Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wknd 5-6 April

Set off to do vismig on Saturday but spotting a clear bay covered in seaduck stopped off to count them - totals: 47 Slavonian Grebe – all breeding plumage, many courting and pair displays, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 132 Long-tailed Duck – many flying back and forth, 90 Red-breasted Merganser – pair displays, 797 Velvet Scoter, 1 f Goldeneye, 10 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver + 1 E. Eider not counted but late afternoon 196 (79 ad m, 24 eclipse m, 93 f) at Port Seton rocks/harbour.

A male Wheatear on the shed roofs at Cockenzie harbour was my first.

During the week, Herring Gulls followed on from Oycs in mating on roof of engineering labs, photo above. Also at King's Building - Grey Heron feeding flights, 4 in last couple of weeks - a couple of years ago I had a request from a student studying the Duddingston colony for her honours thesis, she wanted data on feeding movements but checking the Lothian SOC database I discovered no-one had ever recorded any - seems this was an oversight!

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