Been a better day with the weather, so I took the chance and cut the grass, as tomorrow, it is forecast to be wet... and the dastardly Hare has been thwarted, a positive event, so all my efforts yesterday were not in vain!!!
Gary had seen a Black throated Diver in summer plumage off Bruichladdich on Monday. Yesterday, down on the Big Strand he counted 10 Little Terns, 22 Arctic Terns, 40 Dunlin and 50 Sanderling. Mike and Val Peacock had walked out from Ardbeg to Solum, the "fever village". Top birds seen included were a male Yellowhammer, Spotted Flycatchers, loads of Redpolls, 4 Whinchats, a Tree Pipit, 3 Cuckoos, a pr of Buzzards and a Golden Eagle. They also saw some new emergent Marsh Fritillary. Today the Rochdale birders had seen 3 Whimbrel while up at Ardnave, a male Hen Harrier and then later on, a Peregrine carrying prey while on their way round the Rhinns.