...drop. The weather outside is frightful, but out here it's just delightful...
The weather all over Scotland's north and west coast has been frightening recently. Islay was by no means the worst but we still took hits of over 60mph winds over the weekend. A quick check of the Woodland Trail at RSPB Loch Gruinart this morning reminded me how mild it is here on the west coast despite the cold winds. Thanks to the gulf stream keeping temperatures warm(ish) we rarely get snow and the grass continues to grow, albeit slowly, which is in part why the thousands of grass-guzzling barnacle geese set up camp here for the winter.
The snow drops are already out;
These daffodils aren't far behind.
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A new year, a new bird... well, not seen since 2010 on RSPB Loch Gruinart anyway. This sneaky bird has been seen mainly in Loch Indaal, but also on Loch Gruinart and in front of the hides. Nearby Oronsay Island has had a long-term little egret for some time now, is it the same bird I wonder... It has been sneaking about Islay, but been seen regularly by walkers and bird watchers. So far, however, it has eluded the RSPB staff at Loch Gruinart!
It first bred in the UK in 1996, and can be found breeding regularly in the south of England.
https://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/l/littleegret/ for more info on this pretty bird.