As most of friends will know I have been in Scotland (Glasgow) since the 23rd to enjoy the delights of a Scottish Christmas and New Year with my brother's family.
Bird highlights over the last few days included:
23rd December 2008:Caerlaverock WWT.
5,000+ Barnacle Geese,200+ Whooper Swans,3 Scaup (1st winter bird and 2 females),Peregrine, 100+ Twite (on the saltmarsh) and also good numbers of Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler.
25th December 2008: Queens Park, Shawlands, Glasgow.
2 Goosanders (Male and Female) on the small boating lake.
27th December 2008:Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow.
Drake Lesser Scaup, 10+ Whooper Swans, female Scaup, Adult Yellow-Legged Gull, 4 Shoveler and good numbers of Goosanders, Goldeneyes, Pochard and Teal.
28th December 2008: Clyde area and Lochwinnoch RSPB.
16 Whooper Swans and good numbers of Goosanders and Goldeneyes.
Port Glasgow area (Newark Castle and West Ferry shoreline).
500+ Eider, 10+ Red breasted Mergansers,3 Slavonian Grebes and a male Pintail.
Also recorded in the area included good numbers of Shags, Goldeneyes, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Shelducks, Wigeons and Redshanks.
31st December 2008: Hogganfield Loch.
Drake Lesser Scaup, 14 Whooper Swans and 14 Goosanders.