Tuesday 27 December 2022

Tuesday 27th December

Phil Edwards sent in his notes for today:  "Very quiet today. A trip to Portnahaven produced nothing of note but there were three Grey Seals in the harbour (photo attached). Coming back over the Rhinns, a male Hen Harrier showed briefly.  Lovely sunset at Saligo Bay after all the rain."

Phil also sent in a note from his first visit: "40 years ago today (27/12/82) we drove from Glenegedale to Cluanach where we had a male Black Grouse; across the Storakaig road to Bunnahabhain where we had 6 Black Grouse (1m 5f) in the woodland along the little road to the distillery, and 1 Red-throated and 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea; and back via Traigh an Luig where a Black-throated Diver was present.  Shame that the Black Grouse are a thing of the past."

A fascinating incite into past birding and what we've lost.

Steve Wignill had been over to Jura today and found a White-tailed Eagle there, plus a Hen Harrier back on Islay near the airport.

I'm including some of Phil's photos taken in the last few days - thanks so much for these. More great images tomorrow.................

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