Another of Andy Robinson's images which he has allowed us to share with you. It leads me on to the comment that a lot of youngsters have been seen lately. James had the pair of Mute Swans out in front of the hide proudly showing her 8 cygnets off. The Garganey was still present as were 13 Black tailed Godwit. Earlier on yesterday morning when he was out on the hill doing his survey work, James had a Red Grouse. Off the ferry over to Kennacraig on Wednesday, James had a Pomarine Skua, and while coming back through Ballygrant, a Barn Owl was seen.
On to today, Michal heard a Chiffchaff singing behind the RSPB office at Bushmills, Jon and Angie saw 2 female Goosanders on Ardnahoe Loch with a pair of Bullfinches were close by. Up at Bunnahabhain, they saw a pair of Stonechats feeding 3 young, and lower down towards the distillery, a Coal Tit was seen carrying food. Peter and Linda Jackson from Hampshire had a male Bullfinch, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Blackcap in Bridgend Woods today. They had seen an Eider with young over on Jura through the week. Today we had a Teal with her brood out, crossing the road just after Rockside. Down on the merse towards Bridgend, there were Shelducks out with their young and this evening I saw my first Pheasant chicks along with their mother. I wonder, come the end of the season how many of them survive....not a lot!