Out on Tuesday watching Gulls and Waders all hunkered down trying to be as small as possible, one brave sole got up and tried to walk but was only going sideway on very wobbly legs then just sat back down. Actually very much like a friend of mine on most Saturday nights. I knew it was time to head home when a wheelie bin went passed me closely followed by a recycling bin dragging the fence post it was tied to with it.
Come Thursday, weather eased a little so headed back to Glasgow to get my Magpie fix on the journey to Oban plenty of HH sightings, GE at nest site Loc 3. Otter at point of Craignure Bay and just out side Oban Bay. Plenty of Divers still here now coming into their summer finery. Three Barn Owls along by Loch Beg on Friday night return drive.
On Saturday noticed that the “Hoodies “ that were nest building in my Sycamore were pulling the nest apart and have now moved it into a 4 mtr high pine tree not more than 20 mtrs from my hide which seems a little odd.
This morning up and out by 0630, a lovely day to go and find some GE, watched two Otters feeding by the power station for over 30 mins. Long Tailed Tit with nesting material heading into a wood as a Wood pigeon did its wingclap display flight as two Ravens “ moved along a Buzzard. WT Eagle sitting in tree at Loc S, two Peregrines making alot of noise heading towards their nest site by Griburn. Yellow Hammers singing by Inch Kenneth and my first 2 Wheatear’s of the year. Otter feeding by Kellan, large herd of Fallow deer on the way too Loch Ba. Spotted wha
t to me looked very much like a Black necked Grebe in summer plumage, more dainty, much darker and not as “horned” as Slav but will have to look at my photo to check. WT Eagle close to nest at Loc G, Male HH chasing off a younger Male as a female hunted by Loch Don along with a pair of GS Woodpeckers flying. Kestrel hunting at Craig.
Sat back in my garden with a coffee watching the Pied Wag nest building, thinking sad not to have seen a GE when up over Assapool two GE hunting high up in the sunshine, been out for 6 hrs over 80 miles and what I was looking for was here at home all along ( as my wife keeps telling me ) Happy Easter.