It looks like we are going to get some rain this week the ground needs it. Everything is so dry but it’s been a lovely few days in the sun after a long winter. ☀️ As I said there are a lot of sheep ticks about so be aware. I went with Kalie on one of her adventures on the Coast near her house. The sea was magical and clear. That stunning colour that makes you think your abroad.
We passed old herring buildings by a bay and had some great scrambling along the cliffs following ledges and big boulders, the weather was superb and we investigated some nooks and crannys.
We saw an otter slip by into the sea and the protection of the kelp. Kalies dog Islay noticed it first then as I stepped over a big Boulder it swam out to the sea under my foot . A magical site.
We passed the big sandstone slabs further round the Coast they were stunning to walk up in the sun. Lots of small cliffs with unclimbed short climbs and Goes by the sea . This really is a paradise.
It was so lovely sitting in the sun enjoying the views of Skye, Rhona Torridon and Applecross so many other hills. All from a different aspect you think you know Scotland yet you only touch the surface. I have sailed round here which is another adventure and have great memories of Rhona and Skye.
It was then a wander onto the wee beach the tide was out and the views of Skye and Rhona wonderful memories .
We passed a big nest under an overhang I thought it was an Eagle but it was a Raven it was huge. We moved away and saw chicks in it.
Common Ravens build their nests on cliffs, in trees, and on structures such as power-line towers, telephone poles, billboards, and bridges. Cliff nests are usually under a rock overhang. Tree nests tend to be in a crotch high in the tree, but below the canopy and typically farther down in a tree than a crow’s nest would be.
Males bring some sticks to the nest, but most of the building is done by females. Ravens break off sticks around 3 feet long and up to an inch thick from live plants to make up the nest base, or scavenge sticks from old nests. These sticks, and sometimes bones or wire as well, are piled on the nest platform or wedged into a tree crotch, then woven together into a basket. The female then makes a cup from small branches and twigs. The cup bottom is sometimes lined with mud, sheep’s wool, fur, bark strips, grasses, and sometimes trash. The whole process takes around 9 days, resulting in an often uneven nest that can be 5 feet across and 2 feet high. The inner cup is 9-12 inches across and 5-6 inches deep. Nests are often reused, although not necessarily by the same birds, from year to year.
It was then walk back to the road probably the last day it will be quiet. Today things open up and many more folk and cars vans etc will be about. This is the route from Applecross to Sheildiagh on the North Coast 500. A very busy tourist location on single track roads. There are lots of lambs about so please drive carefully and be respectful to other drivers. Use passing places and take all rubbish with you please.
Today’s tip watch out for the newly born lambs in the road ! Drive slowly and carefully!
Just a wee reminder that is the season for ground nesting birds. Please be aware of keeping dogs under control on moorlands such as Dava Moor. See below from my friend !
Ground nesting birds
Just saying as I got approached by the Land Manager.
From the Outdoor Access Code:
Ground nesting birds:
During the breeding season (usually April-July) keep your dog on a short lead or close at heel in areas such as moorland, forests, grasslands, loch shores and the sea shore to avoid disturbing birds that nest on or near the ground.
Thank you. Comments welcome as always .