Scotland Trip – Day 1 – 12/iv/14

Having arrived in Edinburgh late on Friday night, I was keen to get out and start birding, so a few productive hours spent birding at Musselburgh were very welcome. A few Wigeon, Goldeneye and Eider were present at the Esk rivermouth along with all of the expected Gulls and a few Turnstone. Having set up the scope and begun to scan further offshore, I quickly located the drake SURF SCOTER at distance in flight. It eventually landed, and I spent a while watching it rest on the sea, with a few Velvet Scoter. A raft of about 60 Common Scoter was also nearby. There were also a few moulting Long-Tailed Duck around and a couple of Red-Breasted Merganser. At distance over the sea were good numbers of Gannet and Kittiwake also.

Further along the shore I found six summer plumage Slavonian Grebes which were fairly close in. A fair few Velvet Scoter and Long-Tailed Duck were also closer to the shore here, and I managed a few photos.

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Long-Tailed Duck 0004 CedOn the lagoons, were good numbers of Curlew, Oystercatcher and Redshank, but also present were 22 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 2 Dunlin and a pair of neat White Wagtail.

Not a bad start to the trip.


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