The Lesser Scaup was still atLoch of Boardhouse but star bird there was undoubtedly this....
Patch gold, never seen one on the Palace patch before, digiscoped.
Back in Harray I finally managed to find a Short-eared Owl scanning from the Merkister Bay out towards Howaback. In every other year I have seen Short-eared Owl in January, so just two months late. Other observers here are reporting the species as scarce, mostly stoats reducing Orkney Vole populations are being blamed, but there are few stoats in this part of the West Mainland (http://www.snh.gov.uk/land-and-sea/managing-wildlife/orkney-native-wildlife-project/stoats-news/) with only one confirmed sighting on the patch. Two Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew through Bosquoy on Sunday morning, first of the year.
This hare was sunbathing at times as I watched him.
Greylags - Pinkies about in some numbers at the moment too.
At Brodgar, Loch of Harray, a stop-off during driving lessons for elder daughter.
Merkister, Loch of Harray
Sheds, Loch of Bosquoy
Under the feeders