Catherine and the "vols" over at R.S.P.B. Gruinart reserve carried out a survey on Loch Gruinart the other day which produced the following birds etc.
175 Oystercatcher, 2 Cormorant, 53 Curlew, 3 Red breasted Merganser, 12 Eider, 40 Black headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 11 Arctic Tern, 13 Greylag, 7 Shelduck, 75 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 17 Bar tailed Godwits and 170 Grey Seal. Many thanks to all those involved for these numbers.
Catherine also commented on the apparent lack of Shelduck ducklings, which has been said to me by several different folk this season. CF