Having met Dr Ogilvie out to count geese, he reported that a couple of Leather Backed Turtles had been found over the holiday period I realised that we were back on Islay in the rain and wind. In spite of all this I was encouraged to get out this mid morning around Loch Indaal:
Curlew, Oystercatchers, a single Snipe, twelve Pale Bellied Brent at Black Rock and a couple of distant Gt Northern Divers. Mergansers, Wigeon and Scaup hanging around in the ever worsening weather! Very different from the Pyrenees, France where we were watching Griffon Vultures and Red Kites, Serins and Bullfinches.