Once on the island someone spotted a well-camouflaged Redwing scuffling among dead leaves, a Wren and Blackbirds were also seen.
We then drove the short way to Whin Park. No sign of the Kingfisher but Mallards hoping to be fed! A Moorhen, Pied Wagtail, Treecreeper and Buzzard were the only additions here.
Then on to the Merkinch Nature Reserve to find the tide right out so that the exposed shingle, mud and weed provided an excellent viewing area for our scopes. A large number of Curlews were dozing together with Oystercatchers and Dunlins, a perfect spot for lunch!
Walking along the path towards Clachnaharry a little finch flock, full of interest, obligingly perched really close on a hawthorn tree. Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Siskin were among them. The new alterations to the path to allow for pedestrians passing and birding are a huge improvement to the site. Looking down on to the pools, some empty because of the low tide, and some non-tidal ones full, is always of interest. Redshanks, Teals, Wigeons, more Oystercatchers and a Yellowhammer were seen, and just as we were giving up on the resident Kingfisher it flashed past us and sat in full splendour on a very prominent branch beneath us. Joy!
Little Grebes were numerous on the firth side of the path. Not just one or two but several groups of two and one of three if not four! Busy busy, continually diving and resurfacing and lovely to watch. Fieldfares, Dunnock, Treecreeper, Cormorant, Black-headed and Common Gulls were also in evidence.
Very many thanks to Mary Galloway for providing an excellent reason for birding close to home.