Saturday 9th November
Yesterday was MB’s last full day of this visit, so before I forget, many thanks for your sightings, and keep in touch….Mind you will have all those WeBS counts to carry out shortly, so we hope that the weather is at least dry so that you do not get too wet…
Off Laggan Point, he had seen the following birds, 4 RTD, 17 Eiders, 11 L t Ducks, 44 Shag, 7 Ringed Plover, 21 Lapwing, 13 Curlew, 10 Rock Pipits, and 2 Chough. Also present an adult W t eagle perched up on a rock, a juv Golden Eagle was seen there too, and he wondered whether it could possibly be the same bird that he had seen up at Skerrols, a Merlin and also a Hen Harrier were also seen there. On the “Laundry Loch”, he had counted 24 Whoopers, 154 Whitefronts, a Pink footed Goose, 272 Greylags, 33 Barnies, 107 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 11 Mallard and a Goldeneye. Over at Blackrock, he had the 31 Pale bellied Brents but as he said “only” 16 Common Scoter were there.
At Killinallan, he had seen a male Hen Harrier, 11 Ringed Plover, 390 Golden Plover, 19 Turnstone and also 32 Twite. At Gruinart, he had a juv W t Eagle with around 500 Duck on the floods there. Finally back at Kilchoman, he had counted 18 Chough going in to the roost.
Another visitor, LT had seen a Grey Wagtail up in the bay at Sanaigmore commenting that this was quite special to him as he had up til then thought that these wagtails were only seen on fresh water. It appeared to be eating insects/ grubs out of the seaweed there.
Source: Islay Birds