During February Mull has enjoyed a good spell of weather, although we have strong wind and rain again today, the 29th! I can still ‘feel’ the pleasure of being outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun and the brightness of the sunlight whilst it lasted.
Having scanned all the ewes last week, Farmer now knows what each ewe is expecting (or not) so he can feed them the right amount of supplementary food that they need. He has a very useful implement called a Snacker which goes behind either the quad bike or the buggy. He fills the hopper with enough food for each animal, and as he drives along the food is neatly deposited in evenly spaced piles. The ewes run behind it, squabbling over the food until they realise there is enough for every one!
There were half a dozen or so Fieldfare (?) fluttering and landing and lifting off again, across the Haunn field as we headed down to feed the Cheviots followed by the usual gang of Hooded Crows who like to supplement their own diet alongside the ewes. There were a few winter walkers out too, enjoying a February Mull winter break, doing the Headland walk, and I felt quite envious of them as it was such a beautiful morning, with not a breath of wind.
The recent clear dry days have meant some wonderful clear night skies too, with a very bright moon. No real strong aurora though, but the brightness of the moon and the clarity in the stars more than makes up for it.