Trip reports

Dunnet Head

Puffin perched on rock, Isle of May

Saturday, 23 May 2009

A brief stop at The Mound produced Eiders, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Sandpipers, singing Sedge Warbler and several commoner species. As we arrived at Dunnet Bay the rain started but we walked along the shore finding such species as Arctic and Sandwich Terns, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, Dunlin, Curlew and many Ringed Plovers. Moving on to Dunnet Head the rain had ceased but the wind blew. On the cliffs were Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins, Fulmars and Kittiwakes. A few Arctic and Great Skuas were patrolling the skies and many Gannets were fishing off shore. A pair of Twite called as they flew past.
A final stop was made at St John's Loch, where there is a colony of Arctic Terns. Teal and Tufted Ducks were on the water and Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting were added to the list giving a final total of 75 species for the day. One of the more interesting sightings of an excellent day was of a Heron attempting to swallow a half-grown Rabbit at the roadside.