Thursday 4 September 2014

The rest of May

On the 24th the Blackbird nest with the 5 chicks was now empty and chicks could be heard calling from the undergrowth nearby. The male adult was seen taking food into various locations around the garden which seemed to indicate that all 5 chicks had successfully fledged from the nest.

On Echna Loch there were 2 Mute Swans, 5 Tufted Ducks, 3 GBB Gulls and 2 Common Gulls. On Echna Bay beach there were 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Mute Swans, 6 Oystercatchers and 1 Ring Plover. On Echna Bay there were 2 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers

25 – A evening walk from Millfield up to the trig point produced c50 pairs of Arctic Terns, 2 Linnets, 5 Meadow Pipits and 3 Skylarks. On the pools to the West of the trig point there were c50 pairs of Black-headed Gulls, 14 Common Gulls, 1 Teal, 4 adult Lapwings and 1 juvenile, 1 Mallard with 5 chicks, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Jackdaw and a Snipe was heard drumming.

From the pools back to Millfield via Windyha there were 10 adult Oystercatchers and 2 chicks, 1 Pheasant, 2 Golden Plover and a Curlew. The Golden Plover were a bonus find as usually by this time of the year they have all departed for their breeding grounds. It wasn't clear whether these two were non-breeders or they had stayed put to breed. Subsequent observations of the area couldn't locate a nest site although there were seen on suitable habitat.

On the 30th I popped down to Westshore which produced 2 Siskin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbirds, 2 Wrens (1 with beak full of food), House Sparrows and Starlings. Across the road at Ourigare there were 2 Greenfinch and a Sedge Warbler flitting amongst the bushes.

A field near to Gillietrang had its grass cut on the 31st and this attracted 100+ Lapwing, 50+ Starling and 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

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