Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Wednesday 2nd September

Birds of prey featured today at Gruinart, with the Osprey still using the Loch, a Peregrine also hunting over the salt marsh and a ringtail Hen Harrier and Sparrowhawk over the Floods.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tuesday 1st September

Ian tells me that the August rainfall at Kilchoman was 3.8inches. Also at Kichoman 27 Pied Wagtails and a Sparrowhawk. Elsewhere on the Island a White Tailed Eagle was spotted over the Machrie road and a Peregrine on the Gruinart salt marsh.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday 31st August

The Osprey has been sitting on the Loch at Gruinart all day and 11 Knot flying around with a group of Redshank. Mary reported a male Hen Harrier at Gruinart as well as a Sparrowhawk, and 2 Sparrowhawks at Portnahaven.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday 30th August

Yesterday, Bob spotted a small male Merlin as it flew past flying towards Octomore. Close to his house, Bob had 2 ringtail Hen Harriers and 2 female Sparrowhawks while in his garden he had a Redpoll. Also yesterday, James had an Osprey over at Loch Gruinart. Here at home this morning there were over 200 Starlings out on the grass, bit no other "types" seen! There were also 7 Pied Wagtail, a Song Thrush and a mixed flock of Linnets and Twite and a single Redpoll of around 100 birds in total. A Robin was out on the gravel, the first I have seen for a few weeks. There was a Raven and a Buzzard ducking and diving over the crag this morning for quite some time, neither really won...The numbers of Starlings was on the increase this evening with probably around 400 on the overhead cables, the roof of the cottage next door and also on the church tower but still no Rose coloured Starling seen... There were 35 Swallows on the overhead cables too, no wonder there is a distinct line of bird poo under the wires, better still do not walk underneath while the birds are perched up!!! Before I forget, please send any sightings you may have as I am away off again until next again Tuesday to James on james.how@rspb.org.uk Many thanks.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saturday 29th August

A better sort of a day out here, really not that bad a day considering that we are almost into September... Gary was out today and spent some time looking for the elusive Rose coloured Starling, he looked through various flocks of Starlings along the South side of Loch Gorm with no joy. But, on his travels he was fortunate to see 2 Ospreys, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 ringtail Hen Harriers and a total of 7 Buzzards. Think we are in for another glorious sunset as the sun streams in through the gable end windows

Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday 28th August

Although it managed to stay dry to around mid afternoon, after that there have been quite a few dirty showers kicking around, looking out to the sea, and the sky is rather ominous, say no more... On the bird front, I have not heard as to whether the Rose coloured Starling is still around or not. We have looked at several groups of Starlings since we came home, but no joy. This afternoon, over at Coull there were quite a few Greylags present, and round at Ballinaby, there was a light coloured Buzzard tucking into what was left of a Rock Dove. On the grass outside the big window there were a few Pied Wagtails present earlier this morning.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Thursday 27th August

Yesterday, Paul Robinson had been over at the reserve at Gruinart where he counted 24 Blackwits, 2 Ruff and he also had a flock of around 100 Lapwing. This morning, Mary on the guided walk at Gruinart had a Chough at the end of woodland trail, out on Loch Gruinart, an Osprey was seen, as well as large flocks of Redshank and Dunlins with smaller groups of Knot and Blackwits present. Plenty of Greylags were seen with Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Linnets also around. Closer to the hides, 70 Lapwings were up in the air while out on the salt marsh, 10 Ravens were noted. A mixed day with dirty showers in the mix...