Thursday 8th September


 A much cloudier, mucky kind of cozy day with lighter winds as well as really little rainfall. There were a variety of people out birding – Jim Dickson, Graham Cundall, Mary Redman, James Just How, Gary Turnbull, Hannah Stanger as well as David Dinsley all adding some fascinating discoveries:

Wheatears were once again much forthcoming: 6 @ Port Wemyss, 8 @ Carabus consisting of huge Greenland birds (see image listed below).

In Loch Indaal Jim located the very first of the fall’s Slavonian Grebes – 3 consisting of a summer-plumaged bird in addition to 43 Eiders, 164 Wigeon, a Little Egret, a summer-plumaged Grey Plover, 2 Greenshanks, 131 Bar-tailed Godwits, 41 Knot, a Pintail as well as 38 Red-breasted Mergansers. (I had a summer-plumaged Red-throated Scuba diver there later on in the day).

White-tailed Eagles were turning up everywhere: 2 at Carrabus as well as one avoiding with a bunny in its talons (see image listed below). Hannah saw an additional 2 young birds on Texa (image listed below) as well as Graham saw an additional at Machair Bay.

Loch Gruinart created an excellent selection: Jim had 12 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Job as well as 5 Golden Plovers, a Detected Flycatcher, 8 Siskins,

160 Linnet as well as a Lesser Redpoll on the Craigens side. Later on he counted 130 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Pintail as well as the 2 White-tailed Eagles once again. James upped the fall Black-tailed Godwit tally to 30 seen from the checking out system.

Somewhere else, Jim counted  63 Tufted Duck on Loch Gorm; Gary saw an Osprey passing the ferryboat by Gigha as well as Mary had a Grey Wagtail at Nerabus. Graham reporting from Machair Bay had the 2 Ruff once again on the flooding in addition to 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and afterwards 23 Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover, a Kestrel as well as Sparrowhawk plus a couple of Choughs on the coastline as well as in the direction of the radar terminal on capital.

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