Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Where are all the Birds?

Tuesday May 3
Nothing to see at Uisken this morning, when Pam discovered that she'd left the ice blocks back at Seaview. After a return journey we birded our way to the coastal road to Salen via Lochs Scridain and Beg, seeing one Great Northern Diver and a Red-throated.
Enough room for us to park, in the rocky layby from which one can view a White-tailed Eagle's nest. I'd planned to spend some time digiscoping the nest......Firstly only the heads of the two birds were visible, then there was heat haze AND, I spent my time showing passers by the nest through my scope. None of them had a scope and hadn't a clue where to see it.
One woman was from Guernsey and amazed to find so many birders on Mull. She'd failed to book for the Loch Frisa trip as they were full for a week. I'd heard that Skye and Frisa hadn't laid this year anyway and had swapped nests twice.
We drove on to the western end of Loch na Kiel, found a grassy gnoll, parked and ate our lunch there. Another GND in the bay, one Golden Plover for the trip list and our first sighting of Cuckoo.
After a leisurely drive home, we again suppered at Fidden watching Ringed Plover, a single Dunlin and a Whimbrel.
A handsome Herring Gull was keeping watch over the half a roll I'd thrown out.

The tour guides are still complaining about the lack of birds due to the good weather.It's due to change on Thursday.

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