Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Return to base. 2.2.2013.

Overnight had seen some snow, which I  presumed had then melted and coated the car screen etc in ice. After clearing all that away , I set off around 0800 hours. Quite quickly conditions improved and it was an enjoyable journey back northwards up the A1, westwards over the A66,  and then northwards up to Glasgow, over the mountains at Arrochar and on over the western parts of Argyll to the ferry terminal at Kenncraig. Two hours or so on the ferry, made more tolerable by conversations about birds and conservation with Malcolm Ogilvie, before the final hours drive to home from Port Ellen.  In all a thirteen hour plus day, but without incident and actually quite enjoyable given the consistent conditions. Long journeys never really produce bird sightings to any degree , but a skein of Pink-footed Geese in the area of the Solway broke the monotony. The ferry journey was completed in darkness and provided no opportunity to look for divers or sea birds.

Despite the recent bad weather on Islay, there was no damage or problems and even the bins were still in position, which was a surprise!!

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