Sunday 25 May 2008

Sun 25th May

I forgot to say that the rain the other night never came to much, infact so far this month there has only been 3/4" of an inch in total, and we are at present making the most of this spell of warm, dry weather.
Over on the floods at RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, the pair of Mute Swan have had 5 cygnets, and the male Garganey was still to be seen out in front of the hide. A group of 7 Hares were seen by James, in a circle having a meeting as is often observed at this time of year! Last night he heard the Water rail and had an Otter was in one of the ditches. Meanwhile out on the estuary, there were 78 Ringed Plover and 170 Dunlin. Some of the Corncrake appear not to be calling, a possible indication that they have mated with the female and she has started to lay eggs. JRH

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