Saturday, 6 July 2013

Saturday 6th July

Bob sent this image of a juv. Wheatear which he had taken yesterday while he was out over below Gartbreck. He had walked along towards Laggan Point and had seen 22 juv Wheatears as he went along. Other birds of interest included 30 Fulmar on nest sites, around 100 Rock Pipits, 2 Redshank, 4 pr of Ringed Plover, a few Curlew including some juv birds, some Ravens. Out on Loch Indaal, a GND and 14 Red breasted Merganser. Mary forgot to mention to me yesterday that while she was out looking for that Frigatebird, that an Osprey flew overhead, wonder how she forgot to tell me that one! Peter yesterday saw a brood of Willow Warblers out in the Catoneaster hedge in front of his house and wondered if they had just taken up residence there? Jim Dickson had been over on the twitch today, but like everyone else, no joy, but had 5 Swifts down at Portnahaven. Later on he had a distant sighting of an Osprey.
By the way, the Frigatebird increased the  number of hits on the blog yesterday with almost 10 times our normal, and even today so far 4 times greater than an average day! Heard that around 30 folk came over on the ferry hoping to see the bird but had no luck, may be made the most of our famed hospitality.

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