Saturday 11 May 2024

Saturday 11th May

A bright, breezy, sunny day.

Gavin Walkingshaw sent in the following enthusiastic account of his birding on The Oa:

"A great early afternoon walk at the Oa. Cuckoo - close view, perched on tree. Whitethroat singing. Skylarks having dust-baths on the track. Twite - one carrying sheep wool. Twite with right leg rings of orange above yellow. Whinchat on fence post. Chough, two calling and flying near waterfall gully. Five Hoodies in tumbling flight near waterfall. Starling and swallow around Upper Killeyan . Calling Willow Warblers everywhere."

Elsewhere, birds of note include 4 Brent Geese seen by Gary T. at the top of Loch Indaal at Bridgend, a Spotted Flycatcher at Cornabus c/o Ed Burrell,  and a Magpie still lurking at Glenegedale, seen by Martin Armstrong's family, but a species still eluding him on Islay! Otherwise, plenty of reports of the, by now, regular summer arrivals established - singing, displaying and nesting.

My contribution is the sight of 2 Gannets very close in at Bruichladdich, diving in to feed just off the pier - the first I've noted feeding here this year so far.

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