Into Summer

The sun is shining at last. Its been a cold showery start to the year. This seems to have delayed some of the birds and nesting.

Lots of young birds about now, our garden is full of young starlings, blackbirds, siskin, robin, chaffinch and goldfinch. Coal tits are zipping about and we have blue tits nesting in a tree trunk at the bottom of the garden.

Further afield the White tailed and Golden eagles are also busy with chicks, they will be getting close to fledging and the parents are both feeding. 

Good numbers of Hen Harrier and short eared owls this year. Although its been cool and showery its been great weather for wildlife watching. 

The Otters sadly have been pressured. They can escape from the gatherings of people but the issue comes when they are trying to get to cubs. Often prevented by folk watching them probably unaware of the problem they are causing mother otter.  The wardens and police are aware of the problem so hopefully it will get better.

The Island is green, beautiful spring colours. lots of yellow gorse and hawthorn flowers. The wildflower meadows are stunning, Treshnish farm is featured on Springwatch at the moment.

The red deer hinds are in the field behind the cottage in an evening and the hedgehogs are about to. The tawny and barn owls fly over regularly at dusk.

We were treated to this lovely male hen harrier next to our garden.