The last three days the Uists have been lashed by gale force winds and driving rain - noting unusual in this part of the world. Many of the wildlife have gone to ground but there has been a few things to see. The isle of Berneray produced 5 bonxies (great skuas), 3 arctic skuas, good flocks of golden plover, dunlin and oystercatchers as well as frog orchid (2), bog pimernel and flowering devil's bit scabious.
Nearer to the cottage, there were 10 crossbills, chaffinch (4), common hawker and common darter dragonflies in Langass Plantation. Woodland passerines are few and far between!
Yesterday's winds brought sandwich terns, sooty shearwaters and more waders.