These were just a few of the Golden Plover that were seen around today by our friends. There was a flock of over 500 over at Ballinaby, a small group of 13 at Rockside, and a further 71 down at Claddach at Portnahaven.
Other friends had seen a few Turnstone at Bruichladdich, while up at the platform overlooking the floods at Gruinart, they had seen some Twite and coming home tonight they had a female Hen Harrier out on the wing.
At home this afternoon, I went back up the burn to close to where I had found the dead Mallard, as I had seen a hen Pheasant come away from a nest with 15 eggs in it. I found the nest right enough, but no hen, let alone no eggs, but definitely where the nest once was. So was it the Otter at it again?
Down on the lochan below Rockside this morning were 2 Mute Swan, 30 Whitefronts, a few Greylags and some Mallard.