Tuesday 14 February 2023

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th Feb


A lovely photo from Tom Lowe of an other 2 Russian white fronted geese among the Greenlands yesterday (Monday) east of Port Ellen on the way to the ferry. Thank you very much for your contributions during your stay!

James also spotted a Russian Whitefront at Loch Gruinart, as well as the red-breasted goose.  At Finlaggan, Gary noted the crossbills were active, while at Kinnabus David D. reported a merlin.

Today was the last day for Waltraud, who kindly took the time to report kittiwake, common scoter and great northern Diver on the ferry back to reality.  Thank you very much for your sightings during your stay also.

Down in Islay's best side in the SW, I've noticed ravens busy with nesting materials and courtship flights.  Outside Portnahaven small flocks of lapwing and curlew in the fields, while up in Claddach Loch the mallard pairs appear busy.  Today I saw my first primroses of the year, despite the cold Spring is on its way! There are even a few lambs in the fields.

Apologies for the double report, first day back on the blog and I promptly forgot!


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