Trip reports

Ramble around Ross-shire

Ramble around Ross-shire
Keith Barnes

Thursday, 14 October 2010

After watching the otter we slowly made our way along the Firth. Plenty of curlews, herons, redshank and oystercatchers were feeding on the mud, with wigeon, teal, red-breasted merganser and a goosander. In the weedy fields skylarks and chaffinch were seen along with a large flock of over a hundred goldfinches. Also 2 twite and a reedbunting. Stopping at Redcastle for lunch we saw lapwing, a bar-tailed godwit and a flock of redwings. Skeins of pink footed geese flew over.
We then drove to Loch Kinellen in Strathpeffer which had tufted duck, goldeneye, liitle grebe and the resident mute swans still had 2 young with them. Finally for a splendid end to the day a brambling was seen with a flock of chaffinch, tits and goldcrests. A good total of 52 species in all.