A dry, fairly warm, sunny day with little wind –all very spring-like and pleasant.
A few folk were out and about in this quite decent weather:
Mark S. reports a Yellowhammer at Aoradh. Mary Redman had 20-30 Whooper Swans flying over Claddach in the morning plus a couple of Wheatears at Currie Sands. I had a quick look off Blackrock into Loch Indaal as it was fairly calm and saw a lovely Slavonian Grebe in full breeding plumage, then went in search of the Ring-necked Duck on Ballygrant loch but had no luck. There was a female Goldeneye, a pair of Mute Swans on a nest, a pair of calling Little Grebes, and Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming in woodland on both sides of the loch. Jarred Johnson also had a failed attempt at finding the duck, and had to make do with 4 Chiffchaffs and a couple of Fieldfares between lochs Ballygrant and Lossit. I checked Loch Skerrols too, but that was very quiet, except for the drumming of another Great Spotted Woodpecker coming from a different side of that loch to the one I heard there last week. David Rosair managed to show his group a couple of Golden Eagles, single White-tailed Eagle and Sand Martin and another couple of Wheatears up at Finlaggan. This evening Ed Burrell and Dave Protherough reported from An Curran that there were 25 Whooper Swans and 25 Sand Martins flying north.