Latest sightings for February
28th Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull at the salmon
hatchery outflow. Also some 60 skylarks at Killiechronan. 5 Whooper
Swans on Loch Sguabain. The Barnacle geese are still showing well on Inch
Kenneth. Also a red throated diver in front of Inch Kenneth. Pete Hall
Mull Wildlife Tours
28th - Four immature White-tailed Eagles together
in air at Grasspoint; five Whooper Swans on Loch Sgubain (Three Lochs);
and a Woodcock overflew the hill road between Torloisk and Dervaig at 18.30
hrs. Stuart Gibson, Martin Jones and Stella Clifford-Jones
28th Five whooper swans on 3 lochs. Rebecca Burton
28th - Great Northern Diver roost count, Loch na
Keal, East of Eorsa: A total of 78 Great Northern Divers and 10
Slavonian Grebes were recorded at the roost location this evening; a single
Red-throated Diver was seen on the loch at this time also, but played no
part in the roost. Stuart Gibson, Martin Jones and Stella Clifford-Jones
28th -Tobermory. Magpie still around, briefly
at our house and in field opposite this morning. Mike Wagemakers
27th - Loch na Keal: Thirty (30) Golden Plover
were on the foreshore at Killiechronan, with 11 Slavonian Grebes
at the head of the loch between Killiechronan and Knock.
27th - Tobermory: A 2nd W/S immature Iceland
Gull was with Herring Gulls in the bay this morning. Stuart Gibson
25th Juliet and I saw 6 bullfinches from
the hide at Loch Tor. They certainly seemed very chunky and brightly
coloured - even the females, so wondered if they might be Scandinavian
ones you once told me about. Felicity Pollard & Juliet Vines. (sounds
very much like they were northern Bullfinches)
22nd - North Mull: A 1st W/S immature Iceland Gull
was at Killiechronan and 30 Lapwings were present at Lagganulva.
Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
Reply Reply to All Forward More24th Large number
Turnstone at Killiechronan from car park of Loch na Keal meals, 4 Bar Tailed
godwits here as well and Ringed Plover. 30 Lapwing and 29 Curlew at Lagganulva.
23rd Between 45 and 50 Skylarks in field opposite
Killninian church this afternoon. Arthur and Pam
23rd - Loch na Keal: A pair of Goosanders were
on the south shore of the loch, near Dhiseag; 40 (exact count) Golden Plovers,
with 21 Ringed Plovers and four Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan, where
two pairs of Mistle Thrushes, included a male in song. Stuart Gibson and
21st a photo of a few of the 34 Snipe
that have been so prominent recently at Dervaig. Stuart Gibson.
21st Quick up date the Kingfisher is seen regularly
seen last on Saturday it flew in front of Moira's van ! As she left the
On Monday this week about 10.30 am I saw a Merlin
across the loch . There are still about 25 snipe on the loch all the time
. There are four WTE visiting the loch regularly and two juveniles .
Yesterday there were 17 curlew in the fields opposite
Calgary Bay and about 45 oystercatchers on a very windy wet beach. Cheryl
20th Approx 30 rooks flew over the house at Ardtun
this morning.(these will have come over from Iona) Rebecca
14th An update on the white-winged gulls... Knock
1 1st winter Glaucous Gull, 1 1st winter Iceland Gull and 1 2nd winter
Iceland Gull. Loch na Keal 4 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Goosander.Bryan Rains
16th The Kingfisher was at Dervaig this
evening seen just before 4pm. Arthur and Pam
15th The solitary Pink-footed Goose continues
to enjoy life with Greylags at Killiechronan. Steve Littlewood
15th - North Mull: A drake Goosander was in Salen
Bay; 30 Redwings, Killiechronan; 21 Lapwings at Lagganulva; no fewer than
Common Snipe at the head of Loch Cuin (Dervaig); and, 3 Whooper Swans
on the Mishnish lochs; a first returning Little Grebe to a freshwater breeding
site was recorded at this last site. Stuart Gibson, Ewan Miles and Andy
15th Lochdon: a Treecreeper,2 Yellowhammers and
a flock of 12 Long tailed tits visited my garden today. Alan
I noticed two 'friendly' Robins, normally aggresive
and territorial.....Spring is in the air. Alan
13th Two male Goldcrests in full song in Aros Park
earlier today. Stuart Gibson
13th 2 Jays visited the garden at Ardrioch this
morning, there was a count of 25 Snipe at Dervaig along with 26
Wigeon an unusually high count for them at Dervaig and a Black Throated
Diver near Lainne Sgeir at Calgary.Arthur and Pam
12th - Mishnish lochs: Two separate hunting Barn
Owls by roadside (one at Dervaig end and another near Tobermory) at
21.15 hrs. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles.
12th Mishnish Lochs: a pair of Long eared
Owls. Fish Farm a Glaucous gull amongs other gulls. Arthur Brown.
12th Loch Cuin: 12 Redshank. 15 Common Snipe here
9th Goldeneyes have been regularly visiting the
lochan over the past few days, sometimes two pairs at the same time - with
plenty of courtship behaviour on display. Shame there aren't many hollow
trees nearby! Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.
9th 18 Skylarks, 700+ Starlings, Rooks and
Jackdaws in good numbers at Fidden today and the 3 Common Scoters still
on Loch Scridain from Electric sub station. Cheers Arthur and Pam with
Helen and Andy Mortley.
7th A spectacular 140+ Great Northern Divers
on the Loch Na Keal roost this evening. Steve Littlewood, Jacqui and Mike
7th Lochdon seven Yellowhammers in my garden this
7th three whooper swans on the Mishnish lochs and
Common Scoter at Kiiliechronan on Loch na Keal, still small flocks
of Redwing and Fieldfare about. Arthur Brown.
5th Gull at Knock last week Colin Moody
4th A group of 15 Slavonian Grebes at the head of Loch
na Keal and Black-throated Diver in Loch Tuath. Ewan
for February 2016
24th Loch Torr: Great to see five Whooper swans
on Loch Torr this morning. Stella Clifford Jones & Cheryll Callow
24th Loch na Keal: just counted 10 White tailed
eagles together (2 adults and 8 immatures) at the head of Loch na Keal,
also 4 Golden Eagles on the way there from Salen, visitor Tom Callan.
15th Loch na Keal: two groups of equal size
and totalling approx 100 Great northern Divers were congregating
to roost on the loch to the East end of Eorsa at 17.00 hrs. Martin Jones
22nd Oban: 16 Black Guillemots
on Oban esplanade this morning. Linda Kerr
21st Loch na Keal; 5 Slavonian
grebe, a drake Gooseander, Iceland gull, several distant Great northern
19th Ringtail Hen Harrier,
White tailed eagle from Grasspoint road, Female sparrowhawk, Loch Scridain
18th Ringtail Hen Harrier,
south shore Loch Na Keal. White tailed eagle sat on shore line at Knock
eating dead sheep,
SIX otters all together,
south shore Loch Na Keal. Andy & Sarah, visitors from Solihull
17th Male kestrel, Ring tail
Hen Harrier, Adult Peregrine all at Glen Gorm, Golden eagle, buzzard on
moorland road over to Dervaig. 1 x Tawny owl on road over to Loch Scridain
from Loch Na Keal, 1 x Tawny owl and 1 x Barn owl through Glen More
16th 2 x Golden eagles on
south shore Loch Na Keal. Andy & Sarah, visitors from Solihull
13th Ringtail Hen Harrier,
Lochdon, Golden eagle x 2 Glen More, 3 x Otters (Mother and two very small
cubs), south shore Loch Na Keal
14th Pair of displaying Golden
eagles, south shore Loch Na Keal. White tailed eagle, south shore Loch
Long eared owl perched
on rocks on south shore Loch Na Keal (Also found Long Eared owl pellet
along same shore line). Andy & Sarah, visitors from Solihull
15th 2 x Golden eagles, south
shore Loch Na Keal, Ringtail Hen Harrier, far end of Loch Ba, Tree creeper
at Loch Ba car park. Approx. 15 Hen Harriers coming in to roost at Pennyghael
(Mostly Ringtails but at least 2 males as well)
White tailed eagle in failed
hunting attempt at Pennyghael. Andy & Sarah, visitors from Solihull
18th on the road up towards
grasspoint but on area to between that road and the main road to craignure.
In the air together had 2 x Adult white tailed eagles, 1 x Adult Golden
eagle, 1 peregrine (2cy as had streaked front but mix of grey and brown
plumage) 2 x male Hen Harriers and 1 x ringtail Hen Harrier . visitor Jon
20th - Loch Buie: A dead
Little Auk was blown up on to the path above high tide mark by recent storms;
also, two live Black-throated Divers were on the loch. Stuart Gibson (with
Isle of Mull Bird Club)
18th Loch na Keal, 2+ Glaucous
Gulls, and at least 1 Iceland Gull, 50+ Turnstones at Knock, 6 Golden
Plovers at Killiechronan, prasad.
18th Gribun: 1st sighting
this year of a Peregrine at Gribun, carrying prey. Felicity and David
Short eared Owl photo by Andy Oldacre
17th a walk along the Grasspoint road and had a Short
eared owl displaying. Andy Oldacre
15th at Knock yesterday there was both a
Winter and 1st Summer Glaucous gull, as well as a 1st Winter Iceland
gull. Also Woodcock have been extremely plentiful with at least 25+
along the road sides between the junction of the road to Grass point and
Loch Buie last night. visitor Darren Woodhead
12th Pied wagtail and grey wagtail feeding on the
edge of the lochan at - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
12th a very very early Common Sandpiper
- between Glenforsa and Pennygown. Debby (now trying to get photo)
10th at Dun Ara (Glengorm)
upon an offshore skerry there were eight Eagles sitting in the sun plus
two more on the Mingarry headland. Is this very unusual and what would
the gathering be for? Steve and Cindy Haynes. (Tobermory
8th We had good views of
a red throated diver from the golf course. Also watched a Barn Owl
quartering around the road to loch na keal as you drop to the mosses
from Salen. just past the two bungalows. Jacqui and Mike Murphy
10th Knock: a Glaucous gull and
an Iceland gull both at Knock outfall today. visitors Tony and Tim Clark
8th A single Red Grouse flew
across the road in front of us at Reudle this afternoon, also a Whimbrel
and 2 Bar Tailed Godwits roosting with Curlews and Oystercatchers at high
tide from pull off at Aros nearest the Castle. Arthur and Pam.
7th Approximately 25 goldem
plover and 60 ringed plover on Glen Forsa airstrip. Juliet
5th A Little Auk washed up
on Calgary beach this week. Ewan Miles.
4th at Dervaig this morning
I saw a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and at last I saw the Kingfisher. Arthur
2nd 17 Crossbills overhead
at Loch Tor with a drake Goosander, and 2 Dippers on the water. Ewan Miles
1st Loch Cuin: the Kingfisher
is still at Loch Cuin, Cheryl Callow, (now becoming a regular overwintering
area having had birds here at this time of year for the last three years.
Thanks for the photo Cheryl
for February 2015
28th Loch na Keal: Arthur Brown reports a drake
Gadwall on the south side of the loch. Arthur
26th Loch na Keal: two pairs of Gooseander &
Whimbrel at Killiechronan. 6 Slavonian Grebe, a pair of Shelduck, large
flock of Black headed gulls and Eagles. Dave & Alan Spellman
25th Loch na Keal, 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese
and 1+ Slavonian Grebe at Killiechronan, 14 Turnstones at Knock outfalls,
1 Jay between Kellan and Kellan Mill, and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at
winter red throated diver by Neil Prendergast
21st Simon saw a Red Grouse about 100m below
the mast, above Lochdon. Laura Percy (granddaughter)
19th Spring songsters: We had our first Blackbird
singing and a 'Sneezing' Chaffinch today (during the sunny spells!).Also
a leucistic Great Tit trying to get on the feeders but being badly
bullied. Sian and Chris
20th Knock:There was a pair of Dippers at
the fish farm today, taking turns at flying into the spate surface down
stream and the flying back to the same spot. Colin Moody
17th Loch Ba: Approx 130 wigeon, 45 lapwing,
pair of golden eagles and white-tailed eagles and 2 pairs of stonechat,
at far end of Loch Ba. A small flock of redwing by Gruline Church and a
pair of dipper on the River Ba. Juliet Vine
17th Feb Red Grouse seen at Reudle Arthur
Brown Discover Mull Tours.
picture below by Arthur Brown
15th 15 Snipe on the mud at the end of
Loch Cuin, 2 Goosander male and female 3 miles up the Aros river from Aros
Bay and a Merlin flew from the shore in front of the car on the
Ulva side of Kellan Mill cottage.Arthur and Pam Discover
15th A beautiful day at Lochbuie and some good
sightings! Goldcrest, pair of skylark, tree creeper, golden eagle, white-tailed
eagle, kestrel, sparrowhawk, black guillemot and great northern diver.
Juliet, Felicity and David
11th Reudle: 2 red grouse at Reudle. Juliet
10th Bunessan: Large flock of redwings on our field
- Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
9th Killiecjronan: a single white front
with Greylags in fields down to camp site. Jackie & Mike
7th Killiechronan: A pair of shell duck at Killichronan
today, a flock of Turnstone, pair of white tailed eagles and 2 gt northern
4th Lochdon: a party of up to 15 Long tailed
tits on her garden feeder. Jenny Smith (Old Mill)
for February 2014
1st March: Knock. An oystercatcher with a broken
wing at Knock for the last few days. Colin Moody
Note: The gull that I saw
at the Tobermory Treatment Works on the 24th shows strong characteristics
of Azorean Gull, a very rare vagrant race of Yellow-legged Gull, which
breeds in the Azores. This opinion has been backed up by several other
gull enthusiasts, who are more familiar with this race than I am. However,
if we can't get a better idea of it's wing pattern, then this mega rarity
for the Isle of Mull will never have been seen, as far as the record books
If only this bird hadn't
had a gob-full of detritus and had kept it's legs clean, then we might
have been able to convince the SBRBC! :-)
Never give up on a good thing!. Stuart
27th Killiechronan a 3rd year Iceland Gull.
Reudle a Red Grouse, Arthur Brown
27th Glen More to Fidden: 5 Ringtail Harriers,
Fidden, 175 Barnacle Geese, 50+ Skylarks, 16 Reed Buntings, 6 Twite, 24
Lapwing. Loch Pottie, Drake Scaup and 20 Tufted Duck plus 2 Goldeneye,
at Inverlussa a pair of Goosander. Edwina & David Sharp, Alan Spellman
24th Barnacle geese 175 at Fidden Skylarks 36 in
field next to Ardalamish Bay left side of track
Drake Scaup loch Pottie White-fronted Geese
4 in Field over Loch Assapol single Kittiwake on Loch Scridain. Arthur
and Pam Discover Mull Tours
23rd Sparrrow Hawk perched briefly at Lochdon,
Hen Harrier (ringtail) hunting at Ulva Ferry, several Great Northern Divers
in the Sound of Mull & Loch Scridan, 24th a BlackThroat Diver
in Loch Scridan ; 2 Jays in Aros Park, 2 pairs of WTSE & a pair
of Golden Eagles seen from the Mishnish Lochs/entry to the old eagle hide
area & a male & ringtail Harrier hunting at Loch Cuin. David &
24th Ardmore. Four Crossbills in Sitka spruce plantations,
where there appears to be a poor cone crop.
24th Tobermory Sewage Works Single dark-backed
'argentatus' Herring Gull (Scandinavian) feeding alongside paler British
sub-species Herring Gulls at Tobermory Sewage Works. Magic
22nd - Tobermory The local Magpie was, again,
in the vicinity of the Mull Magic garden this morning.
Ruth Fleming Magic
20th Female hen harrier hunting over the fields
- Suidhe, Bunessan Tony Jefree
20th Feb Loch Beg 3 Crossbill feeding on the shore.
Bryan Rains. Wild About Mull
18th Feb Loch Beg 6 Crossbill, 1 Lapwing.
16th Feb Pennyghael 1 Grey Wagtail.
Common Crossbill (female) photo by Bryan Raines
20th Feb 2014
17th Loch Pottie. Numbers of duck on loch varying
a lot, up to 32 Tufted and 18 Goldeneye a few days ago. Just 18 Tufted
today but drake Scaup and half dozen Goldeneye still with us and
showing well. Also female Red-breasted Merganser and local male otter
visiting regularly. Mike Wagemakers
17th Killiechronan: a Brambling near Killichronan.
Also Peregrine falcon in the same area. We also had excellent viewings
of all three Divers opposite Inch Kenneth. Pete Mull
17th Lochdon: drew back the curtains this morning
and what do I see ? Two stunning male Goldeneye, Teal and Wigeon and an
Otter trundling along. I now know where its holt is. Alan
Loch na Keal Otters 16th Feb 2014
16th Loch na Keal: a good day for otters with seven
seen, one observed taking a Shag, killing and eating it, also at least
Slavonian Grebes, 6 Great northern and one Red throated Divers. 36
Goldeneye, lots of Red Breasted Mergansers. Alan mullbirds
15th we had excellent viewing of several
crossbills both male and female at the picnic site at Fishnish, as 2 white
tailed sea eagles flew over our heads!. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife Tours
14th Calgary: a Common Scoter in the bay Arthur
14th Loch na Keal: a pair of peregrine falcons
today. a single golden eagle at the far end of Glen More. three great
northern divers on Loch na Keal and two more in Loch Beg. David and Felicity
12th Tobermory: The local Magpie has
resurfaced in the Glen Iosal area. Ruth
12th Glen Bellart: a party of 20 Crossbill,
crimson coloured males and beautiful green females. Richard Atkinson and
11th Feb Loch Beg 1 Whooper Swan, 10 Crossbill,
1 Greenfinch.Bryan Rains.
10th Feb Ardness 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting,
1 Pied Wagtail. Loch Pottie 1 drake Scaup, 18 Tufted
Duck. Fidden 20 Lapwing, 300 Starling, 20 Skylark.Bryan
7th Feb Loch Beg 12 Golden Plover, Bryan Rains
9th kIlliechronan: a flock of 36 Meadow Pipits
in field and large flock of mixed Tits on ground due to strong winds. Arthur
and Pam Brown
8th Grasspoint: a Short eared Owl here today. Nigel
Shannon, also a male Hen Harrier, Alan
8th several Jays (pairs) reported over last few
days; at Aros Park, Croig and Dervaig. Arthur Brown
8th Calgary: 5 Purple Sandpipers at Lainne Sgeir.
6th Loch Assapol: we had some 5 pairs
of Tufted ducks on Loch Assapol. Pete
8th Bunessan: Pair of Stonechats, Suidhe, Bunessan.
6th Feb Loch Scridain 1 juvenile Sabine's Gull.
5th Feb Loch Scridain 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black
Guillemot. Bryan Rains.
5th Lochdon: 2 Greenshank on the shoreline plus
5 Redshank. Alan
4th Feb Loch Beg 10 Crossbill, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare.
Loch Scridain, 1 Black Guillemot, 10 Kittiwake.
4th - Loch Ba: A flock of 16 Golden Plovers and
25 Redpoll spp. were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming.
4th on my tour we had sight of some 200 barnacle
geese still showing very well on Inch Kenneth.
1st Knock fish farm: a Merlin seen at Knock.
for February 2013
28th Lochdon.a male Yellowhammer in the
garden brighten up an dull day. Alan
27th A group of 5 Black Throated Divers
on Loch Tuath today seen from Tostary.
A total of 11 Great Northern Divers seen 3 at Calaich
Point 6 in and around Calgary Bay an 2 in Loch Tuath from Tostary.breeding
plumaged Black Guillemot at Calgary and a ring-tailed Hen Harrier at Reudle.
25th - Loch na Keal: A count of 41 Slavonian
Grebes was made this afternoon in excellent conditions, reaffirming
this area's national importance for this overwintering species on the island.
22nd 1 golden eagle displaying at bottom of Glen
More; 2 over descent towards Pennyghael, male displaying. Three immature/sub-adult
WTSE at Carsaig along with 5 seals & 2GN Diver. Flock of 15 reed
buntings on fence by black bales on way to Grasspoint
22nd A common Scoter in Loch Na keal today
seen from boathouse pull off. 6 Purple Sandpipers on Eilean Rainich
on Loch Tuath. Arthur and Pam,
20th - Glen Cannel 4 Golden Plovers were among
the Lapwings recently returned to their upland breeding ground.
19th - Tobermory A Dipper was actively nest-building
at its traditional site underneath the bridge at the Old Bond Store in
Tobermory this morning. Ruth Fleming
20th There was a hooded crow at Knock today with
a dark back, hooded carrion hybrid?
20th Loch na Keal: 6 Goosander (4f+2m), 5 Slav
Grebes, GN Divers. Edwina & David Sharp & me
19th There was a pair of SEO in Glen More this
evening - at approx. 18.00 hrs.
Opposite the three lochs/car park. They were calling
to each other. Andy Oldacre
Short eared Owl by Andy Oldacre 19th Feb 2013
19th Loch na Keal: circa 24 Great northern Diver
on the loch, 3 Slavonian Grebe.
18th Kilninian, adult Iceland Gull still present
18th Ring-tail Hen Harrier quartering the fields
between the car park and Grasspoint; Stonechat & 9 Fieldfare by car
park. Golden Eagle seen from 3 lochs car park in morning & a pair above
the hills on the descent just past there toward Pennyghael in the afternoon.
Skylarks & twite at Fidden.
Edwina & David Sharp
17th - Craignure A Black-throated Diver
was close-in at Craignure Bay (opposite Castaways) this pm. The white 'blocking'
on this bird's back indicates that it has already started to moult into
its breeding plumage; a single Greenshank was another nice find here. Ruth
15th - Loch na Keal. Min. 36 Great Northern Divers
in loose flock opposite Kellan in late afternoon. We also saw a Skylark
today flying North high over Loch na Keal, our first of the season
15th Adult Iceland Gull still in Kilninian - Tostary
area (also yesterday)
15th 2 Short Eared Owls and a male Hen Harrier
on hill road from Dervaig to Torloisk at first light this morning. and
Iceland Gull following fishing boat in Loch Tuath
seen from Tostary.
Short Eared Owl hunting Hill Road again this evening.
David and Kathryn
14th All seen from our Boathouse window over the
Sound of Mull.3 Great Northern divers flying close in from Aros Mains and
landing landing 1 mile up the sound.1 Slavonian Grebe fishing making way
north. 4 male 2 female Mergansers displaying making north. Jack
12th A freezing cold, windy day but dry so as it
was the only dry day forecast this week we went to the Ross of Mull. At
Fidden we saw 200+ Barnacle Geese, 34 Golden Plover, 2 Pied Wagtails my
first this year, 40 Ringed Plover and 28 Rooks. Bird of the day ay Fidden
was a Peregrine Falcon and we also had good views of a Ring-tailed Hen
Harrier. Tufted Ducks were on Loch Assapol and a pair of Reed Buntings
at Ardalanish, near the car park. On our way home there were 24 White-fronted
Geese in a field between Fionnphort and Bunnessan. Arthur, Pam, David and
13th Two adult goldies calling and displaying
just before Tostarie at 16:15 watched for 15 minutes, very close.
12th Arrived yesterday with 2 Sea Eagles flying
north above road at Fishnish, 3 Northern Divers now off Aros bay White
11th Pam and I saw the Iceland Gull near
the Black Beach at Kilninian today.
11th Kilninian, adult Iceland Gull still present.
10th - Tobermory Male Hen Harrier hunting around
the Standing Stones at Baliscate pm, where it may have over-wintered. Ruth
9th A male Merlin at Knock south shore of Loch
Na Keal. David Mitchell and kathryn Davison staying with us at Ardrioch.
!0th A male Hen Harrier at Kellen old Farm and
another on Cailaich Point road Cailiach side of Bennen Farm. Goosander
on Loch na Keal near Kellan Farm. Arthur, David and Kathryn
9th Kilninian, 1 adult Iceland Gull (it was most
probably an adult yesterday too)
Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull
8th: Calgary, 4 Purple Sandpipers at Lainne Sgeir,
7th Reudle: 1 Iceland Gull behind lobster
7th Loch na Keal 15-20 Slavonian Grebe,
21 Great northern Diver, 2 pairs Goosander, (no sign of the Glaucous gull
today) 3 Common Snipe at Caliach point. Alan
6th Loch Buie 4 hen harriers, 6 great northern
divers, 2 female goosander, a guillemot in summer plumage and a golden
eagle being mobbed by a buzzard. During the course of the day, we saw 6
golden eagles, 2 of which appeared to be displaying. Juliet, Felicity and
5th In spite of it being a pretty horrible day
(weather wise) Arthur had some good birds: 22 Curlews, 14
8 Turnstones Lagganulva Bay. A Glaucous Gull opposite Kellan
Farm on north shore of Loch Na Keal. (see pix). 40+ Black Headed Gulls
at Killiechronan with more at the sewage outfalls. A single Bar-tailed
Godwit at Killiechronan. 20 Curlews at Knock. 16 Lapwings, 43 Wood Pigeons,
8 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes in field with Greylag Geese at Killiechronan.
A Stonechat at Eas Force and another at Lagganulva Bay and finally a Male
Hen Harrier over felled plantation on Dervaig side of Glen Bellert past
Achnacraig. Arthur Discover Mull Tours
5th Loch na Keal: an Glaucous Gull on a
carcass opposite Kellen Farm, should hang around as long as there is food
on the carcass. Alan pp Arthur Brown
2nd Feb - Loch Spelve: Female Velvet Scoter,
on Firth of Lorne, north of entrance to Loch Spelve; female/ringtail Hen
Harrier and single Short-eared Owl hunting at dusk. Ruth Fleming. Mull
Latest reports for February 2012
Later on 29th Loch Tuath, at least 4 white-winged
gulls, at least 1 was a Glaucous, behind lobster boat Jessica Louise, BM237.
The boat went towards Ulva ferry with gulls following.and with Pam and
Arthur Reudle Schoolhouse, at least 5 Short-eared Owls, Prasad.
29th Caliach Point, at least 13 Gannets flying
north around (my first of the year) Caliach, 1 RookTreshnish, 2 Iceland
Gulls behind lobster boat. Prasad.
26th At least 2 Iceland Gulls behind lobster
boat in Loch Tuath (from Kilninian). The boat headed towards Ulva ferry.
26th Loch Ba: 2 1st W Iceland Gulls, two
Golden Plovers and single w/p Slavonian Grebe
24th Tobermory: 3 Iceland Gulls (2 ads., single
1st W), 10 returning Meadow Pipits, 5 returning Pied Wagtails
and one Grey Wagtail in field at Sgriob Ruadh Cheese farm. Ruth Fleming.
25th: 8 Short-eared Owls in the air at the same
time below Reudle Schoolhouse on Calgary-Burg road. Prasad.
23rd Lochbuie: sad circumstances to find one, but
we've got a long-eared owl which has
apparently hit a power line and damaged its wing badly. I found it
just behind our house here in Lochbuie......presumably this still counts
as a 'sighting'. We're waiting to hear back from the usual suspects
with regards to upload and hopefully someone can help it. Beautiful bird,
quite stunning. Sacha Christine
23rd – Croggan: Party of 15 waders feeding on beach
near Portfield consisted of 10 Dunlin, 3 Ringed
Plover, 1 Turnstone and 1 Redshank. Ruth Fleming.
23rd At least 4 Short-eared Owls on Ensay-burg
rd between Reudle Schoolhouse and the summit.
Fantastic views even though it was low cloud, Prasad.
21st Knock Hatchery: 6
Iceland Gulls today. Colin Moody
21st Killiechronan:- 34 goldeneye, pair of
sea eagles, 2 great northern divers in winter plumage, 2 shelduck, small
flock of ringed plover. Knock hatchery outfall:- 2 iceland gulls, large
numbers of herring, common and black headed gulls in variety of young/adult
- winter/summer plumage. Also, small flock of teal, 2 shelduck and single
Flypast at eye level by sea eagle put everything up - a great sight. David
and Felicity Pollard
19th Sunipol rd, 27 Golden
18th Sunipol rd: 1 2nd winter Iceland Gull, 11
Golden Plovers, Prasad.
18th Caliach marsh:1 (possibly 2) Jack Snipe walked-up
from small marsh at Caliach Farm
18th Tobermory:5 Iceland Gulls (1 1st W., 2 2nd
W., 1 3rd W. and 1 adult bird) in pasture on Dervaig Road, at Sgriob Ruadh
Cheese farm, provided fantastic views and were very instructive re. this
Arctic species moult sequence and associated plumages. Stuart Gibson
16thTwo adult sea eagles came from direction of
Glengorm castle, flew over Loch Torr and circled over north end of Loch
Frisa. One bird had blue wing tag under left wing. David Pollard
16th Lochdon circa 20 Bar-tailed Godwit on Lochdon.
15th mouth of Lochdon: four Juv Sea Eagles on spit
+ an adult on rocks at Lochdon. David Sharpe
15th Lochdon: My friend David Sharpe had a Barn
Owl in the front of 'Maridon' last night & a Greenshank this morning
15th: Tobermory, 5 Iceland Gulls and 1 Glaucous
Gull at Cheese factory and another Iceland Gull at water Treatment works
Mishnish: pair of Goosander at Loch Meadhoin Prasad.
15th Calgary beach spotted four Iceland gulls
on the grass that is just behind the beach. Patrick Grimes
15th: 20 Whitefront 6 Canada and Greylags
plus 2 Iceland Gulls north of Fionnaphort, 20 Lapwing at Fidden.
15th Lochdon: 6 Goldeneye on the loch this morning.
13th Killiechronan: 2 Iceland Gulls at outfall
at the salmon hatchery at the end of Loch na Keal. Pete Hall
14th: 3 immature WTSEs on mud out in Lochdon; 3
other adult WTSEs seen, 2 flew over by TLS
entrance & one one Aros -Dervaig road. Edwina & David Sharp
13th: 4 adult WTSEs in air together at Mishnish
Lochs. Edwina & David Sharp
12th: Single Hooper Swan on Loch Sguabain in Glen
More; Drake Goosander in Scalcastle Bay by golfcourse & also one in
Loch Spelve; Single Pinkfooted Goose
with Greylags on golf course; Ringtail Hen Harrier mobbing two Golden Eagles
at east end of Glen More
10th: Little and large. Around 30 Ringed Plover
at port nan Cruilach (end of track past Croggan) and at same time could
see 4 Sea Eagles to west, one having flown over from Grasspoint area. Gary
10th Croig, 1 3rd winter Iceland Gull behind the
red lobster boat (the fisherman said it has been with them all week). This
is obviously the same bird I saw on 6th, which was trailing the same boat.
9th Two golden eagles flying over Suidhe, Bunessan
this morning. Tony Jefree
9th Feb: 2groups (3 and 4) Common Scoters flying
south down Sound of Mull near Arle. Gary Wiltshire
9th At least 3 Iceland Gulls at Tobermory cheese
factory (1 1st winter, 1 2nd winter & 1 adult). Prasad
9th a Pair of Gadwall at Calliach Point (a scarce
Mull bird) 2 Great northern Diver at Calgary,male Hen Harrier. AS/AB
8th at Tiroran yesterday and on the way round spotted
a Sea Eagle on the shore. Before I could
get my camera out it flew off – made my day! Carol MacDougall. Estate Agent,
7th Feb Knock 5 Iceland Gull. 6th Feb Fidden
14 Twite, 120 Barnacle Goose. Loch Scridain 1. Bryan Rains. Black-throated
Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe. Bryan Rains.
5th Feb Carsaig 3 Wigeon (they seem scarce this
7th Feb: Sea Eagle very low and hanging in
wind for 15 mins over Ardnacross. Gary Wiltshire
7th Aros: a pair of Dippers on territory along
the river Aros in Glen Bellart today. Alan
7th I hear that 4 white winged gulls have been
seen at Fishnish and more white winged gulls at Loch na Keal (pp)
6th 1 male gooseander
and 1 male red breasted merganser together at aros estuary. Gary Wiltshire
6thGlaucous Gull still at Tràigh na Cille,
Kilninian. There was another white winged gull at Port na Bà, Croig.
It was behind a lobster boat. I think it was an *Iceland Gull,* but I was
2km away. Prasad
5th,Whilst on holiday. 4 male and 3 female widgeon
at aros estuary. Gary Wiltshire
6th:Walking today on the hill (the low grassy part)
above Traighmor and Sandeels Bay this afternoon I saw an Iceland
gull. Having read in Round and About about them made me take note.
5th The Glaucous Gull still at Kilninian beach
and another white winged gull off of Burg which flew close to Ulva and
was there 10 minutes before I saw the Glaucous at Kilninian beach. Prasad.
4th: Calgary 1 Redshank, 1 Turnstone and Lainne
Sgeir, 2 Purple Sandpipers. Prasad
3rd Lochdon: 14 Shelduck
overwintering on the loch. Alan
2nd:Treshnish, 1 Whooper Swan flying E Lainne Sgeir,
Calgary 1 Purple Sandiper & 5 Turnstones. Prasad
1st 2 male Goosander on Aros Estuary, 8 Ringed
Plover on machair at Calgary and 1 Rook in the field at Ulva. Martin
1st Feb: Tràigh na Cille, Kilninian, 1 1st
winter Glaucous Gull. Prasad.
Latest reports for February 2011
28th Sound of Mull: 5 Great northern Diver, 1
Black throated Diver, a pair of Goosander and Red brteasted Merganser.
28th 3 Lochs through FGlen More: 4 Whooper Swans
here. Crossbill at Pennyghael.
26th Loch Scridain: 9 Mute Swans (5 adults, 4 juv),
Golden Plover. Loch Beg 4 Little Grebe,
Lapwing, 2 Greenshank.
Fidden 30 Lapwing.
we had a Pipistrelle Bat flying around in daylight
at Pennyghael on Thursday 24th Feb. Bryan Rains
25th Calgary Bay: the first Gannets
(3) of the year were seen at the mouth of Calgary bay. This is the earliest
date I have, the previous being on 8th March 2008; I consider it a migrant.
24th Killiechronan: 3 bar-tailed godwits
One was in summer plumage - a first for me! Felicity Pollard
22nd: 22 Great northern Divers
1 Red throated diver in the two lochs Scridain and Loch
na Keal. Also Slavonian Grebe, Black Guillemot, Shags
& a Cormorant, R B Merganser, 2 drake Goosander, Goldeneye,
Wigeon, Mallard Teal, Greenshank, Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher,
Sea Eagle, Raven, Hooded Crow, Herons to hang your hat on, some cracking
gulls but no white winged & a couple of Otters. About 50 Barnies
on Inch Kenneth & 3 Canada Geese on the sea. Alan Spellman/Arthur
21st a White billed diver on
Loch na keal (by Gribun rocks) David Woodhouse
21st the Pink-footed Goose was with 21 Greylags
near Calgary cemetery.There was a Goodsander at Loch Carnain an
20th: 6 Turnstones and at least 2 Purple
Sandpipers at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. Prasad.
20th very lucky to spot two Ptarmigan on Beinn
a' Ghraig near Knock (about 470m up at NM 536 376) - we were by the
coast watching a pair of Golden Eagles and just as they disappeared over
the ridge Jonathan noticed a couple of white birds fly into rocks at the
snow line. Jonathan Keefe & Moira McKelvie
19th Glen Bellart & River Aros: a male Hen
Harrier ,on the river a pair of displaying an singing Dippers.Alan
& Judith Spellman
19th Arle: we've had 4 yellowhammer in the
garden this morning. Jonathan Keefe & Moira McKelvie
18th Lochdon: This beautiful male Bullfinch
visited my garden to steal my honeysuckle buds. Alan S
17th Calgary/Calliach point: 5 Purple Sandpiper
at Lainne Sgeir, Pink Foot, Jack Snipe and Common Snipe at
Calliach and 3 Brambling in Arthurs garden. Alan S & Arthur
16th: 3 Purple Sandpipers at Lainne Sgeir,
16th Calgary: A male Bullfinch in the garden
that used to be Calgary Farmhouse Hotel this morning. Took a good photo
Pink Foot and some Mergansers today. Arthur
14th: 5 Purple Sandpipers on Lainne Sgeir,
Calgary and 1 Pinkfoot with the flock of Greylags in front the cemetery
which all flew to the stream at the beach. Prasad
14th Ardrioch: : Still pretty quiet but 3 very
Goosanders on Mishnish Lochs this morning 2 males and a female.
Brambling with over 150 Chaffinches regularly in the garden at Ardrioch
which attract Sparrowhawks several times a day. The tree with the Barn
Owl box in has fallen down, we are on the case. Arthur and Pam Discover
13th Knock: Saw a dipper at Loch Ba this morning.There
were two sea eagles on the shore in front of the fish farm this afternoon.
One took off and dropped it's prey in the sea, the other took off and picked
up the prey, I took a picture of it later.There was also a sparrowhawk
at the fish farm this afternoon. Colin Moody
10th Calgary: a first winter female Reed
Bunting in the Calgary beach Marram grass today.Prasad .
10th Dervaig: a male and a female Brambling
in Arthur Browns garden today.
9th Fidden: Bryan reports 140 Barnacle geese
9th Calgary: Today the lone Pinkfoot is
still with Greylags in field surrounding Calgary cemetery,Prasad .
7th Lainne Sgeir, Calgary: at least 2 Purple
Sandpipers Arthur Brown. Discover Mull Tours
7th Bunessan: a male Brambling at feeder
eating peanuts/nyjer seeds along with 12/18 goldfinches, Bob Lawson
7th Lochdon: Teal, Wigeon,
Shelduck, Mallard, Curlew, Oystecatcher, Bar tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover,
Lapwing. all a bit quiet on Lochdon Alan
for February 2010
28th At Torosay down near the greenhouses, there
were 3 treecreepers, 2 goldcrests and 2 wrens - great to see the
small birds managed to survive the harsh winter. Also barn owl back
in Salen. Debby Thorne
27th Garmony: I found a dead tawny owl on the road
at Garmony this afternoon. Colin Moody
27th Treshnish: A first for our 10x10km square
today . 2 Common Crossbills in Treshnish wood also 1 male Bullfinch,
which we have seen for the first time at Treshnish this year (4 records
in total).Aand Prasad
27th Lochdon: a male Hen Harrrier hunting
in the fi3eld opposite. Alan Spellman
26th Glen More Bryan Rains was delighted to find
Snow Buntings in the glen this morning. Bryan Rains
24th-25th Salen: A lone Waxwing
at Dunvegan, Salen in garden. Dave Sexton. photos
24th Salen Bay: a Peregrine here this afternoon
23rd Salen: A single Waxwing and first of
the year, reported by Martin Keivers from his garden Martin Keivers.
22nd Salen: a single Brambling in
a local garden here. (where are all the Bramblings this year ?) Felicity
Further to the Red legged
Partridge (15th) report below, now have information that they
were introduced to the island over the last couple of years for sporting
18th – 5 Bullfinch & 2 Crossbill – near
to the meeting point for the Sea Eagle hide at Aros. Woodcock
– flew over the main road just coming into Salen from Craignure.
16th – Yellowhammer – Loch Buie
15th 1 Red Legged Partridge, Kentallen Farm
on the main Salen to Tobermory road.
Woodcock – Aros bridge.
19th – Dipper – Knock bridge
14th, Turnstone – on the beach by Craignure golf
course., Dipper – pair up stream frpm Aros bridge, present all week, Greenshank
– Lochdon pool & Loch Na Keal, Shelduck – Tiroran beach, Great
Spotted Woodpecker – on feeder on the main road at Lochdon Andy Bayes &
17th a female hen harrier was "quartering
" over the end of the mountain road/Loch Cuin. A regular place for
the species but the first of this year. Regular sightings of ringed
plover, greenshank, teal, wigeon and Snipe at low tide on Cuin.
Rod & Gill Little
17th 20 Otters seen around the north of the
island during one day, all of them separate Otters, quite a few mothers
with 2 cubs. 18 Great-northern Divers on Loch na Keal & Loch Tuath
plus 1 black-throated Diver near Inch Keneth.
18th Feb Quinish Point - Merlin, Bullfinch &
Great-spotted Woodpecker & 4 Skylarks. Tree Creeper in our garden.
also 5 Snipe on Loch Cuin Pam & Arthur Discover Mull
17th Loch Ba: 1 male & 1 female Goldeneye,
1 Buzzard, 6 oystercatchers. 1 heron (juvenile)
16th Langamull beach:,2 Shelduck,1
Otter (presume male due to size) fab views for 10 min as it climbed up
and down the shoreline,1 Ringed Plover. Rose Day. Ranger, Peak District
16th Croig inlet (near fishing boat trip pier):
3 Redshank,1 Curlew. Rose Day. Ranger, Peak District National Park
15th Loch Torr: 1 male, 1 female Goldeneye.
Rose Day. Ranger, Peak District National Park
16th 2 Reed Buntings in our garden this morning.
We also saw the Ringed billed Gull in Oban harbour yesterday. Thanks for
the phone call yesterday. Pam & Arthur of Discover Mull,
15th Craignure: Gilbert the postie tells me he
has a dozen Bullfinches at his cherry tree today. Alan
13th Bird Club Field trip down to the Ross of Mull:
White-tailed eagles, an adult & a juvenile feeding on a carcass
being mobbed by Crows and Ravens 2 more WT Eagles were seen during the
day. Great Northern, Red & Black Throated Divers were seen during
the day on Loch Scriden and some Guillemots. Fantastic views of a flying
adult Golden Eagle and a hunting male Hen Harrier close by the vehicles
two more female Hen Harriers were seen during the day. Ringed Plover
on Ardalanish Beach and 2 Grey Plover & 1 Bar-tail Godwit
at Fidden. Pam Brown, Secretary, Isle of Mull Bird Club
12th: a single Ptarmigan on Corra Bheinn
(NM53R), not far from Ben More seen by Emily Wilkins
12th Lochdon: On Owen Tysons bird table, a Great
Spotted Woodpecker and later a beautiful male Sparrow Hawk. Owen
11th Lochdon whilst doing a webs count Andy Oldacre
found 4 Red Knot, a scarce bird for Mull. Andy Oldacre
10th - Ardalanish Bay: 38 Golden Plover, 24 Lapwing,
3 Ringed Plover and 12 Fieldfare and a solitary Skylark back on the nearby
moor Ruth Fleming, Robbie Fleming and Stuart Gibson
9th Tobermory: A male Goldcrest was in full song
in a local garden this morning
8th Lochdon: 28 Dunlin at the end of Gorten
road. 2 Greenshank. & Water Rail in the garden Alan
8th Quinish Gardens: Nick Read reports 4 Jays
(2 pairs seen at the same time) in his "garden". A pair were
seen there last year. also has his first Bullfinch of the year going
for early apple and cherry buds. Nick Read (pp Rod Little)
8th Dunaros: saw my first Goldcrest of the
year. At Lochdon a male Blackcap. Alan Spellman
8th Loch Scridain: Bryan Rains reports 38 Great
northern diver in the loch this evening. Bryan Rains
6th: 60 Fulmar at Cailiach this morning
and 2 Common Crossbills on Loch Frisa BTO square. Arthur & Pam
6th Calgary, Calliach, Dervvaig: 3 Greenshank,
2 Redshank, Sea Eagle (pair), 5 GND in Sound of Mull. Alan
5th Calliach: A Black throated Diver, 3
Fulmars, 3 Guillemots, a pair of Common Scoter off Caliach
1st-3rd Lochdon: Water Rail back again this
morning in the garden
1st: Bryan Rains reports a Pinkfoot amongst
Greylags at Killiechronan .
for February 2009
29th Glen Gorm: A drake Long
tailed duck at Glen Gorm today, also a few Redwing about Arthur Brown
28th Dervaig: mail from Shaun
Mccullagh: "My next door neighbour Brian Abnett was here today to repair
our central heating flue. He does contract gardening and tree surgery
amongst other things. He had an interesting story to tell.
He was recently doing some tree surgery in a garden opposite Dervaig reed
bed. About 20 feet up a tree he came upon a typical Shrike larder.
Three small birds impaled on thorns - a chaffinch & coal tit were still
recognisable. He estimates that the corpses had been there 3-4 weeks.
At this time of year a Great Grey is the most likely. Have there been any
possible sightings anywhere within a reasonable distance? Cheers
- Shaun ."I have not received any sighting reports" Alan
27th a trip round Loch
na Keal to Loch Scridain highlights were: 300 Barnacle Geese on Inch Kenneth.
a male Merlin at Griburn, four Great northern Divers, 2 Common Scoter on
Loch Scridain, 3 WTSE at Killiechronan, 2 Golden Eagles, Hen Harrier, Buzzard,
Kestrel, Ravens, at Glen Sielisdeir. Arthur Bown/Alan Spellman
23rd a male Tawny Owl singing
at Salen Stuart Gibson
18th Glen Forsa Hotel: two
male Mistle Thrush singing & at bAros were 4 singing birds. Stuart
16th At Glenforsa shoreline:
23 Oystercatcher, 24 Turnstone, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Rock Pipit, Aros: 2
22nd-24th Tobermory Harbour:
a Glaucous Gull was in the harbour today with other mixed gull by the distillary
outflow burn. Alan (see image above) 21 Wigeon in Salen Bay. Stuart Gibson
19th at Salen Bay, an overwintering
Wimbrel from 30/1/09
19th Aros: two Dippers carrying
next material under the old bridge at Aros . Felicity Hanson.
weekend of the 14/15 February
4 male Goosander at the mouth of the Aros river, 8 Goldeneye (one female)
on loch Uisg and two Golden eagles soaring together about 1km before the
Dervaig end of the plantation on the Salen to Dervaig road. David Pollard
We also watched 8 bottle
nosed dolphins giving a fantastic performance near the Craignure jetty
over the same weekend. Apparently they were there for most of the morning.
16th Aros : a pair of Goosander
plus on 18th a dead male Goosander at Aros
15th Salen Bay: 34 Wigeon,
4 Goldeneye. Stuart Gibson
Feb 11th We had a Mull
rarity at Calgary today a Coot on a private pond , Arthur Brown 5 Woodcock
at Salen Woods, Stuart Gibson.
9th Salen Bay: 4 Black Guillemot
here today. Stuart Gibson
2nd Bowmans field opposite
the Craignure Golf course: 14 Canada Geese with Greylags.
1st Loch na Keal: a very
scarce, Red necked Grebe, also Great northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe,
7 Barnacle geese. Dafydd Roberts. visitor from Wales
1st Loch na Keal: by the
fish farm ouitfall pipe were lots of Goldeneye, Teal, Mallard plus a Shellduck
and Red breasted Mergansers, a few Wigeon. Herring Gull, Black headed Gull,
Mew Gull. GBB Gull, Oystercatcher Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Redshank, A
single Whimbrel and Curlew, Grey Heron. Alan Spellman
31st Jan Salen Bay &
Aros estuary: a single drake Goosander. Stuart Gibson
29th Salen Bay: Iceland Gull
(1st winter) Stuart Gibson
for February 2008
28th Flock of 50 Skylarks
at crannich Sue & Duncan Hall
28th Carrion Crow Ardalanish
- Mike Wagemakers
25th mainland:There was a
Kingfisher on the fish farm cages at Loch Arienas near Lochaline
24th Tobermory: Jenny Reddaway
reports a Tree Sparrow amongst her House Sparrows in the garden.
24th Golf course: at least
5 Canada geese in fields opposite the golf course. These birds have been
here on and off throughout the winter Alan Spellman
80 Greylags in field by Killiechronan and four pink-footed geese
3 Great Northern divers further
up Loch na Keal.2 red throated divers near Aros estuary.Jenny Reddaway
18th Tireragan, Ross of Mull
Pair of Golden Eagle soaring over the deserted township and mobbed by a
Merlin - Mike Wagemakers/Carol Marshall
15th Treshnish : two Glaucous
Gulls around a lobster boat at Port Haunn, Anand Prasad
16th The Bird Club had an
excellent trip on Saturday, the highlight of the day being the crossbills.
There were some 1/2 doz or so at Fishnish and another three at Loch Frisa
(in a broadleaved tree!).Pete Hall
15th Pennyghael: Had a stunning
male Merlin fly in front of the shop yesterday (15th Feb).
14thUisken: Lots of
Redwing around (biggest flock was 18 birds) with birds seen at Uisken,
Killunaig, Ardchrishnish and Beach. The male Gadwall is showing well in
Bunessan. 1 turnstone with 5 Ringed Plover and a Snipe on Uisken beach.
Bryan also mentions that
he has seen lots of Adders about enjoying this last period of warm sunshine.
13th Fidden/Bunessan: 6 Grey
Plover Fidden, Male Gadwall Bunessan - Mike Wagemakers/Carol Marshall
12th Aros: three Jack Snipe
at mouth of Aros River today, also female Hen Harrier from the back of
our garden. Helen and Iain King Seaview Salen
12th Killiechronan camp site:
3 Bar tailed Godwit, 70 Greylags. Duncan & Sue Hall.
12th Feb Loch Scridain.
3 Hen Harrier at Loch Beg. 8 GN Diver, 2 RT Diver and 10 Guillemot Bryan
8th Feb - Male Hen Harrier
hunting on moor behind house. 6 Rock doves. Callum Entwistle
7th Feb 1 Hen Harrier, 1
Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon at Loch Beg.Bryan Rains
5th Feb 14 Common Crossbill
behind the shop.(Pennyghael stores) Bryan Rains
5th Feb - two Great Northern
Divers, 2 Curlew, Flotilla of Mergansers. Callum Entwistle
4th Bunessan Bay and around
our house on Ardtun Road - lonely drake Goldeneye Callum Entwistle
2nd Feb 1 Merlin at Loch
Beg. Bryan Rains
for February 2007
22nd Lochdon Mast Hill: (Dun
da Ghaoithe) : A colleague climbing the hills above Loch Don had 6 snow
buntings on the top. Dave Sexton.
21st Loch Pottie: 2 overwintering
Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck. Loch Assapol 2 Pochard .Loch Beg has
4 Little Grebe, 15-20 Ringed Plover, 30 Lapwing, 15 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin,
2 Glaucous Gull(1st winter) and 4 Greenshank.
Bryan Rains (Wild about Mull WildlifeTours)
21st Lochdon: Five Greenshank
and a pair of RB Mergansers in the pools above the bridge in Lochdon this
afternoon. Andy Oldacre (Wild Cottage B&B)
21st OBAN: The Ring
billed Gull is still around and can be seen (if you're lucky !) alongside
the adult Iceland Gullon the George Street foreshore in the afternoon.
However, with increasing daylength, the Ring-billed Gull may be arriving
later to the foreshore area, but always worth checking at any time.
21st : ad. Iceland
Gull, Oban harbour at HT (09.30 hrs); 16 Black Guillemots, Oban Bay; 27
Turnstone, George Street foreshore (at High tide).Stuart Gibson
21st Inverlussa: a Dipper
by the bridge over the Lussa at Ardura Alan Spellman
19th OBAN: Ad. Iceland Gull
(down to 10 m.), George Street foreshore, also present was a winter plumaged
Red throated Diver, actively feeding, less than 10 m. from tide-line.
No need for binoculars Stuart Gibson
17th February Inch
Kenneth: 190+ Barnacle Geese, Scoor Golden Plover. Dave Shackleton
16th Salen: Angus and Eileen
Slorach had a single waxwing in their garden today
14th Glen Gorm: saw several
small groups of crossbills today in the glen gorm forest. Susan & Duncan
14th Killiechronan: up to
7 Shelduck near the camp site Tim & Rebecca Barnard
14th Craignure a male Blackcap
reported in local garden Bob (Craignure Stores)
13th Garmony forestry walk.
a Eurasian Jay seen on two occasions Shawn (slaughterhouse
12th Dervaig : 3 Snipe for
the first time this winter, a single Greenshank and unusually 100 Rock
Doves. In Aros Bay there was a single Black Throated Diver and a Dipper
by Knock Bridge, On Loch na Keal there was a Slavonian Grebe and 4 Great-northern
Divers & at least 18 Goldeneye Ducks &35+ Red-breasted Mergansers
many were displaying. Pam & Arthur Brown. (Discover Mull Tours)
9th Garmony forestry walk:
A Eurasian Jay reported here .Martin Keivers
7th Aros Park: Possible Green
woodpecker at Aros on the grass near the car park. Also 4 goldeneye
there and 3 little grebe and 2 mallard. 6th at Calgary: 15 ringed plover
and 2 redshank. Shaum Mccullagh
5th Tobermory: have a lone
Brambling also Female sparrowhawk, a flock of about 60
Barnacle geese - very dark with white underbellies and darker legs
flew over Tobermory. Jenny Reddaway.
4th Loch Ba: Grey wagtail,
2 sea eagles, golden eagle, meadow pipit, 20+ curlews and 20+ lapwings,
Sue & Duncan Hall.
4th Loch Scridain: a beautifu
adult Glaucous Gull on the north shore of Loch Scridain today feeding on
a seal carcass. Alan Spelman
Also on Loch Scridain,a 1st
winter Iceland Gull present Colin Moody
3rd Feb.OBAN : 9 Reed Buntings
Campbell Crescent garden, OBAN.
3rd Garmony: 4
crossbills again at Garmony on Saturday.Dave Sexton
1st OBAN: an adult Iceland
Gull at the George Street foreshore. Stuart Gibson
1st Bunessan: the drake Gadwall
has returned to Bunessan Bay Arthur & Pam Brown/Alan Spellman
for February 2006
28th Adrioch/Dervaig. a Yellowhammer
feeding on corn under the seed feeders with the Chaffinches AB
27th 7 White tailed Sea Eagles
and 2 Golden Eagles. Discover Mull Tour
27th pair of Common Scoter
in Loch Scridain,plus Black Throated Diver, G N Divers Loch Na Keal
and Loch Scridain, a single slavonian grebe Loch Na Keal and a Little Gull
at Loch Scridain at the Loch Beg
27th Lochdon brodge pool.
female Kingfisher showing well mid afternoon today. AS et al
27th Loch Beg. a Little Gull
present here. Arthur & Pam Brown & tour group
26th Glen Seilisdeir
a Merlin chasing a Snipe one of the guests said it was like watching Top
26th Lochdon. flocks of Long
tailed tits feeding on peanuts in local gardens. John Preston/Owen Tyson
24th Garmony. 5 Canada Geese
(park geese) with 70+ Greylags in field opposite Golf Club. AS
24th Killiechronan. a single
Pinkfoot amongst 60+ Greylags. field on right at crossroads. AS
22nd Tobermory. a Brambling
in a local garden and a treecreeper has appeared briefly. collared dove
killed by female sparrowhawk, and pair tawny owls on adjacent trees in
garden late last night Jenny Reddaway
23rd Moorhen seen flying
across Ardtun road near Knockan Thursday afternoon - Carol Marshall
This is not too far
from Assapol - could it be the same bird as 22nd ??
22nd Fidden/area. Redwing,
Fieldfare, Misstle Thrush, Song Thrush in small scattered flocks. AS et
22nd Loch Scridain. 2 Great
northern diver, A Spellman/A Brown/A & D Oldacre
22nd Fidden. 80+ Skylarks
feeding on the shore. 50+ Lapwings. Goldeneye, Shelduck.
22nd Loch Harrison/Loch Assapol.
a single Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, single Pinkfoot with Greylags.
Loch Pottie, Tufted Duck, 2 Whooper Swan, A Spellman/A Brown/A & D
22nd Aros. Two pairs of goosanders
on Aros estuary. This morning. Duncan Hall
21st Lochdon. female Kingfisher
still present near the bridge in Lochdon. Andy & Diana Oldacre
20th Lochdon. 30+ Bar-Tailed
Godwit plus a Male Merlin flew by. Andy & Diana Oldacre
20th OBAN. 2nd W. Ring billed
Gull bathing and preening on George street foreshore, Oban at 15.40 hrs
today (20th Feb.), having arrived at 15.30 hrs. Stuart Gibson
20th Loch Scridain/Loch na
Keal. 3 Great northern diver, Red throated diver.AS
19th Loch Assapol.
pair of Pochard on loch Assapol.(a very scarce bird for Mull) Susan
& Allan Parker
17th Loch Buie. Peregrine
Falcon, 6 Black throated divers together,1 R/T Diver,1 Grey Wagtail
Loch Spleve, 1 Pair
of displaying Goldeneye,1 Summer plumage Black Guillimot Andrew Kirkham
16th Aros Estuary. 3 Goldeneye,
2 female 1 Male Displaying ,1 Pair Merganser1 Woodcock 6pm 1/4 mile up
the Dervaig road form Aros Bridge Andrew Kirkham
15th Port Langamull
(GR 379539). Possible Chough, heard the bird calling and it didn't
come to me straight away, much more fluid and melodic than a 'Hoodie' checked
on my Birds of Europe DVD and sounds very much like it. Unable to spot
bird, may be worth checking if anybody goes to that area.
2 Goldeneye males Andrew
14th Loch Na Keal by
Killichronan. Sea Eagle on shore at, no tag on bird, 30+ Greylag's in fields
by the loch. Andrew Kirkham
13th Loch Scridain. 2 Black
throated diver, 1 Pair of Goosander Andrew Kirkham
12th Aros Castle, Sea Eagle
flying down Aros estuary and round the castle out to sea.10+ Song Thrushes
fields by Castle, 8-10 Rock Pipit on shore line Aros Estuary (most
days) 1 Pair of Dippers Aros Bridge
15th Feb OBAN The 2nd W.
RING-BILLED GULL was with Common Gulls at Cockleshell Bay, nr. Ganavan
on morning of 16th Feb. (SG/Jim Dickson), and on Oban foreshore at 16.00
hrs same day. Today (17th), it was seen on George Street foreshore
(with Herring Gulls) at 16.00 hrs and, again, at 16.45 hrs. It has now
been in the Oban area for a full 5 months since it's relocation on 12th
September 2005. During this time, it has been reported from four
separate locations : George Street foreshore (where it roosts); Corran
esplanade (feeding with Common Gulls); Cockleshell Bay (ca. 2 miles north
of Oban, on Ganavan Road); and, Dunstaffnage Bay (3.5 miles east of Oban).
15th Loch Spelve Black
throated Diver and Red throated Diver in the loch today plus Goldeneye.
9th Lochdon. a male Merlin
sighted along the Grasspoint road between the bridge and first cottages
and a 2nd bird near Dervaig along Glen Bellart road. Lynda and Michael
14th Inverlussa. A
single male Goosander in splendid plumage was busy feeding in the estuary.
13th Calgary. a single Magpie
at Calgary nr the phone box. Dave Sexton
12th OBAN. 43 Turnstones
roosting on George Street foreshore at 18.00 hrs on 12th, coincided with
high tide. This is largest tally I've ever had of this species at
this location, ever ! Stuart Gibson
9th OBAN Ring billed Gull
: 2nd W. 'running with the pack' of local Herring Gulls, Oban harbour
at 14.50 hrs today Peregrine : Hunting bird, Oban esplanade at 14.30
hrs (9 Feb.) (Stuart Gibson/Bill Allan)
8th Lochdon 2 Red Knot, 20+
Ruddy Turnstone, Greenshank, Redshank. Andy & Diana Oldacre
6th Eat Brae. a pair of dippers
on the Eas Brae waterfall today at noon, and a grey wagtail on the roadside
cliff opposite Aros Park entrance. Duncan & Susan Hall
2nd OBAN 2nd Winter Ring
billed Gull still at the Esplanade shore. (Woolworths area) Stuart Gibson
1st - 28th Lochdon. Kingfisher
still present at the bridge pool Alan Spellman
1st Garmony: Crossbills and
a Jay was heard. Dave Sexton
1st Dervaig: Snipe
at Dervaig Bridge with a greenshank. Calgary about 20 Ringed
Plovers.Song Thrush singing lustily in the garden this afternoon - spring
is coming. Shaun Mccullagh
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