Thursday, 5 May 2011

Thursday 5th May

Caught on camera, this Whimbrel was down at Coultorsay this morning along with 30 of his friends. Also present were 3 Black tailed Godwits. George had 3 Sand Martins over his ponds today. On the guided walk at Gruinart today, a Corncrake were heard calling, Hen Harrier and Chough were both seen. The Magpie was seen at the edge of Gruinart Wood again this morning, but no sign of yesterday's Little Egret. Also at Gruinart were a few House Martins. Over at Gartmain there were 38 Oystercatcher and 58 Bar tailed Godwit. As I write, the beloved Cuckoo has just started to call in the wood, hope it shuts up before I go to bed! By the way, we have had a little rain today, enough to lay the dust and that's about all it will do!

James yesterday had carried out a Rook survey at Gruinart and counted 103 nests in all. On the estuary, he had 95 Ringed Plover and 200 Dunlin. The Bullfinch was seen in the same area again.

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