Thursday, 26 March 2015

Islay Birds Thursday


A very windy day on Islay today but with plenty of sunshine and a couple of sharp showers too!

Our last full day on the island with all Northants Bird Club members departing on the ferry tomorrow morning as a pre-amble for the long drive home.

Different tactics today with five car-loads splitting up to check different parts of the islands. Plenty of birds seen on previous days were logged which included at least three Hen Harriers, two Dippers on the burn by the Woollen Shop and of course plenty of wildfowl and waders. A new bird for the trip was a group of four Purple Sandpipers on rocks and sea-weed on the edge of Loch Indaal. Other birds of note included a couple of Greenshank, a flock of between 30 - 40 Choughs at Ardnave Point and 3-4 Wheatears at the same location.

Throughout the trip the views of the hills and mountains of Islay, Jura and distant uplands of Mull, Colonsay and the mainland have been particularly clear and colourful and the light quality superb which has really enhanced the ambiance and theatre of this special part of the world.


Neil M

Barnacle Geese

Greenland White-fronted Goose

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