Trip reports

Rozelle Park and Doonfoot.

Rozelle Park and Doonfoot.
2020 J Sutherland

Sunday, 8 March 2020

After a dismal February, the forecast for our early March outing was reasonable and nine member met in the car park at Rozelle Park, between Ayr and Alloway, on a cool, windy but dry morning with sunny periods. After the obligatory stop at the gate at the back of the car park for nuthatch (heard and seen at a distance) we set of round the park counter-clockwise. From the parkland and playing fields we moved into the woodland, arriving back at the car park after walking round the pond. Back at the car park gate a photographer had bated the area with bird seed so we got really good views of nuthatch as well as coal tits, robins and chaffinches. In all the writer saw 21 species although there may have been another two or three to add on, that were seen by others.

As the weather was holding up, we decided to visit the fishing village of Maidens, having missed out last month because of the storms. Lunch was taken here in the car park before setting out along the north edge of the harbour. The tide was on the ebb but still high enough for the highlight of this site, a flock of Brent geese totalling some 26 birds, to be feeding in the harbour. At the same time, a pair of stonechats were flitting among the scrub not far from where we were standing. The writer listed some 19 species for this site.

Finally we returned to Alloway and to Doonfoot, where the River Doon flows into the Firth of Clyde. This can be an excellent birding spot although it was reasonably quiet today. However, the sky began to cloud over and it was clear that rain was not far away. The writer still managed to note some 16 species before the heavens opened and it was clear to all that it would be wet for the rest of the day.

Nonetheless it was good day's birding with a total of 43 different species from the three sites and it was good to be out again birdwatching.

Species Lists

Mute swan Mallard Woodpigeon Moorhen Black-headed gull Herring gull Lesser black-backed gull Magpie Rook Carrion crow Coal tit Blue tit Great tit Goldcrest Nuthatch Treecreeper Blackbird Robin Dunnock Chaffinch Goldfinch

Brent goose Shelduck Eider Oystercatcher Ringed plover Curlew Turnstone Dunlin Purple sandpiper Redshank Black-headed gull Common gull Herring gull Cormorant Carrion crow Starling Stonechat Pied wagtail Greenfinch

Mute swan Mallard Teal Goldeneye Goosander Oystercatcher Curlew Redshank Black-headed gull Common gull Great black-backed gull Herring gull Lesser black-backed gull Rook carrion crow House sparrow