Friday, 28 August 2009

Raptor-ous Friday!

The folks who were out with us already had had some great birding
with Stuart on the walking safari earlier during the week and
yesterday it was the cherry on the cake. Having spent the morning
watching three Golden Eagles, numerous Raven and Pipits, Goldfinches,
and lots of Linnets, we headed to Bridgend a had stunning views of
Peregrine hunting waders and a Ringtail too. Fantastic!

Busy week

Taking out a lovely couple of families earlier this week was great.
We watched Whimbrel and other waders coming in from the north
foraged the shoreline, wild cooking and spending time just being and
absorbing the wonders of nature.
The rest of the week has been spent working onthe new TWMP
tweed cycling jacket that will be launched in London at the cycle show
in October. Gill from Mosquito who is working with us on this project
has spent three days with has been fun and we have been out
biking and birding and discussing too!

Friday, 14 August 2009

rain and away

Time has caught me again and so has the rain. What with preparation for the show and then the grass track racing with 35 kids the rain came down on Friday. Gannets fed on the loch - fabulous against the wild grey sky. Am off to catch the bus this am to take our eldest to the capital - she is playing at the Edinburgh Festival in an orchestra. We are staying with friends and doing bits and bobs on the mainland. back soon!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

sunday onwards

It was glorious and we enjoyed fishing and trying to catch sea trout whilst listening to Curlew, watching Redshank coming in and
wee groups of Dunlin too.A great Northern Diver flew overhead as the youngsters slept in! Although no trout happened upon us there were plenty of mussels and cockles for our wilderness paella on the beach - fabulous. The following morning was still as a still thing and the flying teeth were out in strength. Luckily the wind blew up ofr our cooked breakfast and then fire husbandry training afterwards.
Tuesday was much harder with rain and sea har and the group consisted of Swedes who were great fun. Birding was challenging and we managed till lunchtime and then - it was not worth it for anybody so we called it a day - we had had Chough, grasshopper warbler, Swallows, Starlings, Linnets and Eider amongst others. Oh and of course the numerous Buzzards that loiter of ever other post!
Today, Wednesday we were setting up the Port Mor Wheelers track for the Islay Show tomorrow - it rained a bit!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Saturday already!

Have been busy all week and somehow overlooked the blog....have been taking folks and families birding, biking, bushcraft and fishing too.
Gannets, Chough, Hen Harriers, Greylag geese, Merlin, Peregrine, wee Stonechats, Whinchats and waders too. Also plenty of fish have been caught and cooked as well as foraging for shellfish and seaweed and eating it too! A grand week!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

windy round the rhinns

after yesterday's (sunday) wonderful sunshine Monday was wet and very windy but we still still managed to get a family out around the Rhinns watching Gannets, Chough and we found a very young seal at Portnahaven, waiting in a wee cleft for the tide to rise once more. A few Fulmars flew around but none were on the ledges at Kilchiran. Plenty of M'ipits, Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Linnets too.