Wednesday 6 February 2008

Wed 6th Feb

We have just had a report of a sighting of another dead whale, here on the West coast of Islay, but this time it is a Pilot whale. All going well I will try to locate it tomorrow morning, but it has definately been identified as a pilot whale already.
Still on the West coast, some sightings of Gulls, a second winter Glaucous Gull was at Ballinaby on Monday, as was a first winter Iceland Gull at RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve. In the Saligo area, there have been a first winter and a third winter Iceland Gulls. RAS
Over at Gartmain near Bowmore, there were 3 Pink-footed Geese in amongst some Greylags. A single Shoveler was also there. Round the top of Loch Indaal at various locations there was a total of 20 Brent Geese. This morning at the back of Bruichladdich there were 80 Greylag Geese in a field. GJ
Out and about today produced 4 Merlin on the Rhinns of Islay. MH
Over at the RSPB reserve at Loch Gruinart, there were 8 Whooper Swan, an additional 6 from the previous entry. Also seen out quartering their territories were 2 female Hen Harriers, and a Peregrine was out upsetting all and sundry on the flats! JRH

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