Andy Schofield has now left Islay to take up another post within RSPB, with the net result being that Catherine has had a sideways shift from Gruinart to look after the reserve on the Oa. So, we wish them both luck in their new jobs.
Catherine had 12 members with the Mid Nene RSPB group down on the Oa today and they had seen 15 Brambling, 2 Chough, 2 large flocks of over 200 Chaffinch and 200 Twite, 2 Golden Eagle, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, and several Ravens. Many thanks to the visitors for their input and trust the weather holds good for them while they are over for a few days.
Will Miles who is a "vol" with RSPB on Islay at present, had a Lapland Bunting at Saligo, and back on Sunday had seen a White tailed Sea Eagle and also a Golden Eagle over at Bunnahabhain. Both were 1st year birds. On Loch Indaal, Will had a count of 24 Slavonian Grebes.