Girvan 17th Feb

We're up in Girvan for a week over half term - time to get some good winter birding in. The weather has been beautiful but very cold so I was wrapped up well as I saw in the dawn at Grivan harbour. The usual suspects were around - several eider, red-breasted merganser, goldeneye and a few gulls. Not much in the way of waders except for the usual turnstone, redshanks and ringed plovers.

Off the end of breakwater I picked up a group of Red-throated Divers one of which was calling! A single, early Gannet flew over but otherwise it was rather quiet.

On to Maidens and nice views of Rock Pipits, two of which were having a bit of a territorial dispute. There was a good selection of birds here, a couple of hundred Golden Plover on the beach were flushed before I could complete a scan of them and seven pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the far side of the bay.

Later on that day I visited Lendalfoot to search through the gull roost. There were no unusual gulls there but seven red-throated divers and five black-throated divers were a splendid sight.


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