These were a few of the Whooper swans over at Ballinaby this morning, taken by Jim Dickson who had come over from the mainland in the hope of seeing the Gyr Falcon! Yesterday, on our way out to get our papers there were only a couple of Whoopers to be seen down on the lochans beside Loch Gorm, but on our return, about 20 minutes later, another 23 had dropped in for a rest on their journey North. Talking of the Gyr Falcon, and as far as I know, it has not been seen today, but thinking back to the last bird here, a few years ago, it too proved an elusive bird to find, missing for a few days before reappearing briefly and then off again. Although Jim did not see the falcon, he did have a Sand Martin down at Canain, and off the ferry yesterday on his way over, he had 60+ Great northern Diver, 26 Black throated Diver and 19 Red throated Diver. Many thanks for your input Jim.
Last night, I was speaking with Kevin Wiggins who had seen a White tailed Sea Eagle down between Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte, but not the same bird that had been up near Saligo earlier on in the week, as it had wing tags on, and Kevin's bird had none. Just prior to talking with Kevin, I saw the Bar headed Goose down with the feral geese at Braibruaich, but today it was not to be seen, perhaps it was away with the Barnies again. Malcolm had also seen it there on Friday.