for April 2018
for April 2017
Hi Alan Apologies
for not posting last week whilst on Mull but was having issues with my
email. Here are a few interesting sightings that might be worthy of note
taken throughout the week.
2017 Fishnish Hide – 6pm 2 x Whimbrel on rocks
to right of hide 23rd April 2017
Fishnish Hide – 5pm A lone Razorbill with a couple of Black Guilliemot
from Hide on Water looking out towards Fish Farm
24th April 2017 Mishnish Lochs – 1pm 2 x Pairs
of Goldeneye on Middle Lochan Loch Na Keal – 5pm Full summer plumaged Red
Throated Diver near Killiechronan Campsite 4 x Pairs of Teal Hundreds of
Sand Martin feeding along the shoreline with a dozen or so House Martin
April 2017 Glen More – 10am 1 x Male Common
Crossbill at the first pull in as you cross the cattle grid Fidden Beach
– 1pm 3/4 x Pairs of Ringed Plover with a lone Turnstone Gannets hunting
off shore Loch Pottie – 2pm Lone Whooper Swan on water near road
Loch Spelve – 5pm Single Greenshank near the Mussle farm entrance Lochdon/Grasspoint
Bridge – 5.15pm Single Greenshank on flooded ground just past bridge Duart
Castle – 6.45pm 2 x Ring-tailed Hen Harriers, 1 either side of Cemetry
hunting 26th April 2017
Killiechronan Campsite – 10am 1 x Pink Footed Goose, with 5 Greylags in
Pools on edge of campsite Langamull Beach – 2pm 19 x Great Northern Diver
with 3 x Red Throated Diver off beach 20-30 Razorbill in raft out towards
Coll Loch Na Keal – 5pm 3 x summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe flying towars
Eorsa from Knock Hatchery 27th April 2017 Loch Beg – 10.30am 3 x juvenile
White Tailed Eagle scavaging on shoreline Loch Ba – 2.30pm 7 x White Tailed
Eagle circling high either side of the Loch 2 x Golden Eagle spotted fairly
low flying parallel to the track. Martin Clay30th April Fidden 1
Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 50 Golden Plover. Ardness 1 Iceland
Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull.. Bryan Rains
Plovers in full plumage in fields opposite Cragnure golf club and great
northern diver just offshore (seen tonight together with the male Hen Harrier
on road to Duart Castle) Andy Blagden holiday on Mull
We had a brief visit from a Whimbrel next to the burn in Tobermory
this afternoon. Richard Airey. Harbour Guest House.30th Croggan:Mulls
first Whinchat of the year along the road to Croggan. David
30th April: Loch Frisa, 1 Osprey
at north end of Loch flying towards Loch na Torr. Dervaig, 1 White
30th Lochdon: an Osprey over the
loch again today (10:30hrs) Alan Spellman, David Sharp
29th Iona: First
Corncrake heard on Iona, a little later than last year. Sr Jean
28th Lochdon: an Osprey flew
over the loch at 19:30hrs this evening, heading NW. visitor David Sharp
and Alan Spellman
27th - North
Mull: Pair of hunting Hen Harriers at West end Loch Frisa; single male
Wheatear, Calgary machair; pair of Stonechats, pair of Shelduck, single
Lapwing, single Linnet, 1 - 2 White Wagtails, 14 Whimbrel and single Kestrel
all at Lagganulva; two male Yellowhammers near Torloisk; single White Wagtail,
two Great Northern Divers displaying and calling, single Red-throated Diver
in non-breeding plumage, three Teal (two drakes) and two pairs of Shelduck
at Killiechronan. Stuart Gibson
26th - Sea
W. of Mull: Three Great Northern Divers off Glengorm; ca. 10 Gannets several
hundred Manx Shearwaters, two Puffins and several small rafts of both Guillemot
and Razorbill; single Red-throated Diver flying West towards Isle of Coll;
two Great Skuas; and first confirmed sighting of a Minke Whale for 2017.
27th Now twelve
wigeon on Sound of Mull off Salen. Mick Smith
Eagle fest today with two showing well at Loch na Keal and another at top
of Glen Aros. Gannet off-shore at Calgary Bay and a redwing at
the road to Ulva Ferry. Mick Smith
reported and photographed in a local garden. Pete Dyson. Records
for Mull now in years 2015 - 16 and now 2017
Glengorm castle to Dun Ara : another pair of stonechats, also GN Diver.
However about a mile back towards Tobermory we had good views of a pair
of golden eagles. in Salen this evening noticed four wigeon on the Sound,
19th a Kingfisher
flew upstream under the bridge by the carpark of Tiroran Forest Eagle Watch
NM 478 303 Weds 19/Apr/2017 Circa 12:00. visitor Steve Philpott
on salen to dervaig road by waterfall seen by visitor Terry hargreaves
at least five black-tailed godwits at Loch Don today and a pair
of stonchats. Also a greenshank in Kilfinichen Bay on Loch Scridain
visitor Mick Smith
Lochs: a pair of Goldeneye on loch mishnish today. Mike
and Lorraine Cantrell.
Calgary Bay: good views of a large flock of Manx Shearwaters
above Calgary Bay. Pete Hall. Mull
23rd Male Merlin
at Aros Mains. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
Female redpoll on feeders this afternoon. Rebecca Burton
9/10 summer plumaged Golden Plover seen in sheep fields on Iona.
4 Common Scoter (3 males and 1 female) dropped into Loch Scridain early
morning and remained until late the next day. Chris North
a First Sedge Warbler
at Dervaig reed beds this morning. Pam and Arthur Brown
Godwits in summer plumage at Lochdon 22nd April 2017
22nd Lochdon. Black
tailed Godwits again at Lochdon, about 100 birds 2:00pm. Alan Spellman
5:00pm, a flock of about 100 Black tailed Godwit flew in and landed
to feed for about 30 minutes before flying off North again, most were in
summer plumage and a site to behold. Alan Spellman, Rosie Saltzman
Blackap singing begind Harbour Guest House this morning. first time
we've heard it this year. Richard and Liz Airley
20th A single
velvet scoter flew past us yesterday in Loch Tuath heading west. Martin
Hooded x Carrion Crow at the Mishnish Lochs. Female Peregrine travelling
east in waters north of Mull. Ewan
twite on the Benmore side of Loch Na Keal and a single on the north
side of Loch Spelvey, also house martin at Croggan. approx 100
Eider of mixed gender at the fish farm on Loch Spelve today there were
2 pairs at the far end of the loch and a despondant huddle of about 20
males in the centre of the loch perhaps making a big target for any overflying
females.regular visitor Linda Hurles
8th - 15th
April: Loch Buie: female Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, male Merlin,
pair Red-throated Diver Lochdon: Male and Female Hen Harrier, Adult Sea
Eagle and 2 Short-eared Owl, male Goosander. Between Lochdon and
Loch Spelve: 4+ Hen Harrier (2 females, juv male ringtail + "Sky-dancing"
adult male), 4 Short-eared Owl, Adult Sea Eagle, 3rd year Sea Eagle,
2 Golden Eagle (adult and sub-adult, appeared to be a pair).Glen More:
3 Golden Eagle, max of 7 Sea Eagle up together south of Beinn Tallaigh,
male Merlin (mobbing Adult Sea Eagle at one point!) Three Lochs car park:
3 Short-eared Owl (2 males displaying and talon grappling) Pennyghail:
Pair Hen Harrier hillside south of Hotel, Adult Sea Eagle through. Scarisdale
Rocks, Loch na Keal: 2 sub-adult Sea Eagle, female Otter with well grown
cubL och na Keal, head: Pair Golden Eagle, 4 young Sea Eagle up
together over Loch Ba, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, pair Red-throated Diver (summer
plumage), max count of 17 Slavonian Grebe, female Otter. Killiecronan,
Loch na Keal: Adult male Sea Eagle, dog Otter, 2 Swallow through north
with 40+ Sand Martins. Laggan Bay: Golden Eagle, male Merlin, Red-throated
Diver (winter plumage), 2 Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 2 pairs Buzzard, 2
Sheffield, S. Yorks (South Peak Raptor
18th - Loch
Cuin/Lagganulva: Eight Redshanks feeding at head of Loch Cuin and two Swallows
seen at Lagganulva; a pair of Grey Wagtails and two pairs of Shelduck
were at Killiechronan, Loch na Keal. Stuart Gibson
16th - Entrance
to Sound of Mull: A Great Skua was harassing a flock of Manx Shearwaters
at the NW entrance/exit of the Sound of Mull this afternoon.Stuart Gibson
House Martin seen this morning at Croggan.
17th I heard
a cuckoo in the forest behind lochdon yesterday morning and saw a redwing
feeding on some ivy in the same place. .
enjoying reading your site. Thanks for the hard work in keeping it updated,
it's great. Andrea Mackenzie (on holiday)
17th We had
Tree Pipit singing at Glen Aros (2) this
morning. Ten+ Great Northern Divers in Loch Na Keal this afternoon,
and 7 off Grasspoint. Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
first Cuckoo of the year calling
at Croggan Steve Hiscock
Common Cuckoo April 2016 -
13th An Eurasian
Jay at Lochdon/Torosay area.11th Hen Harrier ringtails at Loch Buie, Ulva,
and Loch Spelve. also at Loch Buie on 14th were Peregrine, five Yellowhammers.
Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
9th Loch Buie
two Great northern divers, 2 Red throated divers. Paul and Dawn Leatherland
8th April first
Whinchat at loch spelve, Loch Buie
Woodcock roding. Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
- both eagle types feeding on a carcass at various times early in the week,
Peregrine over, Redwing still in wood at start of week. Male Merlin off
a nearby road. Black throated Diver off Croig on Monday, Great Northern
at Calgary. Yesterday 7 Barnacle Geese left Iona and Male Hen Harriers
one at either end of Glen More. visitor Marvin Muxlow
14th - Loch
na Keal: A Slavonian Grebe still present on Loch na Keal, opposite Kellan
this afternoon. Stuart Gibson,Ewan Miles
13th - Bloody
Bay Several Gannets, eight Razorbills and 10 Kittiwakes in the vicinity
of the fish farm. Stuart Gibson
12th - Lochdon
marshes/Three Lochs Single Short-eared Owls at the Three Lochs and Lochdon
marshes; two Woodcock at dusk, near Aros Park entrance. Stuart Gibson
and Ewan Miles.
12h Glen More:
Short eared Owls at Glenmore three lochs this evening. Jim and Linda Hurles
10th - Ardnacross:
Six summer-plumaged Golden Plover on the moss near An-Sean Chaistiel, where
there were two pairs of Lapwing, also; a pair of Ringed Plovers were present
in suitable breeding habitat at the Broch, where a single Common Sandpiper
was also present. Stuart Gibson and Chris Austick
a slightly earlier than usual first male
Blackcap has been singing this morning
in Prison Bray. Stuart Gibson.
Peregrine and WIllow Warbler at Caliach with Manx Shearwaters off shore.
4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 40 plus Golden Plovers at the head of
Loch na Keal.
:Two Chiffchaffs in song on the estate this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
8th Loch Cuin:
four beautiful summer plunmaged Black tailed Godwit here. Arthur
Willow Warbler. Loch Beg 1 Common Sandpiper. Bryan Rains.
8th 15.00 Loch Beg: First
Common Sandpiper. Steve Hiscock
4th Three red throated divers
on loch Scridain next to at least 6 razorbill, great northern divers and
red breasted merganser. quite a busy area.
Jacqui and Mike Murphy.
female Wheatear at Loch na Keal.
4th April 2017. Alan Spellman
4th April 3 chiffchaff and a single
swallow between Garmony and Fishnish, Jan Daisy
4th 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
and 5 Golden Plovers at Caliach. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
3rd At fishnish. Gannets and
big raft of guillimots. At least 300 more further round corner. Jacquie
2nd Torosay: a Eurasian Jay
here flying over the road. John Preston.
2nd An hour and half sea watching
at Cailaich Point this morning brought first 2
Puffins, several small rafts of Razorbills, larger rafts of
Guillemots, 5 Black Guillemots, 4 Gannets, 4 Fulmar, several Kittiwakes,
2 Great Northern Divers and shags. At Dervaig 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls
with Common Gulls. Arthur and Pam Brown
1st In the three days of counting
I counted 501 Great Northern Divers off about 68% of the Mull coastline.
357 of these were in the four big sea lochs where densities always seem
to be higher than around the more open coast, but I would think an entire
Mull population between 23rd and 25th March of around 600 would be not
unreasonable. Dave Shackleton.
for April 2016
30th Lochdon on the Grasspoint Road
up from the bridge. 4 short eared Owls. 1 male Sparrowhawk and 1 cracking
male hen harrier. Lots of wheatear. 4 willow warblers on the walk down
to Grasspoint and a couple of Gannet feeding off the cottages. Great Northern
diver still in winter plumage off rocks. Martin
30th we had 4 hen harrier south of
lochdon with 3 SEO, Barnowl opposite the rugby club this morning, Ringed
plover and 3 black wits head of loch na Keal, Woodcock loch na Keal opposite
inch Kenneth. Another male hen harrier on approach to campsite on loch
na Kea.l Lee and Emma dutton.
30th A hen Redstart on the Lochbuie
30th excellent views of our first
spotted flycatcher this year at Garmony. Also 4 separate male
hen harriers at various parts of the island. Pete
29th Lochdon: Osprey (blue
ring, left leg) in the Lochdon area this evening along with cock Whinchat.
4 Golden Plover at Garmony. Ewan Miles and Rachel French.
29th at Craignure golf course
we saw several gannets, two golden plover, ringed plover, common
gull, eider and the highlight of a great skua (Bonxie) flying west. Our
guests on the tour were delighted. Jacqui.
27th Lochdon: Flock of circa 25
Black tailed godwit and redshank, 2 jays Glen more Road. VisitorSimon
27th Just thought you may be interested
to know that as the snow fell this morning we saw a newly fledged Robin
being fed by its parents (near our feeders at the back of the Guest House
on Main Street, Tobermory)!
Richard & Liz Airey
27th - Tobermory. A Barn Owl was
seen flying above The Old Bond Store and to alight on a tree on Prison
Brae at 23.00 hrs. Stuart Gibson
27th There was a colour-ringed
Twite feeding in our Calgary garden this morning. It was ringed on
the Isle of Man (Point of Ayre) on Jan 13th 2016. Photos attached. And
some other bits and bobs from Sunday 24th:
3 whimbrel, 1 whinchat, 1 dunlin
at Croig. Summer plumage GN and BT divers in Calgary Bay (as well
as BH Gull and Canada Goose, both of which are new for me on Mull)
27th Our first Gannet of the season
seen diving in Loch Na Keal today. Martin.
27th Short-eared owl at 15:30 today
from car park overlooking the three lochs. Dave and Lin Derrick (on holiday
27th cuckoo lochdon sat on fencepost,2
short eared owls displaying grasspoint, Simon Smith
27th around the coastline at Ardtun
we came across 4 or 5 nesting pairs of Shag. Becks and Wayne.
26th - River Ba/Loch Ba: a
pair of Goosander were present in suitable breeding habitat along the River
Ba; another pair were observed on Loch Ba itself, where a single drake
Tufted Duck was an unusual record. Stuart Gibson
27th golden eagle just further down
from 3 lochs car-park,short eared owl near grasspoint. visitor Simon Smith
27th Iona: Sandling and Dunlin on
the east shore and a hunting Merlin. Arthur and Pam and friends.
26th Lochdon: the male Hawfinch moved
to another garden at Lochdon
25th Loch Cuin: a Ring billed Gill
here. Arthur Brown
21st I can report a positive sighting
of a male and female Pied Flycatcher
at Knock. Both Stella and I observed the birds in their quick flypast.
Confirmed by Stuart Gibson. Martin & Stella Jones
24th Female Hen Harrier In Glen More,
just before car park overlooking three small lochs. Dave Derrick (on holiday).
24th Treshnish, 1 'Greenland' Wheatear
at Treshnish wood, Nice Hawfinch! prasad.
15th April Oban Bay: Regular visitors
to Mull, Richard and Sue Turner, had a very rare Bufflehead
in Oban Bay
23rd Loch Beg: I saw the first
Whinchat today at Loch Beg. Bryan Rains
23rd Lochdon: a Hawfinch feeding
on fatballs in a Lochdon garden. Ian Chaplin & Vikkie Howells
23rd Loch Uisg: Male
and female Hawfinch on bird feeder next to loch Uisg today.
Hawfinch. Coccothraustes coccothraustes. very scarce,
only four records for Mull
a female in a garden at Calgary. 2010 April
a female at Treshnish on a garden feeder. 2014 May
a male at Killiechronan. (Jan Fuller) 2015 June
a male in garden at Salen. (Dave Sexton) 2016 April
male & female in garden at Loch Uisg, Chris Philo. feeding on fatballs
at Lochdon. Ian Chaplin, Vikkie Howell & Alan Spellman.
Photo by Alan Spellman 23rd April
2016 more pix here
23rd - Tobermory. A male Chiffchaff was
in song this morning on (Lower) Prison Brae. Stuart Gibson
22nd - Dervaig - Torloisk. Two Short-eared
Owls hunting over the hill road this evening.
22nd - Tobermory A Woodcock was flushed
from the roadside verge, near to the Tobermory Campsite this evening.
22nd - Tobermory A pair of Long-eared
Owls were both seen and heard (including male wing clapping display) on
a breeding territory, near Tobermory at 22.00 hrs. Stuart Gibson
21st - Tobermory. My local male Willow
Warbler is usually a week or two behind others when it comes to arriving
back on the island. This year has been no different, as 'he' didn't put
in an appearance until this evening, some 12 days after the first was heard
on the island. Stuart Gibson
22nd - Tobermory Two singing Siskins,
Goldfinches, a male Blackcap and two female Yellowhammers added even more
vibrancy to the Spring sunshine in my garden earlier today.
21st Langamull, 3 White Wagtails.
21st I must thank Matin on the boat
trip today. I got quite emotional when eagles came in. Videoed one
and missed the second. 21st loch in Aros park blackcap , chiffchaff
and willow warbler , thought I heard wood warbler but probably just wishful
thinking don't quote me visitor. Glenn Albon (ok
we won't quote you)
21st Iona. the first
Corncrake arrived on Iona today (or rather last night) many
thanks Michael Hogan
21st - Tobermory Male Blackcap in
song on Prison Brae this morning. Stuart Gibson
Blackcap singing behind Harbour Guest House on Main Street,
Tobermory this morning - first time we've heard it this year. Richard
& Liz Airey.
20th - Tobermory The first
Blackcaps are back, albeit around a week later than when the
first Spring records for the island may be anticipated: a singing male
was performing along Back Brae this afternoon; the local Magpie was in
it's usual place; and a Peregrine (prob. male) was high over Ledaig car
park, scanning for any unwary pigeons to dispatch; an extremely high immature
Glaucous/Iceland Gull was among a squadron of gulls enjoying the thermals
over the town in the early afternoon. Stuart Gibson
19th We heard our first cuckoo of
2016 today on the North shore of Loch Na keal, loads of willow warblers
singing near the camp site. Quite a few Gt northern divers getting near
summer plumage as well as regular views of our White tailed eagle families
and daily views of golden eagles both adult and juveniles. Martin
19th not sure if this is of note
but I heard a Chiffchaff singing from Uisken beach car park. Beck
19th Several House Martin along the
Grasspoint road this afternoon, plus seen and heard Cuckoo. Andrew Oldacre
19th Dervaig: Arthur reports the
Tree Pipit of the year, also a big increase in Willow Warblers
17th Killiechronan: Our first
Common Sandpiper today Arthur Brown
Just returned from a brilliant weeks
wildlife watching. Only the best of my sightings.
9th 71 Great Northern Diver
roosted, east of Eorsa.
10th 1 Black-throated Diver and 2
Great Northern Diver (all in summer plumage), Calgary Bay. 5 Hen Harrier,
1 Golden Eagle, between Loch Don and Loch Spelve.
13th 2 Red-throated Divers, Adult
Sea Eagle, Duart Bay
14th 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Otters,
Loch na Keal (south shore). 2 Peregrine (resident male chasing off an intruder),
Golden Eagle, juv Sea Eagle, Gribbun Cliffs. First
House Martin (2), around old roadside barn near Killiemore House.
5 Red-throated Diver, Loch Scridain.
1 Otter, Loch Beg. 4 Short-eared Owl, Three Lochs Car Park. 3 Hen Harrier,
6 Sea Eagle, 3 Golden Eagle, 2 Merlin,
Glen More road. visitor Paul Thomas, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
PS: Glenn. Many
thanks for the mention. Glad you caught up with the gorgeous Black-throated
Diver at Calgary
16th Can you
thank one of the birders of mull . A young chap who told me about
superb summer plumage black throated at Calgary bay today whilst
watching the eagle feeding boat. Glenn Albon
14th After I saw you on Thursday afternoon
I drove to Duart - as I sat next to the graveyard our
first Cuckoo flew onto the telegraph wire just ahead of me -
distinct pose, beak & stripes. Still got 3 reed buntings in the garden.
Richard heard snipe drumming this week too. Debby
photo from last year Alan (mullbirds)
14th - Loch na Keal. The Great Northern
Diver roost, on the East side of Eorsa, numbered 57 in the main raft,
a total of 68 birds on the loch between 20.00 - 21.00 hrs.
The number of divers using this roost site is now beginning to decline,
as some birds are already making their way North to breeding grounds in
Greenland and Iceland; a single Common Guillemot was associating with the
divers in the main roost.
Two immaculate Summer-plumaged
Grebes were also on the loch; and a Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer
were heard flying over when we were parked up during the roost count. Stuart
Gibson and Ewan Miles (with Rachel French, Andy Tait and Richard Derby)
This photo was taken a couple of
years ago on Loch na Keal by Alan (mullbirds)
14th l Single Black Throated Diver.
Male and female tufted duck. Female merlin. 4 Teal (2 male,
2 female) Loch Assapol. Male merlin. Ardtun. Beck and Wayne.
residents to Ardtun (welcome)
13th Ardtun Short eared owl.
14th two summer plumaged Slavonian
Grebes on Loch na Keal plus Great northern Diver in partial summer
plumage. Alan (mullbirds)
14th a short eared owl
opposite the farm house along the main roat past Lochdon. also one male
and three female
hen harrier. Also a thank you, we are getting
tour bookings from your website. jacqui.
14th- Tobermory Up to five Yellowhammers
and that Magpie seen in a local garden this morning. Stuart Gibson
13th Male and female hen harrier
and short eared owl on land between Lochdon and Spelve. All very
distant from the road. David Pollard.
13th I'd like to report seeing two
swallows at Craignure at the 'Sheilings' on 5th April and I saw one
again over the ferry car park on 7th April. Also, an otter in the
water by the ferry car park on 5th April,Also, a great northern diver on
the Sound of Iona (Iona side) on 7th April . Visitor Nancy Somerville,
11th a great tour on Sunday, really
felt like spring with good eagle sightings and Otters re appearing after
frogging in the hills. the highlight for me was the male reed bunting
at Kinloch, on the cattle feeder near the river. Jacqui and Mike
11th North Mull: A marine feeding
frenzy consisting of a few hundred Manx Shearwaters, Great Skuas,
Common Guillemots and a juvenile Minke Whale. Ewan
10th Lochdon Gorten road: a Short
Eared Owl. Moira A Owers
9th Willow Warbler, Swallow and Northern
Wheatear all seen at Loch Beg today.Bryan Rains.
9th Jacqui from Enjoy Mull Tours
was pretty sure she saw one at garmony too.
Willow Warbler from last year at
Killiechronan. Alan Spellman
9th Mull s first
Willow Warbler reported today between Garmony and Fishnish.
8th I know they can breed at any suitable
time, but we've now got Collared Dove youngsters fledged in our garden.
Diana and I saw their feeding process and I took this picture a few minutes
later: Andy Oldacre
7th - Craignure to Tobermory. Two
Barn Owls at roadside on main Craignure - Tobermory road at approx.
23.45 hrs (one near Fishnish Timber Pier and other at outskirts of Tobermory,
near entrance to Mull Theatre.) Rachel French and Stuart Gibson Ewan
7th - Duart Castle Migrating Redwing
heard above Duart Castle at approx. 21.30 hrs.
7th - Craignure A single Swallow,
two Grey Wagtails; a pair of Shelduck and two Great Northern Divers.
6th - Guline Dubh Two pairs
of Grey Wagtails on burns in forestry land, near Guline Dubh. Stuart Gibson
7th Solitary swallow at the 3 lochs
Glen More this afternoon; the Jay is still around - Debby
Loch na Keal 2016 Wheatear 7th April.
6th Croig, 1 Great Skua over the
6th 8 Crossbills at Ardhu and we
had an otter in the garden of our cottage at Gribun this morning! visitor
6th on Bowmans Field opposite Craignure
Golf Course this morning several Golden Plover with their beautiful
black chests showed well. Pete and Jan.
5th 2 sightings of Slavonian grebe
on Loch na Keal, (one on either side) both birds in almost full summer
breeding plumage. visitor Nick Edge
5th Stunning views of an adult
male Merlin on the Tobermory - Dervaig road this afternoon. 2nd year
Glaucous Gull in Bloody Bay and also an immature Glaucous Gull at the head
of Loch na Keal along with two Bar-tailed Godwits. Ewan
5th Just for info: the Mull Magpie
is seen at least 2/3 times a week in the field behind 12 Rockfield Road
and adjacent to my house. S/he is not deterred by the hoodies and will
go for them. Jenny
5th Jamie and I counted around 25
Redwing in our garden today. There must have been a hatching of insects
as local starlings swooped in first, to be joined by the Redwings and about
10 minutes of frantic feeding followed before they all flew off. Jenny
3rd Chiffchaff 'tuning up' on Main
Street, Tobermory on Sunday 3rd April. Richard & Liz Airey - Harbour
4th - Glen Forsa, Very pleasing number
of Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe on territory, where also Grey Wagtail, two
pairs of Pied Wagtail and 200 Meadow Pipit, although only one of
these birds was singing and displaying.
4th - Tobermory. The 'Mull Magpie'
heard today, so it is still hanging on in there, so to speak! Stuart Gibson
4th lots of activity. Despite the
rain today we had our
first swallow at Craignure golf course, wheatear
everywhere, good views of a black throated diver, great northern
diver in summer plumage and a group of razorbill on Loch na Keal. lovely.
Jacqui and Mike Murphy
Sand martins flying over the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan,
also first Swallows Tony Jeffree
2nd We had a first
Chiffchaff singing in the garden this evening. Bryan & Joy
2nd Short-eared owl at Pennyghael
this evening at 7:15pm Jim & Linda Hurles
2nd - Birding by Bus! A pair of Grey
Wagtails (with male singing) at mouth of Tobermory Burn (at Ledaig Car
Park) and a Jay at Arle while I was travelling to Craignure on the 09.50
hrs service bus. Stuart Gibson
2nd I am sorry but I completely forgot
to telephone you about the little blue Merlin which I encountered
just over the Grasspoint bridge last week on the 21st of March. He is my
favourite bird of course and gave super views flying sitting and buzzing
around us chasing birds. A top sighting for me. David Woodhouse.
1st In addition to Eagles and other great
but regular sightings, had Greenshank on Loch Scridain and Twite and several
hundred Barnacle geese on Iona. visitor Marvin Muxlow
week on Mull Sat 26th March - Sun
3rd April :-
Saturday - late afternoon crossing
just a few tysties at Oban and at Craignure.
Sunday - a pair of grey wagtails
on grasspoint viewpoint walk, 4 slavonian grebes and 2 great northern divers
at loch na keal, a pair of gooseander and 2 pairs of wigeon near Salen,
ringtail harrier through glen more, 6 great northern on loch scridain,
turnstone at fidden
Monday - 35 golden plover at fidden
( 30 - 50 present all week ), also fidden 11 barnacle geese and 4 whoopers
overhead at 0930 hrs, 5 snipe.
Tuesday - 27 whoopers on loch
pottie ( photos available if required ) present until evening then
gone next morning, reed bunting and mistle thrush in Scoor forestry, golden
eagle near Shiaba also 2 adult WTSEs along coast, 24 redwing around
Assapol lodge, a pair of tufted on harrison loch and also on loch pottie.
Wednesday - 26 barnacle over
fidden at 0900hrs, 2 bar tailed godwit on shore this morning, WTSE over
carsaig, a total of 8 buzzards and 4 kestrels noted on walk beyond nuns
cave, up to 6 great northern divers on loch scridain, woodcock over the
road near bunessan and a short eared owl being mobbed by common gulls,
a pair of twite at the northern end of Iona.
Thursday - 2 great northern and 2
black throated offshore at fidden also 3 gannets spotted far out, up
to 18 shelduck at fidden, first male wheatear spotted near Beach car park,
Friday - late start due to very stormy
weather, 6 white fronts with greylags near Bunessan, also a possible
pink foot as well, good views of otter fishing near the logging pier along
Saturday - 64 barnacles over fidden
@ 1000hrs, otter fishing close in near road in Bunessan, male hen harrier
through glen more, 2 slavonian grebes at loch na keal also pair of teal,
Sunday 2nd - first
chiffchaff calling at Sheilings campsite before our departure
at 0930, very quiet crossing with only a couple of GNDs to report.
regular visitors Tony & Jan Jenkins
for April 2015
30th Male Goldeneye on Loch Tor yesterday
evening and Grasshopper warbler reeling near Salen this morning.
30th Grasspoint female hen harrier
bunnessan flock of twite, iona 2 corncrake. Simon Smith
30th In our Lochdon cottage garden
reed bunting and 3 yellowhammer, loch spelve 7 turnstones, 2 eider,grasspoint
short eared owl Simon Smith
30th Glaucous gull and 2nd
year Iceland gull in waters north of Mull. Small groups of Common and
Arctic Terns heading north. A solitary basking shark also seen. Ewan Miles
21st Black Throated Diver
in Calgary Bay Pair Shorteared Owls near Aros Mains Geoff Robertson
30th Loch Ba, am, 2xGolden Eagle.
Wt Eagle. 2 Red-throated Diver. 3 Tree Pipit. 2 Redstart
Ensay Burn, 7:30, Short-eared Owl,
Ballygown Bay, 8pm, m Hen Harrier. Grahame Bentley et al Richmondshire
& Hambleton Local Group
28th - Loch Ba: Cold wind and squally,
wintry showers suppressed bird activity, but male Redstart braved
the elements to sing; seven immaculate Golden Plover, several Common Snipe,
six Goosander (one drake), a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and five White-tailed
Eagles over Ben Talaidh
28th Loch Spelve, nr Coggan. 2×Black-throated
Diver, Whinchat, fem Hen Harrier, House Martins, Cuckoo on power
wires. Jane Towler, Grahame Bentley, Ted Cooper, Mick and Kath Crawford
28th 2 Golden plover loch na Keal,lochdon
cuckoo Simon Smith
28th Calgary bay we had Bottle Nose
Dolphins, Grey Seal and Gannets Feeding. Loch Tuath 2 White Tailed
and a Golden Eagle Fly over. Loch Na Keal, t a small flock of Twite,
1 White Tailed Eagle and Great Northern Diver in near full Summer Plumage.
Salen to Tobermory Grey Seal on the Rocks. Thanks for the Isle of Mull
Bird Report I bought it has been a very valuable asset.Kevin Topping
28th Killiechronan: Iceland gull
still present, Sandmartins, a pair of Linnets, lots of Black headed
27th Female Hen Harrier, Dervaig,
26th Iceland Gull, Loch na Keal head, Slavonian Grebe, Loch na Keal, Grahame
Bentley, Jane Towler, Ted Cooper,
27th - Aros Park Four singing male
Blackcaps, one singing Wood Warbler and one Chiffchaff in song along coastal
path from Tobermory to park centre this morning.
27th 1 Golden Eagle 2nd year
flew over Beinn Fhada this morning in very bad weather, Hen Harrier very
close views further along the road (picture attached). Whimbrell near Tiroran
House, several Common Snadpiper along the shore of Loch Na Keal, lots of
Wheatear and Meadow Pippit, a few Gray Wagtails around and several buzzards.
Kevin Topping (Lancashire)
27th: Treshnish, flock of 9 Whimbrel
flying south towards Port Haunn and 2 hours later 14 feeding at Haunn,
1 White Wagtail at Dun Haunn. Prasad
27th Grasspoint: two Whinchat
here today, Carol Ward
26th Gruline: first Whinchat
of the year seen today Carolyn & Barry Whenman
26th - Langamull: Peregrine
(prob. male) seen twice, two White Wagtails, 10+ Wheatears, single
Turnstone, single Whimbrel and four Gannets fishing close inshore.
26th Male Hen Harrier hunting
at Grasspoint,also Loch Buie four turnstone visitor Simon Smith
26th Loch Frisa, sightings:
a male and female hen harrier showing very well facing the car park
as you fist go on to it, they were chasing off a buzzard. also a Stonechat,
and Williow warblers, and Tree Pipit, l Wood Warbler, Chaffinch,
and Cuckoo calling. Kevin Topping (from Lancashire)
26th Velvet scoter again in
Loch Na Keal and our first Gt Skua of the season.
24th an Osprey soaring high
over Scallastle/Garmony ridge into clouds. Dave Sexton
24th Staffa: c20 Purple sandpiper
- (all birds moulting into summer plumage), Great Skua - 6 offshore between
Lunga and Staffa, Whimbrel - 25 in Sound of Mull as we headed back
to Tobermory, Manx Shearwater - 300+ nr Treshnish Isles, Short-eared
Owl - 1 on posts nr 3 lochs viewpoint, Blackcap - 1 male in garden of Pennyghael
Hotel, Great Northern Diver - 9 Loch Scridain. Steve Grimwade Swallowbirding.co.uk
24th - Beinn Talaidh No fewer than
10 White-tailed Eagles in the air together (some talon grappling) over
the summit this afternoon.
24th - Loch Ba Two singing male
Redstarts, two displaying Tree Pipits, a pair of Grey Wagtails, a pair
of Mistle Thrushes, an extremely vibrant male Wheatear (Greenland race
or just very bright British bird?) and seven Golden Plover were among the
bird highlights of our walk today.
23rd Tobermory - 2 Whitethroat
of Tobermory near the Glengorm road crossroads - Mike Wagemakers
23rd - Loch Frisa (Dervaig end) Male
Grasshopper Warbler reeling and two roding Woodcock at dusk; male Tawny
Owl singing at Loch Torr. Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming
23rd Grasspoint. Tree Pipit.
Blackcap and Cuckoo heard. Colin Green.
Iona. Corncrake. SW of Abbey. c15
Turnstone in breeding plumage. Pennyghael, Loch Scridain. Trevor and Sue
Littlewood. Thanks for the information on your website. Heading home tomorrow.
22nd - Ardmore Forest, near Tobermory:
An evening of avian acoustics produced a calling Long-eared Owl and a roding
Woodcock at 9.30.pm. Park at former car park area where trees
have been clear-felled and walk towards and past the metal gate. As the
track begins to descend, the Long-eared Owl was calling from trees to the
right. The Woodcock was roding over the area between the car park area
and metal gate. Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming
22nd Langamull, 1 Little Tern
on the rocks (still present when i left at 7pm) one White Wagtail
also at Langamull Prasad
Little Tern by Prasad
22nd Grasspoint. Blackcap
calling from woods. GS Woodpecker Stonechat Jay and WT Eagle
Gorton road end, Lochdon. Tree
Pipit. Sound of Mull. 2 GN Diver.Colin Green
22nd Bunessan: A dozen or so swallows
feeding over our lochan - suidhe, bunessan. Tony Jefree
22nd Lochdon: a male Blackcap
singing in our garden this afternoon. We've just returned from Croggan,
and along the road between the mussel farm and the outskirts of Lochdon
I picked up on two Hooded Crows mobbing a Short-eared Owl. They
were giving the owl a hard time until its mate arrived and evened the odds!
The pair then spiralled off, very high, and were there for several minutes.
22nd Pennygowan: Glenforsa Cottage,
a 'rare' Nuthatch was feeding in the garden on 19th. Pete Dyson
22nd - Tobermory: Lunchtime serenade
: male Blackcap singing near foot of Prison Brae is probably the
same bird as heard by Richard and Liz. Stuart Gibson
21st Iona: A passenger on my
bus tour reported hearing a corncrake on Iona today. Chris, (Craignure)
21st. Sound of Iona. G N Diver 1
Manx Shearwater headind north. Iona. 2 Corncrake heard south of
track to Trig Point. Fidden. 100+ Golden Plover in field to east.Colin
20th Our last night on Mull before
returning home. Cuckoo calling on and off for about 20 minutes from around
6-30pm on north side of Loch Na Keal , in the woods on the hillside
Thought you might be interested for your excellent web site and sightings
page. Andy Blagden
20th - Tobermory Male Blackcap in
song along Back Brae in evening.Stuart Gibson
20th Tobermory: We haven't seen or
heard the Blackcaps behind our Guest House on Main Street, Tobermory since
early January but the male has been 'warming up' over the last three days
with brief snatches of song and today he is singing 'properly'. Richard
& Liz Airey. Harbour Guest House
20th Scallastle. Several Ringed Plover,
2 GN Diver, Wheatear, Com Sandpiper. Loch Peallach north end from B8073,
3 Red th Diver 2 male Goldeneye. Loch na Keal. 1 Slavonian Grebe, Black
Guillemot, 2 GN Diver.
Garmony. 2 pr Wigeon 1 male Goosander.Colin
20th Approx 50 sand martins
at Glenforsa this morning. Our male and female yellowhammer around
- fingers crossed Debby
19th - Craignure. 27 Pink-footed
Geese - N over Craignure at 11.30 hrs; two House Martins over Village
Hall; single Common Sandpiper; two Great Northern Divers (one in full s/p),
three (2 mm) Red-breasted Mergansers and a Shelduck.
19th Fidden: About 150 golden
plover today. Colin Moody
19th - Tobermory The now resident
Magpie was in the Mull Magic garden this evening.
18th. Magpie on north shore of
Trevor and Susan Littlewood.
19th April. Golden Eagle. Creach
Beinn, Loch Spelve. Colin Green Trevor Littlewood Susan Littlewood18th
we had a Magpie alongside the main road, just beyond the timber
pier at Fishnish. Pete
18th Loch na Keal. Wheatear
and many Willow Warbler. 8 Slavonian Grebe 2 G N Diver, Golden Eagle
sightings including one low overhead, small flock of Rock Dove several
Sandpiper Redshank and Dipper at Knock Bridge. Colin Green
18th - Loch na Keal 2nd W/S Iceland
Gull at Knock at sunset. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
18th Wood warbler signing
in Aros park this morning. Dark phases arctic skua harassing feeding
manx shearwater and a string of 75-100 pink-footed geese heading
north. First minke whale of the season and eight basking sharks
(All in waters north west of Mull) Ewan Miles
18th - Scallastle Singing male
Redstart, displaying Tree Pipit and singing Goldfinch.
18th - Garmony Singing Tree Pipit
and several Lesser Redpolls. Stuart Gibson
17th Grasspoint: l. Sparrowhawk at
start of woods. Pair of Stonechat just after last parking area, Golden
Eagle directly overhead, Pair Raven, singing Willow Warblers, Cuckoo and
WT Eagle in tree on skyline. Colin Green, Nuneaton. Visiting Birder.
17th Common Sandpippier at
the sheep fank under Ben More. Colin
17th Cuckoo calling in Bunessan wood.
16th Loch na Keal: a 2nd year
Iceland Gull at the head of the loch and a Short eared Owl on
the north side of Ben More this evening. Ewan Miles.
16th - North Mull: Two Short-eared
Owls, North end of Loch Frisa, where a Barn Owl heard screeching
in twilight; male Tawny Owl seen and heard, Loch Torr; and a calling
Owl at Ardmore. Two female/ringtail Hen Harriers were also at North
end of Loch Frisa, where a Willow Warbler was in song and a Lesser Redpoll
flew over. Four Goldeneye were displaying on Loch Torr, where a roding
Woodcock was also observed. A potential family of otters (bitch and two
cubs?) was seen at a freshwater location in North Mull.
As if this wasn't enough, we enjoyed
the stunning sight of the conjunction of Venus with the Pleiades open star
cluster amidst the glorious backdrop of an intense showing of the Aurora
borealis. What an evening that was!
Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
16th Pair of Common Sandpiper
calling and displaying Killiechronan. Knock golden eagles seen mating,
female in and out of nest. Swallow and sand martin seen at various locations.
Mike Wagemakers & Carol Marshall
16th April Lots of Willow Warbler
around today and 1 Cuckoo at Killunaig. Bryan Rains
13th Iona: A flock of 12 golden plover
were on the machair on west side of Iona this morning. visitor Althea
12th Treshnish: 12 Golden Plovers,
1 Merlin, 2-3 Short-eared Owls, prasad.
11th 3 Common Scoter
on Loch Scridain Bryan Rains
10th Gannet in the sound off Craignure
this evening. Chris & Sian
7th 1 Chiffchaff at
20 Wheatear, Loch na Keal, 9th 1 Willow Warbler,
9th 5 Greenshank, Loch Scridain,
10th 4 Sand Martin, Glen Aros)10th 2 Willow Warbler, Fishnish.
10th Loch Frisa: two male Short
eared Owls hunting the low light north side of Loch Frisalast night
with wing clapping and calling heard. Drumming Snipe and roding
Woodcock also provided a wonderful soundscape. Ewan Miles.
9th 2 Sand martins at
Laggan Sands, Loch Buie; 100+ Razorbills on Loch na Keal. Jim & Linda
9th - Tobermory. A ghost-like 2nd
W Iceland Gull was in the harbour this morning; a further bird (1st
W/S) was in Bloody Bay pm; and there were two Puffins in the Sound of Mull,
off Ardmore. Stuart Gibson
9th Had my first chiffchaff
calling in Aros park this morning. Rachel French
7th Apr Loch Beg 1 Greenland White-fronted
Goose, 8 Whooper Swan. 9th Apr Loch Scridain 1 Chiffchaff. Gribun
1 Swallow. Bryan Rains
8th A skein of 25 white-fronted geese
north of Loch Cuin at 11am. Ewan
9th Single swallow at Dervaig today.
5th Golden and White Tailed Eagles
at Loch Na Keal and Loch Ba, a couple of Treecreepers. Craignure two Black
Guillemot Dave Smith
7th - Offshore An immature
Glaucous Gull heading North over open sea, North of Isle of Coll; an immature
Iceland Gull feeding on discards from fishing vessel in Sound of Mull,
near Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
7th Saw a Comon Sandpiper
by the old boathouse on Loch Na Keal. Martin Keivers.
6th Loch na Keal: Peregine Falcon,
Golden Eagle, a few Baracle geese were still on Inch Kenneth. alarge raft
of Eider close to the fish cages. Alan
5th Fidden: One swallow flew
across Fidden beach this morning.Carol Marshall
5th Loch Torr: 4th Loch Torr - Pair
Goosander, 3 goldeneye, little grebe. Mishnish - single goldeneye
and little grebe. Mike Wagemaker and Carole Marshall
2nd Loch na Keal: a 'rare' Velvet
Scoter was on Loch na Keal, seen by visitor Paul Thomas and by
Martin on Lady Jane who also saw 25 Greart norther Diver and rafts of Razorbill
plus two Iceland gulls following the boat.
2nd Loch na Keal (viewed north shore):
5 Red-throated Diver (2 in summer plumage), 1 Black-throated Diver
(winter plumage with large raft of GN Divers), 28+ Great Northern Diver,
8 Razorbill, 3 Black Guillimot, 21+ Slavonian Grebe and 3 Otter.
1st Killiechronan: 1 Jay,
2 adult Sea Eagle, 2ndW Iceland Gull. Laggan Bay: 2 Wheatear (pair),
adult male Golden Eagle. Paul Thomas
1st Loch na Keal: a flying Red
throated Diver, a pair of Gooseamnder, a single 1st w Iceland Gull
and a distant Slavonian Grebe. Dipper at Knock. Alan
for April 2014
27th: a single Chough at 7.30pm
at Haunn Liz Summers
29th Apr Loch Scridain 2 Common Scoter,
4 Whimbrel, 1 RT Diver. Carsaig 1 Whinchat. Pennyghael 1 Grasshopper Warbler,
2 Cuckoo, 10 Turnstone.
30th Apr Ardura 2 Woodcoc Bryan Rains
30th This Red Grouse was seen
today at the top of Beinn Creagach, Isle of Ulva. Also a distant view of
a male Hen Harrier over the South Side, and a Cuckoo calling. Roger Craven
Mouth of Loch Cuin 10 Whimbrel flying
over and 6 Great Northern Divers in varying stages of summer plumage.
29th Grasshopper warbler and sedge
warbler heard singing on track to Camas (28th) and lovely close up
view of great northern diver fishing in summer plumage at Uisken last night
(29th). Emily Wilkins
29th Two white wagtails roosting
on Sula Beag moored in Tobermory harbour. Ewan Ewans
29th April - Craignure Six Great
Northern Divers (only one in full summer plumage) in Sound of Mull; single
Whimbrel; and 3 singing male Blackcaps (one behind main car park and others
in Torosay woods)
Ruth Fleming Mull
28th first Sedge warbler of the
year at Dervaig Reed beds and 2 Cuckoos seen at Reudle also my
first of the year. Arthur. Discover
27th Swallow over Seaview in Salen
today also Cuckoo at Craignure golf course yesterday Helen and Iain King
26th Loch na Keal: a single Black
throated diver, five summer plumaged Great northern Divers, a small
flock of six Twite and a pair of Linnets. Alan (mullbirds)
26th April Iona - Corncrake, Linnet,
Twite, 20 Eider Duck and 3 Whimbrel. At Fidden there was a flock of
50 Golden Plover. Arthur & Pam Discover
24th- Grasspoint- 1 Cuckoo, 1 WT eagle.
Lochbuie - Common Sandpiper, 2 RT Diver displaying, 4 BT Diver & 2
GN Diver. 1 Cuckoo. Alan Hitchmough
25th- Aros Park - 1 Wood Warbler
singing. Calgary- 2 Common Sandpiper. Alan Hitchmough
24th - Loch Cuin Six Turnstones and
two Whimbrels at Loch Cuin, and an immaculate summer plumaged 'alpina'
race Dunlin at Port na Ba; single White Wagtail at Langamull. Ruth
24th I did my early BBS visit at
Fidden this morning, and was rewarded with the sight of around 150 golden
plovers feeding in the lambing fields! Rather special...Emily
Wilkins Ranger - South Mull
24th The adult Iceland Gull was still
about today on Loch Na Keal Martin white
tailed eagle boat trips
23rd - ringtail harrier near bunessan,
single whooper ar harrison loch, stonechat at scoor, also one pair of tufted
and one pair of little grebe there, single twite on iona, small
numbers of dunlin and ringed plover plus a single sanderling, also small
numbers of kittiwakes late afternoon fishing in the sound plus a sandwich
tern and a few razorbills. In addition, hares boxing at fidden, one
in half winter coat, approx 7 or 8 falllow deer at knock, Tony & Jan
24th - 6 whimbel arrived at
fidden early morning along with a few redshank, Male harrier along road
east of bunessan, greenfinch near suide self catering cottages.Tony &
23rd Glen More 1 Cuckoo, 1
Tree Pipit. Gribun 4 House Martin. Loch Scridain 2 Common Scoter,
4 RT Diver. Wild About Mull
24th Loch Beg 2 Knot.
Wild About Mull
24th April Loch Ba, 5
Tree Pipit, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe,
1 Golden Eagle, 1 adult White-tailed Eagle, 1 Tufted Duck, 6+ Common
2 White-tailed Eagle in flight south
end of Gleinn Sillisdeir 7 GN Diver Loch Scridain, 1 male Hen Harrier flew
north over the road west of Bunessan...Jonathan, visiting from Leeds
23rd 1 male Hen Harrier Lochdon
Grasspoint area: 4+ Tree Pipit on approach road 2 Golden Eagle inland
Loch Spelve area: 2 GN Diver on loch,
2 distant Hen Harrier seen looking NE from the road along the western shore
of the loch. Also 1 immature White-tailed Eagle in same area, Loch Scridain:
6 GN Diver
22nd Iona 1 Grasshopper
Warbler reeling for a short time in grounds of St Columba Hotel and
seen well but briefly; 3 Corncrake heard calling. One by the fire station
and two in iris beds by the abbey, 3 GN Diver
21st 4 GN Diver and 2 summer plumaged
RT Diver Loch na Keal; 2 WT Eagle 1 Golden Eagle Gleann Sellisdeir; 1 ringtail
Hen Harrier in Glen More; 3 GN Diver Pennyghael
20th 1 Whimbrel, 1 GN Diver,
1 RT Diver Ardalanish Bay
19th 1 WT Eagle 1 Golden Eagle Pennyghael;
1 male Hen Harrier Bunessan. Jonathan, visiting from Leeds
27th An adult Iceland Gull, Loch
Na Keal today
22nd April - Loch Ba Three singing
male Tree Pipits, a male Blackcap, two pairs of Goosanders on loch
and 12 Golden Plovers (at least seven of which were Northern race 'altifrons')
were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming
21st April - Loch na Keal Two late
remaining Summer plumaged Slavonian Grebes at Knock end of loch.Andy
T, Ewan M and Stuart G.
20th- Calgary 1 GN Diver, 12 Sand
Martin, 1 Shag. Tobermory - 1 Tawny Owl calling, 3 House Martin, 10 Sand
Martin. 1 Common Sandpiper - Loch Na Keal. Alan Hitchmough
21st- Glengorm, 120 Meadow Pipit
in one flock moving North East. 3 Crossbill, 2 Wheatear. Tobermory - 12
Swallow, 4 House Martin, 8 Sand Martin. Alan Hitchmough
22nd A good afternoon on the lane
in to Grasspoint. 3 golden Eagle hunting together along
ridge line Got nice photo of one. A white tailed eagle
sat on tree on ridge line went for a short flight, mobbed, and sat on grass
on ridge line. hen harrier (not known m or f).
Buzzard. Kestrel raven swallow and yellowhammer. Ted Humphreys
21st 5 rock pipits and a wheatear
at craignure. The lane in to Grasspoint full of birdsong
from trees on both sides this morning. No sign of cuckoo from last
night. 2 great spotted woodpeckers drumming.
Buzzard overhead. At the point 2 tree pipits a male stonechat
3 willow warblers and 3 curlew. Ted Humphreys
21st Heard a cuckoo on Easter day
at Knock. Juliet Vines
21st 2 common sandpiper at loch an
keal this afternoon Single swallow at Grasspoint. Ted humphreys
20th a single Pomarine Skua ,
2 Arctic and a Great Skua off the north coast of the isle yesterday evening.
20th WT Eagle this morning over Tobermory
heading West. 7 Raven also. At Calgary first Male Redstart and Rock
Pipit. Alan Hitchmough.
20th The Mull Magpie. I Have
seen it proof picture to follow Arthur
20th Male hen harrier at 8.25
pm tonight near lane in to Grasspoint. He was heading towards Grasspoint
no doubt to roost. Ted humphreys
16th Apr Loch Beg 1 Common Sandpiper.
Fidden 50 Golden Plover, 1 Twite.
18th Apr Loch Scridain 4 RT Diver,
2 Common Scoter, 3 Yellowhammer.Fidden 150 Golden Plover.Bryan Rains.
Some of our sightings which may be
of some interest .
13th April – Sparrowhawk perched
on post just outside of Pennyghael near forest. Pair Ringed Plover
on shore of Loch Scridain. Small flock of Redwing Glen Forsa Airstrip.
Merlin flying along shore near Salen old Pier.
Great northern Diver and Twite by
Mick and Sylvia Brennan.
14th April - 20+ Whoopers Loch Poit na
h-l Summer Plumage Gt. Nth. Diver offshore on Iona. Small flock of
Twite near beach on Iona.
15th April – 4 Crossbill on Old Cemetery
walk at Salen. Greenshank and Common Sandpiper together on shore
of Loch Scridain not far from Killiemore together with single Twite near
farm. Merlin along track at Glenforsa to Kilbeg. Red Throated Diver and
1 Slavonian Grebe on Loch Ba. Tree Pipit on walk to Loch Ba.
18th April – 14 Turnstone on shore
of Loch Scridain near Pennyghael bridge/hotel. 2 Gannets, 2 Razorbill and
single guillemot sound of Iona.Numerous Golden, Sea and Hen Harriers seen
over week but only 2 short eared owls. Mick and Sylvia Brennan.
19th a pair of Peregrines today over
the hill at the back of Lainne Sgeir inter-acting with a Raven.
Arthur and Pam.
19th I'm a visiting birder from Hilbre
Bird Observatory staying at Blacksmiths Cottage, Tobermory.
One Osprey over this evening,
also 16 Sand Martin earlier. Alan Hitchmough.Merseyside Ringing Group
19th Four willow warblers, stonechat
male, wheatear, kestrel, and 2 white tailed eagles at grass point with
and female harrier near the main road on left turn from grass point.
18th Iona: the first Corncrake
of the year was heard on Iona this morning. Sr Jean Lawson
15th Croggan: We heard our first
cuckoo, of the year at Croggan! Mull First. Jim & Linda Hurles
16th April - Torosay 2 White Wagtails,
2 singing Willow Warblers, singing Chiffchaff, single Swallow, single Sand
Martin, and a lone Common Sandpiper; three Great Northern Divers offshore
and Great Spotted Woodpecker calling in nearby woodland.Ruth Fleming.
16th Glengorm: Solitary Manx Shearwater
off Glengorm. Ewan
Mull Tours phoned in a (2nd) Common Sandpiper sighting
this morning Arthur and Pam Brown
16th Lochdon; Dave Whiteley called
in to report an Osprey fishing successfully on the loch at the Gorsten
end at 09:00-10:00 hrs today. Dave Whiteley, visitor from Cheshire.
16th Lochdon Our Osprey was
also seen by Margaret Bristow another visitor
over Lochdon 25th May 2008 (as)
15th Loch na Keal: birds on our
local patch today. Golden eagle, white tailed eagle, gt northern diver,
common scoter, razorbill, guillemott. Our first swallow of 2014 at Ulva
ferry and several singing willow warblers on the way home.
15th Fishnish Bay.The first Common
Sandpiper of the year seen here today by Pete Hall and his group. Also
a whimbrel showing very well.
12th Tobermory. a singing Blackcap
and Mike Shepherd can rightfully claim to be the first person on Mull to
see a Magpie at its nest. (not good news for the local bird population)
11th April - Isle of Ulva 1st
W/S immature Glaucous Gull at fish farm on south shore of island, along
with 23 Kittiwakes, including single 1st S immature; singing male
Chiffchaff and two Wheatears (male and female) were only Summer migrants
recorded. Ruth Fleming
11th Salen Bay; 7 Eider. Loch na
Keal; 1 imm/fem Velvet Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Twite, adult Sea Eagle.
Loch Ba; 1 RT Diver, 3 Goosander, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Golden Eagle, 1
Sea Eagle, 1 Sparrowhawk. Paul Thomas
11th Ulva Ferry a 'pair' of Jackdaws
was unusual here Arthur Brown
10th Loch na Keal; 1st winter Iceland
Gull, 1 RT Diver, 5 GN Diver, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Golden Eagle displaying,
1 Sea Eagle adult (right wing yellow tag black circle), Greenshank, 4 Ringed
Plover. Loch Don; Female Hen Harrier, 3 SE Owl, 5 Snipe chipping. Paul
9th Carsaig; adult Gannet flew west,
4 GN Diver, 2 Black Guillemot. Loch Assapol; 2 Whooper Swan, pair Tufted
Duck. Fidden; male Hen Harrier flew low and flushed a Snipe, also 4 Mountain
Hare along shoreline here. Paul Thomas.
8th our first sighting of house
martins in good numbers in their usual place near Glen Seilisdier.
8th Grasspoint, single Swallow; Loch
Don, 5 Hen Harrier (pair together, two ringtails together - a juv
male and juv female, single male hunting in quite different area to the
pair Paul Thomas
8th - Tobermory Three House Martins
over Rockfield and an immature White-tailed Eagle right over the heads
of our guests this afternoon. The local Magpie is showing signs of getting
broody. It has been seen carrying sticks into a Sitka Spruce adjacent to
the Mull Magic garden. All it has to do is find a mate!
7th April 1st winter Iceland Gull,
pair Goosander, pair Red-breasted Merganser, adult Golden Eagle, adult
Sea Eagle, pair Buzzard, pair Kestrel, Sparrowhawk. Paul Thomas
7th April - Loch Ba Six Crossbills
feeding on ripening Scots Pine cones; singing Chiffchaff in unlikely habitat,
so likely to be a passage migrant; a Winter/imm. Black-throated Diver on
loch; two Red-throated Divers; two pairs of Goldeneye; a pair of Grey Wagtails;
three Slavonian Grebes; and flock of 12 Siskins feeding on birch.
7th on my Tour today we saw our
of the year at Penygown, our first willow warbler
at Killiechronan camp site, and a raft of 120 Eider ducks by the fish farm
in front of Inch Kenneth Pete
7th Lochdon: The Black Swan
has appeared on Lochdon, it was first seen on 7th Mishnish on 7th March,
6th Lochdon: a male Blackcap visited
my garden today. Alan
5th Sparrowhawk, Suidhe, Bunessan
5th Craignure: Just listening to
the first Willow Warbler of the year, at home in Craignure- can’t
get a good look at it yet! Also a Chiffchaff at Torosay on 26th
March. Sian Scott
4th Loch na Keal: 2 white tailed
eagles, 1 golden eagle 12 great northern divers and a 1st winter
glaucous gull, common seal and eurasian otter.
(Earlier report) photos of
a possible Lesser Canada Goose (B. c. parvipes) that we saw with
two Canada Geese (B. canadensis) while on Iona on 10th March.
This individual is considerably smaller
than the other two birds (which look like a pair). I have contacted Jim
Dickson to ask his opinion on the credibility of this being a small race
Canada Goose and, although he is cautious with regard to this race being
particularly hard to identify, he reckons that it could very well be a
Hybrid Goose photo by Colin Moody
possible lesser Canada Goose by Stuart Gibson
4th April - Tobermory Magpie. Enough
said!. Ruth Fleming
3rd April - Tobermory: The loneliest
bird on Mull, the Tobermory Magpie was in the vicinity of the Mull Magic
garden today. Ruth Fleming.
3rd April Loch Beg 1 Slavonian Grebe,
3 Whooper Swan. Pennyghael 1 Chiffchaff. Bryan Rains
01681 7042292nd : a large group of
Eider ducks both male and female by the fish farm in front of Inch Kenneth
l. These are the first I have seen this year. Pete
swallowat Torloisk this afternoon. 2 Water rail calling
from the swamp in the garden. Male Reed bunting still visiting the
garden. Debby Thorne
1st April - Loch Ba: Three stunning
Slavonian Grebes, two Red-throated Divers, two Iceland Gulls, single
Whooper Swan, 6+ Golden Plovers and three Redwings.Ruth Fleming.
2nd Ulva Ferry: a Hybred Canada-Greylag
goose with Greylags. Glengorm Bullfinches. Alan
1st April Glen More 20 Redwing. Loch
Beg 2 Crossbill. Killunaig 2 Sand Martin. Bryan Rains
1st 8 Sand Martins up
high this morning, they moved over towards Gruline.Colin Moody
1st Barn owl flying over Suidhe,
Bunessan at dusk. Tony Jefree
31st Fidden 3 Linnet. Uisken
20 Fieldfare. Loch Beg 2 Crossbill, 1 RT Diver l
for April 2013
3 Dunlin at Dervaig, a Great Skua at Cailaich and Linnets at Torloisk today.Cuckoos
near the Loch Frisa track Salen end and a pair of Grey Wagtails at Aros
30th At least 4 Tree Pipits at
Loch Frisa, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Dervaig, 2 White Wagtails at Calgary,
1 Whitethroat at Treshnish, 1 Black-tailed Godwit at Dervaig. Prasad.
29th - Loch Ba: 50+ Siskins (in small
groups of 5+ birds) in birches; large nos Meadow Pipits on woodland floor;
Willow Warblers actively feeding in cold, blustery wind rather than singing;
10 Golden Plovers in sheep pasture; and three Red-breasted Mergansers and
pair of Goosanders on loch.Ruth Fleming
28th Salen 40 Summer-plumaged
Black-tailed Godwits around Glenforsa airstrip, last seen migrating
North-West across the Sound of Mull at 12.45pm; Three Great Northern Divers
and single White Wagtail, Salen pier. 28thTorosay Three Great Northern
Divers; three Whimbrel, 6 White Wagtails and a pair of Grey Wagtails
along shore, where, strangely, four individual Willow Warblers were observed
feeding on the seaweed washed up at the high tide mark! Ruth Fleming
28th At Loch Spelve (from main road
just before mussel farm) today we saw a pair of Whinchats and a
male Hen Harrier. Richard & Liz Airey
28th - Good day out with over 60
birds, highlights being pair summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit,
Whimbrel and Golden Plover at Fidden; Red Throated Diver at Assapol; 100+
Redshank at Kinloch; Hen Harriers in the Glen and 5 Golden Eagles
interacting over Beinn Talaidh. The Whooper swans still on Loch Pottie
(several weeks now) and second pair also on Harrison's Loch. Mike
27th Torosay. 3 Great Northern Divers,
2 pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers, five Whimbrel, single Greenshank, 3
Wheatears, 3 White Wagtails, a pair of Grey Wagtails and 2 Linnets.
27th Ardnacross A ringtail Hen Harrier
flew across the road in front of the car this evening.
27th Penmore: This afternoon,at the
same time, on my nut feeder were a Blackcap, a Siskin, a Goldfinch and
a Blue tit. I also have a pair of Great spoted Woodpeckers coming several
times a day. Very poor lambing here, the ewes are just dropping them and
walking away...and the Sea-eagles and Buzzards are circling waiting. Sylvia
25th Pair of Reed Buntings
and a male Stonechat on first part of walk to Camus. 1 Golden Plover Ardanalish
beach on 24th and 25th. Then a flock of around 25 Golden Plover flying
over fields in front of Ardachy House Hotel. 2 Shelduck on beach. 2 Great
Northern Divers off-shore.
24th. 12 Whimbrel and quite a few
Lapwing at Fidden. Two pairs Mergansers at Knockvologan and 2 Guillemots.
Female Hen Harrier quartering in front of Ardachy house Hotel in evening.
2 Redpoll on path down to Ardanalish beach 22nd. Male Great Northern
Diver very close to shore off Uisken. 2 Whoopers on Loch Pottie.
Bob Wagner Ardachy
24th - Torosay Male Chiffchaff in
song in Castle woodlands, where a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling;
three pairs of Greylag Geese, three pairs of Common Sandpipers, two pairs
of Shelduck and a pair of Grey Wagtails; two passage Whimbrel and a migratory
flock of 30 Redshank were seen along the shore. Ruth Fleming
25th April Loch Beg 2 Whinchat, 1
25th 2 pairs of Eider in Glenforsa
Bay this morning. Redpoll and 6 yellowhammers in the garden
24th - Craignure. A male 'Blue-headed'
Wagtail (M. flava flava) provided a cameo role on our walk today before
flying off over the camp site. Four different wagtails in a day on the
Isle of Mull is not something that we can lay claim to very often : White
Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail!. Ruth Fleming
24th April Loch Scridain 5 Brent
Geese. Fidden 10 Whimbrel, 20 Golden Plover. Pottie 2 Whooper Swan.
18th April Loch Scidain 1 Arctic
Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 male Common Scoter.Bryan Rains
23rd April Assapol 1 Redwing. Pottie
2 Linnet, 2 Whooper Swan. Fidden 3 Twite, 1 Linnet, 2 Snipe.
19th April Carsaig 1 male Brambling.
23rd There was a fall of migrating
Pied Wagtails at the Dervaig Reedbeds this evening with birds in all the
bushes around the dustbin complex we counted over 70 but there were more
in the Reedbeds itself, it was a terrific watch. Arthur & Pam.
23rd Langamull, 31 Whimbrels flying
west , 27 Golden Plovers at Cillchriosd, 1 White Wagtail at Calgary beach.
22nd Treshnish, 26 Whimbrels flying
southwest around Treshnish Point. prasad
23rd Lochdon garden: a male Blackcap
in my garden feeding on fat balls. John Preston
22nd a summer plumaged Red Throated
Diver at Fishnish Bay. This evening a male Blackcap showed very
well on our fat balls feeder in our garden.Pete Hall
21st April - Whimbrel at the
head of loch Na Keal, White Wagtail at Knock, Male Merlin at Caliach
19th Iona: the first returning Corncrake
heard today. Sr Jean Lawson
22nd Treshnish Point, 1 Merlin, 53
Whimbrel flying south-west. prasad
21st Loch Na Keil - 8+ Great Northern
Divers, 2 Razorbill, 2 Black Guillemot, 1 Common Guillemot, Wheatear (lots),
Redstart. Visiting birders, Trevor West & David Marshall
21st Torosay 3 G NDivers, Sound of
Mull, with 3 Whimbrel and 2 White Wagtails along the Torosay shore
20th Loch Ba 2 Red-throated Divers
and2 Slavonian Grebes were on the loch today with a pair of Red-breasted
Mergansers. 6 to 8 Snipe were displaying in the marsh, alongside yesterday's
remaining group of Golden Plovers. A single White Wagtail was with the
more numerous Pied Wagtails on the shore, plus a pair of Grey Wagtails.
A solitary Lesser Black-backed Gull was with Common & Herring Gulls
in the fields. Ruth Fleming
20thTreshnish, 1 Cuckoo at schoolhouse.
20th my first Swallow today
,Willow Warblers by the river,spring must be here at Gruline at last. Mark
19th 2 Whimbrel still showing near
the old boats near Salen together with a pair of Bullfinches. At
Fishnish Bay saw my first swallow of the year and heard my first cuckoo.
A second cuckoo was heard from our garden in Craignure. Pete Hall
19th - Loch Ba/Glen Cannel 4 Slavonian
Grebes, 3 Red-throated Divers and drake Red-breasted Merganser on the loch;
8 species of wader, including 3 pairs of Common Sandpipers, single pair
of Redshank and displaying Ringed Plover and Snipe; flock of 15 Golden
Plovers; seven newly returned Willow Warblers in song, 3 male Wheatears
singing, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and Wood Pigeon in song; a pair of Grey
Wagtails, 2 Sand Martins and 3+ Crossbills (inc. lovely crimson male) feeding
in Scots Pine trees . Ruth Fleming
19th Tobermory Two pairs of Bullfinches
and a sub-singing Redwing along Erray Road, near the golf course this evening.
19th Lochdon: this morning heard
the first Cuckoo of the spring. Alan
18th Lochdon: first arrival of a
single Swallow. roosting in my garage once again. Alan
18th Treshnish, 2 Willow Warblers,
1 Blackcap, Lagganulva, 1 Peregrine Killiechronan, 2 Willow Warblers, 13
Slavonian Grebes, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit
18th - Cillchriosd. 31 Golden Plovers
in field near Dun and lots of flocks of passage Meadow Pipits throughout
North Mull, including one flock of 50+ birds near the Standing Stone. Single
Common Sandpiper at coast near Langamull.
17th - Tobermory. A Common Sandpiper
was on the shore opposite Main Street
16th: 1 Arctic Tern off Duart Castle
heading up Sound of Mull. Prasad
15th A single House Martin at Aros
Bridge today Pam
16th Redwings at Torloisk and Ulva
Ferry fish farm entrance, a Woodcock flew over Crannich Farm and
a Whimbrel by the boats at Aros. Lots of Sand Martins and Swallows at Killiechronan.
A kittiwake at Cailaich and a Hare near woods by Mornish old school house.
8th April Kilfinichen 6 Common Snipe,
9th April Glen Seilisdeir 1 Goldcrest
by RSPB site.
12th April Loch Scridain 1 RT Diver.
Fidden 1 male Northern Wheatear,
80 Barnacle Goose.Loch Assapol 1
SE Owl, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing. Loch Beg 2 SE Owl.
15th April Beach 1 Barn Swallow.
Glrn More 4 SE Owl.
16th April Pennyghael 2 Sand
Martin outside the shop in the morning and 1 House Martin in the afternoon.
Plenty of Hen Harrier in most locations and also good views of a pair of
Golden Eagle locking talons - a first for me!.
16th On my tour today we had our
first Common Sandpipers - a pair showing very well on Loch Beg. Peter Hall
16th Two Shelducks on the shore at
Killiechronan this afternoon. Jan Fuller
15th April: South shore, Loch na
Keal - 3 male and 2 female Wheatears, also 2 male Slavonian Grebes, 2nd/3rd
year WTSE on beach, (no wing tags, missing several primaries) and buckets
of Meadow Pipits and Rock Pipits. Male Yellowhammer, Tobermory.
14th: Flock of Sand Martins, Mishnish
Lochs. Sue and Maureen Hilder
15th Tobermory. First White Wagtail
in Ledaig Car Park near pontoon and singing male Chiffchaff in Aros Park
were highlights of our cruise ship walk this morning.
15th:4 Goosander at Mishnish, 200+
Redwings at Achnadrish, nr Loch an Torr. Prasad
14th Loch Pottie, several Sand
Martins back over the loch again, sign of spring perhaps, although the
male adder seemed to be fairly 'chilled' out! - Mike Wagemakers.
14th Calgary, 1 Black-throated Diver
14th 3 Swallows at Killichronan today
13th A great tick for the garden
today - a male Reed Bunting - Richard saw it yesterday and said he had
seen a '- luckily appeared today. Got a couple of pictures which will forward.
Drumming Snipe in our swamp too Debby Thorne.
13th Loch Spelve: 120 Pink-footed
Geese heading North this lunchtime.
12th - Tobermory. Male Yellowhammer
singing near the Mull Magic garden.
13th a Swallow -Loch Spelve
- western bank - pair of white tailed sea eagles on the shore - took off
as the car came over a rise. Loch Spelve - from the eastern bank - 2 mergansers.
2 great northern divers. Loch Uisg - three goldeneye - 2 goosander - duck
and drake. Martin Jeffree
12th Reudle: 3 displaying Red Grousehere
today. Ronnie Mckellican and Barry Forbes. visiting
12th 13 whooper swans in flight heading
north west at Glengorm. Upto 6 Red Grouse display calling also Glengorm.
11th Glen More - 2 male hen harriers,
Loch Ba - 1 slavonian grebe. 1 treecreeper. 2 ravens. 2 songthrush.
Eastern end of Loch na Keal - 10+ slavonian grebes - all in summer plumage.
2 great northern divers - winter plumage. 1 drake goldeneye. 8 red
breasted mergansers. 6 ringed plovers. 1 bar tailed godwit.
Teal, Curlew, oystercatchers, redshank etc. Loch Beg - eastern end of Loch
Scridain - 1 greenshank. Martin Jeffree
10th - Loch Ba Seven Slavonian Grebes
in S plumage and a single f Goldeneye on loch today. Continued return of
breeding Meadow Pipits and Skylarks to this site, but large numbers of
breeding waders apparently displaced by wildfire on adjacent hillside.
9th Knock a 'pair' of Jays making
a racket in the trees around the head of Loch Ba.
9th Common Scoter in Loch Na Keal
had a lone Gannet fishing at the head of the loch 1st this year. A few
Razorbills gathering in pairs and Guillemotts arriving everyday now. Pleased
to report the White-Tailed eagles OK after the fire. Martin.
8th Worthy of note on my tour
yesterday were a pair of Whimbrel still showing in Salen bay by the old
boats, a dipper still showing well at Knock Bridge and a pair of whooper
swans on Loch Sguabain in Glen More. Pete Hall.
8th-Lochdon just beyond bridge on
Grasspoint road;2 Greenshank,2 Red-Breasted Mergansers (M+F), 2 Lapwing,
6 Teal and a White Tailed Eagle flying overhead were highlights on an hours
watch.- Ronnie Mckellican and Barry Forbes .
8th Flocks of approx 100 each
Lapwing and Golden Plover in fields at Killichronan, maybe because of grass
fires above loch Ba. Martin
1st. A Whimbrel in the Aros Estuary.
A male Hen Harrier hunting prior to the turn to Loch Spelve. 16 Whooper
Swans on Loch Sguabain. Golden Eagle soaring above the middle section of
Glen More. A female Goosander on Loch Na Keal.Liz Shrewsbury
31st March-: the Peregrine we saw
on 29/3 in the same place in Dervaig near junction to The Old Byre. A White
Tailed Eagle over Calgary Bay.
4th Male wheatear Knock end of Loch na
Keal. Jay still hanging around our garden (Salen) for last couple of weeks.
3rd - Loch Ba Ten Summer-plumaged
Slavonian Grebes, four Goosanders (one drake) and two Red-throated Divers
were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming
Raven – Suidhe, nr Bunessan, Adult white tailed see eagle – Suide, Eider
drake 3 and eider duck 1 – Loch na Lathaich. juv. Shag and adult cormorant
– same place, 1 merganser drake and two merganser ducks from road towards
Bunessan. Martin Jeffree & Rebecca Jeffree
7th - Craignure Single Whimbrel
with eight Golden Plovers near golf course. A male Bullfinch singing near
Tobermory golf course was a real rarity. Something that we've only ever
heard less than a handful of times in 30 year Ruth Flemming, Stuart
4th - Quinish headland 'Ringtail' Hen
Harrier, five Great Northern Divers and four Teal were recorded on our
walk today. Ruth Fleming. Stuart Gibson
Manx Shearwater feeding off Treshnish, 2 Great Skuas and a few Kittiwake
seen out at sea today. Ewan Miles
- Loch Ba Four Slavonian Grebes, three Goosanders, 15 Golden Plovers
and six Crossbills were among the highlights of our walk today. Our guests
also enjoyed the experience of watching a male Goldcrest singing and a
male Treecreeper in full song, a rare treat!. Ruth Fleming, Stuart
3rd - Loch Ba Strangely, we saw
two Rock Pipits along the South shore of the loch today. Not the first
time that we've seen this predominantly coastal species inland at this
freshwater location. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Wildlife Walks5th Jay
heard at Aros Park for the last few weeks and seen for the last two weeks.
4th Flock of approx 75 Barnacle Geese
on Geasgill More yesterday. 4th Cheers Martin
reports for April 2012
30th a male summer plumage
long tailed duck under gribbunIsle of
30th - Tobermory A Dipper was on
the Tobermory burn nr the roundabout at the top of Eas Brae.
30th - Duart Castle An adult and
an immature White-tailed Eagle competing against the fresh winds over the
castle car park made for highly impressive viewing this morning.
30th - Lochdon Marshes A pair of
Hen Harriers apparently hunting in tandem.
30th - Loch Buie Two Great Northern
Divers on loch and an adult White-tailed Eagle hunting the slopes of Ben
Buie p.m.; Singing male Blackcap and Chiffchaff in woods nr Moy Castle.
30th Port Na Ba 4 Whimbrel.First
Cuckoo calling at frachadil. Andrew Mortley
29th - 5 Red Throated Divers Loch
Na Keal, Common Sandpipers at Laggan Ulva, a single Whimbrel at Laggan
Ulva with 6 more in field at Gruline. A Peregrine Falcon Eas Force waterfall.
4 Hen Harriers at Loch Frisa.
(not birds), but 2 Adders at Reudle.
Arthur & Pam Brown
29th Treshnish, 1 hybrid Carrion/Hooded
Crow at Haunn (has been since at least the 20th) and appears to be paired
up with a Hoody, P
29th Lochdon two Greenshank on the
shore and it looks like we have breeding greylags. Alan
28th Iona: first report of calling
on Iona received today. visiting birders
28th Aros Park at 6-30am this
morning 2 saw a Singing Chiffchaff and 2 Singing male Blackcaps.
I managed to get a nice photo of one of the Blackcaps before the batteries
in the camera died. Arthur
27th A list of birds seen off Cailaich
Point at 7am this morning 2 Puffins, a single Great Skua, 24 Manx Shearwater,
26 Gannets, Razorbills and Guillemots, also Shags, and Fulmars, Distant
Kittiwakes in good numbers and a White Wagtail all seen on an hours watching
in the perishing cold.
At Calgary there was a single Great
Northern Diver in breeding plumage and a Red Throated Diver flew overhead.
Great mornings birding Arthur
27th - Aros Park, Tobermory Up to
singing Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and a single Crossbill near the
park's centre today.Ruth Fleming
25th Loch Spelve. 38 Pink-footed
Geese flying NW, 4 immature White-tailed Eagles together over Cruach Ardura;
a dazzling male Hen Harrier was hunting the Lochdon marshes bird today
was a beautiful and confiding cock Reed Bunting, Ruth Fleming
24th Treshnish: a Barn Owl present
for the last 10 days.
24th Loch Ba: male Redstart &
Tree Pipits & a pair of Bullfinch at Ardrioch. Pam & Arthur
24th Uisken: 3 Twite, 1 Whimbrel,
Loch Bweg 2 Greenshank & Fidden 1 Golden Plover, Bryan Rains
23rd Glen More a Tree Pipit.
21st Fionphort: a 1st winter Glaucous
gull and 2 Common Scoter on Loch Scridain. Btyan Rains
24th Loch na Keal: Groups of up to
10 Red Throated Divers, Great Northern Divers coming into summer plumage.
Adult and Juv WTSE (Adult only 5m away). Not birds but we also saw 5 Harbour
Porpoise Common Seals and Otter. Martin Keivers
24th Fantastic aurora last night
22nd - Loch Spelve Hunting Short-eared
Owl, Lochdon marshes; 8 Black Guillemots, 32 Eider, several Great Northern
Divers, single Red-throated Diver, calling Cuckoo, singing Tree Pipit and
two Swallows at Loch Spelve and 14 Eiders at Salen Bay were highlights
of today's walk.
22nd - Tobermory A Golden Eagle glided
lazily over the Mull Magic garden this evening. Not a bad one for the Garden
List! Ruth Fleming
22nd Sub-adult Iceland Gull off Glengorm.
22nd Have been seeing 2 Golden Plovers
on the 2nd fairway at Craignure Golf Club. Also a pair of Shelducks
in Scallastle bay. Mary van Heerden -
22nd A male Reed Bunting in reedbed
on Loch na Keal at the end of kellan Farm drive. Arthur.
21st Loch Tuath, 1 Black-throated
Diver off from Tostary.
21st Loch Ba Male Redstart &
cock Mistle Thrush in song, pair of Grey Wagtails, flock of 40 Meadow Pipits,
pair of Redshanks, 7 s/p Golden Plover, 2 pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers,
4 pairs of Greylag Goose, pair of Red-throated Divers & single s/p
Slavonian Grebe were highlights of today's walk.
20th Loch Ba. Male Cuckoo calling
at Knock; Cock Redstart
singing (1st) on chimney of ruined outbuilding, Benmore Lodge,
then from nearby Coille na Sroine woods, where singing Tree Pipit also
heard; 'Drumming' Great Spotted Woodpecker on Gruline side of loch and
a male at Coille na Sroine; Four Common Sandpipers and a pair of Grey Wagtails
on loch side; Three Golden Plovers at Knockantivore, where hybrid Carrion
Crow/Hooded Crow seen; Pair of Red-throated Divers and single female Goldeneye
were highlights on loch itself. Ruth Fleming.
15th Guests reported 4 Snow Buntings
at Dùn Haunn at the same spot where the leucistic Wheatear is usually
found. They assured me they were a more rounded shape than a Wheatear.
19th at grasspoint. Greenshank, several
willow warbler. Dave Fielder
18th pair of short-eared owls hunting
over the grassland at Dervaig. 1 common sandpiper on Loch Na Keal
3 Snow Bunting on Ben More. Couldn't
believe my eyes, but managed to get my book out while they were still in
sight & identical patterns & colouring to the book. I notice your
species list says you only get them in cold winters - it had snowed the
day before. Dave Fielder
19th Tobermory. Single Jay
seen in flight at Apper Mor. Ruth Fleming.
19th Cuckoo at Killiechronan and
2 Swallows in Salen. Ewan Miles
18th Two Black Throated Divers in
Loch Mingery today. Ewan Miles
18th Cuckoo seen (and heard)
just before the 'Scenic route to Salen' turn, alongside the stream
that runs parallel to the road, also 3 SEOs near the viewing point in Glen
More. Oliver Woodman
18th Male hen harrier hunting over
fields this evening at Suidhe, west of Bunessan. Tony Jefree
18th Lochdon I heard my first Cuckoo
on 8th) of the year Alan
16th saw my first Common Sandpiper
on 13th) opposite Inch Kenneth. (17th) a Short eared Owl near the
sheep fanks by Loch na Keal and a party of Twite at Glen Seilisdeir. Pete
15th Fionnphort - Cuckoo heard today
reported by Derek Crook - Mike Wagemakers
singing male Blackcap of the Spring at Back Brae. Ruth Fleming
14th Barn Owl at 5.40 this morning
on Salen to Craignure road just by the quarry. Andy
13th Treshnish, 1 Arctic Skua in
Sound of Coll and Heron on nest in Treshnish woods
13th Loch na Keal just west of Dhiseig
Common Sandpiper (1st),
single Swallow @ Killichronan. Mike Wagemakers.
12th Glen More - 'Craig' Golden Eagles
seen mating - a little late. Mike Wagemakers
12th Glen More - 8 young sea eagles
in the air together. Two pairs of hen harriers, one at the Pennygael end
of Glen More and one opposite the 3 Lochs. David and Felicity Pollard
12th Pair Goosander in Aros Bay this
morning and beautiful Grey Wagtail at Eas Fors bridge. Andy Bayes
11th - Loch Ba. Highlights of our
walk today included a first singing male Willow Warbler of the Spring,
two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Red-throated Diver on the loch,
five Goldeneye and a singing male Grey Wagtail. Ruth Fleming
11th at Glen Seilisdeir this afternoon
delighted to hear a chiffchaff. Debby Thorne
11th April Loch Scridain 1 Willow
Warbler. Bryan Rains.
10th Treshnish, 2 Grey Wagtails at
Ensay Burn mouth (my first since 2010)!
10th Langamull. White
Wagtail (1st) of our season today. Ruth Fleming.
10th 16 Whooper Swans on Loch
an t-Suidhe, Bunessan. 8+ Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstones, 2 Shelduck, 2 Mountain
Hares and 30+ Common Seals at Fidden, Stonechat at the turn for Salen scenic
route in Glen More. Andy Bayes
9th April Fidden 1 ad Iceland Gull,
30 Barnacle Goose. Assapol 20 White-fronted Goose flying north, 4 Red-throated
Diver, 1 Whooper Swan. Loch Scridain 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphin.
9th Treshnish, the leucistic
Wheatear (breeding Snow Bunting colours) and the Scandinavian Rock Pipit
still present at Port Haunn. Prasad.
8th Approx 30 Barnacle geese on Geasgill
islands - Loch Na Keal. Martin Keivers.
8th Caliach Point, 2 Manx
Shearwaters (1st), 1 Great Skua. Prasad.
8th Croig: a Cuckoo
(1st) was seen and heard by Richard Atkinson and his group
7th, 2 Dippers 2 miles upstream from
Aros bridge and 2 Greenshank in pool by Grasspoint bridge.
just taken this partly albino Pied
Wagtail. (below) Andy Bayes
7th saw the Scandinavian race
of Rock pipit at Port Haunn. , Prasad. 8
7th Treshnish, 1 Great
Skua (1st) at Port Haunn, 3 Twite at Haunn, 1 Linnet at Treshnish
cow-barn, leucistic Wheatear has been a round for a few days at Haunn Prasad
6th Two Whooper Swans and Little
Grebe on Mishnish lochs today. Andy Bayes
5th Iceland Gull Knock end South
Shore Lock na Keal, Bar-tailed Godwit at Lagganulva Bay, 12 Sand Martins
Killiechronan and a Merlin at Loch Torr. Arthur and Pam.
5th Tobermory 36 Barnacle Geese flew
East over Tobermory at mid-day. Ruth Fleming.
5th Loch Buie today, Great Spotted
Woodpecker, Redwing, 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red Throated Divers
in Summer plumage, 4 Razorbills.Black Guillemot on Loch Spelve. Andy Bayes
3rd 2nd year Glaucous Gull at Fionnphort.
3rd Fionnphort 1 first winter
Glaucous Gull, 3 Gannet. Uisken 3 Snow Bunting. Loch Scridain 1 Northern
Wheatear. Bryan Rains .
4th we saw swallows and house martins
flying round at the campsite at the head of Loch na Keal. Diana Lawson
4th Tobermory. 2 Swallows over Tobermory
Recycling Depot (first was on 27th March)
and 3rd W Iceland Gull at Water Treatment Works. Ruth Fleming
4th Guillemott, Black Guillemott,
Razorbill, Shag, Gannets and a bonus pair of Red Throated Divers at the
entrance to Ulva Sound today. Martin
3rd 4 Wigeon in Aros Bay this morning.
3rd Loch Spelve. Female Hen
Harrier hunting rough grassland, pristine male Wheatear, eight Skylarks
in small flock feeding on grass seeds by roadside, non-singing Chiffchaff
searching buds for sustenance in extremely cold weather, 18 Whooper Swans
heading SE over loch had obviously changed their minds about migrating
north and turned back! and four Purple Sandpipers at Portfield. Ruth Fleming
3rd 3 House
Martins (1st) and a Sand Martin, yesterday at Killiechronan
camp site. Andy Bayes
3rd female Merlin at Reudle on !st
and another today at Laggan Ulva Bay. Cheers Arthur
2nd – Loch Spelve/Croggan Female
Hen Harrier, Lochdon marshes; 6 Great Northern Divers moulting into s/p;
female Wheatear, 4 Yellowhammers and ca.30 Meadow Pipits, Croggan; Singing
male Mistle Thrush, Croggan and another pair, Kinlochspelve; 5 Purple Sandpipers,
9 Turnstones and 4 Ringed Plovers, Portfield. Ruth Fleming.
1st Calgary, 4 Purple Sandpipers
at Lainne Sgeir, Prasad.
1st 3 Iceland Gulls in a Raft of
Mixed gulls off Ardmore / Glengorm out at sea today. Barn Owl calling in
Tobermory last night near Riverside court Ewan Miles
1st about 50 Eider ducks on Loch
Scridain Today. Also Stonechat and dozens of Wheatears on Loch na Keal
south Shore. Rachel and Mike Jones
1st 3 Crossbills in Glen Seilisdeir.
Bullfinch road out of Salen towards Gruline Pair of Hen Harriers in Glen
More. 5 Sea Eagles together in Glen More, including white tagged 7 and
10 Slavonian Grebes at Killiechronan.
for April 2011
18th Lochdon Bridge: a female
long-tailed duck by the bridge at Lochdon on the road down to
Grasspoint. Having seen plenty of long-tails in Scotland over the
years, i didn't pay it much attention, not realising it was a relative
rarity, but i didn't have any doubts at all about the identification at
29th: 1 Garden
Warbler beside Treshnish wood. Mike and Joanne Gurney. Prasad
29th Treshnish Haunn: I Green
Sandpiper flying from a pond beside Treshnish house. The call 'Tweee'
fits Green Sandpiper but not Wood (Green is a rare in spring in Argyll)
Also 1 Whitethroat by Treshnish wood (our first) Prasad
27th Saw Magpie fly over main
road at Pennygown
5.20pm today. Celia McIntyre
27th Lochdon: a Magpie in a local
garden this morning. Jennny Smith
26th Lochdon: a pair of Jays
appear to be breeding and a pair of Hen Harriers at a regular location.
25th Calgary: A very nice Black
Throated Diver coming into breeding plumage at Calgary on 25th. Arthur
24th April drake
Garganey pix by Sindri
9am ish. In flooded field just before Kintra, maybe 200 yards before Kintra.near
newcroft I think on east side of road. Craig Shaw
24th 3 Corncrake Iona,
White wagtail Fidden beach. 7 Golden eagle, 6 White tailed eagle, Tree
pipit, Sedge warbler, Wood warbler, cuckoo.. Peregrine, male hen
harrier, 2 Great spotted woodpecker, 10 Common Crossbill, 10 + birds. Craig
19th Iona: and heard corncrakes
in two separate locations (one behind the fire station, the other just
north of Dun I) in the afternoon. Ian Howarth
24th A Whinchat by Reudle
old schoolhouse today the 24th also a Whimbrel at Salen and a male
Linnet at the boathouse on Loch No Keal, 2 Red Throated Divers from here
24th: 1 Great Skua flying
from off the Treshnish Isles towards Treshnish Point, 1 White Wagtail and
Sedge Warblers at Haunn, Prasad
24th Ross of Mull: Plenty of migrants
around today including
Lapland Bunting and Whimbrel all seen today. Bryan
22nd Just thought I'd let you know
that I had a good view of male Merlin fly across the road that goes
from the Old Byre over the tops towards UIva Ferry.We also heard two
Corncrake calling on Iona on the 19th, Plenty of G N
Divers in Summer plumage, Marvin Muxlow (the man who found the Bee
Eaters last year)
22nd Mishnish Lochs: Pair of
4.00pm; not present on return at 4.30pm. Mistle Thrush .
18th Loch Frisa: Total of 28 singing
male Willow Warblers along stretch of Loch Frisa track from Dervaig
end to Eagle Hide. By comparison, the only other migrant songbirds were
four Tree Pipits and a solitary Blackcap, illustrating how common Willow
Warblers are here on Mull . Ruth and Stuart
22nd Lochdon: at least two singing
Grasshopper Warbler...seen and heard this evening. Alan
21st: 1 White Wagtail at Ensay.
21st Tobermory: a Magpie in a
Tobermory garden today. Carole O'Donnel
21st Killiechronan: first Sedge
Warbler singing bhere this morning. Mike Shepherd
20th : Grasshopper warbler
heard at Suidhe, Bunessan today. Tony Jefree
20th Killiechronan: There was a Magpie
in my garden this afternoon trying to get onto my bird feeder, this
is the first time I have seen one on Mull. Jan Fuller. Two
Magpies on Mull....is this a record?
20th Bunessan: Couldn't believe my
eyes when this
Magpie arrived on my roof today!!! It flew
over to the fence where it sat long enough for me to grab the camera -.
Hope it's a tourist!!. Callum Entwistle
18th Fidden: two Lapland
Buntings at Fidden. both first winter birds. watched them feeding on
the grass for fifteen minutes . looking through a telescope Charles
and Ruth Millican
19th Ardalanish beach, Ross of Mull:
Sand Martins, Tony Jefree
Corncrake reported from Iona. Sr Jean Lawson
19th Loch Spelve:
a pair of pristine White Wagtails and a pair of Short eared Owls.
Greenland White-fronted Geese photographed flying north over Treshnish.
Also I met a walker who said she had seen 2 White-fronted Geese at Killiechronan
between 2-8th April. Prasad
Cuckoo calling from nearby woods and hen harrier flying over the fields.
Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
17th Killiechronan: a Garden Warbler
singing at the camp sitr. Mike Shepherd
15th Loch Ba:
returning Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper and Redstart. Three
Teal, single Red-throated Diver and Slavonian Grebe and pair of Linnets.
Ruth and Stuart
17th Loch Ba:
Two calling Cuckoo’s, several singing Tree Pipits, one male Redstart. Five
Red-breasted Mergansers, three Goldeneye, single male Tufted Duck. Up to
five Red-throated Divers (two pairs and single bird). Pre-breeding populations
of Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Curlew, Ringed Plover
and Snipe, also Golden Plover. Several singing Skylarks and passage party
of 12 Meadow Pipits. Several Wheatears seen on 15th were probably passage
migrants. Pair of Linnets, two Grey Wagtails and single White Wagtail.
17th Loch Spelve:
calling today near Loch Spelve Mussel farm. Mike Leigh-Mallory.
15th Glen Gorm:
we saw a Scottish Crossbill and Saturday morning Jim &
16th Loch Scidain:
Pale bellied Brent Geese stopped of to rest whilst en route north to
Greenland. visitor Jim Hurles
Grasshopper Warbler just as the path from the car park at Garmony (heading
towards Fishnish) reaches the coast line. Other species included, Willow
Warbler, Siskin, Redpoll, Swallow and Meadow Pipit. Andy Oldacre/Pete Hall
– Offshore Quinish Point to Caliach Point. 16 Puffins, 20 Black Guillemots,
several Common Guillemots and Fulmars, three Manx Shearwaters and single
Razorbill; one Red-throated Diver and three Great Northern Divers seen
from aboard ‘Silver Swift’ during trip around coast of North-West Mull.
Ruth and Stuart
– Tobermory. Singing male Chiffchaff, Back Brae. Ruth and Stuart
13th: 3 Black-headed
Gulls flying from Calgary bay around Treshnish Point (scarce in north-west
Mull), 1 Manx Shearwater flying south past Treshnish Point.
Swallows and wheatears at Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jeffree
an Osprey over Lochdon this morning at 11.30 hours. Rosie Salzman
10th: first Blackcap heard
in Treshnish wood, 11th: confirmed with visual of singing male. Prasad
10th - Aros
Willow Warblers and Blackcaps now arrived, plus up
to three separate singing Chiffchaffs and drumming Great Spotted
Woodpecker. Ruth and Stuart
10th Aros Bay:
this morning I saw an Osprey. It flew in from the North West and
then headed behind the hill behind the bay, to the West. Clare Gibson.
9th - Aros
Park, Tobermory: First returning Blackcap in song, also two singing
9th Salen: Willow Warbler
singing today in Salen there was a Chiffchaff singing too.Martin
8th - Loch
Buie:7 Great Northern Divers, 2-3 Red-throated Divers, 10 male Swallows,
20 Sand Martins and
4 Yellowhammers (inc. singing male).
8th The first wistful, silvery cadence
of a returning Willow Warbler was heard (sub-song) in the Mull Magic
garden in Tobermory this morning. Spring really is just around the corner!.
Stuart and Ruth
7th Fidden 37 Barnacle Goose,
12 Golden Plover, 10 Twite. Pennyghael 1 Swallow, a Willow Warbler at
the back of the shop today also 5 Whooper Swan out the front. Bryan
7th Salen Bay. a single Whimbrel.
7th Lochdon; first Swallow seen by
Len White over his house. 1 Swallow at Treshnish House. Prasad
7th Salen: We had a Magpie
in our garden this morning. Martin Keivers
A party of 10 Whooper Swans on Ulva seen from6th
the last reported sightings report for the Pied billed Grebe.Laggan
Bay today Arthur and Pam
4th: 5 Canada Geese at Haunn,
Treshnish (Martin Ward).-Prasad's Treshnish Blog
3rd Loch na Keal: We saw a flock
of about 20 Housemartins flying west along the north shore of the
Loch, and about
10 Sand Martins and 1 Swallow the next day
at the mouth of the Aros estuary. visitors Jean & George Haskell
5th West Ardue: 12 Redwings
returning north. Pam Brown
5th Laggan Bay: The Red necked
Grebe was seen again today close in this time.
5th Balmeanach by Fishnish:
has been seen again today by Alan
3rd April A single Redwing
Crannich Farm Glen Aros, another single at Torloisk and a Whimbrel
in Aros Bay Arthur and Pam
3rd Salen Pied
billed grebe, difficult to see but still in the bay.
1st Balmeanach by Fishnish:
has been seen again today by Roger Johns
1st : White
tailed Eagle 5 1st year birds playing with a Mountain Hare skin
over Teanga Brideag, dropping from mountain top to maybe 30 feet over the
road at 75 yards range! 1st April. On which date a 1st year and a 2/3rd
year were near the road at Loch Spelvie.Two were also seen at Loch
Don. Golden Eagles pairs in Glen Leidle and over A849 near its highest
piont. Hen harrier Female im at Uiskern 31st March and Male off the Glen
Leidle road same date. John & Elizabeth Martin.
for April 2010
30th a female Hawfinch at
the Treshnish House feeder today. this is only the second record
for Mull. Anand Prasad
30th Iona: a Bee Eater was
seen here this morning at 10.00 and no further reports from Calgary area
30th Dervaig: This morning the Cuin
resident Greylags have been joined by 7 Canada Geese (Branta canadensis
- ie the big ones!). Certainly unusual for us. Rod & Gill
29th Salen: Debbie Thorne reports
Snipe at the back of her garden, always nice to
29th Dervaig: The grasshopper warblers
have, this morning, been joined in the Dervaig reed beds by Sedge Warblers.
Rod & Gill Little
28th Salen: Grasshopper warbler
singing in Salen near Old Road. Last week on passage Skerryvore
to Tiree 3 White Billed Divers, Arctic & Great Skua, Puffins
arriving and plenty of Manx Shearwaters. Martin Keivers,
28th Killunaig 1 Common Whitethroat.
Ardchrishnish 1 Whinchat, 1 Cuckoo. Fidden 10 Twite, 20 Linnet. Bryan Rains
27th Loch Beg 20 Dunlin, 5 juv WT
25th April Iona 1 Corncrake
heard, 1 Carrion Crow.
24th Loch Scridain: 4 Whimbrel,
4 Gannet. Loch Beg 2 House Martin.
28th Calgary: Bee Eaters
were seen again today at Calgary Farmhouse at about 10am. Julia Reade
26th Dervaig/Loch Cuin: Grasshopper
Warblers heard calling here by Gill Little
27th Loch Cuin by Dervaig: 6 Redshank,
1 Greenshank, 15 summer plumaged Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher.
26th Killiechronan: House martins
arrived to join the swallows also a cuckoo calling in the trees behind
our cottage, Jan Fuller
26th Calgary: The Bee Eaters
were still in the area on & off during the day, close to the Calgary
Hotel. Anand Prasad,
25th Calgary: a pair of
Bee Eaters here, close to the Calgary Hotel, apparantly they have been
around for a couple of days and were still there this evening, video footage
to follow. Arthur Brown, Rod Little, Andrew Mortley et al
25th a good day out on tour,
65 species. Highlights 5 WTE’s & 2 GE’s, Pair RT Diver close-in Loch
Scridain (between Beach and Torrans), BT Diver off Pennygael, GN Diver
everywhere. Dipper-Glen Seilisdeir. Whimbrel, Merlin, Whinchat &
Redstart -Loch na Keal, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch-Kilpatrick (Ross), Cuckoo
Ormsaig & 4 otters - Mike Wagemakers
21st Uisken - Pair of White Wagtails
on Uisken – Carol Marshall
Also two of our guests reported
today a brown, heron like bird, felt chunkier than a heron but definitely
brown with rounded wings in flight in the burn running down on to the beach
at Fionnphort Seen yesterday
18th-20th Loch Beg 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
19th April Fidden 2 Turnstone, 30 Golden Plover. Kilpatrick 1 juv White-billed
21st April Loch Beg 1 Black-tailed
Godwit. Bryan Rains
20th Loch Scridain: pair of common
sandpipers on North shore of Loch Scridain. Guess I am not the first. 5
rock doves in a party opposite Inch Kenneth and the two whooper swans
still on the three lochs in the Glen. Pete Hall.
20th a probable adult Glaucous
gull off the mouth of the Aros river, a pair of hen harriers and a
cuckoo along the Duart Castle road, 6 bar tailed godwits at
Lochdon. Also a summer GN Diver on Sound of Mull between Salen & Craignure,
plentiful in Salen Forest. 19th a male merlin near Kilninian in
the north west. Also dipper, 2 redpoll and several crossbills
in Aros park. James Astley
19th - Salen/Killiechronan: Single
Salen Bay. Small party of Crossbills, near Glen Aros House and three
of these chunky, enigmatic finches were at the Killiechronan plantation
Ruth and Stuart
18th Tavool: Speckled wood near
Tavool yesterday. Colin Moody
18th Fionnphort – Midday, a
rare occurrence for us here and watched for 10 minutes or so, stunning
view of immature WT, no wing tags, which approached from the Burg direction,
fairly low and accompanied by buzzards, then started climbing on thermals
over the house before disappearing very high in the Fidden direction.
Mike Wagemakers & Carol Marshall
16th BTO sqares today & the Mingary
Loch square at Glengorm we saw 3 Lapwings, a single Gannet, 2 Great Northern
Divers, a Great Skua, 7 Whimbrel, 8 Kittiwakes and 5 Manx Shearwaters.
In the morning before breakfast at the Dervaig end of Loch Frisa square
I saw a Red Grouse put up by my dogs, 4 Redpolls, a Tree Pipit,
2 Goosanders, 4 Red Breasted Mergansers a pair of Cormorants, a pair of
Common Sandpipers, a pair if Reed Bunting and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
A & P Brown
15th - Isle of Ulva: Single Whimbrel,
near deserted settlement at Ormaig. Ruth and Stuart
15th Along the Grasspont road: Tree
Pipits, and Redstart, a Short eared Owl in the field along the main
15th Loch Tor: Arthur Brown reports
seeing a family party of Crossbills here today.
14th Loch Frisa: first chiff
chaff at Loch Frisa - also willow warbler, sand martins - on the
Loch displaying red breasted mergansers, pair goosander, pair of goldeneye,
curlew and common gulls. Pied and grey wagtails too. Debby Thorne
14th Loch na Keal: 8 Black Throated
Divers and also Bottle Nose Dolphins in loch Na Keal by the fish farm
near Inch Kenneth The Divers flew off in 2 groups of 4 when
diturbed by 2 men in a boat. Arthur and Pam
14th Inch Kennneth: we had sightings
of 8 black throated divers in full summer plumage by the fish
farm near to Inch Kenneth. Pete Hall
15th Quinnish: Bullfinches
by estate entrance also my first Willow Warbler of the year near the same
spot. I heard the Jay again but have still to see it. Arthur Brown
14th Uisken: a single Magpie in
the garden at Uisken, confirmed by Ronnie Campbell.Tim Capper, Bryan
13th Kilchoan: 75 Pink-footed
Geese flying NW over Kilchoan at 10.30 hrs today came over Isle
of Mull airspace on their travels. Ruth and Stuart.
13th a Stock Dove yesterday
and today in the big field on the right as you turn off the Salen to Knock
road onto the Ulva ferry road toward Killichronan. It was with Rock
Doves today and Wood Pigeons. David Woodhouse
13th Loch Frisa: displaying Hen Harriers,
Golden Eagle, Goosander, Red throated Diver, Merlin, Peregrine and
Common Sandpiper help make a good day out for visitors Linda & Jim
13th Lochdon: Just had a Chiffchaff
over this side of Lochdon. Diana & Andy Oldacre
13th Just a quick note to say I've
just had a Cuckoo over the house at Ormsaig, 7.30 this morning.
Bob Hastie Cuckoos were also heard at two other locations on Treshnish
farm, Aand Prasad
12th A couple of sightings from today....
100+ Pink-footed Geese flying North and 1 Chiffchaff
at Mill Brae.
On the butterfly front Peacocks were
out in force yesterday. Bryan Rains
Lochdon has four juvenile Whooper
Swans, seem to have lost their mum & dad ?
11th Bunessan: Great delight today
when we had our first Wheatears (4) in our garden at Bunessan. Straight
away, one of them went into the nest site they used last year in our wall.
Fantastic little birds!. Callum Entwistle
11th Dervaig: a male reed bunting
spent the day around the bird table at Tigh Fraoich. (A first for
our garden). Also a Common Sandpiper was on Loch Cuin this
morning. Rod & Gill Little
10thTobermory: Singing Willow
Warbler in garden, and singing Blackcap, Prison Brae this morning.
Ruth and Stuart
10th House martin on Uisken beach
(Ross of Mull) this afternoon – also several wheatear. small tortoishell
butterfly on the heath at Suidhe (west of Bunessan, Ross of Mull). Tony
10th Andy Oldacre phoned from Croig
with his first Willow Warbler sighting of this year, also at Loch
Buie. Linda and Jim Hurles. (looks like we had an influx of this summer
migrant last night).
10th Pennyghael: Willow Warbler
at Pennyghael this morning. Bryan Rains.
9th 2 seperate flocks of Redwings
at Torlouisk and Lagganulva and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan.
9th Lochdon: a pair of Jays seen
(again) today near the Eaglewatch caravan. Andy Oldacre
9th Iona: Just to let you know I
saw the first Corncrake this morning at 8.15am at the crossroads
on the way to the Machair on Iona. Carol Kirkpatrick (this is a very early
8th Loch Ba: a Whimbrel
over Loch Bar today and landed briefly in a field at Gruline before flying
over the trees towards Loch Na Keal. I also saw my first Mull Sand Martins
at Lagganulva today. Arthur
8th Swallows reported from
Pennyghae, Duart Castle and Knock today. Pam Brown, Bob Hastie, Colin Moody
8th Lochdon: Just seen a Sand
Martin at the EagleWatch caravan. [10.30 hrs]
Pete Hall with two guests;reported
at the Isle of Mull Hotel . Angus & Eileen Slorach
had a House Martin
in Salen yesterday. Spring must be here!!
7th Loch Frisa: Male Reed Bunting
at the hide today, together with Golden Eagle, pair of displaying Buzzards,
Sparrowhawk, pair of Goldeneye, pair of Red breasted Mergansers, 6 Lapwings,
Sand Martin numbers are increasing. Debby Thorne
7th Grasspoint etc: a White-tailed
Eagle from Grasspoint . A single Golden Eagle soaring overhead
and 2 Whooper Swans on the 2 small lochs at Glen More. 8 Great northern
diver on Loch Scridain. 2 male and 4 female Crossbill feeding on
cones on the road between Balevulin and Balinahard. At least 2 Red
throated divers and 4 Slavonian grebe on Loch na Keal. And 2 Slavonian
grebe at Lagganulva. John and Jon Greep
7th: A couple of sightings from today....
White Front Geese still present in fields opposite Macdougalls Garage.
First Barn Swallow at Pennyghael this evening. Bryan Rains
7th: today after 6 days of looking
my first Manx Shearwater flying north off Treshnish Point.
4th Loch Spelve: five White-tailed
in air together, single Golden Eagle, male Hen Harrier,
several singing Skylarks and parachute display flighting Meadow Pipits
and our first all-singing-and-dancing male Wheatear of the Spring
3rd April : 2 Crossbills,
Killiechronan and single Woodcock flushed from birch scrub, Killiechronan
to Salen track
1st April : 2 Crossbills, Aros
Park. Ruth and Stuart
4th Kittiwakes back at Cailiach Point,
also a Gannet went through and we saw a Snipe in the boggy area. 4 Shelducks
at Lagganulva, 7 Redshank and a Greenshank at Dervaig. Arthur Discover
3rd Calgary Bay: 2 Red Throated
Divers at Calgary Bay, 26 Great Northern Divers between Kellan Mill and
Killichronan camp site a male Hen Harrier and a male Merlin from eagle
watch caravan at Loch Don. Arthur Discover Mull
2nd Loch Frisa: first arrival
of Sand martins checking out their old burrows, plus a pair of pied
and grey wagtails. Also male and female hen harrier showing regularly.
Two pairs of Goldeneye, 2 pairs of RB Mergansers, 1 pair red and 1 pair
black throated divers. Debby Thorne
2nd Treshnish Point: first Bonxie,
One between Treshnish Point and the Treshnish Isles Also today one possible
at Treshnish wood. Large, long winged, Anand Prasad
1st Lochdon: 1 Greenshank, 9 Redshank,Wigeon,
Teal, 6 s/p Black headed Gulls. Alan Spellman
31st March 2 Snow Bunting in Glen
More. Bryan Rains
29th March 22 Whooper Swan flying
North over Ardtun. Bryan Rains
for April 2009
a note to let you know that on my trip today, (in the pouring rain this
morning!) we spotted both Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler on the
Grasspoint road . Pete Hall
the first Wood Warbler in the organic garden. David Allan
28th Glen Forsa
shoreline: 1 Whimbrel, 6 Wheatear, 12 Meadow Pipits and 25 White Wagtai.
Stuart Gibson. Croggan 30+ Pinkfoot flew north over Crogan flying north.
Alan Spellman/Athur Brown also here a Common Whitethroat heard. Pam Brown
reed beds: a newly arrived Sedge Warbler heard mimicking the call of a
Spotted Crake. Is there one hiding somewhere in the reedbed ? Alan
27th our first
Sedge Warbler & Cuckoo at Haunn, Treshnish farm.Also today 2 Great
Skuas off the North of Treshnish Isles, Anand Prasad
Bay: 2 summer plumaged Black tailed Godwits here this morning. Stuart Gibson
27th: 1st summer
Iceland Gull still present at Tobermory harbour, also, 2 singing male Blackcaps,
Back Brae, Tobermory, including one mimicking song of Garden Warbler -
Felicity Hansen & Stuart Gibson.
24th Loch Buie:
6 Great northern Diver,, 1 Red throated Diver. Salen Bay a Whimbrel. Stuart
First cuckoo heard at Viewmount today. Pair of siskins on the peanut
feeder this morning, and a pair of grey wagtails seem to have taken up
residence in the garden as I've seen them most days for the past fortnight.
The Iceland gull is in Tobs harbour this morning, close to wall, very easy
to see with naked eye, preening, standing with several herring gulls.
24th Loch Scridain:
1 Black-throated Diver.Uisken 3 Dunlin, 1 Red-throated Diver. Fidden 1
Purple Sandpiper, 50 Dunlin, 300 Golden Plover, 23 Black-tailed Godwit,
15 Whimbrel, 3 Turnstone. Bryan Rains
23rd: 2 Short
Eared Owls on Dervaig to Torloisk hill road, also 3 Bar Tailed Godwits
and a Greenshank at Dervaig and we had our first Yellowhammer of the summer
in the garden yesterday and now have Siskins in good numbers here. Arthur
& Pam Brown
- A flock of about 25 Raven around lambing sheep at Glengorm. - Shaun Mccullagh
Fidden: 2 Ravens, 8 Tufted duck on Loch Pottie, Peregrine at Tiraghoil.
to Shiaba: 2 Golden eagles, 2 Hen Harriers, 5 Buzzards and single Kestrel,
plus Song Thrush, 12 Sand Martins over Loch Harrison.Tony Jenkins
Cuckoo in woodland, 6 Twite at Fidden, Canada Goose flying towards Kinloch,
Woodcock flying over Bunessan, 2 Gannets offshore south of Iona
2 Bar tailed godwits, 120 Golden Plover, several Dunlin, 20+ Ringed Plover,
Little Stint, 6 Curlew and single Whimbrel. Greenfinch & Rred Throated
Diver off Iona. Tony Jenkins
20th - Up to
12 Great northern divers on Loch Scridain, plus single Black throated
Diver & several small parties of razorbills, Twite still present at
Fidden Tony Jenkins
21st Oban Ferry:
a Manx shearwater seen from Oban ferry. Felicity Hanson. Caliach Point:
Manx Sheerwater watched from here, between Coll and Mull.
Cuin: 20 summer plumaged Bar tailed Godwit stopped here to rest & feed
en route north Arthur Brown.
Iceland Gull was still in Tobermory harbour today around the chip van.
Two Peregrines were circling over the town for a few minutes. Anand Prasad
flock of circa 100 Golden Plover plus Skylarks, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits
all over the place and at least 7 White Wagtails amongst them. Alan
Stuart Gibson reports a male Orange tip butterfly in his garden today.
18th Bird Club
Field Meeting Duart and Torosay. Total of 45 species seen.
The main highlight was at least
7 singing male
Blackcaps in Torosay Woods.. Today 20th - Male Long Tailed Duck still showing
well at Lagganulva. On Ulva there is a male Canada Goose paired with
a female Grey Lag. Pair of Black Guillemots seen close to the ferry.
Andrew Mortley reports seeing a Male Marsh Harrier on the Dervaig-Tobermory
road near Dervaig. A close sighting along the side of the road. A very
scarce passage migrant, usually seen between April—June
A female Marsh
Harrier was seen on the 27th April 2007. The sighting was at Grasspoint
at around 19.00hrs, and the bird appeared to come in from the coast and
flew within about 50 yards of our group Malcolm Taylor
In 2006 an
immature female was seen flying along the coast at Salen 7th May. Possibly
the same bird that was reported on Coll on 8th and Tiree on 9th.
19th: The long
tailed Duck showing very well and very close at lagganulva bay.
18th 42 Meadow
Pipits, 16 Skylarks, 12 Wheatear, 2 Linnets, 2 Grey Wagtails, a Golden
Eagle and a Peregrine Falcon amongst 24 species seen on the Gribun Tetrad.
Iceland Gull in the harbour with other gulls. Alan
first Manx Shearwater for this year, 2 birds between Treshnish Point and
Treshnish Isle and another about an hour later. Anand Prasad
Bay: 5 Great northern Diver, single male Long Tailed Duck, Razorbill. Karen
and Dave Leeming
male Hen Harrier seen at 11.00 am. Callum McEwan (aged 12) and Dad
Golf course: White Fronted Goose along with 13 turnstone. 4 ringed
plover on shore near airstrip and chiffchaff heard near Glenforsa hotel.
Razorbill in Loch na Keal - Griburn end. - Iceland gull still present in
Tobermory. 17th Mick & Sylvia Brennan.
with Sandmartins on airstrip along with several wheatears.
Redwing with two Mistle Thrush, male Merlin hunting meadow pipits also
over Glen Forsa airfield.
13th - Iceland
gull in Tobermory. Dave Pierce
12th 4 whooper
swans on loch in the wilderness along with 6 golden eagles in the air together
and 4 short eared owls around the same time in the early evening.
Common Sandpiper near pennygael along with single greenshank. Really good
otter sightings near griburn rocks. Mick and Sylvia Brennan
The first Grasshopper Warbler seen and heard at the reed bed, also a Reed
Bunting and Common Sandpiper. Pam & Arthur Brown,
16th Loch na
Keal/Scarisdale: Cuckoo calling on & off for the 1.5 hrs. Dave Pierce
17th Loch Frisda:
a summer plumaged Black throated Diver here. Debbie Thorne.
I have a report of Corncrake being heard on the island.
a singing Blackcap, Stuart Gibson, also Loch Frisa produced 7 Raptors,
Golden Eagle, WTSE, Buzzard, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Hen
Harrier plus Crossbill and singing Goldcrests.
1 Common Tern seen from the Kiloan ferry. Swallow seen regularly by Loch
Frisa since 8th April. 4 House Martins seen by Loch Frisa on 16th April.
first reported House Martins at Lagganulva Bay today. Arthur Brtown
a Chiffchaff singing here. Bryan Rains
14th Loch Beg:
1st summer Ring-billed Gull. Bryan Rains.
11 Lesser Black-backed Gull. Uisken 4 Linnet, 4 Twite.14th Glen More: a
cracking female Merlin perched at the roadside. Lots of Swallows and Sand
12th Aros Estuary:
first Common Sandpiper here this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
Arthur Brown reports 2 Lesser Black backed Gull here.
3 Short eare4d Owls and 2 Hen Harriers over this morning. Stuart Gibson
2 Swallows reported by Own Tyson.
There was the first Cuckoo calling today.Colin Moody
10th Loch na
Keal: Grey Wagtail, 15 Eider duck, 3 Great northern Diver, lots of Meadow
pipits & Skylarks. AS
5th top of
Beinn a' Graig. (behind Scarisdale Point, Loch na Keal): a Ring Ouzel here
today by visitor, Peter Holmes.
Siskins and a male Blackcap on my garden feeder today. Alan Spellman
Golf course: a single White fronted Goose and a Willow Warbler. Andy Oldacre
Four Yellowhammers at my feeder at Scoor this afternoon Scott Scott
& Dianne Gates
7th Loch Beg:
4 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 female Goosander. Bryan Rains
a second Willow Warbler here today. Shaun & Elizabeth Mccullagh
Our first Willow Warbler sighted by Shaun Mcccullagh
2 Iceland Gulls in harbour, 7 Slavonian Grebes on Loch na Keal.20 Sandmartin
at Killiechronan, 20 Skylarks at Kellan. Stuart Gibson
group of 6 redshank on the shore. Colin Moody
2nd Loch Buie:
first swallow today down at Loch Buie - has summer arrived? Debby Thorne
Three redwings in the garden this morning. Sheila Barnard.
Bay: a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe, one on Loch Cuin. (by Dervaig)
plus Greenshank, Redshank, Teal, Wigeon. At Caliach Point were 3 Lesser
black backed Gulls. Steve Kirk/Alan Spellman
1st Loch Torr:
2 swallows over Loch Torr. Had a close view of WTSE just over my garden
wall (Viewmount Tobermory). Sheila & Tim Barnard
for April 2008
by Andrew Mortley
Lapland Bunting by Mick Brennan
30th Loch Scridain:
a pair of Shelduck this morning at Kilfinichan Bay, also cuckoo at Tavool
on Sunday and here (Glen Seilisdeir) yesterday. Good to see our nesting
swallows back. Michael & Lynda Hadow
2 Whimbrel flew over Cailiach and 1st Whinchat of the year on territory
down Cailiach point road. 1st Sedge Warbler at Dervaig reed beds. heard
and seen, Arthur Brown
4 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover. 1 Hen Harrier in Glen Bellart and 2 at Loch
Frisa. 2 full summer plumage Black-headed Gulls at Aros Castle and a Cuckoo
and a single Red Grouse at Torloisk.
29th Golf Course:
Canada Geese in Bowmans field opposite golf course. Clare Fellows
heard Cuckoo here today and a Tree creeper on my plum tree. Jan Fuller
28th 24 Whimbrel
at Fidden, 5 Hen Harriers at various locations including a male displaying
with 2 Golden Eagle flying , Cuckoo at Uisken and Loch Beg, 3 Dunlin and
5 Golden Plover at Loch Beg. Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
28th - Fidden
11+ newly arrived Whimbrel - Carol Marshall
sightings included - Loch Beg 1 male Common Scoter, 2 Dunlin. Bunessan
1 Gadwall. Fidden 1 Wigeon, 3 White Wagtail plus Whimbrel heard. Bryan
27th :As well
as birds mentioned on field trip also saw Redstart good day with
On a tour on
sunday 27th displaying male Hen Harrier Glen Bellert, Cuckoo Glen Aros,
Reed Bunting and Twite Lagganulva, full summer plumaged Red Throated Diver
Calgary Bay and finally at Cailliach Point 6 Manx Shearwater, Gannet and
a Great Skua and Tree pipit Ardrioch Farm. Arthur and Pam
26th Bird Club
Torosay Walk : Wood Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Grassjhopper Warbler
26th Iona First
Corncrakes heard today Sr jean Lawson
Point: about 1 hours watching, 2 Manx Shearwater,1 Great Skua Anand
Tonight, (2030hrs) a flock of House Martin over. Approx. 30 birds. Andy
Loch Beg 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Razorbill, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Cuckoo.
Uisken 20 Redshank, 2 Dunlin Beach 2 Tree Pipit, 1 female Hen Harrier.
Fidden 1 Pink-footed Goose, 80 Golden Plover. Bryan Rains
21st - Off
Lismore Lighthouse single Manx Shearwater - seen from ferry - Mike Wagemakers
Michael Timms had a Magpie in his garden this afternoon,
Rod Little reports the Nuthatch nowin his garden (opposite the church)
sightings included 1 female Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Redpoll,
1 Long-tailed Tit at Beach.1 drake Gadwall at Bunessan and 1 Black-tailed
Godwit at Fidden - Wild About Mull tour.
18th Loch Pottie
Pair Common Sandpiper, Canada Goose taken up territory by island at southern
end, Gadwall still in Bunessan Bay - Mike Wagemakers
16th Glen More:
a first Redstart in Glen More and one heard one along the Grasspoint
Road 17th Andy Oldacre
The Nuthatch has turned up in Dervaig in Shauns Garden.
A first Sedge Warbler along the Gorston road. Geaf Brody
House Martin Jack Brodie
Forsa: A Lapland Bunting along the road towards Kilbeg Cottage. Mick
& Sylvia Brennan
14th Loch na
Keal: 2 Iceland Gulls Derryguaig, Loch Na Keal 17.00 Jack Brodie
First Cuckoo seen but not heard along the Grasspoint Road. Alan Spellman
I have just received a rather late report from Richard Atkinso (Wildlife
tour operator) of a very early Common Sandpiper seen at Lochdon bridge
on 2nd April
Dates: 2 -
12 April 2008 Northern Wheatear everywhere especially along
the Calgary - Tobermory coast. Also, big flocks of Redwing everywhere.
Female Pintail on Dervaig bog/Loch Cuin
8th: 2 female
Merlin (or same one twice) chasing Meadow Pipit on coast between Croig
and Langamull. One male at very close range over Dervaig bog in evening.
Willow Warbler seen singing by roadside - Dervaig (evening). Dervaig bog
until dark: Water Rail calling. Small flocks of Sand Martin and Pied Wagtail
roosting in reeds at dusk. Snipe drumming, Woodcock roding. 9th: Dervaig
bog until dark: first Swallow.
seen briefly at close range emerging from reeds and calling (shrill scream)
Cuin (am) Common Sandpiper.
12th Loch Na
Keal, 3 Swallows, 3 Great Northern Divers, 5 Slavonian Grebe (a first for
me) and heard 2 Willow Warblers singing. And near Eorsa, one of the East
coast WTSE, tag white 7, being mobbed by Buzzards and Ravens.
Andy & Hazel Kirkham
12th Loch Buie:
Saw my fist pair of swallows Alastair Gossage
Hen Harrier flying high, also an Otter was spotted in the fiels in front
of the hide area Janet & Bill Ackroyd
flocks of Pied Wagtail for White Wagtail, up to 3 Alba along Loch na Keal
at bird feeders, Frachadil House, Calgary. A first for Mull. Very excited
!. Andrew Mortley
10th This morning
at the Eaglewatch: Small party of Redpoll [6 birds] Common Crossbill [5
birds] Pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker Andy Oldacre
1030hrs 25 Whooper flying North over the Eagle watch hide area Alan Spellman
- 4th April. Spring migrants in large numbers at Treshnish
point – recorded 8 Wheatear, goodnumbers of Meadow and Rock Pipit
and 15 Pied Wagtail on 31st. Raven, Buzzard, Fulmar, Great Black
Backed Gull, Guillemot and Gannet also showing well. Malcolm Ward
beach, 2nd, 1st Sand Martin of year. A single Great Northern Diver
seen every day at entrance to bay. Malcolm Ward
managed to see the Chiffchaff at the Eagle Watch hide yesterday but I also
saw a Jay there too! There is still about 300 Barnacle Goose on Inch Kenneth(7th).
5th Loch Beag
(Beg) (with a Pied) N shore, also along Loch na Keal (AS) and
pair Goosander on Mishnish lochs yesterday 7/4 Dave Pierce
at the Eaglewatch caravan this morning [also heard by Alan Skeates] and
later near our house, the unmistakable call of our First Willow Warbler.
Andy Oldacre, Alan Skeats
8th Loch Spelve:
8 Golden Plover in full summer plumage, plus Lapwing and 4 Wheatear (2m/2f)
8th Look out
for a hybrid Carrion/Hooded Crow by the Mishnish Lochs above Tobermory.
The first Swallow was reported over Lagganulva by Pam Brown Discover Mull
Bay: there were at Fishnish bay Dave Pierce
One sand martin flying over garden Iain and Helen King
5th Loch na
Keal:Two bullfinches attacking my plum blossom today Jan Fuller
On na Keal
I got 27 and 40 Slavonian Grebe. Both were spread throughout the
loch as far as Eorsa. The same afternoon I managed a quick count of Loch
Scridain and got 17 GND and one Slav at the loch head only.
3rd April -
3 Wheatears (2 male, 1 female) between Fionnphort & Fidden - Carol
Marshall Mike W
plumage Black Throated Diver well seen from the Loch Frisa Hide, also Golden
Eagle and of course the WTSE's. - Shaun Mccullagh
had half a dozen Sand Martins this morning, flying past Craignure towards
Duart. Andy & Hazel Kirkham
2nd April 2008,
19.00 hrs. One Sand Martin flying over our house in Lochdon Andy Oldacre
for April 2007
18th Loch Frisa:
both chicks at Loch Frisa had been found dead beneath the nest tree, It
seems that the chicks may have fallen out of the nest when the adults were
in territory dispute with a pair of Golden Eagles
white wagtail Joyce Watson
first Whitethroat at Loch Torr also a male Goosander there
Arthur Discover Mull Tour
of Whinchat down Cailiach Point road you could get a good picture. Had
a reeling Grasshopper in a boggy part of our wood yesterday am
6 Crossbills including one male feeding in scots pines Cuin Road Dervaig.
one Wood Warbler, lighthouse path Tobermory
One Redstart heard in Quinish woods
firstWood Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, first Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler,
Goldcrest all heard at - Shaun Mccullagh
between Salen and Tob - at the Tob end is a layby on the seaward side of
the road. Red kite over there today at 5pm, moving from the sea side of
the road towards the Loch Frisa side. Celia McIntyre
28th Ross of
Mull: sighting of around 60 Golden Plover in fields at Ardachy, also
a lovely close up view of a Tawny owl sitting on a wall at Monachuich.
Dun da Ghaoithe: 3 Snipe on lower slopes, 2 Goldies at summit.Probable
of Ptarmigan, heard a call coming from above the second mast, Had Cuckoos
calling on most days at various places, especialy towards the end of the
week when weather picked up. Andy & Hazel Kirkham
House Martins put in an appearance. Norma Dowling
6 Black tailed Godwit Anand Prasad
4 reeling Grasshopper warblers at Dervaig this morning 6-30am and I managed
to get good sightings of one of them. At Calgary a Twite, 4 Lesser Black
Backed Gulls & a pair of Ringed Plover doing their courtship flight.
At Cailiach there were Wheatear everywhere a pair of Linnet, Grey Wagtail,
Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails, a courting pair of Reed Bunting
and lastly a pair of pristine summer plumaged Whinchats my first of the
year. The views werte stunning, at 6am temperature 1 degree celcius by
8am it was up to 9 degrees. Great morning Arthur.
26th Loch Pottie:
We have keeping an eye on a nesting Canada Goose for week or two in the
hills between Fidden and Loch Pottie, still well settled. Carol Marshall
& Mike Wagemakers
8 Whimbrel , 11 Shelduck, Summer Great Northern Diver, 6 - 10 Teal amongst
the usual at Fidden. Single Sand Martin Loch Pottie. Carol
Marshall & Mike Wagemakers
20th Loch Scridain:
a pair of Long-tailed duck on Loch Scridain from Penyghael (last record
was Sept 2006 at Calgary & Loch Ba) also about 15 great northern divers.
Heard Corncrake (Iona) and had a female merlin over the north beach.Peregrine
mobbing a golden eagle along Glen More on the 19th. 14 Arctic Tern
pass the ferry in the Sound of Mull on our way back to Oban on the 22nd
April. Rachel Coombes & Robin Harvey
a small flock of 43 Pale bellied Brent Geese, resting before moving north
later that day, also about 20 Black tailed Godwit. Bryan Rains
reed bed: a first Grasshopper Warbler singing Arthur Brown
visitors Andrew & Hazel Kirkham have heard a Cuckoo at Grasspoint
Killiechronan: 14 Black tailed Godwit some in summer plumage feeding in
field. Arthur Brown
male hen harrier this morning over Antium farm and surrounding area. Watched
it for some time while it flew about the hills. Clare Fellows
21st from Oban-Craignure
ferry: Great Northern Diver summer plumage, Red Throated Diver Immature
in. Craignure bay,6 Razorbill in Firth of Lorn (from Craignure-Oban
ferry) Stuart Gibson.
an Osprey flew north over Pennygowan today. Sue Dewar
17th Glen More
First Cuckoo heard, Dervaig Farm - Male Hen Harrier, Loch Spelve - Peregrine
- Several Bar Tailed Godwits - Redshank.
10 Black Tailed Godwit in Summer Plumage, Loch Scridain - Single
Ring Billed Gull
a Magpie flew through a local garden in Salen. Roger Johns
reed bed: Moorhen in the reeds by the river, and 2 Grey Phalaropes
on Loch Na Keal. Barnical geese 80 Barnacal geese on staffa. Adam Walmsley,
18th Iona :
Tree Sparrow with the House Sparrow's feeding in the garden of the
Bishop's Palace on Iona is the first Mull record since 1985. Alex
flock of 300 Golden Plover at Ardalanish & single Sanderling on the
beach at Ardalanish still in winter plumage. Alex Nicol
Point :7 Lesser Black-Backed gulls and a single Knot , also Tree Pipit
in garden. A Brown
19th At the
EagleWatch caravan [between 08.00 and 12.00 hrs] I Swallow, Sand Martin,Male
Redpoll. Andy Oldacre.
: a group of 20+ migrating Redwings feeding in our garden in Erray Road
, at around 7 p.m, presumably on their way back to Scandanavia. Monica
& Ian Wilson Creagorry B & B Tobermory
: a female Pintail (scarce) at Dervaig reed bed area this morning. also
for the wqeek, 7 Greenshank at Lochdon, 5 Slavonian Grebes (Summer plumage)
Loch na Keal, Water Rail calling and Reed Bunting at Dervaig, David Hatfield
First Corncrake heard by local resident. Sr Jean Lawson
7th -14th Mull
& Iona: 100 species recorded which was most satisfying.some of
our more interesting sightings being:-
Summer plumaged birds- 2 Sound of Mull, opp. Golf Course. Redwing 10+ Salen
Airfield, also at Killichronoran fields, t Croggan, and Calgary hotel
, Black-throated Diver Pair. Loch Ba, & 1 off Penyghael, Gooosander
Drake on Aros river & Loch Torr, Canada Goose, 2 Craignure golf course,
with Grey-lags on the Salen Airfield, Barnacle Goose, 50+ visible on Inch
Kenneth, Crossbill at Aros bridge,
15 on fields at Fidden, 64 over Iona. On 13th First Common Sandpiper,
Kinloch hotel shore, Pink-footed Goose, c160 flying high north up
Sound of Mull, Salen on 14 th & c120 flying high north over Loch Don,
from Grasspoint on same day, David Clugston et al.
flock of Golden Plover on the moor behind the house (Bunessan). Male Hen
Harrier hunting on the seaward side of the road. Pair of Canada Geese still
in Bunessan Bay. Callum Entwistle
The Ring billed Gull was showing extremely well this afternoon (14.30 hrs
on 17th) on the George street foreshore, OBAN, quite literally strutting
it's stuff, in it's own inimitable way. S Gibson
saw a pair of Bullfinches yesterday on the road to Quinish. Also sandmartins
in the big layby where the nestholes are, where the logs are stored (Glen
Bellart) a pair of Goldeneye on Mishnish Lochs Louise Fellows, Clare Fellows.
/ Loch Spelve 3 Great Norther Divers together one in
summer plumage, 4 Black Guillemot (pair & 2 singles), Raft of
105 Eider by the fish farm, 2 Swallows and several Willow Warblers. Shaun
a male Hen Harrier on our way to Tobermory, Also a pair of
Crossbills in light wood between Balmeanach tea room and Jimmy the vet.
Also a Leucistic Chaffinch at the feeder in our garden. Lynda and Miachael
Hadow, Tigh na Con, Tiroran.
: Heard a Chiffchaff yesterday (13 April) in the wood byTreshnish House.
Greenshank still on the pools above the bridge, plus two Snipe. The latter
given away by their calls. Five pairs of Red-breasted Merganser too. Plenty
of Willow Warblers in evidence now and a Swallow up by Ardnadrochit
Loch Torr 2
male and a female tufted duck Duncan & Sue Hall
The Ring billed Gull appears still to be present at the George Street foreshore,seen
in gathering gloom at 20.30 hrs this evening. Stuart Gibson
Warbler in woods around Aros Loch and single GSWP, single Little Grebe
on Mishnish Lochs.
Golden Eagle, single male Goosander on Loch Torr, Quinish Heronry - 8 nests
with hatched young. Shaun Mccullagh
11th Loch Frisa:
Peregrine (Male) flew past Loch Frisa WTSE hide. also one here about 10
days ago, single Red Throated Diver at Loch Frisa Fish Farm. Shaun Mccullagh
For the last
3 or 4 years there has been a small rookery near Tobermory Golf Course,
but no sign of any birds or nests this year. Shaun Mccullagh
Sandmartins and Bunessan Redshank Tony Jeffree
13th Loch Beg:
First Common Sandpiper seen here today. Bryan Rains
First Corncrake of the year reported today. John Bowler
This morning was 'busy' in the bay opposite the house, at one time I had
the following in my scope - 2 pair Canada geese, 2 pair Greylag, 2 pair
Red Merganser, one pair Eider and a seal swimming about in the middle of
them. The Gadwall drake was at Bunessan Bridge at midday, unfortunately
he still seems to be a bachelor! Callum Entwistle
35-40 Redwings at killiechronan today, Red throated Diver at Lagganulva.
9th Loch Torr:
Male Goosander on loch Torr also a Redwing At Gribun. 8th Merlin
Female at Cailiach.AB
9th Coll: first
Crex Crex seen and heard today on Coll. Simon Wellock RSPB
The Swallows have returned today seen by Andy & Diana Oldacre and Pam
& Len White.
pair of Bullfinches are busy destroying our plum blossoms but they're so
handsome, who can begrudge them? Sheila Barnard
Point: first Great Skua of the year today off shore from Haunn, Treshnish
towards Treshnish Isles. Several Manx Shearwater also seen today but they
have probably been around for a few days judging by the numbers. Also seen
today, 2 Twite at treshnish cowbarn. On 3rd April there were two Merlins
huntingtogether above Ensay Burn, Treshnish and on 5 April 21 Whooper Swans
flew noth over Treshnish Lochan, sometimes they land there.We have a pair
of Redwing still at Haunn cottages,Treshnish as of yesterday 7th April,
they have been heard singing.
a female Emperor Moth came to a light trap and layed eggs on the funnel
of the trap! It has been moved to safety in the heather. Anand Prasad
On Eaglewatch, Owen Tyson saw our first Willow Warbler.
places: Dippers at Aros bridge and Eas Fors, A female Merlin at Ulva Ferry
and at Tobermory Lighthouse walk a Treecreeper and female Bullfinch, Yellowhammers
in the garden Arthur Brown.
A very noisy flock of redwings spent a short time resting in our tall spruce
trees this evening. Too many to count (and some well hidden in the
trees) but they certainly made their presence known! Sheila Barnard
lochan. 21 Whooper flying north over Treshnish lochan Anand Prasad.
5th Ensay Burn
2 Merlin, hunting in cooperation over Ensay Burn , 9 singles on other
We saw 2 female crossbills on conifers above Ledmore. Duncan & Susan
Flock of about 50 Redwing over the garden this morning. Shaun Mccullagh
Sandmartins over the Eaglewatch Caravan, plus Reed Bunting. Andy Oldacrem,
3rd Inch Kenneth:
a single Black throated Diver, 6 Greenshank resting before moving north
again. A Brown
a single Housemartin flying along the road. Andy & Diana Oldacre
3 newly arrived Sandmartins at Killiechronan camp site today. Arthur Brown
Andy & Diana Oldacre, Stuart Gibson, Shaun Mccullagh, Duncan &
Susan Hall, Sheila Barnard. Owen Tyson, Anand Prasad, Pam & Len White,
Callum Entwistle, John Bowler,Tony Jeffree, Duncan & Sue Hall, Lynda
and Michael Hadow, Louise Fellows, Clare Fellows, Callum Entwistle,
David Clugston, David Hatfield, Monica & Ian Wilson, Alex Nicol, Adam
Walmsley, David Jowett, Roger Johns, Sue Dewar, Nev Paterson, Andrew &
Hazel Kirkham, Coombes & Robin Harvey, Carol Marshall & Mike
Wagemakers, Norma Dowling,
for April 2006
first Corncrake heard on Iona, Sr J Lawson. 2 Corncrakes singing
in front of abbey
White-fronted Goose with 12 Greylags in pasture just north of abbey. 3
1 Red-throated Diver in Sound of Iona. 4 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin and 1 Turnstone
on shoreline here too. About 30 nests active in Rookery. Chiffchaff
(migrant) in allotments. Mark Newsome.
Yarrow, Tyne and Wear
a single Curlew Sandpiper in the evening at high tide. David Edwards (visitor)
Lochdon. John & Angela Preston had 4 Bullfinches (2 pairs) visit their
garden. Wood Warbler singing in woodland by Toronsay Castle, along
with Blackcap, 2-3 Lesser Redpolls and Treecreeper.2 adult Whooper Swans,
1 Goldeneye and 4 Tufted Ducks on Loch Pottie. Mark Newsome 28th Aros Bay.
60+ Golden Plover in field at Tenga today, Black Throated Diver at Aros
Bay.Grasspoint road. first Wood Warbler. singing about half mile past forst
house. Alan Spellman 1 White Wagtail near Ulva ferry. 8 Great Northern
Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and 15 Red-breasted
in Loch Na Keal. Mark Newsome
Pair of Canada Geese and six Golden Plover in fields by Kentallen.Jenny
Whimbrel. Carol Marshall.
heard a Grasshopper Warbler this morning, a few yards from his house. Andy
Loch na Keal.
Blackcap by the side of the loch.
2 Housemartins reported by Pam & Arthur Brown.
24th 1 male
Whinchat (first) at Loch Spelve and 2 Puffins from Lochaline-Fishnish
ferry. Mike Coleman (Heatherlea Wildlife Tours) Loch Cuin. 31 Black
tailed Godwits flew in to rest. Charles Morgan
fish farm outfall. an Iceland Gull amongst Herring & Common Gulls.
On Eagle Watch
this morning, the female Merlin was back along the fence posts and the
favourite rock. It has been around in the same area for over a week now.
Andy Oldacre.one Loch Torr held a lone Whooper Swan. Loch na Keal.
Iceland Gull on the north shore of Loch na Keal adjacent to the boat house
in a group of immature Herring Gulls Shaun Mccullagh. Killechronan
2 Goldcrests amongst my shrubs. Jan Fuller.
bridge. First Sedge Warbler, 3 Greenshank, Great Spotted Woodpeckers
prs Red breasted Merganser. Stuart Gibson. 2 lesser black backed gulls
today our first
of the year. Pam & Arthur Brown. (Discover Mull Tours) Langamull area:
two White Wagtails. David Hatfield
20th Glen Forsa.
in garden of kilbeg cottage, glen forsa. a female Black Redstart. (photographed)
plus golden plover at edge of Loch na Keal. Sylvia Brennan.
headland: Sea Eagle (ad. over cliffs at Port Chill Bhraonian); Ravens;
SlavoinanGrebe (2 close in at Port Chill Bhraonian); lots more W Warblers;
Cuckoo seen & calling (Glengorm Castle woods); Mishnish lochs: almost
certainly a 2nd year Ring-billed Gull washing with Herring & Gt BB
Gulls; Whooper Swan (Loch Tor). Loch Cuin: Greenshank (1); quite a few
Swallows. David Hatfield
20th . A
possible Little Egret - Judy Fairbairn who lives in Cuin Lodge is fairly
certain she saw one flying down Loch Cuin early one morning about 2 days
ago. Her discription fits and judging from their rapid spread north,
not impossible. her discription was "heron like but smaller and totally
white with faster wing beats". If it was a L E surely someone else
may have seen it!
We have had
up to six Bullfinches in the garden this week feeding on hawthorn buds,
fortunately they haven't yet gone for the fruit trees. Shaun Mccullagh.
Garmony, a Bonxy creating havoc along
Duncan Hall. Lochdon 14 yellowhammers in my garden this afternoon. Also,
an Osprey flying down Loch Frisa this evening and a cuckoo
was heard and seen at Loch Frisa. John Preston et al, Susan & Duncan
Grasshopper Warbler heard this morning by Andy Oldacre on eagle watch
Cuckoo Sylvia Swift. now reported for many areas on the island.
picnic area.First Tree Pipit. Alan Spellman. Lochdon bridge
pool a Red throated Diver has spent the last couple of days in the bridge
pool, showing very well. Alan
na Keal. 2 Slavonian Grebe, Great northern Divers are still about.
Lagggan Bay. 2
Snipe seen and heard calling at Loch Ba and also Dervaig, Great Spotted
Prasad, Shaun Mccullagh et al. First Housemartin seen near Grasspoint.
17th Loch na
Keal. an Osprey seen flying over the north side hills towards loch Frisa.
garden..siskin,yellow hammers,greenfinch, 1 swallow flying around, plenty
of wheatears and a Spotted flycatcher nearby. Sylvia Swift Oban.
2nd winter Ring billed Gull has
around for 13 months. Stuart Gibson Loch Torr. 1 Whooper Swan,1 Goldeneye.
15th Loch na
Keal. an Iceland Gull around the Knock end near the outlet pipe. Lochdon.
2 female &1 male Hen Harrier Arthur & Pam Brown. 17 Shelduck AS
North Mull Fulmar: at least 32 ledges were occupied on the western side,
Treshnish Point, also 5 Rock Dove, a single Gannet. 6 Manx Shearwater off
Haunn plus 6 Gannet. 2 Puffin, Razorbill & Kittiwake in 30 mins sea
watching. Anand Prasad. Cuckoo at Loch Buie. Matthew Simpson.
a scarce passage migrant being a Purple Sandpiper, on the shore behind
Grasspoint Cottage. Arthur Brown et al & Alan Spellman Loch na Keal.
200 Barnacle Geese at Inch Kenneth and at Bunessan male & female
Gadwall Arthur Brown. The Burgh. First Cuckoo heard . Martin Keivers.
Common Sandpiper. (last yaer 13/4) Visitors R. A. Manning & M.
Rothwell, also 12 Shelduck.Loch na Keal. a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe
giving excellent close up watching. Alan S mouth of Calgary Bay. 4 Manx
Shearwater, 100+ Kittiwake present for about an hour, a single Puffin
Sound of Coll unidentified Sheerwater with much paler upperparts and white
underparts, (possible Corys ?) Anand Prasad. Craignure.
chiffchaff singing strongly near Torosay railway station
& a short-eared owl hunting over valley floor in front of Lochdon eagle
watch caravan. Chris & Sian (Craignure)
3 male, 1 female bullfinch on our fruit trees this morning. No fruit again
worth it for
the spectacle. Susan & Duncan Hall Gruline. female Merlin seen again
in this area. AB/AS. 11th Bowmans field opposite
golf course. 2 Canada Geese. AS. Calgary Bay 2 Great Northern
Diver (1 in
breeding plumage on the south side), Manx Shearwater: 11+ at the mouth
of Calgary Bay
& 7 Fulmar, 2 Arctic Skua flying south. Anand Prasad. Inverlussa. pair
Golden Eagle, Loch na Kea l Merlin, Golden Eagle, Great northern Diver,
R B Mergansers,
Eider.AS & David Trainer. Loch Spelve. a rare Little Auk seen
by visitor Neill Foster.
First Willow Warbler whilst on eagle watch this morning. Andy Oldacre
9th Loch Spelve.
2 Great northern Diver also 3 on Loch Scridain, Greenshank. Griburn area
WTSE, GE and
lots Wheatear & Meadow Pipits about now. AS + Mathew, Roger & Maureen.Treshnish
Farm male Hen Harrier near Haunn,17 Whooper Swan landed on the lochen
Anand Prasad Kilichronnan camp site. we saw the herring gull that was coloured
year.It is still alive and getting its original colour back although it
is still a washed out pinky
& Duncan Hall. Oban male Chifchaff in song, Stuart Gibson. Craignure.heard
a male long-eared owl calling near the Isle of Mull hotel c. 11pm Chris
& Sian (Craignure)
Hill a Short Eared Owl seen through bins at about 30 yds hunting along
line of the
ditch beside the track. Angus Slorach Lochdon.Female Merlin from the caravan
Siskin on our feeders at home.Andy Oldacre
single Pinkfoot amongst Greylags. Arthur Brown
brambling coming into spring plumage in the garden today. Dave Sexton.
Lochdon. a female Merlin hunting, it missed its catch but I saw the feathers
flying behind a large rock on the hillside, also a Swallow flew over the
caravan Andy Oldacre
Bridge - 2 shelduck, 3 merganser, 2 redshank, also had a good look
over the reedbed hoping for water rail, but not a sound. There were
however several teal and a few mallard. Shaun Mccullagh
drake Gadwall still in Bunessan Harbour. Long stay Whooper Swan has
returned toPottie after being absent for a week or so. First Wheatears
have been seen in Pottie and Fidden areas this weekend. Hunting Peregrine
near to Fidden Sunday. Mike Wagemakers
reports for April - June 2005
or passed through. On 1st, a fall of some 60+ Redwings in a local Tobermory
garden stayed until 7th. Returning Whooper Swan were at Lochdon with 30
birds on 4th for an overnight stay before moving north again. The first
Cuckoo was heard on 6th at Calgary by Andy Mortley. On 8th an Osprey was
reported at Loch Frisa, the first of the year where it rested, fished and
moved on the next day. Excellent views of Merlin at Loch Beg &
Killiechronan on 8th as they arrived following Meadow Pipits moving north,
and a single Red Kite flew over Garmony heading north.
arrived on 10th the first Willow Warbler was reported from Aros Park. A
displaying male Hen Harrier was also watched at Lochdon – Grasspoint area.
On 14th a pair
of newly arrived Short eared Owls were displaying in the Lochdon area at
a regular site. And the first Common Sandpiper was seen on Loch Cuin shoreline
on 14th by Shaun Mccullagh.
There was a
singing male Blackcap 20th along the Grasspoint road and a singing Tree
Pipit (23rd) in the forestry plantation. But it was 25th before our first
Whinchat and Sedge Warbler were picked up in Glen Aros and Dervaig. On
26th Corncrakes were heard for the first time this year on Iona, (25th
last year). The first House martin was at Killiechronan on 28th
and Grasshopper Warbler at Fionnphort on 30th.
A rare passage
migrant on 27th, being 2 Wood Sandpiper along the north shore of Lochdon
were reported by visitor Stan Midgley. At Caliach Point on 19th was
a female Snow Bunting. Other interesting birds on the move were summer
plumaged Golden Plover at Loch na Keal (26th) a pair of Scaup at Pennyghael,
Loch Scridain (27th), by the golf course on 18th 40 migrating Ruddy Turnstone
were resting and feeding on the shore line.
In the Glen
Aros Forestry area were a flock of 30 crossbills reported by Dave Sexton
RSPB and flocks of up to 30 Yellowhammers have been visiting local gardens.
Sound of Mull a pair of Canada Geese appear to be nesting again this year
the month White winged Gulls were two 1st W Iceland, A bleached and worn
1st Summer immature Ring-billed Gull in Oban harbour and Iceland also in
Tobermory. Up to 300 Eider spent most of the month by the mussel farm on
of reports for April 2004
April is the
month when most of our spring migrants arrive, and so they did, having
heard earlier reports of Swallows at Portland Bill in January it was no
surprise to record our first arrivals with, Sandmartins at Gorsten and
Tree Pipit at Lochdon on 1st of the month. And a Garden Warbler on 4th
(often missed) at Loch Frisa. A few days later on 11th the first Osprey
on passage was seen first at Calgary and the Loch Frisa. Also on 11th the
first Chiffchaff was heard at Loch Spelve. The first report of singing
Grasshopper Warbler of the year, and a very early bird, was on Seil Island
by Bill Jackson who had two birds in his garden on 12th of the month..
The first Cuckoo
of the year was first heard and seen at Loch Uisg and at Loch Buie on 16th.
Other new visitors were Corncrake which arrived on Iona on 25th (3
days earlier than last year). A Corncrake was also heard calling at Bàn
Eileenan, north of Garmony point on 27th, but had moved on by the following
day, in the same area the first Whitethroat of the year was found also
on 27th. At Dervaig 10 newly arrived House martin were feeding over the
reed beds with swallows and a Reed Bunting was heard singing. A male Redstart
was heard singing in Quinish woodland, eventually being spotted it high
up in an oak tree.
A flock of
very late Redwings of about 60+ birds were at Salen, Tobermory and Dervaig
between on 12th -15th stripping trees of the few remaining berries and
beach near the Glenforsa Hotel a 1st winter Glaucous Gull was found by
the Speyside Wildlife Group on 15th. This group also spotted up a single
Purple Sandpiper at Grasspoint (on passage) and a male Goshawk, gave a
brief display over woodland, whilst chasing Raven. Plantation Road
NW of Kilfinichen Bay.
other very scarce birds for Mull seen this month, being a pair of Northern
Shoveler at Fidden on 13th and at Garmony were a pair of Pintail by the
picnic area on 13th and again seen at Lochdon the following day. On 20th
at Loch Scridain area a very rare Black Kite was seen on the north side
of the loch by the Heatherlea Birdwatching group
At Loch na
Keal on 20th, a 2nd summer Iceland Gull was following trawler in
There was a
flock of 40 twite here feeding on the Iona shore on 11th. Two male and
one female Goosander were seen at Loch Torr on 28th and two on Loch Frisa
with four, (two pairs) at Lochdon on 16th. Reports of Divers have been
fewer but those Great Northern Divers that have stayed have shown spectacular
summer plumage, on 16th - 17th Loch Spelve. Held 8 Great Northern Diver
(3 in summer plumage) plus 1 Black throated Diver. Whilst on 18th at
Ledmore end of Loch Frisa. Rod & Gill Little reported ……“3 red throated
divers in scope field at one time. Also and most exciting one Black throated
Diver, at one time alongside red throat, wonderful comparison to confirm
Loch na Keal.
held 8 Slavonian Grebe, plus a Red throated diver in summer plumage.
(14th) a passage of 36 Whimbrel, were recorded plus 6 Redshank, 8 Red breasted
Merganser, and on 15th a further 16 Whimbrel feeding frantically on the
Lochdon shore line.4 Whooper swans flew north over Lochdon on 14th and
also Loch Pottie held 4 Whooper swans on 13th, (possibly the same
birds). Croig on 8th held eight Comon Sandpiper at Eilean Bàn
have shown well this month with 2 pairs regularly coming to a Tobermory
garden at at Bàn Eileenan, north of Garmony point and also at Loch
Buie and Torosay woodland walk, And a pair of Linnets also in a Lochdon
garden. Yellowhammers have been reported from many garden sites with a
peak of 11 birds in one garden at Lochdon early in the month.
Owls arrived with three at Lochdon on 12th and in Glen More a prospective
pair were displaying on 15th. There have only been a few Merlin sightings
at regular spots and finally its good to be able to report that we now
have White tailed Sea chicks.