Land up in the Hills of Orkney


On Sunday we had our last Winter birdwalk. After 7 months of cold often wet sometimes tough outings (though always very rewarding) the April walk is like a reward. 15c, blue skies, light winds. Orkney sparkling, with the birds responding. The walk was looking for Summer migrants on the East Coast of Deerness, from Dingieshowe beach to Ayres Point.


First we saw Sandwich Turns, newly arrived from Africa, fishing with spectacular grace. Then the Swallows again back from Africa; we were looking out for Wheatears. These White Arses are simply exquisite. Like the Turns and Swallows, back from Africa for the long Summer feeding days.

We had a great picnic in a sheltered spot, positively sunbathing. We went on to see Purple Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Short Eared Owl, Kestral, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers and many others.

A great way to finish the Winter walks.

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