Thursday 6 May 2010

Thurs 6th May

On the guided walk at Gruinart today, we were fortunate enough to hear a Corncrake calling directly in front of the Visitor Centre, and another was heard over towards the hide. 2 Coal Tit, a Peregrine, a Chough were the highlights, and 41 Barnies were seen over at Craigens. A Sedge warbler was also heard.
George had seen a Great Northern Diver in full summer plumage out on Loch Indaal directly in front of his house, he also saw another one but rather a scruffy looking individual, not yet into summer plumage!
A late entry through from Carl from Monday, partly my fault, over at Bowmore he had 15 Whimbrel, at Gortan (near the coal yard) on Loch Indaal were 30 Red breasted Merganser, 4 Goldfinch at Bruichladdich and at home in Port Charlotte, he had 12 Collared Doves.
The elusive Common Crane had been seen up Gruinart way yesterday, and this afternoon, we had a phone call to say that it had been seen on the wing over at Coul. We took a run round Loch Gorm, but did not see it!
This morning our visitors had 2 Sandwich Tern, 47 Dunlin, 48 Red breasted Merganser, 38 Scaup and 255 Bar tailed Godwit all on Loch Indaal. At lunchtime they saw 42 Whimbrel in a field between Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich. In Bridgend Woods this afternoon, they had Blackcap, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff and a Grasshopper warbler. At The Woolen Mill there was a Grey wagtail on the River Sorn and on the feeders at the mill were 7 Siskin. Coming home later this afternoon 63 Golden plover were at Ballinaby.

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