Saturday 14th January. Big bird count

Up early, picnic made and a 9.30 start for the counting. Our friends joined us so we had 6 on board. This was the annual bird count for Mull bird club. The idea is to have a number of people gathering any bird sightings to be recorded year on year. There is an element of competition as a trophy is gained for the group with the most number of bird species. We decided to take our usual tour route. We started with the birds in our garden. Chaffinch, loads. Blue, great and coal tits, sparrow and siskin. blackbird, starling, collared dove and robin. not to bad a start. Our total for the day was 60, non too shabby. Highlights included iceland gull, White tailed eagle and golden. Lovely hen harriers, male and female. Stone chat, kestrel, little grebe and slavonian grebe. Great northern and red throated divers. typically we have regularly seen ringed plover and turnstone at certain places.  Not today. non to be seen. One suspect ringed plover that disappeared before anyone else saw it. Although it was about a bird count today we also enjoyed seeing 5 otters, common seals and red deer. it was a very relaxing day with a cuppa and cake at the coffee pot in Salen. where the winner for the trophy had 67 birds.