is a paradise for birdwatchers, and Odin is in an especially good situation
for this purpose. Right outside the windows many species can be seen
depending on the season. In summer the loch sides, marshes and fields
are full of breeding waterfowl, waders and small birds, while in winter
large numbers of ducks are normally present on the lochs, as well as
the spring and autumn migrations many species pass through on their
way to and from their northern breeding grounds. The specially grown
crops on the Brodgar RSPB reserve are good for small birds, while the
area around the Bridge of Brodgar is a good place to seek out waders
From Odin House species such as Hen Harrier, Merlin, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl, Red-throated and Great Northern Diver (winter only), Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull and Mute Swan are commonly seen or heard.
The house is well situated in the middle of the West Mainland, within easy reach of several bird reserves and within walking distance of a wide variety of habitats, including lochs and lochsides, marshland, moorland and farmland.
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