Saturday 20 June 2009

Sat 20th June

"Sand Martins were visiting their nest holes along the dunes first thing this morning, with family groups flying close by. Stonechat, Wheatear, Corncrake and Cuckoo could all be heard.
A visit to the South east of Islay produced numerous seals hauled out on the islands, and Red breasted Mergansers feeding close to the shore. Off one bay, Arctic Terns were plunging into the sea for food, whilst others sat on the shore preening. Shags and Black Guilliemots were also seen, but no divers.
A Buzzard dropped into a woodland, carrying prey in its' talons. In another wood, Redpoll were displaying, and a Spotted Flycatcher was catching insects. The Thistle heads now have some seed, with Goldfinch being seen on the seed heads.
On the return leg home, an Otter was watched for some time in a small bay, as it dived for food and munching the results!
Close to home, a pair of Hen Harriers were over the hill, and later on a Kestrel was hovering, in search of a meal."
Once again many thanks to our visiting friends for their input.

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