In the days leading up to the end of summer (August) I managed, thanks to Judith and Mike, to visit the Cardwell Bay area in Greenock on the 18th and the Loch Lomond area on the 24th. I also managed to fit in visits to Hogganfield Park LNR and Frankfield Loch.
Cardwell Bay/Ironotter Point
Here we saw a few common waders and some nice Sandwich Terns.
|Curlew and Sandwich Terns|
RSPB Loch Lomond and surrounding lanes and farm land
We managed two sightings of Osprey, one flying parallel to the River Endrick and one distantly on an island. Other nice sightings included Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch and a Small Copper butterfly.
|Loch Lomond, with Ben Lomond in the background|
|Spot the dot (Osprey)|
Not surprisingly, I managed to visit Hogganfield Park LNR and Frankfield Loch, where wader passage had begun.
Hogganfield Park LNR
|Black-headed Gull (ringed in the Moorfoots, south of Edinburgh)|
|Blue Tit (juvenile)|