Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Hen Harriers

We had a wet and windy day today - great - the land needs it so much - and it did not detract from the birding too much. Little and Arctic Terns, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Seals, Greylags and Turnstones as well as Curlew and 6 Whimbrel off the sea at Lossit. The highlight was a male and female Hen Harrier together. Stuart, who runs our walking safaris http://www.islaybirding.co.uk/walking.asp
also had a wet but successful morning with his group; Heath Spotted Orchids, Ragged Robin and plenty of Bog Cotton too. They got great close views of a Siskin, saw a Heron being mobbed by Common Gulls and watched Seals, Plovers and Redshank along the coast. Very enjoyable.