Saturday 15th February
Gary and Wendy enjoyed the better weather yesterday, and walked up to Loch Cam behind Scarrabus. Their sightings yesterday were: Carnain: Barnies, Shelduck, Blackbird, Mute Swan
Walk up to Loch Cam: Buzzard, pair of Stonechat, Song Thrush, Chough, Whitefronts, Meadow Pipit, Oystercatcher, Bowmore: Wigeon, Eider
James returned over to Islay on the ferry , quite a rough crossing by the sound of things,but top birds seen for James were 3 White tailed Eagles seen together when the ferry was coming up the Sound of Islay. Today, he had spotted a Pink footed goose on the reserve at Gruinart.
The Port Ellen 4 are back again – they were here last February, arriving on Thursday
“Had a great 1st day of birding, on Friday.
2 Golden Eagles – 1 over Dun Nosebridge and 1 in the Storakaig area
2 male Hen Harriers – 1 near & over Loch Eighinn (nr airport). 1 at Grainel Farm.
Long tailed duck, G. N. D., Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Eider, Rock Pipit & R. b. Mergansers – all close from Bowmore Pier.
Scaup, Shelduck, Redshank, Ringed Plover + some of above from the Gaelic centre.
Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Song & Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail & Robin from Bridgend woods.
Obviously White fronts, Greylags & Barnies with Raven, Jackdaw, Rook, Buzzards & Hoodies in various places.”
The wind has been blowing away all day with ferry not coming over, until mid afternoon, quite glad that we were not on it… The wind speed topped at 65 mph on Dr Matt’s weather station at 9.30 am. The plane flew in this morning, no bother….
Source: Islay Birds