The day started with low cloud, mist and drizzle, so we headed for Portree and the weather there was beautiful with a warm sunny day.
We walked from Portree to the point which is North of the town. Along the path we saw Ravens, Common Buzzard and Common Sandpiper.
Local boats now take tourists every 2 hours to the point and beyond to see the Sea Eagles, however once they’ve been fed they just sit it out till the next day’s trip. It’s becoming like “Meals on wheels” as the birds don’t have to Naturally hunt, but whatever the pros and cons the birds seem happy there, however they are probably a mile away and impossible to see.
From Portree we headed back to Waternish area and a lovely sunset. On the local loch Raven, Common Sandpiper and 6 Common Scoter and the end of a lovely holiday.
At last a sunny day with high cloud and good visibility, without doubt the best day of the week. A good brisk Westerly wind meant almost perfect conditions for Raptor watching.
i thought it would be a good idea to pick an area where we had previously seen Eagles and decided to walk high up onto the moors and watch any Raptors around.
The walk started well with 2 Ravens near the cottage and these were the first sightings of them since arriving. After a good 2 hour walk up onto a good vantage point I settled down with only Wheatears, Mipits and Hoodies for company and then waited for the Raptor feast to begin. Well I waited and waited and waiting and just like being at home saw absolutely nothing.
Sometimes when conditions are favourable and everything is just right, fate always deals you a poor hand and today was just that day.
So it was decided to walk to Waternish Point. On the sea were the usual species and on the return back to the cottage a pair of Stonechat were seen.
Overall a lovely walk but for birding a day to forget about quickly.
Heavy showers this morning, so a local walk to Ardmore Point proved a really good idea. Within 100M of the holiday cottage we had 2 Sedge Warblers and then best of all calling Corncrake. The local fields are full of Wild Flowers and the tiny fields are a wonderful advert for no pesticides.
Walking down to the Loch good numbers of Ringed Plovers, Greylag Geese, Linnets and a couple of Twite, Greenfich, Goldfinch the usual Gulls.
On the coastal path lots of Wheatears, Corrmorants, Shag, Mipits and on the sea Gannets, Guillemots and summer plumage Black Guillemots.
Walking further around produced Whitethroat, Snipe, Stonechat and finally a distant Golden Eagle finishing the day off perfectly.
Torrential rain and strong winds with low clouds meant zero chance of seeing any raptors but we did manage a walk to Glen Claigan which is North from Dunvegan.
Plenty of Common Seals in the area but birds were few and far between. Only Cormorant and Herring Gulls on the Lochs with Meadow Pipit and Hooded Crows on land.
A circular walk from Gillen to Loch Losait started off with heavy rain and gradually got better. Birds seen were Eagle species (very distant), Stonechat, Cuckoo, Hooded Crow, Cormorant, Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit, Siskin, Willow Warbler, Greylag Goose, Oystercatcher, Blackbird, Black Guillemot and very distant Diver sp.
On Loch Losait 3 Dolphins were seen and Red Deer in the surrounding Forest.
We stayed at an area on North West Skye in Trumpan. There is a local walk to Waternish Point which heads North through a metal farm gate. The area to start with is through a rough grazed field which is full of wild flowers and lots of Orchids. The walk continues across Moorland and produced Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Hooded Crow, Buzzard, Common Gull, Herring Gull and best of all a very distant White Tailed Eagle. Another large Raptor appeared but flew over the ridge out of view before any definitive ID could take place.
The journey upto Skye took well over 11 hours and thankfully was a beautiful day and made the traveling element bareable. Not to many birds on the way up with only Red Kite and Stonechat worthy of note.
On arriving in Skye the Carrion Crows are now the Hooded Crow and there does appear to be good numbers present.