Friday, 8 February 2013

Friday 8th February

Today was the last full day here on Islay for the Lochwinnoch Birders, Garry and Sam. The weather stayed good for them so Garry and Sam had a good day birding. Down along Machir Bay they had Kittiwakes and a few Fulmar. Far along the hill, above the masts along at Kilchiaran, a Golden Eagle was seen, along the dunes at the back of Machir Bay they had a total count of 9 Buzzards, some on the ground others on the wing. Down there too they saw a ringtail Hen Harrier. This afternoon they headed over to the reserve at Gruinart where they counted a flock of 533 Golden Plover and also over 400 Lapwing. Other birds at Gruinart included 49 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 38 Barwits and 68 Shelduck. In the wood at Gruinart, they had a small flock of Long tailed Tits. Many thanks for sharing your birds folks! Yesterday, Jane Griffiths had a Dipper on the River Sorn.

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