Monday, 31 August 2009

Mon 31st Aug

Another month almost in, and just to keep you all up to speed on the rainfall, well I am sure that this has been the wettest August since we came to live on Islay almost 10 years ago. If memory serves me correctly the November in 1999, we had the best part of 10", so possibly this is the second wettest month, say no more.
George phoned to say that he had seen a Little Auk on Loch Indaal this evening. When I met up with George, the loch itself was flat calm, the only problem was that the dreaded midges were out! Undeterred, we managed to locate the bird again, well out in the loch and swimming along quite quickly allowing for it being a relatively small bird. There were also some Razorbills off the pier at Bruichladdich, half a dozen Scotor on the loch too and George had 2 Red throated diver earlier on today. Down on the shoreline, not far from the coal yard there was a Whimbrel, a couple of Knot, 6 Ringed Plover and 22 Turnstone. There was a Gannet out fishing further down on the loch too.
Back home this morning, there was a male Blackbird with a rather tasty bramble in his mouth.

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