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HIGH­LIGHTS: A White-billed Diver was seen in Gos­ford Bay (8th-12th). The drake Surf Scoter at Mus­sel­burgh was joined by a fe­male (5th-8th). An­other drake was seen off Port Se­ton (5th-6th), with two drakes re­ported from Gul­lane Point (9th) and Ferny Ness (12th). A Black Guille­mot was seen from Pre­ston­pans (9th) and Ferny Ness (13th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Muir­house all month and the Grey Great Shrike near East Lin­ton stayed un­til the 18th. The Black-necked Grebe stayed at White Sands Quarry through­out, with other birds at Ferny Ness (11th) and Gul­lane Point (19th). Black Red­starts were at Joppa (1st & 17th), North Ber­wick (5th) and Pre­ston­pans (14th). A Sooty Shear­wa­ter passed Thorn­ton­loch (15th). MUS­SEL­BURGH AREA: Two Scaup were off­shore (13th). Sin­gle Med Gulls were seen through­out, in­clud­ing an adult on the Boat­ing Pond (15th). Twite num­bers on the sea­wall peaked at five (25th-26th). A King­fisher was on the Boat­ing Pond, with a Stonechat nearby (27th). ABERLADY AREA: A pair of Pin­tail was re­ported off and on. A Wa­ter Rail was seen (5th). A Short-eared Owl, six Scaup and a La­p­land Bunting were noted (9th). An im­ma­ture Ice­land Gull and Black-throated Diver (13th), five Snow Buntings (15th) and a Great North­ern Diver (19th) were all recorded. TYNINGHAME AREA: Up to 21 Shore Larks and 50 Twite (12th) re­mained on the salt­marsh. Seafield Pond held a Great North­ern Diver (9th-24th), two drake Pin­tail and three Pochards (9th), a fe­male Man­darin (12th) and a King­fisher (29th). Im­ma­ture Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls, plus a Manx Shear­wa­ter, were at Scoughall (4th), with 12 White-fronted Geese also seen there (13th). Three Lit­tle Egrets (12th) and a Black-throated Diver (17th-18th) were noted at Bel­haven. BARNS NESS AREA: Up to 25 White-fronted Geese were at White Sands Quarry through­out. Im­ma­ture Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls were recorded from many sites be­tween Dunbar and Skat­eraw, with an adult Glau­cous in fields near Skat­eraw (9th) and an adult Ice­land at Dunbar (25th). Two Wa­ter Pip­its were seen be­tween Barns Ness and Skat­eraw (5th-24th) with a sin­gle bird noted at White Sands Bay (24th-25th). OTHER SITES: The Wa­ter Rail re­mained at In­ver­leith Park. An adult Med Gull was at Fig­gate Park (1st). A Scaup was at Lin­lith­gow Loch (3rd), with three seen at Threip­muir (25th-28th). A pair of Man­darins were on the River Esk at New­bat­tle (3rd), five Gad­wall were at Dud­dingston Loch (18th) and a Pochard was at Holy­rood Park (23rd-24th). Eight Green­shanks were at Cra­mond, 100-plus Red­poll, (in­clud­ing Com­mon), were at Bolton (5th) and a Wa­ter Rail was near Hailes Cas­tle (21st). Ferny Ness held a Black-throated Diver (12th) and a Great North­ern Diver (13th). Ravens were re­ported from Holy­rood Park and Harper­rigg. WAXWINGS: Num­bers were down on Jan­uary. The largest flocks were 40 at Macmerry (4th), 80-plus at Morn­ing­side Road (6th), 30 at Port Se­ton (12th-13th), 35 at Red­hall Park (14th) and 30-plus at Grace­mount (20th). Jim Ni­chol­son

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