Did our monthly BTO WeBS counts today, slightly delayed due to the poor weather of the last few days.
Loch Bee: Most numberous birds were c390 wigeon and c340 Mute Swans. A good count of 82 Whooper Swans spread out over a fairly wide area. 24 Goldeneye, 100+ Tufted Duck, 3 Shelduck, c60 Mallard, c80 Teal, 23 Redshank, c70 Oystercatchers, 65 Dunlin, c60 Golden Plover, 3 Greenshank, 6 Buzzards, 2 White-tailed Eagles and a male Hen Harrier.
A colour-ringed Oystercatcher was photographed and we found out later in the day that it was originally ringed by our friend Chris at Dawlish, Devon, on the Exe estuary, 4th February 2018. It was seen the following year at Larne Harbour, Co. Antrim, 17th February, 2019. Possibly seen at Askernish beach in very poor light on 16th February 2023 by Bill and now our sighting today.
South Ford: I was surprised to find c112 Barnacle Geese along with several groups of Greylag. Out on the estuary the waders were starting to gather again as the tide dropped, c300 Bar-tailed Godwits, 110+ Grey Plover, c140 Dunlin, 17 Curlew, 4 Knot and a single Ringed Plover. c115 Black-headed Gulls were in the area near Hebridean Jewellery.