Monday, 20 April 2009

Mon 20th April

Several different sightings from visitors, so here goes. On Friday, while out with walkislay, 2 Sandwich Terns were seen over the Sound of Islay from the lighthouse at McArthur's Head. The same folk also had another couple of birds on Loch Indaal later on the same day.
Adrian Martin from Hampshire had been over on Islay last week, and was commenting on our different birds, "abundant Hen Harriers, Choughs, Great northern Divers and Gannets were all fantastic for us Hampshire folk, but standard fare for you". He was also fortunate enough to see a couple of Dotterel in a field by the car park at the RSPB reserve on the Oa on Thursday, and on Tuesday evening whilst out, he had heard a Snipe drumming. Thanks for that, Adrian.
Another visitor had heard 2 Cuckoos today, one down beside Foreland, the other over beside Loch Tallant.
Back to our locals, and Michal heard his first Corncrake calling this morning, over at the RSPB reserve at Gruinart, while James had his first Sedge warbler of the year. MS & JRH

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