After a busy week being heavily involved with walkislay, normal blogging should now take over again, with the entries being more regular, sorry about that folks! By the way, we had another good week with even more folk turning out for the various walks on offer, great!
Back to Islay and its' birds and James starts the ball rolling. He backed up my thoughts that yesterday, we had a fall of Wheatears, as he had noticed them in greater numbers today on the reserve at Gruinart. During the evening on Saturday, he had heard Whimbrel and Golden Plover flying overhead while out with his dog. This morning he had heard his first Grasshopper Warbler of the year, and saw 3 Golden Plover in a field that were still here, as were 5 Greenland whitefronted geese. He also saw a Sparrowhawk, and on the reserve there was a Twite with coloured rings on its' legs, possibly one that had been rung in Lancashire, James thought. JRH
A visiting birder over on holiday, was in touch with some sightings today of a pair of Sparrowhawks, 2 pairs of Short eared Owls, and also a male Hen Harrier "skydancing", all on the Rhinns.