Monday, 27 February 2012

Monday 27th February

Rather a miserable sort of a day over here today, with a drizzle persisting most of the day and also a swirling mist over the crag too, luckily some folk sent in some sightings through.

Yesterday, Dave down on the Oa had a ringtail Hen Harrier catching either a vole or a mouse in his garden at Kinnabus. The Harrier flew off to somewhere safe to eat her prey, but she was constantly under attack by Hooded Crows, and then a Peregrine, but the the Harrier managed to escape with her meal with some spectacular manoeuvres. All from his kitchen window.... Dave also had 13 Lapwing with some of them displaying. Mary had some birds from down at Portnahaven, the Ravens down at Claddach were seen carrying in nesting material. Down in Portnahaven Bay a Great Northern Diver was fishing not far from the shore, it must have been successful, as it was being 'escorted' by 3 attentive Herring Gulls for the whole time. Mary also was saying that the Snow Bunting is still coming to the bird table at Claddach along with the Sparrows. Visitors had seen a pair of distant Golden Eagles, a first winter Glaucous Gull at Gruinart, a first winter Iceland round at Sanaig, back the flats at Gruinart they had the Canada Goose hutchinsii sp, and finally they had a male Hen Harrier at Carnduncan. Today, they a quick look at Loch Indaal from opposite the power station at Bowmore. They had 6 Scaup, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Slavonian Grebe, pr of Pintail & 8 Goldeneye. From Bruichladdich, they had a Great Northern Diver and also a Red throated Diver out on Loch Indaal.

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