Saturday afternoon had us watching the Osprey, both Eagles and Hen Harrier as we headed south to our base for the start of a busy 4 days.
Sunday was blowy to say the least, we all went to Iona and 1/2 the group went over to Staffa, as I stayed on Iona with the remaining few we sat watching a flock of over 50 Twite sheltering in a small pathway along with Linnet and Grey Wag but the highlight for me was spotting a small flock of Sanderling running along the shoreline as Comic Terns fished above, Sanderling are quiet rare here.
Monday and Tuesday we were out on our main routes around Mull and were treated to plenty with good close view of a Male Otter eating a large Eel till it was disturbed by a passing car stopping to see what we were watching resulting in us watching nothing.
By the Eagle Hide an Osprey ,a young bird was being mobbed firstly by a pair of Kestrels the a Peregrine. A WTE taking a small Rabbit then sitting low down in a tree close to the nest site before fixing those golden eyes on a piece of our fruit cake. On the way home on Tuesday saw a pair of Swifts hunting over Loch Beg along with the House Martins. Swifts are rare here these being only the 4th sighting in 12 years for me here on Mull.
At night we sat out after Mondays evening meal hoping to see an Owl (even after I had shown the group 4 different types of Owls earlier in the day and close up ) as Rachel and Alison went back inside as the “ outside door closed behind them another door opened “and the Tawny Owl flow low over the garden to much enjoyment by those that saw it.
Out On Wednesday with more nice people a family group who were keen to see Otter as they had been here for a few days and had not seen one, we did manage to see two but its fair to say Otters this week have been more difficult to see than of late.
Saturday was better with a family group of three Otters and the Male close by followed by another sighting. Lovely views of the Fallow Deer close by with several young. Plenty of raptors Sparrow H, HH GE and WTE, Peregrine sitting high on rock ledge above its nest site Kestrel and “ its only a Buzzard “ but no Osprey. I think we might not see the Osprey again till next March when hopefully they return again.
Swallows are still here but plenty have gone and not seeing WW or White Throat or Spotted fly as most summer migrants are away and Dipper seem to have gone missing.
Little Grebes are back on the shoreline, so now waiting for the returning Great N and Black Throated Divers coming back along with Slav Grebes and Com Scoter and who knows what else.