For the last bird outing of the year (The Solstice trip) three brave Amigos met at the Inverness Retail Park. Not deterred by the high winds, apparently gusting to 60 mph, we set off for Milton of Culloden. Despite the wobble of the scopes in the wind we recorded 26 species including the club favourite “The Feral Pigeon”. The next stop was Allanfearn to look for Scaup. We recorded 37 Scaup in the choppy sea. The final visit was to Merkinch Nature Reserve, where we followed the path taking us down the banking and out of the wind. The Kingfisher remained elusive as did the Greenshank posted later that day. Back at the car the traditional mince pies were distributed and enjoyed. The Quince in the mixture (recipe on request) elevated this Christmas treat. The trip total of 46 was fair given the weather and was a much needed practice for the upcoming New Year bird race.
We are the Highland branch of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club!