Thursday, 28 April 2011

Thursday 28th April

A visiting birder had seen a Lapland Bunting at Ardnave this morning. Bob was up there this afternoon and had 4 different groups of Whimbrel passing through, 2, 4, 35 and finally 46. Michal had been there carrying out the morning survey, a few Lapwings, Redshank and Snipe were noted. There was a group of 8 Hares in one field too. There were also a few Ringed Plover to be seen and some angry Oystercatchers along the shore of Loch Gruinart as well as 5 Whimbrel below Kilnave Church. A Cuckoo was seen on the guided walk at Gruinart this morning.

Bob yesterday had a Merlin and a Kestrel at Duich, a Cuckoo over at Claggain Bay, Sandwich Terns at Lagavullin, a male Hen Harrier at Mulindry. There was plenty of activity at the Sand Martin colonies at Kilchiaran. This morning over at Bunnahabhain, there was no sign of the Iceland Gull, but 2 Common sandpipers were present. Back down at The Woolen Mill, the pair of Grey Wagtails were seen and also a pair of Bullfinches. On his return home he had a male Hen Harrier was our quartering the field beside his house!

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