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Orkney, 1998

A ferry out of Aberdeen, the theory being to bag seabirds on the way over. [...]

Black-throated Diver, Chew Valley

New for my Somerset and Avon lists, and potentially for England, although one at Titchwell in 2004 denied this [...]

East Coast Wind

Dunes south of the Bamburgh Castle afforded some protection, at the cost of the occasional mouthful of sand [...]

Highlands Rain

Glencoe was alive with silvery filaments streaming down every hillside [...]

Slavonian Grebe, Loch Fyne

A nice year tick, and new for Argyll [...]

Tales Told by an Idiot

Science fiction, mystery and metaphysical short stories and sketches [...]

Iceland Gull, Cheddar

My first English occurrence of this white gull. Five years have elapsed since my last sighting at Fraserburgh. [...]

Red Grouse, Crib Y Garth

Or Cat’s Back or, most prosaically of all, Black Hill. But in any case the easternmost spur of the Black Mountains. [...]

Glen Isla, 2004

A beautiful, if somewhat crisp at the start, day in the foothills of the Cairngorms. [...]