Trip reports

West Coast

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 1 March 2009

The first stop was in a sunny Ullapool to look for white-winged gulls, non of which were wiling to put in an appearence. At our next stop near Dundonnel, a Golden Eagle displaying with nest material was seen only by the hardy few who braved the sudden heavy shower. Lunch was taken overlooking Gruinard Bay where three species of Diver were seen along with distant Black Guillemots and a Gannet. Further stops were made at Aultbeau, Poolewe and Achnasheen. About fifty species were recorded in total including three family groups of Whooper Swans and a Merlin.