Trip reports

Ormiston Railway and Arniston House

Adult male siskin on feeder
Siskin - RSPB Images

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nine members turned up on a lovely sunny morning at the Puddle Bridge car park on the Ormiston railway. With the amount foliage on the trees it was going to be a challenge to see all of the birds we were going to hear. While waiting for people to arrive Song Thrush and Siskin were seen.

From the car park we headed West along the disused railway line. Birds were singing in every direction - Chaffinch, Wren, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush and more. On an area of bare earth two Grey Partridge were spotted in an adjoining field. Further along the line we started to hear Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Yellow Hammer. With a bit of patience we managed to get good views of them all. There were also fleeting glimpses of a Treecreeper.

After lunch back at the car park we drove to Arniston House for a walk alongside the River South Esk. The afternoon was a lot quieter in terms of birdsong but we did have good views of Blackcap and Goldcrest and we briefly heard Nuthatch. On the river itself we had Goosander and Dipper and to finish off the day a female Mandarin duck with several ducklings.

Dave Stewart