Sunday 6th October
Yesterday, James had seen over 50 Redwing while over at the Lily Loch at Port Askaig and then shortly afterwards, he had a Golden Eagle in the air over at Dun Nosebridge. George E. Jackson in the morning, before the weather closed in had 65 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 10 Oystercatcher and also 12 Barwits down on the shore at Uiskentuie. Along at Rockside, George had 6 Whoopers in the stubble fields, 3 adults and a small family group of another 2 adult plus their youngster.
Today, Iain and Fiona had been over at the South hide at Gruinart with their top birds seen included a ringtail Hen Harrier, a female Peregrine, 4 Barnies, 2 Buzzard, 15 Redwing, 2 Snipe, 100 Pinkies flew overhead, 75 Teal, 30 Wigeon and over 20 Lapwing. Also today, James had seen 14 Whoopers at Sunderland with a further 10 along at Rockside. Up here at home, George E. Jackson came round and set up his mist nets. Boy, the birds did not oblige with only 3 Stonechats and a Linnet being caught and fitted with BTO rings. There were certainly more Linnets seen but when they took off, they fly away at 45 degrees and not fly along following the ground contours, so avoiding being caught…
Overnight, we had around 35 mm of rain, not a lot compared to other places….
Source: Islay Birds