Saturday 20 November 2010

Sat 20th November

Not that it has been raining today, but I took the opportunity to empty the rain gauge out, so come the end of the month, I had better remember to add on 5", and not think it has been a dry month.....
Carrying on from where we left off last night, James's counts from yesterday.....On Ardnave Loch he had 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard, 53 Wigeon, 42 Teal, 9 Goldeneye, 8 Mute Swan, 12 Whooper Swan, 1 Long tailed Duck and 2 Dabchick. He also managed a count on the floods, tallying through at 1194 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Dabchick, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Heron, 65 Mallard, 129 Wigeon, 57 Shoveler, 46 Pintail, 11 Whoopers, 5 Mute, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 16 Curlew, 522 Lapwing, 1 Moorhen and 4 Snipe. No doubt he would be counting birds in his sleep last night!
Coming home from Bowmore on Thursday night Malcolm had seen a Barn Owl out over the merse at Bridgend, Carl had seen a Tawny Owl coming back from Portnahaven last night.
Today, George had been up at Loch Skerrols and had counted 130 Whoopers and around 400 Wigeon and at top of Loch Indaal there were 26 Pale bellied Brent close to the coal yard.
When we came back up from Bruichladdich at lunch time we saw a solitary Waxwing at Foreland, our first one this year I hasten to add! At Rockside there was a flock of 70 Lapwing.

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