Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursday 8th September

Last night, or sometime since I wrote yesterday entry, the Swallows appear to have gone, as I have not seen one here today at all...
James had seen at Osprey at Gruinart on his return yesterday afternoon and this morning, Mandy had seen a ringtail Hen Harrier at the far end of the flats at Gruinart, towards the turn off to Craigens. amongst the large flock of Greylags that were on the barley stubble at Rockside this evening, there is a Greylag with a lot of white plumage, certainly not a farm yard goose. The most recent figures for Greylags on Islay are around 2,500 counted, with a large proportion around Rockside on the stubbles and silage aftermaths. These geese are not here on Islay all the time but have been possibly come across from Tirree, Colonsay and even the Mull of Kintyre to swell our numbers for a wee while at present!!!

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