Kestrel at Dumbarton Castle

Kestrel at Dumbarton Castle

This afternoon, I joined a bird watching group at Dumbarton Castle, on the banks of the River Clyde.

Bird Watching Group at River Clyde

Bird Watching Group at River Clyde

Apart from the ornithological interest, Dumbarton Castle offers:

  • Its own long history, dating back at least 1500 years.
  • Scottish landscape views, particularly with a snow-capped Ben Lomond (mountain) dominating the landscape.
  • Views of Dumbarton.
  • Glorious views of the River Clyde with Glasgow in the distance.

    Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

    Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

 

Snow-capped Ben Lomond, Scotland
Snow-capped Ben Lomond, Scotland

 

Firth of Clyde at Low Tide

Firth of Clyde at Low Tide

View of River Clyde from Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

View of River Clyde from Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

View from Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

View from Dumbarton Castle, Scotland

River Leven at Dumbarton, Scotland

River Leven at Dumbarton, Scotland

The Common Gull was dominant but the group managed to spot:

  • Goldeneye.
  • Little Grebe.
  • Great Crested Grebe.
  • Cormorant.
  • Black-headed Gull.
  • Herring Gull.
  • Great black-backed Gull.
  • Oystercatcher.
  • Jackdaw.
  • Kestrel.
  • Glaucous Gull.

The weather was reasonably clement, staying dry and relatively mild with little wind.

Overall, I had an enjoyable afternoon which proved a good learning experience.

 

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