Seals and birds

Trips to Burrowhead today with encounters with Grey Seals at the Devil’s Bridge rock marks Gannets and Black Guillemots, Greater Black back Gulls, Lesser Black back Gulls, Shags and Fulmars

 

“Derek was a brilliant guide, helping us to spot wildlife and to catch fish. It was a highly enjoyable trip and we will recommend it to our  friends. We even caught our dinner! Tasty mackerel was a great treat on our last evening in sunny Scotland”.
 
 Best wishes
 
 Emma, Jess and Sam

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Quail Heard in local area

A calling Quail has been resident near Whithorn for the past week or two making it a good bird for local bird watchers to encounter. Attempts to get quality sound recordings of the bird will continue.

Young gulls were building their muscles by flapping and short fights on the cliffs while the young Shags clambered along the ledges exploring the edge of the sea. Dunlin and Redshanks are back in the Harbour feeding in the mud. Ravens and Peregrine clearly are seen along the coast during this period of warm weather.

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Wildlife – Update

A quick list of the wildlife seen in the past two days

Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Ravens, Black and Common Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars and Sandwich Terns by the coast

Redshanks and Oystercatchers on the shore with finches and warblers in the shrubs.

Fox, Grey Seals Roe Deer, signs of Badgers and Otters reported close to The Isle of Whithorn

 

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30 MPH winds from the East

Back to strong Easterly winds today so the boat is staying in the harbour. There should be some good birdwatching on the coast with Gannets, Guillemots  and Manx Shearwaters flying close to the shore. The weather for the weekend and next week is looking good with slight breezes forecast so we will be targeting the Pollock close to the cliffs and Tope and mixed species further offshore. There was a “no show” with a of anglers yesterday so I took the chance to go diving no a local wreck, lots of lobsters and crabs with Pollack and Wrasse close to the kelp. Hint to Anglers for “best” results – Bright sun, clear skies, calm seas, try Sea fishing from a boat – Strong wind and cloud, try Trout fishing on a Loch

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Bird Watching Off The Boat

The cliffs around the coast are giving the opportunity to see Shags, Cormorants, Razorbills, Common Guillemots and the lovely looking Black Guillemots in full summer plumage. Yesterday Ravens were  noisily patrolling the rocks followed closely by the diminutively looking Jackdaws. A couple of Grey seals are now seen and we hope the numbers will increase during the summer.

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East Winds

Strong east winds have kept the boat in the harbour and we have had to cancel a few trips this week but the birds are being blown close to the shore with Gannets and Manx Shearwaters easily seen from the land. A bonus bird, a Puffin has been seen of the Isle of Whithorn – there are only 6 Puffin on the Mull of Galloway this year so to see one here is a good Tick.

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A Range of Animals seen today

Otter seen on the beach at Monreith, with 5 Ravens flying overhead.

Out on the boat we had very close encounters with Razorbills swimming on the sea around the cliffs at Burrowhead

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Isle Of Whithorn

Isle of Whithorn 7th June

Large numbers of Manx Shearwaters passing along the coast in groups of 20-40 and 150, counted in a raft just offshore.

A few Gannets in various plumage ages flying close the shoreline, also Sandwich Tern, nesting Rock Pipit and Carrion Crow, Oystercatcher showing well on the rocky outcrops close to the harbour. 

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Woodland Walks

21 May 2014

Cree Woods

Walking in the Cree Woods north of Newton Stewart produced a good range of interesting birds:

 

Tree Pipit, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher were among the star bird seen on the day.

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