Monday, 16 October 2017
15 Oct - A weekend Scottish trip at the weekend to coincide with and celebrate Matt completing the Munros - a good evening was had by all, as he had a short break in the wet and windy weather to climb his final two, Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers. I managed a short stop at Musselburgh on the Forth, which usually produces some northern coastal birds depending on the season and the tide - it was extremely windy, but the highlight was a flock of 6 Twite feeding along the seawall - excellent views of this attractive and localised finch, and a few photos, despite the wind. There was also a fem Long-tailed Duck close in, sheltering under the seawall, and Slavonian Grebe, Goosander and Eider also noted. Flyby waders included Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers, and Gannets were offshore. No Scoter or other seabirds visible in the white water.