Latest sightings for July
30th Half an hours bird watching
from 2030 on 30/7/16 at Aros estuary.
Grey heron, Bar tailed godwit
Greenshank Oystercatchers Mallard Eider Greylag goose Red breasted mergansers
Common gull Herring gull
Curlew Great black backed gull. visitor from York Barry Bishop
25th Lochdon: Saw the Osprey
flying from Lochdon on 25th July, at about 13:30. Rebecca Burton
24th Loch na Keal: two Red
throated Diver on the loch at the Knock end. Jacqui Fereday
24th Loch Ba: an unusual
find was a drake Tufted duck on the loch. Jacqui Fereday-Mike Murphy
19th Loch Spelve: evening,
greenshank loch don, hen harrier female loch Spelve. Dave Pierce
20th Dervaig: crossbill
heard in spruces FC Scallastle. Whinchat family oldbyre Dervaig.Hen harrier
21st Loch Beag golden plover
9, dunlin 1, greenshank 1 & 1 brown hen harrier.Lochdon evening 2 female
hen harriers & 1 short-eared owl. Dave Pierce
22nd Duart hen harrier
male Duart. Dave Pierce
18th wonderful views of Short
eared Owl quartering over the field adjecent to Ardvergnish, just before
Peter Hall Mull
19th curlew 48, bar-tailed
godwit 2 Lochdon. David Pierce
18th. Male hen harrier Duart,
female Fellonmore, Spelve. Peregrine chasing starling Fellonmore.
Gannet 30 , 15 kittiwake
17th short eared owl &
hen harrier above Scallastle. Greenshank 1, whinchat Gorsten, Lochdon,
Female hen harrier, Lochdon. David Pierce
17th - Croig - Langamull.
Three Greenshank and 10 Redshanks at Croig Oyster farm; another Greenshank
at Croig; with 12 Redshanks over Port na Ba heading towards Langamull.
13th Lochdon: an Osprey
has been seen around Lochdon for a couple of days now. Alan, Debby Thorne.
5th July 1 Iceland Gull
at Treshnish lochan, Mull (NM3548)
3rd just spent an amazing
2 weeks at Hazelbank Cottage Lochdon.. Over the course of the fortnight
we have seen:
Golden Eagles - 2 over Loch
Spelve at least 3 different days. White Tailed Eagle- over Loch Na
Keal and Duart cemetery. Hen Harrier- male and female over Lochdon most
days. Short Eared Owl Lochdon and Loch Spelve. Buzzard- daily. Peregrine.
Kestrel. Merlin. Raven
Tawny Owl-garden of Hazelbank
Cottage, Snipe-loch Spelve, Black Gulliemot Loch Spelve. Bonxie on Lunga
plus numerous Whinchat, Wheatear,
Stonechat, Twite, Linnet, Redpoll, Willow Warblers, Treecreeper, Ringed
Plover, Curlew, etc etc. the list goes on.
We saw our first ever Curlew
juveniles as well as Oystercatcher chicks.
other sightings Red Deer,
Fallow Deer, seals otters, rabbits, voles, shrews woodmice, bats, frogs,
toads and palmate newt. Mull is a wonderful magical island and we love
it. Carol J Thorpe
1st Tobermory: , adult male
Hen Harrier flying towards Tobermory from the Tiree ferryl. Martin Izzard
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30th Loch Buie: - 3 Red throated Divers, Guillemot
and juvenile, 2 juvenile Black Guillemots, 2 eider with 1 juvenile,
cuckoo being fed by pipit. 41+ Golden Plover at Garmony Bay together
with a whimbrel.
We have a very dark Hen Harrier down at airstrip
seen across bay every day together with what we believe to be a juvenile
male seen perched each day ad flying which was today chased by female.
White tailed Eagle taken from Lady Jayne by visitor
30th Killiechronan: a pair of Bullfinch and
lots of Siskin young fledged birds. Alan & Dave
Aros Bay - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Dipper and
single Grey Wagtail from Aros Bridge.
27th Iona, I disturbed a Great Skua on the
moorland at Druim an Aoinidh on the way over to the cairn at Carn Cul ri
Eirinn. I assume she is nesting there. She came at me with great violence
so I abandoned my walk! Donald Gillies
26th - Loch Ba A Peregrine harassing a flock of
Lapwings near the Hunting Lodge, while a female Sparrowhawk was hunting
less sizeable prey nearby; all the area's Common Sandpipers appear to have
deserted their breeding territories and are now on their return migrations;
and a single Crossbill was seen and heard.
Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
26th Killiechronan: Summer Plumage Red Knot
at Killechronan Bay along with 2 Dunlin and a Greenshank and a WT Sea Eagle
on shingle bank.
Glen Forsa Bay from Airstrip - Whimbrel, 2 Sea
Eagle. 4 Golden Plover, Greenshank, Female Hen Harrier, Large finch flock
including linnet, Twite, Redpoll, Siskin and young Whinchat.
Scarisdale Rocks small wood area large family party
of Spotted Flycatchers together with Willow Warblers and Tree Creepers.
2 Red Throated Divers on sea together with single Black Guillemot
and pair of Shelduck with one young. Sylvia and Mick Brennan.
25th Greenshank 1at Aros bay below castle; 11 Golden
plover at Loch Beag Dave Pierce
21th 2nd cal yr male Hen Harrier Loch Beag.
23rd two dipper, a Greenshank at Aros river mouth &
3harbour porpoise in Salen Bay; two dunlin at Killiechronan; three
wheatear Gribun; Dave Pierce
24th - Iona Still at least 3 or 4 calling male
24th - Aros Park Four Crossbills flew in direction
of Tobermory, where two birds were later seen flying over Breadalbane Street
in the town.
22nd - Tobermory Male Blackcap still in song, Aros
Park. The local Magpie seen in Breadalbane Lane (at Telephone Exchange)
and a Magpie heard in woods opposite entrance to Aros Park (same bird or
21st An Leth Fhonn, Loch Beag. ten redshank,
adult golden eaglle, dipper and Grey wagtail Aros bridge, cuckoo 1, wheatear
2, WTE, hen harrier 1, kestrel 1, Ulva; wheatear 1, hen harrier 1 Gometra.
22nd 1 female summer plumage Knot at oyster
farm. Malcolm Ward
21st - Torosay: Three Black Guillemots together
in Sound of Mull, where two adult Gannets, single Kittiwake, a dozen feeding
Common Terns and two Arctic Terns; three Twite on rocks along coast; and
a superb male Hen Harrier in off the sea, which flew NW towards Craignure
campsite. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
21st 1 juvenile Redstart at Laggan Bay showing
very well. 2 Red-throated Divers Calgary Bay. 1 Peregrine Achnacraig, Dervaig/Aros
road. Pam & Arthur Brown Discover Mull Wildlife tours
18th Grey wagtail 1 & fledged Spotted flycatcher
family Aros bridge, 20th fledged part family of Hen harriers, 4
(male not seen) Glen Aros, 21st Greenshank
1, Dipper 1 River Aros mouth. Dave Pierce
18th Loch Cuin: a black tailed Godwit at
Dervaig tonight. Prasad
19th an Osprey flying over our house here
near Cuin/Quinish Estate at around 7pm this evening.Ailsa Morgan
19th Hen harrier hunting above Aros 0930, Also
at 2130 I had a short-eared owl hunting above Aros.
A whimbrel 1130 Lochdon/Grasspoint, with
kittiwakes & a red-throated diver off shore & at least 4 kestrel
(family/part family) over the land. Another whimbrel at Lochbuie 1530,
where 3 adult golden eagles & an adult white-tailed in the air for
long spells plus kestrels & at least 2 sparrow-hawks. Gannets diving
off shore. At Loch Spelve, an otter, probably a dog, which caught a good
size skate brought it ashore to feed on & was still munching on it
30 minutes later when I ceased observation. Also at Loch Spelve an adult
WTE & a female hen harrier. visitor Dave Pierce
Common Whitethroat photo by Alan Spellman
18th a single swift flew into Duart Bay
from the sea. Felicity Pollard
18th Craignure Golf Club coast: a summer plumaged
tailed Godwit. Jaquie Fereday
17th July 1 Swift flying (very fast in the
wind) over Reudle Pam Brown Discover Mull Wildlife tours
17th Lochdon: I saw the Osprey at Lochdon,
stood on the wall, eating a fish thismorning. Bryan Rains
17th for the second day running a Magpie
and it is not the Tobermory bird.
15th near Torloisk: I was crossing over to
Iona yesterday and there are some large rocks with grass on top, slightly
separate from the main island to the north of the ferry passage (~400m
or so) , and around these, from the ferry I saw 3 corvids which looked
very like Chough. They were tumbling and being quite “playful”
in the air, and landing on the grass. I’m familiar with the species.
Unfortunately I could not make out the beak, being quite far away, and
with the movement of the vessel. Knowing that they nest quite close
on other Hebridean islands, it seemed a distinct possibility, and so I
looked up “Iona Choughs” on google and found your website. Has anyone
else reported this? We did see ravens, hooded crows and jackdaws
on the island, but my impression was that the birds I saw were different.
15th Aros Park a Green Woodpecker
fly out from behind me, the bench on east side of the park, northwest,
in the direction of the car park. visitor Ryan Deal
15th Two Osprey flew over the Bellachroy
hotel (Dervaig) . visitor David Shaw
a female Whinchat, a lifetime tick for visitor
David Shaw 15th July 2015
A story worth telling
7th July: we parked in a disused gateway
on the Glen More Road half a mile south of the Grasspoint turn where we
watched a Short-eared Owl hunting successfully for voles in the
field opposite. A Hooded Crow tried to mug the owl which dropped
its prey, but before the crow could steal his prize the vole was grabbed
by a female Hen Harrier. The harrier was then subjected to several
dive bombings by both the owl and crow. The crow gave up and then
so did the owl but as the harrier flew off with the vole the owl tried
again to retrieve its prey. The owl was unsuccessful and the harrier
flew off with it. This episode lasted about 15 minutes.
We revisited the same spot on 11th July
and scanned the area, we found an Osprey sitting on the old wall
which flew off after 25 minutes. We then watched it fly around in
the distance, presumably over the loch, occasionally diving out of sight
behind a small mound. During one of the periods it was missing, a
male Hen Harrier flew across the field, quartering it as he went.
The Osprey appeared approx half an hour later with a fish. It landed
on a distant fence post and ate its prey. It then spent some time
flying from one fence post to another before eventually flying off as the
heavy rain began. This episode lasted from 1pm - 4pm.
Best wishes David Steeley
9th Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker seen on peanut
feeder in my garden at Knock. David Hegarty
8th Treshnish: very scarce summer visitor, a Turtle
Dove and 20 Rock Doves at Treshnish House today. Anand
birds recorded each year:- 2006
at Treshnish 11th May. 2007 at Tobermory camp
site in June .
2008 at Glas
Eilean and Lochdon 5th May.and also Ardtun in August. 2009
Glen Bellart in June and at Bunessan in August, . 2011
one was found in a local garden at Gruline on 22nd June.
2012 September 8th
in the Salen-Aros area. (Ewan Miles).2015
8th July Treshnish: a Turtle Dove at Treshnish today. (Anand Prasad)
Nuthatch at Pennyghael July 2015 by Bryan Raines
8th I have had a Nuthatch feeding off nuts in
garden at Pennyghael for last few days, Also a Jay. Will send a picture
when I download from camera. Nigel Burch and Loki
8th I did have a Swift yesterday at Pennyghael
too. Bryan Rains
4th Grasspoint road: Spotted Flycatcher feeding
4th - Male and female Merlin mobbing a Male Hen
Harrier on the Glen road and a Greenshank at Croig. Ewan
3rd Treshnish, 1 Swift over the wood. prasad.
3rd Colin Moody reports on how the cold Spring
affected our Swallows, "First swallow egg laid this year was on the 6th
of June, last year it was on the 15th of May"
2nd Salen:A hobby just flew over Salen heading
south pursued by common gulls. Over my garden again. Think I’ll just stay
put and watch birds from here. David Sexton Mull Officer
1st Laggan Bay: 3 Swift flying past Laggan
Bay at around 1 pm Pam Brown.
1st A Swift at the head of Loch na Keal
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28th Aros Bridge: a Kingfisher here today.
24th Male hen harrier flying over Suidhe, Bunessan
23rd - Treshnish Isles. Two Swifts, three Great
Skuas and two Arctic Skuas (one pale morph) among the thousands of Puffins
on Lunga today.Ruth Fleming
23rd Aros: a Red Kite at Forrestry at Aros.
22nd Glengorm: three Swifts competing for
airspace with a pair of white tailed eagles and a brood of Spotted Flycatchers.
18th - Loch Ba A juvenile Cuckoo being fed
by two Meadow Pipit parents out of the nest was a real highlight today.
Very few Common Sandpipers remain on territory, most having already set
out on their return migratory journeys south to West Africa.
18th Lochdon: an Osprey briefly fishing
over Lochdon. Rosie Salzman
17th Leucistic puffin north of Mull today.
Ewan. Ewans Blog
puffin by Ewan
cuckoo by Stuart
17th: Kilninian, 3 Turnstonesd at black beach (Treshnish
guest) Prasads Blog
18th: Treshnish, 1 Swift prasad Prasads
11th - Grasspoint. 150 Kittiwakes in the Firth
of Lorne at entrance to Lochdon; four Black Guillemots; and a hunting male
Hen Harrier; two Kestrels at opposite area of the loch at Gorsten.
10th - Torosay. Three Grey Wagtails, near camp
site, as well as still singing male Blackcap and Sedge Warbler.
It is feasible that the Ulva
Mealy Redpoll may, in fact, be hybridising with a Lesser Redpoll, further
muddying the waters of Redpoll taxonomy Ruth Fleming
8th - Isle of Ulva A Common (Mealy) Redpoll (Carduelis
flammea) was seen and photographed on the Isle of Ulva this afternoon.
Given the high Summer date, it may be that this species is breeding on
the Isles of Mull and Ulva. Pairs have, apparently, been breeding on the
neighbouring island of Tiree in recent years. It may be worth checking
those seemingly Lesser Redpolls that nest on Mull in future.
A Cuckoo was seen at Killiemor, on the North side
of Loch na Keal on the drive home from our walk.
6th Three orcas heading north, east of Coll. 15
common scoters north of Loch Cuin and first fledged razorbill chick seen.
Ewan Ewans Blog
30th June along the southern shores of Loch Ba,
plenty of lapwing, common sands, redshank and curlew. Then at the
eastern end, where the Glen Cannel enters the loch, we came across a calling
common quail calling in the classic 'wet-my-lips' fashion, just across
the river mouth (grid ref approx NM590362). I hear these quite often in
and around Dorset, so I'm in no doubt of the record. It wasn't a one-off
as it called a number of times.
Near to the lodges (approx NM575372), we saw 2
Wood Sandpiper. ID, they had a medium-length straight dark bill
(as opposed to plover-length for example), with an obvious eye-stripe.
They were more upright than the common sandpipers which we'd seen everywhere,
and had a fluty kind of call. There were only the 2 but I suspect that
if they are a pair they should be around that area for a while.
A female hen harrier 4th July from the parking
area on the north east of Loch Scridain (NM519298), and on the 5th, a family
of whinchat on the road to Grasspoint (NM738302) Neil Gibson
6th - Croig - Langamull Two ad. White-tailed Eagles,
one of which was repeatedly mobbed by a male Hen Harrier, as seen from
Croig; another male Hen Harrier being mobbed by a Buzzard at Langamull;
Oystercatcher with single chick, a pair of Ringed Plovers with two fledged
juveniles and three juvenile Common Gulls at Port na Ba; a single sleeping
Dunlin at Port na Ba was unexpected - migrant or local?; the Arctic and
Common Terns are still on course to raise young at Langamull this year
- against all odds? Ruth Fleming
1st 2 Storm Petrels from the boat yesterday between
Mull and Coll. Continuing excellent views of white tailed eagles. Martin
WT eagle boat trips
30th June: a report of a Green Woodpecker
heard in the woods along the Graspoint road.
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30th Light Phase Pomarine Skua (non-breeder)
flushing a raft of Shearwater off Quinish. Ewans
30th - Tobermory Immature female White-tailed Eagle
over cemetery, Dervaig Road, Tobermory this afternoon; single Crossbill
flew SE over Argyll Terrace at 20.10 hrs this evening. Magic
30th A Magpie still hanging around Tobermory;
heard a couple of days ago; last seen five minutes ago, in the field to
the north of Rockfield, next to my garden. Phil Siddall, Curator, Mull
29th 3 juvenille Arctic Skuas and 2 adult birds
together off Glengorm heading east. Ewan Ewans
28th - Iona 17 Dunlin (inc. several juvs) Fidden;
2 Sandwich Terns (interestingly, one carrying fish on two occasions), Sound
of Iona; six Bottlenose Dolphins, Sound of Iona; single male Corncrake
stilling calling, Iona; juvenile Greenshank, Bay at the Back of the Ocean,
14 Dunlin. Magic Wildlife Walks
27th Treshnish, Corn Crake heard this morning (not
heard for previous 2 night), prasad Blog
26th Langamull, 1 Common Tern and 1 Arctic Tern
pairs bred and successfully reared 1 and 2 juveniles (consecutively).prasad
25th Langamull, male White Wagtail (also seen on
24th, 23rd and 3rd of July). prasad Blog
22nd - Garmony Flock of waders included 15 Ringed
Plovers, two Dunlin, two Redshanks and first returning Turnstones (2 males
and one female). Ruth Fleming Magic
21st just a note to let you know, we saw a beautiful
Jay flying towards the forestry between Balmeanach and Fishnish Bay.(My
first ever on Mull !) Pete Mull
21st Two fledged Merlins sitting on fence posts
just outside of Tobermory on the Dervaig road. 3 Orcas in waters north
of Mull. Ewan Ewans Blog
21 July 2013, abt 1pm - a sea eagle was spotted
by my husband flying northwards over Loch Uisg.
Xanthe Hall, visitor
20th - Aros Park Brood of Spotted Flycatchers along
coastal path from Ledaig car park and a male Blackcap still in subdued
song. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
16th Garmony Point 4 velvet scoters
close to shore off at 6.00pm. There was far too much white in the wing
for common scoters. They all looked like 1st w/s males. A f hen harrier
also turned up to hunt near, a w-t eagle and male hen harrier on
the north slopes of Ben More. David Mitchell Leicester
18th Black headed Gull at Burg 12 bottlenose dolphins
inc 1 calf by Inch Kenneth. Martin.
18th 50 Dunlin flying south at Langamull and earlier
3 at Calgary beach, 1 Whimbrel and 1 immature Black-headed Gull at Langamull.
Treshnish, no Corn Crake calling at 00.30 on 19th.prasad Blog
17th 3 Red-throated Divers in summer plumage and
at least 6 Bottlenose Dolphins just off-shore at Ardalanish Beach today.
Gill & David Steeley
17th 3 Black-throated Divers in flight off Glengorm
heading west. 3 light phase Arctic Skuas harassing a Kittiwake off Loch
Mingery (big increase in Arcitc Skua sighitngs this season on Sea Life
Surveys trips). Ewan Ewans
16th Croig, 5 adult Sanderlings (pretty sure not
same a yesterday) and 15 Redshanks. Treshnish, Corn Crake still calling
in early morning. prasad
16th Four Crossbills (inc. two males) feeding on
Larch cones a.m. and single juvenile bird there p.m. is proof of breeding
in the area this year. Ruth Fleming Mull
16th 20+ Dunlin at the head of Loch Cuin (later
at 13-00 they had moved on!). Rod & Gill
15th, a pair of full summer plumaged red throated
divers still showing on Loch Na Keal near Killiechronan. Pete
15th Langamull, 5 Sanderlings, Treshnish, Corn
Crake still calling in early hours prasad Blog
15th Magpie in Tobermory and first Guillemot chicks
seen in the open sea. Ewan
9th over Lochdon a Swift, between Gruline
& Salen a Jay. Dave Pierce
7th/8th Glenforsa Hotel grounds Crossbill
3 including a male
13th First Crossbill I have heard/seen this season,
at Ardmore. Ewan
13th Treshnish, Corn Crake still calling below
Treshnish House at 5.30pm prasad
12th A group of 15 plus feeding Storm Petrels
off Loch Cuin (a gallon of Petrels!) Ewan
11th Jay near Glengorm this afternoon. Celia McIntyre
9th, Calliach Point:- along a short length of cliff
- 7 fulmar nests and 5 razorbill nests. Watched great skua harry
a gull over the sea to disgorge its food, land on water to collect it and
fly towards the highest point at Calliach. David & Felicity Pollard
9thTreshnish, 2 Swifts flying south out of the
8th Treshnish, Corn Crake calling again at mid-day
and also at midnight, prasad
7th Treshnish, Alison and Malcolm Ward head
a Corn Crake below Treshnish House. prasad
7th 8 Common Scoter off Caliach today flying South
Martin Mull Charters
5th Ulva. heard a calling Corncrake on Ulva
also a summer plumaged Red Throated Diver in Calgary Bay.Richard &
5th Torosay An immature Great Northern Diver was
in the Sound of Mull off Torosay and a male Chiffchaff was still singing
in the Castle woods. Ruth Fleming
4th Treshnish, 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Treshnish
lochan (the first record for the farm) prasad
1st July: around a dozen Black Guillemots and around
20 Puffins in the water around Staffa. Around half a dozen Manx Shearwaters
(v. close to the boat, showing exceptionally well!) between Mull and Staffa.
2 White-tailed Sea Eagles at Loch Scridain. Hen
Harrier and Raven on road to Gorsten. Stonechat in Glenmore.
30th June: up to 3 Corncrakes seen on Iona (in
meadow just south of the abbey); around a dozen heard altogether at various
sites on Iona. 3 Gannets dive fishing in strait between Iona and Mull.
visitor Alan Hobson
3rd Sgurr Dearg, A Golden Plover was heard
calling in the mist near the summit earlier today. Ruth Fleming
3rd Langamull, 1 White Wagtail still present Calgary,
6 Common Scoters prasad Blog
1st Tobermory: I have had
a report of a Black winged Stilt flying north over Tobs hoarbour
at 6.30pm.......any more sightings to help confirm this one please?
visitor Nigel Judson
1st, Calgary, the 6 Common Scoters still present.
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30th Bar-tailed Godwit at mouth of the Aros also
Merlin about a mile up Dervaig road from Aros Bridge Helen and Iain King
29th A Grey Wagtail today at Eas Force Waterfall.
27th Eurasion Jay in Ardrich Garden This morning
and Male Hen harrier hunting at Dervaig this afternoon.Arthur l
26th a Eurasion Jay calling near Killiechronan.
26th Knock bridge: a family party of Goosander
here, and at Calliach, confirmed breeding of the Great Skua again this
year. Arthur Brown
25thTreshnish, 1 hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow,
25th Great Northern Diver in full summer plumage
probably the best I have ever seen on Loch Na Keal by Kellan Farm.
2 Red throated Divers near salmon hatchery on Loch Na Keal 2 more at Calgary,
Common Terns Salen Bay, Arctic Terns at Calgary also diving feeding Gannets
there. Linnet at Langamull. Arthur
24th a good day out with my friend Arthur, good
numbers of Terns (100's), both common and arctic off shore at the golf
course, juvenile Twite, Red throated divers, Red breasted Mergansers (28)
and Razorbill in Duart Bay,
22nd 5 Black tailed Godwit at Killiechronan. Arthur
Brown, Discover Mull
22nd - Tobermory A single Common Tern fishing in
the harbour in the pouring rain this evening
21st - Glen Cannel. Hunting Short-eared Owl and
immature (2nd S?) male Hen Harrier, 25 Lapwing, 12 Curlews and flock of
50 Siskins were among the highlights of today's walk. Ruth Fleming
21st there was a single Greenshank at Inverlussa
today. Felicity Pollard
18th Over on Mull today with work – pretty dreich.
I saw a Jay in the woods to the west of Lochnameal Farm (just south of
Tobermory. David Jardine
17th - Torosay Adult Razorbill with chick and ad
Kittiwake with fledged juv. off Craignure Bay; singing Blackcap and Whitethroat;
family parties of Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Goldfinch, Linnet and Redpoll.
14th - Iona 1st Summer Glaucous Gull near
Iona ferry jetty, three Corncrakes still calling in meadows on road to
The Bay At The Back Of The Ocean and first returning Sanderlings (2) of
Autumn with six Ringed Plovers at The Bay At The Back Of The Ocean. A singing
male Reed Bunting near Iona Abbey was a delight both to see and hear.
14th - Pennyghael. Female Hen Harrier hunting alongside
main road this evening. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic
13th Loch Buie a Black Throated Diver
(summer plumage), a Treecreeper, a family of Spotted Flycatchers and
a pod (around 20) of Bottlenose Dolphins. Richard & Liz Airey.
13th - Torosay. A brief (late) snatch of Garden
Warbler song from area where heard earlier in the season and single Red-throated
Diver in Duart Bay. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
11th I have never seen so many terns off the north
coast of Treshnish before.This has been going on all month but today was
even better with 6-10 birds in view virtually all the time. Very roughly
about 75% Common and 25% Arctic. So far no Arctic Skuas. The colony at
the Treshnish Isles can vary from no bird to about 300 pairs so presumably
this is a good year there. Prasad
10th-11th : Firth of Lorne 180 Manx Shearwaters
and 150 Kittiwakes on 10.55hrs ferry crossing from Craignure to Oban (10th),
when sea was 'littered' with adult male Guillemots accompanying their chicks.
By stark contrast, only 4 Manx Shearwaters and 90 Kittiwakes and no sign
of Guillemots on return journey at 16.00hrs on 11th! Ruth Fleming Mull
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10th Killechronan: 2 Sandwich Tern on the
spit at Killiechronan. Jenny
9th Red-necked Pharalope
today in waters between Mull and Coll. photo above.
if we count this as a Mull record then it
makes it only the second record of this species,
the first being in May 2011 at Killiechronan
9th a small flock of very smart linnets and a
tree pippit towards end of Loch Ba Juliet Vine
9th A Red Breasted Merganser with 10 very small
ducklings at Aros Castle today. 2 Red Throated Divers and a Black Throated
Diver in Loch Tuath. Arthur
2 Red Throated Divers and a Long Tailed Duck in
At least 5 Sand Martin holes with young ready to
fledge in front of Calgary Bay Car Park. Arthur
8th July A Wigeon at Aros today by islands near
seat at castle end Arthur
8th - Glen More Three Short-eared Owls hunting
along Glen More at Three Lochs 10 am; two Short-eared Owls hunting near
Salen scenic route junction 5 pm. Male Hen Harrier skirting hillside above
Three Lochs (in view at same time as owls), with female over road prior
to Salen turn-off am and another male which flew immediately in front of
an oncoming car on main road between Fionnphort and Bunessan. Gave incredible
view and near heart attack to driver!
8th - Iona1st Summer Glaucous Gull at usual
location near ferry jetty; two calling Corncrakes in meadow South of Fire
Station; feeding party of seven Dunlin and six Ringed Plover at The Bay
At The Back Of The Ocean; short-lived but exciting feeding frenzy involving
150 Kittiwakes, 10 Gannets and six Manx Shearwaters in the Sound of Iona.
7th - Eas ForsBrood of Grey Wagtails along course
of waterfall. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Walks
7th : Calgary Bay - Caliach Point: Five Twite near
deserted settlement of Arine and pair of Great Skuas at usual location.
A mini-feeding frenzy at Calgary Bay in late afternoon involved 10 Kittiwakes,
6 Razorbills, 3 Common Terns, a single Gannet and three Bottlenose Dolphins;
a pair of Red-throated Divers were also present in Calgary Bay.
6th : Loch na Keal: Two Red-throated Divers in
the company of small groups of eclipse-plumaged drake Red-breasted Mergansers
and Eiders. Ruth Fleming
7th Lochdon: an Osprey over Lochdon this lunch
(1300hrs) time headed towards Duart,
5th Dark Morph Arctic Skua off Caliach point, also
5 Minke Whales but no sign of Orcas that were reported in north Mull waters
earlier in the day.
5th July Leucistic Redpoll, Dervaig end of the
Mishnish Lochs. Arthur & Pam Discover Mull
1 July Duart Castle; Gannet [fishing], Black Guillemot,
Glenmore: 2 Short-eared Owls
Carsaig: Otter, 2 Red deer, Red-throated Diver,
2 Short-eared Owls, Hen Harrier, Black Guillemot, Eider, 3 Seals, Alan
2 July Loch Scridain: Glenmore: 2 Short-eared Owls,
A849, just west of Fishnish Bay: White-tailed eagle
[3rd summer juvenile, sitting on top of a hill, Hen Harrier, Buzzard Alan
4th Big flocks of Manx Shearwaters working an area
to the South of Little Colonsay.
3rd A count of 48 Storm Petrels heading
south off Caliach point last night. Ewan
1st On the road to Fidden, Mull, I photographed
a hen harrier swooping and catching a large vole then taking this
prey off to a perch on a rock.Time was about 9.30 am. poor old voles leg
are hanging down for all to see.The bird overtook me as I was driving along
and swooped twenty yard in front of the car.
Mull, what a place. Doug
1st July, a member of our group reported a Green
Woodpecker by Glenforsa Hotel.
29th June on the B8073, Mull going north I photographed
two golden eagles hunting and both stooping to dive on the prey, I lost
site of them at ground level.
They continually called to each other for over
twenty minutes before going into a stoop.
29th June a storm petrel between Little Colonsay
& Staffa. Also 2 swifts off the north of Mull on 26th.
Whilst staying at the Glenforsa this week we had
otters on the coast either side of the hotel as well as else where on the
island. Dave Pierce, Naturetrek.
1st Female Hen Harrier hunting along the coastline
at the mouth of Loch Cuin. Roger Craven
Latest reports for July 2011
30th Adult male golden eagle took a hooded crow
in flight from a flock of crows. The female watched the event. Seen from
the road between Loch na Keal and Loch Scridain David and Felicity
27th Tobermoery: we saw a Dipper in the stream
going down by the road into Tobermory, at the bottom just above the steps
by the mill building. Moira Lempriere
27th: the male Peregrine still frequenting Tobermory
church steeple, Prasad
25th Loch Beg 1 Peregrine with an Oystercatcher
as prey, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 juv Black Guillemot. Fidden 1 Whimbrel,
Dunlin. Bryan Rains k
20th a Jay at Penmore this morning. 3 Goosanders
and a Greenshank at Croig near the narrows with a nice view of a Lesser
Redpoll on the back towards Ardrioch. Arthur Brown l
19th Checked Barn Owl boxes at West Ardhu and found
just one near full grown chick but 3 unhatched eggs. Arthur
18th: Ardalanish: 3 Sanderling, 1 Arctic Skua and
2 Great Skuas Prasad
18th Loch Na Keal 3 Red Throated Divers 15 Gannets
and close up views of White Tailed Sea Eagles. Martin Keivers Mull
14th: 1 Common Scoter, close in on north side of
Treshnish Point, Prasad
5th: a Red-rumped
Swallow:"I have just returned from a week's holiday on the Isle
of Mull. On the evening of 5th July at approximately 18:15 I was walking
along the road at Ballygown and stopped to watch (Barn) Swallows feeding
over a sheep field. After a minute or so I spotted one with a pale rump
and immediately thought that it didn't look like the normal bright white
of a house martin. I trained my binoculars on it and was amazed to identify
it as a Red-rumped Swallow. I watched it for about a minute, during which
time I got clear views down to about 15 metres and was able to see not
only the rump and nape patterns, but also the streaked underside. It then
disappeared from view and I got out my camera to attempt to get a 'record
shot' . To my immense frustration I could not relocate it despite scanning
the field and neighbouring fields for another hour and returning on each
of the next two mornings. I have seen Red-rumped swallows several times
before in Southern and Eastern Europe and am familiar with the structural
and plumage differences from barn swallow and house martin."
This is a first record for Mull and for Argyll
12th: a Peregrine at salen
bay near tool shop was stooping at some unseen prey mobbed by gulls then
later on out the back of the council depot in the field with prey presumably
a gull being bombarded by approx 20-30 gulls,also a male hen harrier at
the salen end of the dervaig road, 4 Red throated Diver at Calgary , 2
Great northern Diver loch na keal Simon Duckworth
7th Loch Na Keal: a drake Common Scoter on south
side of Loch today. Arthur Brown
7th Loch Ba: Several small parties of Crossbills,
Knock and 2 Red-throated Divers on loch
6th Iona: Male Hen Harrier successfully hunting
on moor, near Fionnphort; 2 Great Skuas at St Columba’s Bay, where 2 Twite
also seen; 4 calling male Corncrakes despite rain. Mull Magic Wildlife
5th Langamull - Croig: 4 Common Swifts, over
Langamull and immature Great Northern Diver, (outer) Loch Cuin
4th Lunga: 12 Manx Shearwaters from boat; Great
Skua being mobbed by Herring Gull and 4 Twite feeding on seedheads above
Puffin colony on Lunga.
Late June – Loch Ba: 40 Crossbills, Knock, were
probably combination of family parties; pair of Redstarts with fledged
Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
3rd Loch na Keal: there was a scoter like
duck with a lot of orange on bill L na Keal seen from Scarrisdale, though
appeared nearer North shore of loch.
2nd Pennyghael: 20+ Common Crossbills, mainly juveniles,
in forestry behind Pennyghael. Male Hen Harrier Kinloch, flew down to bathe
in the river!. Male Golden Eagle Glen More, again mobbed by the Merlin.
Marsh Fritillary by Loch Buie turn off
Loch Ba - male and female Common Redstart. Ashley
Saunders. Oriole Birding
1st Iona. 3 Red-throated Divers and 3 different
Otters on Loch Scridain in Pennyghael this morning though. Common Crossbill
again behind hotel. Ashley Saunders
29th May I had a Jay on 29/6 at Gruline. Dave
for July 2010
26th Two Corncrake calling one either side of the
road beyond Fidden Farm – Carol Marshall
25th Loch Pottie Amongst the usual were 4
Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, Pair of Little Grebe feeding Young and the Whooper
Swan is still there – Mike Wagemakers
26th 1 female Goosander by Aros Castle and male
Hen Harriers Glen Bellert. Arthur Brown
25th Quinish: four Jays seen and heard here today,
in a family group, confirming breeding birds of this scarce bird for Mull.
Alan (pp) John Howard
24th Oban to Craignure ferry: ca.40 Common Terns
feeding at entrance to Oban Bay, along with 50 Manx Shearwaters. Total
of 250 Manx Shearwaters on sea near entrance to bay is closest this observer
has ever seen this species to Oban Bay itself. Small numbers of 'Daddy'
Guillemots with juveniles seen in Firth of Lorne during today's 16.00 hrs
crossing. Stuart Gibson
23rd Loch Scridain: Kingfisher at Killiemore. pair
of hen harriers & Short eared Owl at lochdon. Ryan Walsh & Vickie
20th Loch na Keal: We had Red Throated Diver with
young on Loch Na Keal today. Martin
19th Killiechronan camp site: at about 13:30
- Osprey first seen overhead being mobbed by gulls and Oystercatchers,
flew off towards Knock, returning 25 minutes later - mobbing a White tailed
Sea Eagle which had just taken flight. Carolyn Whenm (currently staying
A few sightings from this quiet time of year...Bryan
19th July Loch Beg 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Golden
Plover, 6 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 1 RB Merganser.
13th July Fidden 30 Linnet, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat,
12th July Loch Beg 3 Goosander.
9th Loch Beg : 25 Redshank, 12 Dunlin and 3 Grey
Plover had all moved on by lunchtime.
19th Aerial combat observed Loch na Keal
(Male) White Tailed Sea Eagle and Osprey 13.30 hrs. Michael Leigh-Mallory
18th July Male Hen Harrier and a single Snipe at
Ensay, Greenshank at Salen,2 Common Crossbills at Crannich
Arthur and Pam
14th Calliach Point: 3 Great Skuas at Cailiach
Point today and 5 Ringed Plovers at Calgary. Arthur and Pam Brown
3rd to 9th July, from Geoff and Christine Carr;
Richard and Liz Airey
Species Highlights: Red-throated Diver 2
birds on Loch Buie on the 6th Great Northern Diver 1 bird in summer plumage
near Tobermory lighthouse on the 4th Manx Shearwater 100s passing on the
sea near Treshnish farm on the 8th
Hen Harrier 1 female hunting the marsh at Dervaig
on the 8th
Goshawk A primary feather found near the church
on Ulva on the 5th. (experience of Sparrowhawk and Goshawk feathers from
ringing- Geoff Carr)
Kestrel 1 bird at Treshnish Farm on the 8th Peregrine
1 bird near the Tobermory lighthouse on the 4th, 1 hunting over Tobermory
on the 7th and 1 at Glen Gorm on the 9th Great Skua 1 bird near the Tobermory
lighthouse on the 4th and 1 near Treshnish Farm on the 8th Stonechat A
brood on Ulva on the 5th and a brood at Loch Gorm on the 9th Grasshopper
Warbler 1 bird singing on the edge of the reed-bed at Dervaig on the 8th
Sedge Warbler 6+ birds singing in the reed-bed at Dervaig on the 8th Garden
Warbler 1 bird singing singing at Salen on the 6th Blackcap 3 birds singing
on Ulva on the 5th Wood Warbler 3 birds in Aros Park on the 7th Twite 30+
around Treshnish Farm on the 8th Lesser Redpoll 6 at the Tobermory lighthouse
on the 4th and 2 on Ulva on the 5th Bullfinch 1 bird near Tobermory lighthouse
on the 4th and 3 birds in Aros Park on the 7th
Reed Bunting 2 males on Ulva on the 5th
14th Griburn: a Tree Sparrow here today. Mike Shepherd.
(we have had previous records of Tree Sparrow here. AS)
8th Knock: a buzzard-sized
raptor flying low and purposefully across the field behind the hatchery.
The bird was brown with pale barring to the underside. VERY white undertail
coverts were particularly striking. The slow yet powerful wingbeats were
also noteworthy. Having crossed the field (and flushed dozens of Twite
and Redpoll in the process), the bird disappeared into the Pines behind
the bungalow to the right of the track. There was no attempt to catch any
of the small birds.
The whole sighting lasted
about 5-6 seconds and there was no chance to get a good view of the head.
However, we are experienced birders and, living in the Peak National Park,
we have observed Goshawk previously and see Sparrowhawk in the garden on
a regular basis.
We realise that this sighting
is probably not detailed enough to be accepted as an official record, but
thought you might be interested for your own information. Mark & Helen
8th Ardalanish:There was a Corncrake in hay
meadow to the right of the beach path at Ardalanish. Mark & Helen
10th Lochdon: male Hen Harrier in field opposite
eagle watch caravan.Alan Spellman
6th Killiechrionan: 23 Black headed Gulls on the
spit here today. Jenny Buckley
1st Lochdon: 2 Short Eared Owls between the
Eagle watch caravan & Loch Spelve on caravan side of the road. Arthur
Late June – Aros Park :At
least four pairs of Spotted Flycatcher giving good views, including
pair at road entrance to park and pair at Ledaig Car Park, Tobermory. Best
views I’ve had of this under-observed migrant visitor for quite some time.
Lots of Bullfinch activity in the park, with sightings at six different
locations, including several juveniles with their higher pitched calls.
Adult male also feeding fledged juvenile at Prison Brae, Tobermory recently.
Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard calling on several occasions and two male
Chiffchaffs in song along the park’s main driveway Stuart Gibson
for July 2009
30th Uisken road: Merlin
- female near road from Bunessan to Uisken, plus 2 Raven. Iona: Corncrake
- 3 rasping in fire station meadow Jonathan lethbridge
30th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing
(unsuccessfully) at Lochdon this afternoon 12.30pm Alan
27th Off Grasspointl: a drake
Velvet Scoter here, also an Osprey passed over Lochdon. David Woodhouse
26th Iona: 1 rasping Corncrake,
in meadow beyond Fire Station, two separate flocks of Twite, totalling
28 birds nr The Bay At The Back Of The Ocean and first returning
Arctic waders of 'Autumn',a flock comprising 14 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling,
10 Ringed Plover and 4 Turnstone at The Bay At The Back Of The Ocean
- Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
23rd Croig: 1 Greenshank,
40 + Oystercatchers, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Common Sandpipers, 60 Greylag
Geese + 2 ads with four goslings, 29 'redhead' Red-breasted Mergansers,
2 ad ff Eiders with two ducklings, 14 Great Black-backed Gulls, first two
fledged Common Gulls and pair of Buzzards with fledged juvenile over Quinish
21st Lunga: 1 Basking Shark,
Manx Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 3 Snipe, 2 Twite, plus Common Blue, Grayling
and Meadow Brown butterflies, Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
21st Calliach Point: 3 basking
sharks, Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 9 black guillemots, small group (3
- 5) linnets, gannets including quite a few juveniles, Scotch Argus butterfly,
all at . Felicity Hansen and Pam Brown
17th Dervaig stones:
First emerging Scotch Argus butterfly of the season noted today - Ruth
15th & 16th: Dervaig
standing stones: 12 Dark Green Fritillaries; also colonies of Grayling,
Speckled Wood & Meadow Brown; Lempke's Gold Spot moth; Great Spotted
Woodpecker, Goldcrest & Bullfinch - Ruth Fleming and Suart Gibson
15th: 2 immature Cuckoo's
on our fence waiting to be fed by 1 meadow pipit 6:30 tuesday evening.
14th Loch Scridain 1 Common
Scoter, 10 Razorbill, 30 Manx Shearwater, 5 RT Diver.Looking out towards
Staffa 300+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Porpoise. Loch Assapol 1 RT Diver, 1 Mute
Swan. Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
13th Beach: up to 4
summer plumage Red-throated Diver present all week.
13th Uisken road 1 Quail
calling briefly also Yellowhammer, Grey Wagtail and Twite. Loch Beg 3 Greenshank,
7 BH Gull, 5 LBB Gull amongst the 100+ gulls present at the moment, 2 Dunlin.
Killunaig 30 Common Tern. Bryan Rains
12th Aros Park: Ad.
Spotted Flycatcher feeding fledged young near the lodge entrance.
10th Loch Tuath: 20
Graylings along this coast; 10 Dark Green Fritillaries Ruth
12th Loch na Keal: a hunting
pair of Merlin here today. Declan Visitor
12th Beach (Pannyghael) a
pair of Black throated Diver in full summer plumage. Declan ?
11th Raft of
50+ gannets off Tobermory lighthouse, and Great Skua. Seen from Kilchoan
ferry. Felicity Hansen
10th Loch Frisa: A summer
plumaged Black throated Diver on the loch last few days.
10th Loch Frisa: One chick
at Loch Frisa has died , it was retrieved from under the nest tree today.
Appeared to 'fledge' a couple of weeks ago, very early at only 10.5 weeks
(usual is 12 weeks). Looking at the nest today, quite a lot has fallen
out too so perhaps the first chick went with it. It will be send it off
for a PM, but the likely cause is an injury when it fell out and even though
it may have survived a while it was never able to feed properly. It was
never an option to go in close before today as a visit at this late stage
could have caused more problems and perhaps caused the second chick to
fly before it was ready.
The second chick did fledge
normally this week and is now down by the lochside in the usual place with
the adults bringing in food. It is very sad that one chick has died but
one chick and the adults are still very visible and it is still well worth
visiting the hide this summer. Dave Sexton RSPB Officer
10th Tobermory: July:
Good close sightings of male Blackcap, Prison Brae Tobermory. Felicity
8th Tobermory Golf course:
Peregrine falcon at Tobermory golf course Helen and Iain King
9thLoch Buie: 2 Red throated
Diver close-in and calling. Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
9th Glen More: a flock of
30 Crossbills in the Glen. Pete Hall
9th Salen Killiechronan:
a pair of Bullfinch here today. Alan
3rd Dervaig: Sparrowhawk
- male, Greenshank - 2 feeding on Loch Cuin (if this is the same Greenshank
we had in the winter, I hope it means they stayed and bred) Irene Boston
5th Greenshank Loch Beg,
Quail still calling at Ardalanish and 3 RT Divers out in the bay.
5th Duart: Female Hen Harrier
hunting at Duart Bay; pr Oystercatchers with 2 fully-grown juvs, Duart
Bay; 2 prs Grey Wagtail, Torosay; 8 ads + 8 juv Greylag Geese, Sound of
Mull; 4 Common Terns, Sound of Mull; 3 singing Blackcaps, Torosay; ad.
Spotted Flycatcher hawking insects, Torosay Castle and singing male at
(Craignure) entrance to woodland walk; and juv. Redstart, Torosay Castle.Ruth
Fleming and Stuart Gibson
5th Glen Seilisdeir:
20 Common Crossbill (mainly males). Ardalanish 1 Quail still calling.Bryan
2nd Ardalanish: Quail calling
from the fields to the left of the track that leads to the beach.
(and welcome to Mull, hope
this is the first of many rerports we shall receive from you)
2 July, 10 Swifts flew south
over Treshnish Point, Prasad
1st Loch Buie :Great Northern
Diver in cracking summer plumage in the bay (one of the highlights
of the week!). have been there for the previous couple of days. Also
2 Red-throated Diver in bay Irene Boston
1 July Quail calling near to track down to
Ardalanish Beach – Carol Marshall, Norma Dowling and Bev Maidment. &
Steve Young Also a Sand Martin colony at the east end of the beach
near the stile. ,
for July 2008
30th Dervaig by the sub station.
At 0800hrs, a Rose Coloured Starling Pam & Arthur Brown
31st Dervaig: There was a
male Rose coloured starling feeding on the side of the road at Dervaig
on the 28/08/08 at 11:00hrs. Regards Maurice Webber
10th Croggan: A Jack Snipe
was flushed from the roadside at Croggan on two occasions. Andrew Carey
25th Salen Bay: Sandwich
Tern sheltering on island in Salen Bay - Mike Wagemakers
24th A juvenile cuckoo sitting
on a fence post, we watched it for some time whilst a Meadow Pipit come
to feed it, sometimes when it brought food it sat on the cuckoo’s back
and the cuckoo turned it’s head to take the food – amazing. Pam Brown
& Discover Mull tour
23rd Pete Hall Craignure
reports the return of the Nuthatch to his garden feeder this morning. Pete
21st Lochdon: An Osprey attempting
to fish , being harassed by Sea Gulls. Alan, Jean and John Burnham
1st-14th: Excellent sightings
of Hen Harrier at- road to Ardmore, Loch Beg, Glen Seilisder (Gribun
end), Carsaig, Ardalanish, Ardtun they're doing well very well tjhis
year. Ulva female Merlin & Griburn Rocks a Peregrine, also Short eared
owl at Loch Beg area. Twite - Balmeanach farm (Gribun)
Dark Green fritilary butterfly (Ardtun) 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank,
7 Golden Plover, 20 Dunlin amongst the usual L Beg evening wader roost
on 10th July Alex Carlisle
15th A pair of Arctic
Skua South West Iona Morven Petrie & Joyce Watson
16th Balmeanach Camp site:
Nightjar heard churring last night . Alex MacFadyen
15th Lochdon: 2 Greenshank,
2 Bar tailed Godwit, Looks like there are a few birds on the move at last.
15th Calgary Bay: 2
Red Throated Divers in the bay. and 2 adult Shelducks with 9 well grown
15th Garmony: Family of Greylags
with 6 large Goslings in tow, also 2 Canada Geese. Alan
11th Loch Tuath: 3 Red Throated
Divers together on Loch Tuath. Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
8th Loch Beg 3 Greenshank,
2 Dunlin, 12 Golden Plover, 10 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
Bunessan 1 juv Whinchat, 3 Stonechat. Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated Diver.
7th Fidden 1 juv Twite, 6
Skylark dust bathing, 1 fem Hen Harrier. Uisken 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Twite,
6 Linnet. Bunessan 1 Whimbrel. Loch Scridain 70 Kittiwake, 3 Puffin, 100+
Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 30 Eider.
3rd a Short eared owl chase
away a Hen harrier, the harrier was then chased by a Lapwing, across the
loch north of Aird of Kinloch. 6th Saw a Hen harrier chase a Kestrel at
Ardtun. Colin Moody
4th evening,an Osprey
was back over Lochdon. Seen by Len & Pam White, Diana & Andy OldacreI.
4th saw 2 Swifts flying
west over Haunn, Treshnish Point, Anand Prasad
3rd Loch Beg: 6 Black-tailed
Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Short-eared Owl. Loch Scridain 4 drake Common Scoter
still present, 1 Red-throated Diver. Beach 25 Swift, 2 Sparrowhawk. Ardalanish
Shark, 1 Red-throated Diver.
Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
1st July: Loch Scridain 4
Common Scoter. 70 Siskin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Golden Plover and 4
Dunlin 2 Black-headed Gull Loch Beg. 1 Common Tern, 1 Black
Guillemot, 30 Manx Shearwater,150 Kittiwake, 5 Cormorant Bunessan. 6 Linnet,
2 Snipe Fidden. Bryan Rains
for July 2007
White tailes Sea Eagles tags
for this year are white with black lettering and there are 8 chicks on
Mull. 6 have been tagged with lettters A E G L M P
and two will not be tagged. Dave Sexton
28th Loch Pottie
:8pm - Pair Arctic Skua, one light morph, one dark morph over Loch Pottie
heading towards Fidden - Carol Marshall
27th Loch Beg: Arthur Brown
reports a single Sanderling here (rarely seen at this site)
20th Loch Buie: Red throated
Dive, 2 pairs in bay at Lochbuie, pair of Canada Goose: pair at Garmony,
Peregrine: 1 at Lochbuie,
Dunlin: small group at Grasspoint, Greenshank: 1 Dervaig 18/7, 1 Garmony
20/7.Bonxie: group of 3 buzzed Staffa querulously 17/7; 1 off Grasspoint
briefly glimpsed in Dervaig
reedbed 18/7 appeared to be Reed Warblers, but no song and they never re-appeared
to provide a decent view. Sedge Warbler at Garmony, Redpoll: Garmony,
and in trees beyond carpark at Grasspoint, 20/7
July 2 to July 5. Short-eared
Owl, July 2: fence post at the side of the road in Glen More, Merlin,
July 3: adult male, Fionnphort, Twite, July 3: Iona, near Sligneach,
Hen Harrier, July 3: adult male, between Fionnphort and Achaban House.
Golden Eagle, July 4: Killiechronan, also the Loch Scridain.
Manx Shearwater, Gannets
July 5: ferry from Craignure to Oban.
22nd Loch Beg - 72 Golden
Plover, 1 Grey Plover(juv), 6 Greenshank, 24 Lapwing and 8 Dunlin(3 juv).
20th Family of Peregrine
2 Adults and 2 Juvenile - Gribun; Black Guillemot, Red Throated Diver
- Loch na Keal Mike Wagemakers
records from visitor John
Beal : Already showing signs of wader movements with 14th, 1 Greenshank
Lochdon, 13th 1 peregrine Bameanach, 14th male Wigeon Dervaig, male
hen harrier Glengorm, 15th 2 twite Staffa, 1 red grouse near Eas Fors(
in grassy woodland, not on moors) and 16th 9 Swifts between Lismore
19th Loch Scridain - 5 Great
Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Puffin,1 Black Guillemot, 40+ Common
Tern. Loch Beg - 4 Greenshank, 15 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Black-headed
Gull. Fidden - 3 Dunlin (juv), 4 Black-headed Gull. Bryan Rains
17th Fidden: Greenshank Fidden
pm today - Carol Marshall
15th Fidden - 2 Great Skua,
1 Dunlin and 1 Corncrake heard. Loch Beg - 1 Greenshank, 3 RB Merganser,
1 Peregrine. Loch Scridain - 1 Puffin, 3 Manx Shearwater, 40 Common Tern,
1 Black Guillemot. Bryan Rains
15th Loch Scridain:
Pair Red Throated Diver Mussel Farm, ; 8 Crossbills from forest track bridge
Gleann Seilisdeir. Michael Wagemakers
13th Garmony: 100+ Arctic
Terns, 20 Turnstone, Ring Plover with 3 chicks. Alan Spellman
13th Loch Beg: 3 Greenshank
on Loch Beg and 1 Great Skua on Loch Scridain. Bryan Rains
11th Loch Scridain: .c100
Manx Shearwater, 1 Black Guillemot, 1Red-throated Diver Bryan Rains
10th Balmeanach Camp site.
A Nightjar heard and seen over last couple of nights, very clearly seen
at Garmony picnic area early this evening having been disturbed (1640hrs)
Tony & Sylvia Holmes.
7th Loch Cuin Dervaig: 13
immature Goosanders on north shore of Loch Cuin.Shaun Mccullagh
Corncrakes on Iona: one of
17 calling males on 14/6 and one of 27 calling males on 23/6. Total figures
will be worked out in due course.
Mull records appear to be
7 calling males, at Kintra, Fionnphort, Knockvolagan,
Fidden. Staffa. and Treshnish (2)
9th Tobermory: Jenny Reddaway
reports two Tree Sparrows in her garden. Jenny Reddaway
9th Salen Bay:an Osprey over
salen Bay now, heading to L n Keal.Later seen at Loch Frisa. Dave
9th oban bay: For the past
four weeks, up to 40 Arctic and Common Terns have been opportunistically
feeding on the large shoals of fish ('fry') that are present this
Summer in Oban harbour. Stuart Gibson
Pair Shelduck with youngster
at Fidden, Pair Canada Geese and single youngster Loch Pottie - Carol
6th Lochaline: Off
Mull but a suspected hobby just north of Lochaline .pp Dave Sexton
4th Balmeanach camp site:
a Hobby hunting insects at the back of Balmanach camp site also 2 woodcock
over same area that evening other birders on site had a female merlin
at Gamony Point same day
David and Lorraine Marsden
6th Quinnish Estate: a Nightjar
heard one morning last week at about 4am whilst out with the dog.
same area as last year (Quinish eatate) at about this time. Suggests
possible breeding. Nick Reed
8 Barn Owl chicks from 2
nests were ringed by Sue Dewar a few days ago, one near Croig and one near
2nd July, Oystercather with
her chick very visible on little grassy Island off Ardtun road. Female
Hen Harrier getting an aerial bombardment by Lapwings on old peat moor
behind house. Callum Entwistle
1st July, Pair of Tufted
Duck and Great Northern Diver in Bunessan Bay. Callum Entwistle,
for July 2006
Dervaig - 22nd to 29th July;
mainly from area of tidal pond
Red-breasted Merganser -
max 18 together on sea loch on 25th
Sparrowhawk - a female and
a male on 23rd
Peregrine - 1 flew E on 23rd;
1 flew W on 27th
Dunlin - max 5 on 23rd; 1-3
Snipe - 4 on 23rd and again
Black-tailed Godwit - summer
plumage adult present 22nd, 23rd and briefly on 25th
Whimbrel - single on 23rd
Greenshank - max 5 on 24th;
Common Sandpiper - max 3
on 23rd; 1-2 regular
Tawny Owl - 2+ calling after
sunset on 25th and 28th
28th Loch na Keal (Knock
end) a Great Skua seen by Colin Moody, also a 'probable Little Gull isreported
from Ulva Ferry
27th Fionnphort a single
swift reported by Mike Wagemakers
26th Treshnish Isles.
three Great Skuas over Treshnish Isles Anand Prasad
25th Croig. 30 returning
Dunlin at Croig today Anand Prasad
22nd Ardnamurchan. I have
just received a report confirming the sighting of a Bee Eater at Arnamurchan,
near Killchoan Village on 8th May.
July 10 Little Grebe:at Loch
Peallach (Mishnish Lochs).12th Great Skua: 1 chasing a Gannet and flying
southwest around Treshnish Point 18th Great Skua: 1 at 19.40 of Port Haunn.
Loch Frisa sea eagle hide
now closed for 2006. Both chicks fledged successfully.
The hide still there so people
are welcome to watch from there but it is now locked. Chicks and adults
will be visible in the general area for several months to come. Please
still read wildlife law notices and do not hang about on the track as it
may stop adults bringing in food
LAST WEEK. circa 10th. A
drake King Eider was seen around Ulva Ferry it may still be around.
17th Lagganulva. a single
Little Auk was here this morning. Arthur Brown.
A summer plumaged Great northern
Diver in the Sound of Mull this morning. Peter Bradley
16th Lochdon. 37 returning
Whimbrel at high tide (9pm), 12 Golden P[lover Alan Spellman
10th Lagganulva. 3 Common
Scoter close in shore and 1 Red throated Diver. Arthur Brown
5th Killiechronan. a Reed
Bunting also on 7th 3 male Goosander at Garmony. S & H Duckworth
1st Lochdon. Yesterdays Osprey
returned to fish lochdon, (pm) only to be chased off by the Sea Eagle.
30th June. Garmony: Jay in
woodland (this is a first 'summer/breeding season' record? We normally
only get them in winter months) Dave Sexton
30 June/July Iona.
midnight to 3am corncarke survey : 32 calling birds; 1 also at Fidden.
30th June at 10.00 am a Goshawk
flew low across the Dervaig - Salen road about 200m North of the hill fort/
abandoned village in a NE direction. Andy & Chris Marshall
29th June Craignure Golf
course. 3 swift flying south along the shore line .Pam Brown. Discover
27th June, 2 Twite on the
raised beach between Port Haunn & Crackaig. Andy & Chris Marshall
22nd June. a late report
of a Black tailed Godwit at Dervaig. from Colin Sedgewick Thanks
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