Trip reports

Lochore Meadows CP

Goosander on water
Goosander - RSPB Images

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

With a relatively poor weather forecast, it was a pleasant surprise to find 14 hardy souls ready to start the walk, in a clockwise direction, round the loch, starting from the visitor centre. While waiting for everybody to be ready, various gulls were spotted on the loch, together with great crested and little grebes. Soon we had also logged tufted duck, goldeneye and wigeon, followed by goosander and a female scaup.

Passing through woodland there was chaffinch, various tits including long tailed, and siskin and goldfinch. As we progressed round, grey heron, buzzard, song thrush, redwings and fieldfares were seen and then a male kestrel flew swiftly overhead - a good tick!

Nearing the hide, two more good "finds" were a handsome male pochard and gadwall. Lunch was eaten in the hide (with the overflow having to sit outside!). But views were disappointing, with no sign of the snipe or whooper swans which had been there the previous week - plenty of teal and wigeon, though.

After lunch, we continued walking round the loch, and in a mixed clump of trees we stopped for some time to watch treecreepers, a flock of siskins and a couple of goldcrests together with bullfinch and greenfinch. Being a bit ahead of schedule, we decided to take a detour up Harran Hill, a lovely walk with beech and other deciduous trees, but, unfortunately on this occasion, not many birds, other than a jay briefly calling.

Nearing the carpark we also picked up pied wagtail and two curlew - the first and only waders of the walk! All in all, a very good outing with 48 birds ticked (in two cases heard)!

Lawrence Mitchell

Bird list:
Little grebe; great crested grebe, cormorant; grey heron; mute swan; greylag goose; wigeon; gadwall; teal; mallard; pochard; tufted duck; scaup; goldeneye; goosander; buzzard; kestrel; pheasant (heard); moorhen; curlew; black headed gull; common gull; lesser black backed gull; herring gull; woodpigeon; pied wagtail; wren; dunnock; robin; blackbird; fieldfare; redwing; song thrush; goldcrest; treecreeper; long tailed tit; coal tit; blue tit; great tit; magpie; jay (heard); jackdaw; carrion crow; chaffinch; greenfinch; goldfinch; bullfinch; siskin;
Total species 48