Wonderful week

Yes its been a simply wonderful period of weather , nice visitors and wildlife, in the last week. With virtually no wind at all, which as all know is not very Hebridean !! Since we took our grandchildren back to Glasgow and drove over Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe amid stunning scenes it has been as good as it can get.

On my wildlife trips in the last week we have had a number of hen harrier sightings, including the flamboyant passing of prey to each other which they are famed for. Short eared owls are showing, as are slavonian grebes in their exotic summer plumage, along with lots of great northern divers, almost all now in breeding plumage. We have seen otters more or less each trip, white tailed sea eagles and golden eagles and the excitement and high drama whenever they are around. Had an Iceland gull on Loch na Keal, more drama from peregrines on the sea cliffs, the backside of dolphins leaving Craignure, yellowhammers, snipe, wheatears galore, pipits, shellduck, goosanders and mergansers, rock doves, more kestrels this year, sparrowhawk, red deer and lots more. However as usual Mull itself steals the show again and looking from here one still morning, as the seamist cleared, there were snow dappled peaks and black and gold seacliffs and landscape with irregular pools of sun looking like melting gold.

Yes it has been visually awesome this week.