...and a nice couple of shots of a Raven.
Wednesday was a white out and not a day for wandering about and Thursday was much the same. We had to go to Tobermory on Thursday evening but with the snow still falling and the glen road a bit treacherous we decided on an early run up by way of Salen. There was a Waxwing hanging around in Salen and we had enough time to try and pick the bird up while there was some daylight left. I'd been in touch with Dave, whose garden the bird was in, and he'd said the bird had not been seen for an hour or so. We arrived at his place to find we'd just missed the bird by 10 minutes! We settled down to wait with a cuppa and chatted away while scanning the surrounding area - nothing but Blackbirds and Blue Tits. It was starting to get dark and we would have to leave before too long then all of a sudden the bird turned up in one of the trees - result. There was no chance of getting any photos in the light we had, but it was nice to see the bird. Not just a year tick but a Mull tick too. I can't leave you with no photo so here is one taken elsewhere - this punk ROCKS!!!!
The weather conditions were not going to improve so we stayed overnight in Tob.
Friday morning was looking a little better when we set off. We called in at Salen to drop some apples off for the Waxwing before heading down the road. We hadn't got too far before we spotted a Buzzard cruising in the stiff breeze and another mile down the road we picked up a bigger bird doing the same thing. I stopped the motor and grabbed the camera to get a shot of the juv WT Eagle before it disappeared.This was shaping up to be a decent morning! On Thursday there had been no ferries at all so as we were driving through Craignure we stopped to watch the ferry as it arrived. It didn't look like it was going to be an easy job for the Captain.
We were well down the road before the ferry finally docked. As we were driving through the glen two small birds shot across the road in front of us - chunky looking things they were. There aren't that many birds to be seen in the glen at this time of year and these little fellas looked like Snow Buntings to me. I jumped on the brakes and reversed to where the birds had disappeared but there was no sign of anything. A bit of a dilemma - we had to get to the shop to open up and the Snow Bunts would be another Mull tick for me - what to do? I started to drive on thinking I would just drive back up and hopefully search them out. I hadn't got 50 yards and 10 birds flew up from the grass and landed at the side of the road - brakes on, bins up, Snow Buntings - fantastic!!! The birds were very flighty so no chance of photos again so here's one from Speyside.I did head back up the glen in search of the birds but there was no sign of anything but Hooded Crows.