Sunday, 16 August 2009

Sun 16th Aug

Show week is now all done and dusted, the show day went well, the weather was dry and no midges, much to everybody's relief. Friday turned to be very wet and windy, over an inch fell, through the week possibly as much as 2" in total. The piece of news from the show was that RSPB won the overall show champion with one of their heifer calves.
Back to the main thrust of the blog and James had been down on Loch Gruinart this morning and has got some wader figures, 14 Black tailed Godwits, 24 Bar tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 1740 Dunlin, 170 Ringed Plover, 66 Sanderling, 4 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine Falcon. As James said, the count for Ringed Plover and also Curlew Sandpiper were good for Islay.
With the show now behind us all, we will try to get the blog back up to speed again, but we will be 2 contributors down as Rory has left Gruinart to take up a post with RSPB in Edinburgh while Michal is about to leave too and is going to Aride in The Seychelles to a post there for 3 months. What one does to avoid our weather! Thanks to Rory and especially Michal for his images during his stay over the last few years. As the saying goes, " Gone, but not forgotten"

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