Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday 22nd April

Another great day over here again, in fact I even managed to plant our potatoes this morning.... Many thanks to Michal for writing the blog while I was away this past week to the Pyrenees with Peter Roberts. There were 10 in our group, made up of folk from Islay and also others from the Argyll Bird Club, we all had a great time and had some great sightings as well...  This morning, Michal had a Grasshopper Warbler on the reserve at Gruinart, he also heard a Cuckoo, again on the reserve with another "off reserve". Liz Hathaway had seen 3 Wheatears on her way to work after Uiskentuie and before Bushmills. We had heard a distant Cuckoo calling here at home this morning.  Becca, one of the "vols" with RSPPB had seen a pod of 10 Bottle nosed Dolphins at the head of Loch Indaal around midday. This afternoon, Michal had a juv Golden Eagle and also a male and then a ringtail Hen Harrier on the reserve at Gruinart. James while carrying some survey work today, his birds included a Peregrine Falcon, 3 Whimbrel, a Sparrowhawk, a common Redpoll and a Greenshank. Bob, who was away on our trip, returned today and saw an Arctic Tern along the Strand past Uiskentuie and at later at the water works opposite Bob's house, 3 Willow Warblers were singing away.
Next Tuesday, it is that time again with the Islay bird nerds meeting at the carpark just up from Bridgend towards Port Askaig at 6.30 pm for a walk in the Bridgend Woods, so feel free to come along and join us if you are round.

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