Monday, 27 October 2014

Hurricane

The day that the remains of the hurricane blew through things could have been difficult but it turned out to be a cracker. We started the day with a few Barnacle Geese, Wigeon, Snipe, a male Hen Harrier and Mountain Hare.
We had to work hard to find things but all the goods were found through the day. A pair of WT Eagle were seen on the skerries, 4 Otters soon after, one BT Diver, a raft of Eider, plenty of Buzzard...
...and six GN Diver.
A single Dipper was seen doing his thing.
A good smattering of waders included Turnstone, Dunlin, Greenshank and plenty of Grey Heron.
Sighting of the day had to be at our last stop where we found two Golden Eagle hunting the ridge and drifting in and out of the clouds - very atmospheric!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Turn

The weather is starting to turn a bit more autumnal now but the leaves are still clinging to the trees.With the dying breath of a hurricane about to hit our shores I don't think the leaves will last much longer. I had a quick trip out to ring the kids and I wasn't alone as this Golden Eagle sat on a rock nearby the whole time!
A 23 strong group of Whooper Swan dropped in for a rest. Nice to see but not a single youngster amongst them.
The Barnacle Geese have arrived too but there are only about 60 birds at the moment.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I was there

The island has gone quite quiet now so the wildlife is a bit easier to see from the road now. On the way to the shop in the morning this young stag was strutting his stuff - on his own but you have to practice somewhere!
John and June hadn't seen an Otter all week so they were delighted to catch up with the one I was watching coming to shore. At least they can say 'I was there'.
On the way home there was a very tame Redwing on the side of the road. It had probably just made landfall after a non-stop flight from Iceland.