Wednesday 6 May 2009

Wed 6th May

As it was fair this evening, we decided to go out for a run round Loch Gorm. Over on a ploughed field at Ballinaby, we saw these 4 Canada Geese in with some Greylags, further on at the edge of some of the pools of water were some Dunlin, a single Common sandpiper as well as a few Curlew. On the grass fields, there were several Wheatear to be seen, with quite a few Skylark singing away overhead. When we got as further round, the road was flooded, so we had to retrace our way back. On looking back through the Geese, which had moved along with another group, we saw that there was a single Pink footed Goose and also a single Greenland Whitefront mixed through. A male Hen Harrier was seen over the back towards Loch Gorm.
James had been out before the rain came on this morning, and had done the annual count of Rook nests on the reserve at Gruinart, tallying up to 139 in all, an increase of 2 on the year, They appear to be fairly static, although at one point were down to as low as 80 nests. James also noticed that a couple of young Ravens had fledged the nest, early for them he said. He also had seen a Merlin and a Peregrine out on the wing. JRH

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