We planned a holiday to Scotland at the end of last year to ensure we got accommodation and an itinerary to match the ferries to some of the islands of the western isles in the Inner Hebrides as well as a week in the Cairngorms. We have also found from experience that the best weather is usually late May/early June whem mossies too, are less troublesome than later in the year. This was not particularly a 'birding' holiday but we would be visiting a few 'good' spots!
We set off on May 18 and stopped for a lunch break in the Leighton Moss RSPB reserve and watched a Collared Dove sheltering from the rain just outside the coffee shop.
A walk around the reserve revealed ...
|a pair of Shovelers|
|nesting Avocets and Black Headed Gulls|
|and a pair of non breeding Mediterranean Gulls|
Next day we were on our way to Coll on the ferry from Oban. A few distant Black Guillemots were in the harbour and soon we were passing Tobermory, Mull into the open sea. Seabirds were few and far between but there were guillemots and a number of Shearwaters and a single Arctic skua.
A White Tailed Eagle showed up miles away but this is the only distant shot I managed to obtain.
|A few Red Throated Divers were seen throughout our stay on Coll|
|Hooded Crows replaced Carrion Crows|
|Redpolls were noted in the few trees on the island.|
|Pied Wagtails were abundant.|
To be continued