RSPB Loch of Strathbeg

Field Trip:  Saturday, 20 May, 2023.

8.00 a.m. was an earlier than usual start from Beechwood Park this morning to enable us to have some quality time at the Loch of Strathbeg which is quite a distance from Inverness. 

From Inverness, travelling through Nairn, Auldearn, Elgin, Portsoy, Banff to Fraserbugh, the following species were seen:-

Blackbird, buzzard, carrion crow, collared dove, feral pigeon, goldfinch, herring gull, hooded crow, house sparrow, jackdaw, lesser black-backed gull, magpie, mute swan, oystercatcher, pheasant, pied wagtail, rook, starling, swallow and woodpigeon.

We arrived at the Loch of Strathbeg just after 11.00 a.m. – coffee time.  After a quick refreshment, everyone was free to visit the Willow, Tower, Fen and Bay hides as they wished. 

Between the fourteen of us, the following list was accumulated:-

Black-headed gull, black-tailed godwit, blue tit, common gull, common tern, coot, cormorant, gadwall, great black-backed gull, great tit, greenfinch, heron, house martin, lapwing, little ringed plover, little egret, marsh harrier, meadow pipit, moorhen, reed bunting, ringed plover, robin (h), ruff, sand martin, sedge warbler, shelduck, shoveller, skylark, swift, teal, tree sparrow, tufted duck, wheatear, whitethroat, whooper swan, wigeon, willow warbler, wood sandpiper, wren (h) and yellowhammer.

Loch of Strathbeg is renowned for the geese that gather there in autumn and winter and sights of starling murmurations.  However, as this list proves it is also a reserve worthy of a visit during spring and early summer.

Two of our group took a wrong turning at the reserve but, they were rewarded by the sight of three roe doe crossing the path just in front of them –  lovely.

This was our last field trip of our 2022/2023 Programme producing a very satisfying days total of 60 species.