This image of a White tailed Sea Eagle was taken on Sunday by Dan Brown who was over for a few days, his first visit to Islay and by the sounds of it, it will not be his last! Dan originally saw the bird up at Ardnave and then followed it down and took this image of it on the reserve at Gruinart. It is marked O on yellow wing tags. James was in touch with Dave Sexton who is with RSPB on Mull. Dave was able to confirm that this was a 2006 Mull bird, and the children from Lochdon Primary school had called it Oatie. Oatie's brother, Haggis is still around and was seen on Mull last week! Many thanks to Dan for your image, and to James and Dave for their input too. The birds in the foreground are Curlews!
Another visitor yesterday, had seen a ringtail Hen Harrier at Gruinart as well as around 600 Dunlin on Loch Gruinart itself. Later on he had seen a Goldcrest.
I was speaking to George last night, and he was saying that he had a couple of Otters in front of his house at Bruichladdich on Loch Indaal yesterday. Bette Bell also told me that she had seen 3 Otters on Loch Indaal from her house in Port Charlotte.