Sunday, 29 January 2017

Rare tour

Bit of a tour round the West Mainland today after a no birding day yesterday. Lesser Scaup with Greater Scaup (2) and Tufties at Loch of Boardhouse. Then Loch of Clumly produced first the Crane and then the Ring-necked Duck. A search of Loch of Skaill didn't reveal the Black-necked Grebe or the Green-winged Teal but there was a 2cy Glaucous Gull (and 213 Barnacle Geese). The Loons and there were 65 Greenland White-fronts, at least four Short-eared Owls, two Hen Harriers and many thousands of Golden Plover. Loch of Sabitson and there was the Little Egret. However, three visits to Mill Dam of Rango and we somehow missed the Pallid Harrier which showed up at 12:35.

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