Yesterday was Paul Beresford's last day of his short visit, but he made the most of it. From "The Battery", the path leading out from Bowmore along the shore towards Gartbreck, Paul had a Long tailed Duck on Loch Indaal. He also had another 2 while looking out over Loch Indaal, but this time from the power generating station. Later on at Killinallan, he counted over 200 Twite in the fields, and down on the shoreline there were 70 Bar tailed Godwit. Before leaving Port Askaig in the afternoon, Paul saw 2 distant Golden Eagles over Jura, while from the ferry he had a total of 63 Great Northern Divers and 10 Red throated Diver. Many thanks to Paul for his sightings over the past few days.
Jamie, one of the "vols" at Gruinart at present had a count of 20 Canada Geese on Loch Gorm on Tuesday. Also down on the Oa reserve, Mary had a Dipper.
Today, over at Gruinart, and it was the annual count of the Red Deer on the reserve. There was a total of 82, a few down on the year. Also seen were 7 Hen Harrier, 3 male and 4 female, 3 Red Grouse, 3 Lizard, 1 Adder, 24 Whooper Swan and 1 Woodcock.