There's been quite a noticable movement of birds with large flocks of Meadow Pipits and Mistle Thrushes going through already. Swifts are very late this year, with a small flock still here in Nethybridge as I write, as well as in Grantown.
A sighting of a single Pink-footed Goose on a remote loch on Dava Moor was intriguing, particularly as it coincided with 8 being seen on the nearby coast. Were these really Icelandic migrants arriving already? Certainly winds have been in the right direction for a few days, so it's not impossible these birds set of early for some reason.
A sighting of two female Black Grouse with nine chicks was encouraging, it won't be long before they are hanging around the local leks again on autumn mornings so I'll be running trips out to see them regularly.
Seabird passage is now well under way, I will be taking trips out across the Minch on the CalMac ferry for anybody wanting to catch up with Petrels, Shearwaters and Skuas from the comfort of a modern boat! Sooty Shearwaters are regularly seen as are Storm and Leach's Petrel and the possibility of all four Skuas check the calendar for details of these.