Saturday, May 04, 2024

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Dalmadilly Ponds ~ 4th May 24

🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Saturday 4th May 2024 🌀 11C ~ Wind Variable @ 2MPH ~After enjoying a few days of sunny and warm weather, we woke up to a cloudy and drizzly morning. To make the most of it, we decided to have a full breakfast at our favourite local cafe. Afterwards, we completed our final preparations for our trip to the Hebrides. In the afternoon, Dazza and I took a stroll around Dalmadilly Ponds in search of any new arrivals before we set off on our trip tomorrow.

Garden Warbler ~ A good find for the area.

Upon our arrival, the weather had improved, and it turned out to be an excellent visit. We were delighted to find a Garden Warbler, which is always a good tick for the area and an early one too. While we were sitting on one of the benches, observing the Garden Warbler, calls overhead caught our attention, alerting us to the presence of an Osprey. The Osprey circled around for a while before flying off, making it the first local bird we've encountered this year. 

Common Whitethroat

Another addition to the list was our first Common Whitethroat of the year and during our walk (7) Willow Warblers. (2) Chiffchaff and (2) Blackcap. Looking down onto the River Don we watched four Goosander and a Dipper, which I think was collecting nesting materials. Finally, as a distant 'cronking' got louder, three Ravens headed across towards the quarry, a good end to our stroll.