Saturday, June 7, 2008

5th June, 2008.

Again an increasingly quiet period with migration winding down and broods of young birds only just begining to emerge. Full coverage of the recording area showed two waters with Common Scoter present ( two males and a female and two males ) which is very encouraging news. Over the past few years the numbers at their stronghold on Islay has diminished compared to previously but, hopefully, a small resurgence might be occurring.

Grey lag Goose broods are now in evidence with seemingly more successful pairs noted already than in recent years. Whilst little passage was in evidence , other than feeding movements, 180+ Gannets, 15+ Fulmar and 30 Arctic Tern wheeling around and feeding over an area of turbulence was exciting to watch with Manx Shearwaters passing southwards as a back drop.

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