Saturday, 20 April 2013

Saturday 20th April

A distant image of an Arctic Redpoll taken on the reserve at Gruinart by Michal. Today, he saw a Chiffchaff at Moulin on the reserve. Malcolm today heard a Cuckoo down at Foreland. Yesterday, Mary had a Sedge Warbler out catching prey down at Portnahaven. She also had seen some Marsh Frit larvae on the heather. Also yesterday, over on Jura, while coming down the Paps, Armin had a Short eared Owl. Been a good day here at home too, starting of with 2 prs of returning Swallows, one up in the shed and another in the back porch! Out on the willows at the back of the garden wall, a Willow Warbler was present this morning. The feeders this afternoon have been busy, up to 12 Goldfinches at one time, a pr of Siskin seen, the best one was a  Lesser Repoll present too. Over at Gruinart, a visitor reported a Redstart, and James had 7 Wheatear and counted 5 Sand Martins on the reserve. All we need now is for the Corncrakes to return...think positive 

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