A great day over here today, I had my first Wheatear down at Sunderland Farm just before lunchtime. Down on the dunes behind Machir Bay another was seen, as was another close to Ballinaby. One was seen over on Jura by a visitor, who later on from the one vantage point had seen a total of 5 male Hen Harriers and 2 females, just stop a moment and have a look around... Back here at home a Chiffchaff was heard at lunchtime today.
Mary had been helping out with the International Goose count held earlier this week, and had on the flats at Gruinart she had a Short eared Owl, a male Hen Harrier and a young Cormorant chancing his luck in the ditches!! Further inland, Mary had another male Hen Harrier and also a male Kestrel. Up at Ardnave Loch, she had the leucistic Barnie. Yesterday, on the flats at Gruinart, Mary had the Canada Goose hutchinsii sp. Round at Bun - an -Uilt there were a large number of Redshank along with 3 Greenshank. In the turnip field at Killinallan, 2 Glaucous Gulls were present. Up off Ardnave Point, a Black throated Diver was noted, in almost summer plumage, a Great Northern Diver was there too and a Kittiwake was seen too. Mary also had a Wheatear up at Ardnave during her travels. Last night on our way back from Port Ellen, we had a Barn Owl on a fence post close to Leorin.