Thursday 17 July 2008

Thurs 17th July

After another misty start to the day, the mist was burnt off by mid morning giving us all a good day after that.
Over at Gruinart and on the road up to Ardnave, I had a really close viewing of a Peregrine on a fence post, but it was all to aware of me as it had flown off before I managed to get my camera out! Not to be outdone there was a Buzzard on top of a Telephone pole just round the corner. There were quite a few Stonechat out with young looking to be fed, and also some Linnet and Twite to be seen as well. Up at Ardnave itself there were 2 separate hen Pheasant with their own broods, while on the Loch there were 4 Mute Swan and also a few Tufted Duck. There were some Sand Martin out on the wing both over the water and also over the dunes and several Skylark could be heard singing overhead with great gusto. On the guided walk at the RSPB reserve the Ringtail Hen Harrier was out on show. On our way home from Port Charlotte in the early afternoon, a male Hen Harrier swooped down across the road from the moor, how it missed the car I am not sure!

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