Monday 26 April 2010

Mon 26th April

Robert Davison, as new resident on Islay was in touch today to say that he had seen 3 Sandwich Tern over Loch Indaal.
James had 4 Grasshopper Warbler, a Water rail, a Whinchat and 2 Toads on the reserve at Gruinart today, while Mike Peacock had his first Corncrake of the year over on Oronsay.
Visitors had been watching the Hares today, there were 16 in one field along at Sunderland at lunchtime. Over at Loch Ballygrant, on the cones of the Scots pine trees they had 3 Crossbills, and found 4 flowering Lesser Twayblades, later on down towards Mulindry they had seen a Sparrowhawk and a short while later, a Hen Harrier.
Other visitors had been in Bridgend woods, and had heard 3 Chiffchaff and saw 4 Redpolls. Down at Rockside they had 15 Barnacle Geese, yesterday they saw 43 Red breasted Merganser on Loch Indaal. Today on Loch Indaal, Malcolm had 15 Great northern Diver "milling around, very close together as if in some display"
As I write this evening, the Cuckoo is calling away in the wood again. Down at Gartmain at lunchtime there was a flock of over 200 Bar tailed Godwit and also 31 Whimbrel.

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