Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tuesday 15th March

A great day out here today and to finish it off a beautiful sunset...
While James had carried a count on the floods yesterday, Mary McGregor who is covering for Louise at present, along with Mark one of the vols, the 2 of them had been up the east side of Loch Gruinart. It was Mary and Mark who saw the White tailed Sea Eagle yesterday, and Mary reckons it was because of it being around, that the figures for some of the waders could be on the low side! Anyway, here are their figures, 401 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Northern Diver, 268 Shelduck, 168 Wigeon, 7 Eider, 8 Red breasted Merganser, 16 Ringed Plover, 245 Bar tailed Godwit, 177 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 16 Turnstone, 121 Black headed Gulls (many with summer plumage), 87 Common Gulls, 51 Herring Gulls, 7 Greater Black backed Gulls, 7 Raven, 770 Barnies and the White tailed Sea Eagle! Afterwards they had checked out Ardnave Loch where they had the following birds, 16 Common Gulls, 24 Oystercatcher, 34 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 15 Whooper Swan, 1 Mallard, 14 Greylag, 14 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew and a Heron.
A visiting birder had told Mary that he had seen 10 Whimbrel on the Eastern side of Loch Gruinart yesterday

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