Saturday, 27 August 2016

Unusual Cargo

The two other work boats in Kilchoan Early Bird's earlier report passed along the Ormsaigbeg coast this afternoon. This one is the Spanish John II, carrying a truck which we think she landed at Mingary Pier before going on to the fish farm, while....

....the other was the Lyrawa Bay, described on several sites on the internet as a ro-ro cargo/passenger ship. We've seen her passing several times before but this is the first time we've been able to identify her as she doesn't have her AIS transponder working.

Marine Energy

Kilchoan Early Bird watched an energetic pod of some twenty dolphins moving across Kilchoan Bay this morning, and then had a ringside view as cables were laid from....

....the new wave energy machine off the coast near the mouth of the Allt Choire Mhuilinn to the east of Mingary Castle to....

....both the Marine Harvest fish farm at Maclean's Nose and to....

....the shore.  The boats present included Green Marine's tug Green Isle, above.

Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for story & pictures.

New House in Ormsaigbeg

A new house arrived in Ormsaigbeg just before nine yesterday morning and...

....as this YouTube video shows, was put up in less than a day.

Many thanks to Micah for the video.

Friday, 26 August 2016

An Explanation

There is now an explanation of how a table top press came to be sitting at the side of the road in front of one of Ardnamurchan's finest views. Its presence there was not deliberate!

A couple were removing furniture and other items from Kilchoan to Glasgow. On the way out of the village their van door must have popped open. They were only made aware of this by another driver just past Loch Mudle and then didn't notice that the press had fallen out of their van. They didn't know where the press had gone until the Raptor's story appeared on the blog.

Thankfully the press is undamaged and works perfectly well, so all is good.

Papillomavirus Returns

We have quite a collection of robins coming to the feeders in our garden, including several adults and at least two, cheekily friendly juveniles. In general, it seems to have been a good breeding year for robins.

It was, therefore, with some sadness that we saw this robin sitting on a perch looking very sorry for itself, with its leg showing all the signs of the Fringilla papillomavirus.

We've seen this in chaffinches before - one, which survived for some time, we called Seedfoot - and we've also seen it in one of my favourite small birds, the dunnock, but this is the first time for a robin.

The growth can continue to increase in size until it hampers the bird's movement, and it can also result in the loss of a leg. That we haven't see this robin again in the last few days isn't a good sign.