A bit of a late entry tonight, but I had been out at the Islay bird nerds monthly get together, we had 21 folk attending including 8 visitors, a great social get together, if nothing else...
Some sightings through from Gary, which went into my spam box somehow.... Late last week, he had a group of Long tailed Tits in Ballygrant Woods, and back at his house, he counted 20 Whoopers flying low in a Northerly direction and later on 60 flew North, but high up in the sky. Down on the Oa at the weekend, Gary had 200 Twite, 5 Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit and Linnet in around one of the cattle Feeders. On some buds, close to Springbank at Bridgend, he saw a pair of Bullfinches. Yesterday, Gary was out with some clients and showed them Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Tystie and Chough along with 7 Wheatears at Ardnave! David Mason, another returning birder, had seen a Peregrine and also a Merlin as he travelled round Loch Gorm this morning. John and Kenny had seen Wheatears and Stonechats at Sanaigmore, and they both feel that there re more Stonechats around this visit. Gary had 10 Crossbills on the trees over at Avonvoggie while Jacqueline Fallows had seen 3 SandwichTerns at Bruichladdich today. Over near to Storakaig, we had over 300 Golden Plover and then a male Hen Harrier on the wing, as we approached Barr.
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