All the walks are on Wednesdays and start at 10:30. Please join us if you are interested in participating in one or more of our walks and please inform the named walk coordinator by phone or email in advance.
New members are always welcome. Please contact the group coordinator, Tony Elger (01620 842525) or Jill at the Scottish Seabird Centre Office, for further details.
Please wear sturdy footwear and allow for all kinds of weather. If you have binoculars, do bring them with you.
Seabird Centre Walking with Birds Programme 2019
16 January 2019
John Muir Country Park, Belhaven Bay, Near Dunbar.
Follow access road off A10087 west of West Barns. Meet in car park near play area (charge of £2 for parking). EH421XF. GR NT 651 788.
Coordinator: Mark Lindsay
Tel: 01368 860624
20 February 2019
Port Seton Promenade Car Park, for walk towards Port Seton and Cockenzie Harbours
Meet at car park seaward of B3148 (Links Road) beside promenade behind John Bellany Day Centre,
EH32 0DF. GR NT408 760.
Coordinator: Judy Greenwood, email@example.com
Tel: 01368 863296
20 March 2019
River Esk, Musselburgh
Meet at car park beside River Esk, opposite Tesco store off A6095. GR NT 341 724.
Coordinator: Gordon Gair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0131 447 8216
24 April 2019
Dalkeith Country Park
Meet at free car park at Towngate entrance to DCP (off Dalkeith High Street) with signsposted overflow
parking. There may be a charge for entry to the park. GR 334 677.
Coordinator: Irene Nichol, email@example.com
Tel: 01620 893207 Mobile: 07516 495129
22 May 2019
Take B6370 to Stenton from A1 (Thistly Cross roundabout) then towards top of village left onto Stenton Loan then next left to meet at signposted car park at Pressmannan Wood. GR NT 621 726.
Coordinator: Nigel Hewlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0131 334 4528, Mobile: 07756 010383
19 June 2019
Meet at Yellowcraig car park, at the coast north of Dirleton. Turn off the A198 onto the B1345 through Dirleton village, then follow the sign post for Yellowcraig, left on the minor road north. £2 charge for parking.
GR NT 516 855
Coordinator: Ann and Tony Elger, email@example.com
Tel: 01620 842525, Mobile: 07779 987362
Bird Lists 2019
Wednesday 16th January 2019 Belhaven Bay, good clear day but icy winds when exposed.
Blackbird, blue tit, bullfinch, chaffinch, coal tit, collared dove, common gull, crows, curlew, dunnock, grey plover, godwit sp. goldfinch, herring gull, linnet, mallard, oystercatcher, robin, sparrows, redshank, shelduck, starling, wigeon.
Wednesday 20th February 2019 Port Seton on cold bright day
Bar-tailed godwit, black-headed gull, common scoter, cormorant, curlew, eider, golden plover, great black-backed gull, herring gull, house sparrow, jackdaw, oystercatcher, pied wagtail, red-breasted merganser, redshank, rook, starling, mute swan, wigeon.
Thursday 20 March 2019 – A walk up the River Esk from Musselburgh
Herring gull, great tit, black-headed gull, blue tit, lesser black-backed gull, coal tit, mallard, chaffinch, goosander, goldfinch, Canada goose, grey wagtail, moorhen, dipper, mute swan, sparrow-hawk, house sparrow, buzzard, robin, starling, dunnock, blackbird, wren, carrion crow, song-thrush, jackdaw, wood pigeon, magpie.
22 May 2019 - On a walk in Pressmennan Wood we saw/heard the following:
Collar dove (in Stenton village), chaffinch, willow warbler, wren, collar dove, robin, blackcap, great tit, chiff-chaff, mallard, wood pigeon coal tit, song thrush, carrion crow, blackbird, herring-gull and redstart.
19 June 2019 - Walk at Yellowcraig
Our walk in lovely sunny weather saw and/or heard 27 bird species:
Blackbird, blackcap, blue tit, chaffinch, chiffchaff, coal tit, crow, eider, great tit, greater black-backed gull, guillemot, herring gull, linnet, magpie, meadow pipit, oystercatcher, pheasant, puffin, reed bunting, robin, rook, skylark, tree creeper, shag, willow warbler, wood pigeon, wren.
We also saw some lovely spring meadow plants, including orchids, twayblade and yellow rattle
Bird Lists 2018
7 March 2018: Cramond Island
Mallard, goosander, black-headed gull, curlew, redshank, carrion crow, turnstone, greater blak-backed gull, mure swan, sanderling, herring gull, godwit, oystercatcher, greenshank, lesser black-backed gull, blue tit, goose (pink-footed)
13th June 2018: Hopes Reservoir
greylag goose, buzzard, red grouse, pheasant, oystercatcher, lapwing, curlew, common sandpiper, black-headed gull, herring gull, skylark, sand martin, swallow, house martin, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, wren, robin, song thrush, mistle thrush, blackcap (heard), chiffchaff, willow warbler, spotted flycatcher, coal tit, jackdaw, rook, carrion crow, linnet, lesser redpoll, bullfinch (31 species).
14 November: Cramond causeway and River Almond
Black-headed gull, herring gull, common gull, lapwing, mute swan, carrion crow, curlew, turnstone, shelduck, goosander, buzzard, starling, heron, little grebe, mallard, magpie, robin, redshank, pied wagtail, greenshank, dunlin, knot.
12 December 2018: Our Christmas bird walk was at Aberlady LNR, followed by a meal at Cragielaw. 10 people attended on a cold but bright day and we saw grey heron, pink-footed geese, greylag geese, shelduck, wigeon, teal, mallard, red-breasted merganser, buzzard, moorhen, lapwing (flock in flight), curlew, redshank, greenshank, black-headed gull, herring gull, woodpigeon, blackbird, fieldfare (large flock), magpie, carrion crow and starling
Bird Lists 2017
22 March 2017: List of birds spotted on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh:
Magpie, carrion crow, blue tit, wood pigeon, stock dove, song thrush,m dunnock, chaffinch, jackdaw, wren, great tit, blackbird, bullfinch, mistle thrush, buzzard, goldfinch, robin, house sparrow and nuthatch.
19 April 2017: River Esk walk from Musselburgh
Eight people had a pleasant walk up the Esk from Musselburgh and saw mute swans, greylag geese, Canada geese, mallard, a pair of goosander, common sandpiper, herring gull, lesser and greater black-backed gulls, woodpigeon, swallow, grey wagtail, dipper, dunnock, robin, blackbird, blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler, blue tit, great tit, magpie, carrion crow, starling, house sparrow, chaffinch, greenfinch and goldfinch.
Also noteworthy were three types of garlic (garlic mustard, wild garlic and ramsons) and extensive purple toothwort.
14 June 2017: Around Yellowcraig
Lists of birds seen and/or heard(*) on Seabird Centre bird walk at Yellowcraig 14 June 2017
Blackbird, [lesser?] black-backed gull, buzzard, chaffinch, *chiffchaff, crow, eider, gannet, great tit, heron, herring gull, oystercatcher, piedwagtail, rook, shag, treecreeper, *willow warbler, wood pigeon, *song thrush.
There were also beautiful orchids, twayblades and yellow rattle flowers on the grassland.
6 September 2017
Three of us had a most pleasant walk around North Berwick this morning, in sunshine!
Birds seen: wood pigeon, ferral pigeon, starling, carrion crow, blue tit, great tit, robin, blackbird (m/f), swallow,
pied wagtail, nuthatch, song thrush, gold crest, gannet, shag, cormorant, great black-backed gull, tern (sandwich?), oystercatcher and juvenile eider. Also spotted a speckled wood butterfly.
4 October 2017: Barns Ness
Four of us went walking at Barns Ness this morning. It was very cold and windy! Birds hiding!
Those we managed to see included gannet, oystercatcher, herring gull, pink-footed geese, carrion crow, cormorant, great-black-backed gull, pipit, magpie, redshank, kestrel, goldfinch, heron, bar-tailed godwit.
1 November 2017: Aberlady Nature Reserve
Birds seen: Blackbird, bullfinch, carrion crow, curlew, dunlin, little egret (three), black-tailed godwit, goldfinch, pink-footed goose, great black-backed gull, herring gull, lapwing, mallard, oystercatcher, peregrine falcon, redshank, robin, shelduck, mute swan, house sparrow, wigeon, woodpigeon.