Saturday, 9 April 2011

Saturday 9th April

Bob yesterday had 2 skeins of Pink footed Geese fly North over his house, there were 30 in one and 65 in the other. Later on he saw 2 Golden Eagle high up on a thermal.

Visitors from Cheshire yesterday had 55 Pale bellied Brent Geese down below the coalyard, and also 12 Whooper Swan flying low from Loch Indaal over to Gruinart. Over at Gartmain, amongst the Barnacle Geese they saw a Pink footed Goose. In Bridgend Woods apart from the Chiffchaff and Blackcap, they saw and heard many Willow Warblers. Later on up at Ardnave, they counted 28 Great Northern Diver off Nave island, some close in and they were seen eating small crabs. At Traigh Nostaig there were 12 Turnstone and also a Grey Plover, offshore 6 Black Guillemots. Wheatear were present all around Ardnave in small numbers with Lapwing displaying around the wetter areas. Back nearer to Ardnave Farm, Linnets were seen and 85 Golden Plover were counted. In the evening, over at Saligo there were 180 Golden Plover in the air, while down towards the lochans beside Loch Gorm there was a ringtail Hen Harrier. Also seen were more Stonechats starting to return.

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