A day out on West Mainland Orkney

IMG_20170519_065242928Today, I was so happy to have a day off school because it was a teacher training strike day. I was organised (for once) and put the moth trap out the night before and I caught 23 Hebrew Characters. Which was a shame because I was hoping for something different…

After the moth trap me and my dad went to West Mainland with dad’s guests. (Dad’s a tour guide). We first stopped at Skara Brae. Whilst dad and the guests went looking at the ancient town, I did some seawatching. Only to find Great Skua, Arctic Terns, Guillemots & Razorbills.

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Skail Bay

After that we went to the RSPB loons hide and saw a gorgeous summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit. Our other sightings were Gadwall, Little Grebe on nest, Whooper Swan, Shoveler with 9 ducklings & a Water Rail calling.

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RSPB The Loons
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Female Shoveler with ducklings

After the Loons we went to Marwick Head, to see Puffins & Skuas. I didn’t see Puffins, but the group did whilst I was seawatching. Though the only Skua we saw was Great Skua (Bonxie).

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Marwick Head

Next we went to Skail & Harray Loch, Brodgar Pools & the Ring of Brodgar. We saw Goldeneye, Scaup, Common Sandpiper, Pintail, Shelduck & Stonechats. Then finally zipped out to see the Stones of Stenness. We saw Common Terns and Seals there. So in other words a good day out.

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Loch of Skail
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The Ring of Brodgar
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Stonechats at Brodgar, sorry for bad pic
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Stones of Stenness

Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it.

Sami

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Author: ruffbirding

Birder, Moth'er, Patcher & Conservationist

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