After having a discussion the night before, my Granny and I both decided that going to Ardvule would be a nice start. We also knew that we'd travel up to the north end of Loch Bee in search of Grannies friend and guide for some trips, Martyn. So the first stop was Ardvule, and after having a quick look on Western Isles Wildlife Recent Sightings we knew there was an American Golden Plover hanging around. While going past a few lochs and lochans we managed to find some scaup, also round the edges, Twite, Starling, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.
After getting lost a few times we managed to conjure up a route towards our destination! We soon arrived at Bornish, a small Village leading up to Ardvule. We were in search of the Machair that the AGP had been sighted yesterday, sadly the plan didn't pay off. However, we did mange to find a freshly cut field that house a flock of both Golden Plover and Lapwing. There were also a few Curlew and Oystercatchers hanging around. After getting out of the car with my Scope and Binoculars and having a good search through the Waders, a moment of unrest occurred... All the Starling, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Golden Plover and Lapwing took off all alarm calling, what was happening? This happened:
|Female Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting!|
|Here are some of the Lapwing.|
|Don't know if you can see the yellow head!|
Greenland raced Wheatear, a first for me! They were right, our first bird in the vicinity was a
|Beauty, even though it didn't show for long judging by the picture!|
Not only did the feathered variety please us, the sheer number of Harbour Seals forced me to take a photo!
|This is the 1st one we saw, very distant!|
So that was the day wasn't it! No, well sought of yes but while driving back we encountered a Golden Eagle flying high beside the Uists hills, with a Crow for comparison. Also while driving I spotted another Female Ringtail Hen Harrier hunting just in front of the Co-Operative! After a few army rolls Granny safely manouvered outside of the Skoda, and we earnt a nice pasta, tuna, beans and dolmio sauce dinner!!!
So that was probably one of my favourite days birding ever. The only thing that I would change is the weather, to many prolonged showers for me!