Tuesday 21 February 2012

Tuesday 21st February

On Sunday, David Formby, our local dentist here on Islay, had been up round Ardnave Point and had 30 Sanderling which were attracting the attention of a Merlin! While he was there he bumped into some old friends from the mainland. The visitors had seen a male and also a female Hen Harrier up there, down at Sunderland they had a Woodcock. Yesterday the visiting birders had a pair of Goosanders on the River Sorn and a further 3 on Loch Skerrols. Down on the Oa they had 10 Fieldfare, but no signs of any Redwing. On Sunday, Bob & Martin managed their count between Bowmore and Gartbreck, with their count being 1 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 28 Shag, 7 Cormorant, 5 Great Northern Diver, 4 Greater black backed Gull, 3 Lesser black backed Gull, 23 Black headed Gull, 120 Common Gull, 350 Herring Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 15 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 37 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 8 Goldeneye, 19 Red breasted Merganser, 32 Eider, 185 Oystercatcher, 60 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 12 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 23 Lapwing and 2 Turnstone.

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