Sunday 7 January 2024

Sunday 7th January

At last - some glorious winter weather. A high pressure system now sits, unmoving, over the UK providing dry, sunny and calm conditions with frost and blue skies, which promise to last for much of the next week.

A walk along the shore of Loch Indaal from Ronnachmore, south of Bowmore, to Gartbreck in the middle of the day was very pleasant. flat calm seas and lovely light allowed for some splendid views of all the usual wintering wildfowl and waders. Most notable were a couple of Greenshanks, 3 Grey Plovers, 60+ Turnstones, and 120 Eiders. 

On the return to Bruichladdich, a quick stop at Uiskentuie confirmed that Gladys the Glaucous Gull was alive and well, seen floating passively among a small group of fishing Red-breasted Mergansers - presumably hoping that one might surface with food it could steal?

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