Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Wed 17th Feb

On Monday, I reported that Dolphins were seen off Port Charlotte, well today James was returning home from Edinburgh and from the ferry he had 2 Porpoises. He also saw over 40 Great Northern Diver, 15 Red throated Diver and 5 Black throated Diver while coming over from Kennacraig. He also said that there was no snow to be seen, only on Islay and Jura! More of that tomorrow!
Another visiting birder had seen 12 Bullfinch over at Bunnahabhain, eating on the seed heads of the heather while a different visitor had seen a male Hen Harrier on a fencepost, not far off the road at the other end of Islay. Needless to say that the Harrier had flown off by the time he got his car stopped and the camera out!
George had the Little Egret over on the floods at Gruinart today, and back at home he had 60+ Scoter on Loch Indaal. George also saw his first Otter down there for 5 months. Coming home from Gruinart, there was a Raven acting rather oddly, possibly trying to get nesting material as normally they fly off when one stops to have a look at them, but this one did not.
Finally, at Rockside this afternoon, there were 56 Fieldfare, again rather camera shy. Earlier on there was a Kestrel which flew across the road ahead of us.

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