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The peninsular North of Mull and South of Ardnamurchan has been a weekly pilgrimage for me since 1977. With secluded coastlines, high hills and hidden Glens its a quiet little paradise to get away from it all.
On arrival at the house the feeders were put up straight away. First to visit within minutes were House Sparrows and Chaffinches. The following morning came the Siskins and the Redpolls, dozens of them. Food on the garden table brought Robins and Greenfinches. In the garden (after moving three slow worms to safety) were Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Great, Blue and Long Tailed Tits, Wren, and Wood Pigeon. Hourly visits by a GS Woodpecker was always a highlight and almost daily we were visited by a Pine Marten but I was the only one to miss a photo opportunity.
On the Rannoch river which runs past the house, were Pied and Yellow Wagtails, two pairs of Dipper, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warblers everywhere, and a Tawny Owl.
Following the Rannoch river up to Loch Ternait, Meadow Pipit in abundance, Whinchat and Stonechat around every corner, and Wheatear all over the moorland. At least ten different sightings of Buzzard and Carrion Crow and Hooded Crow mobbing them constantly. Golden Eagle seen almost every day, sometimes being divebombed by Buzzards, spectacular to watch. Cuckoo's can be heard almost constantly throughout the day.
On Loch Aline, were Mute Swans, Red Breasted Merganser, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Goosander, LB Gulls, Herring Gulls, Common Gulls, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, Shag, Mallard, and Heron. On the fringes were Sedge Warbler, Snipe, and Rock Pipits. Otters were seen every single day.
The road to Drimnin yielded Whimbrel, Shelduck, BB Gulls, GN Diver, RT Diver, Common and Arctic Tern, WT Sea Eagle, Yellowhammer, Guillemot, Greylag, Goldeneye, Eider and Swift.
Another cracking week, just got to detox now before Mull visit next month.

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