172 – Tree Pipit
Well, following on from my last post, it was Fowlsheugh that I visited next during my current Scottish holiday.
It was a glorious sunny day when I left Forfar to drive the forty or so miles up to Fowlsheugh. Unfortunately, a sea-haar had rolled-in by the time I arrived at the reserve. It was still pleasant and warm, however, despite being a bit foggy.
As I left the car I could see a number of small birds in the gorse bushes near the car-park. A beautiful Pied Wagtail sitting on a stone wall gave me my first photo-op of the day.
When I had climbed the bank up to the cliffs I was immediately struck by the strong smell of bird-poo – yeuch! It was just like at Bempton Cliffs or the Farne Islands; a smell that I hadn’t experienced for a while, and wasn’t entirely ready to smell again. However, they do say that you have to suffer for your art!
The cliffs at Fowlsheugh were absolutely packed today – not with humans, but seabirds. There were: Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls and Fulmars galore. I also saw a couple of Puffins, which is always a treat.
I also saw both Rock and Tree Pipits, and a Linnet on the top of a gorse bush.
What I hadn’t expected to see was a large group of seals hauled-out on the rocks below me. Next to them were a group of Eider Ducks swimming in the sea. The ducks were so distant, however, that I didn’t even see them until I inspected the photos later on at home.
By the time I got back to the car I had walked 4.54 miles according to the health app on my iPhone, and although tired, I felt really pleased with my photos from the day.