Sunday, 3 January 2010
TOWARD MaCRIGGANS POINT
A very bright and sunny day today but also very cold, still patches of ice around and the threat of more snow in the next day or so. Jamey and I decided to take a walk beyond the ship yard (as it was) and down towards Macriggans point. The ground has been heavily disturbed during the laying of the new pipes and this was being taken advantage of by 3-4 Blackbirds feeding on the bare earth, I also spotted 2 Linnets and a party of 3 Greenfinches. About 30 yards out from the shore there was a group of Goldeneye, 3 females and a single male, numbers of these birds appear to be down this year and not seeing any around the piers.
Jamey and I also took some time in tracking down an unusual looking bird that was flitting between the rocks near to the sewerage plant, I had sneaking suspicions of a Black Redstart but it turned out to be a Robin , one of several feeding along the shore. Also 3 Carrion Crows were seen and a single Red Breasted Merganser (female) just offshore. A very pleasant walk though not much around in the way of birds. Before heading home we took a drive down the main pier with some bread in the hope of attracting in this years allusive first white winged gull, but again to no avail, some nice shots of Great Black Backed Gull though.