Monday, 25 July 2016

Monday 25th July

Its Blog time and I have lots of birds for you all tonight. Bob has been out at Gartbreck - 3 Gannets, 7 Cormorants, 5 Shags, 1 Great Northern Diver, 72 Greylags, 18 Eiders, 38 Oystercatchers, 38 Curlew, 10 Redshank, 239 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank. At Gruinart he had a Peregrine and 20 Wheatears on the Killinallan road. Dave at The Oa has seen a Short Eared Owl and 3 Red Throated Divers - the divers were being very noisey on Loch Kinabus.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sunday 24th July

Not too much to report today. 6 Arctic terns at Kilnaughton, 2 Hen Harriers and a Peregrine over Gruinart.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Saturday 23rd July

A good start to the day with cloud sinking down to drizzle in the afternoon. A few records from Ardnave - 9 Sanderling, a few flocks of Dunlin, a scattering of Wheatears and approx 60 Chough. Michal had a singing Grasshopper Warbler at Gruinart Farm.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday 22nd July

Not any sightings to give you tonight. The only other piece of news is that due to unforeseen set of events off Islay, there will be no bird nerds meeting this Tuesday coming, sorry about that folks... If you have any sightings that you wish to share with us for the blog, please get in touch with either James or Michal at RSPB Gruinart, on 01496 850 505 as they are writing the blog in my absence.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thursday 21st July

Peter and Pia returned home on Tuesday from their trip to Alaska. A great trip by the sound of things. On the ferry coming over from Kennacraig to Islay they had seen many rafts of Guillemots of adults and juveniles totalling several hundred birds. They also had seen Kittiwakes, a few Razorbills, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets but no Fulmars! David Formby had seen a Tufted Duck along with a pr of Mute Swan with 4 cygnets on Loch Skerrols. Out of nowhere, a Daubenton's bat appeared. Today when Bob was up visiting us, he saw a Redpoll at the feeders, with 20 species while he was here. Just great....

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Wednesday 20th July

The temperature today is a lot more bearable, possibly the thunderstorm last night helped "clear the air". It appeared to be further away, but I still took the precaution to unplug the phone, the computer and also the tv, better safe than sorry..
Back on Monday, while walking out round Coull Point, David Formby had seen a Common Blue butterfly. Yesterday, over the crag at Kilchoman, David had seen a Hen Harrier, a Buzzard and also 30 Chough. This afternoon, Margaret had seen one of the House Sparrows with a leg ring on, at the feeders.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tuesday 19th July

Like a lot of places here in the UK, it has been a hot and sticky day, the only thing on a positive note, is there is some air moving, a cool 22 degrees at 10pm, hot for us, I just might be a greasy spot tomorrow morning...
Not much to report on the bird front, but there were a couple of Buzzards on the wing out over the crag early afternoon, and then later on, a Linnet was feeding on the seed heads down at the edge of the game crop. No sign today of any House Sparrows with bto rings on their legs, no doubt to hot for them as well....