This site is
especially for birdwatchers and for those with an interest in the
bird life of the Isle of Mull and the surrounding islands of Argyll.
The aim of this
site is to share and help visitors and Muileachs to enjoy the many birds
we have on the Isle of Mull and to keep up to date information on where
to see birds at different times of the year, especially any rare or unusual
visitors to the island.
In June &
July there are carpets of wild Orchids to be enjoyed including, Fragrant
Orchid, Lesser & Greater Butterfly Orchid and many others. There are
rare Marsh Fritillary butterflies to be found, Scotch Argus and others.
The Isle of
Mull is a favourite place for bird watchers and has a large list of regularly
seen species including many breeding raptors as well as rare and endangered
birds. Some magnificent birds choose to over winter around the shores of
Mull. Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe are regularly seen
in summer plumage in early winter and late spring.
This splendid image of the Great
Grey Shrike was taken by Steve Hiscock (Lochdon)
16th Grasspoint road: a Great grey
Shrike just below Ardnadrochet Farm. a fourth record
Andy Oldacre, Steve Hiscock, Bryan
Rains & Alan Spellman
Yellow browed Warbler (3) at Ardura
8th October 2016 photo by visitor John Ogga
first record for Mull
beautiful male Hawfinch at Lochdon
23rd April 2016.Alan (mullbirds)
1st November 2015: a Firecrest
Knock A very striking bird. Sue and David McDowell.A
very striking bird. visitors Sue and David McDowell. This
is only the second record for Mull, 1st being 13th November 2012 at Ledaig
car park by Ewan Miles et al)
male Surf Scoter by Marcus Conway
from 'Lady Jayne' May 2015
Rare birds 'visiting
our shores include, from Europe, a EuropeanRoller in Glen
Aros in June
the first record for Mull. A Wryneck in August 2011 at Haunn, Our
third record. Two Bee-eaters at Calagry (May 2010),
and from north America, drake Surf Scoter on Loch na Keal (May 2015)
, Pied billed Grebe in Salen Bay, (April
Blue winged Teal at Killiechronan (2010), Sabines Gull in May
2011 and Red necked Phalarope (a first record for Mull) at Killiechronan
in May 2011.
Sandpiper and Buff breasted Sandpiper at Fidden in May 2011.
(yet another first for Mull)
Ross's Gull was watched for half an hour at Fidden by myself
and a couple of friends.
An American Golden Plover at Loch Beg (a first record for Mull)
and Little Gull at Loch na Keal in February. A Forsters Tern spent
2 days in Oban harbour January 2003,
and Ring billed Gulls also in Oban harbour. King Eider in Tobermory
harbour. We had a Crested Tit feeding in a Tobermory garden. (a
first record for Mull) Birds can turn up at any time and in any place.
Common Rosefinch 29th May 2013. Phil
we had Rose Coloured Starling at Dervaig and Bunessan, and in April
2008 we had the first ever Nuthatch visiting a garden at Calgary
Returning Nightjar at Balmeanach, Cory's Shearwater in the Sound
of Mull, a White billed Diver on Loch na Keal.
In May 2009
an Ortolan Bunting was briely at Craignure, (first record for Mull,
indeed for Argyll) also in May a Common Rosefinch visited
Kellan Mill by Loch na Keal, and Lesser Whitethroat at Loch Buie
plus a Hawfinch was at Calgary. 2013,
a Common (Scarlet) Rosefinch was found in a local garden
at Lochdon in May and a juvenile Red backed Shrike was at Dervaig
5th-14th September. (photo above)
Juv Red backed Shrike 5th-14th Sept
2013. Alan Spellman
a Rustic Bunting made a brief appearance on Iona, a first ever record
for Mull of this Mega Rare bird, also two Hawfinch sightings were
recorded in May. A Comon (Scarlet) Rosefinch (f) in December
'mainland ' birds are considered scare here on Mull, for example, Moorhen
and Coot and we have very few Tufted duck and Shoveler are very scarce.
Magpie are a 'rare' sight and Jays are scarce.
birds include some of the most spectacular birds of prey like Golden Eagle,
White-tailed eagle, Merlin, Buzzard and Hen Harrier. We also have lots
of singing Song Thrushes and Skylarks, now becoming much scarcer on the
The Isle of
Mull is very under recorded and your records are welcome.
All records are passed to the Argyll Bird Club to be included in their
annual bird report
conduct for bird watchers.
Points to remember:- Birds are protected and it is an offence to disturb
nesting birds, never point out the nest of a bird of prey. If you hear
distressed birds calling, retreat to a safer distance as you are probably
too close to a nest site or to young birds. Use your binoculars or scope
to get close to wildlife and birds.