Trip reports

Tarbat Ness and Nigg Bay

Tarbat Ness and Nigg Bay
Keith Barnes

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Our first stop was at Dalmore by the Cromarty Firth where there was a good selection of waders including both Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Golden and Ringed Plovers and Lapwing. On the water were Eider, Red-breasted Merganser and Goosander. We moved on to the hide at Nigg Bay where the tide was bringing the birds closer. A Peregrine flying over disturbed our lunch break and most of the birds. A brief stop at Balintore produced Turnstone, Sandwich Tern and a large number of Pied Wagtails feeding around the harbour.
The main focus of the trip was sea-watching at Tarbat Ness. Many Gannets, mostly juveniles, were heading north along with smaller numbers of Kittiwakes and Manx Shearwaters. Guillemots were scattered about on the sea. A flock of fifteen Purple Sandpipers flew round the headland.
The last stop was at Inver as the tide was going out. Many Redshanks and Curlews were seen along with a couple of Knot. A total of 70 species were seen and the weather stayed kind all day.