Happy New Year everyone! I thought it was about time I made a reappearance, albeit in the guise of my brother who was here (in my house) with his partner for three days from 30th Dec to 2nd Jan, whilst I was on Eigg with my partner. We saw 36 species of birds (big cheer please) on Eigg and were quite pleased with ourselves until I got home and saw Tim had been kind enough to leave their bird list for me - standing at 84 species, it far exceeded ours! Thanks Tim!
Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver (from ferry), Great Crested Grebe (2), Little Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Guillemot, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Barnacle Goose, Brent Goose, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, pink-footed Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Wigeon, Common Scoter, Scaup, Eider, Goldeneye, Teal, Pintail, Long-tailed Duck, Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Cormorant, Shag, Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, Greenshank (1), Redshank, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit (1), Kestrel, Merlin (2, inc. one flying over house), Buzzard, Golden Eagle (1st Jan), Peregrine, Sparrowhawk (2), Pheasant, Woodcock (1), Jackdaw, Hoodie, Chough, Rook, Raven, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Starling, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Greenfinch, Twite, Chaffinch, Stonechat, House Sparrow, Goldcrest, Collared Dove, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting.
To rub salt into the wound, they also saw three otters - one near Bruichladdich, one at Claggain Bay and one near Ardbeg. Still, no Great-spotted Woodpecker there (as on Eigg) and whatever happened to Redwing?
Happy wildlife watching in 2011 everyone,