Friday 13 January 2012

Friday 13th January

This image was sent through by Miriam Parkes taken last week of one of the Cackling Geese amongst the Barnacle Geese that she had seen when she was over.

Last night on our way to Bowmore, we had a Barn Owl out on the wing at Pennycraig, earlier on we had a Red Deer stag resplendent with antlers at the roadside at Rockside and coming home there were 3 Roe Deer at almost same place.

Yesterday Bob had done a count over between Bowmore and Gartbreck, with his tally coming through at 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Heron, 33 Shag, 5 Cormorant, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Red breasted Merganser, 27 Eider, 133 Wigeon, 83 Mallard, 119 Teal, 17 Shelduck, 156 Oystercatcher, 209 Curlew, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 190 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 45 Dunlin, 120 Lapwing, 2 Grey plover, 19 Turnstone, 2 Glaucous Gull, 2 Greater black backed Gull, 74 Herring Gull, 3 Black headed Gulls all on the shore. On the adjoining fields there 3,000 Barnacle geese, 260 Greenland Whitefronts, 37 Greylags, and 3 Buzzards who were continually harassing the geese!

Today Louise had 8 Bullfinches up towards Loch Corr, 4 males and 4 females. Also today we had an Iceland Gull at "smelly corner", with the Brent Geese present at Blackrock. A Buzzard was on the thermals above the raised beach along from Uiskentuie, and another Buzzard on the ground just after Foreland, as were a couple of Fieldfare. There were a couple of Blue Tits on the road there too, I often think them perched on a branch rather than on a road! By the way the wind was up the other night after the Fulmars left but I do not sure what speed it was as Mike' weather station came unstuck last week with the storm/ lightning....

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