Monday 25 March 2024

Sunday 24th & Monday 25th March

Sunday and Monday were two very different days. Yesterday was gloriously sunny, mild and pleasant. Today was another stinker, with cold rainy and windy conditions blowing in from the east as a change from the wet windy weather we'd had from the west last week.

However, the birds and the birders didn't reflect these stark changes:

Yesterday Marc Eden  noted a very good tally of 82 Whooper Swans departing Islay over Sanaigmore with another 10 sitting in a nearby field feeling less inspired to head off towards Iceland into a headwind - they'd probably be making good progress today with the wind from the east?

On a walk from Smaull around the coast to Sanaigmore, Val Peacock and friends found Peregrine, Kestrel, Buzzard and a Wheatear at Smaull, plus sky-dancing Hen Harriers over Loch Gorm.

Today Marc hit the jackpot with a fine view of the Red-breasted Goose at Gruinart (camera capture photo below). This individual has been about all winter, but has only been seen on rare occasions. Elsewhere, Steve & Lyn Rogers noted their first couple of Gannets in Kilnaughton Bay this year.

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