Thursday, 14 April 2011

Wednesday 13 April

Sorry for the lack of posts recently I have been away for a long weekend in Scotland hill walking. I have been over a few times but seen little. I got washed out on Monday night but didn’t see much apart from a good flock of 200 Sand Martin.

Last night there were a lot of hirundines, with c.250 Sand Martin, c.100 Swallow, 12 House Martin and no Swifts. There were half a dozen singing Blackcap, but little else was bothering on a dull cold evening. Three Greylag flew through and there were still a pair of Garganey. And the was a male “the duck that shall not speak its name” which was a first for the year.

In Scotland I had a few migrants with Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, Willow Warbler all on site I also saw a few Ptarmigan on Beinn Sgulaird but generally we were walking in cloud with visibility down to a few metres although the sun did break through now and again.

Red-crested Pochard the reappearance last Tuesday

Beinn Sgulaird, the only view this was after we had climbed it.

Ben Crauchan, never saw any birds at all on the hill.

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