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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

Mull June 2015

Mull 21st June 2015

The first full day on Mull was exploring much of the southern part of the island and drove to Fidden.We saw a few birds including Eiders, Meadow Pipits, Wheatear & of course, Mull is the best place to see Hen Harriers. On this occasion it was a Ringtail. There was a Redshank perched on the wall alarm calling. Mull is also the place to see Hooded Crows and we saw at least 6 birds. We then went on to Kintra where we saw another or the same Hen Harrier flying around the area. We also spotted 2 Ravens and a Mountain Hare was chasing them. The Hare probably had young nearby & was keeping the Crows away. We saw quite few more Mountain Hares on the way back down the road. Near Pennyghael we saw some Seal lying out on the rocks. Back at the cottage, a Bank Vole kept running up to the food we put out for the birds. It ran back and forth a few times. When we were looking our our window, at about 22:30 the Otter appeared on one of the rocks in Loch Scridain. It was lovely to see.

Scotland - Mull June 2015

Mountain Hare

Mountain Hare chasing a Raven

Eiders

Redshank

Northern Wheatear [Male]

Meadow Pipit

Hooded Crows

Bank Vole

Looking across the sound of Mull to the Dutchman’s Cap (Picture Dad)

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Mull Charters Boat Trip 22nd June 2015

We were heading to Ulva for the 13:30 boat to see the White - tailed Eagles. We made a few stops along the way & saw Hooded Crows, Common Sandpiper, Hen Harrier [Ringtail], Wheatear, Meadow Pipit & a pair of Otters on Loch na Keal. Probably a Mum & youngster. Further around the loch we saw a few cars parked & people looking around. We eventually managed to see 2 White - tailed Eagles perched up in the conifers & calling. After we had all boarded the boat, we headed out to where the Eagles were. This was the highlight of the week as the Eagles swooped down 4 times to pick up the fish thrown out to it and take it back the nest. We had really close views as they flew over. On the way back to Ulva we passed a colony of Common Seals resting on the rocks and some got into the water as we passed. Afterwards we made our way back to Pennyghaeal the long way round to look at some of the scenery. We saw a third Ringtail Harrier over Glen Aros. At high tide the Otters appeared again, but at 23:00 we were surprised to see a Red Deer walking up the road by the loch. I wondered why the garden had a Deer fence!


Iona 23rd June 2015

I had an early morning walk along the loch and saw a couple of Otters. Again probably a Mum with a youngster. We then went to Iona to look for Corncrakes. Although Mum & Dad saw one briefly, they weren’t performing for me unfortunately. Still you can’t win them all and at least they’re easier to hear. We saw a pod Dolphins off the Coast diving and a bit of jumping. It certainly made up for not seeing any at Chanonry Point. We had lunch on Iona’s peak Dun I , and we could even hear a Corncrake calling from a patch of Iris there. As usual, no sign of it. After a disappointing search we only  saw a Meadow Pipit by the abbey, so we headed back to Mull.

Lunga & Staffa 24th June 2015

We had a boat trip with Staffa Tours to see the Treshnish Islands & Staffa. We went to Lunga first, where we had two hours on shore. Dad spotted some Black Guillemots in the water as we neared the island. The forecast had not been very good for today, but we were lucky so far as we wandered around looking at the Puffins. There were loads of them feeding young in the burrow around the tops of the cliffs. While Mum stayed to watch the Puffins, Dad & I walked up higher to see the Guillemots & Razorbills. We also saw a couple of Shags on a nest with some Juveniles. There was a few Razorbills about and a large of Colony of Guillemots with a few Bridled birds. We also saw Fulmars & Kittwakes. We met back up with Mum who told us that she had heard Corncrake calling from a patch of nettles near the old ruined croft, but of course it never showed itself. We went back on the boat at 13:05 and headed to Staffa, but unfortunately the weather had turned rainy. Most people went inside out of the rain, but as it was a bit full up in there, we braved the weather. As the stairs to the top of Staffa were very steep and the walkway to Fingal’s Cave was slippery, Mum decided to stay on the boat and so did I. My reason was that it was too wet to walk on the top and poor weather for pictures. We sat inside & had our lunch. We also managed to see some Black Guillemots from the boat. When Dad got back, he told me there was a pair of Black Guillemots resting on the rock above the boat. As the rain had eased slightly, I managed to get some photos from the boat. We made our back to Fionnphort and we saw a Gannet fly past the boat. It was very enjoyable despite the rain showers. Still, it  could have been worse!



Mull 26th June 2015

Our last full day on the island started off wet again and the midges were awful. We went for a drive to Ardtun where we saw Buzzards, Hen Harrier and we also managed to see some Whinchats. We saw one soggy Buzzard sat on a telegraph pole like a Cormorant, trying to dry its wings off. It reminded me of a Totem Pole with a carved bird on top. We then headed up the Carsaig road where we stopped for lunch in Glen Leidle. There was a group of Red Deer feeding in the grass and we could hear Cuckoos calling. Moments later, we saw 3 Cuckoos fly across the valley. The sun had come out now so we went to Glen More to look for Eagles. We pulled into a layby as we saw some birds in the air. It was a family of White-tailed Eagles! 2 Juveniles and an adult. Other smaller birds kept mobbing them, but I’ve no idea what they were. I think some were Buzzards and possibly Ravens. Just then 2 more birds appeared over the mountains and joined them. Golden Eagles! We looked through the scope and could see a golden head on one and one was a juvenile. It was a real raptor fest as some Kestrel joined in to mob them. It was an amazing sight and one I won’t forget in a hurry. I managed a few record shots, but the birds were very high up. After they all drifted away over the mountains, we went to Lochdon, as Mum wanted to look for Ospreys. They had been seen there in the week, so thought we’d try. Sadly, one raptor that we didn’t see that day. But you can’t see everything in one go. It was a splendid holiday and a splendid ending.

Mull 25th June
We went to the Sea Eagle Watchpoint this morning. You could see th youngster in the nest through the telescope, but it was very distant.When we arrived, there was an adult sat in the tree before flying off soon after we arrived. It was a very damp morning and the midges were relentless. I couldn’t stand them, so I went to sit in the car while Mum & Dad stayed for a little longer. The rain continued to get worse and so we went for a drive around Loch na Keal and had lunch there. When Dad tried to start the car, it was completely dead. Dad tried a few things and somehow it started, but he couldn’t turn the lights off. After a short while it seemed to sort itself out, so we don’t really know what happened. We went to Grasspoint in the afternoon and the first thing we saw was a Short-eared Owl flying past. We had a quick look from the point before going for a run around Loch Spelve to Lochbuie. Lovely scenery, but not much wildlife in the rain!

Hooded Crow [Juvenile]

Hooded Crow [Adult]

Hen Harrier [Female]

Meadow Pipit [Juvenile]

Northern Wheatear [Female]

Otters

Otters

Otters

White - tailed Eagle

Lady Jayne

White - tailed Eagle

White - tailed Eagle

White - tailed Eagle

Common Seals

Common Seal


Hen Harrier [Female]

Hooded Crow [Juvenile]

Old fishing boats at Salen (Picture Dad)

Otters

Common Sandpiper

Bottlenose Dolphin [Juvenile]

Iona, looking across to Mull, Colonsay, Jura and Islay (Picture Dad).

Highland Cow

Skylark

Sound of Mull to Iona and the split rock (Picture Dad)

Common Guillemot

Razorbills

Staffa Tours boat on Lunga (Picture Dad)

Lunga and the Treshnish (Picture Dad)

Puffins

Bridled Guillemot

Common Guillemots

Bridled Guillemots

Razorbill

Fulmars

Shags

Kittiwake & Chick

Lunga towards Fladda. Corncrake calling from the nettle patch below (Picture Mum)

Fingal’s Cave Staffa (Picture Dad)

Black Guillemots

Path to Fingal’s Cave (Picture Dad)

Fingal’s Cave (Pictures Dad)

Common Sandpiper

Short - eared Owl

Oystercatcher [Summer]

Mull 27th June 2015

As our ferry was not until the afternoon, we spent a final couple of hours exploring Grasspoint. Down by the bridge we saw an Otter diving for fish. We had a tip off about a White - tailed Eagle at the point so we went down to see it. We saw it perched on a rock very distantly, then it flew a couple of metres on to the ground. The weather was nice now and it would have been lovely to have stayed longer, but we had to get to the ferry at Craignure. While we were waiting, we saw another Otter. Dad and I went to have a closer look and saw some Hooded Crows, but the Otter had vanished. On board the ferry we saw a Gannet fly over and some Black Guillemots. When we disembarked at Oban, Mum and I walked around the harbour to look for the Black Guillemots that nest in the walls. We found a couple and managed to get quite close. Then it was the long drive back to Penrith for the night and onwards to Bristol in the morning. A great two weeks!

Loch Scridain at Sunset  (Picture Dad)

Whinchat [Male]

Whinchat [Female]

Buzzard

Buzzard

White - tailed Eagle [1st Summer]

Golden Eagle [Juvenile]

Red Deer [Hind]

Otter [Male]

Highland Cow

White - tailed Eagle

Hooded Crow [Adult]

Ferry at Craignure Harbour (Picture Dad)

Lismore  Lighthouse

Gannet [Adult]

Catching the Staffa Tours boat (Picture Dad)

Black Guillemot [Summer]

Loch Scridain at Sunset (Picture Dad)

(Picture Mum)

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