Friday, 10 March 2023

Friday 10th March

With the weather reports of snow-chaos in many areas of the UK we should be feeling very smug and happy on Islay today - a glorious day of bright sunshine, no wind and enough warmth for a decent heat haze when out birding.

Mark Shields reported 6 White-tailed eagles toying with a Barnacle goose on the flats at Gruinart this morning. Apparently plucking it a bit, but not killing it and eventually the poor creature flew off. I think we should set up a counselling service for traumatised geese?

James how reported 8 White-tailed eagles up there at lunchtime and by the time I popped up to the RSPB hides in mid afternoon there were 9 loafing about and causing the Barnies to be on the alert. On my way there the female Marsh Harrier flew along parallel to the road at Jack's house. From the north hide there was one Little Egret successfully fishing. A total of 15 Whooper Swans were present on the floods.

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