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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 19:31   #1
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Are these Divers?

Saw these from the shore at Skipness just as Kilbrannan Sound becomes Loch Fyne, looking East towards Bute, last Saturday (31st October). I'm thinking winter plumage black-throated divers, but five at once? Can anyone help me please?
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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 19:35   #2
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Yes

Edited to add: just checked Collins and it certainly looks like five Black-throated!

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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 19:35   #3
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Yes, Black-throated Divers. That's probably a good count for that area and would be worth reporting.
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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 19:45   #4
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They do flock more than the other species normally.
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Old Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 19:54   #5
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Thanks guys. I spent a pleasant week in Kintyre and Islay last week. Is there anywhere on here where I could/should post a trip report?
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What a great time you had... that's such a lovely area to visit, isn't it.

Vacational Trip Reports is the place to tell us all about your holiday. I've been to Islay twice - a wonderful island, isn't it.
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Thanks guys. I spent a pleasant week in Kintyre and Islay last week. Is there anywhere on here where I could/should post a trip report?
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Interestingly, on the same trip I saw GN Divers from the Kennacraig to Islay ferry that were definitely still in Summer plumage:see new photo.
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Interestingly, whereas these BTs are in full winter plumage, I saw GNs from the Kennacraig to Islay ferry just a couple of days previously, which were in full Summer plumage still. (See new photo post)
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GN Diver in full Summer plumage on 28th October

Although my BT Divers were in winter plumage, this GN Diver is obviously in Summer plumage and that's in the last week of October! Seen from ferry between Ardrossen and Brodick (not on the Islay ferry as i reported earlier).
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