Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tuesday 23rd February

This good spell of weather continues, I spent a few hours out in the garden tidying things up and planting some more willows in to provide cover  for some of the other bushes already planted, and some more rogosa cuttings in...  Yesterday Michal had carried out his WeBs counts with his top listings at Loch Gruinart being 33 Shelduck, 203 Oystercatcher, 13 Ringed Plover, 142 Lapwing, 48 Sandrling, 206 Barwit and 25 Curlew. On the floods at Gruinart, Michal counted 58 Mallard, 44 Curlew, 11 Snipe, 347 Lapwing, 53 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 12 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 6 Red br. Merganser and a Slavonian Grebe. At Ardnave Loch, 8 Mute Swan, 13 Whoopers, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Slav Grebe and also 2 Goldeneye were present. Gary yesterday had a male Hen Harrier out on the wing out over the moorland out in front of his house. Later on a Golden Eagle was out the back from his house being mobbed by a Raven. Down at smelly corner, he had seen a Glaucous Gull down on the remains of a sheep, with a couple of GBB Gulls close by! David and Jenny highlights' for the day yesterday included a  Golden Eagle from the Glen Road and then along at Keills, a male Hen Harrier was seen. Other visitors from East Yorkshire, Pat and Angie,  had spotted a ringtail on the reserve at Gruinart on Sunday, and on Monday they had seen Choughs and Ravens on theOa and then later on Long tailed Tits and Treecreeper down in the Ardilistry area.

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