Just to keep you all in the loop, the rainfall in August certainly proved to be the wettest month over at the Airport since they started recording in 2001, with almost 9", a bit more than here! Thanks for the info Malcolm.
James had been able to escape the office work yesterday, and had seen a Corncrake at his road end, a Peregrine eating a Rock dove and also 125 Linnets on the "game crop" at Grainel. There were plenty of Common Hawker Dragonflies on the wing too. In the evening, he had a Barn Owl out hunting, and later on James heard his first stags of the year roaring. Today, James managed a quick scan round Loch Gruinart and his highlights included 120 Curlew, 122 Bar tailed Godwits, 55 Redshank, 179 Oystercatcher, 6 Greenshank, 326 Sanderling, 74 Knot, 965 Dunlin, 64 Ringed Plover, a single juvenile Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and a pair of adult Peregrine together. The count for the Sanderling was a good count.