Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Wednesday 11th April

A Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll was seen up at Sanaigmore yesterday evening, just heard about at tea time tonight! It was down on the beach, so we wait for tomorrow to see if it is still there...A visitor, fresh off the ferry this morning had a Swallow down at Foreland. James saw the Canada Goose, hutchinsii sp on the flats at Gruinart. On Loch Indaal, George had 30 Common Scoter and 2 Great Nothern Diver, while on the shore he saw an Oystercatcher on a nest. The birder who contributed some sightings over the weekend was Chris Saxton from the Manchester area, thanks Chris for your birds. Another birder, this time from Northumberland had a male Hen Harrier down towards the airport yesterday, a Wheatear at Claddach, a Merlin at Ardnave as well as 12 Chough up there too, all yesterday. Today, he had seen 4 more Hen Harriers out towards McArthur's Head, and a Wheatear. At Proaig, he had 2 Ringed Plover and 4 Turnstone on the beach, while offshore were 5 Mute Swans and 6 Red breasted Merganser and 4 Reed Buntings were close by. 2 Snipe flew out from the adjoining boggy land.

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