Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wednesday 29th November

Some sightings from the bird nerds meeting last night... Yesterday, Peter and his visiting friends had a Peregrine while travelling along the High road. At Gruinart, they saw a White tailed Eagle over the flats, as well as an immature Peregrine having a minor dispute with a ringtail Hen Harrier. Gary had seen another ringtail out on the wing at Mulreesh. Mandy had a Snipe on the verge / roadside as she was coming to the meeting last night below Carnduncan. We had 16 folk coming to our monthly catch up which was great to see and a grand chance for a catch up as well.
Peter along with his guests had ventured out in the cold but drier day today. Just after midday at Bridgend, they saw an immature White tailed Eagle, along in the bay at Cash Kelly's former house the flock of Scaup were seen, around 45 in number. From the new hide (North hide) at Gruinart, they had a count of 1,200 Golden Plover. Also seen from the hide were 2 Blackwits, 2 Greenshanks as well as a single Hen Harrier. Mid afternoon, we saw a Merlin zip across the road as we drove between the Coastguard cottages and Rockside. Returning home later on, we saw a "small" mumeration of around 700 Starlings in the sky, towards Coull.

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