Wednesday, 29 March 2023

Wednesday 29th March

A mostly windy, rainy sort of day with a brief respite of sunny weather in the afternoon. Unsurprisingly there was less bird news, but Marc Eden was still out there and turning up some good stuff. He was finding more wintry species - 60 Fieldfare at Loch Bharradail at lunchtime, then a mixed finch flock at Finlaggan comprising c.80 birds - Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins and Redpolls. Later two adult Golden Eagles were seen over Loch Tallant. But his star find was at Loch Ballygrant - a drake Ring-necked Duck - the first this winter (if late March still counts as such) and a nice addition to the suite of rare wildfowl that we've had here, on and off, since last late autumn. 

A late addition to yesterday's birds is a Sandwich Tern seen in the evening at Port Charlotte, found by David Rosair and his group recently arrived.

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