Tuesday 20 October 2009

Tues 20th Oct

A few reports of some Whoopers seen today, Malcolm had 7 in Loch Indaal this morning, flying low down close to the surface of the water, one of our visitors had 3 on Loch Skerrols and a further 8 over at Gruinart while James this afternoon had a group of 23 fly past his road end.
Our visitors had been out and about today, a male Kestrel was seen hunting over towards Carnduncan, further on at Coullabus, a Merlin flew low and fast over the road . On at Loch Skerrols there was a pair of Mute Swan plus a juvenile along with 4 others, also on the water were 15 Teal and 2 Dabchick. A male Bullfinch was in the woods as were 3 Goldfinch, 2 Yellowhammer and a flock of around 100 Chaffinch. Up at the Woolen Mill was a Dipper and a Grey wagtail. On the way home, round at Saligo/ Ballinaby, there were 166 Golden Plover and 22 Lapwing. 2 Snipe took off the verge side there too. They also reported having seen a few ringtail Hen harriers on their travels today.
James had 6 Bullfinch over at the Lily Loch on Dunlossit today.
George had 40 Whitefronts as well as 40 Barnies in the fields at the back of his house, with some Teal and Mallard on his pools. Some of the Barnies have got down to Port Ellen now, with 50 out at Ardtalla.

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