Trip reports

Around the Beauly Firth

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Long-tailed ducks,wigeon and red-breasted mergansers were seen and a group of oystercatchers, curlew and redshank were roosting on a small spit. The group had a short walk around the Merkinch reserve where 17 grey herons were feeding. Good views were also had of a nice pair of bullfinches.
At Bunchrew over 50 black-tailed godwits were roosting as the tide was high and just as we were leaving we were treated to a magnificent display from a very large female peregrine attempting to catch a redshank. We then drove around to the north side of the firth stopping near Lovat Bridge to look at a flock of pink-footed geese amongst which we found 2 white-fronted geese.
When we reached Redcastle the tide was very high and lapping into some of the gardens. A flock of tree sparrows was seen along with the house sparrows, tits and finches on the many feeders.
Our last stop was just before North Kessock to look at a large flock of linnets . Over 50 species were seen on an enjoyable day.