Trip reports

Tarbat Ness & Nigg Bay

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Thursday, 13 October 2011

On the water were a large number of pink-footed geese. A peregrine falcon was perched on a rock and would presumably have flown shortly after our departure due to the rising tide. We were unable to stay to watch it go as we wished to get to the hide at Nigg Bay before high tide. A very enjoyable lunch break was spent in the hide watching flocks of knot, golden plover and dunlin performing their aerobatics. A good sighting was a small group of black-tailed godwits. Pintail, shelduck and a large number of wigeon were on the sea.
At Tarbat Ness many gannets, almost all of which were juveniles, were fishing. Both common and black guillemot, black-throated and red-throated diver were seen on the water. Kittiwakes, bonxies and an arctic skua were seen in flight.
We finished the day at Inver where three greenshanks were added to the day's list, giving a final total of 55 species.