I can’t believe it’s June already, it doesn’t seem that long I just published my May blog on my website. But May came and went and it was a busy month.
At the start of the month it was busy in the garden with a Siskin, Jackdaw (who have been at my feeders a lot lately), Greenfinch & Goldfinch.
One morning on a dull and damp day whilst having my breakfast, I noticed my favourite garden visitor at the coconut feeder the female Great Spotted Woodpecker so went to my telescope to take a photo. It wasn’t my usual female woodpecker it was actually a male!!. It was very exciting to see because I never ever get a male visit the garden, last time I had one at the feeders was a couple of years ago so it was the highlight of the week.
It was in May I finally saw my first Swallow, I saw one fly by my house but it was after a afternoon trip to Craigie Farm were I saw them everywhere and managed to get a few photos.
We had a few days of rain so didn’t see much birds in the garden, but when the dry weather returned the birds came out. I was given a new window feeder from my Mum’s friend hoping small birds will go to it but so far it’s attracted Magpies. It’s hard to get a photo because they fly off very quickly but I did manage to get a few snaps while sitting on the sofa.
Few days after a Bullfinch turned up at my feeder and I saw my first Swift of the year which I recorded on the Swift Mapper App that was very exciting as I was looking forward to the Swift’s arriving.
In May I finally managed to get away on holiday. I went to the Isle Of Skye and was staying in Waternish. On the day I was packing I noticed a female Siskin at the feeder, and on the day I left a male Siskin turned up at the feeder.
I had a great time in Waternish, was staying in the middle of nowhere but it didn’t matter the scenery was breathtaking but the bird calls were amazing but the highlight was hearing the call of The Cuckoo in the distance. It had been years since I last heard one so it was great to hear one. I didn’t manage to take photos of birds but birds I did see during my walks on Coral Bay and at the house were Hooded Crow, Heron, Wheatear, Oystercatcher, Song Thrush, Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird & Stonechat. Here are some pictures I took on holiday.
On my way to Inverness I stopped for a bite to eat and Dingwall and it was full of screaming Swift’s it was amazing, May definitely was a exciting month and June is looking good too.