Sunday, 24 April 2011

Sunday 24th April

George reported in to say that he has had Swallows, Sand Martin and House Martin today down at his house, including a pair of House Martin who were inspecting one of last year's nests! Yesterday on one of his ponds George had a Mallard with 9 ducklings. Far out on Loch Indaal, George counted 30 Divers, too far out for a positive id, but probably Great Northern and Red throated.

Carl yesterday had 75 Pale bellied Brent Geese at Gortan and while round Loch Gorm he had a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Cuckoo. Today off Port Charlotte on Loch Indaal, Carl had 3 Razorbills and a Red throated Diver. Malcolm had also seen the Pale bellied Geese but noticed that there were some different birds from the other day as one had been rung.

Over at Gruinart yesterday, James heard 2 Whitethroat and also a couple of Cornrakes calling. This morning James counted 21 Greenland White fronted Geese. He also had a male Merlin and also a Water Rail. Later on he saw a Lapwing nest hatching out, wonder how long will it be before they are predated.

Back here at home, we had 9 Goldfinch and 3 Greenfinch on the bird table, there have certainly been more Goldfinch around here lately.

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