Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Wed 17th March

Visiting birders from Orkney had seen the Little egret in front of the hide at RSPB Gruinart on Monday, as well as a Greenshank, 20 Pintail and 10 Shoveler. Over the top of Loch Gruinart they had a Peregrine and also Buzzard fly past. Waders at the top of Loch Indaal included 38 Bar tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin and 30 Eider. They also had 2 Great Northern Diver down beside Port Charlotte lighthouse. Yesterday, they had 13 Pale bellied Brent Geese near to the coal yard on Loch Indaal, down on the Oa they seen a lot of Skylark and also Twite. Over at Claggain Bay, Razorbill and Red throated Diver were present. Between Port Ellen and Kildalton they had seen 4-5 pairs of Buzzard.
Other visitors, this time from Norfolk had seen 2 separate lesser Canada Geese, hutchinsii and a male Hen Harrier on the Gruinart flats, a pair of Stonechats up towards Ardnave, and a male Merlin up there too. On the Ballinaby side of Loch Gorm they had seen a female Merlin and at Rockside a Female Stonechat.

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