Monday, 18 April 2011

Monday 18th April

Another busy day, but life goes on. Walkislay our walking week here on Islay broke new grounds today with a walk over on Texa, a small island off Lagavullin. A good time was had by all, the weather held and the crossing itself was quite calm. Several pairs of Greylags were seen there, as well as around 60 - 70 feral goats of varying ages, the horns on some of the billy goats were something else. Would not fancy a butting from them!

Bob today had a Garden Warbler in the scrub just opposite his house, and he heard his first Cuckoo for the year. Yesterday, when he was out he saw a pair of Red throated Divers displaying on one of the hill lochs. Mark had carried out a count on Loch Gruinart the other day with the main sightings being a female Long tailed Duck, 1 Black throated Diver, 3 Greenshank, 77 Curlew and 28 Redshank.

James today had heard 3 Grasshopper Warblers on the reserve at Gruinart, including one in Catherine's garden!

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