Trip reports

Troup Head

Gannet with chick at nest, Bass Rock

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Due to the fortunate positioning of a roundabout we were able to quickly return for a better look and to take some photographs. It is quite likely that the birds were the same trio recorded on North Ronaldsay later in the day.
Our first scheduled bird-watching stop was by the sea at Cullen were we saw several recently arrived Sandwich Terns. Wintering species still about included Long-tailed Ducks, Common Scoters and Purple Sandpipers. Red-throated Divers in both winter and breeding plumage were also observed.
The cliffs at Troup Head were reached after a short walk from the car park. Here we were enthralled by many Gannets as they wheeled effortlessly around the cliff face in the strong wind. Fulmars, Kititwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills were also present in good numbers but we were able to find only one or two Puffins.