Even by my recollection of highland weather this May seems incredibly unsettled and cold. I have been doing some weird birding over the last few days looking at wheatears stood in the snow, a ringed plovers' nest with 4 eggs dusted in snow and meadow pipits displaying over snow fields at 500 metres! Apart from the obvious lack of migrants I have managed to add a few more species to the year list including red grouse, ptarmigan, grey wagtail, golden eagle, wood warbler, house martin, common tern and sanderling (125). I even came across what I thought was a leucistic quail although following some advice it appears this bird is an escaped golden quail?
A walk up to the summit of Beinn Dearg at 3500+ feet was hard work in knee deep snow but the views from the top made it worth while.
|approaching the bealach below Beinn Dearg|
Today I stayed at sea level with another visit to Achnahaird for nice views of sanderling and dunlin.
|dunlin & ringed plover|