Friday 2 December 2022

Friday 2nd December

A dry, fairly mild and calm day. Steve Lister, a regular visitor to Islay is back with us and sent in a few records from his day’s birding. Off Bowmore he found 4 Long-tailed Ducks and 3 Slavonian Grebes, 10 Great Northern and 2 Red-throated Divers plus 2 Scaup. Later he was down on The Oa and was delighted to come across the huge flock of 500 Twite at Kinnabus.

Elsewhere, Mary-Ann Featherstone had 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 WTE and an Otter on her home territory at Cnoc Bay. Steve & Lyn Rogers over at Port Ellen// Kilnaughton found a couple of Golden Eagles, and singles of Great Northern and Red-throated Divers in the bay. David Dinsley continued his run of many sightings of Merlin with another seen near the airport.

Yesterday, Mary Redman sent in a couple of “spot the WTE” photos, which I share with you tonight. This is the easy one - which of the three is it and what are the other species involved?


This one is a bit more tricky - pity Mary doesn't have a telephoto lens!

Finally, David Wood sent us his link to the very worthwhile and informative book we mentioned yesterday. Take a look…………

‘Into the red’ book link

Limited edition Twite print from the book with 20% going to BTO/RBBP -

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