Trip reports

Around the three firths

Around the three firths
K Barnes

Saturday, 29 January 2011

On the water were several slavonian grebes, red-breasted merganser and goldeneye. A flock of 30 black-tailed godwits flew past. At a brief stop near Beauly a large flock of pink-footed and greylag geese were seen, quickly followed by a small flock of whooper swans.
The next location was the south side of Cromarty Firth where we immediately saw a peregrine falcon flying past. On the sea were the usual flocks of scaup and eider ducks and a few widely scattered long-tailed ducks, shags and cormorants.
Moving on towards the Moray Firth a brief stop at a farm gave us tree sparrow and yellowhammer. At Rosemarkie we were greeted by 6 brent geese on the beach and flocks of common scoter and long-tailed ducks on the sea along with a red-throated diver. Two male bullfinches were seen attending a garden feeder. In Fortrose we located a small flock of 8 waxwings along with fieldfares and a very brief brambling which flew down fron a tree and could not be relocated. The day finished at Chanonry with 2 turnstones and a trip total of 64 species.