Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thornhill to Cairnryan via Ken Dee marshes

Light rain, sunshine and fairly calm.
Short pre breakfast trip to Monnack Valley for 5 ring ouzels.

En route to Ken Dee we saw greylag, merlin, red kite, buzzard, skylark. At Ken Dee we spotted shoveller,wigeon, teal, canada geese, lapwing, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker (H), willow warbler, meadow pipit, woodpigeon, chiff chaff and pied flycatcher.

Shoveller, oystercatcher, mute swan, redshank, black headed gull on Luce Bay.

Wood of Cree: treecreeper, pied flycatcher, garden warbler (H), siskin (H), willow warbler, chaffinch, reed bunting, grey heron.

During the trip we had been hearing reports of air traffic chaos due to an erupting Icelandic volcano.  The volcanic ash was being blown over the UK and Europe causing dangerous flying conditions. We had heard that most of Europe had cancelled flights. We thought that many would be using the ferry as a means to get home but it wasn't obvious that there were extras on the boat.
We had a great trip with easy going company and super weather. Thank you Garry for all the planning, your driving and your cheerful good humour.

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