Work drew me south for much of the week. Didn’t get much birding in, but a Dark bellied Brent at Loch Sandray on North Uist was good to see. Light-bellied Brents are our norm and I don’t recall seeing a certain Dark bellied on here before. Will have to look up birds at Balranald and Gress from yesteryear to see what they got logged as in the end. The Uist bird at least was touted as a ‘Grey bellied’.
Always good to see swarms of Sanderling playing King Canute with the tide and three Golden Eagles and a White Tailed duo are always nice.
A quick push south failed to find any Corn Buntings, but they have been very hard to come by post big freeze. Good to see Reed Buntings though taking advantage of the arable stacks – more of them this year thanks to conservation programme with RSPB and Machair LIFE+.
On the way home a spot of lunch time ‘gulling’ at Gramsdale outfall showed a big turnover of gulls. More of that soon………..