Friday 21 June 2024

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June

 It is midsummer, but it doesn't seem like it, with cool temperatures and various spells of cloud and rain at times on both days.

Yesterday Kate Butterworth reported Spotted flycatchers feeding young at Bunnahabhain on Wednesday and yesterday heard Corn Crakes calling during the day at Gruinart and Ardnave. (I've listened on a couple of nights for them up at Conisby where they have been reliable and regular in previous years, but not a squeak so far this summer).

Today Kate reported on a number of colour-ringed Choughs seen and had a family of Mistle Thrushes at Sanaigmore - always useful to get confirmed breeding records such as these!

David Dinsley scored bird of the day with a Tree Sparrow near The Oa RSPB car park.

Jackie Wedd is also visiting and noted plenty of waders - Curlew, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatchers, along with Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Linnets and Arctic Tern on the Loch Indaal Way footpath.

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Wednesday 19th June

 A fine, sunny, fairly warm day today. There were reports of 2 Crossbills at Gatehouse on Jura and a Swift over Loch Kinnabus. Up at Gruinart it was quite quiet at the two hides, but Blackcap, Sedge & Willow Warblers and Whitethroats all in song, plus a Cuckoo still calling. Around Loch Gorm Whinchats and Stonechats were also evident and singing.

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Sunday 16th - Tuesday 18th June

Three days of variable, cool weather with spells of sunshine interspersed with light rain and cloud at times - though a lovely sunny late evening tonight.

I suppose it is that time of year when spring migration is over and autumn return hasn't yet begun. A bit of the doldrums, with nothing much happening on the bird front other than the regular breeding species going about their business, so not a lot to report.

On Sunday there was a note of a male Hen Harrier at Loch Gorm and a Blackcap at the RSPB hides, Gruinart. Yesterday a White-tailed Eagle was seen at Finlaggan being mobbed by a Hen Harrier. Today further Hen Harriers noted at Ballygrant and Laggan Bridge, a Peregrine watched perched up for 10 minutes on the Glen Road and a couple of White-tailed Eagles on the High Road near Laggan. On the beach near Blackrock a gathering of c.100 Bar-tailed Godwits was counted this afternoon.

Saturday 15 June 2024

Saturday 15th June

 A quiet day for reports with only one coming in on the bird chat, but what an incredible sighting it was from Dave Wood with a few Bottlenose Dolphins, a Minke Whale and an incredible minimum estimate of 5000 Manx Shearwater seen from the ferry near Gigha!

Friday 14 June 2024

Friday 14th June

 Another fairly quiet day today, Simon had another male Hen Harrier near the airport, Gary saw a couple of young cuckoo at Finlaggan. 

In butterfly news, Mary-Ann had a Painted Lady at The Battery and I had my first Common Blue of the year on Jura.

Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday 13th June

 After a brief break in the weather yesterday, the wind is back with a vengeance and as a result there were very few reports coming in today. Mary had a male Hen Harrier near the airport and we had a pair flying by the Gruinart offices but that's it. Hopefully a bit more activity tomorrow although I don't think the weather is looking much better!

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Wednesday 12th June

 Eagles all over the shop today, with Goldies sighted at Gruinart, Gorm and The Oa and some unsavoury White-Tail action at Claggain Bay. 

Steve had two Red Throated Divers at Kilnaughton this morning and later 2 Eider Ducks with 3 chicks.

Adding on to his sightings from yesterday, Simon had 2 Ringed Plover and 5 Sanderling at Saligo.

Our volunteers at RSPB Loch Gruinart saw a pair of Hen Harrier off the moorland trail. 

Outside of bird news, I had several Dew Moth and huge numbers of Marsh Fritillary enjoying the sun on The Oa.