There is now a splendid 2nd flowering of the Scottish primrose.
On 12/7 we saw a total of 5 hen harriers in several locations, some at very close quarters.
Now that the breeding season is over we are seeing hen harriers and short-eared owls on an almost daily basis at home, with the owls especially giving wonderful close up views.
The return wader passage has started with whimbrels from 17/7 and a knot on Rousay on 19/7.
The seabirds lingered on the crags until the 3rd week of July this year, with plenty of young auks and kittiwakes visible.
A female marsh harrier, heavily in moult, floated over the house on 23/7, being mobbed by a veritable posse of all things, such that it was a wonder it could make any progress.
The month finished in style with great views of a young minke whale on 30/7 and a young peregrine on 31/7.