Trip reports

In Search of Sea Ducks again

In Search of Sea Ducks again
Keith Barnes

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Shelduck were feeding in the bay and there was scaup, eider and wigeon on the sea. A brief stop at Arturlie produced a small flock of knot along with the redshank and oystercatchers. From there we drove to the west beach at Nairn for good views of brent geese, long-tailed duck, common scoter and a red- throated diver. We had our picnic lunch at Burghead where we were surprised to watch a velvet scoter swim towards the shore and waddle onto the rocks where it started preening. None of us had ever seen one as close or out of the water before. In the harbour a group of eider were displaying and we had excellent close views of a female long-tailed duck. Also there was a flock of 60 waxwings feeding in a garden just along from the harbour.
Loch Spynie was out next stop for more ducks including pochard and a female smew. A water rail showed briefly walking along the edge of the reeds.
Finally we went to Lossiemouth for waders. Bar-tailed godwit at the east beach and sanderling and ringed plover at the west were added to the list of 65 species seen .