Tuesday 3 January 2023

Birds at Musselburgh

In Scotland, we party so hard at Hogmany (New Year's Eve) that we get an extra bank holiday to recover! So today, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I went to Musselburgh to see how many birds we could add to our year list. Here are photos of some of the birds we saw! 

Black Headed Gull (in winter plumage) with a pair of Goldeneye Ducks

Male Goldeneye displaying 
Three Oystercatchers on a wall

 Turnstones turning seaweed (I've never seen so many turnstones in one place before, there were many more of them than appear in this photo)

Turnstones with Redshanks 
Part of a flock of geese overhead (not sure, but probably Pinkfooted Geese? or Greylags?)

A pair of Gadwall Ducks, the male is the one in front

We also saw: Mistle Thrush; Song Thrush; Stonechat; Great Tit; Linnet; Meadow Pipit; Rock Pipit; Red Breasted Merganser; Long Tailed Duck; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Wigeon; Stock Dove; Cormorant; Shag.

The light was beautiful, though not ideal for identifying birds at distance! It looked as though a storm was coming in, but there was only light rain.


Jeff said...

Oyster Catchers are the same here, along the coast

eileeninmd said...

Great outing and beautiful birds, love the photos.
Take care, have a happy day!

Lowcarb team member said...

A very nice outing, I enjoyed your photographs.

All the best Jan