Thursday, March 11, 2010

9th March,2010.

After attending to a few domestic matters out birding in glorious weather yet again.

A mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing above Cladville gave every impression of being on the move by their agitated behaviour. They were the only ones of the day, with Blackbird and Song Thrush numbers beginning to reduce as well.

Diver numbers in Outer Loch Indaal appeared much the same and few appeared in the Inner Loch. A good selection of wildfowl and waders was present, but in already reducing numbers , and views were distant due to low tide.

Took a look at Loch Gruinart, but tide conditions were similar and most interest appeared to be on the pools of the RSPB Reserve. Shoveler and Pintail were in good numbers and dazzling plumage and a single male Gadwall skulked behind an island of reed. The Little Egret looks in fine condition and shows little after effects from having withstood the vagaries of the harsh winter. Redshank were frantically moving around but Lapwing, Curlew, and a couple of Greenshank were feeding more sedately.
A rather pleasant day to be out, generally providing good views of birds, many of which were in their finest condition.

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