In the last few days Greylag goslings, Eiderlings (not sure what else you'd call a baby Eider?) and the family of Whooper Swans pictured below have all made an appearance on Alftanes - very much a sign that May is coming to an end and the Brent will be on their way soon.
The geese are all now looking very fat - and everyone up here seems to be in agreement that they are ready to go. This is borne out by the fact that the vast majority were just sat around, loafing this morning (hence why I'm back at base writing this). It seems likely that a change in the weather is all that required. The last few days have largely been fairly miserable with drizzle, squally showers and often strong winds making doing fieldwork a real pleasure. I'm hoping this will happen before I leave on Wednesday morning as it would be really cool to see!