Trip reports

Skye

male stonechat perched on bramble

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The members from Inverness had a lovely scenic drive alongside Loch Ness and through Glen Shiel. Others joined them at Dornie where we had coffee overlooking the beautiful Eilean Donan castle. A few herons were feeding at the waters edge.Our next stop was Lochalsh Woodland Garden which was fairly quiet except for a small tit flock with treecreeper and goldcrest. The colourful, exotic trees and shrubs were of great interest and easily made up for the lack of birds. We then drove onto Skye and visited three sites on Broadford Bay. Waders feeding on the shore included a small flock of dunlin,ringed plovers, bar-tailed godwits and a greenshank. A few late swallows were flying over and two common dolphins were also seen in the bay.
Because of the fine weather and very calm sea there were not many birds about so we decided to drive down the single track road to Elgol. A few stonechats were seen on the way and we were greeted by a group of 16 black- throated divers just off the harbour at Elgol. Gannets were fishing and 3 more common dolphins were seen. So not a great birding day but lovely scenery and good company made for a very enjoyable day out.