Wednesday 24 January 2024

Mon 22 - Tuesday 23 Jan..

 A wild spell of weather here: the wildlife are hiding from the worst of it while the humans batten down the hatches and pray for their polytunnels.  It very normal for January to be awful, indeed many roll their eyes at the frequent named storms, however, I find it is easier to remember than the days of the week this time of year.  Behind the wind it is still surprisingly mild, and the grass continues to grow.

At Bowmore Harbour after Isha I watched a drake goldeneye benefitting from the shelter and enjoying a feed.  Before Jocelyn, a ring-tailed hen harrier braved the gusts at Octofad, and a pair of Ravens typically laughed in the face of it all, tumblings and reeling together above Currie Sands.

Morven at Nature Scot kindly sent through last weeks international goose count figures for Islay:

Goose count figures from last week (16/17 Jan):


26,527 barnacles

4390 white-fronts

1511 greylags

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