Thursday, 22 February 2018

Thursday 22nd February

Today, Gary had seen a male Hen Harrier and also the Crossbills were still at Finlaggan. This morning,  I was speaking with a group of birders who have been visiting Islay this week, and they had seen 106 species, they had been staying over at Red Lodge on Laggan Estate. Today, the Rochdale birders had 28 Ringed Plover and 2 Turnstone at the pool beside Machir Bay. Round at Balinaby, they saw a ringtail Hen Harrier and also a female Sparrowhawk. Along at Foreland, 3 Woodcock were seen and further on they saw 3 Hen Harriers going to the roost down on the Rhinns. The Hampshire birders had walked out from Ballygrant, over to the Sound of Islay. They had a really close sighting of a Golden Eagle... Other birds of note seen were a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, . Down on the Sound of Islay they saw RTDs, Wigeon , Whitefronts and Barnies with a vocal Raven cronking away...

Before I forget the monthly catch up of the Islay bird nerds will be on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Lochside Hotel in Bowmore, so feel free to come along if you are around.

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