Sunday, 13 March 2016

Bird race

Bit of research yesterday, actually was more interested in the waves.

Marwick swell

We couldn't find the Snow Buntings so we went for a cuppa.

Early this morn I did go out and find a few things, these Whoopers were back on The Shunan.

On Loch of Sabiston there were 6 Blackwits and 4 Pintail, tricky species to get here. I watched a Grey Heron catch an Eel too (nice iRecord that). On Loch of Banks this Otter was feeding not far from the road.

Once the race was started we did ok with Mealy Redpoll in Finstown, Green-winged Teal, Black-necked Grebe and Smew at Skaill and an Orkney tick for me of Avocet at Loch of Tankerness. 93 was our best total to date, and although I saw Hen Harrier early on, during the race period we strangely did not see one. Only scraped Greenfinch by the skin of our teeth as well.


David Sutcliffe said...

A great blog Alastair - love the L T Duck shot.

Alastair said...

Thanks Dave, yes I was pleased with that picture, they are pretty tame things here, numbers are thinning out now.