Out on tour on Tuesday with views of both WT Eagles sitting by the nest loc G, one adult WTE flying at loc K and both WTE flying from nest site to tree close by. Dipper flying to nest site under over hanging tree. Otter feeding close in. Really nice views of Hen Harrier giving food pass and GE high up over loc C, got home to see 8 greenfinch on my feeder happily eating till female Sparrow hawk flow into bush.
Wednesday out again on a trip and once again lovely weather with a raptor bonanza. Sat in my garden first thing with a coffee watching the WTE next to their nest site then out on tour watching HH riding thermals then 3 Merlins chasing each other. Peregrine getting upset with a GE at Loc c then managed to find new nest site of GE at loc l and watched as F sat on the nest as M brought in nesting material. A wonderful day only spoilt by finding a dead Otter along the roadside.
On Thursday out to Croig and spotted WTE on rocks, about a dozen Snipe all feeding together at Dervaig. On the way home saw plenty of Divers and Little Grede along with Kestral and after a hard day at “ the Office “ sat in the garden with a cup of coffee watching a MHH hunting in the bottom field as 4 stags had a play “Rut”.
Friday was of course Eclipse day so was expecting poor weather by 0930 all the birds had gone quiet and really still. It was overcast so no sign of seeing the sun, noticed that none of the 20+ Rock Doves sat on the hill had any eye protection on, but after watching them walking about Glasgow Railway Station I am well aware that they have scant regard for H&S. Luckily their eyesight was still working fine as 10 mins later when the cloud lifted Mrs Sparrow Hawk arrived sending them all flying.
Away to Glasgow at the weekend, awoke on Sunday morning to a sound that I have never heard on Mull ( no not I hope England win the Football ) Magpies “ chattering” and looked out to see a pair building a nest 15 feet away in a hawthorn tree. Will be going back when the young fledge to bring one back to put with my Moorhen.