I knew I should not have talked about "lack" of rain in last night's entry as it has been a steady rain for most of the day once it started.... Having said that it has not put some of our birders off.... Martin had seen an Osprey come off Loch Indaal at Blackrock and flying on in the direction of Loch Gruinart. Bob, at one point in between showers, saw a Sparrowhawk trying to dry itself off.... He also had a Hen Harrier close to home. Mary had some Mistle Thrushes close to Coullabus . Over on the reserve, below the Visitor centre, there was a black backed Gull out searching the fields for food. Then, along came a Common Gull which was greeted by half a dozen angry Lapwings and a Redshank . Further out a Raven sitting down on the ground and finally close to the RSPB office at Bushmills, on the roadside, 4 Greenfinches were feeding away. Going home, Mary had seen a male Hen Harrier down close to Blackpark.