Trip reports

Musselburgh

Musselburgh
Kestrel - Rosie Filipiak

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Our evening walk at Musselburgh was packed with birds thanks to the high tide. Large rafts of goosander and mute swans were off the River Esk mouth and eiders were everywhere including some quite downy youngsters. With some concentrated scanning of the sea we also picked out a pair of goldeneye, both velvet and common scoters, gannets and a single great crested grebe. The grassland area was quiet but we spotted a linnet and we all got superb close-up views of a kestrel which sat on a pole barely 10 feet away from us - I got all the photos I could have wished for!

The scrapes were busy, with oystercatchers, curlews, godwits, dunlins, lapwings, turnstones, redshanks and a juvenile little ringed plover. There were also Canada and greylag geese, and Sandwich terns still bringing in fish to their full-sized youngsters. A fox ran past the front of the hides but only the terns seemed bothered.

There were at least eight little grebes on the boating pond and we spotted all three hirundines. True to form for this summer the rain started just as we were finishing up in the hides but with a total of 45 species seen and many of those in large numbers it was a satisfied group that headed homewards.

Rosie Filipiak



Bird list

Widgeon
Goosander
Mute swan
Pied wagtail
Swallow
House martin
Carrion crow
Black headed gull
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Mallard
Starling
Linnet
Herring gull
Great black backed gull
Eider
Sandwich tern
Goldeneye
Velvet scoter
Gannet
Great crested grebe
Common scoter
Oystercatcher
Kestrel
Cormorant
Shag
Sand martin
Little grebe
Stock dove
Lapwing
Reshank
Turnstone
Bar tailed godwit
Dunlin
Shelduck
Curlew
Canada goose
Greylag goose
Little ringed plover
Common tern
Woodpigeon
Heron
Black tailed godwit
Magpie
Lesser black backed gull