Trip reports

Cromarty Firth

Tree sparrow on twig

Saturday, 24 November 2012

It was high tide so redshanks, dunlin and bar-tailed godwits were feeding close to the point with teal, wigeon and shelduck. Tree sparrows were seen feeding in the bushes along with chaffinch, greenfinch and house sparrow.
From Dingwall we then drove along the firth to Alness Bay where a large flock of dunlin gave us an aerial display. Eider, goldeneye and red-breasted mergansers were added to the list. Dalmore was our next stop where we added turnstone, great-spotted woodpecker and goldcrest.
By the time we reached the hide at Nigg for lunch the tide was well out so most of the waders were rather distant but we did see golden plover, pintail and a small flock of linnets.
We ended the day at Stoneyfield lochs watching a small flock of yellowhammers and reed buntings coming in to roost. A good total of 59 species were seen.