Saturday 30 March 2024

Saturday 30th March

Showery in the morning, but dry and sunny this afternoon - still chilly!

Wendy Mattingley sent in a few last records from her visit including a Merlin at Gruinart on Thursday 28th and 4 Manx Shearwaters as she left Port Ellen yesterday.

Louise Muir had seen 4 Short-eared Owls and 4 Hen Harriers over a distance f 4 miles feeding at Ardmenish flats on Jura yesterday.. It was assumed that there must be a good lot of voles about for them, though Margaret Brooke notes that the diet of "her" Barn Owls at Kilchoman includes frogs at the moment.

On Islay yesterday, Malcolm O. recorded 16 Goldfinches on his feeders, which was twice his previous highest count.

The main news on the Whatsapp today was of a Common Dolphin stranded in shallow water in Port Ellen bay. Fingers crossed that it managed to swim free after high tide this evening.

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