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Wednesday fourth January

Wednesday fourth January


A properly damp day with modest south winds to get some rains details from James Exactly how: ” Simply built up the 2022 rains from the scale in my yard: 1,395 mm which is wetter than 2021, yet is not remarkable – (5 year. standard. is 1,401 mm). The springtime March– Might was nonetheless wetter than standard.”

 

Phil Edwards was out in the rainfall for much of the day and also sends out in his account: “ We made use of the slim home window of decreasing winds in advance of enhancing rainfall to take a loosened up seek the American Wigeon and also Red-breasted Goose– and also located neither.  We began with an imm WTE along the track at Smaull and also followed it a number of mins later on with a Golden Eagle.  Good.  A quick search southern side of Loch Gorm created c. 180 Teal, c. 40 Mallard, a set of Gadwall, a male Tufted Duck and also a Buzzard, yet not a solitary Wigeon, Eurasian or otherwise.  Driving in the direction of Gruinart, we had the good shock of a male Bullfinch at the old (Kilchoman?) schoolhouse along the B8017 and also 5 Mistle Thrushes with Fieldfares and also Redwings quickly after.  We made remote checks of a variety of Barnacle Geese groups yet could not see the Red-breasted so made a decision to attempt the hides on the RSPB get for some time (North initially, after that South).  As we left the parking area, a set of Coal Tits was courtship feeding and also a number of Great Tits were vocal singing– plainly springtime is not that away.  From the hides we had 656 Lapwing, 68 Pintail, 38 Shoveler, 9 Whooper Swans, a set of Gadwall, plus the normal variety of waterfowl and also a Little Egret.  Waders showed up distantly on the mud of the Loch consisting of 4 Grey Plovers and also some Bar-tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, and so on As we strolled the Forest Path in between the hides we had a Goldcrest and also 2 Treecreepers, and also after we left South Hide and also recalled over the get from the seeing system a ringtail Chicken Harrier landed with target … quickly beside the conceal!  On the edge of the Gruinart/Killinallan roadway, 3 pale-bellied Brents were once more existing– something of a component, and also today positioning for pictures in the rainfall (affixed).

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T chicken off to the Woollen Mill for my partner to see product– 3 Siskins were once more existing on the feeders with 2 Coal Tits.  We returned still looking the Barnacle crowds for the Red-breasted yet without happiness, although we did locate the Cackling Goose in with a big group of Barnacles on the areas over West Carrabus at c. 15.30 after which the rainfall boosted and also the skies dimmed and also we called it stops.

We keep in mind the Barnacle Geese are seriously tense nowadays.  30-40 years back, you might park near to them and also they would certainly (warily) remain to feed, long as the White-fronts do currently; yet the Barnacles appear to fly at range basically as you quit (other than on Gruinart Flats).  Is this an outcome of the culling?  Once again, any kind of regional knowledge/views would certainly rate.  If my presumption is appropriate, does not this mean that the indirect results of choosing encompass unfavorable results on power intake/expenditure and also maybe as a result to migration/breeding success?”


( I would certainly concur with Phil’s presumptions that the Barnies are extra nervous nowadays as a result of culling which that must have some (maybe just marginal?) result on their winter season problem and also hence reproducing success). 



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