Saturday 15 June 2024

Saturday 15th June

 A quiet day for reports with only one coming in on the bird chat, but what an incredible sighting it was from Dave Wood with a few Bottlenose Dolphins, a Minke Whale and an incredible minimum estimate of 5000 Manx Shearwater seen from the ferry near Gigha!

Friday 14 June 2024

Friday 14th June

 Another fairly quiet day today, Simon had another male Hen Harrier near the airport, Gary saw a couple of young cuckoo at Finlaggan. 

In butterfly news, Mary-Ann had a Painted Lady at The Battery and I had my first Common Blue of the year on Jura.

Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday 13th June

 After a brief break in the weather yesterday, the wind is back with a vengeance and as a result there were very few reports coming in today. Mary had a male Hen Harrier near the airport and we had a pair flying by the Gruinart offices but that's it. Hopefully a bit more activity tomorrow although I don't think the weather is looking much better!

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Wednesday 12th June

 Eagles all over the shop today, with Goldies sighted at Gruinart, Gorm and The Oa and some unsavoury White-Tail action at Claggain Bay. 

Steve had two Red Throated Divers at Kilnaughton this morning and later 2 Eider Ducks with 3 chicks.

Adding on to his sightings from yesterday, Simon had 2 Ringed Plover and 5 Sanderling at Saligo.

Our volunteers at RSPB Loch Gruinart saw a pair of Hen Harrier off the moorland trail. 

Outside of bird news, I had several Dew Moth and huge numbers of Marsh Fritillary enjoying the sun on The Oa.

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Tuesday 11th June

 Some excellent reports coming in today with Steve reporting 48 Shags at Emerivale and 70 at Kilnaughton! Lucy had a pair of Hen Harrier along the low road around the airport. 

Another day of seabird surveys for me with Peregrine, a Female Kestrel with two fledged juveniles and another handful of Auks, Fulmar, Gannets and Gulls.

On the Oa guided walk today we had a pair of Whinchat showing very well and a distant Goldie. Nothing compared to Simon however getting his first Golden Eagle sighting, and getting a real show seeing two together between Bruichladdich and Kilchoman.

Monday 10 June 2024

Monday 10th June

 An early start today with Gordon counting 42 bar-Tailed Godwits at Blackrock at 7am, which I think hung around all day as I saw a flock roughly that size driving past at around 3pm. Gordon also noted a singing Blackcap in Port Charlotte. 

David and I we're out doing seabird surveys down at the Oa with the usual suspects: Fulmar, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and Tysties. My highlights were a family of Wheatear with a male, female and three juveniles and a Peregrine. 

Simon added in this evening at least 5 Sand Martin, 20+ Oystercatcher, 5 Gannets and good numbers of Lapwing and Swallows at Machir Bay as well as a female Eider at Sannaigmore.

Sunday 9th June

A quiet day of reports following the influx yesterday. Linden had a Bonxie over Sanaigmore, and Simon reported hearing a Cuckoo from the woodland side of Finlaggan mid-afternoon and had 3 Black Guillemot at Caol Ila bay.