Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday 15th June

What a difference a day makes, the weather here today and still is, wall to wall blue skies, and more to come by the looks of the weather forecast for the week...This morning I was out with Bob along with visitors Carl and Sue when we carried out the count from Bowmore down to Gartbreck. On our way down to Bowmore, Carl and Sue saw a male Hen Harrier and then shortly afterwards a ringtail as we headed down towards Loch Indaal. Yesterday evening, they saw Choughs down behind Machir Bay, a great start to their stay here on Islay... The tally for our Webs count was as follows, 2 Shag, 140 Greylag, 30 Shelduck, 34 Eider, 4 GBB Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 26 BH Gull, 25 Arctic Tern, 40 Oystercatcher, 26 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 6 Lapwing, 35 Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank and 6 Dunlin. David and Jenny are back for another week, at a different time of year as well...Today they had seen a male Hen Harrier round Loch Gorm and then another up behind Port Charlotte. Also round Loch Gorm, they had seen 6 pr of Whinchat and down at Portnahaven, 5 Chough were present.

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