Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Wed 24th June

Another great day over here, so much so that I just had to go to Colonsay for the day along with our friends, it did not take too much arm twisting!

Our main intention was to go out to Pig's Paradise, to visit what is believed to be Argyll's largest sea bird colony. After speaking with other friends and reading about the decline of other sea bird colonies elsewhere, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the numbers present appeared to be quite healthy. We were fortunate to find this Razorbill chick being fed , and we reckon that its' parent carried in around 8-9 Sandeels. Apart from the Razorbills, we also saw Guillemots along with many Brindled Guillemots amongst them, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Shags were also present. No puffins were noted, not even out on the water. There were a few Chough around too. We went up to the dunes at the back of Kiloran Bay later on, but were slightly disappointed to see so few Chough there. A couple of Corncrake were heard calling on our way to Kiloran Bay. Returning back on the ferry and there were a few Manx Shearwater on the wing, while there was a Black throated Diver on the water.

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