Windy day with showers in the afternoon, but bright and sunny for the most part. First real nip in the air I've felt this season, time to dig the gloves out!
It was the day for the pale bellied Brent geese - Gary counted 5 at Gartmain; Peter and Mark had a high count of 191 at Loch Gruinart with 5 barnacle geese. By the evening they had nearly doubled with James counting 355 Brent there.
Peter also counted further barnacle geese - 14 at Gartmain and 11 towards Bridgend. Plus a nice count of 140 skylark feeding in the barley stubble at Craigens.
Golden plover numbers are rising too - 109 at Loch Gruinart and 19 on the Oa. Dave also noted at the Oa 1 backcap, one goldcrest and one wheatear.
Visiting birders Mick and Lorraine Highfield sent in their sightings from today - one white-tailed eagle to eat west of Loch Gruinart, then an other 2 on Nave Island. Their walk round Ardnave was rewarded with twite at various points, with their highlight being 40 sanderling and 3 ring plover at the point. Back at the RSPB reserve walking to the Hide rewarded them with both male and ring-railed hen harrier.