Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Broch of Gurness, Orkney

At Broch of Gurness today, an amazing flock of 71 black guillemots. I don't think I've ever seen such a large flock before. Most of the bird action today was from the kitchen window or the garden of our accommodation at Loch of Swannay, with hen harrier, short-eared owl, 4 red-throated divers, great skuas, bubbling curlew, displaying redshank, oystercatcher and common sandpipers and a calling cuckoo.

Loch of Swannay.

Marsh marigolds, Loch of Swannay at sunset.


Broch of Gurness.

Hoxa headland at the entrance to Scapa Flow.

Looking across the Pentland Firth towards the Scottish mainland. Not a single cetacean today.

An as yet unidentified wasp sp.

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