Trip reports

Bavelaw and Threipmuir

Bavelaw and Threipmuir
Siskin - Brian Robertson

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

12 of us met at the Threipmuir car park on a cool and overcast morning with a strong wind that made it feel even colder. At least the sub-zero temperatures of the previous week or two had gone. We started by heading East down the track to Threipmuir. Any small birds in the trees along the track were keeping their heads down thanks to the wind. The reservoir was very choppy and most birds seen were on the far shore. These included a single lapwing, several greylag geese, cormorant, wigeon, teal, mallard, four types of gull and a buzzard sitting in one of the stunted trees behind. Towards the dam end of the reservoir a small group of siskins were feeding in the alders and pines and a goosander was offshore near the small jetty. Next was a circuit of Harlaw Reservoir. Looking down the length of the reservoir we could see male and female goldeneye and a little grebe while goldcrest were heard in the trees above. By the time we had completed the circuit we had seen groups of siskin, redpoll, chaffinch, goldfinch and tits as well as treecreeper, bullfinch and mistle thrush.

A highlight was watching at close quarters a little grebe fishing. It had an excellent success rate; almost every time it surfaced it had a tiny silver fish in its bill. As we walked back alongside Threipmuir to the car park a flock of lapwing joined the individual seen earlier and some more greylags flew in. There was a white goose amongst the greylags but it had no black on the wings so snowgoose was ruled out. After lunch we headed along to Bavelaw. More redpoll were seen in the trees next to the road then to the East of the bridge were both mute and whooper swans, shoveler and moorhen. We finished the day along the boardwalk at the hide. The feeders had been filled up the previous afternoon so they were busy with tits and finches and another treecreeper. The total number of species seen on the day was 40.

Dave Stewart