Friday, 3 April 2009

Fri 3rd April

Our Aberdeenshire birder had seen the Green winged Teal on the floods in front of the hide at Gruinart yesterday.
Malcolm had been out Goose counting with Robin Bignall today on the "Gruinart Run" and just before midday on the Killinallan side of the loch, looking across it to the other side, to count the geese feeding at Garra-Eallabus, when they all got up in a panic. Malcolm also noticed that lots more geese, to the South near Gruinart Farm were also up in the air. It was then that he spotted a fast moving white bird flying quite low up the West side of the loch which flew on towards Ardnave. When they got round to Ardnave, about 45 minutes later, all the geese in that area were up in the air milling around. There was nothing obvious disturbing them, so they assumed that the Gyr Falcon was still around causing the upset. George came up asap, but to no avail. All George had to show for his troubles was a Kestrel.
All we could see today was our first Swallow of the year, down past Sunderland Farm. There were 19 Pale bellied Brent Geese down in Loch Indaal at same place as where the others were last night.

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