On the Saturday night on the break weekend we went out to look for Owls but it was a long shot with none seen. We did get close views of the pair of GE and Ian and I went to look at the nest site.
Ian my friend from down south who was on a return visit could at the end of his stay spot a Hoodie Crow and Heron from nearly a mile away, and kept spirits high, only time he seemed down was when he seemed less than impressed with the Snowy Owl and Eagle Owl sighting, which I could not understand as we got within a few feet. I had promised him that if I could not get him views of a live Snowy Owl he would not have to pay.
This time of year is generally quiet, but the last few days the smaller birds are starting to get out and about again. Sat on my decking watching a family of Willow Warbles and Great Tits in the garden yesterday morning. Also the Big Red Deer Stag has returned, and is looking very impressive with his new antlers. He is in the trees at the back but is coming into the garden in the evening.
Been watching the Peregrines flying with one young bird along the cliffs close to the nest site, also seen the female HH hunting with one young. No sign of the SEO over the last couple of weeks. I have not seen them since the farmer put his cows into the field where they were nesting.
The WTEs failed down at Craignure this year , but over the last few days last years young Eagle has been sitting in the tree above the nest. Nice to see him back.
The Puffins are starting to leave their nest sites, just hope that they hang on for our last visit to Staffa coming up next week with our 4 day break. Corncrakes are still on Iona but will be difficult to spot with the height of the vegetation, might have to put my Corncrake suit on while everybody is looking the other way.
On last Thursdays am tour we had seen distant views of the Otter but as I parked the Bus back at Craignure there was a Male Otter not 5 feet away watching us.
On the pm tour we had nice views of several Tree Creepers feeding along with spotted flycatchers as in the distance a GE circled over head but the highlight was close to the end of our tour as we watched 2 WTEs flying in blue skies while below to the left the female HH was hunting as not 30 foot away the Osprey sat on the fence post, I know that some of you will be saying “ I do not believe this “ but it is true there were blue skies, I swear, as I have done often at the weather this year.
In case anybody is wondering how my wife enjoyed her wonderful hoover that I got her for her birthday, well it went down a treat. So much so that she has not used it yet I think she is keeping it for best.
If anybody is interested, I have started taking bookings for next years breaks as several people have made enquires and booked for the April and May breaks all ready.