Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Wednesday 8th July

A better day again with the weather... A few sightings in from yesterday for you. Bob had taken a couple from Texas before breakfast and then again, late afternoon/ early evening. Over the 5 hour stint (in total) 63 species were seen with their highlights included seeing many Hen Harriers, 20 Snipe drumming between Blackrock and Gruinart, a count of 18 Chough at Kilchoman, on the River Sorn they saw the Dippers , at the top of Loch Indall, a Barwit was present. Through their time out birding they saw many family groups, especially Stonechats! Martin yesterday evening had taken a walk round Loch nan Gabhar close to the Golf course. Martin had 3 pr of Wigeon, 11 GBB Gulls, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Sedge Warbler, a ringtail Hen Harrier and then at the end of his walk, his last bird was a Short eared Owl! Paul Graham was in touch to say that the Corncrake is still calling down behind where he lives in Bruichladdich, Some of us were a wee bit worried that the farmer might have destroyed its' habitat the other day when cutting the grass. Paul also heard a further 3 Corncrakes calling, while he was out walking his dog last night, in the field behind the large Distillery warehouse as one goes out of Bruichladdich up the hill towards Conisby. Today Maggie Birtwell had an Arctic Skua while she was waiting for the ferry at Feolin on Jura. This afternoon, Bob had 3 families of Whinchats on Bolsay Moor, also there were 2 Hooded Crows pursuing a Cuckoo.

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