🏴 Friday 12th May 2023 ☁️ 9C ~ Wind NNE @ 2MPH ~ An early start today arriving at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg around 7:30am, a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from the scrub just prior to the dipping ponds as I passed. As I parked at least twenty Common Terns were making a good racket overhead and the usual Tree Sparrows were around the feeders.
|Two of four Drake Garganey on Starnafin Pools|
I began overlooking Starnafin Pools from the benched area and here I was immediately onto Temminck's Stint, (2) Wood Sandpipers, (2) Little-ringed Plovers and an amazing (4) Garganey, all drakes! Quite the tally for NE Scotland.
|Not a morning for the camera but a record of the Temminck's Stint ~ A Scottish tick for me after missing out on a couple of birds seen since I moved up here in 2020.|
Also of note were (4) Roe Deer which seemed to have got through the perimeter fencing on Starnafin Pools and spent the whole time searching for a way out. I did inform the guys in the centre when they arrived so hopefully they've been sprung from their incarceration. Interesting point, if Roe Deer can get in so too Foxes!!
|One of two Common Cranes ~ Always a pleasure to see them NOT sporting lots of leg bling!|
I spent an hour overlooking the pool with Barn Swallows and a few House Martins skimming for flies and my first couple of Swifts for the year overhead. A couple of Common Cranes seemed to appear from nowhere, one on each side of the perimeter fence and were happily feeding.
|Pretty sure this is a Grasshopper Warbler.|
|Sedge Warbler from the Dunbar Hide|
Another hour in the Dunbar Hide produced Sedge Warblers at close range, a flyby male Marsh Harrier and feeding on the low ground at a distance a Great White Egret. Easily forty or so Curlew, a few Oystercatchers, Lapwings and various counts of Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler and Shelduck.
|Osprey ~ During my walk back to the centre.|
My walk back to the centre produced a few raptors with Osprey, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk all noted.