Wednesday, 1 July 2020

As promised the rainfall for June came to 3.22 inches on Matt Jackson's rain gauge.. more Islay figures tomorrow night, I promise you!!!

Yvonne McCrone sent through the rainfall figure for Otterferry rainfall for June...4.25inches. Some bird news from Yvonne tomorrow night as well, as ever watch this space...

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Tuesday 30th June

Well apart from there being no Islay bird nerds tonight, and another thing to think about is how much rain has fallen in June, well yet again I should be able tell you all about it tomorrow night. Come to think about it, last Friday there was a flash flood in Shore Street in Bowmore, yet no rain at either Rockside or up at Shepherd's cottage....

Monday, 29 June 2020

Monday 29th June

Well, another month has almost past, please remember that there will be no meeting of the Islay bird nerds tomorrow night.

James yesterday had a Spotted Flycatcher as well as 5 Redpolls in his garden at Mill Cottage. 

This morning I received an e mail through from Matt Jackson....
"The Corncrake is still calling overnight on calm nights, haven't heard it during the day for a while and there only seems to have been one calling recently - for a while in late May there were two calling nearby.  After the initial interest, here the House Martins didn’t come back to the box sadly."

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Sunday 28th June

Well like everywhere else it has been a pig of a day, with heavy squally showers appearing out of nowhere... So just another day spent watching the bird from the comforts of the house...

Karen Graham from Bearsden was in touch with similar thoughts to me...

"Well then, I was working away at the kitchen sink and the Sparrowhawk tore past between house and garage, missing the Willow and the birds in at the feeders. Juv Woodpecker  a regular now and red colour on head turning black but as yet no sign of red at back of neck so probably a female.
 Looks like a few more days of rain ahead. Very heavy just now so not going past door today."


Saturday, 27 June 2020

Saturday 27th June

Before I forget, just a wee update about the meeting of the Islay bird nerds which should have been held this coming Tuesday evening, well there will no meeting then due the present lockdown under which, we are all due to obey the advice given, out with my control..

Perhaps, come the end of July, we will be back, able to meet up again, here's hoping.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Friday 26th June

Not a lot to report tonight mainly because of the weather today and as I write there is another thunderstorm rolling around, not nice...
James was in touch to say that the Corncrake area surveyed the other night was The Rhinns and the Oa, leaving Bridgend, Bowmore and the Ballygrant areas to be counted.

Better go and press the publish button and turn off the pc before it gets fried..

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Thursday 25th June

James was  in touch earlier on this evening... He was telling me that there were only 24 calling Corncrakes heard last night. Not sure whether this was a total for the whole of Islay , or which part was surveyed, I am not too sure, but hopefully I will speak to James again soon. He was also telling me that he had a Tawny Owl and also a Barn Owl on his patch.