A grand chance to clear out the sightings sent through over the past few days, so off we jolly well go!!
Gary on Saturday had seen a "nice mixed flock of Linnet and Twite" at Rockside, 3 Hen Harrier
above Gruinart, a juv. Golden Eagle
on the wing above the moorland trail being mobbed by a Buzzard
, and then a further 3 juv. Golden Eagles
noted over Killinallan. Finally down at Bruichladdich, Gary had seen 4 Purple Sandpipers
James and Sally had gone out for a walk on Sunday, seeing 2 Golden Eagles, a Peregrine, a Merlin, 2 Hen Harriers, 2 Yellowhammers
and a Common Sandpiper
up and around Gortantoid.
There were several reports of folk hearing a Cuckoo
, Dave P. had one over at Ardtalla, Lesley had heard one while on the walk up to Beinn Dubh and Steve Wrightson had heard one close to his house at Bolsay.
On Monday, Dave P had heard a Corncrake
calling when he was down at Portnahaven.
Louise Muir had some sightings through from Jura.. All seen on Monday, a juv Whitetailed Eagle
seen at the mouth of Loch Tarbert, a Yellowhammer
present at Tarbert, 4 Short eared Owls
on the Ardmenish flats and also 2 Hen Harriers.
Down on the Oa yesterday, David Wood had seen 3 Dotterel.
He also had Sedge Warblers, Groppers
and a few Whinchats
, all ticks for the year list!!!
Good friend, Armin sent through a list of top birds seen so far on the Walkislay program so far... On Sunday, they had seen a Golden Eagle, a male Hen Harrier, Shags, Gannets, Sand Martins
and an Emperor Moth. Monday's walk produced another Golden Eagle
flying out over the sound of Islay. Yesterday, up at Loch Cam they had seen an Otter
. Thanks to Armin!!
Also yesterday on the reserve at Gruinart, James reported through that there were SedgeWarblers
Yesterday, Peter Gill had seen a Whinchat
on top of a fence while down on the Oa, also seen were some Chough
there too and a small flock of 50 - 60 Twite
. Coming back up from the Oa, at Gartmain out of Bowmore, he had 70 Barwits
and 20 Dunlin
Yesterday, down at Rockside I saw 6 Whimbrel.
Another good friend was saying that she had seen a Bonxie (Great Skua
) yesterday, up beside Tain, not here on Islay!!