Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday 16th January

Almost Spring like, the weather that is, forgot to mention the other day, like quite of other folk, I spotted a couple of Crocus in bloom..
Gary had carried his WeBs today from Port Charlotte round to Blackrock, so here are the tallies from his patch...31 GND, 4 RTD, 8 Slavonian Grebe, 19 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 1 Tystie, 85 Eider, 31 Common Scoter, 4 Mallard, 5 Goldeneye, 58 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 62 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 10 Turnstone, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Gbb Gull, 42 H. Gull, 31 C. Gull, 19 BH Gull, 3 Heron, 22 Greylag, 6 Barnies and 5 Pbb Geese. On the edge of the shore at Bruichladdich, a Grey Wagtail was seen and along towards Uiskentuie, Gary saw a Merlin was attempting to spoof the wee birds into the air from the cover of the rough grass. Mary had seen a possible Hawfinch along at Bluehouses as she was driving along. She quickly turned her car around, but no joy in spotting it again. Here at home this afternoon, we watched an immature Golden Eagle as it dipped and dived around along the top the dunes, great to watch...

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