Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday 19th January

Today, Gary had seen some Snipe down on the seaweed below Carnain. Further round Loch Indaal, he had over 300 Gulls between Gartmain and Bun an Uisg, mainly Common Gulls, Black headed Gulls and Herring Gulls, with a Glaucous Gull seen on the rocks below the Gaelic College. Also today, James had carried out his WeBs count on the flats and floods at Gruinart, with his count being as follows, 1 Ruff, 226 Lapwing, 1 Dabchick, 4 R b Merganser, 15 Shoveler, 115 Mallard, 5 Mute Swan, a Grey Heron, 12 Whooper Swan, 50 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 590 Teal, 99 Wigeon, 9 Pintail, a Tufted Duck. He also saw a Glaucous Gull today on the reserve, as well as a male Hen Harrier and also a Merlin.
Forgot to mention that James had a Water Rail, seen along the flats at Gruinart yesterday

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday 18th January

Malcolm had been out on the Ardtalla and the Oa runs for the International Goose count which has been taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The weather had not been that great with dirty squally showers of hail, sleet and the odd snow shower in the mix as well... Apart from the geese, Malcolm had seen a small Canada Goose at Laphroaig yesterday and a flock of around 40 Golden Plover at Ardtalla, seen on Tuesday and again yesterday... Andrew Kent from SNH sent through the totals of geese counted during the International Goose Count and they came in at 37,487 Barnies, 5,077 Whitefronts and 597 Greylags. Thanks to Andrew and all the team involved.
Today, James had seen a 1st winter glaucous Gull at Blackrock.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17th January

Today, James had ben out helping on the International Goose Count and his patch was the Gruinart stint, with his tally coming through at 12,352 Barnies,974 Whitefronts and 71 Greylags. Other birds seen included a 1st winter Iceland Gull and also 5 GND up at Ardnave. At Gruinart, over the reserve, James saw a Sparrowhawk while at Killinallan, he saw a Golden Eagle. Gary has ben out of sorts with a devilish cold which has proved difficult to shift, but got out for a spot of birding today ... Along Uiskentuie strand he heard Snow Bunting calling and on the merse at Bridgend, a White tailed Eagle was present. Finally Gary saw a Merlin up at Mulreesh

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Tuesday 16th January

Sorry folks, nothing much to report through to you tonight, as I have not received any bird sightings, the weather out here on the mainland has been spectacular in itself with quite a lot of snow falling today. So, it was just as well that we took delivery of some more bird food yesterday, as  I was out in the snow several times topping up the feeders.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday 14th January

By the sound of things, the weather is going to be going downhill for the next few days....Today Distillery Dave had seen a group of 20 Ringed Plover and 8 Turnstone and also some Curlews in the field beside the car park at Machir Bay, up beside the old ruin of the former Kilchoman Church, in the surrounding fields there was a small flock of 12 Fieldfare seen.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday 13th January

By the sound of things, the weather over on Islay today has ben rather miserable, but Distillery Dave braved the elements and from the South hide ( old hide) his top birds seen were 3 Greenshank and a Shoveler was present there as well

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday 12th January

Yesterday afternoon, Distillery Dave had seen a male Hen Harrier perched on the ground as drove round Loch Gorm, close to Saligo bay. By the sounds of Dave's description it was a young bird coming out of moult.
The ferry has been disrupted again because of the weather, at least it made a sailing and the return trip to Kennacraig before the winds picked up... tomorrow is another day!!!!