Monday 14 January 2008

Sat 12th - Mon 14th Jan

Quite a lot to report tonight, which considering the weather here on Saturday night and Sunday is really quite surprising. My own notes of my short visit to Jura which was done on Saturday, cannot be done tonight as I have misplaced my notebook, will find it promise... IKB
A count round the estuary at Loch Gruinart today gave us the following, 368 Dunlin, 258 Bar tailed Godwit, 97 Sanderling, 51 Shelduck, 35 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 98 Curlew, 157 Wigeon, 255 Oystercatcher, 36 Turnstone, 78 Redshank, 14 Merganser, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Great Nortern Diver and 1 Greenshank. The count for Dunlin, Godwit and Redshank are high for this time of year. CF
Also today, a count was done on the flats at Loch Gruinart at RSPB reserve which consisted of 1373 Teal, 2 Heron, 2 Moorhen, 1 Tufted Duck, 163 Wigeon, 70 Mallard, 59 Shoveler, 46 Pintail, 6 Mute Swan, 19 Greylag, 142 Lapwing, 2 Whooper Swan, Male Sparrowhawk, 34 Twite and 9 Grey Plover. The Grey Plover could possibly be the same birds on the estuary, but seen twice. The count for the Pintail was a good count as only 7 years ago, 6 Pintail was the number being counted. The Sparrowhawk showed up well in the afternoon light after the rain before lunch time. JRH
The Goose counts done last week were as follows, 40,325 Barnacle and 5,236 Greenland Whitefront Geese. Thanks again to Tracey and Margaret at SNH for the numbers.

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