I’ve been touring around the country for a few days, but now I’m back home for a while.
I enjoyed seeing some scenery, some muirburn, some Harbour Porpoises, an Iceland Gull (thank you to the birder in the beach car park at Brora for letting me have a peek through his ‘scope), a male Hen Harrier, some Sanderling and lots of skeins of Pink-footed Geese. The Hen Harrier was, of course, great, particularly because we found it at a site where we’ve found one before (so we felt quite skilful). But the Sanderling were nice – I don’t see them very often as I don’t go to many sandy beaches and most sandy beaches don’t have Sanderling anyway, so it was lovely to see them scurrying about on the edge of the water.
For some reason, writing this has just reminded me of the film The Sandpiper which I’m pretty sure opens and/or closes with some Sanderling – or have I misremembered that? I must have seen that film, on TV some 45-50 years ago and I can’t remember anything about it, except its name, and the Sanderling (I do hope they were Sanderling). Even having looked up the film online I don’t remember anything about it except its name and the (I hope) Sanderling. I don’t think I realised that you could see Sanderling in the USA (was the film set in California?) until I saw a familiar-ish bird in that film.
I do like Sanderling. I don’t see enough of them.
But the best ‘bird’ of the trip were the rutting Red Deer. I sat in the car in a passing place (not a busy road!) and looked down into the glen where there were a couple of harems of hinds with their stags. The stags, and not just those two, were roaring away and that was the main sound one could hear. I hope they all have a wonderful rut!
Back in the world of nature conservation, I read on the excellent RPUK blog, that a third brood-meddled Hen Harrier has gone missing. I’ll write about that tomorrow morning.