Monday, 28 February 2011

Wknd 26-27 February

All effort devoted to atlas - 2 visits to Seacliff, adding Goosander to NT68 but failing to find Siskin (bagged by Mark on the very last day!); surprisingly also added 3 species to NT69, which contains the Isle of May but all lies beyond 5km from the Lothian coast - many Gannets were visible and a flock of Pinks flew N behind the Bass Rock; 3 Kittiwakes made a beeline for a trawler also judged to have been in NT69; these are needed ticks, as the Isle of May is low on winter species and was appearing red on atlas maps, now orange (with Razorbill also logged, per Seabird Centre reports).

Passing Waughton en route the taiga Bean was visible at dusk on Saturday (just before above photo taken from the top road, sunset over Arthur's Seat, but apparently AWOL on the Sunday and thereafter).

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