Information from The Met Office
Today 5th May :
Shetland will have a dry and bright day with some sunny spells. Orkney will be dry too, but with rather more cloud and becoming overcast later in the day. Feeling chilly in the fresh to strong southeasterly winds. Maximum temperature 8 °C.
Dry with some clear spells at first over Shetland, otherwise cloudy with patchy rain spreading northwards overnight. Strong winds for Shetland but easing a little over Orkney though becoming murky. Minimum temperature 6 °C.
Saturday 6th May:
Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle and rather murky too with haar and this likely extensive across Orkney. Still rather windy and cold in the strong southeast winds. Maximum temperature 9 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Cloudy and murky at times with rain Sunday and Monday but drier and brighter over Orkney on Monday. Drier Monday night with winds turning southwest and easing then showers Tuesday.
Updated: 05:00 (UTC+1) on Fri 5 May 2023
Lovely Grey Heron photo!!
Thank you! We call him/her/it Kraak….
I mention Kraak, now and then, in my blog….
Kraak was here in the winter months, then, as s/he does, left just before the frogs turned up and started mating. Another Heron behaviour mystery – you’d think s/he’d stay, to eat them!
Your ‘like’ to my reply produced a message in my email, which gave a link to your blog. I’d have replied to you directly, but can’t work out how to – I’m not good with computer stuff.
Having read your blog, this is just to let you know that we never go near Kraak – all photos ( and of other birds too) are taken from the windows of our house. In fact – and you might enjoy hearing about this – when we know that Kraak is there we creep about at the back of the rooms facing that way, so that s/he won’t see us. S/he is a very jittery bird, so we are very careful – especially if we see that s/he has a frog, we don’t make any moves that might frighten the bird before it’s finished eating. We like and appreciate the frogs being in the pond, too – but – a heron’s gotta eat!
That, ironically enough, means that we sometimes delay going out with the food for the other garden birds until s/he’s eaten and moved on to pastures new.
This tells of when we saw THREE herons from the back window of our house….
When they’re flying they do remind me of pterodactyls.
Have you seen the heron photos that Nick Card has taken and posted on the Orkney Wildlife Facebook page?…
You might need to scroll down a bit, but it’s worth it – he’s taken some beauties. Nick has an ‘eye’ – and a good camera!
It’s good to read of someone who values the life around them – and takes action to protect it.
Thanks again for your appreciation – it’s very much appreciated.