Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday 28th October

Returning visitor to Islay, Robin Sutton dropped in for a quick catch up this morning. Yesterday, Robin had seen 3 Grey Plover and a male Snow Bunting on the East side of Loch Gruinart. This morning, he saw a Long tailed Duck on Loch Indaal as well as 8 Slavonian Grebes and also 4 GND. Back on Tuesday, Robin had a juv. White tailed Eagle out from Blackrock and the next day up towards Killinallan, an exhausted juv. Golden Eagle on the ground recharging its' batteries after being mobbed by Jackdaws and also a couple of Ravens... Lee Thickett had a Goldcrest in the trees around the cottage where he has been staying. As he prepared to pack his car up late this morning, a group of 12 Chough were watching him from the apex of the roof on the cottage next door!!! John Wilson today had been down on the Oa where he had a large mixed flock of around 50 Linnet and around 320 Twite. Also seen on the Oa were 3 Greenfinch and also a Merlin. Over at Ardbeg, John had seen a Treecreeper and also 2 Bullfinch. On Loch Indaal, John counted 58 Scaup. Yesterday, on a run round the Rhinns, he had seen an imm Golden Eagle, less than 30 metres away from the car!!!! Mandy this afternoon had seen a group of 7 Whoopers flying South past Machir Bay, 8 Greenland Whitefronts dropping down in to Kilchiaran. At the top (North) end of Machir Bay, Mandy had 41 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 7 Herring Gull and a single Oystercatcher. We had 2 sets of Whoopers fly South today as well, a 9 and also another group of 14 later on.

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