Friday, 4 March 2016

Friday 4th March

A not bad day out here today, the air might have had a slight edge to it, but at least it remained dry, the snow on the tops of the distant hills was a reminder that Spring has not really come yet....Chris Mills along with Norfolk birding group had a count of 100 Redwing in a hedge, close to Islay House earlier this week. Today they had seen a total of 5 Hen Harrier, the first was a cracking male was down at Sunderland Farm, with others seen as they went over to Bunnahabhain. They also spotted 3 Golden Eagle, one was perched less than 20 metres away as they came over the hill from Gruinart down to Carnain, the other 2 were seen over the hills, South of Port Askaig. At Blackrock, there were 16 Pale belied Brent, close into the shore and we drove to Bowmore, there were some small groups of Wigeon tucked into the edge of the shoreline there. Back at home, the Lapwings were displaying away this morning, and late afternoon, 20 Greylag were out on the Machir, another  yard or two and I could have classed them as "garden birds"!!!

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