There is also the low water levels already as we have not really had a lot of rain and the levels are already down from March. This photograph of the rock in front of the window shows the lack of water. Three weeks ago the water was over the lip of the rock shown by the black band and about a third of the way up the slope. This suggests about 2 - 3 inches of loss due to evaporation as it has been warm and dry. If we get a summer as warm as last year we may end up with a muddy desert again. Sorry to say but we still need significant rain in the next 8 weeks.
|Marker stone we use to judge water levels|
Finally a walk up the Quolie Water on Easter Monday added wheatear and skylark to the list plus reed bunting, meadow pipit, stonechat and sand martins. The River Braid at Broughshane added a grey wagtail but not a mandarin could be found. Hopefully a few more walks along the coastal path will push up the numbers and this year I really must add cuckoo - I missed it last year.
129: Common sandpiper
130: Sand martin
54: Sandwich tern
76: House martin
77: Sand martin