September and October 2006

We’ve been island hopping with our guests this month and have been to Eday, Rousay and Shapinsay in quick succession.

We pride ourselves in using gorgeous picnic spots – imagine rushing tides, red-throated divers sailing close past and fresh otter tracks…

Harbour porpoises have been much in evidence with lots of sightings.

The grey seals are noisy and are gathering in readiness for pupping.

The first purple sandpiper of the year back from the Arctic was spotted on Shapinsay on 13/9.

A stroll out to nearby Rose Ness on 15/9 produced a solitary sooty shearwater, heading northwards.

During the 1st week of October we held a photographic course and had at least 3 days of wonderful light – the resulting pics have been placed on the website under the Photo Holidays section.

We also saw the first long-tailed ducks back for the winter, buzzards (an Orkney rarity!), and brent geese.

Three days of stunning weather in mid October brought great sightings of slavonian grebes, scaup, grey seal pups and harbour porpoises.