Saturday, 30 May 2015
A dry day, infact 2 dry days in a row, but then again the forecast is for some more rain later tonight.. Alistair Hutchison had heard a Greater spotted Woodpecker close the Lily Loch last Sunday. The other day, he came across a nest of a Common Sandpiper with eggs in it as he was out foraging for some fungi up at Loch Skerrols. Later on he heard a Corncrake up behind Bridgend. Yesterday, the Teme Valley birders had a solitary Whooper Swan along the flats at Gruinart, and up at Ardnave, on the loch, a Mute Swan with 6 young cygnets. Down on the Oa today, they had Rock Pipits close in as they were on their walk. Coming back from the Oa, they had a male Hen Harrier at Risabus and then another between Island Farm and Bowmore. Along at Blackrock, they heard a Corncrake calling. George today had counted 6 pairs of Arctic Terns on the shore down at Bruichladdich. This morning, we saw a pair of Curlew with their solitary young chick at Rockside. This afternoon, Margaret saw a Kestrel out along the front of the crag.