Hares, Otter, Barnacle geese, Turnstones, Great Northern Divers, Red Breasted Mergansers, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit.
It was a fresh windy day today in Clew Bay. I took advantage of the the shelter from the north west wind by hugging the south side of the islands. I island hopped my way around Westport Bay and landed on a favourite island. I saw my first otter of 2019. Fishing in the tide just 50 metres off the island shore. She swam north landed on the island cobble ran up on to a boulder and sprainted. Then she disappeared hidden by the seashore rocks. I waited twenty minutes and landed on the island anchoring the boat. I scanned the seashore and saw no sign of the otter. I walked part of the island perimeter and spotted a possible holt. I sat and watched. But no sign of the otter.
A hare came towards me as I lay on the grass sheltering behind a hummock. The hare went down onto the cobbestones of the seashore and basked in the morning sunshine.
I walked the island shore to see if the otter was fishing further along the seashore. No sign of the otter suggested a female nursing cubs in my imagination. I will come back another day soon. Walking back to the boat I noticed a flock of Barnacle geese feeding on the sheep grazed island. I tried to count them but without a scope it was impossible. Try counting in flight. Join me for a day recording biodiversity in Clew Bay.