The unseasonal cold weather finally broke so, with nothing in between, it changed to hot hot. Haven't seen a cloud for days (supposed to change tonight). That's a problem as the light is so strong. Butterflies are comfortable in the heat so we visited a local colony of Green Hairstreaks near to Pitlochry. Quite a climb to the site but, along with Speckled Yellow moths we found the thriving colony and took a few pictures. Once you get your eye in they are not too difficult to find. The male hold station but if another Hairstreak passes it is immediately off so there is a sort of musical chairs going on
We are just back from a week in the Uists. Windy (of course) but rather cold due to the wind direction that varied from North West to North East. There were many highlights such as the pair of Black throated divers courting and the sheer number and density of breeding waders; perhaps it was like this throughout the land. such as a hundred Ringed Plovers working a machair field or dozens of Dunlin and Sanderling feeding on the tiny beaches along the west coast.
Short of finding an Otter (we didn't) the prime target must be the strange Corncrake. After a little success we nearly gave up but on our last morning we had one up close and personal. A fitting end.
Eric & Lesley McCabe