Thursday, 8 February 2018

Thursday 8th February

The Hampshire birders had a good bird watch along the coast line from Carnain to Bruichladdich. their top birds seen were  Eider Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Lapwings, Pale bellied Brent Geese, Barnies and also Whitefronts. Today was Steve Holliday's final day for this visit.. Down on the Oa, at Kinnabus, he saw a small flock of over 80 Twite, with Claggain Bay producing 4 GND. Back up at Bowmore, out on Loch Indaal a GND, a Slav. Grebe and 13 Common Scoter were noted with the juv Iceland Gull seen there as well. Up at Gruinart, Steve had 58 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 38 Redshank, 2 Whoopers and 40 Pied Wagtails and also a large flock of Golden Plover. Round at Coull, this morning, we had a Merlin who ducked and dived through the gorse bushes alongside the road and then just after the cattle grid at Ballinaby, 20 Fieldfare rose off the fields there.

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