Well, what a lovely start to September we are enjoying in July! Still, I suppose we can't complain when we see the state of other corners of the world. In short it was a rubbish day. I nearly stumbled upon an eider duck near Port Wemyss, obviously a bit poorly given its movements. On the nearby Lighthouse Island of Orsay, the Arctic Tern colony were making a huge commotion. From a distance there looked to be around 40 in the air. Up at Claddach yesterday, a common sandpiper took the time to fly up from the beach to the house, where it sat atop a fence post alarm calling at me. Despite the distance it evidently thought I was too close! Also a pair of chough flying over my inby fields towards the loch, perhaps going up for a drink.
Billy was out on one of his hikes, this time to Loch Nam Ban, near Ardnahoe. He sent in some lovely images of a grey wagtail and a whinchat which I have shared with you here.
Alan is over with his partner this week and has shared his first day's highlights. Kilchoman Church, one chough, 2 twite, 5 raven. Kilchoman Distillery, one twite. Bruichladdich, one red-breasted merganser, one black guillemot. Many thanks.
Ed reports of a sad Greenland Whitefront goose at Cornabus.
Sightings are thin on the ground, but it not because of the lack of activity, simply a cause of lack of time for the local birders. We are well into the summer season, despite my weather reports! So any and all sightings from visitors are always a welcome addition.