One of our visitors in the cottages gave me the following birds that they had seen yesterday. Near to Ballinaby they had a female Merlin. On Traigh Nostaig at Ardnave they counted 56 Teal, 28 Chough, 58 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone, 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Heron, 14 Ringed Plover and a single Dunlin. A single Great Northern Diver was seen off Nave Island, while near to Ardnave Point there was a flock of over 40 Twite. Back at the car park at Ardnave, and there were a further 12 Chough. On Ardnave Loch itself, there were 12 Tufted Duck, 7 Whooper Swan, and also 3 adult and 2 juvenile Mute Swan.
By the way the weather has been tremendous out here today, a white Egret sp was reported to have been seen flying down the Sound of Islay this afternoon.