Thursday 1 June 2023

Thursday 1st June

Glorious weather again, though there were a few clouds in the middle of the day. The weather makes it feel as if spring is over and we are in midsummer and the birding doldrums.

I spent mid-morning through to mid-afternoon around both sides of Loch Gruinart. from Killinallan to the hides and saw nothing out of ordinary. Of course, in reality it was a splendid time that any birder from southern UK would kill for: just the "same old" White-tailed Eagles, displaying Hen Harriers, masses of nesting waders on the RSPB reserve and a sprinkling of Choughs here and there - all in a magnificent setting of a wild sea inlet surrounded by sand dunes, moorland and hilltops. There were about 20 each of Ringed Plover and Dunlin on the floods - are they still heading north or just not bothering?

Elsewhere on Islay: Ed Burrell still has 2 Spotted Flycatchers in his sights at Balaclava and Cornabus, while off  The Oa Reserve David Dinsley had summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver. At the other extremity of Portnahaven/Currie sands Mary Redman had a couple of Choughs, 5 Turnstone finding invertebrates to feast on in the rotting seaweed and a couple of Common Sandpipers on the beach.

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