What will we see out of season?
The wildlife in Winter is more visible as the Island is quieter. There is lots of wildlife about including the Mull big 5, White tailed sea eagle and Golden, Hen harrier, red deer and otter.
Even in December the Eagles are starting to take sticks into nests. The young eagles gather as parents are no longer interested. We have seen as many as 8 White tailed Eagles flying together and interacting. It’s a great spectacle. The Eagles are hungry, and we often see them hunting for food, windy days bring them lower giving special experiences. Daylight hours are shorter, so they have less time to feed.
Otters are often seen around the shores during the day. Its lovely to watch them fishing just off shore and grooming out on the seaweed. Red deer are down from the hills looking for shelter and food. Barnacle geese, Great Northern and Black throated divers, Slavonian grebe, little grebe, Golden eye, widgeon and teal are amongst our winter visitors. As the season heads into March we start to see Skylark, Meadow and tree pipits displaying. Atlantic grey and common seals showing us how to relax as they lounge about on rocks.
Dolphin and porpoise are also around. If you’re lucky you will get great views of them coming close to shore.
Dark nights give access to the night creatures such as Barn owl, Tawny Owl and long eared owl. An evening walk or drive often puts up snipe and woodcock from the roadside. Clear nights give us fantastic stargazing as we have dark skies here. Winter is also a great time for spotting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).
The air is pure and clear highlighting the stunning scenery through the snow capped mountains edges picked out like a line drawing. Even if the storms come through Mull comes alive with fantastic waterfalls and moody skies.
We do get Winter storms and they can be quite dramatic. We often go out and sit watching the roaring sea or spectacular waterfalls. Sometimes they go up instead of down.