Great news – the swallows returned on the 10th and have 4 nests so far. The house martins followed on the 18th and have 3 nests. This is 6 days earlier than last year for the swallows and an amazing 19 days earlier for the house martins. We are eagerly awaiting the swifts.The bats are also back at dusk and are fascinating to watch.
Anyone staying in our cottages will get grandstand views of all these birds and more, including the red squirrels who have been a bit busy recently. We’re looking forward to seeing them at the feeder with their babies.
Locally we have also seen wheatear, garden warbler, black cap, chiff chaff all back from their Winter travels. The wagtails are also back at McMurdoston and a nuthatch has visited a couple of times.
The weather was so good yesterday that we had a barbecue and had a successful first attempt at smoking the trout which Steve had caught in the morning at Jericho Loch.