Mixed day today, very Autumnal as Billy's photo of the day shows! Autumn berries of rowan, bramble and wild raspberries are underway adding plenty colour as the flowers begin to die back.
Putting up an early blog yesterday appears to have backfired with the following submitted by Peter after I posted:
"Roger is over for a few days and saw a couple of Sooty Shearwaters amidst about 300 Manxies on the ferry crossing yesterday (15th) evening - somewhere between Gigha and Islay.This afternoon Roger, Val and I walked out to Ardnave Point.
Main birds of interest were 2 Bonxies over Nave Island, a flock of 45
Twite up towards the top of Loch Gruinart, 9 Black-tailed Godwits in
Loch Gruinart and a flock of c.350 Linnets near Ardnave Loch - I'm sure
that's the largest flock I've seen on Islay.
Today, Gary had the marsh harrier again, but this time located near Cross House. Peter stopped off at Loch Gorm counting 35 tufted duck. Near Claddach, a raven was tucking into a meal atop the small hill on the turnoff.