Friday 9 December 2022

Friday 9th December

 Continuing cold, with reports of below freezing temperatures overnight. Dry and calm again, but more clouds in the sky.

Lauren Stewart kindly sent in the WeBS highlights for Loch Gruinart from today:


38 Snipe , 91 Pintail, 822 Teal, 1 Black-taiIed Godwit,  2 Gadwall, 587 Golden Plover, 29 Whooper Swan, 477 Dunlin, 27 Knot, 209 Sanderling, 69 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Marsh Harrier, 11 White-tailed Eagles, (Plus Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Curlew, Wigeon, Lapwing, Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser).

That is an interesting mix of birds - our longest-staying Marsh Harrier still with us from the summer, lingering Black-tailed Godwit and a couple of Little Egrets (when are they going to settle down and start breeding?), masses of waders and that "flock" of eagles!

Elsewhere David Dinsley reports further sightings of a Merlin on The Oa.


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