Saturday 29 May 2010

Sat 29th May

Must have spoken too soon yesterday about "the good weather" as today is not so good, glad to have another layer on to keep warm. The tumble drier has been on to dry the sheets etc from the cottages!
A double entry from Carl today, as I had just written the entry last night when his sightings came through. On Friday, Carl had Kittiwake off Port Charlotte pier, a Grey Wagtail also at Port Charlotte. On his way to Bunnahabhain, he had 10 Jackdaws at Blackrock, I do not think that I have mentioned them on the blog before, and further on he had Cuckoo, Great Tit, both Rock and Meadow Pipit and also Wheatear. Today at Port Sgioba at Port Charlotte, there were Grey Wagtails juveniles to be seen, Greylags with goslings at Easter Ellister while at Wester Ellister, Whinchat, Stonechat, Cuckoo and Sedge Warbler were present. A pair of Chough were at Octofad and from Craigfad, 12 Guillemot, 1 Black Guillemot and a Razorbill were seen on Loch Indaal.
On the reserve at Gruinart, James had 4 Redpoll, a Sparrowhawk, and 5 Woodpigeon. Woodpigeon are not that common a bird on Islay!
Here at home today the wood was aloud with bird song especially this morning. The Cuckoo was to the fore followed by Starling, and Michal picked out a Chiffchaff. On the grass there were several juvenile Starling out getting fed by their parents. Earlier this week a Spotted Flycatcher had been seen in the wood by one of our visitors.

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