Hmm, I did a carriage return having written the title and the message was promptly posted! I'll try again.
There are particularly low tides at the moment. Right down at the edge of the water were three Dunlin this afternoon, all in summer plumage with black bellies and red-brown on their backs. They were very tame, allowing me (and my dog) within a matter of a few feet. Islay's breeding pairs will be busy by now, so these are presumably still on their way to the arctic.
The last few days, Red-throated Divers have been making their wailing calls out on the loch.