Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Yesterday and today

Red-breasted Merganser


Yesterday I headed east for the middle of the day in search of an American. Three possibilities were attempted.

No1 - Lesser Scaup, but most of the diving duck had departed from Ayre's Loch, no sign.
No2 - Green-winged Teal, but a thorough search of Graemashall Loch produced only a few crecca.
No3 - Redbanks on the Yinstay Rd, bingo! Excellent drake Surf Scoter. Also there a good number of Velvet Scoter and 8 Great Northerns and a most impressive flock of 200 Barwits.

Long-tailed Duck - another of the commoner species of quacker seen yesterday

Today was a gardening day. Chaffinch flew into the large Sycamore. Then just before lunch five Goldfinch flew across the garden and landed next door.

Three of the five Goldfinch

One drake Goosander was still present on Loch of Bosquoy.

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