Sunday, 16 October 2011

American Wigeon

Thanks to AL for the prompt text, ten minutes later I was watching a nice drake American Wigeon on Loch of Harray. It was at a bit of range but interestingly straight-necked and floating higher in the water. I'll have another look tomorrow to see if I can pick it out again with a bit more time to look.

A family trip to South Ronaldsay produced a Swallow, a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull and really good numbers of Eider and Gannets. The Gannets must have got into a shoal of fish as there were near enough 1400 in the flock, about five miles off I reckonned.

At home the Tree Sparrow was on the feeders and a couple of Reed Buntings dropped in briefly but I had little time to look.


the cuby poet said...

Really interesting observations.Lots of eider ducks where we were staying on Lewis and of course off the coast many,many gannets.Greylag geese grazing on fields nearby and a meadow pippet on a railing outside the lounge. Back home now so different report from Cornwall.

Alastair said...

... a tad warmer I suspect as well.