My annual trip to Bernera Bay in Wester Ross was characterised by a lot of dismal, damp “dreich” weather so sightings were few and far between. There were the usual shore/machair birds but nothing of great interest. The most abundant and noisy were the Ringed Plovers which had young hidden somewhere amongst the stones:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Another fairly frequent sighting was a Common Sandpiper which was also noisily warning it’s young:

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Ravens were around and about the cliffs and were often seen on the beach:

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Pine Martens came into the garden of our farmhouse, lured by offerings of peanuts and cheap strawberry jam:

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Siskins came in abundance to the nuts we put out:

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and Swallows nested under the verandah:

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Deep throat:

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Other regular sightings were Meadow and Rock Pipits:

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as well as the occasional Tree Pipit.

Grey seals were on the rocks and a Sea eagle flew along the shore (no camera handy!)

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A pretty slow week but good to get away for a while with the lads.

All photos taken on Olympus E-M5 with 75 to 300mm (except seals)

David