Sunday, 28 November 2021

Sunday 28th November

 After further rain overnight, today was “the calm after the storm” – a much better sunnier day, with light, but cold northerly/north-westerly winds.

David Dinsley found a First Year Glaucous Gull down on The Oa at Kinnabus this morning and provides us with a photo. He also noted that the Blackcap seen there last week is still present.

David Wood had a Snow Bunting and Long-tailed Duck at Sanaigmore.

Back to Blackcaps – Mary-Ann Featherstone had a different Blackcap at Kildalton today – a male that she managed to get this good photo of – so it seems we have at least 2 that might overwinter with us.

Margaret Brooke up at Kilchoman reports 2 White Tailed Eagles above the Crag this afternoon and a Sparrowhawk visiting on most days.

Regular visitor, Chris Mills had been out enjoying this fine weather and supplies us with counts for various locations across the Rhinns::

Loch Indaal: Juv Glaucous Gull & 33 Whooper Swans (Bridgend): 20 Long-tailedT Duck, 10 Slavonian Grebe, 8 Common. Scoter Blackrock + 5 Great Northern & 3 Red-throated Divers and 30+ Red-breasted Mergansers.

 Sanaigmore; a pair of Golden Eagles and 6 Chough.

 Gruinart RSPB: (mainly from viewing platform): 3 White-tailed Eagles (2 of them on the ground), single ring-tailed Hen Harrier & Sparrowhawk; a Woodcock at dusk;

1 Little Egret (possibly 2); Grey Wagtail overhead; single Chiffchaff in trees by the viewing platform (a late date for here – is it another overwintering warbler?) 

FOOTNOTE: It has been suggested/requested that those of us writing the blog sign our names to our entries. Usually Mary Redman does weekdays and I (Peter Roberts) do weekends.

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