Yesterday we located a dark sword grass on the outside of the cottage. An evening walk produced a golden eagle, 1 otter, 7 red deer, 4 greenshank and a sparrowhawk.
Today's trip was out to Sollas dune system (about the size of Lindisfarne). A wide range of species were seen an found including 2 quail, 3 corn buntings, 3 summer plumage great northern divers, a pair of red-throated divers, 1 whimbrel, 5 rock doves and a good passage of small waders such as dunlin and ringed plover. There was a good selection of day flying moths and butterflies including archer's dart, two species of burnet moth and a red admiral. The star plant was a stem of frog orchid.
Tonight there was a male hen harrier hunting along the hedge in the garden of the cottage - within 4m of the observers. I will add some photos.