Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday 3rd October

Mary sent through some sightings from yesterday. She had a Red throated Diver fly over Claddach at Portnahaven, later on Mary watched a 1st year Golden Eagle being harassed by 2 Hooded Crows. Down in the village, she had 30 Goldfinches and finally a Sparrowhawk in her garden! Yesterday afternoon, Bob had been up at Ardnave where he had good views of 2 GND. Also seen was a large female Sparrowhawk, a male Hen Harrier and 5 Buzzards in total. On Ardnave Loch, there were 184 Wigeoon, 3 Whooper and 12 Mute Swans, but no sign of the American Wigeon! Finally out on Loch Indaal out from Loch Gorm House at Bruichladdich were 12 Common Scoter with 12 Lapwings over the fields there. Today, there was a reported sighting of the Rose coloured Starling in the fields down towards the Machir Bay. Here at home, late afternoon, the Sparrowhawk paid a visit, with no joy, the wee birds nipped out of its' way in time!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday 2nd October

I think that somebody must have turned the thermostat down outside today, as it has not been as warm as the past few days, at least it stayed dry, and a not bad day for October! Bob had seen a Pale bellied Brent Goose down on Loch Indaal at Port Charlotte, earlier this morning, Gary also saw it later on around lunchtime. Friends over at Mulindry had 23 Swallows on the overhead wires this afternoon, we have not seen any here for a few days now.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Thursday 1st October

Well that is another month passed, and our "unofficial" figure for the rainfall was 1.5", the tally for the year so far comes through at 28.35" ... the tally last year at the same time was just short of 37", say no more... today, again, once the mist had lifted, a glorious day followed on, with the forecast looking the same for a few more days. Do not get me wrong, I am not complaining!!!! The bird front has been quiet today... Bob saw a large female Peregrine fly over Bolsay Moor. This afternoon, down on the Oa, we saw a Merlin and while looking at the game crops with the Dave, we saw the large mixed flock of Twite and Linnet of around 150 birds, there was also a Reed Bunting on top of the fence at the edge of one of the fields.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wednesday 30th September

At the bird nerds meeting held yesterday evening, on the head of Bruichladdich pier, the birds seen were as follows 2 Red throated Diver, 2 G N Diver, 1 Peregrine, 10 Knot, 13 Ringed Plover, 120 Eider, 20 Common Scoter and 10 Shag. Also yesterday, Louise had a Grey Wagtail over on Jura, later on she had 2 Barn Owls competing with some rutting Red Deer stags, not sure which lot made more of a racket! Here at home, once the mist and also the midges had cleared, what a glorious day followed on... no Peregrine noted but 3 Buzzards Vwere soaring high up on the thermals over the crag. Visiting birder Richard had seen a couple of Golden Eagles while down on the Oa this morning, along with large mixed flocks of Twite and Linnets. He also spotted some Ravens tumbling around. This afternoon, Richard had seen 6 Barnies amongst the Greylags at Gruinart. Early afternoon also, Gary had a Yellow browed Warbler across the road from his house over at Ballygrant

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Tuesday 29th September

Back on Sunday, Mandy had seen 10 Red breasted Merganser on Ardilistry Bay and later on a Merlin down on the Oa. Yesterday, on the RSPB guided walk on Jura, led by Louise and Heather, a Lapland Bunting was seen on the overhead wires along with 9 Swallows at Keils, a juv Golden Eagle was seen over the hills behind Keils, while a White tailed Eagle was flying below Keils towards Craighouse. At the sewage outlet pipes to the sea, Curlew, juv Grey Heron, Rock Pipits and Oystercatchers were present. Mary yesterday at Gruinart, had seen a Pipistrelle bat flying around at 1pm... Today, Paul who is staying in the "bothy" at Gruinart had seen a Snow Bunting at Traigh Nostaig at Ardnave. Today here at home, late afternoon, a Peregrine was seen out from the crag, having a go at a Buzzard, the Peregrine managed to chase the Buzzard away!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Monday 28th September

Yesterday, Peter had seen 3 Whooper Swans on Ardnave Loch, but no sign of the American Wigeon there! Bob had seen 145 Twite when he was down at Machir Bay. Today, Bob had taken a walk along the Big strand on Loch Indaal down below the Airport and along to Knockangle Point. His highlights were 32 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone, 14 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 80 Golden Plover and also a male Hen Harrier. Thanks to Dave for holding the fort while I was away over the past few days. Before I forget, the monthly meeting of the bird nerds will be at the Pier at Bruichladdich at 6.15pm or thereabouts, so see what is out on Loch Indaal, so if you are around, come along....

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunday 27th September

A lovely day, so much so I was compelled to mow the lawn. At least I was watched by a friendly pair of Stonechats.