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A Report from

Galloway, 30/3/07 to 7/3/07,

Mike Graham

Spent a peaceful week in Port Logan Bay Galloway. from 30/3/07 to 7/3/07. Port Logan was used as the location for a BBC series called '2000 acres of Sky'.

The village was supposed to represent a lonely Scottish Island even though it lies on the mainland. Apparently I shared the same bed as the actress Michelle Collins but sadly about 6 years after she had vacated it.

Couldn't believe my luck when I looked through the 3rd floor window of our splendidly appointed cottage to find Red Throated Divers, Shags, Razorbills, Eider, and Gannets nearly every day. When the tide was right in they were often within 200 yards of the cottage. On the last day a House Martin appeared.

On one day there was a Black Guillemot. Shelducks and Mute Swans were seen often in the bay.

Parts of the beach were very rocky and a maximum of 25 Oystercatchers, 6 Curlew, 4 Redshank and 2 Ringed Plover were seen on any one day.
On the bushes around the bay, Yellowhammer, Stonechats and Linnets were common. A Redpoll was spotted one morning. There was a Wheatear near the lighthouse and Rock pipits were seen on the way up to the cliffs were a Peregine was hunting. There was a Raven and numerous Red Leg Partridges.

A pair of Buzzards frequented an area near the fish pond. Just beyond the pond a Grey Heron and 2 Mallards were seen. 
Other highlights were the 13 Black Guillemot in Portpatrick harbour and the vast number of Kittiwakes now assembling at the Mull of Galloway bird reserve. [8 Black Guillemot here]

If you enjoy Sea Watching on no account miss Corsewell Point. Even in a short space of time when conditions were not particulary favourable I saw a Great Skua, one Manx shearwarter, a Fulmar,Kitiwake, Red Throated Divers, Black Guillemot, Guillemot and Razorbills. You simply could not count the number of Gannets they were so numerous.

There was a Ruff in Drummore Harbour along with 20 Turnstone.

Black Guillemot were everywhere and Red Throated Divers were seen at every point on the west coast as they steadily moved North.

Shags appeared to outnumber Cormorants especially in Port Logan Bay.There were 6 there this morning when we left.

Stonechat were prolific to the point were I was surprised when I didn't see one [as were Yellowhammers].

A great week of birdwatching when it seemed no effort at all.


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