Lesley e mailed some more information for me to share with you...
"Not much for today but I was speaking to James this morning
and he gave me the heads up that the reserves are now open. The Oa and Gruinart
trails open - one way with numbers restrictions etc in place. Gruinart VC, loos
and all hides still closed. Anyway I thought I would stop off on the way to
Coop and have a walk around. Not a lot to see - it was around midday . I had a
Chiffchaff in the Gruinart visitor carpark, Whitethroat singing in a gorse bush
and orchids (? early purple - I’m not good on orchids) and Ragged Robins
blooming. Plenty of blossom on the Rowan ready to produce food for the
migrating Redwings and Fieldfares in the autumn. Life continues."
Lesley was also saying that she walked through the woodland trail under the rookery, and luckily for her the birds did not poo on her as walked past them!!
So, it is good news that the RSPB reserves on Islay are opening up again, even although they are not 100% open as such.
James, himself was speaking to Margaret around tea time confirming about the reserves opening up again. He also was telling Margaret about watching a food pass between a couple of Hen Harriers being seen by himself. Shortly afterwards he saw a Cuckoo.