James yesterday carried out a count on the flats. Top bird was a Green winged Teal. Other birds were as follows, 671 Teal, 66 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 53 Mallard, 50 Pintail, 13 Mute Swan, 58 Redshank, 55 Lapwing, 9 Heron, 39 Dunlin, 34 Shoveler, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Moorhen, 8 Curlew, 9 Whooper Swan, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 21 Black headed Gull, 2 Shelduck, 15 Greylag, 16 Common Gull & 4 Snipe. Round at Craigens, the 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was still present. Over on Jura, 10 Pale bellied Brent Geese were seen at Craighouse.
Martin is back from his overseas trip, before he left, he had countless Tits in his garden, especially Coal Tits, but has not seen any at all since his return, but today had 4 Siskins, 6 Greenfinches, 3 Robins and also a Goldcrest. Yesterday, over close to Skerrols House at Bridgend, Martin had 2 ringtail Hen Harriers together. Also there, amongst the Barnies, Martin had a Canada Goose, hutchinsii sp. I was round Loch Gorm this afternoon looking for a Wheatear, but no joy, for once there was hardly anything around, the odd Hooded Crow, some geese at Rockside, Coull, round at Ballinaby and then a large flock at Rock Mountain.