A lovely day of
bright sunny, quite warm weather – most appropriate given that we put the
clocks on to British Summer Time last night.
The Nature Scotland
team sent in some additional records for yesterday 25th March:
Loch Gorm - 20+ Tufted Ducks and 2 Slav
(scanning from Bowmore) – apart from the female Surf Scoter reported yesterday were a
Black-throated Diver, 30+ Great Northern Divers, 15+ Red-throated Divers, 50+ Red-breasted
Mergansers, 30+ Slavonian Grebes, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Long-tailed Ducks, 8
Goldeneye. 130+ Eider.
Kintra - 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 15 Great Northern
Other news from yesterday comes from Fiona
Mcgillivray who saw a House Martin at Port Wemyss – first for the year here.
Today’s bird news includes some very
spring-like records of new arrivals, nesting and migration:
Summer Arrivals: Jarred
Johnson had a Wheatear at Gruinart this morning and no less than 8 at Ardnave this
afternoon. Along the woodland trail at Gruinary he heard the first Chiffchaff
of summer on Islay – or was David Dinsley’s 2 Chiffchaffs at Kinnabus the
first? Jarred also had a Sand Martin at Ardnave.
several flocks of Whooper Swans moving through today on their return journey
northwards. Jarred first had a group of 8 at Gruinart, then a flock of 62
dropped in. Steve & Lynn Rogers had 53 over Kilnaughton. James How notes
that by the evening there had been several groups of whoopers moving north at
Gruinart today, the largest flock being a whopping 96. Also on their way north
were 10 Redwings seen by Jarred at Gruinart.
Nesting: Ed Burrell notes his first
Lapwing incubating eggs at Cornabus this evening.
Stuff: There were
the usual 4 Little Egrets at Gruinart where up to 4 White-tailed Eagles and a Golden Eagle were noted. 3 more WTE were at Cairnmore woods near Port Ellen and
yet another down at Lossit/Kelsey area. Rarity of the day was another
relocation of the long-staying Red-breasted Goose by Mark Shield up at the
Gruinart North Hide.
summer theme continues with sightings of 4 basking Adders at Foreland, Common
Lizards at Glenegedale and Peacock, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies hither and thither.
yesterday’s note about duck hybrids, Malcolm Ogilvie clarifies and corrects my
note saying: “hybrids of 121 species of ducks have been recorded, some species with
just one hybrid, while Mallard has hybridised with over 60 other species. The
total number of duck hybrids known amounts to over 400. One obvious reason for
this is that wildfowl have for long been kept in enclosures with multiple
species in a single enclosure. Perhaps fortunately, the great majority of
hybrids are infertile!"