Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Tuesday 14th May

One of the Redpolls down on the ground, eating the spilt food from the feeders. Round the feeders, first thing this morning was some mess after all the rain that we had through the night, the burn was in full pelt too!
Once it faired up Bob managed to do the count from Bowmore along to Gartbreck so here's Bob's birds. 4 GND, 1 Heron, 17 Shag, pr nesting GBB Gull, 30 Common Gull, 20 BH Gull, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 2 Greylag, 1 Pale bellied Brent, 26 Shelduck, 18 Mallard drakes, 1 Teal, 64 Red breasted Merganser (mainly drakes), 124 Eider (mainly drakes), 1 Common Guillemot, 40 Oystercatcher, 10 Curlew, 38 Whimbrel, 250 Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 156 Barwits, 10 Redshank, 654 Dunlin and 4 Turnstone. Thanks Bob! Peter this afternoon heard a Whinchat singing and had a good sighting of a male Hen Harrier down at Foreland. Andrew and Jane also had a better day as well. Between Lily Loch and Loch Allan they saw Whitethroats carrying nesting materials, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Sedge Warblers all singing their heads off! Also seen were 2 Little Grebe. Off Coal Ila, 5 Black Guillemots were counted and a sub adult Golden Eagle was seen flying from Islay to Jura. Bridgend Woods were busy too, with 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, over 20 Song Thrush with  a Dipper on the River Sorn.

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