Autumn moments

Autumn

Autumn is well and truly with us, the trees are changing colour and the nights are drawing in.

The Island has suddenly become quieter for visitors after a busy Summer and the Mull rally weekend has just finished.

We are starting to see a change in the wildlife with roaring stags and incoming migrant birds such as teal and widgeon, whooper swans and great northern diver. 

Our day out on Sunday took us round the big loop from Salen through Craignure to Kinloch junction and back up the scenic route. This makes me smile as the road to it is also very scenic as we head through the mountains. 

Lots to see just now, the mixed weather doesn’t put off the otters and we are seeing lovely views of mums with cubs. I mentioned the roaring stags, they are gathering their ladies up and are lower down in the fields now for the rut. We have them every evening in the field behind the house, brilliant.

Hen harriers tend to move lower if the weather is wet, we had a lovely sight of a male hen harrier quartering the ground and two golden eagles over the hills. 

As the nights draw in we see or hear the tawny owl in our garden most nights. The hedgehogs come for their food and there are still a few bats about. 

Clear nights are wonderful, the milkyway is directly over our house and there is a chance of seeing the Northern lights particularly November and February.

The garden feeders have had a quiet spell, we had a family of greater spotted woodpecker coming but they have moved on just now. lots of chaffinch, greenfinch, and sparrows at the moment. We look forward to seeing the tree creeper and siskins as the weather gets colder.  we have goldfinch, robin, dunnock, collared dove and pheasants around every day. 

Lots of geese around in the fields, even some brent geese as they pass through possibly on route to Ireland. 

I really enjoy Autumn, seeing the changes come to the Island, i call October rainbow month as we tend to get a few showers!