Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tuesday 3rd April

Yesterday, Brendon and Charlotte had counted 16 Tysties at Port Askaig as they waited for the Jura ferry returning back from Feolin. They saw their first Wheatear of the year, just as they headed out from Feolin towards Craighouse.
Back on Islay, they saw a male Hen Harrier as they were coming back down the rod from Bunnahabhain. It appeared to be gaining height all the time before peeling off its' ascent and flying over to Jura. Then, out of the blue, from where they were parked up, a Golden Eagle appeared at a low height being mobbed by a Peregrine! Further on down the coastline, high up, a second Golden Eagle was seen, with it being mobbed by a Buzzard!!! Up past Carrabus, on their way over to Gruinart, they had  another male Hen Harrier. In the dunes at Ardnave, a mixed flock of Chough and Jackdaws were present with a small flock of Twite  there as well. Finally, back at Bruichladdich, they had 6 Pale bellied Brent Geese, opposite the mini market. Thanks folks for your sightings, much appreciated...
Here today, the weather has been rather miserable, and that is being polite about it, not a day really for outside work, and certainly not a day for lambing sheep outside...all the same "usual birds" were in at feeders, the  30+ Goldfinch, other top birds included a pair of Greenfinch as well a pair of Siskin. Along towards Sunderland, I counted 3 Pairs of Reed Bunting

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