Sunday 30 September 2012

Sunday 30th September

Yesterday James was in touch to say that some more Barnacle Geese had arrived at Gruinart, with the tally for the day being 155. James also had 9 Pale bellied Brent Geese, 6 Greenland Whitefronts, 7 Whooper Swan and 125 Lapwing. Mary had been down at Frenchman's Rocks and saw a Peregrine take a Storm Petrel off the top of the waves while the other 2 Storm Petrels present got away!!! She also had 20 Pale bellied Brent fly past and a Red throated Diver. Yesterday was Michael's last day here. Down on the Oa, Michael saw a Golden Eagle being mobbed by a couple of Buzzards! Michael also had a first winter Stonechat and 6 Lesser Redpoll there. Up at Gruinart, he had 9 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 7 Whoopers, probably the same Whoopers that James saw. Tom & Jo had a great "raptor day" yesterday with a second winter Golden Eagle up behind Bridgend, a ringtail Hen Harrier at Cattadale, a Sparrowhawk at Finlaggan. Over the merse at Bridgend they had a Peregrine and also a Merlin out hunting. Along at "smelly corner" they had 2 Grey Plovers and and a Whooper. Today, we had 15 Whoopers between Coull and Rockside, there was a family group of 2 adults and 4 cygnets. Also seen there were the Greylags along with the 2 Snow Geese. Up the road to Ardnave, we had 2 Wheatears and several small groups of Linnets and Twite. Finally, we noticed more Stonechats around than of late.

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