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I saw a hare. Where? There on the roof.
The other evening as I was leaving the reserve, I saw something that you don’t see everyday – a hare sitting on the roof of the Gallie Craig cafe. Actually it wasn’t a silly as it sounds since the roof is turfed and covered in grass and plants so clearly the hare fancied a meal at the...
2 Jun 2013
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS: on 17th, 18th and 19th of May, to Mr & Mrs Phalacrocorax Aristotelis...
... three very lovely (well, the parents think so anyway) babies. Weight and sex unknown. We have been watching this particular pair of shags for well over a month now, ever since we spotted them building a nest and mating. Three eggs then appeared and we are delighted to announce that all three eggs...
22 May 2013
The noisy neighbours are back
It has been strangely quiet on the cliffs here at the Mull of Galloway, relatively speaking that is. The kittiwakes have been kicking up a bit of a fuss but their rivals for noisiest cliff edge dwellers have been staying away since their first arrival a few weeks back. I was trying not to fret for my...
1 May 2013
Living the dream - hello from Jone
A belated hello from me - the new Community Liaison Officer here at the beautiful Mull of Galloway. I am indeed living the dream, having spent the last couple of years working towards a career in conservation with the RSPB. My quest has taken me from Oxfordshire to Scotland, via Rathlin Island, Coombes...
20 Apr 2013
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...
8 Aug 2012
Roe deer, whimbrel and whooper swans
Yesterday afternoon I turned off my laptop after a couple of hours of report writing, and went outside to stretch my legs and see how the world was getting on. My sudden appearance outside the warden’s hut caused a great commotion in the grasses and then a shocked silence. Stock-still, intently...
12 Oct 2011
Merlins, peregrines and giant waves
Merlins and peregrines spotted today at the Mull. Also lots of woolly bears (otherwise know as garden tiger moth caterpillars). The heather is brown now and the sea is getting wilder by the day. There were spectacular waves forming as the Luce Bay tide went out today, and the gannets are still around...
27 Sep 2011
Spotted flycatchers and goldcrests
The mass migration has begun, and Mull of Galloway is the place to see it. Especially this week, as our residential volunteer, James, is a superb birder. Yesterday he found spotted flycatchers and goldcrests hiding in the willow scrub, and tree pipits flying over. So now is your best chance of seeing...
10 Sep 2011
First Risso's dolphin of the year
I saw my first ever Risso's Dolphin out in the tidal race today - a large, hooked fin, then three vertical leaps, one after the other, each one almost clearing the sea. It was a big beast compared to the harbour porpoises swimming along with it. The horizon's have been really clear lately...
5 Sep 2011
Dissappearing kittiwakes, gannets galore, and the trouble with fishing line...
A wet and windy day at the Mull... and sad news - the kittiwake chicks that we had such high hopes for (yes the same one as I blogged about 5 days ago, plus younger sibling), dissappeared half way through the day. The parent kittiwake seemed as baffled as us, all afternoon she/he kept looking around...
5 Jul 2011
Little arctic monks
NEWS FLASH! We now have 14 puffins at the Mull! They were seen yesterday from Lagvag point, flying to and from the cliffs. But of course I STILL haven't seen them... Here's a general knowledge titbit for you: the latin name for puffin is actually Fratercula arctica, which means arctic monk...
25 Jun 2011
All Purple and Pink
There’s a lot of pink and purple things around at the moment – it’s that time of year. I love purple, so I’m happy. As mentioned before we have bell heather, orchids and wild thyme out, but also cross-leaved heath, bloody cranesbill, purple milk-vetch and sea pinks amongst others...
22 Jun 2011
Life on the edge...
Hello! Welcome to the new Mull of Galloway blog. This is my first full season as Community Liaison Officer at the Mull. I've been here for two whole months already, but what with keeping tabs on seabirds, swotting up on wild flowers, and the general fun of getting into the swing of a new job, I haven't...
16 Jun 2011
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