I think that I should apologise as the other day when I put the WeBS count through from Mark and Sarah, well for some reason the last column with the birds which they counted on the Floods at Gruinart did not show.... but so here we go with their birds seen the other day..
4 Herons, 105 Wigeon, 189 Mallard, 1 R B Merganser, 675 Lapwing, 82 Barwits, 88 Curlew, 6 Mute Swan, 6 Whooper Swan, 690 Teal, 1 Dabchick, 1 Little Egret, 10 Greylags, 1 G w Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1,005 Golden Plover, 7 B h Gull, 68 Pintail, 48 Shoveler, 3 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe and also 4 White tailed Eagles.
John Miles e mailed through some final birds seen by the group which he had been helping son John lead last week, Iola Williams was also helping to lead their group... On Thursday, they had good numbers of GND, RTD and a few Slav Grebes seen on Loch Indaal. They also had 8 Scaup, 20 Long tailed Ducks with numerous other birds seen including a Little Egret and also a White-tailed Eagle, both seen at the head of the Loch. On their way round the Rhinns, between Portnahaven and up past Kilchiaran and back down to Port Charlotte, they had 4 different Sparrowhawks present. On Friday, over at Gruinart before heading home on the ferry, they saw the Little Egret and also the Green winged Teal, and also over at Bunnahabhain they saw 4 Golden Eagles. Thanks to John, Ewan and Iola as well as their team of visiting birders for their sightings when over on Islay.
Remember, that on the entry on the blog yesterday I mentioned about the strong winds, well I received a figure of a 74 mph gust at 1pm yesterday which was recorded by Matt Jackson's weather station down at the Rockside road end.