Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Tues 23rd March

Looking back over the blog for the past few days, I had overlooked some sightings from Bob Medland who added his sightings on the comment box last Saturday, many thanks for that Bob.
Other birders over for the week were in touch today. They had seen over 200 Twite and some Linnet down on the Oa, and on their travels round Islay today, they had 7 different sightings of Hen Harriers as well as an Eagle being mobbed by a couple of Buzzards!
Tracey sent through the figures for the Goose count carried out yesterday and today. In total, there were 33,776 Banies and 5,924 Whitefronts. Thanks again to Tracey and the team.
Back here at home, and there were 2 Siskin on the feeders, along with 6 Goldfinch, there were only a few Chaffinch and no Greenfinch. I had to make do with a Peregrine flying past the kitchen window at teatime!
Over at the reserve at Gruinart, James had managed to get out of the office to spot some birds for us. There was no sign of any Whoopers, and also James felt there was a lack of Greenfinch, which backs me up! Out in front of the hide, the Little Egret is still present. On the flats, James had a Moorhen while out on Loch Gruinart there were 73 Turnstone, birds on the move as they were in a large group rather than several smaller groups. A male Harrier was seen displaying. James also carried out a Goose count for the reserve today, there were 5,205 Barnies, 156 Whitefronts, 19 Greylag and 1 Lesser Canada, hutchinsii.

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