Friends arriving from Mull report seeing a colour ringed Twite. When the sighting was followed up by Alan Spellman, of Mull Birds, Raymond Duncan of the Grampian Ringing group responded.
"The Grampian colour ringing project started in winter 2008/9 in Foveran, Donside and Montrose. The summer sightings are almost entirely in the west, with this Mull record being the furthest south, and others stretching from Lewis to Skye and down to Tiree. Should you see Twite on Islay, keep an eye open for colour rings and please record the exact combinations and we will send them off to Raymond."
James had 17 Black tailed Godwit and a Short eared Owl on the reserve at Gruinart today.
Birders staying in the cottages had today been over the other side, down at Port Ellen that is. At Kilnaughton Bay they had Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin and 4 Great northern Diver. In Kildalton Woods they had a Chiffchaff and also heard a Wood Warbler. Claggain Bay there was an Oystercatcher with 4 young and a further 6 GND. In the woods at the back of Claggain Bay Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Buntings, many Redpolls, Buzzard and a Cuckoo. On their way home they had a diver at Glenburn beside Blackrock, it was considered to be a Black throated Diver although seen from a distance.
Other visitors reported seeing a Hen Harrier down at Loch Gorm, a Whinchat and a pair of Stonechat.