Friday 22 May 2009

Fri 22nd May

The Corncrake count was carried out last night as planned but when I speak with Michal, I will be able to update you on the numbers. Certainly the tally, on the patch we covered was up on last year, and a Spotted Crake was heard calling down towards Machir Bay. James did the reserve at Gruinart and also had 3 Barn Owls and 2 Water rails.
While doing his survey work this morning, James had 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Whitethroats, 7 Whinchats and a Common Lizard out sunning itself, it's okay for some, loafing about in the sun that is!
A visitor was telling me earlier on this evening, that he had an Artic Skua up at Sanaigmore this afternoon, and yesterday they had been watching a male Hen Harrier attempting to catch a hare, obviously with no luck as they more often prey on Meadow Pipits.

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