Just off the phone , speaking with Mick Durham who comes over to Islay quite regularly to film Otters. Regarding the Otter question last night, Mick had 3 possible answers that he thought were possible. Had the said Otter been in scrap with another Otter, could it have been in a fight with a seal or another possibility, could it have been swimming too close to a small boat like a lobster potter and got struck by the propeller?
The temperature dropped down quite a bit last night, and before I went to bed I went outside for a few moments, yes it was calm, but no Corncrakes calling! This afternoon round at Coull and on towards Saligo, Lapwings were in the fields along with their young, but I was quite surprised how far the adults were away from the youngsters, are they trying get predators away from the young, especially when they feign injury etc The adults are not frightened when they dive bomb attacking predators! We also had some Linnets on top of the gorse bushes and a few Skylarks and Meadow Pipits to be seen too along with the odd fledged Pied Wagtail. Forgot to mention that the other night when we returned home after listening to the Corncrakes, we had a Barn Owl fly past.