Friday, 8 April 2011

Friday 8th April

Bob had been down at the hide at Gruinart yesterday. He saw several ticks for the year, Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin. He heard a Water Rail calling and saw a Moorhen. Back up at the "platform" Bob heard a Willow Warbler calling, and had also seen 12 Black headed Gulls, like George, more in number than usual. There was also a small group of Golden Plover in summer plumage in one of the fields behind the platform.

Today was the last full day here on Islay for the birders from Somerset. Although the weather earlier in the week was not too kind, they have enjoyed their stay. Round Loch Gorm today they had 100 Golden Plover, again in summer plumage. On Loch Gorm they saw 4 different Otters! Earlier this evening and they had a male Peregrine fly past.

Other visitors had been in the woods down at Bridgend this morning, and had heard a Blackcap and also Chiffchaff singing away... They also had a close fly by of a Peregrine while up at Ardnave this afternoon!

Malcolm had a White Wagtail on the strand at Uiskentuie, and in front of his house at Bruichladdich on Loch Indaal, Malcolm had 20 Pale bellied Brent Geese. The Magpie has moved up to Gruinart and has been seen there since Tuesday by Fiona MacGillivray.

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