Trip reports

Inverness Area

Male wigeon swimming

Thursday, 12 November 2015

It was fairly quiet with one male and two female pintail seen among the many wigeon, teal and mallard. Sixteen slavonian grebes were out in the firth along with one red-throated diver. On the shore were curlews, redshank and oystercathers. The bushes along the old road had tits, goldfinches, redwings, great spotted woodpecker and a treecreeper.
From here we drove to Ness islands and despite the river being high we saw a dipper. A short stroll in Whin park produced a pair if bullfinches.
Merkinch was our final destination and we ate our picnic watching the gulls and seals. A great skua was spotted. A very late record for this species. After lunch we walked around the reserve where there were sixteen herons but very little else. By this time the wind had strengthened and the storm clouds were gathering so we decide to call it a day. Only 40 species were seen but it had been a very pleasant morning.