Trip reports

Assynt

Wheatear in spring

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Driving west , we made a brief stop at Loch Droma for whooper swans but had to view from the car as a blizzard raged outside. Arriving at Loch Awe another snow shower kept us inside the cars again. A greenshank was feeding on one of the islands and a male red-breasted merganser was on the loch.
We drove on to Stoer lighthouse where it was sunny, bright and very windy and we huddled against the lighthouse wall to seawatch. Many gannets, guillemots, shags kittiwakes and several great skuas were flying past. One black-throated diver, a few razorbills and black guillemots were also seen. It was quite challenging to view birds on the rough sea. On land there were skylarks, meadow pipits and many wheatears.
After lunch we moved along to Culkein where there was a mixed group of pied and white wagtails feeding on the beach with redshank and ringed plovers. In the the fields behind were lapwings and at least a hundred and fifty golden plovers looking splendid.
Our final destination was Clachtoll where twite, linnets and skylarks were feeding and there were many more wheatears
Despite the weather,a long drive and a small bird list it was a very enjoyable day out in a lovely area with beautiful beaches and the rough sea forming large waves crashing over the rocks. Inland the mountains looked magnificent with a fresh coating of snow.