Trip reports

Loch of Strathbeg

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Saturday, 30 October 2010

A brief stop was made en route at Cullen which produced a large number of Long-tailed Ducks on the sea along with several Eiders. On the shore were a few Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones and Redshanks.
Our first stop at Strathbeg was by the visitor centre where lunch was accompanied by many Tree Sparrows.
From the hides we saw Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Dunlin and many duck species including Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall and Pintail. At the east end of the loch Slavonian Grebe, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Red-Breasted Merganser and Goldeneye were added to the list. Curlews and Lapwings were feeding in the fields and a huge flock of Teal were in the middle of the loch.
We moved on to the hides by Crimond airfield where a very pale raptor produced much discussion before it was decided that it was a Common Buzzard and not the hoped for Rough-leg.
Back at the centre a glorious sunset accompanied the large numbers of Whooper Swans, Pink-footed Geese, Starlings and Corvids as they prepared to roost on and around the loch.
A total of 72 species were recorded on a most enjoyable day.