With the cuckoo busy in the woodlands at the back of the crofts along Ormsaigbeg - he's seen here on Cruachan croft - it's appropriate....
....that this pretty little flower is appearing along the verges and in the fields which haven't been cropped too hard by the sheep. It's cuckoo flower, Cardamine pratensis, also known as lady's smock.
Along the beach, just inland from the zone occupied almost exclusively by the hardy thrift, is this scurvy-grass, Cochlearia officinalis, in flower.
In rocky places inland, we're finding the first eggs and bacon plants, or birdsfoot trefoil, Lotus corniculatus. They'll be out in masses shortly.
The insects have yet to come to life in any numbers. Happily, the reports of midges coming out exceptionally early this year have gone away, so we're left with the occasional friendly beast, like this little hover fly who sat happily on my knee while I ate a picnic lunch.
We found this tree near the banks of the Allt Ockle, and wondered how it managed to grow such a twisted truck. Has anyone any suggestions?