Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday 17th Spember

Just been watching on the TV, a program which we recorded last night, called "Islands on the Edge". It was produced by old friends John Aitchison and Nigel Pope and this week's edition featured Mull, Coll and Tirree. The interesting footage had some brilliant footage of White tailed Eagle and a Buzzard in the same image, and it really brought it home to me on how big a White tailed Eagle is in comparison to the Buzzard. Sad to say, I missed the program about Islay and Jura which was on last week…. no doubt it will be shown again sometime...

Monday, 16 September 2019

Monday 16th September

Yesterday Bob had carried out his WeBS count from Port Charlotte back round to Blackrock, so here is the tally through from himself....1 GND, 3 Grey Heron, 12 Cormorant, 12 Shag, 5 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Razorbill, 2 Gannet, 22 Greylags, 23 Eider, 14 R b Merganser, 45 Dunlin, 30 Turnstone, 16 Ringed Plover, 6 Curlew, 3 Lapwing, 30 Oystercatcher, 86 Herring Gull and 6 Gbb Gulls. Also yesterday, James had seen a White tailed Eagle over at Dunlossit. Later on, he had another White tailed Eagle over at Gruinart. Also present was a Peregrine and 8 Pale bellied Brents there as well.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday 15th September

A not bad day with the weather, over here where we are staying for a few days.. Today, we had seen a few Magpies , a Grey Wagtail was present on a weir across one of the rivers, with 3 Goosanders seen below the same weir. Last November, we watched some Salmon leap over the cauld there. Earlier on, on another river, we watched a skein of around 60 Pink footed Geese fly overhead

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday 14th September

Not heard from anybody about any birds seen on Islay today, so although I might not be at home at present, I am always looking to hopefully see some birds. Today, I saw a male Siskin out on the bird feeders, and it had a metal leg ring fitted to its' leg. Needless to say I was unable to read the ring, so I cannot say where it had been rung initially, could it be a fellow Siskin that we found dead here in our garden ..  it had been rung in the Spring down in Catterick in Yorkshire....

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th September

Yesterday, over on the RSPB reserve at Gruinart James had a group (or rather a "charm") of 95 Goldfinches. Out on Loch Gruinart he had seen a Gannet, and also 8 Pale bellied Brent Geese as well as a Peregrine.

Today on Loch Gruinart, James had counted a total of 31 Pale bellied Brent Geese.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Thursday 12th September

The weather on Islay the past few days has not been that great, with not a lot of harvesting being carried out... The weather has been poor for birdwatching as well... Distillery Dave had seen a Sparrowhawk earlier on this evening over beside the former church at Kilchoman.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday 11th September

Back on Monday, Bob had a flock of 35 Twite seen from the North Hide at Gruinart.

Yesterday, James had seen 2 Ospreys fishing on the loch at Gruinart. He also counted 79 Knot present there as well. But more of interest was the count of 40 Pale bellied Brent Geese, the first arrivals of the Brent geese for this Autumn...

Late  this afternoon, visitor Chris Aller had been watching an Osprey at Bridgend...

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Tuesday 10th September

Some sad news which we have to share with you .. Mike Peacock, passed away on Sunday evening. Mike worked for RSPB for many years and lately worked over on Oronsay before retiring to live in Port Charlotte, here on Islay a few years back.  Mike was a great person to quiz, a great person to listen too as well. Yes, he will be sorely missed by us all... Our thoughts go to his wife, Val.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday 9th September

Yesterday , James had 2 Ospreys out over Loch Gruinart, and one was seen catching a fish.

Good friend, Marsali, had sent me through the rainfall figure for August from her rain gauge at Mulindry, it came to just short of 7.5 inches, the wettest month since January 2018.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday 8th September

Yesterday, Bob had seen a Marsh Tit in his garden and also a female Sparrowhawk was present there as well. A first for Islay and also Argyll if accepted by the rare bird committee

Also yesterday, Peter had been out spending some time doing a sport of mackerel fishing off Port Charlotte. not sure how the fishing went, but he saw a Sandwich Tern and then shortly afterwards, he had a couple of young Razorbills bobbing about on the water close by

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday 7th Septembr

Yesterday evening, Mandy had seen an Eagle eating a Greylag goose on one of the barley stubbles at Rockside...

Today before he headed back home, JD had seen 3 Grey Wagtails round at Kilchiaran. Down at Gortan, on Loch Indaal, he saw 6 Slavonian Grebes all in summer plumage, finally over at the Woollen Mill, 2 bullfinch were present.... As ever many thanks to JD for his sightings when he has been over here on Islay, great when visitors send some of their sightings to share with us..

Friday, 6 September 2019

Friday 6th September

As we drove down through Bruichladdich, the other day, we saw a Collared Dove.

Gary today, had seen a ringtail Hen Harrier over the moorland between Coal Ila and Bunnahabhain. Shortly afterwards, Gary had spotted a juv. White tailed Eagle flying up beside Mulreesh. Here at home this afternoon, we have had 2 visits from the pesky Sparrrowhawk, it cleared the feeding cage out, but did not chase after any of wee birds at all, and then later on, it just sat on the garden fence.. This morning in on the feeders, we were pleased to see a Blue Tit on the sunflower seeds.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5th September

JD had made good use the drier kind of  a day.. Over at Kilchiaran, he saw a Grey Wagtail. Off Bruichladdich, he had a Sandwich Tern and also 4 Red throated Divers. Up at the head of Loch Indaal, he counted 40 Red  breasted Merganser, 59 Barwits and also 69 Red Knot. Over at Gruinart, JD's top birds were a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and also he had an Osprey there as well.

Almost forgot to mention that around 7.30 yesterday morning, we had another visiting Sparrowhawk land on top of the feeding cage. Needless to say, it just sat and watched, as all the wee birds flew out of the cage and away out of sight.

Early this afternoon, and Margaret spotted a Fulmar down on the ground beside the bird seed crop... obviously a young bird that had flown from its' nest on the crag, but did not manage to fly over the top of the machir and onwards to the sea. So "Muggins" was sent to catch the youngster, which I did do, better still it never spat at me... So once we had it safely in a box, we took it down to Loch Indaal and released it on the sea... too fat to fly!!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday 4th September

Another poor day with the weather, the wind  picked up leading to disruption to the ferries, some were cancelled and this will have a knock on effect until Saturday before the ferries are back to normal. The other thing that happened with the weather, was that it rained, with quite a few dirty, squally showers coming out of nowhere... Having said that,  and I struggled on and did manage to cut our grass, must be nuts.  And I managed to stay relatively dry...

Just as well that Rockside managed to cut their barley last week, as this morning, Mandy counted over 400 Greylags on 2 stubble fields there...

This afternoon, JD was out braving the elements and he was successful in finding a Pectoral       Sandpiper down at Carnain.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Tuesday 3rd September

Another wet day out here again, so yet again the combines were not out, and not much birding reported in either....

JD had ventured  out today and his top birds were a juv. Ruff on the ponds at Saligo gate and then he also had an Osprey flying over the merse at Bridgend . Up here this evening, we have been watching a Raven and a Buzzard having a tussle, up in the air outside, great to watch.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Monday 2nd September

Just checking through some e mails earlier on and I read that George E. Jackson had a Redstsart over on Jura, when he was over there last month. Also Matthew his son, had been over on Jura last weekend and had counted 20 Grey Heron in a group at the head of Loch Tarbert. Back home on Islay and Matthew had 15 House Martins seen at his home at Rockside road end.

Today, well how can you describe the weather, apart from being "gie dreich" and windy with it as well, say no more!!! We even lit the big fire earlier on, giving us some cheer!!!

JD had seen 3 juv. Common Terns off Bruichladich, over at Gruinart he had 3 Hen Harriers, a male, a female and also a 2 cy male as well. He counted a flock of 110 Goldfinches at Coull with a flock of 180 Linnet present at Ballinaby.  Up here on the feeders were 2 Greenfinches seen in on the feeders, the first seen here for  some time...

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday 1st September

Might as well put you all out of your misery,.. Yes, August has turned out to be the wettest month so far for 2019, only a mere 6.25 inches in total, so it was just as well that I emptied out the gauge before the end of the  month, as I doubt that it would not have held it all...

Today, "JD" has been out and about... At Frenchman's Rocks, he had a Whimbrel and also a Great Skua. At Gruinart, he saw 8 juv. Ruff, 48 juv. Black tailed Godwit and a Greenshank, up at Ardnave, he counted 12 Greenland Wheatear and saw another 8 on his travels. Finally, on his way back to his cottage, he counted 18 Mistle Thrush at Gearach/ Gleann Mor.