here - on the apparent fall in gannet numbers off Ardnamurchan, but was reassured by a comment from a very experienced naturalist who said he'd seen plenty. Despite this, as the summer draws to an end the numbers have remained low. Walks along the cliffs on the north coast, where this picture was taken, are frequently gannet-less and, while there have been groups diving for fish in the Sound of Mull off Ormsaigbeg, the only time we saw more than two or three was during the unseasonable storm in mid-August.
The mackerel have done fairly well, and we had, at one point, millions of sprats in the bays - see Kilchoan Early Bird's picture, here - which suggest that the fish are out there. We don't do annual counts or anything of that sort, so the 'feeling' we have that numbers have fallen may be mistaken.