This blog was started on the 1st of May 2007 and aims to provide information about the birds of Islay.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Tuesday 24th April
This image of a Grey Wagtail was sent through to me this evening by our "Argyll birder". He was fortunate to take it down at The Woolen Mill, as ever please note the blue sky! Today up at Ardnave, he had 44 Golden Plover at Ardnave, 27 White Wagtails, 15 Tufted Duck on the loch along with 8 Black tailedGodwit on edge of the loch. At the top of Loch Indaal, he counted 82 Black headed Gulls, the pair of Grey Wagtails were at The Woolen Mill. In Bridgend Woods, along the River Sorn he had several Blackcaps and Chiffchaff as well as Goldcrest and Siskin. Finally at Portnahaven, he had 2 Pink footed Geese & 12 Blackwits. Our Hampshire birders yesterday had heard the Corncrake at Rockside road end, on Loch Indaal, a pair of Red breasted Merganser, and on Loch a'Chnuic, beyond Ardbeg, a further 8 Merganser were counted. Along at Claggain Bay, another pair of Merganser, Wheatear, 2 Shag, 2 GND and 2 Gannets offshore.At Sgeil Dubh, both Eider and Whimbrel were seen. A Cuckoo was heard when they were at the Kildalton Cross. On their way home at Cruach they had a flock of over 30Linnets, while at Pennycraig, 2 Rock Pipits, 4 Ringed Plover and 4 Common Gull were noted. Once again, many thanks. Back on Saturday, Dave saw 15 Botlled nosed Dolphins off the Oa.