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Latest sightings for August 2016
31st Glen Forsa Airsfield: 31 Golden Ploveron Glenforsa airfield, a family of Reed buntings and flock of Goldfinch plus Twite here also. Juliet Vines.
30 Iona: on an Iona beach today Dunlin, Sanderling and a lone Knot. (a scarce bird for Mull) Anna Simpson
29th Loch Buie: Just wanted to report two summer plumaged Black throated Divers on Loch Buie today. Anna Simpson
29th Pennyhael; a female Merlin here Ewan Miles.  Ewan Nature Scotland
24th 12 Golden Plovers feeding at the head of Loch Na Keal on low water. Ewan Miles Ewan Nature Scotland
24th Lochdon: Osprey fishing again this evening on the incoming tide, Alan Rosie Salzman
23rd Lochdon: the Osprey still about, on post in field past te bridge. Alo Loch na Keal: three Red throated Diver today. Jacqui Fereday. Enjoy Mull Tours
22nd Lochdon: about 18:30hrs an Osprey fishing the incoming tide. Alan, Rosie Salzman. hunting Hen Harrier 
21st Lochdon: How lucky to live here. looking out of my lounge window over Lochdon this morning I watched a pair of Hen Harriers hunting, a beaurtiful silver male and a ringtail, for about ten minutes at about forty metres, and where was my camera ? The lack of any photo's is the answer.  Doh !!  Alan Spellman
20th Salen Bay: 10 Black-tailed Godwits in Salen bay along with a solitary Greenshank. Ewan Nature Scotland
17th - Baliscate: Three very noisy Jays in the wooded area surrounding the Standing Stones this pm. Stuart Gibson
16th Salen Bay: 6 Black tailed Godwit in summer plumage in Salen Bay along with a raft of 9 Common Scoter further out to the East. Ewan Miles and Lolo Williams. Ewan Nature Scotland
10th two Jays in different areas around Craignure the last few days. Ross Lawford.
6th on the journey to Oban I saw 3 black guillemots quite close to Craignure. About 6 guillemots on the whole journey, no terns or kittiwakes. However just past the lighthouse there were lots of gannets diving for fish and I could hear manx shearwaters calling. When I went to the other side of the ferry I saw about 50 of them flying low and then they settled on the water. Between there and Oban I saw more single birds.
5th at the hide at Loch Torr. Lots of willow warblers singing and flying about. A pair of golden eagles soaring over the hillside. Some walkers appeared on the ridge so the birds drifted over towards Glengorm.
I am hoping to bring an RSPB group to Mull next May.Keep up the excellent work with the mullbirds website. regular visitor Barry Bishop
6th A single female goldeneye on our lochan yesterday and today. Looks like first year plumage (no neck ring). Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
6th Garmony picnic area: an early Kingfisher here this morning, Jacqui Fereday  Enjoy Mull Tours
24th July Treshnish, 1 Mealy (Common) Redpoll near the wood. I strongly suspect they breed here (as they do on Tiree) but I need more evidence. prasad.  Prasads Blog
3rd Aros Bay: an imature Great northern Diver here, very close in. visitor Barry Bishop

a single Pinkfoot mixed in with Greylags at Killiechronan. Michael  Brennan July 2016
1st Loch na Keal: four Red throated Diver and in Aros Bay an imature Great northern Diver. Arthur Brown
2nd Lochdon: an adult female Marsh Harrier, put up by  Male Hen Harrier, in the boggy field just past the Grasspoint turnoff. David Woodhouse, http://scotlandwildlife.com  Jacqui Fereday  Enjoy Mull Tours and Alan Spellman 
     Marsh Harrier    Circus aeruginosus
     very scarce passage migrant, usually between April-June. Occasional birds have been recorded through Mull .
               2006 An immature female flying along the coast at Salen, 7th May. 
               2007 a female flew in from the sea at Grasspoint, 27th April.
               2009 a male at Dervaig, 13th April. 
               2011 a female over Grasspoint, 6th May.
               2012 juvenile at Haunn/Treshnish 29th May & Fidden 30th May.
               2016 Lochdon an adult female, photo by Jacqui Fereday, 2nd July. D Woodhouse, A Spellman 

Latest reports for August 2015
27th Croig: 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Greenshanks, prasad.
Sat 15th Lochdon 0845hrs – 1200hrs, mother and 2 young otters fishing the ebb tide middle of lochdon then finally disappearing towards grasspoint, also single WTSE, greenshank, usual other waders, female harrier hunting area opposite gorton parking area and finally around 1130hrs an osprey swooping and taking a flatfish, flying in from west and heading back that way. Later that at Croig gave another WTSE plus a large pod of dolphins offshore, at least 10 observed on surface                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun 16th Calgary all before a late breakfast we had a basking shark out in the mouth of the bay swimming back and forth, 2 RT divers, a WTSE heading out towards Caliach and a golden eagle overhead all before 0900hrs.! sand martins                                                                                                                                                                                       Mon 17th  killiechronan, golden eagle crossing the loch towards loch ba, 3 common sands, small numbers of tysties far out  on loch na keal  rb mergansers, grey heron and 120 ringed plover on shingle spit in front of campsite, sedge warbler in gorse, 2 sandwich terns fishing and single guillemot offshore.  Fidden, 3 ruff gave good photos,  small numbers of golden plover, lapwing, redshank, oystercatchers, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew and whimbrel.
                                  Ruff at Fidden in August 2015. photo by kind permission of regular visitors Tony & Jan Jenkins 
Tues 18th single male hen harrier near loch pottie, stonechat, 3 ravens, buzzard, single swift, kestrel, a couple of knot near fidden. , a WTSE observed flying in from south of iona and heading over erraid                                                                                                                                                                                          Thurs 20th 0730 – 0815hrs 3 otters seen near Fidden – Erraid jetty,  fishing, later resting on rocks near jetty, mother and 2 young, Iona, wader numbers picking up on north beach with bar t godwit, turnstone, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew & ruff. Gannets fishing in sound, terns appearing to be on passage through the sound                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday 21st  2 more rt divers on loch scridain, gannets, terns and kittiwakes on the crossing to lochalinne. 
All in all one of our best trips of the last 26 years. Kind regards. regular visitors, Tony & Jan Jenkins
26th Langamull: 13 Knot & 1 Sanderling. prasad
26th Loch Cuin: at least migrating 25 Dunlin busy feeding on the mud close to the roadside. Alan. Arthur Brown
26th Lochdon: we had excellent views of the Osprey sitting on its regular post adjacent to the Grasspoint road. Pete Hall
25th Loch Cuin a Kingfisher and a large flock of mixed Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Pam Brown.
25th - Baliscate. A migrating Tree Pipit was heard flying around in the vicinity of the Standing Stones.24th - Loch Ba. Still 6 Sand Martins present where River Clachaig meets the loch.23rd - Tobermory What may have been the Ardmore White-tailed Eagle juvenile was braving the local Herring Gull population over the town today.21st - Sound of Mull. Four Bonxies (Great Skua) were marauding offshore between the Isle of Mull and Coll, including two birds in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore-Glengorm; a single Redshank was heading South over open sea between Mull and Coll.
25th Lochdon: Fishing Osprey again at about one pm today. Alan, Steve Littlewood, & Geoff Small
24th I was on top of Beinn nan Gabhar (570m) tonight, a flock of about 20 golden plover were flying just above the ground. They turned round before they got to me, that was about 6m from me. Colin Moody
18th Kintra .Linnet (approx. 100), redpoll (approx. 15), whitethroat. Ardtun.Ring ouzel, flying north, positive id Nathan Albias 
19th Ardtun Ring ouzel, flying north, positive id Nathan Albias
23rd: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.00am Steve Hiscock. 
20th Loch Beg 10 Golden Plover, 12 Redshank, 1 male Hen Harrier. Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated Diver. Beach 5 Black-tailed Godwit. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk. Bryan Rains. 
19th had a lovely sight of a family of 7 Kestrels together. They were above the Ease Force waterfall . Osprey on the fence post in the field south of the Grasspoint turn. Jacqui. 
19th Kilfinichen bay .Grey wagtail, pied wagtail (approx. 40+), meadow pipit (approx. 40+) Nathan Albias 
19th Gribun: We saw a group of 4 adult and juvenile Golden Eagles on the road south of Loch Na Keal, drifting off different ways. Also yesterday driving the coastal road through Gribun, we noticed 3 birds of prey flying high along the cliff edges, we stopped to have a look what they were, 2 adult peregrine harassing an adult Goshawk. We've been birding for 7 years now and have seen many Sparrowhawks and Goshawks, this was definitely a Goshawk. We saw many other birds this week, if you are interested on the places we saw the more interstingly ones, please do contact and I'll send a list.  Nathan Albias 
18th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing the loch at 17 30 hrs this evening.
18th Loch na Keal a great nothern Diver in non summer plumage. Martin Kievers
16th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing the loch at 11.45 hrs. Stephen Hiscock
13th Lainne Sgeir, Calgary, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 'Greenland' Wheatear.
12th Croig, 4 Black-tailed Godwits. 
8th Lochdon: An Osprey fishing over Lochdon today at 3pm.  Alan 
7th Long-eared Owl perched roadside north of Salen, Short-eared Owl and two Ospreys south of Lochdon. 30 Golden Plover and 2 Turnstone (breeding plume) at Craignure Golf Club. Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Bottlenose Dolphins at Loch Mingary. Ewan and John Miles 
7th Glenfors: Male hen harrier flying up and down grass verges at Glenforsa airstrip William Arthur  Eala Bhan
7th Killioechronan: an Osprey fishing successfully here this morning by camp site. Arthur 
6th Croig, 2 Knot & 1 Black-tailed Godwit. prasad. 
5th Croig, 13 Goosanders, 3 Black-tailed Godwits. 
4th Langamull,  1 summer plumaged Turnstone. prasad
4th a juv ( first-summer) Hobby just south of Dervaig on the Torloisk road this afternoon!

Hobby photo's by Ewan Miles. 
3rd - NW Mull waters: Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters in Sound of Mull, off Kilchoan, being harassed by a Bonxie; also several Kittiwakes, 20 Gannets and a single Puffin, off Langamull, where several fishing Common Terns and three Black Guillemots. Several male-juv. Guillemot combinations were seen, though a highlight was a single migrant Swift at sea, off Ardmore. Stuart Gibson (for Mull Otter Group)
1st Gruline:  Just been watching female hen harrier in the field in front of our house that runs along the road side. Sue Bebbington
31st 23 Mistle thrush on wires Salen  to Gruline road early evening today.  2 Crossbill seen in confiers from hide at Fishnish also 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Black Guillemots with 2 Gannets fishing earlier in the day. Michael & Silvia Brennan
Meadow Pipit feeding a young Cuckoo, photo by Michael Brennan July 2015

Latest reports for August 2014
28th Killiechronan:  Little Stint in a flock of Ringed Plover Arthur Brown Discover Mull.
26th - Adult female peregrine stooping on a herring gull and feeding on it next to Tobermory harbour just after 7am. Ewan 
29th Fishnish woods: a Long eared Owl swooped down and landed on a branch just 6ft away from us, it stayed for about five minutes giving us excellent views. Laura Percy and Simon Bartle
27th   loch na keal  near fish hatchery, Golden Eagle, 28th Buzzard at loch scridain. Also 1 otter Nigel Dawber
27th -Quinish 3+ Greenshanks, five Redshanks and five Lapwings along coast and family party of seven Long-tailed Tits in estate woodlands. A single Painted Lady was observed at the coast today, only our second of the year. Ruth Fleming
26th A small flock of Mistle Thrush at Acharonich this morning along with a fair amount of Pied Wagtails. . Maybe as a result of the strong east winds we have just had? Martin. 
26th - Croig/Langamull Twelve Ringed Plovers, two Redshank and a Greenshank, Croig, where four fem./eclipse Goosanders; Willow Warbler in song at Croig; single Greenshank at Port na Ba; and two Whitethroats at Sunipol.Ruth Fleming 
26th Walked up loch ba this morning White tailed eagle . Hen harrier female. 3 grey wagtail. Nigel Dawber
25th Mulls White tailed eagles have successfully fledged 15 chicks this year and Corncrake have also had a good year with 23+ calling males on Iona.
23rd We have been following your sight for a number of years and take a great deal of enjoyment from it. Think you might be interested in these Osprey photos. Taken Saturday 23/08/14 around 2.30pm on the grasspoint road, just after the cottages. Dave & Jan – St Helens, Merseyside
24th Loch na Keal: several hours side of loch, 40+ ring plover, 2 common sand piper, 2 red shank, all near camp site we where parked just up road from the mobile cafe, also towards fish hatchery 2 whimbrel, 15+oyster catcher, 6+ femal red breasted merganser, also 1 white tailed eagle. Nigel Dawber 
22nd Big flock of Manx Shearwaters in our area yesterday with small flocks even at the head of Loch Na Keal in the evening. Peregrine Falcon mobbing 3 sitting white tailed eagles on Inch Kenneth Weds 
21st Immature great northern diver and six storm petrels in waters between Mull and Coll today. 
20th - Torosay An eclipse gathering of 34 Red-breasted Mergansers in Duart Bay; an immature White-tailed Eagle causing mayhem among the ducks, geese and gulls; a pair of Crossbills (inc. a male); and a calling Sedge Warbler were the bird highlights of our wildlife walk today. Ruth Fleming. 
19th Aug Pennyghael Estate 1 Carrion Crow
20th Aug Loch Beg 1 Peregrine, 2 Crossbill, 1 Whinchat. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whinchat.
21st Aug Loch Beg 1 Knot. Bryan Rains 
18th - Gortenbuie Two Hen Harriers on shoulder of Ben Talaidh and a single Short-eared Owl on the Cannel River floodplain. Ruth Fleming
16th A Jay flew across the road in front of us on our way to work Fri 15th between Salen and Gruline junction near Torlochan turn off. 
13th  - Up to 200 goldfinch feeding on knapweed next to the Island Bakery, Tobermory in the AM. Around 150 black-headed gulls and 50 odd kittiwakes at the head of Loch Na Keal on the evening. Ewan
12th on tour today with a group and for the first time for me I saw a kingfisher. It was flying across the road along the long straight from Salen towards Knock. It was seen by several people in the minibus.Nigel Shannon  & Fiona Shannon
8th A massive flock of Manx Shearwaters this morning near Inch kenneth also 3 Bottlenose Dolphins. Family group of 3 White Tailed Eagles. Martin Keivers 
9th - Quinish Two ad. White-tailed Eagles on a skerry at mouth of Loch Cuin; two Teal and ad. female Shelduck with single fledged juvenile; and a single Common Sandpiper were the bird highlights of our walk today.Ruth Fleming 
6th - Croig Whilst watching the Dervaig juvenile White-tailed Eagle and one of its parents in the telescope from across Loch Cuin a female Peregrine flashed past heading towards Port na Ba.
Ruth Fleming 


This beautiful image was taken by Stuart Gibson

5th - Croig/Langamull A single juvenile Black-tailed Godwit at a tiny pool near Croig was viewed to within 15 metres without disturbance; four Ringed Plovers included at least one juvenile at Langamull, where three migrant Dunlin included two juveniles. The adult Dunlin was very long-billed and probably of the alpina race. One of the pairs of Ringed Plovers at Port na Ba has raised two juveniles. A juvenile Bullfinch was seen at Croig.
4th - Loch Ba Three Hen Harriers included two female/imm. types hunting the same area of hillside; three Wheatears and eight Sand Martins; a juvenile Bullfinch was also recorded here.  Ruth Fleming
1st August - Tobermory A female Peregrine was prowling around Tobermory this evening (20.00 hrs).
31st July - Tobermory The local Magpie has renewed our acquaintance after a spell of apparent inactivity.
Ruth Fleming   Magic Wildlife Walks

Latest reports for August 2013
31st Thanks for holiday sightings report from Alan and Deb Bright
28th The Dipper showing well in Tobermory just up from the flats opposite the distillery and a female Reed Bunting on the waterworks fencing by the Tobermory tip. Arthur.  Discover Mull Tours
29th - Tobermory The lonely Magpie is still hanging around in the vicinity of the Mull Magic garden.
28th - Baliscate Two Crossbills (one male) over the Standing Stones forest. Magic Wildlife Walks
28th Sooty Shearwater off Glengorm heading down the sound. Ewan Ewans Blog 
28th  a Whimbrel showing very well at Salen bay near the old boats.  Loch na Keal  a pair of full summer plumaged red throated divers and unusually a great skua which was initially harassing one of the sea eagles. 
27th - Langamull Eight Kittiwakes on rocks with other gulls and group of five migrant waders comprising two juv. Sanderling, two juv. Dunlin and single juv. Ringed Plover. Ruth Fleming 
26th Aug. Small flock of golden plover, plus dunlin, redshank, greenshank, and ringed plover at Loch Beg. Felicity Pollard
26th 2 Red Throated Divers Loch Na Keal, 6 Twite and a Great Skua Cailaich Point, Whimbrel Lagganulva. Arthur and Pam 
24th Kniock:  a sparrow-hawk in one of the fish farm buildings near a swallow nest. Colin Moody
24th - Loch Spelve 'Ringtail' Hen Harrier and two Whitethroats in bracken hillside.
23rd - Craignure Chiffchaff calling in Torosay woods and 'Ringtail' Hen Harrier hunting grassland near Aros Mains. Ruth Fleming. 
23rd 30 plus Ringed Plover heading south off the fishing bank. 10-15 Dunlin heading south off Loch Cuin. White wagtail Treshnish, Spotted Flycatcher Aros Mains. Ewan 
22nd - Langamull: Ten Ringed Plovers, nine Redshank, six Twite, two Common Terns and two Grey Wagtails were among the usual suspects. Ruth Fleming 
23rd Lochdon: Wader movement starting as small parties of Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, ringed Plover and Redshank are arriving at Lochdon feeding station. Alan Spellman
19th Lochdon: a returning Osprey fishing successfully for about 15 mins over Lochdon. Alan
21st  Craignure Single Dunlin, two Red-throated Divers, several Spotted Flycatchers and two Whitethroats, plus flock of 10 Meadow Pipits.
20th CraignureTwo Common Terns and two Red-throated Divers. 
18th A flock of 50+ Whimbrel in Aros Bay this morning.
20th A flock of 15 Knot seen from Cailaich this afternoon flying south. Arthur
19th - Loch Ba What looked like a family party of Spotted Flycatchers, two Grey Wagtails and two Crossbills (one male) were among our highlights today. Salen Bay, A Greenshank at high tide.  Loch Ba, Six Sand Martins still at their breeding colony Ruth Fleming.
16th Croig, 10 Goosanders, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.   prasad. 
6th We had 2 black throated divers on Loch Na Keal today. 
16th Tobermory The long-staying local Magpie put in another appearance in the Mull Magic garden earlier today. Ruth Fleming
16th Treshnish Flock of six Twite (probably a family party) at the Treshnish headland earlier today.
Ruth Fleming 
15th Juvenile Great Northern Diver off Caliach today. 
15th Lochdon: a flock of twenty Long tailed tits briefly in the garden this morning. two Greenshank on the loch. Alan Spellman
13th - Glengome: Stunning male Crossbill perched on top of Pine giving prolonged views. Ruth 
11th Croig, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Goosanders
11th - Torosay Hunting Peregrine, two Red-throated Divers and eclipse flock of 40 Red-breasted Mergansers in Duart bay. Ruth Fleming 

Phil Boardman Wildlife photographer flickr photostream mossman

Phil Boardman took this image of a flying Corncrake on Ion in June 2013
most visitors to Iona srtuggle even to see a Corncrake let alone get a pic like this one.

11th Lochdon: four Whimbrel dropped into Lochdon this evening. Alan
10th Tobermory: we’ve had a magpie visiting here in Tobermory (behind the Doctors Surgery) for the last couple of weeks. Mrs Charlesworth
8th Langamull, male White Wagtail still present prasad 
6th Adult Mediterranean Gull (breeding plumage) off Port Langnamull heading west yesterday afternoon. Ewan 
6th - Beinn Talaidh. A single Tree Pipit was seen in the young forestry at the foot of the mountain this afternoon. Ruth Fleming 
5th Two Black throated Divers flying over loch Mingery and two Orcas in waters between Mull and Coll. Ewan
4th - Duart Bay Two Red-throated Divers calling and feeding in Duart Bay at mid-day; and 40 Kittiwakes NW up Sound of Mull. Ruth Fleming. 
3rd  Craignure Pier: a moulting adult Mediterranean Gull  at the Craignure ferry terminal. It had completely white wing tips, and bright red bill but the black head was heavily speckled with white so I guess it was beginning to moult into winter plumage already. Roy Atkins
3rd Tobermory.The 'Tobermory Magpie' has finally paid a visit to the Mull Magic garden, a first for us here on the island!  Ruth Fleming.



Latest reports for August 2012
31st 2 Bonxies harrying a Gannet yesterday in Loch Na Keal Martin Keivers Mull Charters
30th Fab summer plumaged Great Northern Diver diver on loch Spelve this evening, near old Ardura wooden mussel farm building. Very close in, preening. Suspect been here all summer as v early to be back from Iceland? Dave Sexton
30th – Croig/Langamull Six Redshank, Croig harbour; five juv. Sanderling, a single Knot and 20 Kittiwakes, Langamull were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming 
30th: 10 Brent Geese at Loch Mingery heading south-west. Also a dark Morph Arctic Skua off Glengorm and a Peregrine at Calf island. Ewan 
26th - Glen Cannel: Two Grey Wagtails, Knock and a further three at Fish Farm on Loch Ba; 35 Lapwings and 20 late Sand Martins, Glen Cannel were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming 

21st Fishnish: a Leucistic Blue tit was at the Bird table at Balmeanach by Fishnish. Alec & Cynthia MacFadyen

28th August A Sanderling with 2 Ringed Plovers on Calgary Beach. Pam & Arthur, 
26th 3 Orcas (2 Bulls) in between Mull and Coll on the 24th and a Long Tailed Skua on the 23rd again in the middle grounds. Ewan 
25th - Tobermory A female Blackcap was feasting on Leycesteria formosa berries in the Mull Magic garden today.Ruth Fleming
23rd - Craignure - Oban 300+ Kittiwakes and four Manx Shearwaters off the Lady Rock this morning. Ruth Fleming 
21st - Craignure/Torosay Single Sandwich Tern screeching in Craignure Bay pm, where there was a Grey Wagtail also; two late Common Sandpipers along the Torosay shore; single migrant Whimbrel; and two calling Red-throated Divers, which flew from Sound of Mull into Duart Bay. Ruth Fleming
19th - Tobermory.A Blackcap was calling in the Mull Magic garden today, Ruth Fleming 
7th August Fionnphort 1 Green Sandpiper.
17th August Loch Beg 1 Knot. Fidden 6 Sanderling, 20 Ringed PLover, 20 Dunlin, 6 Twite, 1 Little Stint. Glen Seilisdeir 1 Swift. Bryan Rains 

Little Stint at Loch Beg taken by Bryan Rains. 
17th - Craignure/Torosay Late Common Sandpiper, Craignure Bay, where five Redshanks flew East along coast; two cackling Red-throated Divers high up over Sound of Mull heading in direction of Duart Bay; two passage Whimbrels; 200 Kittiwakes flew NW into Sound of Mull pm, where around 20 Common Terns were feeding; and a single Grey Wagtail along shore at Torosay were among the bird highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming
15th Lovely marked Red Throated Diver in Ulva Sound yesterday. 75 to 100 manx Shearwaters seen from Killchoan ferry today. Martin 
14th - Iona. A Great Skua was pirating a Gannet in the Sound of Iona at 11.50am; migrant flock of waders at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean comprised 17 (ads + juvs) Ringed Plover, 13 (ads + juvs) Dunlin and 10 (ads + juvs) Sanderling; 30 Twite feeding on golf course machair; 60 Rock Doves resting on shed roof and 200 - 300 Kittiwakes with a few Manx Shearwaters feeding in Sound of Iona pm. Two Basking Sharks were observed off the West coast of Iona. Ruth Fleming 
13th Flock of 15 Twite at Cailaich, also Manx Shearwaters, Gannets and 2 Great Skuas. A Lapwing and Greenshank at Dervaig and a Red Throated Diver at Lagganulva. Arthur 
10th - Mishnish Lochs Four ad. Red-throated Divers here at 09.00 hrs this morning and a calling Tree Pipit seen at Croig Ruth Fleming  s
10th White Tailed Sea Eagle both adults and young Peregrine Falcon, hundereds of Manx Shearwaters Gannets 2 Basking Sharks 3 Porpoise and 1 Minke Whale on yesterdays trips. Martin 
29th-3rd We had our first ever sighting of a jay when travelling from Dervaig to Calgary, flew across the road into some low bushes just before the start of the confier plantation at Langamull. 29th July.
Merlin not far from Calliach Point also Sea Eagle over here.  29th July.
Grasshopper warbler heard at the start of the Grasspoint road not far from the bridge.  25th July.
Five Spotted Flycatcher feeding in the field from fence near the forestry commission building just up from Aros bridge. 3rd August.
Whitethroat down in bushes below Duart Castle also Grayling butterfly and Dark Gr. Fritillery here.  Also porpoise close in.  3rd August.
Excellent views of Golden Eagle whilst walking to Loch Ba between track entrance and loch as you look up on the right.  2nd August.  Yellowhammer not far from Ulva Ferry. – 25th July
Very large flock of small birds including lots of warblers, tits, siskin and some stunning Redpoll, feeding in bushes and trees by seashore at Scallastle Bay.  31st July.
2 Red Throated Diver in same bay on 3rd August.  Also Common Blue butterfly on forest walk here.
2 Red Throated Diver flew into Loch Buie whilst we were sitting early evening on 2nd August.
2 Curlew chicks with parents outside cottage daily.  Also Barn Owl and Male and Female Hen Harrier hunting around cottage most days.  2 Sea Eagle sitting on crags opposite cottage one morning.
2 Ringed Plover chicks along shore at airstrip. 3rd August.
Arctic Tern on rocks at Garmony.    Mick and Sylvia Brennan. 
7th Treshnish, 1 Basking Shark breaching off north shore, Prasad 
4th - Croig/Langamull Single Greenshank and 3 (two juvs) Redshank, Croig; Red-throated Diver on sea off Port na Ba and flock of 9 Crossbills in Langamull forest. Good to see juv. Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and Redshank on today's walk. Recommencement of Willow Warbler song in area first noted 3rd.
Ruth Fleming 
3rd A Treecreeper in our garden on the tour this afternoon and a family of Whinchats at Reudle. Heard but did not see a Red Grouse here. Arthur 
2nd Treshnish, 1 Swift at 9.45am. Prasad. 
1st - Loch Spelve/Firth of Lorne. Several Kittiwakes (inc. juv) feeding at entrance to Loch Spelve; large groups of Kittiwakes, with smaller nos of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets flying South down the Firth of Lorne; Spotted Flycatchers at Croggan; seven Ringed Plovers at Portfield; two cackling Red-throated Divers very high and travelling South-east over Portfield to Firth of Lorne; and two separate female/ringtail Hen Harriers hunting hillside at Loch Spelve were among the highlights of today's walk. 
1st Reudle moor: six Red Grouse here, (a very scarce bird for mull) Arthur Brown 
1st Two Black throated Divers in Ardmore Bay. Ewan

Latest reports for August 2011
31st Tobermory:I just thought i would drop you a quick email to let you know that while i was on my usual holiday in Mull this summer i managed to get some good shots of the Peregrine in Tobermory. I recently entered one of these into Bird Watching magazines "Bird Photo of the Year 2011" competition and won the Garden/Urban birds category. (photo above) Keith Edmunds
Congratulations to Keith.
28th Torloisk Hill road: up to 6 Red Grouse in a family group.(a scarce mull bird) Arthur Brown 
25th Loch na Keal: I know it is not a bird but we had a Sunfish surface next to the boat today. Martin. 
22nd Lochdon: an  Osprey fishing over Lochdon at 2.30pm. Alan 
21st Lochdon: Osprey fishing over Lochdon, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat and flock of Long tailed tits in garden.Alan
20th : Haunn. 3 Black-tailed Godwits overflew hamlet and alighted on rocky shore
17th : Iona. Migrant flock of 40 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and 12 Sanderling at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean, where a single Great Skua flew South
17th : The Gribun. Pair of Peregrines performing high over the cliff-face
17th  :  Tobermory. A noisy male Blackcap has been a regular in the Mull Magic garden, feasting on berries of Leycesteria formosa. Ruth and Stuart. Mull
19th Salen: an Osprey over Salen at 1000 this morning. Martin 
18th Lochdon: a Common Whitethroat on my maple tree picking off ants this morning. Alan
15th a MEGA find was a Wryneck (the last Mull record was in May 2001 & before that in 1991) seen and photographed at Haunn by Anand Prasad 
15th Scallastle:  Knot at Scallastle will send photograph for confirmation. David and Mick Brennan 
14th Glen Bellart: a Goshawk flew directly in front and over our moving vehicle, strong slow & powerful wing beats, larger than a Sparrowhawk, long tail with end bar, rounded wings.  (and then it was gone)  Alan & Judith
13th Loch Cuin this evening  12 Curlews, 5 Goosanders, 6 Greenshanks and 4 Redshanks. Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
10th of Iona: 5 Great Skua off Iona. Glen & Jane Stamp
9th Calliach: the largest flock of Mistle Thrush I have ever seen with at least 60 birds here today. Also Sea eagle and Golden eagles. Alan
5th Aug - Three Ptarmigan very close to the summit of Ben Buie – also one Golden Plover. Attached couple of photo's. Ruth and Stuart.    Ruth writes: "The three Ptarmigan on Ben Buie appear to be youngsters (two male and one female, by our reckoning), which makes the record even more exciting and significant. Ptarmigan continue to breed on Mull despite the attentions of our blossoming eagle populations!"
4th: 99% sure of male Snow Bunting sighting in small trees alongside the B8073 just south of Eas Fos Falls.  Approx 13.30pm   Weather showery,  bird flitting about in the trees, approx 20m away. Oliver Woodman
4th Loch Scridain: 3 RT Diver, 4 Black Guillemot, 20 Eider. Fidden, 4 Dunlin, 1 Tree Sparrow. Bryan Rains 
3rd Graignure golf course: a single Pink foot Goose with Greylags here. Jim Hurles
2nd Grasspoint: an Osprey flew over Lochdon. Jim & Linda Hurles
4th: Notice there is a Goshawk reported at Glen Bellart – we have had 4 separate reported sightings in the last week at Loch Frisa – fingers crossed!. Debby Thorne. Loch Frisa Hide
28th July Glen Bellart: a Goshawk flying through, about half way through the glen. Ralph Thompson & Jimmy Lockey

Latest reports for  August 2010 
28th during strongish NNW winds and drizzle decided upon a seawatch on the tip of Caliach point just below the Trig point 4-5PM.  Manx Shearwater 10 to SW, Bonxie 2 to SW round the headland. Whilst on drive there between Sunnipol and the croft at the end of the road, Hen Harrier 1 male, Wheatear 2, Whitethroat 1, Twite 15, in small groups around the point, WT sea-eagle 2.
Basking Shark 30 plus in view over the sea from the point. Dervaig WTS eagle 1, flying around saltmarsh and landed on the rocks, until I decided to put up my scope whereupon it flew off ! Peregrine 1 mobbing the eagle.
29th .Dervaig Crossbill 2 regularly landing on top of highest spruce in the garden stopping off, as they commute between Quinish and forest to the west.
30th 4 hr Sea trip from Tobermory to a position of Caliach Pt and back in fine calm conditions. Manx Shearwater 10 Bonxie 1,
Guillemot c 20 some still with young. Gannet  c 25  Kittiwake 10. Basking Shark c 20  (2 Risso's Dolphins seen this morning but not by me !) Dervaig evening,  Sand Martin 1 at least in the swallow flock. Swallow 80 (evening roost flock dropping in size) House Martin (10 around village during day) Bullfinch 2 in garden Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 in garden.
31st Loch na Keal nr Dhiseig, Willow Warbler 1 still calling beside loch at Dhiseig.  Black Guillemot 5 winter plum on the loch. no divers or anything else ! Lochdon Greenshank 8, Redshank 7, Ringed Plover 6, Curlew 15. Dervaig  WTSeagle 1,  Cossbill 3, Greenshank 3.  Sandy Aitken
30th Tobermory: by the distillery burn, a pair of Dipper and young and a pair of Grey Wagtails. Alan
27th Grasspoint: an Osprey flew over Lochdon at Grasspoint. John Craig
26th Loch Frisa Hide: a flock of about 12 long tailed tits near the hide today.  pair of Black throated diver. Debby Thorne
22nd Sound of Mull: two Wigeon on the Sound of Mull near the Golf Course Pete Hall
23rd Calgary: Black Tailed Godwit – unexpected, 11 flew south past Calgary Bay on the 20th again. Greg Pepper 
19th Treshnish Point:  a Knot at Treshnish Point on the 19th of August, a new bird for our 10x10 square,Andrew Stoddart
23rd Lochdon: a single Greenshank on the loch shore today.also a single Goldeneye.10 Cananda geese at Inverlussa. Alan
Common Dolphins in Loch Scridain on 15th. one of the dolphins is missing a dorsal fin. Dave Mansell 
There is a report of an ablino hooded crow regularly seen at Balmeanach (camp site) by Fishnish
A sad report, but very interesting is a Long-eared owl (dead - road casualty) by the side of the A849 near Loch Spelve on saturday 7th August.  It appeared to be a full adult bird. I can also confirm that I saw one knot at Ardalanish on 11th August amongst a group of eight dunlin. John Clare
16th Loch Scridain:  2 common dolpins in Loch Scridain yesterday (and at least one the day previous) - showing fairly well opposite Pennyghael Hotel - I'll email some shots at the weekend when I'm back home.  Dave Mansell
14th Glen Gorm:  3 Crossbills with others heard nearby in conifers at the Glen Gorm end of the cycle track from
Loch Frisa.  15th  juvenile Redstart on fence post in St Columba Hotel tea garden Iona. Gill & David Steeley
15th Craignure, Bob from the Spar Shop reports a Hummingbird Hawk moth in his garden this afternoon. Bob Boswick
9th Loch Frisa: We had a single Jay at the hide this morning - flew across the field, straight in front of the hide and sat on one of the conifer trees for a couple of minutes before disappearing.  Our visitors must have thought I was mad because I was so excited "we have loads of them at home2, one of them said.  Had to explain how rare they are on Mull  Debby Thorne
4th Loch na Keal: the Velvet Scoter was still here today, could only find one bird. Alan
3rd Glen Forsa: Nightjar heard 11.35Ppm Kilbeg Cottage  David & Sylvia Brennan 
3rd Loch na Keal: two Red throated Diver by the Boathouse (Killiechronan). Greenshank at Lagganulva. Arthur Brown
3rd Loch na Keal: 5 Velvet Scoter (moulting drakes as far as I could tell) between Inch Kenneth-Griburn. Liz & Richard Hallam
2nd We saw recently fledged Buzzards, Kestrel, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle and Sparrowhawk on todays tour. Arthur Brown. 
2nd Loch Beg 4 Canada Goose, 3 RB Merg + 5 small young, 1 Greenshank. Loch Assapol 4 adult Red-throated Diver, 1 f Hen Harrier. Uisken A mixed flock (approx 10 birds) of juv Stonechat and Whinchat. Fidden 1 Common Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 male Hen Harrier. LochPottie 1 Whooper Swan. also Slow Worm, Adder and Mountain Hare.  Bryan Rains
July Reports:
Wed 14th July. Ardalanish beach, two Red Knot in summer plumage and six Sanderling with Dunlin again some in summer plumage.
Friday 16th. Whooper swan on the boggy ground on the eastern side of the Ardtun peninsular.
Saturday 17th. Ardalanish beach one whimbrel.
Sunday 18th. Lochbuie two red throated divers, family of red-breasted mergansers, 20 golden plover on the accessible island near Moy Castle some adults in summer plumage.
Monday 19th. Corncrake heard and seen flying from the track leading across to the golf course; one other heard near the fire station.
Wednesday 21st. from Knockvologan through the nature reserve to Traigh Gheal, one male and three ring-tail hen harriers plus a peregrine.
Thursday 22nd. On the Callach Point, two great skuas landing and perching short of the trig point. On approach they both dive-bombed furiously which I took as evidence of nesting.                  Nick Michell

Latest reports for August 2009
30th Aros Estuary: first returning Wigeon (4 birds) and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; Crossbill heard over plantation near Aros Castle
Loch na Keal:5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 75 Ringed Plovers and 7 Dunlin at High Tide near Killiechronan camp site; single late Common Sandpiper along south shore of loch and 24 Kittiwakes roosting and bathing at burn near car park for ascent of Ben More - Dhiseig.  Ruth Fleming, Stuart Gibson, Tom & Barbara Bettley

16th 2 Woodcock and 1 Tawny Owl near Kilbeg Cottage Glenforsa.  Sparrowhawk seen daily hunting around cottage and 28th Killbeg Cottage: 2 crossbill in conifer in garden of cottage .  Male Hen Harrier hunting during a dry spell on 23rd
17th - Family of spotted flycatcher on walk from Craignure to Torosay through forest.  Razorbill, Guillemot and 2 Black Guillemot close inshore near pump house at Duart.  Also excellent views of a whole family of lizards on corrigated sheets near pump house - very reliable place to go and see lizards as they were there each day we looked (If the sun was out)
22nd - 60+ dunlin came in to land along with 16+ ringed plovers in estuary opposite Aros Castle.  Also one  Sanderling 
23rd - 2 Golden Eagle and 2 Sea Eagle feeding on a sheep in a field opposite Pennyghael stores heading around loch just before turn off to Tirroran House. Sylvia Brennan 
24th - Single swift at Loch Buie flying over cottages also a  Dunlin here. Sylvia Brennan 
Otters - Salen Bay - single.  Craignure pier - 3 together one evening.  Tobermory - Single in bay. Sylvia Brennan 
Basking shark - 1 very close inshore at Craignure Pier at high tide one evening.
27th Glengorm Minke Whale seen when sea watching from Glengorm Castle  Sylvia Brennan 

27th Dervaig: An excited Pam Brown phoned to tell me that she had just watched an Osprey from her kitchen window, her first Osprey on Mull. Pam Brown Discover Mull Tours
25th Lochdon: two Osprey fishing successfully in the loch and feeding at the Gorsten end on a dead tree by the side of the loch which is used regularly. Rosie & Rod Salzman.(neighbours)
15th - 22nd :  1 immature white tailed eagle  over Glen Bellart, Tail was brown and the bird looked like a young immature. it was this years chick from Loch Frisa just over the ridge, birds not tagged this year. Peter Smith
16th - 1 corncrake!! - Was just walking down the road  (just above Killiemor on north side of Loch na Keal)  On view for about 30 seconds before it crossed the road and disappeared into bracken.  Peter Smith
17th - 1 adult white tailed eagle sitting on ridge of "A Mhaol" (460327) as viewed from the B8035 at about 4pm.  After about 15 mins took flight and was chased by 2 golden eagles for about 1 minute!  The white tailed eagle had a blue tag on its right wing, but none on the left wing.  Unfortunately I could not read the number. Peter Smith
19th - 1 Bonxie chased a Herring Gull and then carried on south past the North West end of Iona,  Peter Smith
22nd Ben Buie: 3 Ptarmigan just below the north summit of Ben Buie.  Fidden - Approx 20 Bar T Godwits,  several Greenshank amongst good numbers of Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher and a few Dunlin - Mike Wagemakers
12th Mishnish lochs: at least 10 Little Grebe on the loch including 2 juveniles. Andy Bayes
11th, adult Twite feeding young in the middle of the road under Gribun cliffs  Andy Bayes
3rd Uisken: 10 (pure bred) Rock Dove plus 4 Twite.
4th Kellan Mill: Golden Eagle - 2 adults together plus a Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail over Kellen Mill. Arctic Skua - 1 dark phase off Duart point
5th Loch na Keal: 25 Red breasted Merganser 
6th August: two golden eagles on the road to Loch Buie. Adan Hartley
6th Glen Aros: Hen Harrier  - 1ad male, Great Northern Diver - summer plumage adult at Laggan Bay 
Golden Eagle - 1 over hills above Laggan Bay. White tailed Eagle - adult over Kellen Mill in morning, another adult high over Torosay  heading towards Grasspoint, Salen Bay: Greenshank, Whimbrel 
7th August: basking shark at Grasspoint in the morning , Great Skua soaring high over Iona, Bay at the Back of the Ocean: ~20 ringed plover, ~10 dunlin, 1 turnstone. Good numbers of porpoises and dolphins in the Sound of Iona. AH
7th Loch na Keal: Red throated Diver - 1 ad summer, Laggan Bay Golden Eagle - 2 together over hills. Ian Hartley
1st highlights last week: 4 Peregrines hunting over Tobermory Bay. Basking shark on the sealife adventure tour plus manx shearwater guillemots, razorbills , gannets. Otter on 3 occasions in Tobermory harbour.Sea Eagles on loch Frisa, absolutely amazingplus a bonus of Golden Eagle.flock of Common Scoter from Calgary. Common Sandpiper at Dervaig, at Craignure: Common Tern, Black Guilleomot  plus White throat from train.  The Harber Family
8th Penmore: this afternoon I had a juv.Golden Eagle in my garden for over an hour..it sat on a large tree stump, preened itself, relieved itself (I have the evidence!), flew to another perch, back to the stump then swooped into my wild bit, then back to devour ts catch then away. 8.00p.m a White Tail flew low over the garden. Friday a Merlin and ...I kid you not, Wednesday a juv.Peregrine harassed my bird table for about 10 mins. Could it be my Chanel No.5 attracting them? or my surname?   Cheers,  Sylvia Swift
8th Balmeanach, Griburn:  Colin Moody saw a Swift here : Grasspoint Adam Hartley found a Whinchat: at Loch Assapol Bob Hastie found an early drake Golden Eye plus Yellowhammers, Adults and juveniles.
Whilst cleaning out a nest box today I discovered a second nest containging 3 eggs underneath the one that had been used successfully this year. ALan
Last week an injured juvenile Hobby was found at Glen Forsa, it was taken to 'wings over mull' but late died.
6th Grasspoint: Red throated Diver, 2 Porpoise and 1 Dolphin. Adam Hartley
5th Iona: Perigrine falcon, 6 Twite, 10 Rock Doves Andy Bayers
4th Grasspoint: Twite, female Hen Harrier and Arctic Skua out at sea from Grasspoint.  Adam Hartley
4th Grasspoint: a male Hen Harrier and 2 Short eared Owls. Jim & Linda Hurles 
3rd Loch Beg: Greenshank, 10 Golden Plover & 6 black bellied Dunlin Andy Bayers
3rd Laggan Bay: At least 5 Twite in a mixed Finch flock including Linnets, Greenfinch and Goldfinches Arthur Brown
3rd Loch Scridain: Common Scoter. 4 Porpoise at Grasspoint this evening. Adam Hartley
2nd Lochdon/Grasspoint road: 2 Greenshank in the bay above the bridge. Jenny Smith
2nd Glen Forsa: a male Hen Harrier Andy Bayers
2nd Grasspoint: 2 Knot there this evening. Adam Hartley
2nd Tobermory: juvenile peregrine screeching at its mum from tall spruce tree in our garden (Viewmount).  Very, very noisy - could hear it through double glazing! Last Saturday: whitethroats (possibly feeding young in brackeny area as there was a lot of noise and activity), Bloody Bay.  Sheila Barnard
1st Dervaig: 2 Black tailed Godwits, 6 Bar tailed Godwits, 8 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 4 Curlews and a Redshank at Dervaig this morning also 9 goosanders here. Arthur Brown



Latest reports for August 2008
30th Loch Frisa: The Osprey still hanging around the loch having spent most of the summer in the area
29th Craignure: a Magpie was heard but not seen this evening. John suckley from Bradford.
28th Kingfisher Salen Bay, mid afternoon, flying past the view point towards the fishing boats. MW
27th  5 Teal - North shore Loch na Keal  Mike Wagemakers
27th 300+ Greylag Geese at Killiechronan 50 more at various spots, 6 dunlin flew over Aros Bay, 20 Ringed Plover at killiechronan with 10 Redshank. Ring Tailed Hen Harrier at Lagganulva and Linnets and Meadow Pipits here in good numbers. A  Whinbrel flew over Salen calling and the dipper are back at Aros Bridge 
Great Skua seen regularly at Cailaich this week. Arthur and Pam Brown
25th Loch Scridain 1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 20 Common Tern, 30 Kittiwake, 100 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater. Bryan Rains
24th Loch Beg 4 Turnstone. Uisken 40 Manx Shearwater, 1 Basking Shark. Fidden 10 Twite, 1 Tree Pipit in a field looking a bit lost! Wild About Mull.
20th Aug Uisken 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer. Loch Scridain 20 Manx Shearwater, 3 Porpoise, 1 Minke Whale. Loch Beg 50 Redshank, 40 Dunlin, 50 Golden Plover, 6 Sanderling, 1 Greenshank, 1 Knot, 15 Turnstone. Wild About Mull.
19th Aug Loch Beg 2 Little Grebe. Loch Scridain 11 Red-throated Diver,2 Guillemot, 30 Common Tern. Fidden 3 Whinchat, 8 Ringed Plover. Bryan Rains
21st Loch Frisa: an Osprey flew over Loch Frisa. Caroline Davies 
18th Loch Cuin: 12 dunlin & 2 Greenshank on Loch Cuin. Pam Brown
14th Lochdon: The Nuthatch was seen again this morning in Phil McDermotts garden at "Twlelve Oaks"
Phil also reports a Turtle Dove in the garden earlier in May. AS
13th Craignure: The Nuthatch has again been seen in Pete Hall's garden this morning, it was seen here in June. Presuming it to be the same bird, it was first seen at Calgary in April and was the first ever record for Mull and then in Dervaig a few days later.
11th Killiechronan: a summer plumaged Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and Redshank. Arthur Brown
8th  Bunessan: a Rose Coloured Starling at Mill Bray, just N of Bunessan village, has been feeding in a local garden since 4th. Jack Degnan. Alan Spellman. Bryan Rains, Andy & Diana Oldacre
4th Loch Assapol:  1 Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck.
5th Fidden : 10 Dunlin, 4 Twite. Uisken 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Basking Shark.
6th Uisken 4 Basking Shark. Bunessan 4 Black Guillemot, 200 Manxies offshore. Loch Beg 4 Greenshank. Loch Scridain 6 Goosander. Wild About Mull Bryan Rains
4th Killiechronan: Richard Atkinson reports a male Pied Flycatcher on the wires at Killiechronan
3rd Bunessan: a Turtle Dove photographed in a local garden a mile outside Bunessan. Pauline Reid.
3rd Lochdon: An Osprey fishing in the loch. Dokie Bennettt
3rd  Fidden 24 Dunlin, 70 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose. Loch Beg 60 Golden Plover, 1 Hen Harrier, SE Owl, 4 Greenshank. Glen More 1 juv Sparrowhawk. Lots of Lesser Redpoll in various places showing well.Also had 8 Basking Shark and 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphin today! Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
2nd  Loch Beg 1 Knot, 16 Dunlin, 70 Golden Plover. Killunaig 6 Goosander (1 fem, 5 juv). Fidden 70 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose. Bryan Rains Wild about Mull Tours
1st Lagganulva: A single Common Swift seen here. Alao at Caliiach Point:  50+ Manx Shearwaters in a 30 minute sea watch. Red Throted Divers and lots of Black Guillemots. Finally Kestrels with young at several spots on the tour at the moment. Arthur Discover Mull Tours.

Latest reports for August 2007
26th Lochdon bridge poo:l  a Kingfisher by the bridge on the grasspoint road, and a second bird was at Aros 28th.  Peter Hall, Andy & Diana Oldacre & visitors Mr & Mrs No Name
9th to present Loch Beg 1 Black throated Diver and 1 juv Black Guillemot. Also up to 6 Crossbills seen in trees behind the shop. Barn Owl has been seen or heard most evenings this month.
The Golden Plover flock has been between 70 and 100 birds most of the month. 6 Greenshank all month. Up to 3 Turnstone during the month. 14th Loch Beg 1 Swift. 17th to present Loch Beg 1 Knot. 24th Fionnphort 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. Bryan Rains
23rd Pennyghael had c130 Golden Plover, along with a solitary Turnstone, as well as about 10 each of Redshanks, Greenshanks, Ringed Plover. Finniphort ? had c200 Shags, which impressed me. Sam Forest
23rd Oban foreshore: a  Ring billed Gull was on the George Street foreshore this evening  Stuart Gibson.
18th Tobermory:  A Black Redstart was spotted in Tobermory in the Ledaig car park area. this is only the third record for Mull.   Vaughan Evans
17th Loch Cuin:  3 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Shaun Mccullagh.
5th Oban-Craignure Ferry 50+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase) and 1 Storm Petrel
9th Ulva, House Martin/Swallow Hybrid just behind café. Dr Martin Fowlie
19th Kilfinichan Bay: up to 8 Common Scoter in the Bay David Stafford.
15th Loch Tuath: a  very scarce Velvet Scoter drake seen very close in shore by David Stafford
20th am  'Erraid Estuary', Fidden  - 2 Juvenile Knot  East of Erraid Log Pile - Carol Marshall
8th Glengorm Castle:  sea watching at Dun Ara close to Glengorm Castle .I was watching a gannet fishing just off the shore when  a Great Skua briefly attacked the gannet before flying out to sea. 
 9th Caliach Point: about a mile inland from Caliach Point a peregrine falcon flew over us. Trevor Walker
14th Griburn Rocks area: a 'probable' Goshawk Arthur Brown  Discover Mull Tours
13th Loch Buuie:3 WTSE at Gull Point ( south side) Lochbuie Bay. I adult plus two juveniles. Alastair Gossage
10th Oban:31Swifts feedingover Oban at 21.00 hrs Stuart Gibson
9th Oban: 4 Swifts feeding over Campbell Crescent/Oban High school Stuart Gibson
9th Griburn: 5 Twite at Gribun on 8th also saw the B.T. Dive. Arthur Brown
Arctic Skua (dark phase) seen daily on Loch Scridain chasing the CommonTerns. Bryan Rains
8th Aug - 2 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-throated Diver and 30+ Golden Plover on Loch Beg.
6th Aug - 1 Peregrine, 1 Sanderling at Fidden. 2 Great Northern Diver at Uisken. Bryan Rains
Wild about Mull tours.
6th  Loch Na Keal: 4 Whimbrel on the south shore, also a Red Throated Diver the Usual Gannets Kittirwakes and guillemots and a black guillemot.  Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
5th Aug - 2 RT Diver on Loch Scridain. 1 Sanderling at Fidden.
2nd  - Probable Goshawk gliding from Quinish Woods south across Loch Cuin.Shaun Mccullagh.
1st August - 3 Peregrine and 1 Hen Harrier at Loch Pottie.
6th July: late report of a Nightjar at Dervaig by the Heritage Centre. P A Robinson

Latest reports for August 2006
30th Treshnish Point.  one Great Skua at Treshnish Point and about 6 Common Scoter flying around the Point. Anand Prasad
30th  Black  throated Diver at Dhisaig on Loch Na Keal   Also Slavonian Grebe by outfall from hatchery at knock Arthur & Pam
23rd Cailiach point. 8 Arctic Skua were seen off the point today.  Anad Prasad
21st Loch na Keal. A Slavonian grebe  from the boathouse also a Great Skua at Croig and 20 Kittiewakes at Lagganulva. Yesterday 20th 150 Golden Plover Loch Beg  Arthur & Pam Brown
5th-12th Loch Scridain. Great Northern Diver (2nd summer) between Pennycross and Killunaig.
Oban-Mull ferry crossing. c 200 Manx Shearwater   5th Aug,
9th Loch na Keal Arctic Skua - single dark phase adult  plus 3 adults on Loch Scridain opposite Killunaig (1 dark , 2 light) and one there on 12th Aug.
8th & 11th Loch Scridain/Loch Beg opposite the hotel at NM5328, single Greenshank
10th Killunaig. a single Merlin - 1 fem/juv and Hen Harrier Ad male on 6th and 9th  Loch Don
11th over Killunaig. Red Kite - (blue wing tags) comes from the Black Isles population: 1 was seen over Killunaig 18:30h, heading slowly west.
6th Grasspoint: 2 Twite, flock of 40 Siskin at  Killunaig on 11th Aug .   flock of 50+ Rock Doves on Iona (8th)  Ian Hartley
16th Ross of Mull 'Ormsaig'  a Merlin from the window of the bungalow. Tony Jeffree
10th August, 5 Wheatear near to Fionnphort, 11th, Actic Skua in the Sound of Mull. Martin Izzard
Canada goose was confirmed breeding this year on Mull at Garmony/Scallastle. At least one pair. Brood of at least 3 seen.  Dave Sexton
10th Loch Beg. 30 Golden Plover along with 6 Dunlin flew into Loch Beg Arthur Brown
9th Oban Ferry. 200 Arctic Terns around Ladyrock, also 5 Gannets.3 Shearwaters.  Alan
8th Oban Ferry. 3 Manx Shearwater, 1, Black Guillemot, 4 Little Tern,  Diana & Andy Oldacre/Pam Brown. also a Little Gull briefly at Lochdon. (circa 12.00hrs) Alan
6th Loch na Keal. Black throated Diver in summer plumage, Pam Brown. 17 Whimbrel, Gannet, .Black Guillemot, 100+ Greylag, Eider.  Alan
5th Croig. a single Goldeneye, this is very early for this 'winter species' Arthur Brown
2nd. Ben Buie.  a covey of eight ptarmigan, in summer plummage, just below the summit of Ben Buie, put up by the dog below us. Also Sea Eagle across Loch Buie.    Alastair Gossage
1st Loch na Keal. 5 Whimbrel along south shore. Alan


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