Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ross and Gyle Point.
Wednesday 11th February was misty and cold as we crossed the dunes from Ross Farm heading for Gyle Point to have a final search for Snow Bunting which had eluded me so far this winter!
With a flat sea,it was easy to spot a couple of dozen Wigeon off shore.
50 or so Brents flew low over the water heading South whilst higher in the sky a large skein of Pink Feet flew North.
There were no waders on this stretch of beach at all. Heading North we had good views through the scope of 4 Slavonian Grebes.
Crossing the Wide Opens we looked over to Fenham Flats where in the far distance Shelduck were feeding.Continuing towards Gyle Point a small flock of 10 Snow Buntings flew over-my first this year!
Redshank ,Curlew and 2 Bar Tailed Godwit were spotted on the water's edge whilst a Red Breasted Merganser gave some great views as the sun briefly appeared,illuminating it in a shaft of sunlight.
Rounding the Point,a raft of Common Scoter was bobbing some way out with another Red Breasted Merganser also seen .
Our penultimate spot of the day on the home strait were 5 Long Tailed Ducks which shortly took off flying south as the visibility decreased,whilst just before Ross Farm a group of around 50 Curlew landed in a field.