A Happy New Year to you all, Greetings fom Islay.
There is not a tremendous amount to report for the last 2 days, not that we are suffering from the after effects of alcohol.......
A group of Birdwatchers from Ayrshire had reported seeing 22 Crossbills over at Avonvogie, so we will need to try to have a closer look to see how many more are in the plantation. The same birders also turned up a juvenile female Black Redstart on the dyke at Carnain while up at Ardnave they had seen a dead Turtle. I believe that they had a tally of 110 species on their visit which is not bad for time of year.
2 Separate sightings of Canada Geese, one over at Bowmore on Monday, the other over at Loch Gruinart this morning. SP
On the RSPB reserve at Gruinart today there was a count of 754 Lapwing, and a Moorhen was also seen, as was a Merlin, which has been quite a regular sighting recently. JRH
There were 19 Pale bellied Brent Geese on the water down at Bruichladdich. MAO
There have been several sightings of Fieldfares recently too all around the island. IKB