Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Wednesday 20th October

 Blustery weather again, with localised, random rain showers, but brighter and sunnier otherwise, although a brisk SW wind for much of the time. Despite slightly better weather there were few birds reported today.

 I did a walk up to Ardnave Point this morning with Mary-Ann Featherstone and her visiting friend Bob Brown. Not a lot to report at all except the now, almost regular White-tailed Eagles on Nave Island – one adult, the other younger.

Mike Hill sent in this message: “A bit better weather today! From our cottage we watched a pair of WTE and a single Golden Eagle interacting over Machir Bay. On the road to Loch Indaal from Kilchoman a Merlin flashed across the road in front of us. From Black Rock we had three Red-throated Divers, a Great Northern Diver and a small flock of Common Scoter. Further down towards Bridgend were two WTE on the ground, one of them eating what looked like a goose.”

The only other report comes from Teresa Morris spending her day in the Loch Gruinart area. She reports a lone Whooper Swan at Craigens with a red ring numbered XJT on the right leg and a BTO ring on the left. We’ll find out its origins and let you know.

She was on the west side of Ardnave in the afternoon noting a flock of 350 Starlings, a flock of 52 Choughs, plus 20 Oystercatchers, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 94 Herring Gulls, 11 Cormorants, 4 Gannets, 5 Greater Black-backed Gulls a flock of 28 Twite and an Otter. On Nave Island were 5 Roe Deer.

In the evening she took this lovely picture below Craigens where she’d seen 2 young White-tailed Eagles, a Peregrine and geese going to roost against a stunning sunset.

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