Monday, 2 January 2017

Monday 2nd January

Another busy day, yesterday for Dave Nevitt...  At Gruinart, he had spotted the drake Green winged Teal on the left hand flood beside the old hide. Also seen there, was a Greenshank and 300 Golden Plover. Over at Loch Skerrols, he had a count of 13 Scaup, some Tufties and 2 Pochard. A juv White tailed Eagle was noted over Scarrabus with a Golden Eagle noted over the far hills. At Gartmain, on Loch Indaal, the Glaucous Gull was present along with 4 Long tailed Duck, 58 Scaup and 6 Knot. From Bowmore, 45 Common Scoter and 4 Goldeneye were seen. Over at Bruichladdich, Dave had 8 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover with 2 GND offshore. Round the East end of Loch Gorm, a male Peregrine was seen. George E. Jackson had seen a Barn Owl close to Whin Park last night, and noted seeing some Woodcock over between Newton and Ballygrant. Visitor Iain had reported through seeing a Tundra Bean goose amongst the Whitefronted  geese at Sunderland this morning. He also commented on more Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Redwing and Fieldfare around, he had counted 22 Blackbirds in one of the barley stubbles at Rockside. Here at home a Peregrine flew over the garden, and it dropped down, close to an unsuspecting Common Gull. It appeared be out on a learning mission as it never actually made any contact with the gull as such!!
Marsali, who lives over at Mulindry, up behind Bridgend, kindly sent me through her rainfall figures for the month, 5.64 inches giving her a total for the year of 59.16 inches, the driest for the past 3 years... Thanks Marsali

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