Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Wed 21st April

These are just 3 of the 21 Black tailed Godwit that rested up at Ardnave last night, they flew off North this morning. One of them had multi coloured rings on its legs, so if we find out it's history, we will let you know.
James had carried out a count on the floods yesterday. There were 219 Teal, 38 Wigeon, 11 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 19 Mallard, 4 Heron, 28 Black tailed Godwit, 12 Gadwall, 2 Red breasted Merganser, 5 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan, 6 Shelduck, 1 Moorhen and 63 Redhank. He also had seen a Jack Snipe and also 10 White Wagtail.
Carl had heard a Sedge Warbler down at Portnahaven on Monday, and Louise had also had one on Jura over the weekend. Back to today, and Carl had 30 Barnies and 14 Greylag at Nerabus, 40 Whitefronts at An Gleann, 2 Swallows at Easter Ellister, a single Stonechat at Wester Ellister and at Heatherfield, he saw a nice Roebuck in velvet.
Last night was the first committee meeting of the Islay Natural History Trust since the AGM, and at the meeting Malcolm had intimated that he was wishing to stand down at chairman. Carl Reavey is our new man in the chair, with Malcolm taking over the post as Secretary, George continues as vice chairman and Margaret as Treasurer.

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