Friday, 9 April 2010

Orkney Voles (deceased)

Nice flock of 36 Whooper Swans steamed across distant Loch Harray this morning. Closer to home there were 24 Pink-feet just beyond Loch of Bosquoy. On the button were two Pied Wagtails that moved north, through garden air space, this afternoon. Also of note was a soaring female Hen Harrier.

Yesterday's Chaffinch appears to have gone.

The birds of Loch of Bosquoy have changed over the week I have been away with Whooper Swans and Pochard having departed and Tufted Ducks much reduced. There appears to be at least one drake Shoveler still though.

The cat is having a bit of a go at the voles. He's supposed to be killing rats but appears to prefer less combative prey. Rather upsetting as the Orkney Vole is a beautiful (though clearly quite common) beastie.

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