Keith needed Hen harrier for the year, i think i said naaaa we wont be going anywhere today for em but driving along the A75 Keith spotted something on a post so i turned the car around and low and behold only a bloody Male Hen Harrier, great views as it was mobbed by a Raven.
We then headed for Stranraer and the Cheese outlet at Innermessan, on arriving i noticed an Adult White Winger. An Adult Glauc was being reported from here but this wasn't a Glauc, to small and long winged it was an Adult Iceland Gull, a good start. So was this the Glauc that was being reported..
|Adult Iceland Gull|
The Scaup were showing nicely from here, there were hundreds..2 Great Northern Divers and a Black-throated were early bonus's.
On the Sea were 25-30 Slavonion Grebes, half a dozen Long-tailed Ducks the adults were Stunning. Loads more Scaup and smaller numbers of Mergansers and Scoters. Eiders and a few more divers were present.
|Slavonion Grebe with Shag|
|Slavonion Grebe with Long-tailed Duck|
A Merlin was a nice Bonus.
Adult Iceland Gull again. An Adult Med Gull was further up the beach. We chucked some bread out see what would come in and i immediately spotted a Yellow Legged gull although a bit of a confusing bird with pale yellow feet, possibly a bird from north of the breeding range apparently, a nice looking bird all the same. Found out this bird had been here a couple of winters now.
|Adult Yellow Legged Gull|
Adult Glaucous gull had we made a mistake.. checking back on my pics we now no there were both Adult Iceland and Glaucous gull....So there were 2 adult White Wingers Brilliant.
Now we had a great day so it was time to head home 8 years ticks ...