Wednesday 17th May

The sun is shining, lovely day. Our usual white tailed eagle stop was great. We had just arrived and everyone was out of the minibus when the male eagle flew into the nest. one of the two came out and sat in the tree above. then it flew across in front of the nest and away. it was the female and she headed off giving us a long time to watch this barn door flying over the water. A distant hen harrier over the hill at our next stop. we decided to head off through the ancient woodland to our cuppa stop. A good place to be, lots to see including the lovely view. Lapwings, meadow pipits, curlew and common seals. we moved a bit further to check the hills for eagles and two white tailed came up into the skyline. Fairly quiet in the hills so we headed off to our lunch stop. On the way we saw a whinchat and several stone chat chicks, lapwing, curlew and eider ducks. We headed round the bay and a lovely couple who come to Mull a lot were watching an otter and cubs, they had gone to sleep on the seaweed and they kindly showed us where to look. We decided this would be a good place to eat lunch hoping the otters woke up. lunch eaten and still the otters slept on. they eventually started to move around, gave a roll and a stretch and went back to sleep. Great northern divers in the bay. Red deer in the hills, and two white tailed eagles. Our cuppa and cake stop and a male hen harrier flew up over the hill. Two golden eagles appeared as well. for a while they seemed to chase each other. not sure who was chasing who. The hen harrier went very high and travelled across the sky away from us. Buzzard at our next stop and a distant white tailed eagle. Last stop with two white tailed eagles in a tree on the hill, distant but good to see. Jacqui