Sunday 30 January 2011

Sunday 30th January

Carl had been out "Curlew counting" today. Over along the side of the Uiskentuie strand where Calum has been spreading some of the cattle dung, Carl had a count of 100 Curlews present, and in the field beside the Port Charlotte lighthouse he had a further 50 Curlews.
It was that time of year again this weekend, with the Big Garden birdwatch.... James was round, so he can verify our numbers! 68 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 7 Jackdaw, 15 Starling, 22 Pheasant, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird and 20 Red legged Partridge. The Partridge as I have said before are no doubt released birds from Rockside, but the Chaffinch number is high too. Possibly this is also reflected in the high counts seen around Islay of late. I note too that the Jackdaws have not been seen in the last 2 years here!

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