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Scotland- 3rd to 11th January 2002,
Caerlaverock WWT - Dumfries and Galloway: 3rd,4th
Plenty of Barnacle Geese and Whooper Swans, also Peregrine and Barn Owl. Stayed at the farm on the reserve which allows early morning access and has a viewing room for watching Badgers at night, good value.
Mersehead RSPB - Dumfries and Galloway: 4th
Very good for finches and Barnacle Geese. Short-eared Owl also.
Loch Ryan - Dumfries and Galloway: 5th
Large numbers of Scaup from south side of loch - high tide for close views. Black Guillemot from picnic site just north of Cairn Ryan.
Ardeer Golfcourse nr Stevenston - Strathclyde: 5th
A quick stop on route to Skye for the long staying Snowy Egret.
Isle of Skye - Highland: 5th,6th
A total of 6 Golden Eagles during our 2 day stay, all on the east side of the Island. 4 1st winter Iceland Gulls were a surprise in Portree
Limited access due to Icy roads but did have Crested Tit.
Findhorn and Burghead
Large numbers of Long-tailed Duck and small numbers of Velvet Scoter were the highlights. A raft of c1,000 Long-tailed Duck was a spectacular sight near the mouth of Findhorn bay.
Lossiemouth - Grampian: 9th
A flock of 60 Snow Buntings gave good views in the dunes east of the river. No sign of the
Hopeman, Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead
Despite hours of searching we didn't find a single
Loch of Strathbeg RSPB - Grampian: 10th
Lots of Pink-footed Geese but little else of note.
Superb views of 3 drake Surf Scoter off Ruddon's point (access through Shell bay caravan park east of Elie). Also lots of Velvet Scoter, Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebes and 2 Red-necked Grebes.
Great Northern Diver
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Where to Watch Birds in Scotland