynie  Lisa Stewart
3/5/2017  Blackcap  3 (2 male, 1 female)  The Wards (Elgin)  Henry Farquhar
3/5/2017  Whimbrel  3,  Greenshank  1,  Iceland Gull  1 (juvenile),  Whooper Swan  1,  Pink-footed Goose  700  Findhorn Bay (south-west)  Martin Cook
3/5/2017  House Martin  1  Forres (Knockomie Gardens)  Karen Guthrie
3/5/2017  Common Sandpiper  4,  Sand Martin  c.85  River Findhorn upstream from Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
3/5/2017  Goosander  28  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks
3/5/2017  Black-tailed Godwit  2,  Bar-tailed Godwit  21  Findhorn Bay (north end)  Gordon McMullins
3/5/2017  Gadwall  4 (2 male, 2 female),  Greenshank  1  Findhorn Bay (Mosset Burn)  Gordon McMullins
3/5/2017  Brambling  2  Darkland  David Law
2/5/2017  Common Sandpiper  6  Glenlivet (3 at NJ1930, 3 at NJ1830)  Alison Ritchie

Common Sandpiper, Glenlivet 2 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
2/5/2017  Cuckoo  1  Scottackleys (nr. Dallas NJ132502)  Alison Ritchie
2/5/2017  Greenshank  1,  Long-tailed Duck  1,  White Wagtail  4  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
2/5/2017  Whooper Swan  3  Loch Spynie  Martin Cook

Whooper Swan at Loch Spynie, 2 May 2017 (Martin Cook)
2/5/2017  Whimbrel  1 (flew over),  Sedge Warbler  10+ singing  Spynie canal  Martin Cook
2/5/2017  Wheatear  6  Kinloss base  Allan Lawrence
2/5/2017  Gadwall  2  Findhorn Bay (on Mosset Burn)  Allan  Lawrence, Gordon McMullins
2/5/2017  Whimbrel  1,  Black-tailed Godwit  2,  Goosander  13,  Grey Heron  18  Findhorn Bay (south end)  Gordon McMullins
2/5/2017  Brambling  2  Darkland David Law
1/5/2017  Cormorant  11 nests  Covesea cliffs  David Law
1/5/2017  Iceland Gull  1 (1st summer),  Common Tern  1  Loch Spynie  Pete Gordon
1/5/2017  Whimbrel  1,  Greenshank  1  Spey estuary  Pete Gordon
1/5/2017  Corn Bunting  2  Garmouth (NJ333646)  Pete Gordon
1/5/2017  Sand Martin  c.100  Kinloss base (along dune face)  Allan Lawrence
1/5/2017  Green Woodpecker  1  Dundurcas cemetery (c.NJ300513 – flew across road)  Alex Gordon
1/5/2017 (16:45-17:45)  Gannet  233,  Fulmar  5,  Kittiwake  280,  Sandwich Tern  42,  Common Tern  1,  Shelduck  6,  Razorbill  10,  Guillemot  6,  Red-throated Diver  2,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Whimbrel  3  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
1/5/2017  Sedge Warbler  1  Elgin (The Wards)  David Main
1/5/2017  Sandwich Tern  8  Findhorn beach  Lisa Stewart
1/5/2017  Wheatear  1  Cummingston  Alison Ritchie

Wheatear at Cummingston, 1 May 2017 (Alison Ritchie)
1/5/2017  Little Egret  1 (near Mosset Burn mouth),  Greenshank  4 (in old River Findhorn channel),  Wheatear  3+ (between Mosset Burn-Netherton),  Pink-footed Goose  650 (in south-west corner)  Findhorn Bay  James Gordon