🏴 Thursday 10th August 2023 ☀️ 22C ~ Wind SE @ 5MPH ~ Today, I had the opportunity to visit Cairnbulg and RSPB Loch of Strathbeg. After yesterday's successful sea watch, I started at the wreck in Cairnbulg. Although my tide timings weren't perfect, the sun was shining and the sea was calm.
As I made my way down to the shoreline, I was greeted by a few young Stonechats flitting around the grassland. On the shoreline, a couple of Rock Pipits, Curlews, Dunlin, and Turnstones, but the returning Redshanks outnumbered them all. Another highlight of the area was the presence of many Starlings, a few hundred perhaps including many juveniles, all feeding on the tidal waste.
|The wreck at Cairnbulg
I spent an hour watching the sea and was delighted to see another Storm Petrel. This one was closer than the one I saw at Girdleness yesterday. It stayed around the wreckage for a short while before flying low over the waves towards the south. During my short stay a couple of Great Skuas, a single Arctic Skua and (22) Manx Shearwaters before I headed off to RSPB Loch of Strathbeg.
|Common Crane on Starnafin Pools.
An hour spent at Starnafin Pools, produced: 11 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, a Little Egret, Snipe, and a Common Crane. Additionally, two juvenile Common Terns and the usual Tree Sparrows and Meadow Pipits along the fences.