Saturday 1 May 2010

Sat 1st May

Another month in, with the rainfall for April being just over 2", and in total around 11.5" for the year so far, compared to 18" last year, according to Clark who lives down the road.
Michal had bee up round Ardnave this morning, and down on the sandy beach near the former lobster pools at Traigh Nostaig, Michal counted 180 Dunlin, 50 Oystercatcher, 40 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 3 Sanderling, 1 Spotted Redshank and 3 White wagtails.
On the reserve at Gruinart, James had 66 Golden Plover and 17 Black tailed Godwit. Yesterday on the flats some visitors had a Snipe drumming, and out in front of the hide watched one of the Mute Swan defend its' territory against the pair of Whooper swan who are still present. Today our friends had seen the Garganey, and on Loch Indaal 44 Scaup and a Little Tern. Two of our visiting birders left for home last night, and contributed over the fortnight both with sightings and images were Gordon and Pauline Yates, many thanks for your input, much appreciated.
At Bruichladdich today, Malcolm had 2 Arctic Terns and 5 Purple Sandpiper while along at Kentraw he had 22 Whimbrel.

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