James kindly sent this image taken today on the reserve at Gruinart of a juv Red backed Shrike. It showed quite well and has been seen by by quite a few of our local bird nerds, might even get a chance to get up there tomorrow, as today has been manic for a Saturday, changeover day again...Possibly only the third ever record for Islay...
Yesterday the Horwich birders had been at Loch Skerrols, and met in with Andrew and Jane! Birds seen there were 30 adult Mute Swan and 7 cygnets, 1 Wigeon, 1 Coot. On Loch Ballygrant, 2 Mute Swan and 2 Whoopers. On Loch Indaal they saw 2 Slavonian Grebe along with a flock of Scaup, there was also a flock of Eider present there too. Coming home, they had a male Hen Harrier on the flats at Gruinart.
Today, Danny had a Snow Bunting up at Ardnave and Sharon Bancroft and her friends saw a Golden Eagle over close to Coal Ila Distillery, minds me of my time spent on holidays way back at Coal Ila! They also had Guillemots in Bowmore Harbour and finally 2 Buzzards at Easter Ellister.
Thanks to Andrew and Jane for their sightings over this past week, as they are now away back home.