An extended visit to Alturlie Point alongside the Moray Firth east of Inverness, (which can be combined very easily with a trip to the Retail Park !! ).
Rather grey and cold with daytime temperatures around 2/3C . Tide was fully up with the accompanying collections of waders and gulls on the shoreline. A good selection of corvids in nearby fields ( Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Rook and Jackdaw ) would have been a good study ground for any beginner.
Out on the Firth there was a good selection of duck on offer ( Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Goldeneye, Scaup, ) with an odd Red-breasted Merganser and a very obliging female Long-tailed Duck. Several small rafts of both Scaup and Goldeneye were farther out too. Grey-lag Geese fed in nearby fields and an overflying Cormorant added to the picture. Waders were represented by Oystercatcher, Redshank and Curlew. Noticeably absent were any small birds as I walked along the road running immediately adjacent to the water.
So, a modest but pleasant array of birds, good views and an easily visited location.