Sunday 9 March 2014

Echna Loch/Bay

Today we met up with some friends for Sunday lunch and a catch up on some birding news in general and relating to the parish of South Ronaldsay. This was followed by a quick visit to Barrie and Linda to drop off something and also to catch up on more local birding news. Still no sightings of a Short-eared Owl yet this year.

After that we headed across to Echna Loch/Bay for a quick look before heading home.

Echna Bay was pretty quiet. There were two Great Black-backed Gulls out on the water along with a couple of Red-breasted Mergansers and 50+ Fulmars along the cliffs. No sign of any Long-tailed Ducks today. Also there was no sign of any waders along the tide line.

On the other side of the road Echna Loch was pretty quiet too. There was a single Goldeneye and a flock of about 40 Tufted Duck. The star of the afternoon was skulking about in amongst the Tufties in the form of a male Pochard. This is a new species not only for this year but also for my all time patch list and my Burray list!!

There were two Greylag Geese in the field to the South of the loch but no sign of the Mute Swans today.

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