Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday 22nd July

Another glorious day again, although I had to put the wipers on coming home late afternoon, but only for a few seconds... Visiting birder Jonny who arrived at the weekend had seen a Corncrake down close to Bridgend. Down there too, he heard a Grasshopper Warbler and further on 12 Barwits and at least 5 Common Sandpipers were added to his list for the day. Yesterday over the reserve at Gruinart, Jonny had a male Hen harrier, at Sanaigmore he saw a Whimbrel flying South and a Golden Eagle, South of Bowmore, he saw a Whinchat. This morning, he saw a Hobby chasing some Swallows over the merse at Bridgend. Here at home this morning, one of the young Buzzards was out on the wing, possibly one of its' first flights as it was not that good at flying yet... a Collared Dove flew over the garden, does it have to be in the garden or can I class it as a "garden bird" when it flew over the garden???

Monday, 21 July 2014

Monday 21st July

Forgot to mention last night that 2 Gannets should have been on the list of birds that Bob and myself had on yesterday's count!!! James is back from his holidays.. Today on Loch Gruinart, he saw an Osprey carrying off a fish heading out towards the hill on the reserve, no doubt to tuck into its' prey. James also saw 3 Spotted Flycatcher and then later on 4 different Barn Owls. Here at home I have been seeig a "friendly" Wheatear, I can be no more than 8 feet away from it and it is quite unfazed by my presence.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday 20th July

A bit misty through the night, but once it burnt off, a not bad day followed behind... Back on Friday, Bob had 60 Dunlin down at Gartmain. This morning, i helped Bob doing he count along the shore from Bowmore along to Gartbreck, with the tally being as follows, 85 Greylag, 5 Mallard, 8 Shelduck, 21 Eider, 48 Oystercatcher, 15 Curlew, 6 Ringed Plover, 28 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3 Lapwing, 2 Heron, 1 Snipe, 2 GBB Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 30 Common Gull, 10 Black headed Gull, 10 Arctic Tern, 1 Red throated Diver, 5 Shag. Although we do not actually count Rock Pipits, there must have been around 80 to 100 including a leucistic. One of the GBB Gulls was actually tucking into a carcase of a Eider...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday 19th July

Some sightings through from Emily from through the week... On the guided walk on Tuesday, down on the Oa, Golden Eagles were seen as well as Ravens, Wheatear as well as some Twite robbing a Linnet. At Gruinart, on the walk, 3 different ringtail Hen Harriers were seen, a juv Cuckoo on the moorland trail with a juv Treecreeper spotted in the woods. On Friday, Emily had a male and a ringtail Hen Harrier at Grainel with a Buzzard also there in the evening. Emily had told by some visitors of seeing an Osprey on Thursday up at Ardnave, the same visitors had been speaking to other visitor who had just seen one at Blackrock. Here at home today, out flitting in about the willows were 3 Willow Warblers and later on a Wren hopping along the dyke or stone wall.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday 18th July

Rather a tousy day out here today, at least it has remained dry! Yesterday, Mary and Mandy was over at Ardbeg Distillery where they saw a pr of Arctic Terns chase off a Peregrine. Other birds seen included " dozens" of Shag, a Cormorant, 10 Black Guillemot, 3 Heron, 3 Eider far away , a distant raft of Greylag. Overhead there were plenty of Swallows and a few Sand Martins. They also saw some Common seals with pups. Late afternoon, back at Gruinart, a male hen Harrier was flying high over the flats.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Thursday 17th July

Another great Summer's day again.... Speaking to Bob last night who was saying that he had a mixed flock of wee birds on the grass field out in front of his house, he reckons around 100 or so birds in total, about the biggest half were House Sparrows, with the others being Linnets, Twite, Goldfinches and a few Greenfinches. Mandy one of the "vols" at Gruinart was saying to me this morning, that the other day up at Ardnave she saw a Great Skua taking a Shelduck... Down at Bruichladdich this evening there was a pr of Shelduck proudly showing off their 8 ducklings. Back at Loch Gorm the Mute Swans still have got their 6 youngsters in tow...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wednesday 16th July

A not bad came all around today, after the rain last night, should not really complain when it comes like that! One day last week, Louise had seen 6 Corncrake chicks cross the road along the flats at Gruinart...Yesterday morning, Mary had heard a Gropper singing away close to the church at Portnahaven. This morning, she saw 2 RTD flying in a circle over Portnahaven, calling away, then they headed over to Port Wemyss and on towards Loch Indaal. Last night on her way home Mary had 2 Snipe cross the road in front of her! On the feeders at Gruinart, some Greenfinches have returned while in the field corridors the Goldfinches have increased in numbers.