Happy Halloween, with the horrors of heavy rain showers and a relatively strong breeze. It does look like autumn but it is still oddly warm.
On the birding front - Owen and Glynis have been in touch with at least 4 ring-tailed hen harriers between the Bowmore road and Gruinart, as well as hundreds of redwings. They also report a suspicious diver which had the tell tale signs of a Pacific diver alongside a Great northern diver. Unfortunately no phone to hand and no camera, but wanted to make local birders aware while looking at the divers in Loch Indaal.
Mike had a quieter day, finding the cackling goose in a large barnacle flock by the coastguard cottages at Kilchoman this morning. The views from Gruinart were 6 gadwall, 2 black-tailed godwits, and one little egret. in the air, a hunting hen harrier.
Rob L. reported the cackling goose again in the Kilchoman area later in the day.
David D. on the Oa reported 2 red-throated divers over the American Monument.
Around Portnahaven and Port Wemyss, there is still huge flock of fieldfare with a handful of blackbirds and redwing among them. I have seen a merlin most days harassing goldfinch flocks.