Trip reports

Quarry Lochs and Alturlie

Quarry Lochs and Alturlie

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Rough seas made it harder to pick out the ducks on the water but we did spot a group of flying golden plover in summer plumage. After sitting out a heavy shower we set off up the hill to Quarry Lochs where we saw several species including little grebes, shelduck and teal. Many species of small birds were seen including sand martins, swallows, yellowhammers and singing willow warblers. There was not a wealth of birdsong probably due to the late arrival of spring.
In the fields near Petty church a large flock of pink-footed geese were grazing with mute and whooper swans.
Finally we found what we had been looking for,a pair of corn buntings calling from an ash tree. Everyone had good views of what is now a rare bird in this area.