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 15 August: Accepted records (under Bird Recording).

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17/8/2018 (12:26)  Spotted Redshank  1  Lossie estuary  per RBA/Birdguides
16/8/2018  Mistle Thrush  11,  Goldfinch  34+,  Swallow  50+  Tomnamoon (NJ0449)  Mike Crutch
16/8/2018 (c.14:00)  Mediterranean Gull  1 (adult)  Findhorn Bay (flew from stubble field at south end into the bay)  Dave Pullan

Mediterranean Gull, Findhorn Bay 16 August 2018 (Dave Pullan)
16/8/2018  Little Tern  7 (including 3-4 juveniles),  Arctic Skua  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
16/8/2018  Greenshank  1,  Whimbrel  3,  Common Sandpiper  3  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
16/8/2018  Little Tern  6 (including 3 juveniles),  Bar-tailed Godwit  1,  Sanderling  1,  Ringed Plover  11  Lossiemouth east beach  Henry Farquhar
15/8/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  19,  Greenshank  3,  Common Sandpiper  1,  Snipe  1   Mosset Birn at Findhorn bay (NJ0461)  Gordon McMullins
15/8/2018 (08:10)  Greylag Goose  750-800  Milton of Grange (in field – NJ0460)  Gordon McMullins
15/8/2018 (12:30)  Knot  1,  Dunlin  44  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
15/8/2018  Stonechat  5  on coast 2 miles west of Kingston  Raymond Shewan
15/8/2018 (10:00)  Black-tailed Godwit  19,  Wigeon  3,  Shelduck  1,  Hooded Crow  1,  White Wagtail  1  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
15/8/2018  Linnet  400  Spey Bay (on barley stubble)  Martin Cook
14/8/2018  Mediterranean Gull  1,  Greenshank  7,  Common Sandpiper  5,  Golden Plover  1,  Grey Wagtail  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar, Duncan Gibson
14/8/2018 (16:00)  Shelduck  17  on sea off Lossiemouth north pier  Henry Farquhar
14/8/2018 (21:00)  Swift  4  over Garmouth  Raymond Shewan
14/8/2018  Dunlin  105,  Snipe  8  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
14/8/2018 (14:30)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult),  Golden Plover  5  roosting in Findhorn dunes  Richard Somers Cocks

Pacific Golden Plover, Findhorn dunes 14 August 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
14/8/2018  Greenshank  5,  Teal  28  Mosset Burn at Findhorn Bay (NJ0461)  Richard Somers Cocks
14/8/2018 (09:45)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  still in Findhorn Bay (north end – on shore beside the sailing boats) per Birdguides
13/8/2018 (18:30)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  still in Findhorn Bay (flew onto the ‘cockle bank’ south of Minton Point c.NJ046634) per Birdguides
13/8/2018 (18:00-19:30)  Sooty Shearwater  1,  Manx Shearwater  2,  Sandwich Tern  174,  Gannet  87,  Kittiwake  58,  Oystercatcher  36,  Curlew  4  past Portknockie  Lenny Simpson
13/8/2018 (afternoon)  Marsh Harrier  1 (juvenile male)  Netherton fields (NJ0361)  Roy Dennis
13/8/2018  Spotted Redshank  1  Findhorn Bay  Michael ? per Allan Lawrence
13/8/2018 (11:00-11:30)  Sandwich Tern  77,  Arctic Tern  2,  Common Tern  2  past Kingston (Spey Bay) in 30 mins  Martin Cook
13/8/2018 (10:30-11:45)  Whimbrel  2,  Grey Plover  1 (adult),  Dunlin  124,  Ringed Plover  23,  Snipe  5,  Redshank  2,  Turnstone  1,  Goosander  195  Spey estuary (west side)  Martin Cook

Goosanders, Spey estuary 13 August 2018 (Martin Cook)
13/8/2018 (08:00-09:00) Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  still in Findhorn Bay (between Minton Point and the shore by the village near the piers) with 5 Golden Plover  Richard Somers Cocks
 
Pacific Golden Plover, Findhorn Bay 13 August 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
12/8/2018 (16:50)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  still in Findhorn Bay  Roy Dennis
12/8/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1 (adult),  Dunlin  101  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
12/8/2018  Wheatear  1  Balormie pig farm  Bob Proctor
12/8/2018 (05:30-07:30)  Sandwich Tern  225,  Common Tern  6,  Great Skua  2,  Manx Shearwater  8,  Fulmar  138,  Gannet  320,  Kittiwake  70,  Black Guillemot  19,  Guillemot  3,  Red-throated Diver  2,  Teal  1,  Redshank  8,  Dunlin  3  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
12/8/2018 (09:20)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  back in Findhorn Bay (on the ‘cockle bank’ just south of Minton Point in front of the small yellow buoy c.NJ046632),  Black-tailed Godwit  4  in south-east corner of the bay  Gordon McMullins
11/8/2018 (morning)  Black-tailed Godwit  2,  Greenshank  1,  Greylag Goose  280+,  Swallow  60+  Binsness (Findhorn Bay)  Mike Crutch
11/8/2018 (morning)  Greenshank  5 (and another in the bay),  Snipe  1,  Kingfisher  1  Mosset Burn (at Findhorn Bay)  Gordon McMullins
11/8/2018 (o7:40)  Osprey  7  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
11/8/2018  Stock Dove  5  Scarffbanks (Loch Spynie)  Bob Proctor
11/8/2018  Golden Plover  1,  Herring Gull  893  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
11/8/2018 (06:00-08:00)  Sandwich Tern  336,  Common Tern  2,  Kittiwake  104,  Gannet  248,  Manx Shearwater  15,  Fulmar  11,  Black Guillemot  14,  Razorbill  1,  Great Skua  4,  Sand Martin  33  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
10/8/2018 (evening)  Mediterranean Gull  1,  Whimbrel  1,  Golden Plover  1,  Greenshank  6,  Common Sandpiper  7,  Kingfisher  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar, Duncan Gibson

Golden Plover, Lossie estuary 10 August 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
10/8/2018  Grey Partridge  5 (female with 4 juveniles)  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence

Grey Partridge juveniles, Lossiemouth 10 August 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
10/8/2018  Spotted Flycatcher  2  Kinloss airfield  Allan Lawrence

Spotted Flycatcher, Kinloss 10 August 2018 (Allan Lawrence)
10/8/2016  Black-tailed Godwit  16  Findhorn Bay (south-east corner)  Gordon McMullins
10/8/2018 (15:45)  Whimbrel  12  Spey estuary (flew past Tugnet)  Keith Paterson
10/8/2018 (14:15)  Whimbrel  4,  Peregrine  1  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
10/8/2018 (12:15)  Red Kite  1  over Rafford  Geoff & Debbie Smith
10/8/2018 (09:30)  Knot  3,  Dunlin  170,  Sanderling  1,  Turnstone  19,  Ringed Plover  13,  Goosander  180,  Shelduck  1  Spey estuary (west side)  Martin Cook, Mike Collins
9/8/2018 (22:40)  Whimbrel  1  Spey Bay  Martin Cook
8/8/2018  Green Sandpiper  2,  Greenshank  5  Binsness (Muckle Burn channel, around NJ020620)  Martin & Jenny Cook
7/8/2018 (16:00-17:00)  Mediterranean Gull  1 (adult),  Manx Shearwater  4,  Fulmar  6,  Gannet  92,  Kittiwake  53,  Common Tern  4,  Sandwich Tern  8,  Guillemot  2  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
7/8/2018  Ringed Plover  86,  Dunlin  138,  Common Sandpiper  1  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
7/8/2018  Greenshank  3 (Mosset Burn),  Dunlin  392,  Sanderling  1,  Ringed Plover  35,  Knot  22,  Greylag Goose  190  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
7/8/2018 (10:00)  Ringed Plover  75,  Dunlin  104,  Sanderling  1,  Turnstone  4,  Goosander  54,  Red-breasted Merganser  1  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
6/8/2018  Kingfisher  1  Loch Spynie  Robbie Richardson
6/8/2018 Black-tailed Godwit  9,  Bar-tailed Godwit  3,  Dunlin  197,  Knot  7,  Ringed Plover  29,  Greylag Goose  71  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
6/8/2018 (17:30)  Pacific Golden Plover  no sign in Findhorn Bay so far today
5/8/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  8,  Knot  5  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
5/8/2018 (20:00)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult) still,  Curlew Sandpiper  2 (one in breeding plumage)  Findhorn Bay  Allan Lawrence
5/8/2018  Arctic Skua  2,  Great Skua  1  off Lossiemouth harbour  Jimmy Mair
5/8/2018  Great Skua  3  off Cullen harbour  Jimmy Mair
5/8/2018 (late afternoon)  Whimbrel  10,  Greenshank  1  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
5/8/2018 (morning)  Black-tailed Godwit  6,  Sanderling  1,  Dunlin  133,  Common Sandpiper  1,  Snipe  3,  Turnstone  6  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
5/8/2018 (14:00)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult),  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY)  again in Findhorn Bay (south-west from bird hide NJ0462/63)  Richard Somers Cocks
   
Pacific Golden Plover and Glaucous Gull, Findhorn Bay 5 August 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
5/8/2018 (10:30-12:00)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  again,  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY)  Findhorn Bay (south-west from bird hide NJ0462/63)  Gordon McMullins, Martin Cook et al.
 
Pacific Golden Plover, Findhorn Bay 5 August 2018 (Martin Cook [left], Gordon Biggs)
5/8/2018 (08:30-10:00)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  again in Findhorn Bay (off Minton Point NJ0463) Jimmy Mair et al.
4/8/2018  Quail  1 singing on and off all afternoon  Clochan  Martin & Jenny Cook
4/8/2018 (11:30)  crossbill sp.  7  Findhorn Bay (flew west over bird hide)  Martin Cook, Gordon McMullins
4/8/2018  Grey Plover  1,  Black-tailed Godwit  7  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins, Richard Somers Cocks
4/8/2018  Mediterranean Gull  1 (adult winter)  Balormie pig farm (NJ2168)  Bob Proctor

Mediterranean Gull, Balormie 4 August 2018 (Bob Proctor)
4/8/2018  Greenshank  6,  Sanderling  4,  Dunlin  100+,  Common Sandpiper  1  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
4/8/2018  Swallow  c.500  Lethen area (near Nairn)  Jack Harrison
4/8/2018 (06:20-07:20)  Manx Shearwater  19,  Fulmar  27,  Gannet  71,  Great Skua  3,  Puffin  2,  Black Guillemot  11,  Razorbill  3,  Sandwich Tern  24,  Common Tern  5,  Arctic Tern  6,  Kittiwake  84  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
3/8/2018  Red-legged Partridge  4 adults and 8 chicks  Achavraat (NH911478)  Alison Ritchie

Red-legged Partridges, Achavraat 3 August 2018 (Alison Ritchie)
3/8/2018  Grey Plover  1 (in breeding plumage),  Greenshank  1  Findhorn Bay (Netherton)  Dave Pullan
3/8/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  19  Findhorn Bay  Roy Dennis
3/8/2018  Bar-tailed Godwit  15  Findhorn Bay  Mike Crutch
3/8/2018  Sanderling  104,  Common Scoter  6 (flew east),  Wheatear  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Martin Cook
3/8/2018 (08:10-09:00)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  again in Findhorn Bay (off Minton Point NJ0463)  Gordon McMullins
3/8/2018  Golden Plover  4,  Ringed Plover  21,  Turnstone  8,  Redshank  494,  Dunlin  485,  Knot  2,  Sanderling  12,  Bar-tailed Godwit  2,  Sandwich Tern  38  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
3/8/2018  Greenshank  2,  Teal  7,  Greylag Goose  10  Mosset Burn at Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
2/8/2018  Knot  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar

Knot, Lossie estuary 2 August 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
2/8/2018  Greenshank  5,  Black-tailed Godwit  4,  Sanderling  4,  Knot  9  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins

Knot with Dunlin, Findhorn Bay 2 August 2018 (Gordon McMullins)
2/8/2018  Whimbrel  39,  Greenshank  1,  Dunlin  211,  Redshank  28,  Snipe  4  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
2/8/2018  Whimbrel  44 (39+5),  Greenshank  1,  Ringed Plover  74,  Dunlin  40,  Sanderling  12,  Turnstone  17,  Goosander  190,  Shelduck  1,  Arctic Tern  c.80,  Common Tern  10  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
1/8/2018  Ringed Plover  35  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
1/8/2018  no sign of Pacific Golden Plover in Findhorn Bay today
31/7/2018  Turnstone  6  Nairn  Jack Harrison

Turnstones at Nairn, 31 July 2018 (Jack Harrison)
31/7/2018  Velvet Scoter  3,  Goosander  c.35  between Boar’s Head Rock and River Spey (NJ301670)  Robert Potter
31/7/2018 (evening)  Ruff  13  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
31/7/2018 (mid morning)  Pacific Golden Plover  1 (adult)  Findhorn Bay (out from bird hide)  Gordon McMullins

Pacific Golden Plover, Findhorn Bay 31 July 2018 (Gordon McMullins)
31/7/2018  Gadwall  1 (eclipse male)  Loch Spynie  Bob Proctor
31/7/2018  Ruff  1,  Whimbrel  11,  Greenshank  1,  Sanderling  6,  Knot  6,  Dunlin  225,  Turnstone  27,  Ringed Plover  40,  Arctic Tern  115,  Common Tern  10  Spey estuary (west side)  Martin Cook

Whimbrel, Spey estuary 31 July 2018 (Martin Cook)
31/7/2018 (07:00)  Ruff  3  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
30/7/2018  Greylag Goose  27  Nairn (beside A96)  Mike Crutch
30/7/2018  crossbill sp.  4,  Stonechat  family group  Lynagowan (NJ0441)  David Law
30/7/2018  Cuckoo  juvenile with Meadow Pipit foster parent  Shenvault (NJ0443)  David Law
30/7/2018  Sandwich Tern  30+  past Burghead in 30 minutes  Jack Harrison
 
Sandwich Tern adult [left] and juvenile [standing], Burghead 30 July 2018 (Jack Harrison)
29/7/2018  Greenshank  3,  Common Sandpiper  2,  Snipe  1  Findhorn Bay (Mosset Burn)  Gordon McMullins
29/7/2018  Lesser Black-backed Gull  34  Loch Oire  Moray Bird Club
29/7/2018  Whimbrel  1  flew east past Lossie Forest  Moray Bird Club
29/7/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1 (adult),  Sanderling  18,  Knot  20,  Greenshank  1,  Whimbrel  1,  Ringed Plover  38,  Turnstone  25,  Dunlin  c.200  Spey estuary  Moray Bird Club
29/7/2018  Sanderling  78,  Arctic Skua  1  Lossiemouth east beach  David Law
29/7/2018  Common Sandpiper  5,  Kestrel  2  Lossie estuary  David Law
28/7/2018 (07:05-08:00)  Pomarine Skua  1,  Arctic Skua  1,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Common Scoter  20+  past Lossiemouth  Henry Farquhar
28/7/2018 (19:00)  Black Redstart  1 (male)  Elgin (Bishopmill, gardens in the vicinity of 78 Marleon Field)  Bob Proctor
 
Black Redstart, Elgin 28 July 2018 (Bob Proctor)
28/7/2018  Mediterranean Gull  1 (adult)  Balormie (NJ2168)  Henry Farquhar, Bob Proctor

Mediterranean Gull [centre, withy black hood], Balormie 28 July 2018 (Bob Proctor)
28/7/2018 (11:10-12:10)  Sooty Shearwater  1,  Manx Shearwater  1,  Fulmar  4,  Gannet  57,  Kittiwake  21,  Sandwich Tern  4,  Common Tern  29,  Razorbill  2,  Sanderling  1,  Dunlin  1,  Oystercatcher  15  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
28/7/2018  Sanderling  112 (adults)  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
28/7/2018  Gannet  83  resting on the sea off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor
28/7/2018 (05:00-07:00)  Arctic Skua  4,  Great Skua  1,  Manx Shearwater  1,  Fulmar  25,  Gannet  275,  Kittiwake  182,  Sandwich Tern  9,  Arctic Tern  20,  Common Tern  91,  Little Tern  1,  Razorbill  23,  Guillemot  2,  Puffin  1,  Whimbrel  4,  Golden Plover  12,  Sanderling  11,  Common Scoter  4  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
28/7/2018  Knot  43,  Redshank  519,  Dunlin  653,  Ringed Plover  13 (south end),  Greenshank  2,  Snipe  2,  Teal  18 (Mosset Burn)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
27/7/2018  Knot  17,  Sanderling  1,  Ringed Plover  7,  Turnstone  5,  Arctic Tern  c.110 (a very few Common Tern mixed in),  Goosander  140,  Great Black-backed Gull  940  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
27/7/2018  Redshank  401,  Dunlin  323,  Knot  17,  Ringed Plover  14 (south end),  Snipe  2,  Common Sandpiper  1 (Mosset Burn)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
27/7/2018  Common Scoter  27,  Sanderling  1,  Turnstone  1,  Swift  11  Burghead  Mike Crutch, Hilary Rolton
27/7/2018  Greenshank  2,  Common Sandpiper  6,  Dunlin  18  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
26/7/2018  Barn Owl  1 calling  Darkland  David Law
25/7/2018  Greenshank  1,  Redshank  30,  Dunlin  114,  Knot  1,  Sanderling  1,  Turnstone  14,  Common Sandpiper  4  Spey estuary (west side)  Martin Cook, Mike Collins
24/7/2018  Great Skua  1  over Covesea lighthouse  Martin Cook
23/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  12,  Lapwing  c.120,  Knot  2  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
23/7/2018  Whimbrel  1,  Turnstone  1,  Sanderling  1,  Dunlin  86,  Oystercatcher  71,  Shoveler  3 (females),  Goosander  106,  Great Black-backed Gull  680,  Herring Gull  1200,  Common Gull  60,  Black-headed Gull  50  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
23/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  30,  Bar-tailed Godwit  7,  Curlew  315  Findhorn Bay (south end)  Gordon McMullins
23/7/2018  Sanderling  40,  Goosander  16  Lossiemouth east beach  Martin Cook

Sanderling, Lossiemouth east beach 23 July 2018 (Martin Cook)
22/7/2018  Greenshank  1 (old River Findhorn channel),  Oystercatcher  834 (Kinloss Burn area),  Snipe  1 (Mosset Burn)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
22/7/2018  Sanderling  63  Lossiemouth east beach  Duncan Gibson
22/7/2018 (12:30)  Arctic Tern  130,  Sandwich Tern  2,  Goosander  76  Spey estuary (at river mouth)  Martin Cook
22/7/2018 (11:45)  Black Tern  1 (adult)  flew west past Cullen harbour  Jimmy Mair
22/7/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1 (adult),  Whimbrel  1  Spey estuary (east side)  Jimmy Mair
22/7/2018 (08:00)  Lapwing  72  Spey estuary (east side)  Martin Cook
22/7/2018 (08:45-09:45)  Great Skua  1,  Manx Shearwater  2,  Fulmar  5,  Puffin  2,  Guillemot  1,  Razorbill  1,  Common Tern  40,  Arctic Tern  1,  Sandwich Tern  2,  Kittiwake  26,  Gannet 125  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
21/7/2018  Black-throated Diver  1  Burghead Bay (off Findhorn)  Mike Crutch
21/7/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1,  Black-tailed Godwit  7,  Whimbrel  1,  Knot  3,  Dunlin  294,  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
21/7/2018  Oystercatcher  618,  Bar-tailed Godwit  3,  Black-tailed Godwit  1 (south-east corner),  Teal  15,  Snipe  1 (Mosset Burn),  Dunlin  198,  Redshank  98,  Knot  9  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
21/7/2018  Grey Heron  28  Binsness (Findhorn Bay)  Gordon McMullins
21/7/2018  Oystercatcher  66,  Dunlin  15,  Stonechat  2 juveniles  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
21/7/2018 (05:00-07:00)  Manx Shearwater  18,  Fulmar  33,  Gannet  139,  Common Tern  114,  Arctic Tern  16,  Little Tern  2,  Sandwich Tern  6,  Kittiwake  220,  Great Skua  2,  Razorbill  26,  Guillemot  8,  Black Guillemot  1,  Puffin  1,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Common Scoter  3,  Greenshank  1,  Dunlin  5  past Lossiemouth in 2 hours  Bob Proctor
21/7/2018 (00:01 onwards)  Storm Petrel  35 trapped and ringed  Portknockie  Alastair Young
20/7/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1,  Black-tailed Godwit  9,  Whimbrel  4,  Dunlin  273  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
20/7/2018  Greenshank  2,  Redshank  39,  Dunlin  17  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
19/7/2018 (19:30)  Curlew Sandpiper  1  still on Spey estuary (east side)  Jimmy Mair
19/7/2018  Water Rail  1  Spey estuary (from Kingston car park)  Alison and Hannah Ritchie

Water Rail at Kingston, 19 July 2018 (Alison Ritchie)
19/7/2018  Curlew Sandpiper  1 (adult),  Dunlin  284,  Black-tailed Godwit  1  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
18/7/2018 (midnight)  Long-eared Owl (calling)  Findrassie woods  Henry Farquhar
18/7/2018 (22:45)  Barn Owl  1 (hunting)  West Mains  Henry Farquhar
18/7/2018  Greenshank  1,  Redshank  30+,  Common Sandpiper  6,  Dunlin  2  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar
18/7/2018  Sanderling  6 (on beach),  Whimbrel  2,  Redshank  c.100 (in flight)  Lossiemouth east beach  Duncan Gibson
18/7/2018 (14:30)  Curlew Sandpiper  1 (adult),  Knot  2,  Dunlin  423,  Greenshank  2,  Black-tailed Godwit  7,  Teal  10  Spey estuary (west side)  Martin Cook

Curlew Sandpiper, Spey estuary 18 July 2018 (Martin Cook)
18/7/2018  Whimbrel  2 flew past,  Stonechat  family party  Hopeman (cliffs to the east)  Mike Crutch
18/7/2018 (12:00)  Curlew Sandpiper  1,  Dunlin  222  Spey estuary (west side)  Raymond Shewan
18/7/2018 (05:00-06:00)  Manx Shearwater  3,  Fulmar  5,  Gannet  97,  Great Skua  1,  Kittiwake  113,  Common Tern  42,  Arctic Tern  2,  Sandwich Tern  1,  Razorbill  5,  Black Guillemot  1,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Velvet Scoter  2,  Red-breasted Merganser  1,  Mallard  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
17/7/2018  Sanderling  6  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
17/7/2018  Pochard  2  Dallachy landfill site pool  Jimmy Mair, Martin Cook
17/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  3,  Whimbrel  1  Spey estuary (from east side)  Jimmy Mair
17/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  7  Findhorn Bay (south end)  Gordon McMullins
 
Black-tailed Godwits, Findhorn Bay 17 July 2018 (Gordon McMullins)
17/7/2018  Dunlin  240,  Snipe  2  Spey estuary (from west side)  Raymond Shewan
17/7/2018  Arctic Tern  130 (including 57 fledged juveniles),  Goosander  69  mouth of River Spey  Martin Cook
17/7/2018 (08:30)  Ringed Plover  41,  Dunlin  41,  Sanderling  1,  Redshank  5,  Lapwing  22,  Turnstone  1  Spey estuary (from east side)  Martin Cook
17/7/2018  Great Northern Diver  1  Strathlene (close in on the sea – sometimes calling)  Martin Cook
17/7/2018 (06:30-07:30)  Manx Shearwater  6,  Gannet  46,  Razorbill  5,  Black Guillemot  1,  Common Tern  5,  Golden Plover  1,  Red-throated Diver  2  past Strathlene in 1 hour  Martin Cook
16/7/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY),  Whimbrel  1,  Dunlin  15,  Redshank  8,  Common Sandpiper  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar

Glaucous Gull, Lossie estuary 16 July 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
16/7/2018  Goosander  16,  Red-throated Diver  2,  Guillemot  26 (including 3 juveniles),  Razorbill  5  Burghead Bay (from Findhorn east to marker post in the bay)  Richard Somers Cocks
16/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  10,  Dunlin  172,  Knot  7  Findhorn Bay (south end)  Gordon McMullins
16/7/2018  Sandwich Tern  72,  Arctic Tern  2  Findhorn beach  Richard Somers Cocks
16/7/2018 (early morning)  Manx Shearwater  14  past Lossiemouth  Jimmy Mair
15/7/2018  Goosander  66,  Great Skua  1  off Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
15/7/2018  Corn Bunting  1 singing  between Garmouth-Kingston  Alastair Young
15/7/2018  Greenshank  1  Spey estuary  Alastair Young
15/7/2018  Guillemot  1 adult with chick  off Lossiemouth  Henry Farquhar
15/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  18,  Knot  3  Spey estuary (from Tugnet side)  Jimmy Mair
15/7/2018  Swift  40+  over Lossiemouth marina  Jack Harrison
15/7/2018  Iceland Gull  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar

Iceland Gull, Lossie estuary 15 July 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
15/7/2018  Little Ringed Plover  2,  Lapwing  30  Spey estuary (from Tugnet side)  Martin Cook
15/7/2018 (09:30)  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Dunlin  166,  Snipe  2,  Common Sandpiper  2,  Kestrel  1  Spey estuary (from Kingston side)  Raymond Shewan
15/7/2018 (05:00-09:00)  Puffin  58 (39 of them between 06:00-07:00),  Razorbill  217,  Guillemot  44,  Manx Shearwater  43,  Fulmar  27,  Gannet  513,  Great Skua  2,  Kittiwake  195,  Sandwich Tern  16,  Common Tern  49,  Arctic Tern  1,  Red-throated Diver  4,  Common Scoter  393  past Lossiemouth in 4 hours  Bob Proctor
14/7/2018  Arctic Skua  1  off Nairn  Alister Clunas
14/7/2018 (18:30)  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY)  Lossiemouth west beach (flew over)  Henry Farquhar
14/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  4,  Redshank  349,  Curlew  255  (south end),  Common Sandpiper  5,  Snipe  1  (Mosset Burn)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
14/7/2018  Kestrel  1  flew in off the sea from the north-east at Lossiemouth  Bob Proctor
14/7/2018 (05:00-09:00)  Sooty Shearwater  3,  Manx Shearwater  84,  Fulmar  21,  Gannet  727,  Puffin  15,  Razorbill  161,  Guillemot  49,  Black Guillemot  1,  Kittiwake  199,  Sandwich Tern  28,  Common Tern  35,  Arctic Tern  2,  Golden Plover  9,  Common Scoter  254,  Goldeneye  7,  Red-breasted Merganser  1,  Red-throated Diver  3  past Lossiemouth in 4 hours  Bob Proctor
13/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  18,  Greenshank  1,  Redshank  20,  Dunlin  108,  Sanderling  2,  Knot  1,  Ringed Plover  10,  Lapwing  22,  Curlew  36,  Goosander  186  Spey estuary  Martin Cook
   
Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and Sanderling, Spey estuary 13 July 2018 (Martin Cook)
13/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  3,  Bar-tailed Godwit  10,  Oystercatcher  386,  Redshank  177 (all at south end),  Kingfisher (in Mosset Burn)  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
13/7/2018 (05:30-06:30)  Manx Shearwater  16,  Fulmar  3,  Gannet  216,  Razorbill  18,  Guillemot  3,  Great Skua  2,  Common Tern  21,  Arctic Tern  2,  Kittiwake  43,  Common Scoter  23,  Grey Heron  2,  Redshank  3  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
13/7/2018  Wigeon  1,  Herring Gull  536  Lossie estuary  Bob Proctor
12/7/2018  Stock Dove  1  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
12/7/2018  Common Scoter  78,  Red-throated Diver  2  Burghead Bay  Gordon McMullins
12/7/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY still at Binsness),  Whimbrel  1,  Redshank  107  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Gordon McMullins
11/7/2018  Glaucous Gull  1 (2CY at Binsness),  Redshank  116,  Common Sandpiper  3,  Goosander  17  Findhorn Bay  Gordon McMullins
10/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  21,  Bar-tailed Godwit  5,  Golden Plover  7,  Oystercatcher  355,  Curlew  226,  Shelduck  126,  Redshank  9  Findhorn Bay  Richard Somers Cocks

Golden Plover, Findhorn Bay 10 July 2018 (Richard Somers Cocks)
10/7/2018  Grey Plover  1 (flew west),  Guillemot  27,  Razorbill  4,  Red-throated Diver  3  Burghead Bay (off Findhorn dunes)  Richard Somers Cocks
10/7/2018 (15:00)  Whimbrel  1,  Dunlin  133,  Ringed Plover  26,  Goosander  126,  Linnet  c.150  Spey estuary (from Kingston side)  Martin Cook
9/7/2018  Great Northern Diver  1  Lossie estuary  Henry Farquhar

Great Northern Diver, Lossie estuary 9 July 2018 (Henry Farquhar)
9/7/2018  Mistle Thrush  14  flew west over Alves  Tony Backx
8/7/2018  Arctic Skua  1 chasing terns  Spey Bay (off Kingston)  Raymond Shewan
8/7/2018 (late morning)  Black-tailed Godwit  7,  Dunlin  94,  Redshank  14,  Common Sandpiper  14  Spey estuary (from Kingston side)  Raymond Shewan
8/7/2018 (10:00)  Dunlin  194,  Sanderling  1,  Ringed Plover  12,  Redshank  9,  Lapwing  9  Spey estuary (from Tugnet side)  Martin Cook
8/7/2018  Stock Dove  2  Loch Spynie  Bob Proctor
8/7/2018 (05:00-07:00)  Manx Shearwater  46,  Fulmar  2,  Gannet  258,  Razorbill  81,  Guillemot  31,  Puffin  3,  Kittiwake  176,  Common Tern  14,  Arctic Skua  1,  Great Northern Diver  2,  Red-throated Diver  1,  Common Scoter  12,  Dunlin  3,  Redshank  1  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
7/7/2018  crossbill sp.  11,  Stock Dove  1  Loch Spynie  Bob Proctor
7/7/2018 (18:00)  Quail  1 singing  Montgrew (c.100m east of dry pool NJ455520)  David Law
7/7/2018  Garden Warbler  1  along old railway line between Findochty-Strathlene  Lenny Simpson
7/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  1,  Dunlin  143,  Common Sandpiper  10  Spey estuary  Raymond Shewan
6/7/2018  Kingfisher  2  River Spey below east end of Garmouth viaduct  Peter Gordon Smith
6/7/2018  Crested Tit  3 (including 2 juveniles)  Newtyle (NJ0551)  Mike Crutch
6/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  86  Spey estuary  Raymond Shewan
5/7/2018  Wheatear  1  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence
5/7/2018  Oystercatcher  44  Lossiemouth east beach  Margaret Sharpe
5/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  18,  Dunlin  65,  Ringed Plover  23,  Common Sandpiper  8,  Lapwing  10,  Redshank  8  Spey estuary Martin Cook
4/7/2018  Black-tailed Godwit  3,  Dunlin  52  Spey estuary Raymond Shewan
2/7/2018  Wheatear  1  Lossiemouth airfield  Allan Lawrence
1/7/2018  Long-eared Owl  young calling overnight  East Mains (Gilston NJ2066)  Bob Proctor
1/7/2018  Spotted Flycatcher  nest with young  Fochabers  Chris & Lynne Sugden

Spotted Flycatcher chicks, Fochabers 1 July 2018 (Chris Sugden)
1/7/2018  Greenshank  1  Findhorn Bay (south-west corner)  Richard Somers Cocks
1/7/2018  Gadwall  1 (eclipse plumage),  Stock Dove  4  Loch Spynie  Bob Proctor
1/7/2018 (05:00-06:00)  Manx Shearwater  1,  Fulmar  3,  Gannet  139,  Puffin  2,  Razorbill  30,  Guillemot  2,  Common Tern  19,  Kittiwake  109,  Common Scoter  4,  Great Northern Diver  1,  Red-throated Diver  6  past Lossiemouth in 1 hour  Bob Proctor
1/7/2018  Kittiwake  30,  Guillemot  1  on sea off Lossiemouth harbour  Bob Proctor