Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday 1st December

Just to put you all out of your misery, the rainfall figure for November came to exactly 5 inches, the same figure for the month as last year, but still slightly wetter than the total for 2017 compared to 2016 at the same time.
Visitor John Nadin kindly sent in some sightings to share with us... On Wednesday, John had been up the Oa, trying to see the elusive Cackling and also the Todd's geese but no joy, but had a couple of ringtail at Cornabus. He did see a Cackling goose amongst some Barnies at the top of Loch Indaal, later on. Yesterday, John saw 2 Cackling Geese along with the Barnies, one at a similar place to the previous day with the other amongst Barnies along at Eorrabus. He also saw an imm Golden Eagle at the top of the Loch as well. Over at Gruinart, he spotted 2 imm White tailed Eagles on the North shore of the loch. On Ardnave Loch, he saw 2 Mute Swan, a Whooper swan, 7 Tufted Ducks, a Dabchick as well as 39 Curlews. Back down the road at the reserve at Gruinart, a Grey Wagtail was present while between Bowmore and Bridgend, a Barn Owl was seen. Thanks John.
Today, Mike had seen the 2 Bottle nosed Dolphins off Port Charlotte again with them both leaping out of the water. Later on Mike counted 68 Curlews resting up on the rocks on Machir Bay. The ringtail Hen Harrier had a fly over the game crop this morning, here at home ...wonder, if it is still the bird that George caught and rung earlier on???

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