Trip reports

Cromarty Firth

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Saturday, 31 March 2018

The churchyard and nearby bushes held many of the common garden species such as tits, robin, dunnock song thrush and tree sparrows and it was nice to hear greenfinches singing in the treetops. A small flock of goldfinches and linnets were feeding on the path.
We then drove to the hide at Nigg. As the tide was already quite high a large number of oystercatchers were roosting just in front of the hide along with redshanks and a few bar-tailed godwit. A flock of Pink-footed geese and 45 barnacle geese were feeding on the saltmarsh. Other wildfowl included good numbers of wigeon and pintail. A lesser black-backed gull was suitably recorded as "a year tick" by the listers in the group.
After eating our picnic lunch we drove to the harbour at Balitore which is a good for roosting waders at high tide. We were not disappointed as there were 55 purple sandpipers with the oystercatchers and 1 turnstone. Long-tailed ducks, red-breasted mergansers and 1 red-throated diver were seen on the sea.
Our final destination was Kildary Loch which was very quiet apart from a few goldeneye some teal and a coot. A total of 63 species were recorded.