A couple days ago James asked if I wanted to head to Musselburgh. So…
Once at Musselburgh we headed to the wader scrapes, and into the middle hide first. Not terribly much to see there, the usual suspects. Lapwing, Curlew, Black-headed Gulls, Sandwich and Common Terns, a couple Common Gulls, nothing particularly special.
So into the third hide, checking for that female Brambling that was reported a week or so ago in the shrubs and trees behind the hides. Again not much on these scrapes either, still the usual suspects hanging about not doing much.
Last hide was different though, for a start there were plenty Dunlin about. One of my favourite waders because you never know what could be hiding amongst them. Far more gulls and terns on the scrape in front of the hide too. After a bit of scanning, and finding the two 1st summer Little Gulls (who were far more cooperative this time), and also 3 female Shovelers, James spotted one of the Dunlin wasn’t what it looked like. He called it pretty much straight away as Little Stint and it didn’t take me too long to find the bird he was looking at as it wasn’t actually that Dunlin-like. It was indeed a Little Stint. My first! Musselburgh always seems to produce something good.
And here’s the two Little Gulls with their heads out, unlike last time…
So that was a pretty successful trip! A look out to sea also gave me my first ever Harbour Seals hauled out on the rocks.
… And this digiscoped shot of a Gannet which I’m pretty happy with, although it’d have been better if the bird was facing me.
Yesterday James asked again if I wanted to go down the coast. Probably because I haven’t been free the past week as we had guests over, and I’m going away to Findhorn tomorrow for a week.
We went to Gosford Bay first as Red-necked Grebes had been reported the day before, but we had no luck. Loads of Gannets out at sea torpedo-ing at fish, plenty terns making a racket, 1 Red-throated Diver quite close in, a few Cormorants and Eiders, a raft of probably about 25 Goosander was drifting about the bay, 32 Oystercatchers flew across from Kilspindie and a Great Black-backed Gull made and appearance as we left… and headed further down the coast to Kilspindie for the Spotted Redshank which had also been seen recently. No luck again, just lots of Curlews, Lapwings and Gulls. so back we went to Musselburgh…
Nothing new there to be honest, pretty much all the same birds in the same numbers as James put it, plus a few Redshank, one of which (a juvenile) had us thinking it could be something else, but a quick check of the book confirmed it was just a juv Redshank.
The Little Stint was still pattering about with the Dunlin and the Little Gulls were still being as anti-social as they usually are. So no lifers, but a pretty decent number of species about.
And with that, we went home.
I’m off to my dads in 3 hours and mum thinks I’m being picked up tomorrow so I better go and sort that out now. Tomorrow I am heading up to Findhorn, Moray. Hoping to add Crested Tit to my life list and there’s plenty other things that I might see, including Capercaille apparently! On the way up we’re paying a visit to the Fortingall Yew which is supposedly around 3000 years old, and while we’re up in Findhorn we’ll be paying a visit to Reelig Glen, just west of Inverness where the tallest conifer in Europe resides, a massive Douglas Fir! Anyway, I better get packing and tell mum what’s actually happening tonight… *sigh*