Trip reports

Assynt, 19 April 2007

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

On a cold, sunny day, 26 members travelled to Assynt where we were met by Andy Summers, Highland Council Ranger and Beccy Garvie, RSPB, who escorted us to a variety of locations. We first viewed a raven's nest with the three young about to fledge. Reaching Lochinver, where there were red- and black-throated divers in the bay, we saw our first swallow of the year. At the tourist information centre, we took the opportunity to look at CCTV pictures from a nearby heron's nest. Then it was on to the Bay of Culkein where we viewed pied and white wagtails on the shore. Amongst the rocks and seaweed lurked turnstone, ringed plover and a solitary greenshank. In a field nearby some 200 golden plover, in magnificent summer plumage, were disturbed from time to time by a couple of passing great skuas.
Our final stop was at Clachtoll where we watched the ringing of twite before a spot of sea-viewing which produced great northern and red-throated divers as well as long-tailed duck. Some of the group were also lucky to spot peregrine falcon, hen harrier and black grouse. Altogether an excellent day out under the guidance of two local experts. A fuller report will appear in the next issue of Highland Birds