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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Musselburgh, 31st July 2017

Having arrived back in Edinburgh from Helsinki the previous evening and with Ingrid occupied with packing to move back south, I took the bus to Musselburgh for one last visit. Nothing especially unusual, but Skylark and Ringed Plover were trip ticks and there was an increase in Velvet Scoter numbers offshore, with 96 counted, along with just six Common Scoters. Other bits included 92 Goosanders, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Crested Grebe, 182 Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Knots, two Common Sandpipers, four Greenshanks, a Puffin and a couple of Razorbills. A juvenile female Peregrine tried its luck with putting the waders up but didn't manage to knock anything out of the sky.

juvenile Greenshank
Knots
Eider
Dunlins and Oystercatchers
Common Sandpiper
Harbour Seals