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U3A Birdie Group - Feb 2020

by Judy O'Connor - 16:01 on 21 February 2020

 Twelve of us met at Barnhouse village where Ranger Sandra Miller gave an excellent talk, bringing it to life, describing what it probably would have been like back then.

 We were so lucky with the weather for the walk especially after all the rain and gales that we have had. 

 We spent time in the bird hide where there was good range of wildfowl and other birds.  We saw a total of 25 species.

 We walked over the bridge and up to the Ring of Brodgar and learnt that the archaeologists have had an ‘update’,  now saying some of the stones were never erected, that the site is therefore still work in progress!

 We walked around by the loch but no otters today. However, Tim has included a picture he took last week. It seems there were upwards of ten frolicking around.

 We headed back to Judy’s for some welcome soup, bere bannocks and cheese, just what was needed after a cool morning walk.

Thanks to Sally for recording the species seen, which were: 

Red-Breasted Merganser, Mute Swans, Lapwings (about 40 in a flock), Greylags, Mallards, Goldeneyes, Tufted Ducks, Cormorant, Wigeons, Curlews, Rock Doves (20 plus in a field opposite to hide), Snow Buntings (30 plus far side of Loch), Redshanks, Long-tailed Ducks, Fulmars, Oystercatchers, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gull, Hen Harrier Female, Raven; then some extras seen by Tim and Liz: Shelduck, Skylark, Stonechat, Shoveler and Slavonic Grebe.

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