Trip reports

Troop Head

Troop Head

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Travelling by coach our first stop was at Cullen. The beach held few birds all of which were gulls, mostly Herring, with a few Common and Great Black-backed. On the sea were a few distant Guillemots, a Red-throated Diver and two Black Guillemots. A short walk alongside Burn of Cullen produced some common species and a host of bluebells along with many other spring flowers.
We arrived at Troop Head at lunchtime and spent a couple of hours sitting on the cliff top enjoying the spectacle of hundreds of Gannets on their nests and flying to and from the sea. Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Shags and Fulmars were plentiful, but Puffins proved elusive. The reserve is not noted for Puffins but we were eventually able to find five birds.
On the walk to and from the cliffs a pair of Stonechats were very active on top of the gorse and Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were very vocal.
A total of 54 species were seen on a very hot and sunny day. The ice creams on the way home were very much enjoyed by all.