Thursday, 19 May 2022

Weds 18 May

 A very late entry for yesterday, but better late than never!

The common crane was reported again, this time in the fields below Carnduncan, near Loch Gorm.  Peter went out to seek it, but with no joy. He did, however count 57 ringed plover and 11 dunlin at Ballinaby, and 14 tufted duck at Loch Gorm.

James found a pair of gadwall at the Gruinart Floods, plus a yellow wagtail.

Lauren at RSPB LochGruinart attempted the WeBS in the poor weather, and shared the highlights: 

"21 shelduck, 100 oyster catcher, 136 ringed plover, 4 knot, 289 dunlin, 85 bar tailed godwit, 5 curlew, 1 turnstone, 123 common gull, 4 common tern, 1 little tern and a whimbrel


I also had 15 arctic terns at Ardnave today"

Ed reports that the Iceland gull is still with him at Cornabus. 

Vicci had been in touch after an other day out, this time on Machir Bay "A walk behind Traigh Machir revealed Sand Martin visiting nests, Meadow Pipits and at least one Twite. On the beach we saw Ringed Plover and 2 purple sandpiper" She also kindly shared these photos. Thank Vicci, Islay photos at last!

Finally Aidin reports of a singing whinchat outside Kilchoman Distillery. 

Thanks to all for your sightings.


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