Lothian Coast

I'd arranged to meet up with an old birding friend, John Gilligan, who'd moved back up to Scotland having spent many years in Accrington. We met at his new home of South Queensferry and decided to head off to the coast south of Dunbar and work our way back,
First stop was around Torness Power Station - nothing there out of the ordinary - in fact the wind was keeping everything low. There were Rock Pipits, Stonechats and Skylarks in the fields as well as the usual wadres on the beach and Red-brested Mergansers on the sea.
We then made our way to Tyninghame where a Woodlark had been reported. We parked up and worked our way up the coast and fortunately met another birder (who'd been there for hours and not seen it) who knew where it had been reported from. We found a large flock of Linnets and Goldfinches as well as a few Skylarks. Then they all went up and a dumpy round-winged, short-tailed lark was in the air with the Skylarks - Woodlark - splendid. We got another prolonged flight view as it made to one end of the fields to the other.
Back to the car and it was off to look for Sea-duck and grebes at Gosford Bay but the sea was very choppy and difficult to view. However a few Long-tailed Ducks close inshore were a lovely sight. One Velvet Scoter flew past but that was it! I dropped John off and headed for another try for the Spotted Sand - the tide was high this time and there was nothing about.


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