Tuesday was a bit chilly but the sun is still shining. The spring migrants were still holding off but the winter birds are hanging on with a few Barnacle Goose seen and a flock of 16 Whooper Swan stopped off at a small loch for the day.
A couple of Golden Eagle showed well as they circled above us but the WT Eagle that drifted towards us was a real cracker!
The Adder we saw today was almost impossible to see with the naked eye, difficult to find with binoculars but stunning in the scope - no such problem with the Slow Worm!
Wednesday was another sunny one and a special request for a Golden Eagle sighting. We started the day with some good sightings of the tourist eagle, Common Buzzard...
...Red-breasted Mergansers and some stunning Great Northern Divers.
A Golden Eagle was seen before too long as it perched atop a ridge. We moved to a closer viewpoint and discovered there were two birds sitting together. We watched a Kestrel mobbing the larger birds for a while before it moved off and eventually the Goldies took flight.
A good twenty minutes later and they had just dropped from sight when the top guns came screaming through - I wonder if they saw them coming!!
A Willow Warbler finally made it to the island today and showed well until I pointed a camera towards it.
We watched a WT Eagle turning the eggs in the nest before settling back down on them while a Golden Eagle flew back and forth along the ridge above. A camera shy Yellowhammer showed well on a fence post in the afternoon.
We finished the day off with a couple of Mountain Hares - one that blended in well with the white sand and the browner one stood out well on the grass.