Friday 3 February 2012

Friday 3rd February

It may be cold outside at present, but so far this month it has been dry, but according to the weather forecast, things are in for a change with some rain coming in through the night, at least they are not forecasting snow for here!

Yesterday, Bonnie, Dave's wife had 15 Golden Plover and a Golden Eagle down on the Oa, while Crystal saw a ringtail Hen Harrier. Dave was also commenting on having around 350 Barnies around for the past few days, which is more than normal for the Oa. The other day, Bob had a Kestrel up beside his house, along with a mixed flock of 60 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing and 20 Starling. On the spit on Loch Indaal, he had 12 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover and 8 Turnstone. Up at Ardnave Loch, Bob counted 15 Whoopers, 5 Mute Swan, 6 Mallard, 8 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 8 Goldeneye and 2 Heron. He then walked from Tayvullin up to Ardnave Point, the birds present were 1 Black throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 39 Wigeon, 15 Red breasted Merganser, 1 adult Golden Eagle, 5 Buzzard, 50 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Lapwing, 7 Turnstone, 20 Dunlin, 30 Curlew, 10 Bar tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 10 Raven, 6 Jackdaw, 22 Chough, 12 Starling, 2 Rock Pipit and a female Snow Bunting. Over on Nave Island, birds seen were 3 Fulmar, 10 Shag, 15 Cormorant, 8 Eider, 30 Herring Gull, 2 Greater black backed Gull, 180 Barnies and 20 Whitefronts. Coming home across the flats at Gruinart, 7 Whitefronts landed on the road in front of his car as he drove along....

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