Trip reports

Kildary Lochan, Nigg Bay and Alness

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 23 February 2008

The day began with a short walk around Kildary Lochan where a few duck and woodland species were seen. A large flock of pink-footed geese were seen as we drove to the hide at Nigg Bay. A high tide driven by a strong westerly wind had moved the waders and ducks to the far side of the bay . Amongst these were over 80 pintail and many shelducks, wigeon and curlews. A skylark was singing at the car park as we left.
At Alness point we had good views of a peregrine falcon as it battled up the firth against the strong wind disturbing the ducks and waders as it passed.
A pleasant stroll around the sheltered churchyard at Kiltearn rounded off an enjoyable day.