Monday, 7 April 2014

Patchwork points

I'd intended to go to Palace early on but was a bit slow getting my act together and so went local instead, good decision. Heading down the burn towards the road there was a very nice thing in the Rosa rugosa...

6 points, nice

It hung around all day, viewable from the garden as well. A small trickle of observers came to pay homage, quite an awkward species to see on Orkney. I'd long predicted a shrike in the hawthorn hedge at The Shunan so doubly pleasing.

Back for toast and coffee this was on the feeders, rather overdue for the year.

Other good things around the patch were two Hen Harriers, a pair of Tufted Duck, pair of summer plumage Red-throated Divers on Loch of Bosquoy and a late evening Short-eared Owl.

An evening trip to Palace found two Snow Buntings on the beach and the 2cy Glaucous Gull.


Nick Carter said...

Nice one. Well deserved!

Alastair said...

Last year was a bit grim really, lots of patch flogging and ... a Sibe Chiff as the reward. This year is so much better, bird wise anyway, not mentioning lost car keys and broken teapot today :-(