December brings quiet to Mull, Less daylight hours and less tourists. There are less amenities open and its a chance for Islanders to take a well earned break. The weather also plays a part in this as we can get a mix of cold frosty days and rain, gales and occasionaly snow.
The wildlife is still very good. Otters enjoy less disturbance and easier to spot. Especialy on some of the calm days we have had.
Already both white tailed and Golden Eagles are showing signs of nesting. Some displaying happening and hunting for food when the weather allows as daylight hours are short. Flocks of small birds are giving us moments of pleasure with Goldcrest, Tree creeper and long tailed tits, lots of chaffinch dropping into feed. Our bird feeders are very busy just now as the natural food is dissapearing.
Red deer are lower down from the hills, groups of stags together feeding. No midges to bother them or us.
Hen harrier are closer to the shores working the fields for mice and voles in the shelter of hills.
The seals are really no different still lolling around on the rocks like big fat sausages. Always looking relaxed and content.
Mike and I are spending time sitting and watching. Going to places on Mull we struggle to fit in in the summer. Lovely to enjoy the otters busy fishing. Great Northern, Red throated and Black throated divers, slavonian grebe ,teal,wigeon and waders are around the shores.
Christmas time for us brings a trip to Cumbria for a visit to family and a trip to leighton Moss. Then home for our traditional Christmas drive to Loch na Keal. Lovely otters and Eagles this year and a stunning day. Mirror calm.
December for us has been a month for Christmas gatherings, of brilliant wildlife, interesting clouds, special moments and stunning scenary.