Well, on Wednesday we got all the sightings we were hoping for I think !!!!
So, Otters, White Tailed Sea Eagles in different places , female hen harrier, merlin, red deer females with young and stags and lots of smaller birds again plus all of the more obvious ones again.
My group were also very keen, which is always a bonus for me, as it is for all wildlife guides
It’s a poor forecast this morning here on the National Scenic Area and we have early mornings like this pretty regularly, but often clearing around lunchtime, so lets see !!
Its another one of those beautiful and inspiring Hebridean mornings, with a sea and landscape calm and at peace with everything and everybody.
This was again the place to head north for in the last few days and not the turmoil of City and suburban life in the rest of England and Europe.
Here you can escape and find your true self again and be genuinely inspired by real nature and the creatures that live within it.
Right now from my office on the west coast of Mull the grassland heading toward the sea looks like carpet of pure gold and maybe it is, when Mother Nature has always been so kind to me, as I hope I have been kind to her.
The BBC now consistently get the weather forecast for The Island of Mull very wrong, as was the case yesterday.
I was out with my friend Elizabeth and son and I don’t recall even a spot of rain.
Our list of sightings was pretty good I think with otters in two sperate locations, sea eagle, a close and colourful female hen harrier, red breasted mergansers, red deer, seals and plenty of smaller birds dancing past us, we also enjoyed homemade tarts, soup and sandwiches and tea coffee or juice.
The otter sightings stole the show because they have been very quiet lately but Elizabeth was on the ball with her excellent eyesight !!! Taught by me of course !!!
What will today bring I wonder?
We had a lovely day yesterday and today is going to be even better by the look of it.
On a short trip to Salen to get provisions I had two sea eagles sitting on an islet and a female otter with two young close inshore. This is a good sighting because otters have been pretty quiet lately and I feel sure it is because of the reckless and very noisy driving that has been ploughing through the otters territories.
This truly dangerous speeding by drivers has to stop or be managed, rather than allowing this free for all that we have at present to continue.
What do our Community Council actually do !!??
Seems its not too late to take a holiday here with good weather forecast for the week.
Terrific looking low level sky from here to Iona right now.
So yet another Turner p[anting unfolding in the sky over Mull !!!
There is increasing debate at all levels about visitors to Mull driving far too fast and recklessly, determined it seems to somehow DO Mull in a matter of hours and then off again with their cheap ferry ticket to DO Skye and the rest of the West Coast !!!!!!
Someone is going to be killed if this continues and probably at Craignure, where large numbers of visitors collect, waiting for transport connections. The road is very fast with drivers ignoring the limited speed restrictions
Otters have be very quiet lately also and are probably keeping their heads down rather than risk death at the hands of too many speeding vehicles.
Where are our Community Council when so many increasing issues are coming to the fore ? A situation that can only get worse if plans are not drawn up to counter this.
Good group today for the Wildlife trip and saw golden eagles, White Tailed Sea eagles flying and sitting, Red Deer, Goosanders, lots and lots of smaller birds, group of Porpoise, black guillemots, eiders, home made tarts !!!
It has been a beautiful Golden Day today from Sunrise to what will soon be sunset and another Turner Painting to adorn the sky over Inch Kenneth and Iona.
I have been pretty busy today getting supplies for Mondays Wildlife Tour and getting a broken Wing mirror replaced. Too many drivers are still trying to do Mull in a day and then believing that they can get to Skye to do that before the evening and also still get accommodation.
Frankly most of the people arriving in late summer just don’t understand the feel or essence of these magical Islands . They usually don’t have binoculars, sensible foot wear and have come here entirely on impulse, so with little planning and have no idea what is in store for them in the West of Scotland and its island’s.
Top Tip come in late April and May.
Its been a fabulous day here and even now at 8pm the landscape is glowing like gold, the sea is calm and dappled blue and white and even the white sand beaches of Iona look tropical from here.
Mull isn’t just any tourist destination . It is a very very special place and right now the horizon looks like a thousand white clouds puffing their chests out to impress the onlookers.
I do wish the BBC would do more research on the weather before proclaiming the wrong forecast on such regular occasions.
The clouds can’t be whiter and bigger, the landscape cant be more like gold and the sea more tropical llooking than it is right now