Trip reports

Yellowcraigs and Gullane

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground
Short-earded Owl - RSPB Images

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A dull but dry morning welcomed a group of 16 including some newcommers to Yellowcraig. We started by walking through the woods which turned out to be very quiet, although a Buzzard was seen flying low through the trees. Arriving at the dunes proved much more productive with a good variety of birds to be seen. Highlights included Red Necked Grebe, Red Throated Diver, 5 Whooper Swans, lots of geese and for some a Sparrowhawk. Excellent views of a Short Eared Owl were had before returning to the cars.

The afternoon found us at Gullane and after lunch we headed west towards the Hummel Rocks. From a high view point we could look out over the bay which contained very large numbers of Eider, a Red Throated Diver close inshore and a very rough count gave a total of well over 1000 Velvet and Common Scoter in a well spread out mixed flock . On rocks on the shore foraging among a small flock of Turnstone was at least for me, a new bird,- a Purple Sandpiper. The walk back to the car park was rounded of by a mixed selection of small birds including a Bullfinch plus nearby a couple of Roe Deer.

A total of 41 different birds were seen.

Steuart Ferguson.

Bird list
Yellowcraigs:
Buzzard, Robin, Blackbird, Bluetit, Great Tit, Carrion Crow, Starling, Heron, Red Breasted Merganser, Pied Wagtail, Whooper Swan, Sparrowhawk, Razorbill, Guilliemot, Common Scoter, Eider, Shag, Cormorant, Red Necked Grebe, Great Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Gannet, Oyster Catcher, Red Throated Diver, Wood Pigeon, Fieldfare, Pink Footed Goose, Meadow Pipit, Redshank, Short Eared Owl, Turnstone, Curlew, Raven, Magpie.

Added at Gullane:
Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Velvet Scoter, Purple Sandpiper, Wren, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Roe Deer.