Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Sand Loch comings and goings

A Slavonian Grebe was a nice surprise on Sand Loch yesterday afternoon, along with the usual Tufties and Goldeneye. No sign this morning despite a brief search, although a pair of Goosander were present - moderately unusual here.

Nearby, the Coastguard's Pool on Forvie NNR had Little Grebe and a pair of Wigeon yesterday.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Signs of spring

No spring arrivals to report quite yet. Having said that many birds are in song now with the advent of brighter, longer days. The 3rd Winter Iceland Gull reappeared at the weekend after a long absence, still showing the suggestions of grey markings in the primaries, though very subtle.

Increasing numbers of Red-throated Diver off Cransdale with a brief count at around 30 birds on Sunday, and also Long-tailed ducks scattered liberally around including a few spectacular males.
No sign of the Ring-necked Duck on Meikle Loch for some weeks now.

3W Iceland Gull, Cransdale, Collieston