Trip reports

North Ayrshire Coast

North Ayrshire Coast
2012 Ewan Douglas

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Ten Group members met at Lochwinnoch RSPB to share cars and headed off for Hunterston. There was a road closure between Kilbirnie and Largs which required a diversion via Dalry and West Kilbride to get to Hunterston where another Group member was waiting us.

Southannan Sands produced Goldeneye, Wigeon, Mergansers, Oystercatchers, Redshank and the usual Gulls. The Abandoned Oil Rig construction site revealed Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtails. Sea Watching from this area was difficult in spite of the sunshine but we had distant views of Eider, Shags and a Buzzard. Back to the cars for lunch then a dash to Auchenharvie for the wintering Scaup. Afterwards the group went on to Troon for the Rose-coloured Starling This was only located with great difficulty just as we were about to leave for home.

It had been a cold, hectic day in sunshine.

Ewan Douglas