Trip reports

Culbin Bar

Culbin Bar
Keith Barnes

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Laden with rucksacks, telescopes and tripods we set out to walk across to the sand bar. It was a lovely, warm day and the sea very calm. There were several groups of common scoter and long-tailed ducks.Also red-breasted mergansers,eider, a Slavonian grebe and red-throated diver. Walking in a westerly direction along the sand bar we came across 2 sanderling. Skeins of greylag and pink-footed geese flew over calling.
We finally stopped for lunch overlooking the tidal mudflats where large numbers of curlews and oystercatchers were feeding along with wigeon and shelduck. A peregrine falcon disturbed all the waders and ducks and we watched as it took part in an aerial dispute with a few crows.
A leisurely walk back to the cars produced more sanderling. Hoping to add a few more species to the list we then visited Nairn harbour and west beach but the tide was high and so few birds seen. A flock of redshanks and turnstones were roosting on the harbour wall.
So only 43 species seen all day but a very enjoyable walk in this isolated habitat. Just the 18 of us!