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Birdie Group - November 2017

by Margaret Rinder - 09:45 on 16 November 2017

12 of us walked from the Hope school to Oyce of Quindry, where the grass track was a rough, watery challenge; so much so that we returned along the "beach". The grey sky later opened a little to reveal that rare sight - the sun. We were rewarded with large flocks of lapwings, curlews, greylag geese and starlings. There were several shelduck, recently arrived back for an Orkney winter, and lots of other ducks. Bar tailed godwits and dunlin added to the more common waders dashing about the mud. In all we saw at least 24 species. The bird of the day was a male stonechat on fence posts and wall, seen nearby in sunshine.

We then walked along the Ferry Road in the Hope, looking along the shore and trees. 15 species were seen here, including a collared dove, a redwing and dunnock. Grey seals were lounging on the rocks.
A day of no gales or rain and lots of birds - great! Thanks to everyone for not objecting to the obstacle course.

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