This evening at Claddach, a peregrine was being seen off by resident gulls. Similarly this morning a buzzard was being mobbed by a pair of herring gulls. A pair of lapwing were in the fields near the house. out at the gulls, wheatear, rock pipit, meadow pipit, greylag geese, and gannet off shore.
The unavoidable subject of avian flu is on everyones minds. The local charity 'Islay Development Initiative' among many things, clean the beaches. Today from just around a quarter of the The Big Strand they collected 168 birds (mainly guilliemots). As ever the advice is do not touch or intervene. Report any suspected cases to DEFRA 03459 335577.