A simple title for this post, but a great week was had on a very cold and windy Orkney. We stayed in a fabulous barn conversion not from St Margarets Hope on South Ronaldsay only 10 minutes from the ferry.
We toured the whole of Mainland Orkney, South Ronaldsay and the small islands in between, with a day out on Hoy as well. I won't go into all the places we visited, there were too many! But from a birding point of view it was a great success not to mention the absolutely stunning scenery.
We managed a total of 61 species with some great highlights and a new species for us as well, a Glaucous Gull:
The only down side that we found on Orkney was getting close to the birds and two of the RSPB sites being closed, anyway what else did we see.....
St Mary's Harbour on the mainland was a favourite spot as me passed through it most mornings and evenings, in addition to the above Diver, it gave us;
A couple of real highlights on Hoy were a flotilla of circa 200 Long-tailed Ducks, viewed from the road down in a bay, but there was no way down to get close for a photo. We then saw our only Buzzard of the trip followed by some Winter Coated Mountain Hare: