Saturday, 27 July 2013

A view from a far........North Uist for two weeks

The ferry to the Isles, last night, was uneventful except for the mist coming down half way over. This restricted the view of the cetaceans and seabirds.  Species seen included 8 common dolphin, 2 storm petrel, black guillemots, lots of manx shearwaters and other seabirds.

The first morning was spent sorting through a large catch of moths.  Moths included a Scotch annulet, 1 brown rustic, 3 white-line darts, 5 ling (wormwood) pug, 24 tiger moths and 35 other species.

Food shopping was the main itinerary today but this meant a visit to 'Stinky' Bay on Benbecula.  This site is well named due to the accumulations of seaweed.  It is also a good place to see waders and gulls.  There were good numbers of sanderling, dunlin and ringed plover but few other waders.  There were also 2 great northern divers on the sea and a corncrake calling in meadows inland.

The sun was still shining when we got home to Kelp Cottage and I spent an relaxing hour watching hen harriers, merlins, ravens, red breasted mergansers with chicks, greenshanks (4), red deer and common seals all from the garden.

One of the strange things this year - there are very few if any midges!

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