Monday 12 May 2008

Mon 12th May

A first for the RSPB Oa reserve here on Islay, was that of a calling Corncrake heard by Gus Keys. The Ring necked Duck and also the male Goosander are still present on Loch Kinnabus. 3 Canada Geese flew over Loch Kinnabus on Sunday. While down on the Oa today, Michael Coppleston had a Yellow Wagtail, of the blue headed race, there were sightings of a similar bird back in 2005 and 2006 also on the Oa. A.K. & M.C.
Not to be outdone, James had 14 calling Corncrake on the reserve at Loch Gruinart on Saturday night. J.R.H.
There were 31 Pale bellied Brent at Gortan at the head of Loch Indaal this morning and this evening there were 42 Greylag Geese as well as 12 Shelduck on a newly sown Barley field at Sunderland Farm. I heard this evening of a field at Newton at Bridgend where over 40 Shelduck come in most evenings. I.K.B.

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