Sunday, 21 December 2014
As we headed down to the airport late afternoon, in the failing light, we noticed the Pale bellied Brent Geese at Bowmore, still never managed to get a count, tomorrow is another day... the pilot on the plane reassured the passengers, by saying that air traffic control would not normally have allowed the flight to come, but he reckoned there could have been a riot by the passengers from Port Ellen. Another person waiting on his passengers was like us a bit doubtful if it would come, but like us glad to see his family safely home for Xmas once the plane did come!
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Forgot to mention last night that yesterday afternoon while coming back from Ardbeg and the Xmas lunch/dinner party with RSPB, we saw a ringtail Hen Harrier just after Laphroaig Distillery with another being seen on the low road close to the road leading down to the Machrie golf course. Today, coming out of Bowmore and just before Pennycraig, there were a few Pale bellied Brent Geese on Loch Indaal, how many we could not get a count of as we were in traffic and could not slow down...
Friday, 19 December 2014
Been a rather blustery day here today along with some dirty showers in the mix as well. The wind outside is rather noisy at present as I put this entry together... Louise had been round Loch Gorm this morning and had seen a total of 5 Snow Buntings, 3 Whooper Swans, a Canada Goose hutchinsii sp and a Glaucous Gull on her travels. Morvern had given me through the figures from the International Goose count carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The tally was 39,185 Barnies and 4,772 Whitefronts. The figure for the Barnies was up on the last December, but down on the rolling average for the past 3 years, and again the Whitefronts were down, both on last year and also the 3 year average as well. Thanks to Morvern and the team from SNH for these figures.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Yesterday, Carl had a Jack Snipe at Briabruaich. Today at Lorgba (Carl's home in Port Charlotte), he saw a pair of Bullfinches as well as a Goldcrest. Along at Bruichladdich, Carl spotted 2 Dunlin. Today over at Gruinart on the reserve, James had a Merlin, a male and also a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Kestrel as well as a Barn Owl. Late afternoon I had a couple of Whooper Swans over at Coull.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Another stinker of a day, although having said that, it was flat calm this morning and I had good bonfire, an event I have been waiting since the start of the month to have.. Looking around later on and another 2 folk round the loch were up to the same ploy... On the bird front, Ed had a possible Jack Snipe close to Glenegedale. As you may have gathered, not a day really for birdwatching, just another day to get a soaking doing outside work!
Monday, 15 December 2014
Another "hooley" tale tonight about birds in the wrong place... Yesterday, Mary had spotted 3 pairs of Eider ducks on Claddach Loch down at Portnahaven, normally they are on the sea at this time of year.. they all took off and were blown towards Portnahaven and Port Wemyss rather than the "short" flight down on to the sea. Another squally day with some dirty showers thrown in for good measure...
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Mid week when it was blowing a hooley, James saw a Red throated Diver over Grainel, well off course at we do not "normally" expect to see them over land. Today, between Grainel and the head of Loch Gorm (while in his car), he had a Sparrowhawk. Carl today had been out on is bike, braving the elements and round at Ballinaby, he had a Merlin. The wind has picked up again this evening with the ferry diverting to Port Askaig .