Day 75 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

Popped to see Seonaid this morning, we sat for a couple of hours talking about all things camino – all our other friends and family just glaze over at the very mention haha! Chatting while Seonaid made the coffee (and finding the homemade date slice for us, yum!) I was looking out of the window at the bird table which is just outside and despite the rain there were lots of Goldfinches.

Day 74 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

Did our monthly BTO WeBS counts today, slightly delayed due to the poor weather of the last few days.

Loch Bee: Most numberous birds were c390 wigeon and c340 Mute Swans. A good count of 82 Whooper Swans spread out over a fairly wide area. 24 Goldeneye, 100+ Tufted Duck, 3 Shelduck, c60 Mallard, c80 Teal, 23 Redshank, c70 Oystercatchers, 65 Dunlin, c60 Golden Plover, 3 Greenshank, 6 Buzzards, 2 White-tailed Eagles and a male Hen Harrier.

A colour-ringed Oystercatcher was photographed and we found out later in the day that it was originally ringed by our friend Chris at Dawlish, Devon, on the Exe estuary, 4th February 2018. It was seen the following year at Larne Harbour, Co. Antrim, 17th February, 2019. Possibly seen at Askernish beach in very poor light on 16th February 2023 by Bill and now our sighting today.

South Ford: I was surprised to find c112 Barnacle Geese along with several groups of Greylag. Out on the estuary the waders were starting to gather again as the tide dropped, c300 Bar-tailed Godwits, 110+ Grey Plover, c140 Dunlin, 17 Curlew, 4 Knot and a single Ringed Plover. c115 Black-headed Gulls were in the area near Hebridean Jewellery.

Colour-ringed Oystercatcher

Day 29 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend so I took an hour this morning to watch the garden, it was a fairly breezy and dreich day with some rain during the hour that I chose. Nothing unexpected seen. The usual sunflower seed, fat balls and mealworms were provided.

Highest counts of each species were: 9 Collared Doves, 20 Goldfinches, 6 Blackbirds, 4 Greenfinches, 15 House Sparrows, 1 Dunnock and 1 Starling.

Very poor light conditions for photographing birds!

Day 12 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

Another wet day of forced confinement, too wet and windy to venture out, well, I could but I really couldn’t muster the enthusiasm 🤣 I did make myself useful by starting to have a clear out and declutter in my studio so that I can actually sit at my desk to work and be creative.

As I looked out of the window I saw these Goldfinches in the tree outside, they are, at least, undeterred by the weather 🙂 My mum still calls them by the old Shropshire name of “seven-coloured linnet” which I think is lovely and really describes them well.

Day 4 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

It was hard to pick just one photo today! I’ve added a few below taken in Berneray where I arrived just as dawn was breaking. Making the most of the amazing weather today as the forecast tomorrow is set to be pretty grotty.

Barnacle Geese at dawn on the beach at Borve, I would estimate a total of at least 800 birds were present there
Also taken at dawn, two Otters were seen playing, a mum and a cub 🙂
Great Northern Diver with crab
Barnacle Geese on the flooded machair at Borve, Berneray

Photo heading up Birdguides Review of the Week

Excellent to have the American Redstart photograph featured in the Birdguides Review of the Week  6th to 12th September 2017.

Local birder Bruce Taylor had found this delightful but rather rare North American migrant in Eoligarry, Barra on the 8th September. The first twitchable American Redstart since 1985 in the UK.

Read the full review at: Birdguides review of the week 6-12 September

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