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Old Monday 28th November 2011, 15:45   #1
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Firth of Forth

Hello Scotland!

I'm staying with my in laws near Edinburgh over Christmas so I want to take the opportunity to catch up with some some over wintering seaducks in the firth. Target species include Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter and Red-necked Grebe. I'm also not going to turn my nose up at any divers that might turn up, especially Black-throated.

Can anyone advise on good watchpoints for any/all of these within about an hours drive of Edinburgh?

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Old Monday 28th November 2011, 16:44   #2
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You should be able to get good views of most of those at Musselburgh, which is probably the best place I know of for getting good looks at seaduck. Red-necked Grebe might be trickier - Gosford Bay near Longniddry is perhaps the best site.
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Old Monday 28th November 2011, 21:41   #3
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I would suggest starting at Musselburgh (on the eastern outskirts of Edinburgh) - park by the River Esk Mouth then walk East along the seawall.
Gosford Bay can be really good although the majority of birds do tend to be a bit further out here, a higher tide would be better. It would be worth a look of the harbour at Port Seton, and also off Ferny Ness (NT439776).

This might be worth a look -
http://www.birdinglothian.co.uk/#/wh...-go/4532649206

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Thanks both, should be good
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Old Wednesday 30th November 2011, 21:26   #5
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Musselburgh is brilliant. Also Aberlady bay is worth a look. Had RN Grebe there.
For the life of me, I can't think of the site on the other side of the Forth. Good for Surf Scorer.
Mind you, this was back in the late 90's. Might have all changed by now.
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Musselburgh is brilliant. Also Aberlady bay is worth a look. Had RN Grebe there.
For the life of me, I can't think of the site on the other side of the Forth. Good for Surf Scorer.
Mind you, this was back in the late 90's. Might have all changed by now.
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I have racked my brains for the name.
It could have been Ruddons Point.......Then again!!!!!
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I have racked my brains for the name.
It could have been Ruddons Point.......Then again!!!!!
I think Ruddon's is in Largo Bay or at least very close to.
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Old Thursday 22nd December 2011, 21:31   #9
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Great advice folks!

I spent 4 hours at Musselburgh today and racked up:

Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck (at about 20 metres), Common Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter (again at about 20 metres), Red-breasted Merganser, Guillemot, Razorbill and a single Little Auk - all out on the Firth. Site nor sound of any divers or grebes though, maybe the warm weather is to blame?

There were 2 Twite and 4 Snow Bunting on the sea wall as well as numerous waders and ducks in the pools and a Kingfisher at the mouth of the Esk.

I've still got 2 weeks so I'll try and visit the other sites mentioned and probably a return trip to Musselburgh.

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Also keep an eye on Kris's website's sightings page to let you know what is about-often E Lothian stuff not too far from where you are
http://www.birdinglothian.co.uk/#/re...ngs/4537581602
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Old Friday 23rd December 2011, 08:34   #11
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Seen this wee guy in Musselburgh last month, is it a Redpoll ?

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Seen this wee guy in Musselburgh last month, is it a Redpoll ?

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No, it's a Twite. Nice shot.
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Site nor sound of any divers or grebes though, maybe the warm weather is to blame?

Owen
Although Musselburgh is often good for grebes (predominantly slavonian) I would suggest trying off the Ferny Ness car park at Gosford Bay further down the coast. Best bet is in the mornings as light can be an issue, you should see RN Grebe, Slavonian & perhaps the regular wintering BN Grebe.

RT Diver should be about, with perhaps a chance of a BT or GN Diver here too at this time of year. Mind the harbour at Port seton too for gulls, I have often seen RN Grebe offshore.
Scoters are generally distant here but again there is always the chance of a Surfer. Good numbers of scoter can be seen off Aberlady/Gullane Point too.

The small stream running into the sea at Seton Sands holds good numbers of gulls in the evening with often a Med Gull or two to brighten up the day. Loads of Goldie's on the rocks here recently.

Other excellent areas in East Lothian are Aberlady/Kilspindie & Tyninghame.

Worth driving the back roads of East Lothian too looking for geese as there have been loads of Bean & Whitefront around in the last few weeks.
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Old Thursday 29th December 2011, 20:51   #15
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There are good nos of geese in at Aberlady Bay still. There are usually quite a lot of swans in the fields not far in land between Gullane + North Berwick sometimes as far as Tyninghame, lots of wonderful wee rds to explore there!!
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Might be going out on Sunday, depending on the weather, I'm wondering if a scope is essential for Gosford Bay? because I don't have one.
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