Monday, 17 April 2017

Scotland cont.......Musselburgh

17 April - A retrospective on Scotland - before returning home, a couple of hours also spent at Musselburgh on the rising tide. As usual, an impressive array of waders and sea duck - Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Grey Plover, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Turnstones. Offshore, groups of Velvet Scoters, the males, very smart, and a few female Common Scoter. Also, unexpectedly, several Long-tailed Ducks including males moulting into summer plumage. A Red-throated Diver and a few Guillemots also present. Also Eiders displaying and a scattering of Red-breasted Mergansers. A nice variety of birds in good light, but I couldn't find the resident Surf Scoter......

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