It has been another bright, sunny, dry and quite hot day with little wind to cool things down.
A note was received today from visiting birder Jo Hossell who is touring Islay by bike:
"We have been staying at Arichalloch cottage at Balimony since Sunday. We saw a female hen harrier quartering the rough grassland between the cottage and the conifers on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings and we have seen a white-tailed eagle twice, again by the cottage - the first time on Tuesday late afternoon and the second this morning being mobbed by a buzzard! We also saw 9 chough by Lossit Bay on Thursday and a dozen oystercatchers flying past the beach at Kilchoman today."
George Jackson has also sent in a few observations for yesterday: "A juv. Redpoll in Coultorsay garden - my first for this season; an hour later, a Whimbrel heard over towards Loch Indall. About 8.00pm at Uiskentuie strand there were ca. 30 mostly young alba Wagtails and c.50 Ringed Plover and Dunlin + 2 Turnstones."
The only bird news for today comes from the two RSPB Oa Davids: a Whimbrel at Kildalton and a Little Grebe on Loch Kinnabus.
Presumably George’s Whimbrel yesterday and David Wood’s today are the beginning of an autumn return.