Thursday, 14 February 2013

Thursday 14th February

The temperature out here almost got in to double figures today, even had my jersey off  for a while this afternoon...Bob heard a Skylark singing away over beside where he lives. He also had seen a Golden Eagle out over the forestry behind Octomore, a male Hen Harrier as well as a Woodcock and a Short eared Owl. This morning, we had a Golden Eagle sitting on a straining post as we headed down towards Sunderland. As we got closer it took off and it was great to see one so close, no mistaking it, might even have been the same one that Bob saw, not that far over the hill! Coming home over at the road end to Culbuie, there were a pair of Stonechats and back at home there were around a dozen Fulmars soaring around along the front of the crag. Earlier on in the week, Michal and Nat along with the vols at RSPB carried out a count on Loch Gruinart. Highlight was a Glaucous Gull, other birds seen were 383 Shelduck, 181 Wigeon, 59 Pintail, 222 Oysterctcher, 600 Golden Plover, 78 Lapwing, 80 Sanderling, 89 Dunlin, 97 Barwits, 190 Curlew and 55 Redshank. Nat had 5 Heron, 8 Goldeneye, 10 Whoopers, 17 Wigeon and 205 Teal all on Ardnave Loch.

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