March 2024 Outdoor Meeting Report

Long Tailed Duck

On Saturday 23rd March, 7 members of the Forth Valley Group went to Musselburgh to view the birds on the scrapes and lagoons.  We visited some of the new hides and scrapes in the morning and then the older hides in the afternoon.  The highlight of the day was a male Long Tailed Duck, in breeding plumage on one of the older lagoons. We also saw a cormorant with white markings on its head and flanks, which has tentatively been identified as a Eurasian Cormorant (as opposed to the North Atlantic Cormorant which is normally seen).

In total we saw 32 different species, including waders (Bar Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Knot, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Cormorant), ducks (Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard, Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon, as well as the Long Tailed Duck), Geese (Canada and Greylag), Gulls (including Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Common Gulls), and a range of other birds (including Chiffchaff, Crows, Heron, Magpies, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, Starlings, Stock Dove, Stonechat and Wood Pigeon).  (PW)