Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas Day, 25th December

Yesterday, visiting birder Brendan Hollands had seen a White tailed Eagle in the Finlaggan area, and then shortly afterwards, while still in at Finlaggan itself, a pair of Golden Eagles flew past. Over at Ardnave Loch, Brendan had some Goldeneye on the water and finally along at the former Kilchoman School, a large flock of Twite were present.
Peter along with his friend Alastair had this morning gone out looking for the falcon, still no joy, but from the old hide at Gruinart, they saw a drake Green winged Teal amongst  500+ Teal, also seen were over 150 Lapwing, 30 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 10 Whooper Swan and also 130 Golden Plover. This afternoon, round at "smelly corner", they counted 30 Pale bellied Brent with another 7 had been seen at Bruichladdich as they set out earlier on. They also had a Hen Harrier harassing over 200 Teal around the merse. Over at Bowmore, they had good sightings of ducks etc sheltering from the strong winds... 6  Slavonian Grebe, 10 GND, 8 Goldeneye, 7 Common Scoter, a few Red brested Merganser and 5 Long tailed Duck, 2 of which were really close in, at the harbour.

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