Monday, 3 June 2013

The wanted.

Numbers for the end of May - Patchwork challenge 100 species 124 points....Year list 133.
The top of the wanted list was Otter on this tour so after weighing up the options we went for that species first. The weather wasn't too bad to start with but as soon as we found two Otters on the shore the heavens opened! Cracking views though.
Another difficult viewing of the WT Eagle but we managed. A few Grey Heron were fishing the shallows...
...and, it appears, there are only a few Great Northern Divers lingering and they are all first summer birds.
A Curlew gave us a close view as it sailed over the top of us.
Another species on the wanted list was Golden Eagle and they put on a superb display. We had them perched up, flying around, yelping, the chick flapping and finally one of the birds bringing a Mountain Hare in!
The Bluebells may look and smell fantastic but the Bracken will cover them soon - enjoy them while you can.
There are a few midges starting to appear so a walk for Wood Warbler will soon be off the itinerary.
The afternoon was spent soaking up the atmosphere of the varied landscape but the sightings were still relevant - Adder, Whinchat, Mountain Hare, Wheatear etc and the Rock Pipits are feeding young.

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