Trip reports

Aberlady and Kilspindie

Aberlady and Kilspindie
Rosie Filipiak

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Aberlady and Kilspindie

Just a handful of members turned up, warmly clad, on a wild and windy August evening outing to Aberlady and Kilspindie. We began with a walk out to the Marl Loch which only held mallard but out in the field behind we could see curlew, bar-tailed godwit and, after much searching, a pheasant. The wind was such that the small birds were tucked deep in the sea buckthorn and the only ones we saw were blue tits and linnets. A passing chilly rainstorm reminded us that autumn was approaching but by the time we walked back to the cars and drove round to Kilspindie the rain had eased.

The expected species were quickly spotted out in the bay, oystercatcher, redshank, dunlin, shelduck and carrion crow, and finally the clouds broke up and let a little sun through. We had the telescopes out by then and in that clear evening light you often get we could pick out the more distant and interesting species. There was a group of 5 to 6 grey plover still in their striking summer plumage, two groups of 8 to 10 ringed plover, a whimbrel showing its distinctive head pattern and a knot still with some of its russet summer colouring. A group of terns on the near shore warranted closer scrutiny and included both adult and juvenile birds of all three tern species, common, Arctic and Sandwich. We walked further round and spotted black-tailed godwit, gannets out at sea and a seal watching us. As we headed back to the cars the tide was well in, the terns were up and fishing and we had seen a total of 30 species.

Rosie Filipiak