whilst another pair were also displaying above the cliffs where the Ensay road meets Calgary bay. Two pairs displaying at the same time.! At about 1.30 there was a pair soaring over Treshnish lochan whilst an adult White-tailed Eagle flew over Treshnish wood towards Calgary.
On the 30th there was a pair of Golden Eagles over Treshnish wood, one of them low down calling and displaying (shallow undulations) whilst the other soared high above.
On the 29th there was a pair of Golden Eagles over Treshnish wood, one of them calling and displaying whilst a White-tailed Eagle was over Cruachan Treshnish.
On the 28th there was 1 Golden Eagle over Treshnish wood and later 1 calling there.
On the 27th there were 1-2 Golden Eagles over Treshnish wood. At one time one of them was heard calling and soon after one was seen diving after a Sparrowhawk which had, what appeared to be, a Starling in it's talons. The Sparowhawk managed to escape and flew over the line of trees beside Ensay Burn catttle-grid. It tried to land directly behind WM and I, obviously looking for some cover to eat it's kill but as it landed saw us and flew off.
On the 24th there were 3 or 4 Wood Pigeons in Treshnish wood
On the 23rd there were 2 Golden Eagles perched on a cliffs top on north side of Cruachan Treshnish which flew off after sunset. There were also 3 Redwings perched on the high trees in Treshnish wood. After sunset there was a Tawny Owl beside Treshnish House and Mountain Hare just below Treshnish House, this time the dogs and hare just stared at each other and I could see the white underbody of it's winter coat.
On the 22nd just before sunset there at least 7 Fulmars at Treshnish Point, 1 of which landed briefly on the cliff ledges whilst another 4 were paired up on a the ledges. It is rare to see Fulmars here in the winter but this was again after a couple of days of high winds and it could be that they sometimes rest on the cliffs after storms. The literature states that they explore nest sites in the winter and it is possible that they are both. resting and exploring nest sites at the same time. Today they looked like they were preparing to roost for the night. Nearby about 190 Starlings entered the roost-cave at Treshnish Point from just before sunset until the sun disappeared over the horizon. I may have missed some as they were first seen, soon after I arrived and some may have entered after I left (right after sunset). They came singly (very few) and in flocks from 2 or 3 up to about 60. They did not circle around much (most groups entered the cave immediately).
It has been a while since I saw a Mountain Hare (although I have not visited their favourite field recently) but when the dogs were having a run around one of the sheep-free fields Tig tracked one down and sent it running like a flash directly towards me and the other dogs. I was proud of Cap the working collie when he obediently followed the command to stay whilst the streak of brown and white shot by with Tig lagging hopelessly behind, soon to give up the game.
On the 18th new landscape photos taken in December and January were added to the photo albums. The links are to the right under Landscape Photos.
On the 14th there was 1 Lapwing near Ensay farmhouse (AM).
On the 13th there were 3 Redwings opposite the quarry car park at Ensay, more Redwings and 1 Fieldfare to west of Calgary cemetery and at Frachadil. At dusk there was a Tawny Owl perched on the electric wires above the main road between Penmore and Langamull car park.
On the 11th there were 4 Redwings near where the Ensay road meets the coast.
On the 5th there were a pair of Golden Eagles soaring low around Treshnish House.