Trip reports

Outing to Skin Flats & Kinneil

Outing to Skin Flats & Kinneil
Razorbill - Robert

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Five of us gathered on a warm & sunny day. On walking to the ponds at Skinflats two Speckled Wood Butterflies were observed & on a recce three days before a naturalist indicated that he had seen two & maintained that they had not been seen in this area for over 100 years. A Buzzard was perched on a telegraph pole. The ponds revealed Canada & Greylag geese, Widgeon, Coots, Moorhens, Mute Swans and a Little Grebe. The highlight was a glimpse of a Kingfisher.
Continuing to the Skinflats reserve the tide was out but a Black tailed Godwit was spotted.
The group then moved to Kinneil where many emaciated Razorbills & Guillemots were seen in the Forth diving close to the shore. Recent reports have indicated mass fatalities of these birds on the Eastern seaboard though no cause has been elucidated. A solitary Curlew was observed along with a Goldfinch. The inland coastal pond revealed at least 5 Herons flocks of Bar tailed Godwits & many Lapwings.
After this the group dispersed home with fond memories of a pleasant day out and lively discussions of the World's current problems with the weather still clement.

David Clarke.