We had more rain overnight and the temperatures rose, so the snow had gone from the top of Ben Hiant by dawn. However, with the weather seeming to improve despite a fairly grim forecast yesterday, we took to the hills for a short walk, leaving the car by the Council recycling centre and crossing this burn, the Allt Fhearghais (Fergus' burn), by the road bridge before bearing left into the hills in the direction of the Sonachan Hotel.
Beyond the lochan is the Sanna road, Meall Chro Bhein, Glas Bheinn, and Ben Hiant. At this point the sky was still grey but there were signs that it might clear.
Considering the mildness of the climate, so these lochans very rarely freeze over, it's a surprise that we do not have more wildfowl overwintering on them, although we see plenty of greylag geese, mallard and widgeon, and some teal, on the pools along the shoreline.