Wednesday 29 August 2012

Wednesday 29th August

Yesterday, Mary had her own "raptor trip", while trying not to outdo Louise! Up at Ardnave, close to the lobster ponds, Mary had a juvenile Merlin, a ringtail Hen Harrier at the farm steading, and a male Kestrel at Loch Langadale. Later on, while driving home, Mary had a Sparrowhawk by Gruinart House. James had been out yesterday doing a count of 1277 Greylags on the "run" round Gruinart which he normally counts while goose counting for SNH. Over at Killinallan, James also had 2 Peregrines. Back on Monday, the "vols" at Gruinart had seen an Osprey at the head of Loch Gruinart. Also yesterday, there was report by visitors of seeing a Marsh Harrier between Loch Indaal and Loch Gruinart, but I have not heard anything further, another visitor told me that he had seen a Golden Eagle out over the crag here at the weekend. Also yesterday, Bob had the Sparrowhawk swoop through his garden, and this morning Bob counted just short of 300 Greylags out in front of his house. He also saw a Merlin and a Kestrel. As I write this entry, just before 6pm there is a Peregrine up on top of the crag, watching all that is around.... 

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