airflow has brought in a good number of returning bird migrants. The first greenshank was back in from warmer climes on the 21st and joined by another on the 22nd, 2 redshanks were also present around this time.
|The first greenshank of the year on the 21st|
A single adult summer black-headed gull was also around Kinloch (shore and top fields) on the 21st and our first chiffchaff of the spring was recorded on the 23rd. Wheatears are back in, with the first report from Harris on the 23rd. The continued east to southerly element to the wind last weekend (24/25th March) produced a small passage of migrants namely a single house martin, 7 goldcrests, 3 chiffchaffs, 5 wheatear (1 merlin and a single great northern diver also at Kilmory).
|Chiffchaff, Kinloch 23rd March|
|Male wheatear, Kilmory.|
|The unmistakable smell of manxie goodness|
Manx shearwaters are definitely back in from their South Atlantic wintering grounds, as their droppings were noted around breeding burrows on Hallival, Askival and Trollaval on the 27th.
Red breasted mergansers, eider and red-throated divers were all displaying in Loch Scresort during the past week. Great to watch.
|Displaying male red-breasted mergansers (female far left), Loch Scresort.|
Male eiders are now fully hot under the collar and are chasing females all over Loch Scresort
Today (29th) the weather conditions were typically dismal, with light drizzle bringing in a small passage of at least 15 common crossbills, 20 redwings and 2 starlings at Kinloch. Late bird news not included in last spring update was a single short-eared owl at Kilmory on March 18th.
|Some of todays flying dots (redwings)|
|Common crossbills (males), Kinloch today|
|One of the earliest of Britain's wild flowers to appear is the lesser celandine|
One of the first bluebells of spring
Some of the last few days great spring weather in pictures...
|The Rum Cuillin|
|Hallival and Askival from Loch Scresort|
|Sunrise over Mallaig|
|Dawn, Loch Scresort|
|Sunset over Canna|