Trip reports


Oystercatchers - Steuart Ferguson

Sunday, 13 August 2017

A clear, dry and most importantly calm evening welcomed a good turnout for the first outing of the new season, a return to a favourite location, Musselburgh sea wall and scrapes.

As usual we started at Goose Green where a Kestrel hovering over the trees was a good start. There were around 120 Goosander gathered together at the river mouth but the high tide meant that most waders had already moved along to the scrapes. There was still a selection of gulls and ducks as we moved onto the seawall. Most of ducks were still moulting and scattered offshore and along the wall were several hundred Eider, some distant Common Scoter and a few Velvet Scoter, some of which were reasonably close in plus a trio of Great Crested Grebes.

At the pond a couple of Little Grebes were added before we headed to the hides at the scrapes. Plenty of waders were present including both Godwits, Red and Greenshanks, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and circa 2000 Oystercatchers along with the usual gulls, a few assorted ducks a heron and several Swallows and Sand Martins busy hoovering up insects over the pools.

But in among all the regulars there were a couple of specials, Little Gull and Green Sandpiper, a new tick for some of us.

So thanks to all who came for an excellent evening's birdwatching with a final total of 47 species seen.

Steuart Ferguson