Friday, 7 October 2016

Friday 7th October

Yesterday, the Hampshire birders had seen 11 Greenland Whitefronts,  2Whoopers, 2 Wheatear, 2 Snipe, a mixed flock of Linnet and Twite and also some Lapwing, all seen from the Visitor centre at Loch Gruinart. Later on they saw around 80 Barnies fly in to the roost at the top of Loch Indaal. Gary yesterday had seen 7 Wheatear whilst on the strand at Uiskentuie, he also saw 30 Golden Plover and 7 Grey Plover there as well. At the head of Loch Indaal, in from Whin Park, over 200 Dunlin were present, along with 2 Peregrines trying to flush out the waders ...This morning at around 8 o'clock, the Hampshire birders had a ringtail Hen Harrier along the beach at Carnain. Gary had been over at Machir Bay and had seen 6 Pale bellied Brent, ( possibly the same geese that Mandy saw yesterday lunchtime), a Redwing flew over his house, a Golden Eagle over the Woollen Mill around 5pm, a Peregrine was chasing after Starlings just out of Bowmore, with a large number of duck seen offshore, out from the former smiddy. Late afternoon, Richard Belter had 20 Ringed Plover along with 2 Sanderling down on Machir Bay, earlier on off, Bruichladdich pier he had 2 RTD & 8 Common Scoter. Richard had also seen 2 Whoopers over on the flats at Gruinart, possibly the same Swans seen by the Hampshire birders. This afternoon, we saw 4 Whoopers down on the fields at Rockside amongst the Greylags.

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