The View From Here…..

Hub and I are currently on holiday. We are staying in a cottage on the glorious Hebridean Isle of Skye in a very rural location.  This is exactly our kind of thing – total immersion in nature (with the luxury of a flushing loo!).  You can see part of our view from the above photo, complete with enigmatic barn, where swallows are currently nesting (though not for much longer, I would have thought).

Our bird watching tally yesterday was as follows:

  • Four sightings of golden eagles
  • a white tailed eagle
  • two ravens
  • three kestrels
  • a handful of swallows (probably just about enough to qualify for ‘a flight’)
  • three mistel thrushes
  • assorted small birds, most likely to be rock pipits

Not at all bad, considering we did not leave the property!

Perhaps not surprisingly, we have very limited wifi access. This blog will therefore be pretty quiet for the next few weeks, and I will not be able to respond to comments and engage with your blogs as quickly as I would normally like. Fear not though – I’ll be back in touch in due course. 🙂

16 thoughts on “The View From Here…..

  1. I remember David Attenborough saying in his documentary on birds that they are one of the few animals we can watch from the luxury of our homes. I always think of this as I love watching them although I still have so much to learn about them.

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    1. That is so true – it is lovely to look out from our apartment and see what is about at different times of the year. Also very lovely to travel elsewhere to see different species. I have much to learn too – I suspect that even DA would say he does not yet know everything! 😀🐔🐧🐦🐤🦆🦅🦉

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  2. Whenever I think of our trip to the Outer Hebrides, I think of the poem by Rachel Lyman Field:

    If once you have slept on an island
    You’ll never be quite the same;
    You may look as you looked the day before
    And go by the same old name,
    You may bustle about in street and shop
    You may sit at home and sew,
    But you’ll see blue water and wheeling gulls
    Wherever your feet may go.
    You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
    And close to your fire keep,
    But you’ll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
    And tides beat through your sleep.
    Oh! you won’t know why and you can’t say how
    Such a change upon you came,
    But once you have slept on an island,
    You’ll never be quite the same.

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