Tuesday 27 March 2012

Tuesday 27th March

A late entry, sorry folks... Had 3 Magpies today, sorry wrong place as that was in Glasgow... Back to Islay and its birds. This evening was the monthly meeting of the "bird nerds", we had 15 folk there including 5 visitors. Louise had 70 Whoopers flying up the Sound of Islay this morning, and she has seen 3 different Short eared Owls of late on Jura. Visitors told me this evening that they had a flock of 200 Golden Plover round on the ploughed field at Ballinaby, and at the other end of Islay, down at Kildalton they had around 50 Fieldfare together. Other visitors had seen 2 Crossbills on the pine trees at Sunderland Farm along with a mixed group of Redpolls, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and also some Siskin too. Bob had a female Sparrowhawk at home today. Back on Saturday morning, David Formby had a Kestrel mobbing some Meadow Pipits as the ferry left Kennacraig. Carl had a Wheatear at Carrabus, a pair of Reed Buntings at Lyrabus and 18 Whoopers at Gruinart. There was a Swallow seen down on the Oa today and this evening on his way to the "nerds" James had a Sand Martin.

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