Saturday lunchtime, we were about to head out to meet friends, when there was much twittering outside the kitchen window. Sneaking a peek from the back door, I could see half a dozen Swallows perched on the guttering above the window. It turns out that I wasn't so sneaky after all, and they all took to the air in high dudgeon. However, this did allow me the opportunity to make it to the shed amidst all the confusion. From the shed doorway, I was able to watch two parent birds feeding some recently-fledged youngsters
The following day was much brighter, so we drove over to Stromness to check the banks of the reservoir for any damselflies. I only found one, a male Blue-tailed, so we continued on a walk into the town along tracks and narrow roads. The view across to Hoy never disappoints.
On Brinkies Brae, the hill behind the town, we found this Emperor Moth caterpillar and half a dozen Black Darter dragonflies.
Since then, wildlife moments have been few and far between, but this afternoon things took an unexpected turn. As I went to prepare our evening meal, I discovered this fungus (?) growing on a Sweet Potato. This begs the question... non-native vegetable... native fungus?