This blog was started on the 1st of May 2007 and aims to provide information about the birds of Islay.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Thursday 25th September
Ed kindly sent through this image of the whereabouts of his whitefronted Goose up on Iceland, with data correct on the start of the week. You should be able to see that it is is in a completely different location as to where it was in the Spring. This morning Emily had seen 2 Barnies back at Gruinart, while we spotted 4 big Canada geese amongst the Greylags down at Sunderland Farm. Emily also had a Grey Wagtail on the burn at Moulin. She also had a Merlin after the walk on Tuesday on the Oa. Yesterday, in the Saligo area, Emily had counted a mixed flock of around 200 Twite and Linnets, saw a Snipe, a single Swallow and finally a female Sparrowhawk. Today was The Swedish birders last full day on Islay , so they had walked out from Port Ellen to Ardbeg. On their walk, they had a ringtail Hen Harrier, , 10 buzzards, 19 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 4 Redpoll, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Stonechat, 3 Grey Wagtail and 20 Linnets. Many thanks to Pers Anders, Tore, Jan and Karin for sharing their sightings with us, much appreciated, safe journey home tomorrow folks...