Thursday, 17 May 2012

Scotland - Day 6

This was a bit of a wasted day...We had planned to spend all day looking for the Greater Yellowlegs which had turned up at Ythan Estuary whilst we were on Mull but after 5 hours of searching in difficult conditions we had just about had enough and decided to go and have another look at the King Eider. Whilst here we had a great chance to get close to displaying Eider which were making the most amazing noise. It was incredible.

Eider - Ythan Estuary
At about 3pm the worst thing happened...The Greater Yellowlegs came up on the pager at Loch of Strathbeg RSPB. A mad dash across Aberdeenshire ensued and we arrive on site at about 3.55pm. Me and Matt then sprinted to the Tower Hide and Mick bumbled along behind us...on arrival, two numpties in the hide who didn't know what a bird was let alone a Greater Yellowlegs! So the scanning began but it was all in vain. I then rang the RSPB Warden there to then be told that the bird had been present all morning but she hadn't put news out because the locals had all seen it...B**tard!

All in all a cracking trip with the lads and a few lifers to boot for me at least. We all finished the trip with a weeks total of 137 which is not bad going at all. Cheers to Matt and Mick for the great company.

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