Thursday 9 February 2023

Thursday 9th February

After yesterday’s strong winds it was a much more pleasant, sunny and dry day. We’ve a number of keen visiting birders on Islay at the moment and they’ve done us proud with a whole range of very exciting sightings.

The immature Glaucous Gull was seen at Uiskentuie by several observers. Then things got exciting when David & Janet Franklin ventured to Ardnave and found a drake Surf Scoter in the channel between the Point and Nave Island (see photo grab below). Janet comments “The adult male Surf Scoter was associating with two immature male Eiders and a Common Scoter female. There were also Red-breasted Merganser, Shag and Great Northern Diver in the channel and a single Black Guillemot. Later they saw a flock of 28 Choughs and a ringtail Hen Harrier. Tom Lowe was at Loch Indaal and located a Richardson’s Cackling Goose, (photo below) where a White-tailed Eagle was feasting on a carcass. He went on to Loch Gorm where he found a drake American Wigeon – presumably the same bird that was seen there last month. As a bonus he also saw the long-staying Marsh Harrier near Loch Gorm and a couple of White-tailed Eagles over Kilchoman. Barry and Wautrad were down at Frenchman’s Rocks where they saw a Fulmar and then 7 Twite near Loch Gorm.

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