Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Wednesday 2nd January

Pete Clements kindly sent through this image of the Iceland Gull via Peter Roberts, taken today up at Bunnahabhain. To cap his day, Pete also saw a imm. Glaucous Gull along the top of Loch Indaal, between Uiskentuie and Bruichladdich. A new type of "tick" for Pete as he has never had the 2 species on the one day before! Earlier on, Pete had 32 Pale bellied Brent Geese up at Bridgend. Peter reckons that the Glaucous Gull is a first for Islay this winter, certainly I have not heard any other sightings from anybody else. Pia spoke with a group of visiting birders up at Whinpark at Bridgend today who were watching a pair of imm. White tailed Sea Eagles. George the other day had a Peregrine from the new hide at Gruinart. Managed this morning to speak with Clark, and between us the "unofficial" tally for rain in 2012 was a mere 55 inches, compared with 61.5 inches in 2011....hate to think off some figures from other areas away from Islay!!!

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