Friday, 5 February 2010

Fri 5th Feb

18 Fulmar were on the crag yesterday, a possible sign that the weather is in for a turn, and today they have flown back out to sea again.
Down at Gartmain yesterday afternoon, on the way into Bowmore, there were 105 Sanderling, 48 Oystercatcher, 121 Bar tailed Godwits, 30 Lapwing, 34 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 7 Common Gull, 8 Curlew and 6 Eider off shore.
Today, there were 3 groups of Pale bellied Brent geese totalling 34 on the way to Bruichladdich and down at Sunderland Farm 16 Blackbirds were in a field.
James had the Little egret out on the floods out in front of the hide this afternoon, and also a Peregrine flew over at the same time. There were 200 Lapwing along with 5 Snipe present. James also managed a Goose count for the reserve, the totals were 3,153 Barnacle Geese, 267 Whitefronts, 22 Greylag and the lesser Canada Goose, hutchinsii. James said it was a low count.

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