Nature Notes

December 4, 2012

Orkney Birding: The Loons

Filed under: Birds,Orkney Isles — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Eurasian Teal

Eurasian Teal

The Loons is a wetlands area which is home to many breeding species, as well as a stopover for migrants

There is a hide overlooking one of the best parts of the area. Within this area can be found Mallards, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Gadwall. Little Grebe and Water Rail have been seen as has the occasional Gray Heron. Both Arctic and Common Terns make regular visits, as do the Arctic Skua /Parasitic Jaeger and Great Skua. Short Eared Owl can be found hunting the area, in fact, I found one roosting on the hide itself.

Many gulls like to loaf through the day in the area, including European Herring Gull and Mew/Common Gulls.

In 1986, I heard a Corn Crake calling from across the road from the hide, and although now very rare, it is not impossible. For some of the finest images of this species, see Nigel Blake’s Corncrakes.

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