Trip reports

Dunnet Head

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Saturday, 25 May 2013

We departed Inverness at 8am and our first stop was at the Mound where one lucky member saw a kingfisher. Unfortunately it refused to show itself again for the rest of the group. Greenshank and common sandpiper were feeding on the mud and wigeon, teal and many shelduck on the water. After leaving the Mound we all sat back on the coach to enjoy the beautiful scenic drive to Castletown. Visibility was excellent with clear views of the snow covered Cairngorm northern corries in the far distance.
There were many ringed plover on the beach at Castleton Bay with one sanderling and some dunlin. Arctic and sandwich terns were standing on the rocks and great northern divers fishing on the water.
We then drove on to Dunnet Head for a picnic lunch in the sunshine. Puffin, razorbill, guillemot, kittiwake and fulmar were on the cliffs and a few great skuas flying over. Wheatear and meadow pipits were seen on the headland.
Our final stop was at St John's Loch which has a new hide overlooking a small pond area which was thronging with birds. Arctic and sandwich terns with many black-headed gulls, coot, tufted duck, wigeon and shoveler. Two lucky group members also saw a lesser scaup.
An excellent day with a very good total of 83 species.