|Marsh Harrier from the Dunbar Hide.|
Unfortunately, there was no sign of the heron again but a couple of Osprey's, (4) Common Crane and (2) Marsh Harriers passed the time. The guys had also photographed a juvenile Hobby along the fenceline earlier in the day, not that common a visitor in these parts and a great record for the site. Needless to say, it didn't show again!
|Small Copper along the farm track at Strathbeg.|
A walk back to check out Starnafin Pools prior to heading off home, recording my first Small Copper butterfly of the year before arriving at the bench.
|Highly cropped image of the Lesser Yellowlegs on Starnafin Pools.|
After settling in and watching some of the many Tree Sparrows that reside here perched along the fenceline a scan of the pools produced a Green Sandpiper, (8) Ruff, (3) Greenshank, a single Snipe and something completely unexpected! The yellow legs of course were unmistakable and from here just a matter of deciding whether a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs. I've lived in Aberdeenshire now for 3 years and this one was in fact my third Lesser Yellowlegs, making it an annual event but the first self-found.