Sunday 25 August 2013

Sunday 25th August

Today Martin had been down on the Oa,  and taken in a walk down to Port an Eas, several White Wagtails seen along with Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, but his top bird was a Wryneck, the last was seen over at Kildalton in 1927!!! Visiting birder Rob had an Osprey over Loch Indaal, a ringtail Hen Harrier close to Loch Gorm, an Otter up at Sanaigmore, Chough up behind Machir Bay, a great start to their week. Tom and Jo today had seen a Grey Plover at Neriby fly down toward Loch Indaal. At Mulindry, they had 1 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff and 5 Lapwing, down at Bridgend they had 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Wigeon. Along out on a far tide from "smelly corner", 28 Red breasted Merganser, 48 Teal, 1 RTD, 10 Heron, 157 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 127 Curlew, 24 Barwits, 1 Blackwit and 12 Redshank. At Bowmore, they had a count of 51 Eider. Also today, Peter had an Osprey over at Gruinart and later on possibly the same bird as Rob had at Loch Indaal. From the visitor centre at Gruinart, 2 Whoopers  were seen, with another pair at the top of Loch Indaal as well as a solitary Barnacle Goose there too. At Ardnave, 36 Chough were seen, and also a count of 20 Hooded Crows on the reserve at Gruinart. 

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