A miserable sort of a day with the weather, another dreich sort of a day, the weather last week is long forgotten by now!!
At the weekend, Fiona MacGillivary had seen a Short eared Owl on the wing, at the far end of Loch Gorm. Yesterday, the Bowland birders had walked from Gartbreck back to Bowmore (the reverse way to Bob's WeBs count) with largest flocks (not totals) being 100 Dunlin, 100 Ringed Plover including 2 chicks, 3 Shelduck, 10 Eider, 3 Red br Merganser, 15 Whimbrel, Grey Plover in summer plumage, Rock Pipit on the rocks, 4 Arctic Tern, pr of Stonechats + 2 youngsters, Whitethroat, pr Redshank, 5 fishing Gannets and a Heron. Along at Gartmain, 3 Turnstone were present with a further 2 over at Gortan. Yesterday, forgot to mention that we had a Grey Wagtail at The Woollen Mill and then later on a distant White tailed Sea Eagle over towards Bunnahabhain. Louise yesterday had led a walk out from Craighouse on Jura. She had a Grey Wagtail and alsolocated nests of Robin, Starling, Great Tit and Blue Tit. Louise had also seen a Short eared Owl down at Ardfin on Jura. Michal had been down on the Oa and had seen 2 Whinchats as well as a Peregrine yesterday. James told me today that the Spotted Flycatcher is back in his garden. Peter's house guests had seen an Osprey while waiting for the ferry at Kennacraig yesterday