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by Fiona - 09:23 on 27 September 2016
BIRDIE GROUP: Wednesday 21st September 2016
Ten of us, including a couple of new members, met on a bright but breezy morning at the Loch of Ayre in St Mary’s, Holm. We spent some time watching the birds on the loch, which included mute swan, teal, wigeon, tufted duck and best of all, a pair of goosanders, before progressing along to Skaildaquoy Point and round to Howequoy Head, and turning east back to the village. Out at sea we saw gannets, greater blackback and herring gulls, fulmars and tysties, with occasional turnstones, ringed plovers and redshanks along the shore. Other sightings along the way included snipe, wheatear, curlew, lapwing, oyster catchers, meadow pipit, pied wagtail and ravens. In all, around thirty species were identified.
On arrival back at the car park, we were pretty windblown and some had other commitments, so only two of the group progressed further into St Marys.
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