Sunday 11th August
Another day with weather similar to yesterday, dry and possibly not so windy.
Yesterday was Al Hart’s last full day on Islay for this visit… His daughter, Eleanor had seen a Lizard as she was walking along to Claddach. Out past MacKenzie Island, Al reported on seeing a strong paasage of Gannets and also Manx Shearwaters. He also was saying that there appears to be a pair of Fulmars nesting on the island itself.
Yesterday, Richard Williams and his wife arived on Islay for a week’s stay. Coming over on the ferry they had 2 groups of Manxies and also 12 Gannets as they sailed up the Sound of Islay.
Also yesterday, George E. Jackson had been out on the water around Texa, only birds seen were some Shags and a couple of Gannets. In the evening, down on Machir Bay, George had counted 16 Greylags and also 53 waders, which consisted of 4 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, mostly in summer plumage, and the rest being Dunlin, these were mostly all adult birds again in summer plumage, but there were some juvenile birds along with them as well.
This morning, at around 7 o’clock I was lucky to see a couple of Peregrines out way above the crag, it was them calling which gave them away… Shortly afterwards, 2 Choughs flew past and landed on one of the chimney stacks on the former manse, down below here.
Richard Williams had seen 8 Eider at the head of Loch Indaal this morning and then up at Bun an Uilt, he saw 12 Rock Doves and also a young Buzzard close by. In the afternoon, when up at Ardnave, he saw a Golden Eagle being harassed by some Greylag Geese, a Bonxie was present, 10 Choughs noted and also Wheatears, and some Stonechats were seen as well.
This evening, Distillery Dave saw a Peregrine and a Raven having a tussle together, high up over the big crag here at home, good spotting by Dave…
Source: Islay Birds