Monday, 30 October 2017

Sunday 29th October, continued....

Well, I trust that you all have got the wee bird sorted out from earlier on, and yes, it was a possible Little Bunting, requiring verification by the rare birds committee, a first I believe for Islay and only the fourth for Argyll, not that common a bird.. right on with the birds from Sunday as promised... George as stated in the previous entry, topped the 100 birds rung here at our home, at the end of play George has caught and "processed" 127. Yesterday's tally came to 2 House Sparrows, 5 Goldfinch, 17 Chaffinch, a Robin, a Blackbird, the Little Bunting and a Blue Tit, just fantastic...Many thanks, George.
John Wilson yesterday had seen 2 Golden Eagles at Kilchoman, a Peregrine and 40 Linnet round at Rockside, several groups of Fieldfare, the largest being around 40 in number close beside Loch Gorm. Up at Ardnave John had seen 40 Twite and 18 Whoopers on Ardnave Loch. Several groups of Whoopers  were seen flying past here through the day. Mike Bell had seen 2 Mistle Thrush up at the old church next t o where we live. Down on Machir Bay, 57 Curlew were present. At Coull roadend, he saw a ringtail, a male Hen Harrier as he drove up to Ardnave with another ringtail at Ardnave itself. Mike counted a total of 32 Rock Pipits as he walked round the Point. At Traigh Nostaig,  4 Barwits were seen with a GND offshore. There were 1,060 Golden Plover on the flats at Gruinart, with 65 Turnstone were on the estuary. Down at Bruichladdich, 2 Purple Sandpiper were seen and between there and Blackrock, Mike saw 20 RTD, 7 RTD, 5 Slav Grebes, 10 Common Scoter, 49 Eider, 44 Scaup, 58 R b Merganser, 8 Guillemots, 12 Razorbill and 4 Tysties

Remember the talk by Ed Burrell on the Whitefronted Geese at 7 pm on Tuesday round at the visitor centre at Gruinart... along with some socialising too over a cuppa, no doubt.

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