Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sunshine - All Day

Tuesday May 7

Sad to leave John and Jane and our comfortable room at Seaview. We paid a last visit to Fidden after taking a photograph across to Iona, bathed in warm sun for the first time this trip.

The tyre had been repaired, thank goodness. The garage is something to behold. Dirt ground, puddles, pieces of car everywhere, a smashed one on a trailer and a ramshackle building.
Pam called at Penyghael stores for her last honeycomb ice-cream, I took this photo from the car. Swallows nest on the stores .

We had a quick look for Short-eared Owl without success, loitered in a parking spot in Glen More looking for Golden Eagle, no go again.
Grass Point is always a favourite. A singing Tree Pipit just after the bridge, nothing else until we reached the parking spot, which was full. We drove to the end so that we could turn round , returning to find that several cars had gone. Pam scanned the tree belt and found a large blob in a bare tree on top of a rounded hill. White-taile Eagle, one of the oldest pairs on Mull. The other was perched in a different tree but flew to join its mate before we left. Doesn't look as though they're breeding this year, they do so less and less often as they age. 

White-tailed Eagle - from a distance
Whilst I was attempting to digiscope - silly really, distance and heat haze but I couldn't resist it - Pam noticed a bird at the top of a tree giving a song she didn't recognise. A lovely male Whinchat. 

Whilst I was trying to digi that......another cry from Pam, a male Hen Harrier was flying across the hillside. She followed it for two minutes, I gave up before that to continue with what I was doing.
Via various birding stops, we got to Dervaig soon after 5 to a lovely welcome from Kathy. She raced out to meet us for a kiss and a cuddle. Great.
I only had about four hours sleep last night, early to bed to-night ready for our day out with Arthur to-morrow. The forecast is.........rain, cold and strong winds on the way. Halleluya.

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