Friday 21 May 2010

Fri 21st May

Michal had been out on the prowl last night to try to hear any new Corncrakes. It is still early days yet but so far he has over 30 calling birds. As well as the corncrakes, he also had heard 9 Grasshopper warblers and a Water rail on his travels! Wonder if Michal heard that Cuckoo that keeps calling up here?
Carl today had a pair of Guillemot at Bruichladdich and on the Uiskentuie Strand, the Little Terns are most definitely defending their territory!
Today Malcolm had seen 3 large Canada Geese, larger than the ones that we normally get here in the winter.
While the van was in at the garage this morning, we took time to do a bit of birding ourselves. On Loch Indaal from Bowmore we could only see one Great northern Diver, (have the other Divers moved through now?) At Gartmain there 91 Bar tailed Godwits, 131 Dunlin, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 3 Mallard, a few Eider and some Shelduck. Up from The Woolen Mill and beside the River Sorn, we had a Spotted Flycatcher, Coal Tit, Great Tit, male Bullfinch with Siskin on the feeders at The Mill itself. Further on a Kestrel was seen, as were several Buzzards at different places.
Friends had a Grey Wagtail with 3 young on the River Sorn below Bridgend. They too had a Spotted Flycatcher and also a Treecreeper in the same locality.

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