Thursday, 29 April 2010

Thurs 29th April

A Ring necked Duck was seen today in amongst the Tufted Duck at Loch Ballygrant.
Yesterday, over at Gruinart, James had 11 Pale bellied Brent Geese and a male Garganey. Today, James saw his first Lapwing with young for the year, the Corncrake was heard again on the flats, 4 Sedge warblers were seen as was a Water rail.
There were over 40 Sand martin in the air over at Ballinaby, 20 Whimbrel were at Sunderland Farm and there was a flock of over 200 Golden Plover between Rockside and Coul. Each time they tried to land they were chased off by a different Lapwing. I watched this happening on 5 occasions!
A visitor reported in seeing 78 Scaup off Blackrock at the head of Loch Indaal. They had a good day birding with 76 species seen today alone!
George had a male Hen Harrier at the back of Bruichladdich today, and also a few Great Northern Diver on Loch Indaal. George also was saying that his Swallows are back, with some looking at the garage already!

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