Sunday, September 28, 2008

27th September, 2008.

System restored and business as normal!!

Seawatching most of morning with fresh SW winds in evidence. A single Sooty Shearwater and 105 Manx Sheawater went south, Gannets were moving around in low numbers and in all directions. A Red-breasted Merganser, several Red throated Diver,Great Skua, the first noticeable Auk passage (albeit only 90), small no.s of Fulmar and odd Kittiwake comprised the main species through in conditions I'd suspected might be better!!

Few birds in Outer Loch Indaal but the reserve pools at Gruinart look to have potential. The vegetation has been "topped" and the area will now be flooded. Teal and Snipe numbers are already increasing and two Black-tailed Godwits were present. The flats at Loch Gruinart held 5 LB Brent Geese and a party of Barnacle Geese were resting up in a field nearby, no doubt recovering from their recent journey southwards. Shortly after quite heavy rain set in for the whole afternoon, which may have grounded some birds. Hopefully we may yet get our share of American waders, individuals of which have graced various island locations in NW Scotalnd!!

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