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Monday, 17 July 2017

Musselburgh Lagoons, 17th July 2017

Another nice quick morning visit to the lagoons. Came across visiting U.S. birder Bernard and managed to find him a few lifers. There was an increase in the number of Dunlin and Bar-tailed Godwit present on the scrapes, with 47 and 90 counted respectively. Two Greenshanks, 11 Black-tailed Godwits and three Common Sandpipers were also seen. The biggest surprises while scanning the margins, however, were a Yellow Wagtail and a pair of Grey Partridges! A raft of around 20 Velvet Scoters was offshore, along with a Puffin and some other usuals; Eiders still numbered over 300 but only 29 Goosanders were logged. A lone Wigeon was also new for the trip and a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull put in an appearance.

In the evening in the Edinburgh garden, two Oystercatchers, three Swallows and a Sparrowhawk put in overhead appearances.

Bar-tailed Godwits and Curlew heading out to feed on the falling tide
a lone Wigeon
Grey Partridges visiting the scrapes
juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull