Thursday 6th June
Yesterday was Karen and John’s last day of their present visit to Islay…They had seen at least 5 different Hen Harriers as they worked their way down to Port Ellen for an early start this morning on the ferry…. On the Oa they had heard several Corncrakes calling and they also saw a distant Golden Eagle there as well. They also had seen Twite and Whinchat on the Oa. Other birds seen include Whinchats at Bunnahabhain, and Gary kindly showed them a White tailed Eagle on their way up to Bunnahabhain. Many thanks to Karen and John for their sightings and all going well, we look forward to catching up with you down at the Birdfair in August.
Gary himself had been out with clients including Morag Rae and her husband who are both stalwarts of the Argyll Bird Club… They had seen 5 Hen Harriers on their day out with Gary. Down at Rockside, they had an Osprey on top of a telegraph pole. As well as the shared White tailed Eagle that Gary had shown to Karen and John, the said bird was sitting in a field over close to Keills.
James, this morning, had seen a Peregrine and also a Black tailed Godwit on the flats at Gruinart.
Source: Islay Birds