Thursday, 29 January 2015

Thursday 29th January

Another similar day again with the weather although not quite as windy, time of year as someone said... Margaret had 3 Robins at the feeders this morning until a wee scrap commenced leaving only 2 thereafter. A friend here on Islay had a close shave as they headed into Bowmore in the grey half light the other morning. Just after Blackrock, there was an object close to the verge, and lo and behold as the vehicle got close a White tailed Sea Eagle took off, and just missed the vehicle. It had been possibly been on a goose carcase. No names mentioned on that one!!! Malcolm had been doing the Goose count between Bridgend and up towards Bunnahabhain earlier this week and reported seeing several small flocks of Fieldfares. The largest flock of around 50 Fieldfares was seen over close to Balole up beside Scarrabus and there were a few Redwings along with them there. These were the first of either species by Malcolm over the past few weeks. There were a few Redwing down at Machrie Croft this morning.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Wednesday 28th January

Forgot last night to say that there were over 30 Redwings on the overhead electric cables here at home yesterday morning. Also yesterday there were 6 Fulmars in along the front of the crag including the odd Fulmar actually perched on the crag. Today has been a different day, the wind picked up quite a bit last night and top wind speed recorded by us was 64.6mph mid afternoon, withMike recorded a gust of 66mph just after lunchtime down at his house at Rockside road end. There have also been several dirty showers of hailstones or snow, not a day for really being outside much! The ferries did not venture out from Kenacraig today, so there might have been some panic buying down in the Co-op today...

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tuesday 27th January

This morning James saw the Glaucous gull down at the mouth of the burn as it enters Loch Indaal at Uiskentuie. Here at home the ringtail Hen Harrier was out looking for some food for its' breakfast. It took some time as it quartered back and forward over the fence and especially where the fence drops away and where there is more cover, but no joy! This evening a Woodcock flew off the verge side at Culbuie. Tom Callan sent an e mail through this afternoon. Tom has over the past few years recorded the sightings from the blog and these are then sent through to the Argyll Bird Club. Tom's tally for all your sightings for Islay came to an amazing 4241, well done to all those of you out there who contribute...and well done to Tom for keeping an eye on us!!!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Monday 26th January

Some sightings through from Ed... On Thursday, over at Cornabus on the Oa, Ed spotted an Iceland Gull. Later on, still on Thursday, Ed saw a Peregrine close to Cruach, with an imm White tailed Sea Eagle at Ellister, not a bad day! Saturday near to Bridgend, Ed had another WTSE over at Bridgend, and yesterday he saw a white winged Gull at Uiskentuie. Here at home this morning a ringtail Hen Harrier flew over the garden and spoofed all the wee birds, but never got anything!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday 25th January

Yesterday Mary had found a dead Glaucous Gull close to Blackrock at the top of Loch Indaal, earlier on at Bruichladdich, Mary had a Hen Harrier and she also had a Merlin close to Kilchoman. Today was the Big garden Bird count, so we did our bit...with the tally coming out as follows here in our patch... 16 Goldfinches, 85 Chaffinches, 45 Starling, 10 Jackdaws, 7 House Sparrows, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbirds, 2 Dunnock, 7 Pheasants and a Brambling. It was Margaret that saw the Brambling, a new tick for the garden and today of all days! A friend from Bearsden on the outskirts of Glasgow had a completely different count to ours, they had Siskin, Bullfinches, Greenfinches, Great spotted Woodpeckers, Magpie along with their other usual birds and even a fox....

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Saturday 24th January

Those pesky Fulmars were present this morning again, soaring along the front of the crag, so we had better watch out for the wind to pick up in a few days time... watch this space!! Not much else going on today, spent some time I practising counting birds today in readiness for doing our bit for the Big garden birdwatch tomorrow!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday 23rd January

Mary, late afternoon on Monday, on the reserve at Gruinart had seen 2 ring tailed Hen Harriers, a Barn Owl, a Buzzard and also a Peregrine. On Tuesday, Mary had 2 ringtails, a male Hen Harrier and a Merlin. Speaking to Dave late last night who was telling me that he has been seeing a juv White tailed Sea Eagle regularly down on the reserve on the Oa. Margaret yesterday afternoon, gave me a shout to come and see the Golden Eagle soaring out from the crag here at Kilchoman, great to see.... This morning, there were a few Fulmars soaring along in front of the crag, a sign of a change in the weather perhaps!!!