Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday 25th June

Couple days ago Gary had a golden eagle and male hen harrier on the Oa. Yesterday he saw a white tailed eagle flying over woods in Ballygrant Valley. Today he saw adult grey wagtail with two young on river at Woolen Mill. Cuckoo was heard at Ardtala.

Also a quick note that the next meeting of our informal group of Islay birders ("Bird Nerds") will be in the visitor center at Loch Gruinart Reserve next Tuesday (28th June) at 6:30pm. Everybody is welcome to join us. We might go for a short walk down to one of the hides.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday 24th June

The Oa Dave had a swift at Lurabus yesterday and today he saw collared dove at Kinabus. Three corncrakes are frequently heard calling from Gruinart Flats. Also in the wood on the flats blackcap was heard yesterday.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Thursday 23rd June

Today Bob ventured to Loch Skerrols where he saw couple little grebes and in the woods around the loch he saw a spotted flycatcher. He also had 6 redpolls in his garden. Phil saw a buzzard interacting with hen harrier at Gruinart. James saw short-eared owl yesterday below his house and couple siskins on his bird feeder.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wednesday 22nd June

Summer is officially here (has been for two days is fact) and the days are getting shorter! Here on the reserve female hen harrier has been seen bringing prey for her young also male hunting nearby. One of the buzzard's  nest is close to fledging. Blackcap singing around the woodland trail, whitethroat near the viewing platform. A pair of choughs were seen with their young at Gruinart, while waders on the Flats are getting quieter with most of them having their young already fledged. The odd redshank or lapwing still agitated by human presence. Couple corncrakes were heard on the flats this evening.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tuesday 21st June

This afternoon, Martin had seen a Bullfinch over at The Dower House which is past Ardbeg. He met in with Bob later on and they saw a Peregrine and then a Golden Eagle further along the road. Here at home, this afternoon there were 5 Hooded Crows hopping around on the grass and then a flypast of 5 Chough. This evening, I went out to water some newly planted hedging plants, within half an hour, it had started to rain and since then, it has been wet for the best part of a couple of hours, could have saved myself a job if only I had waited...

Monday, 20 June 2016

Monday 20th June

Yesterday, David Barr, a relatively new resident to Islay had seen an Osprey on top of a telegraph pole along with a fish as he headed up towards Sanaigmore. Today, here at home the local pair of Chough have been busy teaching their youngsters, coaxing them away from the nest, with some success sometimes... This afternoon, there was a Linnet singing away on top of the garden fence ... Early evening now, and it looks as if the rain is not far away, saves me watering the plants if nothing else!!!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Sunday 19th June

Yesterday evening, James saw an Osprey fly over his house while he out for a short walk up the road from Mill cottage. This morning, Pat, Bob's other half had found a predated young Buzzard dead on the ground while she was out walking her dog. Bob wondered if it had fallen out of its' nest on to the ground and possibly killed by a Stoat. Here today since mid morning, the weather has gone downhill with a dreich, miserable sort of a day following there after, not really a day for going bird watching!!!