Apologies for not putting an entry on last night.. Firstly, with the weather being what it was when I "normally" go to press, the computer was a definite no go area as we were in the middle of a thunderstorm, so I had even pulled the plug on the wall as a safety precaution.. It did not seem to be much rain, but I reckon we had around 2.25 inches. It sounds a lot of rain, which it was, but rather than a downpour, it was a steady fall and will gone into the ground rather than a flash flood.. Second reason was because of the rain, not many birds were around.
The Beardsen birders are up North for a few days and had counted over 200 Curlew on Loch Fleet. Down closer to Portmahomack, they saw 2 Osprey and a Red Kite.
Yesterday, Al Hart had a male Hen Harrier close to Foreland. We had a Wren scuttling about below the feeders, and then a Great Tit on one of the nut feeders.
This morning, first thing, Distillery Dave had a Merlin as he went down to Machir Bay with his faithful friend "Ted". On Machir Bay he saw Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Redshank. This afternoon, up at Sanaigmore, he saw 5 Wheatear, 8 Common Sandpiper and a ringtail Hen Harrier. This evening round Loch Gorm, he had a Reed Bunting, a ringtail and also a male Hen Harrier and great sighting of 2 Golden Eagles out behind Sunderland. What a difference a day can make with the wearther and also the birds seen around.
Here at home, we had 50+ Chaffinches this morning, with Margaret counting 36 Goldfinches on the thistle heads on an adjoining field this evening. Late afternoon, we heard and then saw 3 Peregrines out over the big crag with the Buzzard soaring around a wee while earlier on
Before I forget, the bird nerds will be meeting up at 7pm on Tuesday evening, up here at Shepherd's cottage, so if you are around, feel free to come along, and put a name to various folks' faces..