Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday 29th January

Back on Thursday evening, Bob had seen a Barn Owl out between the Cattle market and Blue Houses. The following evening, Ivan, Bob's son, had a Tawny Owl just along the road at Carnain. Earlier on while "beating", Ivan had a count of 40 Woodcock as they came out of the trees over close to Ballyvicar. He had also seen a Water Rail there as well. Over the last couple of days, Ivan reckons that he has seen around 170 Woodcock on various "drives". The other morning Bob and Ivan had a close sighting of a really close male Hen Harrier as it took off a few feet ahead of them, carrying a small bird in its talons.  David Jardine has been over from the mainland this weekend, and yesterday he had seen the Green winged Teal  at Gruinart and at Gartbreck a Knot, 4 Grey Plover, and 9 Snipe. Highlights seen from Blackrock included 5 BT Divers and 23 Slav Grebes while 7 Moorhens were on the pools at Carnain.  Today at West Carrabus, David saw a Pink footed Goose and then on Loch Ballygrant, a Coot was seen. This afternoon, David Barr had been down on Machir Bay and seen Snipe, a Heron, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipits, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and saw the Chough going in to their roost just as the light was starting to fail.

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