A male Ring necked Duck was seen up at Ardnave Loch today. It had been reported to RSPB at the office at Gruinart earlier this morning and James quickly phoned round us all. This is the first time James has had one on Ardnave Loch in 10 years, although there was one down at Kinnabus on the Oa the other year.
The first Corncrake of the year was up at Kilnave yesterday, and the Cuckoo has been heard at several places including Kilchoman School and Foreland.
George had seen around 1,000 Barnacle Geese flying high on Sunday night. There were large groups at Rockside, Ballinaby, and at Gruinart as well as up at Ardnave today. Also on Ardnave Loch was a Canada Goose, it was present there yesterday as well. On the fields at Ardnave was a flock of 60 Golden Plover mostly in summer plumage. A friend had seen 26 Sanderling while walking round Ardnave this afternoon. Back in Bruichladdich, and George had seen a pair of Bullfinch.
Several pairs of Mute Swan appear to be quite active in their nest building activity over the past few days.
Yesterday, Michal had been helping out Dunlossit and Ardtalla Estates on their annual Deer count. While he was out, Michal had seen a pair of Red throated Diver on one of the high hill lochs, both birds were in summer plumage. On the hills too, Michal had heard Golden Plover singing and also a few Red Grouse.