Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday 2nd September

The weather today has been similar to yesterday, and good enough to allow me to get on with some jobs out in the garden, no complaints then!!! Bob and Lorna Young had been over for a few days at the end of last week and reported through to say that they had seen Golden Eagles at Gruinart, Ardnave and also over at Sanaigmore. They also saw an Osprey just off the reserve at Gruinart. They had seem a large number of Gannets feeding at the mouth of Loch Gruinart, before they flew off past Nave Island and on South past Sanaigmore. Fulmars were in abundance off Ardnave with some still nesting at Sanaigmore, 2 Red throated Divers, 4 Redshank and a Common Sandpiper were added to their birds at Ardnave. Choughs were seen at both Ardnave and also Sanaigmore. Lots of Linnets and Goldfinches were seen around along with a few Wheatears and the occasional Stonechat. Thanks to Bob and Lorna for their sightings. Back here at home the other day there were 4 Buzzards soaring up above the crag on the thermals.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday 1st September

Today is the first day of Autumn, or so they tell us, not too bad a a day here although it was overcast, no blue skies, at least it stayed fair. The rainfall for last month came to 3.75 inches, slightly more than last August. Yesterday Bob and Martin walked out to Ardnave point, birds seen were over 40 Chough, 3 Wheatear, 6 Razorbill, a Kittiwake, some Curlews, Redshank and a Greenshank. In the channel between Ardnave Point and Nave Island they saw 3 Porpoises. Today Bob had gone round Loch Gorm in an anti clockwise direction from Sunderland and up here to Kilchoman. Around 400 Greylags were on the barley stubble at Sunderland, 800 on Loch Gorm itself with another 400 on the grass aftermaths at Ballinaby! Also on the water on Loch Gorm were 80 Mallard and 30 Teal. Bob also had spotted 2 Blackwits. Here at home today, Margaret spotted a young Goldfinch on one of the fence posts begging to get fed. There was also a Whitethroat and also a Willow Warbler lurking about in the bushes.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 31st August

Malcolm was in touch through the week to say that the Swallows at his house have just fledged their third brood for this year. Today over at Gruinart, James had 3 Ospreys, one fishing on Loch Gruinart with another 2 flying high overhead. James also saw 2 Peregrines over the reserve, and also a Greenshank out in front of the "old" hide. Another Ileach had seen an Osprey on top of a straining post (type of fence post) at Gruinart with another on top of a telegraph pole over towards Loch Gorm. He also had seen 2 white tailed Sea Eagles over in the Loch Gorm area. Here at home this morning there was a steady movement of Gannets flying South out past Machir Bay, maybe I should have stopped what I was doing and had a count for half an hour... must do it another time!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday 30th August

Yeserday, Peter and Pia had braved the elements and had been over on the Big strand below the airport and had walked down towards Knockangle Point where their birds tallied through at 10 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 10 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 5 Dunlin and a Little Stint. Today the weather has been a lot kinder to us with Mandy from RSPB being over at Claggain Bay where she watched a Red throated Diver for some time, coming back along past Kintour, Mandy saw a Yelowhammer. Thanks to James, for writing the blog over the past few days while I was off Islay down in Glasgow, my highlight was watching an Osprey catch a fish as we headed into West Loch Tarbert on the ferry, no need for bins for that one!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Friday 29th August 2014

A bit wild and showery today. Not too much to report, a Greenshank, Sparrowhawk and male Hen Harrier at Gruinart.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday 28th August 2014

A few records from yesterday: a Red Grouse at Loch Laingeadail, 3 Kestrels at Tayvulin, 1 Kestrel at Craigmhor, Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Merlin at Ardnave. Very strong east winds and rain last night, but sunny today!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday 27th August 2014

Today I was out and aboot, looking for Greylag geese- I didn't find many around Gruinart, although there looked to be 1000 + around Loch Gorm. We did find 6 Canada geese at Gruinart, as well as a good view of a Peregrine. Bob e mailled in, to let us know that Islay's uglyist building(possibly) the water works above Port Charlotte has 12 Swallows nests around it (it only had 6 last year). We had a birdy meeting last night heres a pic of the happy birders: