Trip reports

Cromarty Firth

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Our first stop was at Dalmore where we found a nice flock of bar-tailed godwits with the oystercatchers and redshanks. We walked along to the point seeing siskins, goldcrest and a song thrush on the way. Snipe and curlew were added to the wader list while teal, wigeon and red-breasted merganser were amongst the wildfowl seen. A male peregrine flew past.
With the rain falling heavily it was decided to take refuge in the hide at Nigg Bay. In front of the hide were many pintail, wigeon and shelducks along with 43 brent geese. A little grebe was on the pond behind the hide.
As the weather improved in the early afternoon we moved on to Balintore where the tide was very high and there was a roost of turnstone, ringed plover and 34 purple sandpipers on the harbour along with a few shags and cormorants. A red-throated diver, gannets and eiders were seen out to sea. We were by now quite cold and the light was beginning to fade so we called it a day having seen 50 species.