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Great Wildlife on Great Bernera

The landscape of the island continues to turn autumnal and in recent days we have had some very strong winds. As a result of this the trees on our croft have taken a battering and the Alder in particular are looking a bit sorry. The heather which was at its best just a few short weeks ago is still providing a bit of colour on the moor, but this will soon be gone for another year.

One bird there has been no shortage of around the house is the Greylag Goose. Every evening we are treated to a fly past of several dozen as they prepare to settle down for the night on Loch an Fheoir which is just next to our croft. Another bird that is very common around the croft is the Meadow Pipit. This little bird is beginning to think about heading south for the winter and will soon be gone along with the Wheatears.

Recent walks on Bostadh Sands at the north of our island have resulted in sightings of Turnstone and Sanderling, a sure sign of autumn. Over the coming weeks we can expect to see the return of the Redwing along with Tufted Duck and Whooper Swans.

As food becomes a bit more scarce, larger numbers of Rock Dove are descending on the crofts and the Stonechat have come down from the higher ground and can be seen around the croft more frequently.

 

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