On Sunday mid morning after our weekend guests (Daughter and three grandsons) had left for Edinburgh I took off to the Loch of Skene to find these birds. I was expecting a largish crowd of birders to be there and that they would have found the birds and would be able to point them out to me without much hassle. But life is never that easy.
There were two birders there who were on their way home. They told me that they hadn't seen the birds and that earlier visitors had failed to find them. This meant that I had to scan the loch just in case they had been overlooked. I hunted through scores of Tufted Ducks and Goldeneye but there was not sight of a Grebe. I found a small group of Teal but not one was the Green-winged Teal I was looking for. All this took me beyond lunch time so I stopped off in Westhill to get a sandwich, a drink and I have to confess a blueberry muffin. I decided to go to the Ythan to park up with a view of the upper estuary to eat lunch and watch for an Osprey or two to turn up for their lunch. Unfortunately it was high tide and it is my experience that the Ospreys fish the Ythan at low tide. And this was born out.
I did think that I could not go home without at least one more tick for the year list. The Bullers of Buchan is sort of on the way home from the Ythan and here I should be able to find a Puffin or two at this time of the year. It did not take long to find them. Not at the nest site but on the water at the bottom of the cliffs so about 150 feet away.
|Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes|
Total on list 142