Saturday, August 2, 2008

2nd August, 2008.

An absolutely splendid day.....yes, sunshine and warmth!!!! A minimal wind and, altogether, a nice day for birding.
The sea saw a consistent passage of Manx Shearwater south, Gannets moving north and south , presumably on feeding forays, with the odd Kittiwake and Fulmar between although no auks!!!
The Inner Loch area saw a good selection of waders ( Oystercatcher, Curlew, Knot, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank ) with some passage of the latter too. Care must be taken with the varying bill lengths of Curlew to avoid presumption of Whimbrel and the yellow legs of odd young Redshank to avoid imagination!!! Hopefully the message will get around!!!
An Osprey perched on a perfectly positioned post for hunting on Loch Gorm but undoubtedley was frustrated by the now increasing water levels in terms of searching for prey, due to the excessive recent rain.

Local to home an immature Whitethroat early in the day and Willow Warbler later suggested an ongoing imperative passage of summer migrants. Oh, yes, I can actually spell deteriorate!!

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