Thursday, 11 February 2016

Thursday 11th February

What a glorious day, with the sighting of snow up on Mull and also on the hills down on Ireland as well, and then this evening, it was great to see the International Space Station cross the sky, all going well we will see the ISS as it passes by again shortly...
Yesterday, Gary had ben at Finlaggan where he saw 75 Whitefronts and 300 Barnies in the fields at the loch. On the water, 3 Dabchick, 5 Tufties, 7 Goldeneye, 12 Mallard, 22 Teal and an Otter were present! Behind Finlaggan House, a flock of 30 Lapwings took off from the fields there. There was a ringtail Hen Harrier sitting on a fence post down at the plantation, 7 Buzzards were seen in total in the air around the loch while a distant Golden Eagle was far out over the hills with a male Hen          Harrier out quartering the rough grazing close to the centre. 6 Lesser Redpoll were flying between the plantation and the trees around Finlaggan House. 9 Tufties were on Loch nan Cadhan and Gary had a Fieldfare flying from the trees beside his house. Peter had noted 11 Purple Sandpipers at Bruichladdich from the comfort of his lounge...Colin and Alison had a busy day again yesterday, starting with the same Sandpipers at Bruichladdich, they also had a Redshank and 8 Ringed Plover there too. Along past Carn out of Port Charlotte they had a RB Merganser, 15 Common Scoter, 8 RTD and 20 GND out on Loch Indaal. At Portnahaven, a Sparrowhawk was seen, while off Frenchman's Rocks, 2 Gannets were flying South. They also had large numbers of Auks flying South too  but the identification proved difficult. Up at Machir Bay, the Glaucous Gull was seen as were 40 Twite and 6 Chough.  Along near to Coull, a Peregrine was spotted, a fantastic day by all accounts! Today, Heather Watkins, of RSPB fame, had heard a Great spotted Woodpecker drumming away close to Tallant. Heather also saw a Grey Wagtail near by and a flock of 50 Lapwings on the wing at Tallant too.

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