Some mixed weather so far this week, even a little rain. The wind dropped on the evening of the 17th to enable a quick corncrake count: 10 calling at Gruinart plus a spotted crake, grasshopper warbler, water rail and moorhen. A barn owl was seen on the Gruinart flats and a short eared owl. The rain brought out the toads and seemed to liven up the snipe, with drummers everywhere.
Whilst on the Flats counting corncrakes in the moon light an otter popped out from the ditch and ambled across the field.
Other sightings include, 4 barnacle geese, little terns and arctic terns at Ardnave. A willow warbler standing on the head of a cuckoo chick, feeding it at Kinabus the Oa, a wood warbler at Kildalton area, 32 storm petrels off Skerryvore light house (reported by Port Ellen fisherman) and an Osprey at Loch Skerrols.
The latest update from the Paisley birding hot spot is: a blackbird and two magpies!