Trip reports

Hound Point

Hound Point
Nuthatch - Brian Robertson

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

It would be nice to start off this report saying that we had a lovely day for this outing, But I am afraid we didn't, although the birds certainly made up for the cool temperature and brisk breeze! Fifteen of us met at the main car park in South Queensferry and while waiting for others to arrive made good use of the birding time to log various gulls, goosander, eider, grey heron, and some waders including turnstone.

We then squeezed into cars and drove to Longcraig to start our walk to Hound Point. More ducks were seen at Longcraig, including gadwall and teal, and great crested grebe. At the start of the walk, in the woods, the bird table provided interest, with various tits and an inquisitive robin. Further along the woods, we logged long tailed tit, goldcrest, jay, great spotted woodpecker and chiffchaff.

But it was Hound Point that was the "star" attraction and it didn't fail to deliver, despite the strong winds and decreasing visibility. With help from other birders we logged a very impressive list of seabirds, including red throated diver, fulmar, manx shearwater, gannet, common scoter, red breasted merganser, arctic skua, great skua, little gulf, kittiwake, sandwich tern and puffin.

By then rain had set in and we walked briskly back to the cars, stopping only to obtain superb close-up views and photos, of a nuthatch at the bird table. In total, 53 species "ticked", was a pretty good result! If any member would like the full list, do please let me know.

Lawrence Mitchell