After the slowest and coldest Spring we can recall in nearly twenty years here, birds are at last nesting and raising young. The trees and bushes around Carrick are alive with the chirping and cheeping of many species. Blackbird, Songthrush, Redstart, Wren, Goldfinch, Reed (or possibly Willow) Warblers, Snipe : there’s even a Corncrake noisily craking, somewhere amongst the irises and rushes close by on the adjacent croft.
This is the view from an abandoned Blackbird’s a nest, disturbed by a cat that lives a few hundred metres further along the shore. The nest was incomplete : presumably the bird realised that it was too near the ground!