Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Milfield Plain

This afternoon was spent walking the River Glen from Akeld Bridge to the confluence with the River Till.  There were a large number of birds in the area due to all of the lying water.  The Pink footed goose flock is between 4,000 and 5,000 birds - no other species could be found except a lone group of Greylag (24)  Interestingly a small number flew off north west presumably to the Hoselaw Lock roost.  There would also be at least 500 dabbling ducks consisting of mainly Teal and Wigeon with smaller numbers of Mallard.  At least 2 Gadwall were found and there were 2 female Goosander.

Waders were the most interesting with anything between 6 and 8 Green sandpipers (4 in one flock), 2 Greenshank, 6+ Redshank, 5 Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 160 Lapwing and 15 Golden plover.

Other species of interest included a female Barn owl, a Dipper and a good selection of passerines including a possible Water pipit.

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