Thursday, 28 May 2015

Jumping seals!!

Another day of showers and sunshine. So I did a bit of shopping this morning.
This afternoon after the hail showers had finished I set off to drive down to Garmony, on the shore of the Sound of Mull. My first stop was just before Salen. Here I saw a common sandpiper having a preen after its recent soaking.
On the rocks in the bay some common seals were relaxing, whilst one of them did a few jumps.
 
My next stop was just the other side of Salen where there is a little chapel. A wheatear was busy feeding on the ground.
Garmony was my next stop where I saw turnstones, oystercatchers,  mistle thrushes, a female eider with her chicks, gannets fishing in the sound, and arctic terns.



Oh deer it's raining!

The weather forecast was more accurate today (Wednesday) and it rained almost on time! So a bit of sight seeing at Duart Castle followed by lunch in their café.
After tea I had a drive down to Grasspoint, a spot where I used to see white tailed sea eagles. However due to the heavy rain I did not see any birds at all. In a field near Grasspoint I saw some deer.


As I was driving through Dervaig a white tailed sea eagle flew overhead.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Corncrakes on Iona

Trip to Iona today.  The weather was not brilliant, a cold wind and lots of cloud. Arrived early to avoid the rush when all the coach parties arrive. First port of call was behind the fire station where corncrakes were calling, but no sign of activity. Walked to the field near the Bishops house, where 3 more birds were calling, but they were hidden in the Iris beds.Next stop was the garden where a pair had been seen earlier, but again lots of calling but no sign of the birds. Back to the fire station from where I could hear birds calling further down the road. I saw this sedge warbler singing its heart out.





I then came across this bird in a garden.
It was walking about, then it would stop and call, then walk away.



I then had a walk about the island and saw wheatears, jackdaws, rooks, pied wagtails, snipe and oystercatchers. This unusual post box

 On the way back to Tobermory we passed this wood with a brilliant display of bluebells.



Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday round up.

A local bit of bird watching from the cottage garden. So a few pictures of one of the robins, swallow and a couple of ferries, plus more photos from this mornings boat trip.