Saturday, 19 February 2011

Saturday 19th February

Last night for a while, it turned out to rather wet and windy, but today turned out a bit better, although the morning ferry was diverted up to Port Askaig. Even the birds were better...
This morning, here at home we had a Siskin on one of the bird feeders. Later on, after lunchtime we went round Loch Gorm and then up to Ardnave. Just past Coull, on the whins at the roadside was a Stonechat, and further on there was a large bird on top of a straining post, on looking through the bins it was a Golden Eagle. A few moments later on and another Eagle came into sight as it soared past. The first bird took off and both of them on the wing. We watched them for a while before they flew off out of sight. Ardnave Loch had 12 Whooper Swans, a pair of Mute Swans, some Tufted Duck, Wigeon and a few Teal. On the shoreline were 5 Lapwing, a pair of Oystercatcher, and later a pair of Curlew were seen too. Just before the darkening, a couple of Peregrine were sitting on the crag, here at home.
I was speaking with Steve Percival who this morning had seen a Barnacle Goose over at Craigens that was initially rung back as a juvenile bird in Iceland in 1983, so is now 27+ years old....
Another visitor was in touch this evening with their sightings. They had been watching a male Hen Harrier down towards Portnahaven for the best part of an hour, as it quartered back and forward. At same point, they had 3 Buzzard, a Kestrel and later a Peregrine. On their way home they had a Short eared Owl.

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