Well it's goodbye from me after a couple of seasons at the Mull. I've had a great time here, and am leaving with rich memories.
Some of the best include early mornings sunrises surveying tysties, exploring New England Bay beach with wild children, imitating seabird colonies with a raucous primary 5 class, watching an amateur rocket blast off into the atmosphere, spotting a Risso's dolphin breaching out to sea, soaking up the rays on hot still mornings outside the visitor centre, and watching pods of porpoises from the foghorn. And those are just the best bits!
I'm sure it won't be long before I'm back up at the Mull - its a special place.
Until then I leave you in the safe hands of Kirsty and Paul.
Thanks for reading!
A peregrine falcon stopped by for brunch in front of one of our cameras this morning. Here are some pics of it feasting on a 3 week old kittiwake chick.
What an incredible bird.
There have been quite a lot of kittiwake chicks this year - and they are just starting to fledge. Unfortunately, we had hardly any guillemot and razorbill chicks this year - probably because of low numbers of sandeels at the start of the season. So our chick-less guillemots, razorbills and puffins have already departed for the open seas.
There are a couple of fluffy fulmar chicks around, but it seems to have been another bad breeding year for them too. Fulmar numbers are dropping dramatically at the Mull, I'm not quite sure why.
The heathland is buzzing with invertebrates of all varieties at the moment, from butterflies to beetles, to caterpillars, moths and snails. The bell heather is blooming, and the ling (common heather) is just coming into flower.