Sunday, April 27, 2008

26th April, 2008.

Changeable weather early then became a very pleasant day although with a brisk cold wind ( again ). Whilst there was a lot of activity over the sea it was confined to the usual species with no passage noted.

A couple of parties of Whimbrel, unseen but heard , went through north and five were at Loch Gorm. Golden Plovers, the "northern " form in resplendent plumage, were obviously on the move with two groups being seen totalling ca. 190. Two Sedge Warblers in song and a single Grasshopper Warbler were clearly new as were four Knot arriving at Loch Indaal.

A local Sand Martin colony was alive with activity with 10-15 holes being examined or excavated. Eight Greenland White-fronted Geese still around but, finally, a day when no Barnacle Geese were seen, not even the odd straggler remaining due to being out of condition, as sometimes happens. 16 Black-tailed Godwits at Gruinart were possibly the remnants of the large group seen the other day. A pair of Pintail were new after the remaining pairs left us several days ago and two pairs of Wigeon but three separate males suggested nesting might be happening.

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