Thursday 1 March 2012

Thursday 1st March

A great Spring day over here, the birds in the wood are singing away good style, and there were a couple of pairs of Lapwings displaying out towards the War Graves cemetery. At the pine trees down beyond "the hedges" below Sunderland, there were 2 Ravens, 2 Buzzards and a Heron all mobbing each other....I saw a 2 Pied Wagtails this morning at different places round Loch Gorm, a male and then later a female Stonechat. There were 62 Barnies in one of our fields, something we do not many of, and 8 Greylags closer to the house too! The other night, after the "bird nerds" meeting, one of our local farmers was telling me that the geese with him this year were in different places compared with other years, basically there were to be found on the rougher fields.

Following on the "Spring" theme, Bob had seen 2 pairs of Red Grouse, close to where John L. had seen the pair the other day. Bob also had a Meadow Pipit along with 8 Skylarks singing away. He also had seen the Short eared Owl there too. David & Jenny (visiting birders) had seen a male Hen Harrier round at The Gearach yesterday, and had a count of 81 Fieldfare and 10 Redwing there too. They also had a pair of Golden Eagles on the Rhinns. Down at Portnahaven a Gannet and a female Sparrowhawk were present. At Octofad they saw 3 Goldfinch, and later a Merlin on the shore South of Bruichladdich. At Sunderland they had 15 Herons, and at Machir Bay they had 20 Twite fly past

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