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March 2014

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Sea Duck Safari

Sea Duck Safari

Curlew, oystercatcher and redshank were feeding along the tide line. From there we went to Loch Flemington to find the american coot for those members who hadn't "twitched" it previously.
Findhorn bay had mallard, teal, pink-footed geese and a large number of pintail looking splendid in the sunshine. It was high tide when we reached Burghead and a long-tailed duck was in the harbour. A small group of turnstone were roosting on the harbour wall with one purple sandpiper. Out on the sea a few red- throated divers, slavonian grebe, one great northern diver, eider, red-breasted merganser and a couple of dolphins were seen.
After eating lunch we set off back towards Inverness stopping at Culbin sands. Three snipe were seen at Minister's pool and sanderling and bar-tailed godwits were feeding on the sands. Our final destination was Nairn west beach where we added Brent geese to the list to give a total of 64 species for the day.