Mull bird club count

Well,we woke up to find the weather was awful. We have been lucky over the last few years but the bird count today was going to be a challenge. 

Our count started in our garden with the usual team of bird club members. Lots to see with chaffinch , green finch, coal tit, blue and great tit. Dunnock, collared dove siskin and goldfinch braved the weather. We didnt see the usual pheasant, starlings , rock doves or the sparrowhawk , maybe they had more sense.

We always plan to enjoy our day so the mood was very positive. we headed to Grass point to find woodland birds and perhaps white tailed eagles. During the brief spell of dry we had hoped to see the Hen Harrier. too wet I think. We did see a woodcock and a Jay though. a treat for us. Aswell as red deer and a lovely Peregrine on a rock.

We were doing well and a stop at Craignure topped up the numbers with white tailed eagle, goosander, curlew, ringed plover, turnstone and several different gulls.

Our day continued clocking up more with; dipper, kestrel, Black Guillimot and rock pipit.

We really did enjoy our day out, good company and still very beautiful out there. A great finish at Ballygown restaurant where the tea kept flowing and the cakes were as always scrummy.  .

The total for the day was 58. one less than the leaders. Thank you team Salen