A skein at Skene

The weather was not great today, but we did manage a short walk at Loch Skene, about 10 miles south of Inverurie. It was a Loch we hadn’t visited before, and I had seen various reports of snow goose being seen there. We did see a skein of pink-footed geese fly over, but no signs of any snow geese today sadly.

There were, however, a very good number of mute swans on the loch – probably at least 30 – as well as the largest group of goldeneye I think we’ve ever seen in one place, at a rough estimate about 25.

mute swan
male goldeneye


I suspect that this will be a place well worth visiting regularly in winter to check for a variety of duck and goose species.

No new species for December 30th:

TOTALS TO DATE:
Birds = 231
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291