Cycled to the standing stones near the RSPB visitors' centre and then the crannog at Loch Cliad. The weather had deteriorated by now to strong southerly with drizzly rain. Added to the atmosphere of the crannog though. Interesting to see a couple of these ancient homestead structures.
Spent the afternoon in the library in Oban and then camped about two miles north of the city after visiting the Catholic cathedral.
31st July 2010
The night was punctuated by either a tawny owl that decided to hoot, squeek and make other noises and heavy rain. A bull somewhere decided to join in.
Got up at 5.00am and cycled to Oban. Photographed a group of black guillemot on the sea wall and caught the 8.15am ferry to South Uist.
4 great skua
9 black guillemot
23 manx shearwater
2 commic terns
2 arctic terns
14 storm petrels
Also 16 basking sharks,
2 grey Atlantic seals and a sunfish.
Cycled to Howmore in pleasant sunshine but with a strong westerly. I wonder how many calm days these islands have?
Lots of common darters on the white markings on the road, a few moss carder bumblebees and a single great yellow. Also some suicidal emperor moth caterpillars with frourescent blood where they's been squished.
Is this a common or Highland?Arrived at the beautiful Howmore Youth Hostel, one of my favourites, watched a ring-tail hen harrier and a couple of snipe drumming before walking down the beach. Now I'd been here before in April, 2005 when Ian Crutchley and Steve Alcott, ex-pupils from my time as a Secondary Science teacher in Wolverhampton, came here to look at a remarkable 12 white-winged gulls together with 3 ring-billed. Now there were sanderling, dunlin, ringed plover, gulls and seven ravens but what a wonderful beach.
Time for sleep in my bunk bed ...