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Discover Mull – July Sightings

Mull-based safari tour operator, Discover Mull are having a great season this year.

Here’s a short excerpt from their wildlife diary:

July 15th 2008
Weather: cloudy and very windy, cold but dry.
Golden eagle hunting low over red deer with new calves. Common and grey seals basking on a rocky island. A white tailed eagle with a nearly full grown chick. A short eared owl within 10 yards of us sitting on a grassy bank before it flew off to hunt. 3 basking sharks with gannets diving around them in spectacular Calgary Bay , there were also 2 red throated divers in the bay. Finally 2 adult shelducks with 9 well grown ducklings and there was much more on a special day with 54 species seen.

July 14th 2008
Weather: low cloud and drizzle all day.
Despite lousy weather we were watching an otter within 20 minutes of starting the tour and as we were watching it a minke whale surfaced 3 times in a calm sea giving us great views, isn’t wildlife watching brilliant. We also saw lots of waders today the star bird being a greenshank and the little grebes were showing again on the Mishnish Lochs in a 47 species day.

July 13th 2008
Weather: sunny, warm and calm.
Started the day with great otter making up for Friday’s quick views. Thanks to our guests patience we waited out the hen harrier and eventually got 2 a male and female being mobbed by 2 kestrels, great excitement , typical wildlife watching 20 minutes waiting for 5 minutes of action, but we did see dunnock, swallow  and sand martins while we waited. Highlight of the day for me was a beautiful male linnet in all its glory, my favourite bird, seen on a 51 species day.

July 11th 2008
Weather: sunny and windy but cold, no rain.
Once again stunning west coast scenery, Outer Hebrides clearly visible from our viewing vantage points. Gannets and kittiwakes really close being blown in on northerly winds and 3 red throated divers together on Loch Tuath. A 47 species day.

For more information Discover Mull tours, click here.

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