Catherine carried out a count on Loch Gruinart earlier this week, and counted the following birds, 330 Curlew, 283 Oystercatcher, 372 Dunlin, 77 Ringed Plover, 56 Herring Gull, 19 Shag, 30 Merganser, 14 Heron, 41 Wigeon, 50 Common Gull, 5 Greenshank, 228 Bar tailed Godwits, 56 Mallard, 14 Knot, 49 Redshank, 1 Raven, 55 Turnstone, 56 Sanderling, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Eider, 45 Lapwing, 42 Golden Plover and 1 Black headed Gull. Thanks Catherine for that info.
Coming back from the guided walk at Loch Gruinart this afternoon, we saw 29 Golden Plover resting up below the coal yard down on Loch Indaal. Nearer to home, at Sunderland there was a Merlin on a telegraph pole, possibly the same bird that has been seen down that way of late. This morning, there were certainly a lot of Geese down on Rockside, mainly Barnies, a lot of Greylags with a few Whitefronts there too.