After two days of pretty poor weather today could have been considered the Fianl Act in a Wagnerian opera!!! Wind, sleet, squalls strong enough to knock you over and waves, atopped by white crests, advancing across Loch Indaal as a fleet of galleons in some naval conflict!!! It was pretty bad.
However,three teams of us braved all that in order to complete goose counts for SNH. The Gruinart area was open to the weather, but less ferocious intervals allowed us to count good numbers of both Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese although both species were very edgy and easily disturbed. Two separate Snow Buntings at Killinallan and a female Merlin, quite a dark individual, were nice but little else of particular note was seen for obvious reasons.
Better times are forecast!!