Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday 22nd February

Steve who sent in some sightings earlier this week, had a great day yesterday. Down the South East coast of Islay, he had seen 3 White tailed Sea Eagles and also 3 Golden Eagles. Later, on  Loch Indaal Steve saw the Canada Goose hutchinsii sp and up in the wood at Erasaid towards Gruinart he heard a Tawny Owl calling. Last night after being attending Gordon Yates's great talk, Alastair, another visitor staying down at Portnahaven, had a Woodcock fly up and strike the side of his car, the bird appeared to have no broken wings, but obviously it was stunned for a wee while. Today Alastair was over at Gruinart and had seen a good cross section of Ducks including Mallard, Teal, Wigeon and also Pintail. He also had Redshank, Lapwing also also plenty of geese. Down at Port Mor at Port Charlotte, a Stonechat was seen while out on Loch Indaal, GNDs, Red throated Divers, Black and Common Guillemots. Common Scoter , Eider and Red breasted Merganser were also added to his list. Finally a female Merlin was seen on Alastair's return to Portnahaven. Other visitors, Kath and Phil had a male Hen Harrier, a Yellowhammer amongst the Chaffinches and also around 30 Twite all over towards Laggan.

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