Monday, 30 May 2016

Mull 16

 After not setting foot on Mull for 3 years, we decided it was time we returned to the Isle of Bliss this year. As always we set off early doors to take in the pleasures of Oban harbour before embarking on the ferry crossing- this alas didn't go as planned, the weather put pay to this. Thankfully a small window of opportunity opened before leaving Oban.

 Red-breasted Mergansers
 Great-Northern's still around the lochs on Mull and showing great at times near the shore.(still trying for good pics of these) Didn't manage Red-throated on this visit.

 The only Whimbrel this week - 8 in the fields around Fidden farm.
 4 Golden plover at Pennyghael one morning.
 Iona on the first ferry Monday morning and the longest spell we've spent to- date to hear a Corncrake call here. It took 2-3 hours unbelievably on this visit and we were just about to give up and try another day when this male popped up right in front of us calling. The Tea break was postponed indefinitely.

 Whilst he sat here his mate ran through the grass just feet way.A locals comment was just classic after our wait- 'try going to sleep here' ..
 Closest I managed of Raven on this visit-

 Golden eagle above the cottage (seen on 3 occasions here) - we stayed here this year,  cracking base and cottage with great views.

 Loch-na-Keal Goldie.
 Nice birds-:-)
 Expectational visit regards Hen Harrier - Grass point first drop- in after getting off the ferry and we bump into Mick and Mish! and Hilary a couple of times also this week.
 Kintra male displaying above the bay with a kill
 Female hunting at the regular drop in ;-)
 Otter picked up at four different areas.
 Wild goat?
Another fantastic visit to Mull -Eagles,Harriers,otters etc. we dipped on Mountain hares this year around the Ross area and Twite but cannot complain..