Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuesday 11th October

Gerry Dopler from Germany had seen an Otter on the Sound of Islay and then later on, while on the Glen road, Gerry saw a Golden Eagle on Sunday.. Yesterday out on Loch Indaal, he saw 10 RTD and a raft of 10 Common Scoter and another raft with 8. Also yesterday, the Hampshire birders had seen a flock of Golden Plover, some Snipe, Pintail on the floods at Gruinart with ringtail Hen Harrier also present all at Gruinart . In the morning off Carnain they saw 2 RTD, a GND and a small flock of Common Scoter. Another visitor from Hampshire, Ian Mears had also seen the RTD out on Loch Indaal and also 4 Slavonian Grebe. Yesterday afternoon, on the big beach past Killinallan, Ian saw 20 Sanderling, over 40 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin and also 3 Greenshank. He also saw 4 Redwing as he drove up past Gruinart towards Ardnave. The Bowland birders had today been up at Ardnave where they saw the pair of Mute Swan and their cygnets on the loch, along with a female Tufted Duck and pair of Shoveller also present. 2 Wheatear were seen out on the dunes. They also saw some White Wagtails were noted as they walked round the Point, and at the Lobster pond, 6 Snipe were seen. Finally up there was a sighting of a ringtail Hen Harrier over the moorland. Back down on Loch Gruinart, 9 Pale bellied Brent and a Sanderling were spotted. This morning up at Sanaigmore, Richard had seen some Chough, and also a Peregrine, as he drove up the road. From the old hide at Gruinart, he had 12 Barnies present along with some Wigeon, Teal, Pintail and also a ringtail. Over on the trees at Avonvoggie Richard spotted a Crossbill and finally at the top of Loch Indaal at 5pm, he saw a Greenshank and a Barwit . there were 4 Whoopers down on the barley stubbles at Rockside this afternoon.

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