Back to a more normal time for writing the blog, thank goodness. Having said that, around 3 am today, that pesky Corncrake was calling good style close to the garden again, really should learn to shut the bedroom window....Nick has been over again, carrying out survey work on 3 different tetrads around Islay. The main highlights were as follows, in the tetrad North of Bunnahabhain had a male Yellowhammer, several Linnet noted, Black Guillemot on the Sound of Islay, with Redpolls displaying just before entered his survey area. The area round about here at Kilchoman had some Redpoll fly over the whins in the "glen" in the glen itself, Sand Martins were seen at the nest sites there, Sedge Warblers present in the reed beds, Corncrakes and Chough both heard! Over at Sanaigmore, a pr of Twite were seen, pr of Snipe noted, plenty of Lapwing, Oystercatcher and also Curlew. There was also a pr of Redshank up in the fields there too, while down on the shore, Ringed Plover and a Heron were added. A juv Stonechat and also a Wheatear were seen as well away from the shore. Some Linnets were around too.