2 late entries for last week, just heard about them today.... A visitor had seen a Magpie last week, a rarity over here! The other was an Osprey seen flying over at Bunnahabhain.
Today, James saw that one of the Mute Swans has hatched her brood and has 6 young on the floods at Gruinart, also out in front of the hide was a Moorhen with 2 youngsters. Other birds seen today on the reserve included a Red Grouse, pair of Redpoll, male Wigeon (probably the only one left!), 2 Black tailed Godwit and only 1 Whooper Swan, there was no sign of the other 2. James saw a Four spotted Chaser, (a dragonfly) and also a Green Hairstreak.
Carl had all 3 hirundines on the wing over the Bridgend Merse this afternoon, a few Rock Pipits were rooting around and little else apart from Shelduck, Mallard and 50 Oystercatcher at the low tide mark. 30 Dunlin, 5 Sanderling and 20 Ringed Plover were at Blackrock and the Little Tern were on the Uiskentuie Strand. At present there is no sign of the Arctic Terns nesting.
Back here at home, and one of the hen Pheasants had her brood of 8 out on the grass this afternoon. This evening, down at Rockside there were 3 pairs of Greylag together with their respective broods.