Saturday 3 December 2022

Saturday 3rd December

A grey and drizzly start, brightening up later. Still cool with an easterly wind from a high pressure system over Europe.

Visitor Graeme Ruthven, birding here for the weekend kindly sent in some of his sightings:

On Loch Indaal were 27 Brent Geese (possibly some of the same 35 seen there by Mark Shields this morning?), single Slavonian Grebe and Long Tailed Duck with 2 Scaup at Bowmore. Later, on The Rhinns apart from lots of Blackbirds, Redwings and Fieldares there was a small group of Greenland White-fronts including 2 with Collars: 1 was CZK and the other could have been a transmitter. (If anyone knows the origin of CZK, do let us know). On Loch Gruinart Graeme had no less than 6 White Tailed Eagles (3 immatures on the reserve, 2 adults soaring above the hills to the west of the Loch and landing on top of one of them, then the final adult at Ardnave shortly after.. Also seen was an immature Golden Eagle on the hills to the east of Loch Gruinart. Also 1 Greenshank heard, 3 Little Egrets (2 on the pools and 1 South of the road near Loch Gruinart House), plus a flock of Chough at Ardnave.

Steve Lister saw another WTE over Loch Skerrols where 2 Long-tailed Ducks still linger along with a Lesser Redpoll nearby.

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