RUBHA NAN GALL

Light­house of­fers great views from Mull to the main­land

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - JOHN MILES

ITS NAME MEANS ‘Stranger’s Point’ in Scot­tish Gaelic. It was built in 1857 by David and Thomas Steven­son and the light­house of­fers great views across the water. The harbour can of­fer a va­ri­ety of gulls, with both Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls found most win­ters. As you reach the foot­path, look over to Calve Is­land where a hunt­ing Hen Har­rier may be cov­er­ing the is­land, or a herd of Red Deer which have crossed at low tide could be graz­ing. Wood­land birds on Mull can vary from mixed tits to Lesser Redpoll or Bullfinch. Wood War­blers love the Beech and Sy­camore in summer for their shade and food, while Red­starts can find some nice holes to nest in. Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers are very much the most common of their fam­ily, but the odd Green can turn up but very rarely breeds. Look­ing out through the trees, you can glance feed­ing Black Guille­mot, Shag or Her­ring Gull; while break­ing cover by the light­house you may bump into the lo­cal breed­ing White-tailed Ea­gle or Pere­grine. There is al­ways an as­sem­blage of gulls at the end of the light­house. Once you reach the golf course, look out for the Ravens as they are noted for steal­ing golf balls! The views are breath­tak­ing and you can add a few more birds to the list to see, with pos­si­ble Cross­bills, Buz­zard, Short-eared Owl and even a Golden Ea­gle.

Raven

Red Deer

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