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:

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday 26th August

Mandy the long term vol at Gruinart saw a Minke Whale off Portnahaven on Sunday afternoon as well as some Manxies passing Frenchman's Rocks.This evening on my way the bird nerds I saw around 1,000 Greylags between Rockside and Sunderland Farms. At the actual meet, we saw an Osprey on the gravel spit on Loch Gruinart, a Sparrowhawk on the telegraph pole, 2 groups of Redshank, 18 and 7 in number, 2 Ringed Plover, a Wheatear, several Buzzards, 4 coming home at Sunderland alone, Curlews, Knot and Dunlin but not actually counted! There were Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipits and a few Skylarks seen as well. Another topic of conversation was the bird nerds proposed trip to Extramedura next April/ May, sounds like a great trip which will be led by Peter Roberts.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday 25th August

Another great day with the weather, with the farmers making the most of it with the barley getting cut, and now balers busy up behind the combines. Yesterday Bob had a busy day in his garden. Highlight was a Wood Warbler amongst the many Willow Warblers. In one bush, Bob counted 20 Sedge Warblers. Also noted were a Whinchat and 2 Stonechats. Meadow Pipits were seen on the move along with more Redpolls, Siskins, Chaffinches and Goldfinches around as well. Young Buzzards were heard to be more vocal calling away for to be fed! Tomorrow (Tuesday) evening is the monthly meeting of the Islay Bird nerds, so if you are around, come along at 7pm up towards Bun an Uillt (on the Eastern side of Loch Gruinart) where we will hope to see any waders etc around. Come along and put a name to the face, rather than just reading about us!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday 24th August

This afternoon, we found this drake Mallard on top of the kitchen table over at Grainel (James's house) so we just had to sample the great cake that Sally had made... Down at Moulin we saw a Spotted Flycatcher and also a Sparrowhawk. Here at home there were 16 Pied Wagtails out on the lawn , late yesterday afternoon, and this morning on the overhead cables there was a mixed group of about 50 House Martins and Swallows on the overhead power lines. This evening the House Martins were still around. Come to think back to last week, on our way down to the Bird Fair, we saw around 50 Swifts close to Thirsk.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday 23rd August

What a difference a day makes, the farmers yesterday were busy selling the first of this years lambs, and today some of them have got their combines out harvesting the first of this years harvest.... Back to birds and the weather held good for Bob and myself to do what we had hoped to do yesterday, mind we you we had just finished when there was a squally shower pass by. So here are our sightings from this morning, 4 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 4 Heron, 1 GND, 230 Greylag, 43 Mallard, 2 Eider, 48 Oystercatcher, 106 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Redshank, 40 Ringed Plover, 20 GBB Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 30 Common Gull and 30 BH Gull. On and over the land, rather than on the shore we saw a ringtail Hen Harrier, Meadow Pipits, Rock Pipits, Stonechats and a few Reed Bunting.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday 22nd August

Went out with Bob this morning to carry out the count from Bowmore down to Gartbreck, but we got caught out by a rather heavy shower and will have to do it another day, preferably when it is not raining.... Martin today had been out on his bike on the Glen Road where he spotted 2 White tailed Sea Eagles. Also in the same area, Martin had around 200 Goldfinches on the seed heads of the thistles there. Further on he had 2 Buzzards and also a ringtail Hen Harrier were seen.