Loch Stroan, Raider's Road 27 April 2008.
We took the scenic route along the Raider's Road from Mossdale down to Newton Stewart on 27th. Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler and Tree Pipits were singing by Otter's Pool and in the glorious D&G weather it seemed as if Spring had arrived at last.
The cutting edge of birding (below) at Wood of Cree (right).
A couple of hours at Wood of Cree produced at least 4 Pied Flys and a couple of Wood Warblers.
Chris Baines had seen Little Tern the previous day at Loch Ryan so we headed out there after lunch. Our first port of call was Bishop Burn however where we were surprised to find 95 Black-tailed Godwits. There were still 110 Scaup, several Goldeneye and Mergs on the sea loch.
Birding "with a friend" at the Wig, Loch Ryan, Stranraer.
The tide was just about in when we arrived at the Wig and we waited about an hour but no sign of the Little Tern. We did get a couple of Common Terns there, a male Wheatear was on the fence posts and there were plenty of Sandwich Terns and waders including Turnstones, Dunlins, Ringed Plovers and a few Whimbrel.
Part of the flock of Blackwits at Loch Ryan, 27 April 2008.
Chris and Pat were great company once again and made us very much at home. On 28th we started out on the coast where we had a marvelous morning in the Wigtown area with Chris as our guide.
We were on a roll so we climbed up to the top of Cairsmore of Fleet for Dotterel in the afternoon. Unfortunately we drew a blank and the two and a half hour walk up took it out of us a bit!
The following day (29th) was a little quiet at Mersehead apart from a few Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers but we returned to Lancs with D&G 2008 standing at 162.
Leading a tour to Panama at the weekend .......