A good portion of the holiday had gone by, and I couldn’t help but feel that it had been a little disappointing from a birding perspective. So, as we headed back to Edinburgh for a couple of days, I decided that a days birding in Lothian was in order.
I started at Ferny Ness and Gosford Bay. Sandwich Terns and commoner gulls and waders were present in good numbers here, along with many Gannets out to sea. Careful scanning produced the target bird for this site; Red-Necked Grebe. Three birds were seen in total, and all three were in summer plumage though a bit distant. I did manage a very low quality record shot:
Next up was Musselburgh Lagoons. Here, species such as Eider, Common Scoter and Velvet Scoter were seen along with the commoner fare – Gulls and Waders. Singles of Golden Plover and Little Gull were notable, though the Little Gull was asleep at the rivermouth for most of the time. Stock Dove, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Black-Tailed Godwit and Bar-Tailed Godwit in summer plumage were among the highlights, as were good numbers of both Sandwich Terns and Common Terns.
To finish the day off, I visited the forth road bridge at sunset in the hope of seeing Roseate Terns. Unfortunately I failed on that front, but did enjoy good views of Arctic Terns.