Tuesday 20 August 2013

Tuesday 20th August

Thanks to Mary who has run the blog over the past few days for me while I have been down at the Birdfair at Rutland Water. Our stand was even busier than ever... The five of us, Andy, Bob, Dave, James and myself were kept busy along with Dave's sister, Dot, Long John, John A., John T., Karen and Danny who all came along to help us out to make all our efforts worthwhile. Thanks should also be given to the Distilleries for their assistance, Calmac for ferry tickets, Margaret for all the shortbread, Mick Durham, Gordon Yates, Danny Arnold, John Anderson, Michael Anderson, Ken Willets, Bruichladdich Distillery for allowing us to use their images. All a great help to us, much appreciated, all a great credit to Islay and Jura...... On the bird front, birds seen included were Hobby, Green Woodpecker, Great spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Kingfisher (Paul Watchorn had seen 2 on his stream, but not seen by us!), Little Egret, Greenshank, Ruff, numerous Woodpigeon,  some of which are not that common to Islay. Off the ferry last night James had 2 Arctic Skua as we came up the Sound of Islay. Louise yesterday had 8 different Buzzards between Feolin and Gatehouse on Jura on her way home!

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