Saturday, 27 November 2010

Wknd 28-29 November

Dawn view of East Lothian from top of Aikieside Hill, by Stobshiel, where snow drifting to several inches. Vismig included a few hard weather movers, including Greylags and Lapwings; a Magpie in top wood, at 300m, seemed out of place! Large gatherings of corvids and gulls in surrounding areas, some digging in snow around sheep, others sitting it out.

Atlas roving en route home produced a Jay at Bolton Muir (first pic below, second is Gladsmuir), 3 GSW and several Bullfinches.

6 Whoopers (2 juv) SW over Seton were are fine sight over the snowy fields early afternoon. Back at Seton harbour more gulls came in with boats but no reappearance of yesterday's arctic gull. The graellsii Lesser Blackback was again present, and is a perfect match in structure and head streaking pattern to "Lucy" who has been faithful to this harbour for 6 years now, invariably on her own. Some shots of her below, note flesh coloured legs.

Sunday afternoon got out to Longniddry golf course (sledging) where a single displaced Skylark was seen heading inland.

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