Sep 9, 2008

Aboot the hoose

Its been a few days of constant movement over the house here. Small birds have been coming from the Brodgar direction up the valley and over the hills towards the flow. Lots of swallows with an occasional Sand martin along side. Legions of Meadow Pipits Wagtails, bounding Linnets and all manner of unidentified flying things. There were Gold crests in the willow scrub to day but I couldn’t see them in the cover. All this movement into the wind has drawn the raptors to Kestrels are along the upper slopes of the hill behind. A Sparrow hawk has been up and down the burn in the valley. Yesterday we sat and watched a female Peregrine hunting over our paddock and chasing birds out of the thistles and over neighbour’s house. Its all go at the moment!!

Tonight it is raining steadily which is good news. With a bit of luck this will bring a good fall of migrants down to shelter out of the weather and refuel. Better be up at first light the morn!!

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