Last day of February and the first day of the meteorological Spring comes tomorrow. It is very spring-like with pairs of mallards visible in the nearby lochs of Claddach and Ellister, pairs of birds courting such as 2 chough in sync over Port Wemyss this morning and the local pair of raven at Claddach; oystercatchers and lapwing back in territory; skylarks singing at Claddach and the Oa; and Margaret reported a lot of frogs and spawn in the ponds at Kilchoman. The weather next week finally looks settled, here's hoping a bigger gap to the next gale.
Chris Mills has had an eventful day, the highlights as follows:
Purple sandpiper at Port Ellen shoreline, plus 10 great northern diver in the bay. 2 adult WTE seen on the drive there. At Kinnabus on the Oa, 2 golden eagle and nearby a lesser black back gull seen among the herring gulls. At Kilchoman later he enjoyed a view of 2 WTE being moved by a peregrine, then a sparrowhawk hunting nearby. In the dunes 12 chough and a displaying pair of ravens. Driving back from Kilchoman to Bowmore this evening, 2 barn owl and 2 woodcock. The first of the barn owl seen perched on a gravestone at the old Kirk.
Kathy reported an adult WTE in the Ardbeg area, and Mike located the red-breasted goose near Coullabus.
Todays photos are more from local enthusiast Billy Stitchell, of the Caol Ila black guillemots and a great Northern Diver in yesterdays choppy waters.
Thanks to all for your sightings.