Sunday 28 October 2012

Sunday 28th October

Tony Johnson sent through this image of a Snow Bunting which he took over at Saligo when he was over last week. The clocks changed today and so did the weather, with a lot of dirty showers appearing out of nowhere, at least it has not been as cold as it was a few days ago! New birders who arrived yesterday had seen a White tailed Sea Eagle eating a Barnie over at Gruinart today. From the "old hide" they also had a ringtail Hen Harrier. Up at Ardnave they had Chough,  2 Whooper Swans on the loch and 12 Redwing seen there too. On Loch Indaal, off Port Charlotte, they had a GND still in summer plumage, and also 12  Common Scoter.  Dave, one of the  the "vols" with RSPB had counted 36 Red legged Partridges out in front of the Visitor centre at Gruinart this morning. Back here at home with the weather changing, the birds have been busy on the feeders, especially the Goldfinches on the new nyger seed feeder.... the old feeder was just ignored!! Other visitors to Islay who came off the evening ferry crossing were today were well pleased to see Chough and our amazing scenery all around...and no doubt our squally showers for good measure!!!

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