Armin arrived yesterday evening after coming across on the 20.15 ferry from Kennacraig. ..
Today, when driving down to Machir bay, Armin saw a buzzard flying over the reed bed below the Coastguard Cottages. When down at Machir bay, he witnessed a large flock of several hundred barnies fly along from loch Gorm/ Rockside. he took it to be it was the geese going in to the roost at Coull. Finally , he saw another Buzzard flying over the big crag behind Kilchoman House
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Earlier on this afternoon, I had a good natter /catch up with good friends Pat & George E Jackson. I was saying to them that we are seeing a Great spotted Woodpecker out on the feeders most days. But I was a bit deflated when they told me that they had caught and fitted rings to 3 Great spotted Woodpeckers this week, down in their garden... Other regulars to our feeders include Nuthatches, Great Tits, Blue Tits , Coal Tits, Long tailed Tits, Tree Sparrows, Dunnocks, a Siskin, and several Blackbirds, 2 Goldfinches on the wee niger feeder, and a few House Sparrows came in to the feeders today. Other new birds today included a Lesser Redpoll and also a Greenfinch. The other day, we saw a Magpie fly across the main road as we drove home. Other birds seen here in the garden include some Pheasants, a few Rooks and also some Wood pigeons. Almost forgot, we had a Moorhen in the garden the other day as well. Also seen, yesterday, was a male Sparrowhawk as it flew past
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Some sightings seen by Gary today.. In at Finlaggan, he had seen an adult White tailed Eagle and also a male Hen Harrier was also present. Shortly afterwards, Gary saw a juv. White tailed Eagle chasing after some geese... Not sure as to the outcome as he did not say whether the geese escaped unscathed or not...
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Just had an email to say that John Stewart Smith had passed away on Monday. John was one of the original members of the RAFOS team that came and visited Islay. He was a true character although his health latterly was not as good as it might have been. No doubt we will remember him with some tales that he could tell us over a dram after dinner... Another thing about John was that he could tell some hilarious jokes as well.. As I might say about John, "Gone, but not forgotten"
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Some sightings through from birds seen down on the reserve on the Oa today... Visitors David and Sally Morton from Herefordshire had seen 4 Snow Buntings when they walked out the American monument on the Oa. They had also seen a Golden Eagle being mobbed by some Hooded Crows. Phill had also sent some sightings on the reserve as well... He had counted 1,400 Barnies and also 480 Whitefronts. Other birds seen by himself were a Merlin , a Hen Harrier as well as a Kestrel perched up on a fence line, directly opposite was a line of 200 Twite. All seemed normal enough until the hunger pangs set in and the Kestrel decided to knobble one of the Twite which it did do.. The remaining birds just watched the whole event taking place, quite unfazed by it all...