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. An archive of previous months can now be found here

‘Birds in Moray & Nairn 2016’ published 16 January 2018. This 2016 bird report is available only on this website under ‘Bird Reports’ – 2011 onwards.

Also updated on 22 June: Photos (Yellowhammer, Swallow).

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22/6/2018  Common Scoter  4,  Long-tailed Duck  1  Burghead  Mike Crutch, Hilary Rolton
22/6/2018  crossbill sp.  7,  Chiffchaff  2 singing  Quarrelwood  Mike Crutch, Hilary Rolton
22/6/2018 (06:20)  Manx Shearwater  4,  Red-throated Diver  1  Lossiemouth (flew west)  Henry Farquhar
21/6/2018  Whimbrel  1,  Redshank  16,  Dunlin  29  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Richard Somers Cocks

Whimbrel, Findhorn Bay 21 June 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
21/6/2018  Goosander  14  Findhorn Bay (central)  Richard Somers Cocks
21/6/2018  Eider  5 females with 6 ducklings  Portgordon  Martin Cook

Eiders, Portgordon 21 June 2018 (Martin Cook)
21/6/2018 (11:10-11:30)  Manx Shearwater  7  Strathlene (flew west)  Martin Cook
20/6/2018  Dunlin  8  Lossie estuary  Gordon Biggs

Dunlin, Lossie estuary 20 June 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
20/6/2018  Swift  c.50  feeding low over the beach at the mouth of the River Spey  Tugnet  Martin Cook
20/6/2018  Wigeon  2 males  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
20/6/2018  Goldeneye  1 female  Dallachy landfill pool  Martin Cook
20/6/2018  Long-eared Owl  young calling near Spynie Palace  Manja Hannan
18/6/2018  Red-breasted Merganser  9,  Goosander  2  River Findhorn between Waterford-Findhorn Bay  Mike Crutch
18/6/2018  Common Tern  2  River Spey between Cragganmore-Blacksboat  Neil Sutherland & Carol Armour
17/6/2018  Ptarmigan  2+  Cairn Lochan  Richard Somers Cocks
 
Ptarmigan (male [left] and female) Cairn Lochan 17 June 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
17/6/2018  House Martin  100+  Burghead  Jack Harrison

House Martin gathering mud in Burghead harbour, 17 June 2018 (Jack Harrison)
16/6/2018  Mandarin Duck  female with 7 ducklings  Cawdor Castle Lake  Jack Harrison & Stella Donnelly

Mandarin Ducks, Cawdor Castle 16 June 2018 (Jack Harrison)
16/6/2018  Ring Ouzel  pair with fledged young  Dalestie (Glen Avon)  Moray Bird Club

Ring Ouzel, Dalestie 16 June 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
16/6/2018  Goosander  female with 5 ducklings  Easter Gaulrig (Glen Avon)  Moray Bird Club

Goosanders, Glen Avon 16 June 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
15/6/2018  crossbill sp. c.10  Findhorn Foundation woods  Karen Guthrie
14/6/2018  Canada Goose  3  Findhorn Bay  Allan Lawrence

Canada Geese in Findhorn Bay, 14 June 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
14/6/2018  crossbill  sp.  6,  Cuckoo  1  Altyre Woods (NJ0253)  Mike Crutch
13/6/2018  Mandarin Duck  female with brood of 7 ducklings and 3 other females  Cawdor Castle lake  Beryl Blackhall
13/6/2018  Tree Sparrow  17 juveniles at feeders  Clochan  Martin Cook

Tree Sparrows (and one House Sparrow), Clochan 13 June 2018 (Martin Cook)
12/6/2018 (23:45)  Long-eared Owl  young calling  Spey Bay  Martin Cook
12/6/2018  Greylag Goose  21,  Goosander  57,  Red-breasted Merganser  2,  Eider  3,  Wigeon  3,  Ringed Plover  14,  Dunlin  7  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
11/6/2018  Stock Dove  3  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence

Stock Doves, Lossiemouth 11 June 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
11/6/2018  Red-throated Diver  11,  Common Scoter  14 flew east  Burghead Bay (off Findhorn beach/dunes)  Richard Somers Cocks
11/6/2018  Goosander  female with 7 ducklings, Blackcap  1 singing,  Chiffchaff  3 singing  River Findhorn at Roehillock Pool (NJ0153)  Mike Crutch
10/6/2018  Crested Tit  2 territories with young,  crossbill sp. 7+,  Cuckoo  2 (male, female),  Tree Pipit  1,  Spotted Flycatcher  2,  Greylag Goose  4  Loch Kirkaldy (NH9641)  Mike Crutch
c.9/6/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (3CY)  Lossie estuary  Iain Macdonald
8/6/2018 (early evening)  Canada Goose  34  Portknockie (flew over low, heading east)  per Lenny Simpson
 
Canada Geese over Portknockie, 8 June 2018 (per Lenny Simpson)
8/6/2018 (08:00-10:30)  Rose-coloured Starling  1  Forres (near Pilmuir Primary School)  Gavin & Susan Tsikkouris

Rose-coloured Starling, Forres 8 June 2018 (Gavin Tsikkouris)
7/6/2018 (18:00)  Rose-coloured Starling  1  with flock of c.25 Starlings  Spey estuary (on saltmarsh on Kingston side)  Bob Proctor
7/6/2018 (11:00)  Rose-coloured Starling  2  Spey estuary (flew over, heading west – first seen directly overhead at Tugnet then lost to view, still in flight, beyond Kingston)  Martin Cook
7/6/2018  Canada Goose  5 (also hybrid probable Canada x Greylag Goose),  Wigeon  3 (males)  Spey estuary Martin Cook
7/6/2018  Long-eared Owl  young calling  Lethen  Jack Harrison & Stella Donnelly
6/6/2018  crossbill sp.  16  flew over Darkland  David Law
6/6/2018  Bar-headed Goose  4  flew south-west over Knock (NJ5453)  Mark Whitton
5/6/2018  Canada Goose  13  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks, Mike Crutch
4/6/2018  Goosander  107,  Wigeon  4 (males),  Ringed Plover  33,  Dunlin  9  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
3/6/2018  Great Crested Grebe  1  still on Loch Spynie  Nick Mellor

Great Crested Grebe, Loch Spynie 3 June 2018 (Nick Mellor)
2/6/2018  Goosander  female with brood of 5 ducklings,  Dipper  adult with juvenile,  Chiffchaff  3,  Swift  1  River Findhorn at Cothall (NJ0154)  Mike Crutch
2/6/2018  Common Scoter  30  Lossiemouth harbour (flew west)  Gordon Biggs

Common Scoters passing Lossiemouth, 2 June 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
2/6/2018  Guillemot  150  on sea off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
2/6/2018 (09:55-10:55)  Arctic Skua  1,  Common Tern  3,  Kittiwake  16,  Gannet  13,  Fulmar  4,  Guillemot  144,  Razorbill  30,  Red-throated Diver  6,  Mallard  1,  Swallow  1 (far out)  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
2/6/2018  Great Crested Grebe  1  Loch Spynie  Duncan Gibson
31/5/2018  Sanderling  3,  Ringed Plover  120,  Shelduck  127,  Wigeon  3,  Red-breasted Merganser  2  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
30/5/2018 (22:00)  Grasshopper Warbler  1 (singing)  Ryeriggs (NJ4056)  Martin Cook
30/5/2018  Manx Shearwater  1 (flew west),  Red-throated Diver  4  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Martin Cook
30/5/2018  Ringed Plover  25,  Knot  1,  Dunlin  6  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
28/5/2018  Wood Warbler  1  singing  Ferness  Mike Crutch

Wood Warbler, Ferness 28 May 2018 (Mike Crutch)
28/5/2018  Long-eared Owl  young calling  near Ardclach  Mike Crutch
28/5/2018 (c.21:00 but not refound)  Bee-eater  report of 5-6  near College of Roseisle (from Elgin take road to Burghead, turn right at College of Roseisle and then follow road until right sweeping bend and turn left on the bend. Drive until two cottages and modern white house. Birds on wires above road)  Grant Kay
28/5/2018  Ringed Plover  15,  Sanderling  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
28/5/2018  Sanderling  33,  Dunlin  2,  Ringed Plover  12  Lossiemouth west beach  Margaret Sharpe
28/5/2018  Cuckoo  1 singing  Lethen  Stella Donnelly
26/5/2018  Cuckoo  1  Millbuies Loch (NJ2457)  Hannah & Jimmy MacDonald
25/5/2018  Red-backed Shrike  1 (male)  Hopeman (behind beach huts NJ1569)  Alistair Scott
25/5/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (3CY)  Burghead  Gordon Biggs

Glaucous Gull, Burghead 25 May 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
25/5/2018  Woodcock  pair with large young  Kinloss  Allan Lawrence

Woodcock, Kinloss 25 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
24/5/2018  Woodcock  1  roding  Tomnamoon  Mike Crutch
24/5/2018 (18:00)  Little Stint  1  still on Spey estuary  Jimmy Mair
23/5/2018  Mandarin Duck  3 (males)  Cawdor Castle pond  per Beryl Blackhall
23/5/2018  Iceland Gull  1 (2CY)  Nairn beach  Iain Macdonald
23/5/2018  Iceland Gull  1 (3CY)  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
23/5/2018 (17:30-18:30)  Guillemot  152,  Razorbill  3,  Gannet  104,  Fulmar  13,  Kittiwake  79,  Arctic Tern  1,  Mallard  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
23/5/2018  Little Stint  1,  Dunlin  26,  Ringed Plover  63,  Shoveler  1 (male)  Spey estuary  Martin Cook, Mike Collins

Little Stint, Spey estuary 23 May 2018 (Martin Cook)
23/5/2018  Barnacle Goose  1  Portgordon  George McRae
22/5/2018  Sanderling  17,  Ringed Plover  12,  Dunlin  6,  Great Skua  1 (flew past)  Lossiemouth west beach  Margaret Sharpe
22/5/2018  Ringed Plover  849,  Dunlin  91,  Knot  21,  Turnstone  3,  Sanderling  1  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
20/5/2018  Pintail  1 (male)  Loch Spynie  David Law

Pintail, Loch Spynie 20 May 2018 (David Law)
20/5/2018  Ring Ouzel  12  Glen Avon/Glen Builg (including 6 singing males)  David Law
20/5/2018  Stonechat  pair  Spey Bay golf course (near 18th tee)  Mike Collins
20/5/2018  Ringed Plover  33,  Dunlin  14,  Turnstone  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
20/5/2018  Barnacle Goose  1  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins

Barnacle Goose, Findhorn Bay 20 May 2018 (Gordon McMulllins)
20/5/2018 (06:25-07:25)  Guillemot  361,  Razorbill  22,  Great Skua  3,  Kittiwake  117,  Common Tern  11,  Gannet  280,  Fulmar  13,  Great Northern Diver  4,  Red-throated Diver  2,  Common Scoter  7,  Mallard  1,  Dunlin  9  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
19/5/2018  Grasshopper Warbler  1  Loch Spynie (north end)  Bob Proctor
19/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  2,  Whimbrel  1  Spey estuary  Moray Bird Club
19/5/2018  Garden Warbler  1 singing  near Garmouth viaduct (east side of river c.NJ348644)  Moray Bird Club
17/5/2018  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Spynie canal (on north side, west of Elgin-Lossiemouth road NJ224667)  Henry Farquhar
16/5/2018  Grey Wagtail  pair with 2 fledged juveniles  Gallowhill  Val Sheach Leith
16/5/2018 (12:30-13:00)  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  1  Burghead  Bob Gomes
16/5/2018  Arctic Skua  2,  Great Skua  1  off Findhorn dunes  Bob Gomes
16/5/2018  Ring Ouzel 14 (including 7 singing males, 4 other males and 3 females)  Glen Avon/Glen Builg  Martin & Jenny Cook

Ring Ouzel, Glen Avon 16 May 2018 (Martin Cook)
16/5/2018  Swift  4  Tomintoul  Martin & Jenny Cook
16/5/2018  Tree Pipit  2,  Blackcap  2,  Chiffchaff  2  Altyre Woods  Mike Crutch

Tree Pipit, Altyre 16 May 2018 (Mike Crutch)
15/5/2018  Sanderling  17,  Red-throated Diver  1  Lossiemouth  Bob Gomes
15/5/2018  Iceland Gull  1 (3CY)  Burghead  Bob Gomes
15/5/2018  Glaucous Gull  2  Balormie pig farm (NJ2168)  Allan Lawrence
14/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  4,  Shelduck  63,  Pink-footed Goose  18  Findhorn Bay (south-east corner)  Mike Crutch
14/5/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY),  Pink-footed Goose  2  Balormie pig farm  Allan Lawrence

Glaucous Gull, Balormie pig farm 14 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
14/5/2018  Grey Partridge  2  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence

Grey Partridge, Lossiemouth airfield 14 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
14/5/2018  Wheatear  5  Kinloss airfield  Allan Lawrence
14/5/2018  Black-throated Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  6,  Great Skua  1  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Martin Cook
14/5/2018 (07:30-08:30)  Whimbrel  1,  Ringed Plover  11,  Goosander  75,  Wigeon  4,  Pink-footed Goose  4,  White Wagtail  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
13/5/2018  Marsh Harrier  1 (female/immature)  flew west from Kingston over Binn Hill  Stuart Massie
13/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  2  off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
13/5/2018  Black-throated Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  4,  Arctic Skua  4,  Gannet  42,  Kittiwake  26,  Velvet Scoter  2  Burghead Bay (off Findhorn dunes)  Richard Somers Cocks
13/5/2016  Black-tailed Godwit  18,  Knot  30,  Sanderling  1,  Dunlin  462,  Ringed Plover  592  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks, Gordon McMullins
13/5/2018 (16:00)  Blue-headed Wagtail (probably this race of Yellow Wagtail)  1  Spey estuary (seen across river from Tugnet ice house)  Keith Paterson
13/5/2018  Common Tern  4  Loch Spynie  Richard Somers Cocks

Common Terns, Loch Spynie 13 May 2018
13/5/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY)  Balormie pig farm  Bob Proctor
13/5/2018 (08:45-09:45)  Arctic Skua  1,  Great Northern Diver  2,  Gannet  94,  Fulmar  5,  Kittiwake  63,  Common Tern  23,  Arctic Tern  4,  Guillemot  21,  Razorbill  1,  Sand Martin  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
12/5/2018  Swift  1  Forres  Allan Lawrence
12/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  29  Findhorn Bay  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Wood Sandpiper  2,  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY)  Balormie pig farm  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Grasshopper Warbler  1  Mulben  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  5  Cullen (off caravan park) Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Great Northern Diver  15  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Whimbrel  1,  Wheatear  1,  White Wagtail  1  Spey estuary  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Grey Partridge  2  Milltown (old airfield NJ2665)  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Corn Bunting  1  Foresterseat  Margaret & Chris Sharpe, David Law, Al Young
12/5/2018  Knot  35,  Turnstone  1  Burghead  Gordon Biggs

Knot, with Turnstone and Oystercatcher, Burghead 12 May 2018 (Gordon Biggs)
12/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  10+  Findhorn Bay  Martin & Jenny Cook, Sheena Nicolson, Bob Johnson
12/5/2018  Great Skua  1  flew past Lossiemouth  Martin & Jenny Cook, Sheena Nicolson, Bob Johnson
12/5/2018  Little Gull  1 (2CY),  Grey Plover  1 (breeding plumage),  Pink-footed Goose  3  Martin & Jenny Cook, Sheena Nicolson, Bob Johnson
12/5/2018  Great Northern Diver  1,  Arctic Skua  1  Portknockie  Martin & Jenny Cook, Sheena Nicolson, Bob Johnson
12/5/2018  Long-eared Owl  1,  Red-legged Partridge  1,  Whimbrel  1, Spotted Flycatcher  1  Cabrach area  Martin & Jenny Cook, Sheena Nicolson, Bob Johnson
12/5/2018  Swift  5  Nairn harbour  Alister Clunas
10/5/2018 (21:20-22:10)  Woodcock  2 roding  Littlemill (Nairn NH9150)  Robert Potter
10/5/2018  Sandwich Tern  c.100  Kingsteps beach (NH9058)  Beryl Blackhall
10/5/2018  Spotted Flycatcher  1  Blacksboat (NJ1838)  Neil Sutherland
10/5/2018 (08:30-09:10 at least)  Garganey  1 (male)  Loch Spynie  Henry Farquhar, Bob Proctor

Garganey, Loch Spynie 10 May 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
9/5/2018  Corn Bunting  1  Wester Coltfield  Mike Crutch

Corn Bunting, Wester Coltfield 9 May 2018 (Mike Crutch)
9/5/2018  Wheatear  3,  Whitethroat  1  Burghead (east of maltings)  Mike Crutch

Wheatear, Burghead 9 May 2018 (Mike Crutch)
9/5/2018  Ringed Plover  15,  Dunlin  4,  Whitethroat  1, Sedge Warbler  1  Lossie estuary  Mike Crutch
9/5/2018  Whimbrel  1,  Pink-footed Goose  410  Findhorn Bay (south end)  Richard Somers Cocks
9/5/2018  Arctic Skua  1  off Findhorn dunes (chasing terns)  Richard Somers Cocks
8/5/2018  Great Northern Diver  2  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Keith Paterson
8/5/2018  Whitethroat  1  Tugnet (Spey Bay)  Keith Paterson
8/5/2018  Corn Bunting  4 singing,  Wheatear  4  Coltfield (NJ1164)  Robert Potter
8/5/2018  Whitethroat  1  Kingston (Lein – just west of rifle range)  Raymond Shewan
7/5/2018  Wheatear  12  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence

Wheatears, Lossiemouth airfield 7 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
7/5/2018  Wheatear  6  Kinloss airfield  Allan Lawrence
7/5/2018  Wheatear  5,  Sandwich Tern  7  Lossie estuary  Jim Simpson
 
Wheatear and Sandwich Terns, Lossie estuary 7 May 2018 (Jim Simpson)
7/5/2018  Wheatear  7,  White Wagtail  7,  Meadow Pipit  1  Balormie pig farm (NJ2168)  Bob Proctor
7/5/2018  Wheatear  28  in field opposite Drainie House (NJ2168)  Bob Proctor
7/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  1  off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
7/5/2018 (14:45-16:45)  Great Skua  5,  Manx Shearwater  1,  Gannet  161,  Fulmar  10,  Sandwich Tern  10,  Common Tern  8,  Kittiwake  381,  Guillemot  61,  Razorbill  2,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Common Scoter  19,  Long-tailed Duck  2  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
7/5/2018  Wheatear  9,  Stonechat  2 (a pair)  Findhorn dunes  Richard Somers Cocks

Wheatear, Findhorn 7 May 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
7/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  40,  Ringed Plover  135,  Dunlin  205,  Knot  50,  Sanderling  3  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks

Black-tailed Godwits, Findhorn Bay 7 May 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
7/5/2018  Snow Bunting  1,  White Wagtail  7,  Wheatear  2,  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Greenshank  1,  Ringed Plover  20,  Dunlin  53,  Goosander  51,  Shelduck  12,  Greylag Goose  4  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
 
Snow Bunting and Wheatear, Spey estuary 7 May 2018 (Martin Cook)
7/5/2018 (08:15)  Wheatear  6  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence
6/5/2018  Corn Bunting  1 singing  just east of the road down to Roseisle Forest FC car park  Frank Antley
6/5/2018  Woodcock  1  Elgin (roding nightly, around 21:00-21:40, over woodland adjacent to Hamilton Crescent)  Frank Antley
6/5/2018  Osprey  1  over Cullen harbour  Jimmy Mair
6/5/2018  Tree Pipit  1  Ben Aigan  Robert Ince
6/5/2018  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Easter Regaule (NJ0249)  Mike Crutch
6/5/2018  Whitethroat  1,  Chiffchaff  4,  Willow Warbler  23+  Darnaway (Rye Hill/Dunearn Burn loop)  Mike Crutch
6/5/2018  Cuckoo  1,  Merlin  1  Bin of Cullen  Alastair Millar
6/5/2018  Ringed Plover  41,  Dunlin  26  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
6/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Red-breasted Merganser  2  off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
6/5/2018 (06:25-07:25)  Great Northern Diver  3,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Razorbill  45,  Guillemot  20,  Black Guillemot  1,  Common Tern  1,  Sandwich Tern  4,  Kittiwake  93,  Gannet  106,  Common Scoter  36,  Long-tailed Duck  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
6/5/2018  Swift  3  Loch Spynie  Jimmy Mair, Bob Proctor
5/5/2018 (19:25-20:25)  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY),  Arctic Tern  1,  Common Tern  6,  Sandwich Tern  3,  Kittiwake  63,  Manx Shearwater  5,  Gannet  45,  Fulmar  1,  Razorbill  4,  Guillemot  1,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Common Scoter  18,  Long-tailed Duck  4  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
5/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  16,  Bar-tailed Godwit  15,  Dunlin  361,  Knot  47,  Ringed Plover  128,  Red-breasted Merganser  10,  Eider  1 (male off Binsness)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins

Black-tailed Godwits, Findhorn Bay 5 May 2018 (Gordon McMullins)
5/5/2018  Wheatear  11  in field opposite Drainie House (NJ2168)  Henry Farquhar
5/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  48  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Allan Lawrence

Black-tailed Godwits, Findhorn Bay 5 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
5/5/2018  Wheatear  5  Kingston (Lein)  Moray Bird Club
5/5/2018  Sandwich Tern  21,  Sand Martin  10,  Whitethroat  1  Findhorn dunes  Mike Crutch
5/5/2018  Grasshopper Warbler  1 singing  Spynie canal (west of Elgin-Lossiemouth road)  Duncan Gibson
4/5/2018  Ringed Plover  18,  Dunlin  11  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
4/5/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  3,  Whimbrel  4,  Ringed Plover  35,  Dunlin  7,  Goosander  60,  Red-breasted Merganser  2,  White Wagtail  3,  Wheatear  1  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
4/5/2018  Great Northern Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  1  Spey Bay (off Tugnet)  Martin Cook
4/5/2018  Whimbrel  3  Tugnet  Jimmy Mair
4/5/2018  Common Tern  4  Loch Spynie  Jimmy Mair
4/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Skua  1  off Lossiemouth  Jimmy Mair
4/5/2018  Sedge Warbler  1  Tugnet  Raymond Shewan
3/5/2018  Iceland Gull  1 (4CY)  Lossie estuary  Allan Lawrence

Iceland Gull, Lossie estuary 3 May 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
3/5/2018 (19:00)  Great Skua  1  off Cullen harbour  Jimmy Mair
3/5/2018 (16:20-17:20)  Sandwich Tern  26,  Common Tern  1,  Kittiwake  33,  Gannet  30,  Fulmar  3,  Razorbill  7,  Long-tailed Duck  11  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
3/5/2018  White Wagtail  3,  Arctic Tern  3,  Goosander  32  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
3/5/2018  Grey Partridge  2  East Grange (NJ092623)  Alison Ritchie

Grey Partridge, East Grange 3 May 2018 (Alison Ritchie)
3/5/2018 (11:20, 15:30 & 17:00)  White-billed Diver  1  still off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor et al.
2/5/2018 (19:00-20:00)  Great Skua  1,  Black-throated Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  2,  Kittiwake  196,  Common Tern  5,  Gannet  98,  Fulmar  8,  Guillemot  2,  Long-tailed Duck  2,  Common Scoter  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
2/5/2018  Mandarin Duck  2 males  Buckie harbour (west end)  Buckie harbour Facebook

Mandarin Ducks in Buckie harbour, 2 May 2018
2/5/2018  Great Skua  1  Strathlene  Martin Cook
2/5/2018 (10:30)  White-billed Diver  1  still off Lossiemouth harbour  per national websites
2/5/2018  Long-tailed Duck  2  Portgordon  Tony Backx

Long-tailed Duck pair, Portgordon 2 May 2018 (Tony Backx)
1/5/2018  White-billed Diver  1,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  3  off Lossiemouth harbour (on sea)  Bob Proctor
1/5/2018 (16:35-18:35)  Pomarine Skua  1,  Arctic Skua  3,  Great Skua  1,  Manx Shearwater  1,  Gannet  274,  Fulmar  13,  Red-throated Diver  4,  Black Guillemot  2,  Razorbill  24,  Guillemot  28,  Kittiwake  328,  Sandwich Tern  51,  Common Tern  4,  Long-tailed Duck  302,  Common Scoter  8  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
1/5/2018  Swift  4-5  Drumin Castle (Glenlivet NJ185304)  Alison Ritchie
1/5/2018  Manx Shearwater  2,  Arctic Skua  1,  Red-throated Diver  7,  Black Guillemot  2,  Long-tailed Duck  15  Burghead Bay (off Findhorn dunes)  Richard Somers Cocks
1/5/2018  Blackcap  6 (5 male, 1 female),  Willow Warbler  4,  Chiffchaff  2,  Goosander  2 pairs  River Findhorn (Waterford to Findhorn Bay)  Mike Crutch

Willow Warbler, River Findhorn 1 May 2018 (Mike Crutch)