Saturday, 22 March 2014

Saturday 22nd March

Yesterday had been Scott and the birders from Aigas last full day here on Islay. In the bay down at Laphroaig, 2 Red throated Diver were present. Along the low road coming up to Bowmore, a male Hen arrier was seen, while from the harbour in Bowmore, Scott had 9 Common scoter, 12 Slavonian Grebe, 4 GND and a Red throated Diver. Scott also saw Goldeneye, R B Merganser and Eiders there too. Up on the River Sorn at The Woolen Mill, a Treecreeprer was seen with a Grey Wagtail down on the waterside. By all accounts it sounds that the whole group have had a great week while they have been here, thanks folks for your birds. Also yesterday, The Bolton Birders had a Dipper on the River Sorn down below the Woollen Mill Over at Ardnave Loch they counted 6 Whoopers, 4 Mute, 4 Teal, 10 Tufted and 3 Goldeneye. They also had seen some Chough there as well, and also few more over towards Machir Bay. Earlier in the week, David and Jane Griffiths had a Barn Owl over towards Neriby. Remember tomorrow the Islay bird nerds are meeting up at Ballygrant Hall at midday to go and seek the Ring necked Duck on Ballygrant Loch, see you there...

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