Trip reports

Longniddry Railway walk

Longniddry Railway walk
Yellowhammer - Steuart Ferguson

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

This was a new location for a group outing and about a dozen members managed to find their way to the hidden car park at the back of Longniddry station. We were also lucky to get a break in the weather, the previous and following days it rained heavily.

Lots of bird songs and calls plus a distant Buzzard got the birding underway before we left the car park.
The walk follows the old trackbed of the Haddington branch line. Initially it runs alongside the busy and noisy East Coast main line but as it gradually climbs and swings away it becomes much quieter. The line was abandoned over 60 years ago so the lineside vegetation is now well established. This provides extensive habitat for lots of passerines but as we soon found out they were difficult to see. But persistence pays of and most of us saw most of various species that were around although it did mean progress was a bit slow.
At the first bridge we went up into woodland which was pretty quiet then a track through the fields brought us back via an old lime kiln to the car park.

30 birds seen and heard, plus for a couple of lucky members, a Barn Owl was seen hunting by the roadside just after Longniddry.

Steuart Ferguson

Bird list:
Greylag Goose, Buzzard, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Swallow, House Martin, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer.