Trip reports

West Coast again

West Coast again

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Arriving at the harbour there was little shelter from the strong south westerly wind. The sea was choppy and the only birds visible were a couple of herring gulls and a cormorant. We drove on to Poolewe stopping at the lay-by. On the sea were red-breasted mergansers and mallards and in the field a small number of greylag geese. A heavy shower had us dashing into the comfort of the hide where we ate our lunch. The tide was high and 3 greenshank were roosting on the shoreline. Eventually the rain stopped and as the light brightened and the windows cleared an otter was spotted on the grass just in front of the hide. He spent some time scratching and rolling on the grass and then went to sleep.
On to Mellon Udrigle where the sea was much calmer and we had good views of black-throated and great northern divers and ringed plovers on the shore Most of the group were very pleased to see a flock of 7 skylarks feeding on the grass by the path.
We then drove round the bay to Gruinard beach where there were more divers and at least 3 Slavonian grebes. From the lay-by overlooking Guinard Island we added black guillemot to the list and in a field to the north of the bay 44 barnacle geese were feeding. Behind them were a small group of golden plovers but they were rather distant even looking through the telescope.
By now everyone was cold and windswept and ready to call it a day and despite the weather 41 species had been seen during the day.