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An odd sort of a day with the weather, still hopefully I did "my work" in fine time, before the odd spot of rain came through...I was trying to spray off some annoying weeds out from the gravel, so I will just have to wait for a few days to see if I was successful or not, watch this space, a lot easier than trying to hand weed it all..

Mid afternoon, I was speaking to a returning visitor who had seen 2 Peregrines out along the crag last night..... I am not too sure as to where the Goldfinches have gone to, not for the want of offering them a choice of food, which is eaten away by the Siskins and many House Sparrows!!!
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Well, the weather broke down today, big style, enough to stop me outside for most of the day. Now this evening, until a few moments ago, the mist was well down over the crag, so the evening flight to Islay from Glasgow at present has been delayed...

So, as the weather was not up to much outside, I was looking through the current edition of the RSPB's "Nature's Home, their magazine which comes out evey quarter...I found an  article on Page 39, about the Chough, cattle dung pats and Islay..
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The heavy rain which I thought that might have come last night did not materialise, although there was some dampness on the gravel outside when I got up this morning...
The weather has been good again although there was not much wind, the clegs were out, better I suppose than the dreaded midge, at least a good swipe at a cleg and it is no longer a living cleg, midges are harder to get rid of... Enough on that subject!!

This afternoon, I saw a beautiful male Linnet down on the bird seed crop, and then shortly afterwards a Willow Warbler was present on one of the seed/ flower heads on the other crop.. Still that is what the seed mixes were planted for....
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Late on, yesterday evening, we heard a "thumping sort of a noise" outside and on looking out of the window there were around 60 Starlings perched up on top of the bird cage , built as a feeding station, for the wee birds.  A wee look outside and there were a further 160 + on the overhead cables leading to the electric transformer out in the garden and another 40 + down towards the cottages on the overhead cabling there as well. A quick scan though the groups, but no sign of a Rosy Starling here last night anyway...

The weather here has been hot today with a sultry kind of a heat with a warm air thrown in to try to cool things down, so possibly we could get a thundery shower to wet the ground a bit, to come in later on???
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A beautiful day here today, with wall to wall sunshine.... and quite warm as well

Today up here at home, I saw 4 Buzzards wheeling around out over the big crag in the morning. Later on, I heard a Peregrine calling away out towards the War graves cemetery, but did not manage to see it! Then this afternoon, I had a Golden Eagle soaring high up along towards the masts and just after tea, there were a pair of Stonechats down on the fence, great colours on the male bird.... Oh, yes another bird seen today was a Hen Pheasant out with her brood of 10 new chicks, so I wonder how many of them will survive, they all went in to the cover of the bird seed crop, so we will just have to wait and see!!! I have already seen the odd Pheasant poult from some of the earlier broods, but not that many...

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This morning, Gary had gone over to Jura and along towards the school in Craghouse he had seen the Rose coloured Starling. It has been seen there in Craighouse for the most of this week, by the sound of things. While he was there, he also had seen a Red throated Diver flying out to the Small Isles Bay.
As the weather has beena bit drier today, this morning I took the chance and cut the grass, time for a tidup...

This afternoon, Mike and Peter were up here for a catch up, a cup of coffee and some of Margaret's delicious Lemon drizzle cake. But the mainpoint of their visit wsto tell us about a sighting that they had had down at Bruichladdich. A 1st summer Mediterrean Gull was present in a group of around 150 Common Gulls, "a bootiful bird" quote Peter, but not a house tick list, as  out of the range of his garden etc!!! We then all took a wee stroll round the birdseed crop and also the the plots with the wildflower mixtures outside as well, and I think that they were both suitably impressed.
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One problem which I had forgotten about was the rainfall figure for June, and as I was not here around at the 1st of the month to read and empty our rainguage out, I did it today. So the rain that was in the said guage was really for June and also July up to this morning... the tally at that time was exactly 5 inches. Not a lot really compared to Nicholas Watts from Vine House Farm in Lincs ... his tally came to 5.75 inches for June alone, not often that we are drier than Nicholas!!!

I presume that most of the birders on Islay, are on holiday at present as nothing through from anyone so far tonight. Plus the weather with a low swirling mist at times is not the best for birding, or for our service planes to here land on Islay!
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A bit of a late entry, but here goes...

Gary had a "reported" sighting trough of a Rosy coloured Starling seen over at Craighouse on Jura, no images through, and the weather has not been great for someone to go check it out...
Mark had an Osprey flying over Loch Gorm, in the afternoon...
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Hallo there folks, the message is the same as last night with the score board  reading the same  "rain stopped play", but all going well there might be a different script to read.... here is hoping ...
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Well, the weather has put paid to any news on the bird front, as it has rained non stop for the past 24+ hours.... What a moan, I must sound!!!

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