Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Aprils last shower.

The last day of the month started with a little April shower. A good start to the day was had as we picked up a few Red Deer, Swallow and a Tawny Owl.
The rain had stopped fairly early on and the clouds were starting to break as we picked up a Short-eared Owl sitting on the fence. Next up was brief view of an Otter but after a bit of searching we got good views of it.
The sightings came thick and fast after that with GN Diver, Common Sandpiper, WT Eagle, a few Twite and Common Seal all seen before lunch. A Golden Eagle was seen at a distance with a Hen Harrier mobbing it. We thought that was it for the eagle sightings so it was a surprise when two birds appeared at close quarters.
I couldn't make up my mind which photo to use so this one is for Vince...
...and another for good measure!
A good search around finally turned up an Adder found by one of the guests. The afternoon was just as productive but the highlights were a fly over Great Skua, White Wagtail...
...a Mountain Hare, some stunning Golden Plover...
...a couple of Linnet which prompted a sinalong...

My old man said "Follow the van,
And don't dilly dally on the way".
Off went the van wiv me 'ome packed in it,
I followed on wiv me old cock linnet.
But I dillied and dallied, dallied and I dillied
Lost me way and don't know where to roam.
Well you can't trust a special like the old time coppers
When you can't find your way 'ome.
...and some cracking views of Skylark.


Adelai said...

Brilliant pictures! A day to remember

Bryan Rains said...

Glad you all enjoyed the day:-)