for April 2017
Latest sightings for April
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 road today.
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 Smith
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
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.
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) Tom Finch
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
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
visitor Chris Philo
Hawfinch. Coccothraustes coccothraustes. very scarce,
only four records for Mull
2009 June 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
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.
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. prasad.
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
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 Burton Ardtun
19th Several House Martin along the Grasspoint
road this afternoon, plus seen and heard Cuckoo. Andrew Oldacre
19th Dervaig: Arthur reports the first
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
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
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
16th Can you thank one of
the birders of mull . A young chap who told me about the
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, with
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 Slavonian
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. New
residents to Ardtun (welcome)
13th Ardtun Short eared owl. Tawny owl.
14th two summer plumaged Slavonian Grebes
on Loch na Keal plus Great northern Diver in partial summer plumage. Alan
14th a short eared owl opposite the
farm house along the main roat past Lochdon. also one male and three female
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, Edinburgh
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 Murphy.
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
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.
9th Mull s first Willow
Warbler reported today between Garmony and Fishnish. Juliet
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:
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 Miles,
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. Alan Spellman
6th Croig, 1 Great Skua over the oyster-beds.
6th 8 Crossbills at Ardhu and we had an otter in
the garden of our cottage at Gribun this morning! visitor Jim Hurles
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 Guest House
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' was 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
3rd first 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 Bryan Rains.
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.
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, 20 turnstone
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 scridain.
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. Mick Smith
30th Grasspoint female hen harrier hunting,
flock of twite, iona 2 corncrake. Simon Smith
30th In our Lochdon cottage garden male
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 Ewans
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
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 Mull Magic
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
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 (Lancashire)
28th Killiechronan: Iceland gull still present,
Sandmartins, a pair of Linnets, lots of Black headed gulls. Alan
27th Female Hen Harrier, Dervaig, 26th Iceland
Gull, Loch na Keal head, Slavonian Grebe, Loch na Keal, Grahame Bentley,
Jane Towler, Ted Cooper, Richmond RSPB Local Group
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
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 Prasads
27th Grasspoint: two Whinchat here today,
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. white
tailed eagle boat trips
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
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. Mull Magic Wildlife
23rd Tobermory - 2 Whitethroat outskirts
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 Prasads Blog
Little Tern by Prasad Prasads
22nd Grasspoint. Blackcap calling from
woods. GS Woodpecker Stonechat Jay and WT Eagle in tree.
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 Green
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
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
Garmony. 2 pr Wigeon 1 male Goosander.Colin Green
20th Approx 50 sand martins at Glenforsa
this morning. Our male and female yellowhammer around - fingers
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. Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks
19th Fidden: About 150 golden plover today.
19th - Tobermory The now resident Magpie
was in the Mull Magic garden this evening.
18th. Magpie on north shore of Loch Spelve.
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 Mull
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 Com 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 Ewans
18th - Scallastle Singing male Redstart,
displaying Tree Pipit and singing Goldfinch.
18th - Garmony Singing Tree Pipit and several Lesser
Redpolls. Stuart Gibson Magic Wildlife
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. Tony Jefree
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 Long-eared
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 Wild
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 Wild About Mull
10th Gannet in the sound off Craignure this evening.
Chris & Sian
7th 1 Chiffchaff at Craignure, 8th
Wheatear, Loch na Keal, 9th 1 Willow Warbler, Loch Beg,
9th 5 Greenshank, Loch Scridain, 10th 4 Sand
Martin, Glen Aros)10th 2 Willow Warbler, Fishnish. Craig Round...
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. Ewans
9th 2 Sand martins at Laggan Sands,
Loch Buie; 100+ Razorbills on Loch na Keal. Jim & Linda Hurles
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 Wild About Mull
8th A skein of 25 white-fronted geese north of
Loch Cuin at 11am. Ewan Ewans
9th Single swallow at Dervaig today. Debby
5th Golden and White Tailed Eagles at Loch Na Keal
and Loch Ba, a couple of Treecreepers. Craignure two Black Guillemot
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.
7th Saw a Comon Sandpiper by the old boathouse
on Loch Na Keal. Martin Keivers. white
tailed eagle boat trips
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. Paul Thomas
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
Latest reports for April 2014
27th: a single Chough at 7.30pm at Haunn
29th Apr Loch Scridain 2 Common Scoter, 4 Whimbrel,
1 RT Diver. Carsaig 1 Whinchat. Pennyghael 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo,
30th Apr Ardura 2 Woodcoc Bryan Rains Wild
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
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
Ruth Fleming Mull Magic
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 Fleming
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
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 jenkins
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 & Jan jenkins
23rd Glen More 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit. Gribun
4 House Martin. Loch Scridain 2 Common Scoter, 4 RT Diver. Wild
24th Loch Beg 2 Knot. Bryan Rains.
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 Sandpiper
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 from
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
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
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
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.
21st Heard a cuckoo on Easter day at Knock. Juliet
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. Ewan
20th WT Eagle this morning over Tobermory heading
West. 7 Raven also. At Calgary first Male Redstart and Rock Pipit.
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
14th April - 20+ Whoopers Loch Poit na h-l Summer Plumage
Gt. Nth. Diver offshore on Iona. Small flock of Twite near beach
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 male and female
harrier near the main road on left turn from grass point. Ted Humphreys
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. Osprey
16th Lochdon Our Osprey was also seen by
Margaret Bristow another visitor
Osprey fishing 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) Mike
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.
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
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. Ruth Fleming.
7th on my Tour today we saw our first swallow
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
7th Lochdon: The Black Swan has appeared
on Lochdon, it was first seen on 7th Mishnish on 7th March, Alan
6th Lochdon: a male Blackcap visited my garden
5th Sparrowhawk, Suidhe, Bunessan Tony Jefree
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 parvipes.
Hybrid Goose photo by Colin Moody
possible lesser Canada Goose by Stuart Gibson
4th April - Tobermory Magpie. Enough said!.
3rd April - Tobermory: The loneliest bird on Mull,
the Tobermory Magpie was in the vicinity of the Mull Magic garden today.
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
3rd Single 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
Latest reports for April 2013
30th 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 Wagemakers,
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 Swift. Penmore
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
24th. 12 Whimbrel and quite a few Lapwing at
Fidden. Two pairs Mergansers at Knockvologan and 2 Guillemots. 23rd
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 Cuckoo.
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. Bryan
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. prasad
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 point. Ewan
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), Female
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 Ruth Fleming
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. Ardnacross
A solitary Lesser Black-backed Gull was with Common & Herring Gulls
in the fields. Ruth Fleming
20thTreshnish, 1 Cuckoo at schoolhouse. Prasad
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. Ruth Fleming
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
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, 2 Yellowhammer.
9th April Glen Seilisdeir 1 Goldcrest by RSPB site.
12th April Loch Scridain 1 RT Diver. Fidden 1 male
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
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 Prasad.
14th 3 Swallows at Killichronan today Martin
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.
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. Ewan
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. Ruth Fleming.
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. Debbie Thorne
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
– 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 Gibson.
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
Latest reports for April
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. Ruth Fleming
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 &
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 Corncrake
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
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
At Calgary there was a single Great Northern Diver
in breeding plumage and a Red Throated Diver flew overhead. Great mornings
27th - Aros Park, Tobermory Up to six singing
Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and a single Crossbill near the park's centre
This interesting photo was
taken by Doug Simpson
| Steve Kirk from
Yorkshire sent in this photo. It shows a Greylag goose nesting in an old
Red Kites nest in a tree.
Dave Sexton writes:
"Brilliant I know Canada geese use bald eagle nests in the US!
Wonder if any dare use a WTE nest?"
John Bowler (Tiree)
says "I know wildfowl including geese will very occasionally use
large old nests high in trees – I seem to remember hearing about Greylags
that took over an Osprey eyrie for a year or two in Perthshire".
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
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!
22nd Sub-adult Iceland Gull off Glengorm. Ewan.
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
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.
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.
18th Male hen harrier hunting over fields this
evening at Suidhe, west of Bunessan. Tony Jefree
18th Lochdon I heard my first Cuckoo (1st
on 8th) of the year Alan
16th saw my first Common Sandpiper (1st
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
14thTobermory. 1st 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 -single
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)
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. Ewan
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. Andy Bayes
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,
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 3 juveniles.
10 Slavonian Grebes at Killiechronan. Andy Bayes
Latest reports 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 the time.
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
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. Alan
25th Calgary: A very nice Black Throated Diver
coming into breeding plumage at Calgary on 25th. Arthur
24th April drake and duck
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.
24th 3 Corncrake Iona, 5 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 Shaw
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 as well.
24th: 1 Great Skua flying from off the Treshnish
Isles towards Treshnish Point, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Sedge Warblers
at Haunn, Prasad
24th Ross of Mull: Plenty of migrants around today
Common Whitethroat, Whinchat,
Bunting and Whimbrel all seen today. Bryan Rains
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
22nd Mishnish Lochs: Pair of Goosanders
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. Prasad
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
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
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,
19th Iona: first Corncrake
reported from Iona. Sr Jean Lawson
19th Loch Spelve: a pair
of pristine White Wagtails and a pair of Short eared Owls.
18th: 31 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
18th Bunessan: Cuckoo calling
from nearby woods and hen harrier flying over the fields. Suidhe, Bunessan.
17th Killiechronan: a Garden Warbler singing
at the camp sitr. Mike Shepherd
15th Loch Ba: First
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: Cuckoo
calling today near Loch Spelve Mussel farm. Mike Leigh-Mallory.
15th Glen Gorm: we saw a
Scottish Crossbill and Saturday morning Jim & Gill Carty
16th Loch Scidain: 150
Pale bellied Brent Geese stopped of to rest whilst en route north to
Greenland. visitor Jim Hurles
15th: heard 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
13th April – 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
14th April – 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. Prasad
12th Bunessan; Swallows and
wheatears at Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jeffree
11th Lochdon: an Osprey
Lochdon this morning at 11.30 hours. Rosie Salzman et al
10th: first Blackcap heard in Treshnish
wood, 11th: confirmed with visual of singing male. Prasad
10th - Aros Park: Several
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. Local,
9th - Aros Park, Tobermory:
First returning Blackcap in song, also two singing Chiffchaffs.
9th Salen: Willow Warbler singing today
in Salen there was a Chiffchaff singing too.Martin Keivers
8th - Loch Buie:7 Great Northern
Divers, 2-3 Red-throated Divers, 10 male Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and
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
6th 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
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: The
Hooded Crow 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: The
Hooded Crow 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.
30th Iona: a Bee Eater was seen here this
morning at 10.00 and no further reports from Calgary area Dave Pullan
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 hearing drumming
at the back of her garden, always nice to hear.
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 Eagle. Uisken
25th April Iona 1 Corncrake heard, 1 Carrion
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. Alan
26th Killiechronan: House martins arrived to join
the swallows also a cuckoo calling in the trees behind our cottage, Jan
26th Calgary: The Bee Eaters were still
in the area on & off during the day, close to the Calgary Hotel.
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
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
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, Crossbills
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 Whimbrel,
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.
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 road. Alan
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 Rains.
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
help make a good day out for visitors Linda & Jim Hurles
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.... Bunessan
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 &
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 Jefree
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. Arthur
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 record)
8th Loch Ba: a Whimbrel flew 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 a Swallow
the Isle of Mull Hotel . Angus & Eileen Slorach had a House Martin
Salen yesterday. Spring must be here!! Andrew Oldacre
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, and the
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.... 27
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. Anand Prasad
4th Loch Spelve: five White-tailed Eagles
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 Mull
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 Goshawk
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
29th March 22 Whooper Swan flying North over Ardtun.
for April 2009
30th: Just 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
28th Iona: 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
27th Dervaig 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
27th Salen 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 Gibson
24th Tobs: 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. Sheila Barnard
24th Tobermory: 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. Felicity
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.
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
22nd Glengorm - A flock of
about 25 Raven around lambing sheep at Glengorm. - Shaun Mccullagh
16th Fidden: 2
Ravens, 8 Tufted duck on Loch Pottie, Peregrine at Tiraghoil. Tony Jenkins
17th Scoor to Shiaba: 2 Golden
eagles, 2 Hen Harriers, 5 Buzzards and single Kestrel, plus Song Thrush,
12 Sand Martins over Loch Harrison.Tony Jenkins
18th Rossal: Cuckoo in woodland,
6 Twite at Fidden, Canada Goose flying towards Kinloch, Woodcock flying
over Bunessan, 2 Gannets offshore south of Iona
19th Fidden: 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.
21st Dervaig/Loch Cuin: 20
summer plumaged Bar tailed Godwit stopped here to rest & feed en route
north Arthur Brown.
21st Tobermory:The 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
20th Fidden:a 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
20th Salen: 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.
13th Dervaig: 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. Arthur
19th Tobermory: Iceland Gull
in the harbour with other gulls. Alan
14th Treshnish: first Manx
Shearwater for this year, 2 birds between Treshnish Point and Treshnish
Isle and another about an hour later. Anand Prasad
12th Laggan Bay: 5 Great
northern Diver, single male Long Tailed Duck, Razorbill. Karen and Dave
13th Torloisk-Dervaig: male
Hen Harrier seen at 11.00 am. Callum McEwan (aged 12) and Dad
16th Craignure 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.
15th Housemartin with Sandmartins
on airstrip along with several wheatears.
14th Single Redwing with
two Mistle Thrush, male Merlin hunting meadow pipits also over Glen Forsa
13th - Iceland gull in Tobermory.
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
18th Dervaig: 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.
17th Iona: I have a report
of Corncrake being heard on the island.
13th Salen: 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.
13th Kiloan: 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. Felicity Hanson
16th Lagganulva: first reported
House Martins at Lagganulva Bay today. Arthur Brtown
15th Fionnphort: a Chiffchaff
singing here. Bryan Rains
14th Loch Beg: 1st
summer Ring-billed Gull. Bryan Rains.
13th Ardness: 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 Martins. Bryan
12th Aros Estuary: first
Common Sandpiper here this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
12th Dervaig Arthur Brown
reports 2 Lesser Black backed Gull here.
12th Salen: 3 Short eare4d
Owls and 2 Hen Harriers over this morning. Stuart Gibson
12th Lochdon: 2 Swallows
reported by Own Tyson.
11th Knock: 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.
5th top of Beinn a' Graig.
(behind Scarisdale Point, Loch na Keal): a Ring Ouzel here today by visitor,
9th Lochdon: Siskins and
a male Blackcap on my garden feeder today. Alan Spellman
9th Craignure Golf
course: a single White fronted Goose and a Willow Warbler. Andy Oldacre
8th Scoor: 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
5th Dervaig: a second Willow
Warbler here today. Shaun & Elizabeth Mccullagh
4th Croig: Our first Willow
Warbler sighted by Shaun Mcccullagh
4th Tobermory: 2 Iceland
Gulls in harbour, 7 Slavonian Grebes on Loch na Keal.20 Sandmartin at Killiechronan,
20 Skylarks at Kellan. Stuart Gibson
2nd Knock: group of
6 redshank on the shore. Colin Moody
2nd Loch Buie: first swallow
today down at Loch Buie - has summer arrived? Debby Thorne
2nd Tobermory: Three redwings
in the garden this morning. Sheila Barnard.
1st Laggan 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
Latest reports for April
Nuthatch by Andrew
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
30th Calliach: 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
29th Dervaig: 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
29th Killiechronan: 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
27th :Todays sightings included
- Loch Beg 1 male Common Scoter, 2 Dunlin. Bunessan 1 Gadwall. Fidden 1
Wigeon, 3 White Wagtail plus Whimbrel heard. Bryan Rains
27th :As well as birds mentioned
on field trip also saw Redstart good day with 22 members.
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
24th Treshnish Point:
about 1 hours watching, 2 Manx Shearwater,1 Great Skua Anand Prasad
24th Lochdon: Tonight, (2030hrs)
a flock of House Martin over. Approx. 30 birds. Andy Oldacre
23rd 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
22nd lochdon: Michael Timms
had a Magpie in his garden this afternoon,
20th Dervaig. Rod Little
reports the Nuthatch nowin his garden (opposite the church) Rod Little
18th Todays 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
16th Dervaig: The Nuthatch
has turned up in Dervaig in Shauns Garden. Shaun
16th Lochdon: A first Sedge
Warbler along the Gorston road. Geaf Brody
House Martin Jack Brodie
13th-16th Glen Forsa: A Lapland
Bunting along the road towards Kilbeg Cottage. Mick & Sylvia
14th Loch na Keal: 2 Iceland
Gulls Derryguaig, Loch Na Keal 17.00 Jack Brodie
14th Grasspoint: First Cuckoo
seen but not heard along the Grasspoint Road. Alan Spellman
14th Lochdon: 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
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.
Water Rail seen briefly at
close range emerging from reeds and calling (shrill scream)
10th: Loch Cuin (am) Common
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
12th Loch Buie: Saw my fist
pair of swallows Alastair Gossage
12th Lochdon: Hen Harrier
flying high, also an Otter was spotted in the fiels in front of the hide
area Janet & Bill Ackroyd
11th Check flocks of Pied
Wagtail for White Wagtail, up to 3 Alba along Loch na Keal Alan Spellman
10th, Nuthatch 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
10th Lochdon: 1030hrs 25
Whooper flying North over the Eagle watch hide area Alan Spellman
28th March - 4th April.
Spring migrants in large numbers at Treshnish point – recorded 8
Wheatear, goodnumbers of Meadow and Rock Pipit and 15 Pied Wagtail on
Raven, Buzzard, Fulmar, Great Black Backed Gull, Guillemot and Gannet also
showing well. Malcolm Ward
On Calgary beach, 2nd, 1st
Sand Martin of year. A single Great Northern Diver seen every day
at entrance to bay. Malcolm Ward
7th Lochdon:I 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
8th Lochdon:Chiffchaff 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) A S
8th Look out for a hybrid
Carrion/Hooded Crow by the Mishnish Lochs above Tobermory. A Brown
8th Lagganulva: The first
Swallow was reported over Lagganulva by Pam Brown Discover Mull Triip
6th Fishnish Bay: there were
at Fishnish bay Dave Pierce
6th Salen: One sand martin
flying over garden Iain and Helen King Seaview,Salen
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. Dave Shackleton
3rd April - 3 Wheatears (2
male, 1 female) between Fionnphort & Fidden - Carol Marshall
3rd Breeding plumage
Black Throated Diver well seen from the Loch Frisa Hide, also Golden Eagle
and of course the WTSE's. - Shaun Mccullagh
3rd Just 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
29th Iona: white wagtail
29th first Whitethroat
at Loch Torr also a male Goosander there Arthur Discover Mull
Great views 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
29th 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. Gillian MacNeill
26th 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
24th Salen: House Martins
put in an appearance. Norma Dowling
24th Dervaig 6 Black tailed
Godwit Anand Prasad
27th Dervaig: 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
26th 8 Whimbrel
, 11 Shelduck, Summer Great Northern Diver, 6 - 10 Teal amongst the usual
at Fidden. Single Sand Martin Loch Pottie. Carol Marshall &
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
19th Fidden: a small flock
of 43 Pale bellied Brent Geese, resting before moving north later that
day, also about 20 Black tailed Godwit. Bryan Rains
23rd Dervaig reed bed: a
first Grasshopper Warbler singing Arthur Brown
22nd Grasspoint: visitors
Andrew & Hazel Kirkham have heard a Cuckoo at Grasspoint today.
Killiechronan: 14 Black tailed Godwit some in summer plumage feeding in
field. Arthur Brown
21st Dervaig: 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.
20th Pennygowan: an Osprey
flew north over Pennygowan today. Sue Dewar
17th Glen More First Cuckoo
heard, Dervaig Farm - Male Hen Harrier, Loch Spelve - Peregrine
18th Lochdon - Several Bar
Tailed Godwits - Redshank.
19th Lochdon 10 Black Tailed
Godwit in Summer Plumage, Loch Scridain - Single Ring Billed Gull
16th Salen: a Magpie flew
through a local garden in Salen. Roger Johns
8th Dervaig 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, David Jowett,
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 Nicol
Also Single flock of 300
Golden Plover at Ardalanish & single Sanderling on the beach at Ardalanish
still in winter plumage. Alex Nicol
19th Cailaich 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 Hen Harrier
Siskin & Redpoll. Andy
11th Tobermory : 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
18th Dervaig : 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
16th Iona. 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
Slav Grebe 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,
Golden Plover 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.
17th April, 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
17th OBAN: 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
16th Devaig: 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.
14th Croggan / 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 Mcc:
14th Tobermory: 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.
13th Treshnish : Heard a
Chiffchaff yesterday (13 April) in the wood byTreshnish House. Prasad
14th Lochdon:2 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 Farm.Andy
Loch Torr 2 male and a female
tufted duck Duncan & Sue Hall
13th OBAN: 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
13th Willow Warbler in woods
around Aros Loch and single GSWP, single Little Grebe on Mishnish Lochs.
12th Adult 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
13th Scoor: Sandmartins and
Bunessan Redshank Tony Jeffree
13th Loch Beg: First Common
Sandpiper seen here today. Bryan Rains
12th TIREE: First Corncrake
of the year reported today. John Bowler
11th Bunnessan: 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
10th Killiechronan: 35-40
Redwings at killiechronan today, Red throated Diver at Lagganulva. Arthur
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
8th Lochdon: The Swallows
have returned today seen by Andy & Diana Oldacre and Pam & Len
9th Tiroran:A pair of Bullfinches
are busy destroying our plum blossoms but they're so handsome, who can
begrudge them? Sheila Barnard
8th treshnish 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
Last night 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
8th Lochdon: On Eaglewatch,
Owen Tyson saw our first Willow Warbler.
7th Various 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.
6th Tobermory: 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
5th Treshnish 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 occasions.Anand
5th Ledmore: We saw 2 female
crossbills on conifers above Ledmore. Duncan & Susan Hall
4th Dervaig: Flock of about
50 Redwing over the garden this morning. Shaun Mccullagh
4th Lochdon:l 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
3rd Lochdon-Craignure: a
single Housemartin flying along the road. Andy & Diana Oldacre
3rd Killiechronan: 3 newly
arrived Sandmartins at Killiechronan camp site today. Arthur Brown
April thanks to:-
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
30th Iona. first Corncrake
heard on Iona, Sr J Lawson. 2 Corncrakes singing in front of abbey
1st winter White-fronted
Goose with 12 Greylags in pasture just north of abbey. 3 Great Northern
Divers and 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
29th Lochdon. 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
Mergansers in Loch Na Keal.
27th Kentallen. Pair of Canada
Geese and six Golden Plover in fields by Kentallen.Jenny Reddaway
Fidden. single Whimbrel.
26th Lochdon. heard a Grasshopper
Warbler this morning, a few yards from his house. Andy Oldacre
Loch na Keal. first Blackcap
by the side of the loch.
25th Gruline. 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
24th Knock fish farm outfall.
an Iceland Gull amongst Herring & Common Gulls. Pam Brown
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.
21st Lochdon bridge. First
Sedge Warbler, 3 Greenshank, Great Spotted Woodpeckers
drumming, 3 prs Red breasted
Merganser. Stuart Gibson. 2 lesser black backed gulls at Dervaig
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.
20th: Glengorm 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
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
shore line. 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 Hall
20th Lochdon.First Grasshopper
Warbler heard this morning by Andy Oldacre on eagle watch
11.00 a.m.Penmore: Cuckoo
Sylvia Swift. now reported for many areas on the island.
19th Garmony 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
18th/19th Loch na Keal. 2
Slavonian Grebe, Great northern Divers are still about. Lagggan Bay.
Snow Geese, Snipe seen and
heard calling at Loch Ba and also Dervaig, Great Spotted Woodpeckers
Drumming. Anand Prasad, Shaun
Mccullagh et al. First Housemartin seen near Grasspoint. Doug Bennett.
17th Loch na Keal. an Osprey
seen flying over the north side hills towards loch Frisa. AS
hammers,greenfinch, 1 swallow flying around, plenty of wheatears and a
Spotted flycatcher nearby. Sylvia Swift Oban. 2nd winter Ring billed
now been around for
13 months. Stuart Gibson Loch Torr. 1 Whooper Swan,1 Goldeneye. Prasad.
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
Treshnish and 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.
14th Grasspoint, 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.
13th Lochdon. First 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. First 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)
12th Tobermory. 3 male, 1
female bullfinch on our fruit trees this morning. No fruit again this year,
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
1 Gannet & 7 Fulmar,
2 Arctic Skua flying south. Anand Prasad. Inverlussa. pair Goosander,
Wigeon,Teal, Golden Eagle,
Loch na Kea l Merlin, Golden Eagle, Great northern Diver, Slavionan Grebe,
R B Mergansers, Eider.AS
& David Trainer. Loch Spelve. a rare Little Auk seen near the
north shore, by visitor Neill
10th Lochdon. 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 Peregrine
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
Treshnish House, Anand Prasad
Kilichronnan camp site. we saw the herring gull that was coloured
last year.It is still
alive and getting its original colour back although it is still a washed
orange. Susan & 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 &
7th AprilLedmore Hill a Short
Eared Owl seen through bins at about 30 yds hunting along the
line of the ditch beside
the track. Angus Slorach Lochdon.Female Merlin from the caravan again this
morning plus Siskin on our
feeders at home.Andy Oldacre
6th Lagganulva.a single Pinkfoot
amongst Greylags. Arthur Brown
5thSalen. male 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
2nd-4th Dervaig 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
1st Lochdon. 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
for April - June 2005
Migrants arrived 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.
Spring migrants 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.
At Balmeanach, Sound of Mull
a pair of Canada Geese appear to be nesting again this year
Throughout 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 Loch Scridain.
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 moving north.
On the 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.
There were 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
At Loch na Keal on 20th,
a 2nd summer Iceland Gull was following trawler in the loch.
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 identification”.
Loch na Keal. held
8 Slavonian Grebe, plus a Red throated diver in summer plumage.
At Lochdon, (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
Bullfinches 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.
Short eared 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.