Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Tuesday 20th April

Peter had been out and about today and sent me through the following birds seen by himself when out..

"I did a circuit of Loch Gorm today and saw the following around Ballinaby:

245 Golden Plover plus a small mixed flock of geese containing 25 Greylag, 32 White-fronts and single Barnacle and also a Pink-footed Goose.

This evening, down at Octofad I had what appeared to be a pair of crows - one definitely a Hoodie, the other a Carrion - maybe a bit of hybridisation in the offing?

David Dinsley reports a male Blackcap at Kinnabus yesterday."

James was speaking to Margaret earlier on this evening, who said that he had a "good number of Blackwits" seen at Gruinart again today.

Karen Graham from Bearsden today had a pair of Siskins appeared on her seed feeder after thinking that they were all away!!!!

Monday, 19 April 2021

Monday 19th April

 Gary Turnbull reported yesterday:

  • an Osprey harassed by gulls over the Sorn at Bridgend, then flew upriver
  • Juv Iceland Gull near Carrabus, and also 15 Pale bellied Brent Geese at Blackrock
Yesterday, Karen Graham had seen a Grey Heron on the roof of the house next door in Bearsden...Karen  also wondered if the said Heron could possibly have been attracted to their neighbours' garden pond???Today, she had went to RSPB Loch Lomand Woodland walk. Only people there. Spotted our first two Swallows of the year. 

Only other piece of news is that "Big Red" and myself cut the grass, late afternoon, it does not take long to do as "Big Red" has a whopping 52 inch cutting deck to do the job!!!

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sunday 18th April

 Not exactly a summer's day a bit on the cool side, so put off cutting the grass, another time and another day...."Big Red" and myself will cut the grass, here in no time at all....

James had sent me through the following email a wee while ago...

"A few birds – I bird watched my way back from the office (yes, I know it is Sunday, but... )

100 Black tailed Godwits – amazingly counted them twice got 100 both times, 1 Ruff, 3 male Gadwall

1 Merlin, Loads of Sand Martins and a scattering of White Wagtails.

 All seen from the hides"

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Saturday 17th April

An e mail came in today from George E. Jackson with some birds seen by himself and also his wife Pat...

"Not a lot to tell - weather been fine for 2+ days, so garden has had priority. Keep hearing Curlews in the distance then when I look around there's just a cheery Starling laughing at me!!!

Wednesday evening Pat was pleased to hear 4 Chiffchaffs and 1 (our first for the year) Willow Warbler at Foreland. Then I read James's comment about the big arrival yesterday, Thursday. So this morning, Friday, I headed to Foreland again to encounter about 30 Willow Warblers on the same route Pat took, but only heard 1 Chiffchaff. A Grey Heron upped and departed northwards from the small lochan near the 'Tile factory' ruins. [Looking at the remnants of the wall buttresses etc, I wonder whether some speculative archaeologist in a few millennia will claim it as a rectangular stone 'circle' carefully oriented on something!].

Meanwhile, back at Coultorsay there were ca. 90 Greylags on the field below he house, with 14 large Canadas - have to wait and see whether all these move off before long.

The finches continue to clear the sunflower seeds at a prodigious rate.. need to order some more!!!!"

This evening, I received a list of birds seen/ heard around Islay today through from Peter...

"Jack Snipe between Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich seen by Dave Dinsley. First Blackcap of the year at Cornabus seen by Ed Burrell. Cuckoo at Kildalton sent through to Peter by Mary Ann Featherstone"

Friday, 16 April 2021

Friday 16th April

Peter today had been out. making the most of the sunny day by the sound of things which is just as well as there is some rain forecast in a few days time.. Over at Storakaig, which is on the Glen road between Ballygrant and Mulindry, he counted a flock of 80 Golden Plover.

I read a worrying piece of news earlier on this evening, basically that Motmot Travel have called it a day, with the brother and sister team deciding to retire, they will be missed.. "Gone, but not forgotten."

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Thursday 15th April

 Peter e mailed me through the following birds seen recently on Islay....

"David Dinsley reports a Carrion Crow at Ghiol on the Oa on Tuesday.

Yesterday, David Wood saw a Magpie at Mid Cragabus while Mary-Ann Featherstone reports from Kildalton  that - "The woodpecker is tapping daily. The first Cuckoo arrived yesterday morning."

Some birds seen by James on the reserve at Gruinart...

"Willow warbler invasion- lots of willow warblers arrived yesterday all singing this morning

Geese- pretty much all the geese have gone – moved  away mainly on Monday/ Tuesday

Bullfinch on reserve yesterday, Sandwich Tern and Common Sandpiper Bruichladdich yesterday

This morning on reserve, Chiffchaff 2, Redwings still lots around, also seen was a Swallow

 And yesterday, Neil MacGillivray, saw a Cuckoo on reserve."


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wednesday 14th April

Matthew phoned yesterday evening to say he'd seen an Osprey (tucking into a very large fish) on a roadside telegraph pole overlooking Loch Gorm - he got a photo on his phone but by the time he returned with his better camera, it had cleared off.

As George E. Jackson was driving home from Uiskentuie, yesterday afternoon, there was a Grey Heron on the rocks just north of Bruichladdich - first one he has seen there for at least 3 weeks.