Mar 222017

30th: Pretty sure this is the other bird of the nearest pair of Golden Eagles. I think this is the male but I haven’t seen both in the air together for size comparison. This one looks to me like it has attained full adult plumage. The immature bird which I think is the female has very scraggy breast feathers. If I have the sexes right then this is probably the same pair as last year.

28th: The nearest Golden Eagle pair have moved 1km to the southeast. I think they are sitting on eggs as I haven’t seen the pair in the air together. One of them is incredibly young only 2 or 3 years old.

Mink by Ensay Burn cattlegrid bridge

27th: 2 Short-eared Owls over Reudle Schoolhouse bog. There was some interaction but I wasn’t sure if it was aggressive or courtship. A little later one was displaying over the bog area and to the north. It was high circling with deep wing beats, calling and wing clapping.
Very close encounter with immature White-tailed Eagle but the sun was already down.

This is uncropped

Red Grouse heard calling opposite road from Reudle Schoolhouse.

Almost walked into this beauty

It was too dark to get any depth of field on the Adder so had to choose between focus of head or coils.

26th: At least 1 Long-tailed Tit behind Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.


At least 1 Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse. I have onty one definite record which was last year on 10th April.

25th: 7 hours waiting for Golden Eagles provided a few brief distant views all from the same place. It was a good raptor day though with sightings of also White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Kestrel, Buzzard and 1 Short-eared Owl. No decent photographs unfortunately.
Locals were confident they saw a Wheatear near Dùn Haunn.
24th: Long-tailed Tit heard beside Treshnish wood
23rd: 1 bumblebee showing features of Moss Carder Bumblebee at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
22nd: c50 Turnstones and at least 1 2nd winter and 1 1st winter Iceland Gull at Knock outfalls.

5 Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan, 1 Dipper at Ensay Burn stone bridge over Ensay burn below Reudle School House, 2 Lapwings at Ulva Ferry school.
Canada Goose at Lagganulva


1 Peacock butterfly at Torloisk.
21st: 2 of White-tailed Bumblebee compex at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse.
20th: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull over Treshnish wood.
19th: Long-tailed Tit heard beside Treshnish wood.
18th:1 Jackdaw over Treshnish wood.
17th: 1 pale owl beside our garden at night, presumably a Short-eared Owl.

 March 22, 2017

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