Friday, 25 September 2020

Friday 25th September

Gary today had the following birds... 

"19 Barnacle Geese dropped into the sand at Bridgend along with 3 Pale bellied Brent Geese.

Ring tailed Hen Harrier at Esknish."

Mary Redman saw a Hoopoe at Bridgend this afternoon. Mary contacted James who phoned up some of the others to share the sighting with. When James was there a White tailed Eagle flew overhead as well...

Apologies to James as he told me the count of geese seen by him at Gruinart, but sorry to say that it has slipped my memory already, a few more Barnies and also around about 20 Pinkies in as well.

The birds seen here at home out on the feeders included 6 Goldfinch, a Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 3 House Sparrows, 2 Dunnocks as well as 3 Starlings and about 12 Jackdaws who were not pleased with me as they could not get into the feeders!!!! The weather at least remained dry with a cold wind blowing for most of the day....

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Thursday 24th September

James today counted 53 Pale bellied Brent Geese and also 16 Barnacle Geese at Gruinart. 

Up here at home, I had a Goldfinch on the feeders and then another one was seen down on the the hedge on the edge of the field. Also seen were several Choughs, some Hooded Crows and also there were some Ravens cronking away out over the crag.

Yesterday, Margaret had been speaking to a visitor who thought that he had seen a Goshawk earlier on in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Wednesday 23rd September

 Sorry folks about not putting an entry on here last night but I was well tired out as I finished after 10pm and had only got up at 5.30am, say no more!!!!

Still I will try to make some amends now!!!!

Visitor Tom Welch had sent his best sightings through..  Was out walking with my 2 year old daughter Esme today at battery at Bowmore today and saw a White tailed Eagle fly over Loch Indaal over towards Bridgend woods at about 10.30am. Also saw 2 Otters swimming in the water just offshore near the battery.

Gary today had seen 12 Scaup in bay at Black Rock. Counted over 50 GND from Bruichladdich pier earlier.

James today counted 106 Pale bellied Brents and also a Barnacle Goose at Gruinart today.

Monday, 21 September 2020

Monday 21st September

 Some birds through from James tonight for us to look out for...

"Yesterday: White tailed Eagle Killinallan and Eion Brown had a Red Kite at Borichill Mor

Today: 2 Grey Plover, 5 Knot and a Blackwit on the Loch"


Sunday, 20 September 2020

Sunday 20th September

 Dave Wood sent through some birds seen by him down on the RSPB reserve on the Oa today...

"Male Redstart on the reserve today. 8+Goldcrests and several migrant Robins also knocking about."

I read with interest the Fair Isle Observatory blog, and notice that on Friday the fund in place has risen to just short of £185,000, so keep sending the money through for a great cause.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Saturday 19th September

 Yesterday, Karen Graham from Bearsden  was in touch...

"Another hot day to come and we now hear the change in bird song, in the garden at Bearsden. A Robin a regular, range of tits including long tailed, male GS Woodpecker, Magpies, Wood pigeon, but today a first for the garden, a pair of Grey Wagtail. Have looked back on my notes and this is a first, so not a common garden sighting for here."

Friday, 18 September 2020

Friday 18th September

 Colin Green emailed the following message saying that he had not seen many birds today as he had climbed up Beinn Bheigier apart from seeing many Meadow Pipits. A quick look at the Fair Isle Bird Obs where they had counted 669 Mipits on Tuesday, 540 on Wednesday with only 449 yesterday. Mind you, the count on Tuesday was the highest count so far of Mipits this Autumn so far there...