Monday, 21 December 2009
It really does look nice up here at the moment but the travelling can be a bit dodgy. We spent the weekend in Tobermory with friends and did no birding at all. The most exciting thing we saw was on the Friday night as we drove through Craignure and two Otters were cavorting on the roadside. We stopped to have a look and made sure they crept back into the undergrowth before we moved on. The drive back on Sunday afternoon was a bit slippery in places with signs of a few folk having a scary moment or two. Needless to say, it was stunning this morning.I had a quick look round outside the shop to see what was out in the shallows. One Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 9 Golden Plover, 18 Turnstone, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 3 Curlew and a Great Northern Diver. Most of the gulls had gone to the fields along with the rest of the Curlews. There were two Golden Eagle sitting on the ridge in the distance and a flock of 10 Common Crossbill had a fly around. I did hear a single male Crossbill singing it's heart out a bit later on as I was trying to photograph a Goldcrest out the back of the shop.I'll get a good shot one day!I received an email today with regards to a colour ring record that I put in for Black-tailed Godwit in April. I have sent a few photographs and some extra info to the coordinator as they said it could be a bird ringed in the Wash but they need to rule out the possibility of one of the rings being a flag. Hopefully I'll get a quick response!