Scotland Trip – Day 2 – 17/xii/13

A two hour visit to the Caerlaverock WWT reserve in the afternoon produced some good species. We first visited the Sir Peter Scott hide to view the Whooper Pond, where the 1st-winter male Scaup was easily found. Also present here were approximately 100 Whooper Swans, many Wigeon and Teal, a few Shoveller and Gadwall and the other expected wildfowl species.

Scaup with Tufted Ducks - Whooper Pond, Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries and Galloway

Scaup with Tufted Ducks – Whooper Pond, Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries and Galloway

The next stop was the Folly Pond, where the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was picked up amongst the large numbers of Teal. (This was a particularly enjoyable lifer as I have previously dipped five of these birds). Large numbers of the expected dabbling ducks were also present here as well as 2 wintering Black-Tailed Godwit and a Little Egret.

Green-Winged Teal - Folly Pond, Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries and Galloway

Green-Winged Teal – Folly Pond, Caerlaverock WWT, Dumfries and Galloway

As the light faded we walked down the Avenue – where 9 Yellowhammers including 4 males were showing well – towards the Avenue Tower where large numbers of Barnacle Geese were noted. A thorough check of the flock produced only two Pink-Footed Geese.

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