We met at the rather unsalubrious recycling area of Lochcarron. But whilst the parking left much to be desired, the birding from the shore exceeded our expectations despite a very high tide. The west coast contingent (Bob McMillan our leader, Neil Bennett and Mick Watts) were delighted to see Sanderling (unusual in this area), and we all notched up shore birds, passerines, ducks, and a distant Golden Eagle. As we returned to our cars, a keen eyed participant spotted a Sea Eagle sitting further down the loch. So parking in the village we all had great views of a pair resting close together on an islet. (Later on our return journey the WTs had gone, but the islet now held about 20 Common Gulls.) Loch Kishorn was ‘scoped – since the clean up for the fish farms this is, sadly, no longer a hot spot for rare gulls. However, species were added to the list.
Time marched on and we departed homewards – some around to Sheildaig and Torridon (a Gannet was seen), others to return via Lochcarron. An excellent day and extra good to meet up with members from Balmacara and Skye. Our thanks especially to Bob who suggested and led the trip.