Saturday, 29 January 2011

Spring is here?

The Rooks were decidedly amorous as they cawed around the rookery this morn. Hares boxed across the fields, Fulmars sat on their ledges and islands (the inland ones here often nest on the low islands of fresh water lochs).

On distant Loch of Harray a pair of Red-throated Divers were loafing and when I went down there to check the ID both Shelduck and Oystercatcher were present. The divers made the "from the garden" list as did the Fulmars joining the somewhat closer Little Grebe on Loch of Bosquoy.

Taking the girls over to the farm near Rendall for horsey stuff I found the Barnacle Geese were still present and there was a Pinkie with them. There were two Wrens around the farm, the first of the year, they seem to have disappeared completely from central and north West Mainland. Also there a Redwing. Nearby on Loch of Brockan there were 24 Pintail.

A late afternoon walk at Northside found the sea with a good swell.

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