Yesterday our friends from Cheshire had seen a flock of 50 Twite round at Ballinaby. Over there at the sandpit there was quite a bit of activity with around 60 Sand Martin flying around looking at former nest sites. Back here at home, this morning they had a male Yellowhammer eating the seed put out. Later on we saw a female there as well. Over at The Woolen Mill, our friends had seen a pair of Siskin at the feeders there, along with Goldfinch, Greenfinch and several Tits. Near to the Mill they also had 4 Bullfinch and further on another 2. They had a male Kestrel over the crag here, while down at the "spit" on the strand at Uiskentuie, they had a Little Tern and also a Red throated Diver. Along at Blackrock, a Slavonian Grebe was present while along at Bruichladdich, 3 Purple Sandpiper were seen. Also here at home was the first of "our" returning Swallows, with one checking out the shed!
The Somerset duo, Nigel Smith and his wife Elaine returned home last night. They had a slight detour, staying up at Nethybridge on Saturday night and saw a Blackcock lek before setting off home. They hope all going well to return soon to hear and hopefully see the Corncrakes... Many thanks to them for their sightings last week.