Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Further along King Street we faced the oncoming crowds heading to Pittodrie then found two Rock Pipits on St Andrew's Cathedral - perhaps forced to feed a short distance inland due to the snow cover. Later that afternoon, a roost of Pied Wagtails was forming in the same street at the bus garage.
From the bus between Glasgow and Aberdeen: Buzzard (29), Kestrel (5), Red Kite (1), Peregrine (1), Merlin (1), Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Fieldfare, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Mute Swan, Goosander, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit, Curlew, Mallard, Wigeon, Cormorant, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Carrion Crow, Redwing, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Feral Pigeon, Roe Deer and Common Seal.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The highlights for me were Socotra Cormorant, Western Reef Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Greater Spotted Eagle, Crab Plover, Red-wattled Lapwing, White-tailed Lapwing, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Sooty Gull, Saunder's Tern, White-cheeked Tern, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, White-collared Kingfisher, Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Little Green Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Black-crowned Finch-Lark, Pale Crag Martin, Olive-backed Pipit, Hooded Wheatear, Hume's Wheatear, Variable Wheatear, Sykes's Warbler, Persian Wheatear, Plain Leaf Warbler, Arabian Babbler, Purple Sunbird, and Isabelline Shrike.
While the rapid urbanisation and reclamation of land and sea has created several important artificial habitats for birds, many areas of mangroves and coastal habitats are being reduced or fragmented. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai however is a gem of place with birdlife in abundance despite being engulfed by the city. It kind of makes the London Wetland Centre look a bit tame.
A full trip report will be available on Tuesday 25th.