Yet again showers and donning waterproofs, but a hardy band of four went to see what was about near the sea at Gartbreck (West of Bowmore).
A lovely family of goldfinch was the first delight on the fence, dropping down to feed on the seeds amongst the grass. Lapwing and Oystercatcher were in the field and Oystercatchers and ringed plover along the shore, chicks lurking somewhere unseen. Offshore were Eiders and hauled out on various rocks Common and Grey seals and we looked intently to determine which had a Spaniel face (common seal) or Labrador face (grey)? The large roman nose of a male grey was easy to pick out.
Plants which greeted us were Sea Milkwort, in flower alongside Scurvy Grass and Sea Arrowgrass (which tasted like coriander). Thrift is in its element at the moment and we had Sea Mayweed and Silverweed just coming into bloom. In the areas above the high watermark were Birds-foot Trefoil and Ragged Robin, Hemlock Water Dropwort, Yellow Flag Iris and Yellow Rattle which was just showing its first flower.
Looking forward to next Sunday's walk at Sanaigmore