Wednesday 30 July 2008
Michal had been out at the weekend on one of his walkabouts and had been over on the shore at Killinallan and followed it round to Gortantaoid, and managed to get this Ringed Plover en route. Michal commented that bird wise, things were a bit quieter, as obviously the breeding season is now past, although he did see and hear Pipits, Skylark, Stonechats, the odd Hoodie Crow and a few Herring Gulls. MS
4 Sand Martins were seen flying South over Kinnabus. RAS
Here at home, later on Sunday evening there were 73 House Martins and Swallows on the 'phone wires, but on Tuesday, there were certainly not so many to be seen, so that could possibly have been the first of them moving South. Round Loch Gorm we counted 253 Greylag, in 5 different sites, with 134 on silage aftermath at Rockside. Down below the coal yard at the head of Loch Indaal there were 2 Turnstone. Flying South towards Bruichladdich was a group of around 20 Knot, while on the rocks there were 40 Eider mainly in eclipse plumage. MAB
Monday 28 July 2008
This image of a Golden Ringed Dragonfly was taken this afternoon as we were out for a short walk in the sweltering heat along the banks of the River Sorn! We were also fortunate to see a Kingfisher briefly as it flew past. IKB
A visitor reported into the Islay Natural History Trust today to say that they had just seen 2 Harbour Porpoises off the peir at Port Charlotte.
In the evening, last night Andy had been out to the Irish Otter Reef which is about 2 - 3 miles off the Oa, and had seen 2 Sooty Shearwater, 20 Storm Petrel, 3 Pomarine Skua, 4 Bonxies and over 4,000 Manx Shearwater. Back on land, down at The American Monument on the Oa, his son, Luke saw 2 Peregrine this morning. RAS
Sunday 27 July 2008
With this good weather, it is not just us humans that want to loaf about in the water, but also the Seals down at Portnahaven this afternoon, were not very active either!
With James back, and after clearing his desk, and answering all those e mails, he has had some time for seeing a few birds through the week. Earlier in the week, he had 35 Chough up at Ardnave, at Gruinart reserve itself, he had 2 Hen Harriers, Whinchat, Wheatear, which are now on the move. Later on in the week, he saw the Peregrine out and about, and also 2 Redpoll. He also saw lots of Ringlet butterflies, and also Painted Lady butterflies too, as well as a Lizard, all making the most of this spell of warmer weather. JRH
Here at home, we noted observing a couple of Tiger Moths out in the sun yesterday, while in the afternoon there was a Peregrine overhead.
Saturday 26 July 2008
Not too clear an image of a young Corncrake, as it was taken through the kitchen window of one of the cottages this morning.
On Thursday, on the way down to Bruichladdich I noticed 3 Rowan trees at Foreland laden with red berries, is this early, or is it possibly a sign of an early/ hard winter to come?
I forgot to write an entry from James before he went on holiday, whilst going over to Oronsay, he had seen 10 Manx Shearwater in the Sound of Islay, and also 3 Storm Petrel between Islay and Oronsay. JRH