Trip reports

Black Isle Birding

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Three red-throated divers flew past and a great northern diver gave good views close to the shore. Turnstone, oystercatcher, curlew and ringed plover were along the shoreline plus red-breasted merganser and eider on the sea. We then drove along to Rosemarkie and took a short walk in the woodland where there were many small birds including tree creeper, greenfinch, tits, goldfinch and redwings. A lovely grey wagtail was feeding on the roadside along with a pied wagtail and a rock pipit.
Cromarty was the next place to visit but few species were added to the list as it was very windy and showery. A brief stop near Jemimaville to look for scaup produced only one male plus wigeon. At Balblair we had a flock of bar-tailed godwit, redshank and knot. As the weather had improved most of the group enjoyed a walk along the road to the old kirk watching yellowhammers, linnets, goldfinches, meadow pipit and a small flock of tree sparrows. Our final stop was at the hide at Udale where the tide was a bit too far out but we added a few more species including teal, grey heron, shelduck and little grebe. A total of 64 species were seen and we were all ready to get out of the cold wind for our soup and sandwich lunch at Avoch.