for June 2017
for June 2017
30th - Sound
of Mull/Staffa. A Great Skua attacked and drowned an unfortunate Herring
Gull, near Ardmore in the Sound of Mull; another two Great Skuas ganged
up on a more fortunate Herring Gull (it got away with its life), off Staffa.
Short eared Owl showing its remarkable
agility when hunting photo by Martin Basson 30-6-2017
30th I am a regular visitor to the island.
I enjoy and refer to your website very often, the information on ‘Latest
Reports’ is always helpful.
You may be interested in my sighting
of two Short Eared Owls together in Glen More this morning, one hunting
close to the road. I attach a photograph of this bird in action. Martin
30th Lagganulvaq. a Long tailed
duck here but far out, difficult to see. Arthur Brown
29th - Sea to West of Mull . First
Razorbill and chick on sea today, along with (yesterday's) Guillemot and
chick; good nos of both Gannet and Kittiwake feeding along East side of
Coll, where two Arctic Skuas and three Great Skuas seen; two Red-throated
Divers flying off sea towards Isle of Coll.
28th June. A male Marsh
Harrier photographed at Ardtun in the south of the island 27th-28th
June David Holden
28th - Sea to the West of Mull. A
dark-phase Arctic Skua harassing a Kittiwake; a Great Skua annoying a flock
of Manx Shearwaters; another Great Skua menacing a Gannet; a dozen Gannets
feeding off Glengorm; first father and son Guillemot and chick on the sea;
several Puffins and a single Storm Petrel. A dozen Manx Shearwaters were
in the Sound of Mull, off Kilchoan. Stuart Gibson
28th Golden Eagle over Ben More,
Adult Great Northern Diver opposite car park at Dhiseig, Male and Female
Hen Harriers hunting near Beinnaird, White Tailed Eagle opposite holiday
cottage near Cnoc Moine. 4 calling Corncrake on Iona Graham
28th Thought we'd let you know we
have had two sightings of a single Jay between, Kilsyth & Corry
Meadows, Fishnish.. Jean & Neil Wilkinson
27th - Tobermory A single Crossbill
over Baliscate Standing Stones a.m; and, two Crossbills flew out of trees
at Baliscate House, Tobermory p.m.
27th Was delighted this morning to
see a male (more russet-pink than the llustration in my bird book so maybe
immature male?) crossbill on the
drive this morning, feeding with
a siskin (half the size!) and a sparrow. Not sure what it was digging
out of the stones but we have
European Larch and spruce so maybe
fallen seeds. It had a small red band on its right leg and a large
white band (or two small ones??) on
the left. That's the first
one I've seen but maybe you can explain the leg bands? Sheila Barnard,
23rd We had good views of an Arctic
Skua (Dark Phased) from the Craignure to Oban ferry today. Pete Hall and
23rd I have received a report of
a leucistic House martin flying around Tobermory caravan park
via facebook David Crane
23rd Red necked Phalarope
one at sea from boat between Iona and Staffa this morning, then flew towards
Loch Scridain. pp Jim Dickson
22nd - Sea from Sound of Mull to
Treshnish Isles Three Great Skuas at sea between Ardmore, Mull and Lunga,
Treshnish Isles; single dark morph Arctic Skua North of Treshnish Isles;
12 Gannets in Sound of Mull, near Ardmore; and two calling Corncrakes and
several Twite on Lunga,
21st - at sea NW of Mull 9+ Storm
Petrels in a feeding frenzy that also included Gannets and Manx Shearwaters
and a Minke Whale. Stuart Gibson
20th - Sea to NW of Mull. 720
Manx Shearwaters in one raft, two Great Skuas and a single Red-throated
Diver this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
20th Great-northern Diver in breeding
plumage on Loch na Keal yesterday. Ewan
18th A cock Crossbill in the middle
of the road feeding from Larch cones half way up Eas Brae, Tobermory, this
morning at 8am! Ewan
On holiday our Mull we saw a long
eared owl, travelling past Lochdon we saw it on the right hand
side of the road. visitors Jacky & John Reynolds
12th Whilst carrying out my bat survey
on Sunday evening, (47 Pipistrelles), I had a woodcock roding over the
cottage. Yesterday we had 4 short eared owls. 2 in the large field after
the Grasspoint turn, and 2 separate owls above the three lochs. Pete Hall
12th Loch na Keal: a summer plumaged
Slavonian Grebe close to the camp site. Arthur Brown
11th Carrion x Hooded Crow Hybrid
the Mishnish Lochs. Ewan
8th - At sea N of Mull (towards Isle
of Muck) Six Storm Petrels, a single Great Skua and several hundred Manx
Shearwaters. Stuart Gibson
8th Splendid few hours in Glen More
today; several Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier, male and female. One female
Hen Harrier was particularly obliging; image attached; taken about half
a mile West of three lochs car park. Dave Derrick (Visitor)
7th - At sea off NW Mull: It's beginning
to sound like a stuck record, but there were three Storm Petrels and a
Great Skua harassing feeding Gannets today. Stuart Gibson
male Bullfinch by Andy Fellows
5th Loch Spelve
today. two Black throated divers across from the fish farm,
just up from the first old cottage. Jacqui Murphy
5th - At sea
NW of Mull Three Storm Petrels.
4th - At sea
NW of Mull Up to five Storm Petrels and three Great Skuas; a late
Great Northern Diver was off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
Harrier - 2 fem type Blar Mor, Ardtun. Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs. White
Tailed Eagle - 2 Craignure Golf Course. Brian Howe, Norwich,
2nd a Short
Eared Owl on hillside Glen More from the A849 2nd June. Ron Cordeiro
Peregrine over Laggan Bay. Ewan
1 Mealy Redpoll in Treshnish wood showing signs of breeding. prasad.
Harrier - female Blar Mor.Brian Howe, Norwich, Norfolk
2nd 6 Black
Guillemot - from Ardtun penninsula. 3Otter here too and an amazing
Orchid covered headland. Hen Harrier - Pennyghael. White Tailed Eagle
- Adult, Loch na Keal, Dhiseig. White Taile Eagle - imm Loch Ba
Loch Ba. Golden Eagle - Adult Knock/Loch na Keal. Peregrine - Gribun Cliffs.
Arctic Skua - nr Bunessan School, flew from Loch Scridian towards Loch
Assapol in evening.
Owl - Three Lochs, Glenmore.Hen Harrier - Male Pennyghael near Loch Beg.
Hen Harrier - female Blar Mor/Ardtun (a female hunting here regularly from
cottage near Bunessan).
Iona at end of Argyll Hotel lane. (1 showed very well and was joined by
a second bird presumed female before skulking off into Irises).
Owl - Three Lochs. 2 Adult White Tailed Eagle - Craignure Golf Course.
2 Dipper - Ears Fors Waterfall. Woodcock roding and Snipe displaying Blar
Mor/Ardtun at dusk.
- a cracking afternoon when rain cleared! Hen Harrier - Male and Female
hunting over Blar Mor/Ardtun.3 White Tailed Eagle (2 adults and immature)
just west of Three Lochs, Glenmore. Hen Harrier - Male displaying entrance
to Glen Forsa, Glenmore. White Tailed Eagle - adult Loch Spelve.
Owl - mobbing Buzzard over marshy area Lochdon. 2 Golden Eagle - Adult
and immature around Bheinn Chorsaig, from Carsaig Road.
singing in woods at entrance to Carsaig Road, Pehhyghael. Grasshopper Warbler
- Blar Mor at dusk.
2 Twite Staffa
- and the amazing Puffins! 50 Manx Shearwater on crosssing to Staffa from
- one in flight over Iris beds at end of Argyll Hotel Lane as we passed
through kissing gate (a surprising but useful sighting as my daughter had
somehow not been able to find the one calling in the open through the binoculars
earlier in the week!). Merlin Iona - one chasing Skylarks over hill behind
Firestation. White Tailed Eagle - Blar Mor/Ardtun. towards Loch Scridian
in the evening.
for June 2016
29th spent last week at tiny cottage
at Croggan.It was our 8th visit to Mull and first time at Croggan mainly
to hope to see Otters but only one sighting late on Sunday night! But had
good views of both eagles from cottage garden.On a walk round to the mouth
of loch shelve noticed what looked like a golden eagle sitting on the hill
opposite side of the loch.It took off and was joined by 2 white tailed
eagles, in the end there were 4 together. Dave Parsons
29th: We saw the Ring Ouzel on
the 26th in a field that led up to a large White House, opposite the
scallastle bay I am told. We also saw 4 female hen Harriers today, and
a male hen harrier in the fields near loch beg. Another mention is the
two black gullimots we saw in the waters between mull and ulva, visitor
26th a single female Ring Ouzel
in fields opposite Salen Bay. visitor Joshua Toogood
28th four Swifts crossing the Sound
of Mull heading South. Ewan Miles.
27th Balmeanach by Fishnish: a report
of a Yellow Wagtail from here, more information
required please. Alex McFadyen.
22nd Treshnish: one Swift over Treshnish
18th left Craignure and we were escourted
all the way by a femail Hen Harrier which kept pace with the boat and made
landfall to disappear beyond a hill to the south west of Oban. Stunning
views all the way. Tina Stafford and Tony Nayager.
14th Staffa: three Great Skuas over
Staffa. Mark W.
12th Treshnish, 1 Common (Mealy)
Redpoll at boathouse showing signs of breeding behaviour.
Northern Marsh Orchid
14th - NW Iona Two Great Skuas harassing
gull colonies off NW Iona today; 47 Kittiwakes (mainly immatures) and five
Arctic Terns. Stuart Gibson
14th Treshnish, 2 Swifts over
the wood. prasad
13th Cock Chiffchaff in song at Scallastle
and a non-breeding Great-northern Diver at the head of Loch Na Keal. Ewan
9th Last night whilst looking for
bats , the bird club members had excellent views of 2 separate woodcocks
over our cottage. Today on my tour we had excellent views of a white wagtail
on the north shore of Loch Scridain.
6th Interested to read of the male
Hen Harrier sighted 4th June. We saw the same yesterday heading out of
the Sound of Mull just before the lighthouse. We were returning from Whalewatch
boat trip with Sea Life Surveys around 5pm having seen 8 or 9 Minke,
including young. Fab day!. Wonderful website by the way? visitor
6th - Torosay Three Black Guillemots
in the Sound of Mull; male Whitethroat in song; 'singing' Cuckoo; seven
Oystercatcher and three Common Gull territories now with chicks or eggs
on verge of hatching due to their resilience in the face of everyday disturbance
from (dog)walkers; and three Marsh Fritillary, two Painted Lady
and single Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and Small Heath butterflies
noted in what was a rather subdued day for wildlife due to the continuing
warm weather. Are we truly ever happy?. Stuart Gibson
!2nd June - Highlights for us viewed
from Lochdon, w/t sea eagle 29th May - short eared owls (2) 28th May -
hen harrier, cuckoo, tawny owl. Elsewhere on the island we saw Gt.
Northern Diver (29th May, off Calgary / Caliach), redstart (Loch Ba), golden
eagle (Glen More), peregrine (Iona) and eider (Iona) plus many of the other
species you associate with region. Many thanks and I will continue to enjoy
reading your blog :) visitor Tim Preece
5th Marsh Fritillary, Pearl Bordered
Fritillary and Green Hairstreak about now. Alan (mullbirds)
5th - Aros Park. Very few birds singing
in the heat, but what were included a single Wood Warbler, several Willow
Warblers and two Chiffchaffs. Stuart Gibson
4th - At sea, off NW Mull: An incredible
sight of a male Hen Harrier far out at sea, heading towards Ardnamurchan
from the Isle of Coll. Seen from the port side of boat, while a Minke Whale
was showing on the starboard side. Now, that's not something that is seen
everyday, is it?!! Also, two Bonxies and raft of ca.200 Manx Shearwaters
in same area.
4th Just spent a glorious week here
on mull,of all my sightings just thought you may be interested in was a
calling Quail at the back of dobhran cottage at
4.55 this morning at Lochbuie. Great blog by the way Thanks
3rd - Tobermory harbour. A 1st S.
immature Glaucous Gull was an unseasonal find this evening. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Iona Calling Corncrakes at
a premium until mid-afternoon, possibly due to cold wind; three calling,
with two seen, including bird at the Fire Station; first brood of Eider
(two ducks with eight ducklings) at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Stuart
2nd - Inverlussa Hunting female Hen
Harrier, with a male over the main road near the Guline Dubh, on outskirts
of Tobermory. Stuart Gibson
3rd two Dippers at Knock and a Golden
Eagle from the Torloisk road lookinh East, found by Summer aged twelve.
2nd Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat
family and Whinchat on Grasspoint road. Dipper at Knock and two male Hen
Harriers again in Glen More. Andy Bayes
1st Lochdon Marsh Fritillaries
and Small Heath
out at Lochdon yesterday near parking area at gate
at Gorsten Farm. Arctic Skua harassing Gulls from Duart Castle. Mick
and Sylvia Brennan
for June 2015
30thTreshnish: 1 Swift flying
west at boathouse. prasad.
30th: Arthur Brown had a good day
out today picking up a Jay by the 'old Byre' and a pair of Red
Grouse and eight large chicks on the hill road. In Calgary Bay
was a fully summer plumaged Black throated Diver.
28th - Torosay: Two Crossbills high
over the castle grounds; a nice find was a Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk moth
in same area.
28th - Tobermory: The local Magpie
is still doing the rounds. s
29th Mull Orchids are now
in bloom accross the island, check hereto know your orchids.
29th Sightings over the last couple
of days have included Common Crossbill,Red-throated Diver, 5 Greenshank
at Loch Beg, Small Pearl Bordered,Marsh and Dark Green Fritillaries at
various locations. Bryan
28th Salen: We have a pair of House
Martins nestbuilding Debby Thorne
26th a Jay from the road across
from Salen to loch na keal. Adrian & Glenis Bury. North Yorkshire
26th Grasspoint: Saw a party of up
to 20 plus Swifts in the lochdon area from grass point this afternoon.
23rd 15 Common Scoters in
flight heading north and 2 Storm-Petrels in waters between Mull
and Coll this morning. Ewan
23rd Great view of Male and female
whinchat down the Grasspoint Road. Also family of willow warbler
and a cuckoo calling in the same spot. Our male redpoll is still
visiting the garden at home. Debby
23rd - Tobermory: A bird showing
Common (Mealy) Redpoll was taking nyger seed
in the Mull Magic garden this evening. Interesting that Prasad has had
several doing likewise at Treshnish recently. We found a Mealy Redpoll
on Ulva two years ago during the breeding season and had it confirmed that
this species, as well as Lesser Redpoll, were likely to be nesting
23rd - Aros Park: Singing Wood Warbler
and Chiffchaff (Willow Warblers too busy with young to be singing) and
four male Blackcaps in song.
22nd Tobermory: The Aros Park male
is still in song; a Spotted Flycatcher was nearby.Stuart
17th Female Peregrine carrying large
prey on the north shore. A non-breeding Great-northern Diver at Croig and
a one in breeding plumage at Lochbuie. Ewan
16th Lady Jayne, Loch na Keal:
We had great views of a group of 6 Red Throated divers with
2 displaying and calling. Location, near Scarisdale Rocks Loch Na Keal.
21st Glengorm A Solstice stunner!
Nine male and three female Beautiful Demoiselles defying the showers
14th Croggan: A Bordered Straw
moth. A migrant from the Mediterranean and North Africa. Previously
unknown on the Isle of Mull or on mainland Argyll, this migrant moth is
a Scottish rarity. Stuart Gibson
photos by Stuart Gibson
14th I saw what I am sure was a Ruff
yesterday on the pools on the left entering dervaig from Calgary direction.
I thought nothing of it, as they are common around us. It was a wader about
the size of a redshank, but with spangled back, plain palish grey head,
orange based beak with dark tip, shorter than a bar tailed godwit, which
is the other wader with similar patterning on the back and I see is common.
visitor Janet Roberts
13th a whale watching tour gave us
Red throated Diver in flight, Black Guillemot, Bonxies. visitor
12th Loch Ba: an Osprey here,
also White tailed Eagles,Hen Harrier (f), visitor Rick
14th I've just returned from Holidaying
on Mull. Unfortunately due to having no internet whatsoever while on Mull
i couldn't find whom to report this sighting to. The Mink came past
me on the river bank at Knock Bridge on Thursday 11th June. It was coming
from Lock Na Keal & heading up stream towards Loch Bar. Paul Biggs
13th Treshnish: at leaste one common
redpoll still present. Prasad
12th Burgh: a Magpie here.
12th June - single whooper swan on
Loch Assapol also one osprey still around .Felicity Pollard
12th Lochdon: Our Osprey is
still hanging around (since early May now) and can often be seen fishing
on the loch, usually around high tide or receding tide. Alan
11th six common Crossbills
high up in the spruce trees next to the Guthrie Memorial at Duart Bay,
Craignure today. Angi Harrell
10th a Red Grouse on
the hill abouve Gribun tonight. Colin Moody
10th Fishnish Bay: a
summer plumaged red throated diver in Fishnish Bay. Pete
10th Huge rafts of Manx Shearwaters
from Ardmore lighthouse out into tghe open sea beyween Isle of Mull
and Coll, most rafts numbererd several hundred birds and there were at
5,000 birds in the area, also a Bonxie and three Puffins.
9th Treshnish: at least one Common
Redpoll present. Prasad
8th - Loch Ba Four singing Tree Pipits
and a single male Redstart still in song; three calling male Cuckoos; family
party of Goldcrests calling in Spruce and Lesser Redpolls, including what
was probably a family party of six birds; a pair of Grey Wagtails food
carrying for young; Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin over loch; several
Snipe, including a 'drumming' bird and a pair of Redshank with young out
of the nest; a Red-throated Diver in flight and a female Goosander
7th - Craignure Male Blackcap and
Whitethroat singing; 200 Kittiwakes feeding and resting in Sound of Mull,
off Craignure, where 50 feeding Common Terns (in three separate groups)
heading NW up the Sound; also several Gannets and single adult s/p Great
Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver.
6th - Croig/Langamull Three (two
male) Goosanders were at Croig, while the breeding Arctic Tern pair at
Langamull are nesting on the sand in what looks a particularly vulnerable
5th - Tobermory A Chiffchaff
was in song on Prison Brae today. Stuart Gibson
5th excellent views of a male
Merlin in Glen More, near to Craig. Also watched a short eared owl
quartering over the field opposite the derelict farm near Loch Spelve,
at the Grasspoint turn 3 cuckoos together, and the Osprey
made an appearance.Pete
4th - Tobermory: A calling Crossbill
flew SE high over the bay towards Aros Park this morning. Stuart Gibson
5th: 1 Swift on Cruachan Treshnish
(Graeme Hutchinson & Angie Craft) and at least 1 Tree Sparrow still
3rd: 1 pipit showing Scandinavian
Rock Pipit features & pair of breeding Arctic Terns, Langamull
5th A Jay flew across the road in
front of us this morning at Torlochan. Martin Mull Charters
a family of Stonechat along the Grasspoint
road. 4th June 2015. Alan Spellman
4th A Jay was calling loudly from woodland
between Quinnish and Loch Torr. Phil & Carol Sharp
4th Salen: Just looked out office
window to see
fantastic male Hawfinch
on lawn, flew into trees and not relocated. Bright breeding colours. Real
surprise. David Sexton Mull Officer
extremely scarce, only a few records for Mull
a female in garden at Calgary June. 2010 a female at Treshnish on
a garden feeder April.2014
on 6th-7th May at Killiechronan. Jan
Fuller 2015 a male in Dave Sextons garden at Salen 4th June
3rd - Aros Park, Tobermory: All three
Phylloscopus warblers singing (one Wood Warbler near Sput Dubh waterfall
and a Chiffchaff near the main entrance); singing Spotted Flycatcher and
several Blackcaps in song; male Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker
and Bullfinch on today's Nature Ramble with guests from the Balmoral cruise
Common Gull chick, Colin Moody,
Barn Swallow, Lochdon, Alan Spellman
2nd - Craignure: An adult Summer-plumaged
and an immature Great Northern Diver in the Sound of Mull, off Craignure.
2nd Treshnish, at least 2 Tree Sparrows
and several Common (Mealy) Redpolls, prasad.
1st Pennyghael: Male Hen Harrier
over fields, just west of post office. Two Golden Plover along shore of
Loch na Keal near footpath to Ben More. Phil and Carol Sharp1st Martin
reports a Little Gull seen from 'Lady Jayne' in Loch na Keal.
Corncrake Iona by Andy Bayes May
for June 2014
30th Female peregrine at Glengorm
and 4 swifts heading north. Ewan
30th - Loch Ba: Breeding confirmed:
a pair of Dunlin with minimum two chicks on sphagnum and Bog Myrtle hummocks.
a once regular breeder, this is the first known record of confirmed
breeding in ‘recent times’ Ruth Fleming, Stuart Gibson.
28th - Craignure 3 Arctic Skuas (one
pale and two dark morphs) flying ---> NW up Sound of Mull past Craignure
at 17.00 hrs today; also, an adult White-tailed Eagle over camp site.
26th 6 Common Swift over Iona
, Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees just down from the WTE watch point
this morning also female Cuckoo, a pair of Hen Harrier bringing
in prey to the same area of heather,
26th June Eas Fors - Garden Warbler,
Spotted Fly, pair Grey Wagtails and a Dipper in the waterfall burn
Dervaig - 5 Goosander, 3 Beautiful
Demoiselle, Four-spotted Chaser Killiechronan - 1 Common Swift
Glen Seilisdeir - 3 Common Crossbills,
Tree Pipit, 10+ Golden-ringed Dragonfly Caliach Point - ringtail Hen Harrier
Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding.
26th - Torosay Single Red-throated
Diver in Duart Bay; singing male Blackcap and Sedge Warbler; male Hen Harrier
along coast near camp site; and a Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth and an Elephant
Hawkmoth on our walk today. Ruth Fleming
26th Treshnish, 20 Swifts over
26th A Humpback Whale was washed
up dead at Fishnish
25th June A single Storm-Petrel seen
on Treshnish Isles trip, close to Lunga. One Great Skua also. 3 Greenshanks
and 3 Golden Plovers on Loch Beg in evening on high tide. Ashley Saunders.
24th June: 3 summer plumaged Great
Northern Divers on Loch Buie Marsh, Dark Green & Small Pearl-bordered
Fritillary at the turning to Loch Buie off the main road. This site was
fabulous for odonata too and we had Common Hawker and Highland Darter here.
More importantly, we also had a Northern Emerald. Large Heath
was also on the wing at Grasspoint. Whinchats at Three Lochs and Inverlussa.
Male Hen Harrier and Tree Pipit Glen Forsa, Tawny Owl in Pennyghael. Ashley
Saunders. Oriole Birding.
24th Short-eared owl north
of Loch Frisa and 7-8 common scoter in waters north of Mull. Ewan
24th - Loch Ba: A pair of Dunlin
on suitable breeding habitat, including singing male; a chick was briefly
observed; displaying Snipe and six other species of breeding waders; seven
ad. Greylag Goose with seven goslings; fem. Mallard with brood of four
ducklings (< 1 week); single Grey Wagtail; one singing Tree Pipit; two
fledgling Wheatears; and two Crossbills at Knock.
23rd - Sgurr Dearg: Male Golden Eagle;
male Hen Harrier hunting ridge near summit; single Snipe at 1,500 feet;
and Sparrowhawk on our mountain walk. Ruth Fleming s
22nd Summer plumage Great Northern
Diver on loch na keal from eagle watch point this pm Rob Hoare
22nd Osprey over Mishnish
lochs at 4pm today, bit of a tussle with a buzzard then gained height,
heading NW. Rachel French Ranger Service
19th The Australian black swan was
at Glenforsa this morning - got a poor photo on my iPhone. Debby
17th - Up to ten separate frenzies
of gannets feeding hard which included one with up to two hundred birds.
16th - 8-10 common Scoters
in flight north of Mull, 2 GN Divers flying north and the largest number
of storm petrels I have seen in five seasons covering these waters, which
included hurries 20-30 strong. g
16th - Tobermory A Garden Warbler
in song about 1 km SE of entrance to Aros Park, where a Chiffchaff was
heard singing. Over 400 Northern Marsh Orchids counted along road verge
immediately SE of entrance to Aros Park; the local Magpie was in the Mull
Magic garden this afternoon. Ruth Fleming.
16th: Treshnish, 1 Osprey
flying north-east over Calgary bay.
11th-14th Bunessan: a Rose
Coloured Starling visiting a garden feeder. (pp) Emily Wilkins
(this is the seventh mull record of the species since 2002)
14th - Loch Ba. Six species of raptor
on our walk today, including an Osprey being escorted off the premises
by three Oystercatchers, a male Hen Harrier hunting the hillside and a
Sparrowhawk; lots of Lesser Redpoll activity, displaying Siskin, and singing
Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Whinchat; and a Snipe nest with c/4
near hatching. Ruth Fleming.
13th Loch Ba: a pair of Redstart
here nesting in a naturual site on the point of fledging. Andrew Mortley
Redstart image Andrew Mortley.
Rose Coloured Starling
7th May late report just in: the
Spotted Crake on Iona - behind the Fire Station was first heard
(and seen) on 7th May. Anne Mansfield, Pam Tregunna and Brian Burton, also
heard on 12th June
12th - Torosay 3 Red-throated
Divers in Duart Bay; 8 ad. Greylag Geese attending 8 goslings
Oystercatchers nest with single recently hatched chick (< 24 hrs)
and two yet to hatch eggs; Common Gull with b/2 in nest and single unhatched
egg; displaying Rock Pipit and Meadow Pipit; singing Blackcap, Spotted
Flycatcher and Whitethroat in woods.
9th male Teal in Laggan
Bay Pam Brown Discover Mull
12th Just had an Osprey at the
north of Loch Frisa, near the car park. 12 of us on my ranger service
event there saw it, great sighting! Rachel French
11th 2 Swifts crossing the
open sea north Calliach point on the 10th, good numbers of European Storm
Petrels seen in the last 7 days in waters north of Mull. Two light
phase Arctic Skuas off Loch Cuin on the 9th. Ewan
10th Treshnish, 2 Swifts at
11.30 at schoolhouse. Prasad.
9th: 3 Swifts at Treshnish
at about 5pm and guests saw 4 at about 11am Anand Prasad
9th a Swift underneath where
the Golden Eagles normally are on the south side of Loch Na Keal. Had lovely
views of the White Tailed Sea Eagles on the north side today along with
a pair of Sedge Warblers, a couple of Whitethroat and Willow Warbler
at Fishnish. Bekki Pierce
8th - Loch Ba 5 Crossbills in plantation
at Knock; single Grey Wagtail hawking insects by loch shore; the
Redstarts in the birch wood appear to have fledged young; and a male Chiffchaff
was singing at Gruline. Ruth Fleming.
8th Walk to Loch Spelve and
the ruined village.
Short eared owl on post between the path and
Grasspoint lane, 2 female hen harriers and male hen harrier hunting in
same general area. Female cuckoo at gate on way out.
White tailed eagle hunting shallows at lochdon and landed on rock.
Probably after the cygnets as previous mentioned. Ted Humphreys
8th Lochdon: adult White tailed eagle
circling our newley hatched signets, doesn't bold well for them.
7th Iona: just heard the Spotted
Crake on Iona (00:20) in same location, grid ref NM 287244.
James Hudson. PS Found your
guide very useful during our week here. Thank you. (first heard on 7th
The size of a Starling, Spotted Crake
tend to skulk in thick cover and walk with their body close to the ground
and tail flicking. When disturbed they run for cover or jump up and
flutter away with legs dangling.
Breeding adults have a brown back
with dark streaks, a blue-grey face and an olive-brown breast - all covered
with white flecks and spots. The under tail is a warm buff colour.
This photo kindly supplied by
Dave Barnes see his web site www.pbase.com/davebarnes
6th loch na keal. just past the private
landing quay, a Yellow Legged Gull feeding on the shore, all got
to see this full summer plumaged bird. Chris Tynan RSPB Liverpool
Photo and-or full description required
6th Female Hen Harrier sighted between
Bunessan & Fionnphort. Mike & Kath on holidays
6th Iona. waders on the golf course
beach today. 11 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone & several Ringed
Plover, also a pair of Shelduck with 6 ducklings.James Hudson
4th Iona: Spotted Crake herad
calling from the irises on shore side of the path between Bishop's House
and the Abbey (same area as recorderd earlier, grid ref NM 287244).
Only heard not seen, while doing a corncrake count. Emily Wilkins. Ranger
- South Mull, Iona, Burg and Staffa NNR
4th a run round some of my favourite
places gave me a stunning male Redstart singing in Ardura oak woodland,
male Whinchat a close quarters at Inverlussa. Common
Whitethroat at Gorten and a singing Wood Warbler and a pair
of Stonechat along the Grasspoint road, good numbers of Eider
on Loch Spelve, and then a Woodpecker on my feeder. Who needs
eagles ? Alan
4th 2 redpoll drinking from
roadside pool at finnan. 4 eider at beach. Ted Humphreys.
3rd - Langamull Single Red-throated
Diver and a late Great Northern Diver; two Guillemots and several
Gannets offshore; 60+ mixed gulls (predominantly Herring and Lesser Black-backed)
feeding on abundance of Garden Chafer beetles on machair; Oystercatcher
and Ringed Plover with chicks; Common Gull, Arctic Tern and Common Tern
on eggs on beach. Ruth Fleming. These birds
are nesting in an extremely vulnerable area of the beach and are prone
to disturbance. Walkers and wildlife watchers
should watch where they are putting their feet and dogs should be kept
on a short lead at all times to give these birds every chance of succeeding.
2nd Tobermory Magpie
This bird is now permanent here, it will should be paying Council tax Alan
3rd loch ba. 2 whimbrel 2 curlew
8 lapwing m and f red breasted merganser Ted Humphreys
2nd Glengorm. Whinchat,
cuckoo, stonechat 3 mistlet thrush 2, A handful of common tern on
small outcrop off craignure golf course. Ted Humphreys
2nd 5 red throated divers on Loch
Assapol this morning. Felicity Pollard & Juliet Vines
1st 2 Swift over Bunessan
6pm 31st May, 14 Sanderling including a ringed individual (details will
be sent to BTO) Ardalanish Beach 8pm 1st June. visitors James Hudson &
17th-31st May list Ernest Escott
pp Peter Keeley Staffa Cottage Griburn
28th May - Evening, from 'Knockan'
we observed at least 100 Manxies, in rafts on the water and flying
in and out of the mouth of Loch Scridain.
28th May - Evening, from 'Eorabus'
there was a s'pl Great Northern Diver close inshore.Wood Warblers heard
on 27th & 29th by road south of Craignure near the Duart Castle turn.
Cuckoos seemingly everywhere
Including 4 together at Loch Asapol. Good numbers of Common Whitethroats
too. Sand Martins at Uisken beach and pair of Yellowhammers there. Darren
for June 2013
29th 4 Arctic Skuas together (3 dark
1 light) heading west at entrance to Loch Sunart. Ewan Blog
28th 2 Red-throated Divers Loch na
Kea,l Great Skua Caliach Point and a few Manx Shearwaters offshore Cuckoo
Treshnish Wood Ashley Saunders
28th 6 Common Scoters in Calgary
Bay but Prasad got them before me. A Peregrine Falcon also at Calgary.
2 White-tailed Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles,
2 Buzzards, 4 Kestrels, 5 Ravens and a male Hen Harrier Laggan Ulva.
Yellowhammer Fanmore Arthur
27th Tobermory, 1 Dipper in Distillery
burn and Spotted Fly catcher, Dervaig, 15+ Goosander in bay
Aros Bridge, Grey Wagtail and Spotted
Flycatcher, Salen Bay, 1 Whimbrel on rocks at low tide, seems an unusual
time of year, Lochdon, male Hen Harrier flew towards Inverlussa, Loch Beg,
2 Dunlin, 1 Golden Plover and male Hen Harrier. Ashley Saunders
27th Calgary, 6 Common Scoters, prasad
photos by Phil Boardman
25th Glen Forsa: Tree Pipit in full
song. Loch Buie turn off: Greater
Butterfly Orchid, 8 Common Crossbills flying over calling. Loch
Uisk: male Golden Eagle perched on crags up behind the cottage. 2 Yellowhammer
also in garden there Loch Buie: Two pairs of Golden Eagle from here including
said pair above. Female Whinchat, Red-throated Diver. Inverlussa: 4+ Whinchat
including 2 singing male. Two Lesser Redpolls
1 White Wagtail, 3 Dunlin. Prasad
Grasspoint: Family of Whinchat, Tree
Pipit, imm male Hen Harrier, Grasshopper Warbler [reeling by parking area
and seen]. One Transparent Burnet, several Lesser
Butterfly Orchids and a Small Heath.oriolebirding.com Ashley
26th Tobermory: Magpie this
afternoon at Tobermory old cemetry. Celia McIntyre & Danny Lamont
24th: Buzzard with snake or Sloworm
at Treshnish wood. Last week I heard of 2 other reports of Buzzards with
snakes or Sloworm at Treshnish and also a *Kestrel* take a snake or Slowworm
to the Kestrel nest south of Port Haunn. Presumably there is either an
abundance of Adders or Sloworms or low numbers of small rodents,
23rd Whinchat quinish near mingary
cottage in field on left before cottage, Female hen harrier 4miles south
of dervaig on road towards crannich Nigel Dawber
22nd Non-breeding Great Northern
Diver off Ardmore point, Arctic Skua north of Glengorm and over 25 Storm
Petrels seen in a seven hour spell at sea today. Ewan
21st two beautiful full summer
plumaged red throated divers in Fishnish Bay, close to the shore.Pete
21st: Treshnish, 1 Swift prasad
19th Four excellent sightings of
a golden eagle, including one overhead along with a male hen harrier and
innumerable meadow pipits and larks during BTO bird survey near Shiba,
Ross of Mull. Felicity, Juliet and David
Corncrake heard and seen, also 3 Swifts seen over Inch Kenneth.
large groups of Manx Shearwater on sea, plus Bonxies on Staffa, a Wheatear
family group on Lunga and Puffins of course. Chris and Tony Johnson regular
visitors to Mull
Kestrel, Cuckoo, Red-throated Diver NM 6418.2945 Ring Ouzel feeding
young and flying along river Lynn Farrell
16/6 Crossbill 2 conifers by Glenforsa
airstrip. 18/6 Great Skua 2 Caliach Point. Dave Pierce
17th Loch na Keal: Good views of
both golden and white tailed eagles today and vast numbers of manx shearwaters
about out at sea probably several thousand in all as well as large rafts
of mixed auks. Martin Mull Charters
Marie Gibson took these pix of
bottle nosed dolphins in Loch Buie on 8th June 2013
11th A pair
of Twite at Lagganulva and a small flock of Linnets, Black Guillemot in
the Bay, a male Hen Harrier hunting and Common Terns about half a dozen.
Fledged Snipe, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Redshank in same field
at LagganUlva hungrily being watched by Hooded Crows, Ravens and Great
Black Backed Gulls. Zillions of Greylag Goslings everywhere. Arthur
Black Stork over Dervaig 26th May 2013
a first record for Argyll and Mull. pix by Lynda Parsons
11th 3 Swifts
heading east off Glengorm. 4 Storm Petrels feeding in a small hurry off
10th - Loch
Ba 3 Common Swifts heading East up Glen Cannel at 13.30 hrs. Ruth
Richard Atkinson phoned to say he had 20+ Swifts over his house
and area last evening
2th 2 immature
White-tailed Eagles in Glen Aros; 5+ Wheatear in the valley, good
numbers elsewhere during the week, e.g. c15 between Calgary and Kilninian,
and c20 along the south shore of Loch an Keal. 1 Ringed Plover and 4 Black
Guillemot at Garmony.
3th 3 (2 s/p,
1 w) Great Northern Divers and 4 Common Terns off Ballygowan, Loch Tuath,
3 Cuckoos in the same area. 1 drumming Snipe at Burg. 2 s/p Great Northern
Divers at Killiemor, Loch an Keal. Rob
and Lucy Hill
4th 1 Little
Tern (now confirmed)
and 1 Great Skua off Iona. 1m Hen Harrier and
1 sub-adult Golden Eagle at Lochbeg (the latter being mobbed by a pair
of Merlin). Rob and Lucy Hill
5th 1m Hen
Harrier in Glen Aros. 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver at Dererach, Loch
na Keal. 1m Hen Harrier and 6 Dunlin at Lochbeg. 1pr + 2juv Stonechats,
1 Cuckoo and 1 Tree Pipit at Grasspoint.
6th 1 Whimbrel
and 1 Greenshank at the Aros mouth, a Wood Warbler singing opposite
the ruined boats in Salen Bay. On Iona, 16 Ringed Plover 15 Dunlin),
14 Sanderling , 2 singing Sedge Warbler.
7th 1m Hen
Harrier in Glen Aros. 1 Snipe drumming near Lochdon.
8th 2 s/p Red-throated
Divers off Craignure pier, 1ad White-tailed Eagle at Grasspoint. Rob and
8th June feeding Spotted Flycatcher,
Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 pairs of Common Sandpiper River
Forsa. Feeding pair of Common Redstart Loch Ba. Pair of G S woodpecker
on our feeders every day and Tree Pipis nesting in our woodland. Arthur,
Pam, Jaquie Ferriday and Mike Murphy
8th Aros Park, Tobermory A trio of
Phylloscopus warblers on our cruise ship ramble today : two singing male
Wood Warblers, a solitary singing Chiffchaff and lots of Willow Warblers.
Good nos of Blackcap in song also, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a flyover
Crossbill added to our enjoyment. A Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk Moth
was at the Standing Stones at Baliscate. Ruth Fleming Stuart Gibson.
7th 4 Red Throated Divers displaying
on Loch na Keal yesterday. Martin
7th Torosay Three Red-throated Divers
close inshore and calling in Sound of Mull, along with a late adult Great
Northern Diver.Ruth Fleming. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
6th Sand martins at Ardalanish Tony
4th Treshnish A Great Skua harassing
a Herring Gull at Port Haunn. Stuart Gibson & Ruth Fleming
3rd Loch na Keal Calling adult Great
Northern Diver at head of loch. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
2nd Dervaig - Calgary A Jay flew
across the road near Am Birlinn restaurant. Ruth Fleming
4th A Swift in open sea north of
Mingery heading south. Ewan
3rd Little gull Killiechronan 3rd
June in morning. Geoff Pain
3rd A Great Skua at Scarisdale Rocks
today Arthur Brown
3rd Four dark morph Arctic Skuas
heading north up the sound of Mull. Ewan
2nd Lochdon – peregrine falcon circled
for 5mins+ over the loch. Male hen harrier hunting over road to Gorten.
white tailed eagles circling overhead.
Felicity & David Pollard
2nd Dervaig. Goosander female with
4 duckings prasad
26th May a report supported
with photo's of a Black Stork over Dervaig
is a first record forArgyll & Mull.
many thanks Dave & Lynda Parsons, visitors from Bedfordshire
I’ve just received a report via VisitScotland, of a Black Stork
on 26th at Fanmore, being mobbed by crows. Paul Toner
Latest reports for June 2012
29th 2 swifts flying low over
the coastline at the mouth of Loch Cuin.Roger Craven
29th Treshnish, 1 Swift over
Treshnish wood. Prasad
27th: "There has been some views
aired recently on Mull that the Puffin numbers on the Treshnish Isles are
declining due to White-tailed Eagle predation. I am sure White-tailed Eagles
take some Puffins and so will many other raptors including gulls and skuas
but so far there is no evidence that the overall numbers are being reduced
by White-tailed Eagles. Predator-prey relationships is one of the most
studied areas of ecology and many studies have shown that in the wild predators
and prey will reach a natural balance" ................ find
out more and read
28th 2 cuckoos by glengorm
on telegraph wires. also a lesser redpoll at fishnish along with
an otter fishing. Also a White tailed eagle fishing on the sound of mull.
a male hen harrier fly south across Salen bay and a barn owl close
to Salen bay.So far this holiday we have seen74 different species of birds
and lots of beautiful wild flowers and orchids. The pierce family
27th A Swift and a Storm Petrel
off the north coast of Mull. Ewan
26th Last night was a good night
for short eared owls had 5 different birds between pennyghael and lochdon
7.30-9pm,today twite x 2 on road along loch na keal just after a bridge
and before parking area for Ben more,had great views of a female hen harrier
on salen-dervaig road Monday ,Red throated divers x2 at Calgary today
and Sunday in Fishnish bay. Simon Duckworth
27th 2 red throated divers mouth
of Loch Cuin Roger Craven
10/6 Pomarine Skua 1 west of Bloody
Bay in the Sound of Mull attacking a Kittiwake along with an Arctic Skua
and a Great Skua, somehow the Kittewake survived.
11-14/6 Twite 2, a pair at Loch Na
Keal under the Griburn Cliffs
14/6 W T Eagle 2, sat on rocks off
of Ardnalanish Beach
17/6 Redstart 3 piars along Loch
Ba, whith fledged young
18/6 Reed Bunting 1 singing male
at Loch Beg
21/6 Swift 3 under Griburn Cliffs
23/6 Whinchat Along the Carsaig road,
nest containing 5 chicks., Martin Gillingham
5th Staffa: Corncrake calling (heard
but not seen) Sea Eagle seen to dive into the sea about 300 yds off Grass
Point. After a brief struggle with something in the water (unseen) it lay
still for about 30 seconds, wings outstretched, and then swam ashore on
the North bank. It tuned out to be a very strong swimmer but luckliy
it was flat calm. Pomarine Skua with 2 x Arctic going north up Loch
Linne, from the ferry to Oban just as it left the Sound of Mull (near small
lighthouse) - June 9th 9.00am. Rob Hammond
23rd Roger Harding (a visitor) came
accross a rare Mull orchid, it being a Small white Orchid, many
thaniks indeed for your report and photograph (below)
lapland marsh orchid
small white orchid
22nd Short-eared Owl - one Loch na
Keal, one Dervaig, Hen Harrier - two ringtails Glen Forsa, ringtail and
male Loch Frisa, male Glen More, male Dervaig, Golden Eagle - one Glen
Forsa, Swift - one Killiechronan
Whinchat - three Loch Frisa, Tree
Pipit - one Glen Aros, one Glen Forsa, Beautiful Demoiselle - two Glen
Aros. Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding
21st June. Glaucous Gull -
first summer still at Iona Pier on rocks, Wood Warbler - pair in Pennyghael
100 yards up Carsaig Road, Common Redstart - male same site as above. Common
Swift - one west in Pennyghael
Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding
20th June Bottle-nosed Dolphins -
pod in Iona Sound, Great and Arctic Skuas 3 each at Lunga
Glaucous Gull - first summer Iona
pier on rocks, Golden Eagle - pair Glen More, Merlin - one Glen More
Short-eared Owl - two Glen More,
Hen Harrier - ringtail Glen More
Butterflies: Marsh Fritillary,
Large Heath, Green Hairstreak, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dark
Green Fritillary all on wing in Glen More near cottage below Golden Eagle
Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding
Tuesday 19 June._ 1900hrs.
approx 1 mile east of Bunessan, Marsh harrier (f) crossed the road
in front of us and flew towards the shore.
Wednesday 20 June._ 0930-1100hrs.
Laggan Bay Hen harrier (f) flew across the beach scattering every gull
in the vicinity. Cuckoo (m) on treetop on hill behind the bay calling for
20mins. Anne Wilkinson
19th June Short-eared Owls - one
Kinloch, two Glen More by Goldies site, one just past three lochs
Redstart - female going in nest box
in woods on road down to Loch Buie, Tree Pipit - singing male at above
Golden Eagle - pair Loch Buie, one
Glen Seilisdeir, Lesser Redpolls - in rhodedendron valley on way down to
Loch Buie at least ten, Whinchats - pair Inverlussa, Hen Harrier - male
20th Treshnish, 11 or 12 Swifts flying
south over Treshnish Old Schoolhouse. Prasad.
12th Treshnish, Quail heard
in afternoon and evening at Haunn (per Carolyne Charrington) Last year
heard on 18th June and in 2009 from 31st May until 21st June Prasad.
17th - Iona. A Short-eared Owl by
side of the main road at Pennyghael at 10.00 am; a Great Skua flying North
through the Sound of Iona; eight Corncrakes, including one (probably female)
seen in flight in meadow near Abbey; fledged broods of Goldfinches and
Linnet; eclipse Red-breasted Merganser and Eider drakes at The Bay At The
Back Of The Ocean, where three broods totalling 11 Eider ducklings and
brood of four Shelduck were among the highlights of our walk today. No
sign of immature Glaucous Gull, however. Ruth Fleming
16th a large number of Ravens 42
in total at the Tobermory tip was an unusual site for me, also a superb
male Hen Harrier near the Fishnish Ferry area too. Martin Izzard
15th - Garmony: Four Dunlin and a
late Turnstone were found along the shore and a female Hen Harrier was
seen hunting the meadow near the car park. Ruth Fleming.
13th Lochdon: pleased to confirm
that our Spotted Flycatcher has returned again for the fourth year
and is now feeding young in a nest platform I put up five years ago. Alan
14th Two screaming Swifts over Riverside
court, Tobermory. Ewan
12th driving to Salen I came across
a Common Snipe in middle of road, it didn't move as I drove past, I turned
round and went back to have a closer look, thinking it was injured, it
wasn't, but was standing next to its young chick which had been 'hedgehog'
squashed by an earlier vehicle. What a shame Alan
11th A pair of swifts flying around
An Tobar, Tobermory Matt Atkin
10th - Iona. Ist S immature Glaucous
Gull still present near ferry jetty; only three calling Corncrakes, but
one male showing near Abbey; single Whimbrel calling overhead was very
late; several pairs of Linnet feeding on grass and Sea Pink seeds; three
broods of Eider and a single Shelduck brood at the Bay at the Back of the
10th Inverlussa/Torness. Hunting
Short-eared Owl in late afternoon. Ruth Fleming
10th 3 SE owls at Reudle (8 pm),
1 male hen harrier at ensay and another at the summit of the torloisk to
dervaig road. Black guillimot in Calgary bay. Matt Atkin
9th Iona a s/p Black Godwit here
today and Glaucouse still around the ferry terminal. Sue Peterken
We just back from 2 weeks on
Mull and we saw the Marsh Harrier at Fidden on 22 May. Rex Earnshaw
(The bird Prasad had on 29th May
was different from David Warden’s on 30th May.....
Prasad’s had less of a creamy head
and did not show a creamy chin like David’s bird. So could be 2 or even
3 about. There were 2 seen on Tiree in May as well (or same?))
8th Dark Morph Arctic Skua off
Caliach point today Ewan Miles.
8th 7 Manx shearwaters flying past
Lismore lighthouse, Stonechat family, WTSE and 2 RT Divers at Calgary beach,
Spotted Flycatcher in Calgary woods, Dunlin at Langamull beach
SE owl at Reudle, Golden Eagle at
Glengorm. And unfortunately, road kill of both adder and slow worm adjacent
to Calgary beach. Matt Atkin. Visitor
Just returned from a fabulous birding
trip. Highlights include
02/06/12 - Iona: Two, possibly three
Corncrakes seen in the fire station field. Birds seen twice in flight and
once running between the iris beds. Also Glaucous Gull in the harbour area
02/06/12 - Glen More: Short Eared
03/06/12: Dervaig: Two White Tailed
Sea Eagles. One with a white tag H5. One of the WT Eagles mobbed by a Common
Buzzard and then an Osprey. Glen More: Merlin. Ben More: Hen Harrier
04/06/12: Ben More: Hen Harrier (f)
and Short Eared Owl. Glen More: Three Golden Eagles.
05/06/12: Glen More; Single Golden
Eagle. Ardmore; Five cuckoos, 3m 2f. Females giving their bubbling call.
Another cuckoo at Loch Frisa.
05/06/12: Dervaig: Cuckoo heard,
White Tailed Sea Eagle seen on the outskirts of Dervaig on the road from
Loch Frisa. Hen Harrier (m) hunting the reed beds at Dervaig. David Phillips
7th Tobermory. 2 Swifts flying
around the council buildings in Tobermory this evening
7th 2 swifts past Salen Hotel, seen
from the window whilst having cheeseburger and chips. Geoff Pain
6th Langamull, Scandinavian Rock
Pipit still present, Prasad.
6th - Langamull. Two late Great Northern
Divers remain off Langamull Ruth Fleming.
7th We just back from 2 glorious
weeks on Mull and we saw the Marsh Harrier at Fidden on 22nd May.
4th Torosay/Duart. 2 pairs of Red-throated
Divers were calling and displaying in Duart Bay today and, interestingly,
a Spotted Flycatcher was catching insects on the high tide seaweed at Torosay.
3rd - Beinn a Ghraig. A breeding
pair of Golden Plovers at 450 m and a pair of Cuckoos working the hillside
and gorge of the Scarisdale River were the highlights of our walk today.
3rd - Loch na Keal Four broods totalling
15 Greylag goslings (with eight adults) near Scarisdale Point
1st - Salen A Barn Owl was seen at
23.35 hrs at Salen Bay Ruth Fleming.
3rd Reudle: Arthur Brown was lucky
enough to pick up two Common Swifts today, the first reported this year.
Latest reports for June 2011
Bay: Male Whinchat and fledged youngster Uisken Bay, twelve Common Crossbills
Pennyghael in conifers behind hotel. We've had roding Woodcock each of
the last two evenings there, with up to three birds present around 2230.
Ashley Saunders30th 1 male Hen Harrier and a Short Eared Owl at Grasspoint
this morning. Also a Grasshopper Warbler reeling near the bridge. 4 Cuckoo
- all males off the Glengorm Estate road this afternoon. Nick Isherwood
21 Red-breasted Mergansers [moulting flock] Loch na Keal. immature Golden
Eagle Torloisk. 2 Twite on road between Torloisk and Dervaig. pair Hen
Harriers Loch Frisa at north end. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary here
Orchids on verge at Aros Bridge. Male Hen Harrier Kinloch and male Whinchat.
Road: 2 Hen Harrier (1m, 1f) and also a family of Whinchat by the car park.
Swift - 2 between Inverlussa and Craignure, Whinchat - female Inverlussa.
Merlin - male in Glen More, mobbing the female Golden Eagle. Red-throated
Diver - one Loch Buie
large numbers in Rhodedendron along road to Loch Buie all appear to
be larger paler 'flammea' or Common Redpoll. Twite - two along
shore of Loch Spelve. Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding
27th Loch Torr:
a drake Tufted duck on Loch Torr near Tobermoray today. Nick Isherwood.
Old Pier: 6 Sandwich Tern over the shoreline. also 26th 2 Goldfinch
25th 4 Swifts (a scarce passage
migrant) along the side of Loch na Keal some Pete Hall
22nd Loch Harrison
(at the end of Loch Assapol) 6 Tufted ducks ,Great northern diver
on the sea in Loch Buie. Vic Kolodziejczyk
22nd Gruline: a Turtle Dove here
today. Richard Atkinson. Bob and Valerie Gill from Stockport
22nd Lochdon: an Osprey flew over
(7:30pm) towards Duart, probably to fish in Duart Bay. Rosie Salzman
21st Killiechronan: 3 drake Tuifted
Duck tonight opposite campsite Killecronan. Geoff Pain
20th Loch na Keal: 2 drake Tufted
Duck Loch Na Keal opposite Killechronan this evening. Geoff Pain
20th: There have been no further
sightings of the Roller reported since it was first found on 16th. Alan
19th June: 1 Tufted Duck and 1 Grasshopper
Warbler at Mishnish and there was 1 Jay at Penmore, 2 Grasshopper
warblers one at either end of Loch Peallach, Mishnish.. Prasad
18th Mishnish Lochs: a Tufted Duck
here. Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
18th Lochdon: Greater Butterfly Orchids,
Fragrant, Common and Heath Spotted all in flower now. Alan
17th: a Quail was heard off
an on all morning at Haunn. (Please do not approach the bird and keep
dogs on a short lead. They are a very rare breeding bird in Argyll, in
fact there has never been positive proof of breeding, but a male calling
from 31 May to 21 June at Haunn in 2009 may have bred.) Prasad
17th Lochdon: an Osprey over Lochdon
at high tide this evening. Alan
17th Fidden: a single Brent Goose
with Greylags at Fidden. visitor
16th Loch Beg: a male Scoter in Loch
Beg two days running. David Woodhouse. Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions
Pix Turtle Dove pix Osprey
16th:The European Roller located again
this pm, not close enough to photograph but through the scop a spectacular
bird. Alan Spellman, Dave Sexton, Debbie Thorn & family, Arthur Brown,
Michael Shepherd. and others
16th Glen Aros: The bird was found
again and photographed mid morning by Pam Brown, David Yates and
16th Glen Aros; a
mega mega find : a European Roller was seen & photographed here
at 05.30hrs this morning. on power lines by the log piles on the
Glen Aros road, approx 3.5 miles NW of Salen. John Bannon
This is the second record for Mull
with the first ‘modern record’ being a shot bird at Achaforse High Wood
on 10th Sept 1927 (though there were some old reports from the 1800’s)
16th Tobermory: Female Peregrine
at Old Free Church, Main Street. Single Marsh Fritillary at Baliscate Standing
Stones; Crossbill heard in Aros Park , where pair of Spotted Flycatchers
at park entrance
15th Tiroran – Tavool: Male
Peregrine at usual location on Main Street , Tobermory
About 20 Slender Scotch Burnet moths
now on the wing and colony of Argent and Sable moths located (six individual
insects seen); other butterflies included Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Common
Blue, Dark Green Fritillary and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
14th Duart Castle: a Bee Eater was
'heard' flying over Duart Castle area, it was not seen. Su and Luke Delve
14th Calgary Bay – Caliach Point:
Red-throated Diver, Calgary Bay; 2 Great Skuas on land at Caliach Point,
where a single pale morph Arctic Skua past flying North
13th Tireragan Rasping male Corncrake
in Iris beds
between Fidden and Knockvologan; male Hen Harrier actively
hunting near Tireragan.
15th Lochdon: Spotted Flycatcher
busy feeding young at 'Maridon', almost ready to fledge.Alan
14th Big hurries of gulls and Gannets
on Loch na Keal, rafts of Guillemot and Razorbill. 7 Common Dolphins
off Inch Kenneth 13th June. Male Hen Harrier flying between Gribun and
Eorsa yesterday. Martin Keivers
14th Single Common Scoter – Entrance
to Loch Beg, Mike Wagemakers Isle of Mull Experience
13th Ardmore: Long Eared Owl seen
tonight at Ardmore just off the forestry track. Ewan Miles
13th Glen Gorm: a male Hen Harrier
flew over. Rick Thornton
Single Swift hawking in the late evening, Laggan Lodge, Lochbuie. Alastair
12th Lochdonhead: an Osprey fishing
here at 19.20hrs Rick Thornton
12th Glen Selisdair: close to the
'last years' eagle hide, a male Pied Flycatcher, kindly reported by visitor
(correction) John Craig
10th Gruline: Garden Cottage
on the Gruline Estate. a male Blackcap in the gardens. Keith Hawker,
5th a Great northern Diver
at Loch Buie and on Tuesday 7th June we saw a Short eared Owl at the Torloisk
end of the Dervaig-Torloisk road (417460). David and Felicity Pollard
5th: 1 Whooper Swan at Loch Frisa
fish-farm building and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling there.
The Peregrine is still being seen
at Tobermory, today it was on the Church of Scotland church-tower above
the main street. 1 Black-headed Gull on Calgary beach. Prasad
1st Calve island: 2 Long
tailed Skua heading up the sound past Calve island. Dark Morph Arctic Skua
off Ardmore point yesterday. Ewan Miles
25 May Fishnish pier: 1 or 2 adult
summer Sabine's Gull. One north at 7pm in Kittiwakes, second around buoy
1 Pomarine Skua north 8.15 pm. Spoons
clearly seen. Pale phase Arctic Skua 8.16pm. Rob Pimlett
Latest reports for June 2010
29th Loch Pottie: a male Hen Harrier
helped to make my trip to the dentist at Fionnphort a liitle less painful.
Ashley Saunders from Oriole bird
tours reports: Loch Buie - Common Redpolls breeding in rhodedendron
along road down to loch, seen with fledged young 22nd june Common
Redstarts female with three fledged young Loch Ba 26th June
Short-eared Owl - Inverlussa, 27th
(scarce this year, very few reports of sightings AS) Common
Swift - 4 Grasspoint 26th
Hen Harriers - pair food passing
carsaig road 25th June, female Glen More 26th, male with prey fidden 22nd,
male three lochs viewpoint 23rd Common Crossbills - Carsaig 25th,
loch ba 26th, glen seilisdeir 23rd
22nd whooper swan - loch pottie.
(this birds has been around all year AS)
June 1 Swift seen at Lagganulva during our tour today, also Red-throated
Diver at Calgary.Arthur Brown Discover Mull
23rd Lochdon: 2
Spoonbill were seen by visitor Stephen Smith on the south side of Lochdon,
all but too briefly as they have not stayed around, however a photo
was taken. Stephen Smith, (pp) Phil McDermott, (This is the first
record of Spoonbill on Mull since 1994 when one was at Dervaig AS)23rd
Loch Buie: an Osprey here today. Clifford Moisey
26th Haunn: Today at noon about
12 Swifts over Haunn. Anand Prasad
22nd Lochdon area: A 'positive' sighyting
of Goshawk here. visitor
17th Loch Torr: an Osprey here this
morning, , probabaly the same bird seen at Mishnish on13th. Alan
14th Loch Scridain: 3 Basking
Shark, 2 RB Merg.
15th Uisken: 2 Cuckoo (male
& female together), 1 Peregrine. Loch Scridain 11 Basking Shark,
1 Great Skua, 40 Manx Shearwater. Bryan Rains
16th Pennyghael : 3 female Eider
with 11 young, 3 Snipe. Loch Scridain 6 Basking Shark, 1 RT Diver,
1 BT Diver and 2 Whinchat with 2 youngsters along the shore. Bryan Rains
10th Calliach Point: Great Skua confirmed
(this is now the second year that birds have bred here on
13th Mishnish lochs: Osprey over
Mishnish Lochs ,2.45pm. Flew off in direction of Loch Frisa. Celia McIntyre
& Danny Lamont
10th Garmony - Fishnish: Grasshopper
Warbler singing, several Lesser Redpolls singing and displaying, two Crossbills,
four male Orange Tip butterflies, single Marsh Fritillary, single Small
Copper, an Elephant Hawk Moth, Buff Tip and Silver Y moth
9th Iona: Four different Corncrakes,
three of which singing and seen, migrant flock of 20 Dunlins at the Bay
at the Back of the Ocean, where two pairs Shelduck, one pair with b/1 and
two broods of Eiders
8th Langamull: Good numbers
of Slender Scotch Burnet Moths at known location, plus two on wing between
Langamull and Croig; late migrant Whimbrel, near Croig. Ruth and
9th Calliach: a Swift flying
over Calliach today. Pam Brown
7th Loch Frisa track: Tobermory
end. A pair of Whinchat, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail, Tree Pipits, a small
flock of Lesser Redpoll, and at least 4 calling Cuckoo. Pam Brown
6th Loch na Keal; a pair of
White Wagtails. opposite Inch Kenneth, also in the same spot but out towards
the fish farm a very nice summer plumaged black throated diver. Pete
6th 2 Red Throated Divers in Loch
Tuath seen off Tostary 6th Arthur.
5th Tobermory: Singing Chiffchaff,
Aros Park; colony of Northern Marsh Orchids coming in to flower along grass
verge between entrance to park and Tobermory, where (amazingly!) there
was a beautiful Marsh Fritillary butterfly feeding on a buttercup. We had
the most wonderful, prolonged views down to inches! This is the most northerly
record for the island of this rare butterfly in recent times. Ruth
5th Lochdon: An Osprey flew over
this morning at 10.00hrs Rosie & Rod Salzman and AS
4th June Male Whinchat on fence near
the Eagle watch caravan, 2 Peregrines Gribun cliffs, Male Hen Harrier,
Glen More near the three lochs. Andy, Natalie & Hannah Bayes
3rd June At least 4 Spotted Flycatchers
on Ulva, Pair Shelduck on beach by the airstrip at Glenforsa. 2nd June
Redstart & Wood Warbler Grasspoint Road. Andy, Natalie &
3rd lochbuie: 1 otter showing well,
2 golden eagle, 2 White tailed eagle, 2 harbour porpoise, 1 seal, 1 great
northern diver s.p., 1 peregrine & 2 cuckoo. Bought latest mull bird
report -excellent Website very good also. Carl Winkley (praise
indeed ! AS)
4th: heard a chiffchaff singing
close to Gruline cross roads yesterday. A pair of cuckoo flew from the
car oark over to Ulva ferry 1 calling the other sounded as if it was being
3rd: Bonxie (Bay-at-the-back-of-the-Ocean,
Iona) Matt Atkin
3rd Calgary: a Jay was seen here
today by guests with Arthur Browns Discover Mull tours
2nd Glengorm: A male Pied Flycatcher
here today. Discover Mull guests
2nd : 8 Manx Shearwater off the Oban-Craignure
ferry, Cuckoo calling constantly behind the St Columba hotel on Iona
Turnstone, pair of Shelduck and 3
chicks, and regrettably a hunting Mink swimming between the islands (Bay-at-the-back-of-the-Ocean,
Iona), Fulmar (Iona Abbey) Matt Atkin
2nd Langamull Forest: Flock
of 40-50 Crossbills, feeding on larch seeds, in trees near car park area.
One group, watched at close range, included ten streaky juveniles. Ruth
2nd Scarisdale rocks, Loch na Keal:
had good views of a drumming snipe and perched cuckoo at Scarisdale Rocks
Jonathan and Moira McKelvie
1st; Loch na Keal:Good views of an
Arctic Skua harrying gulls off the back of the boat. Red Throated Divers
on the wing and Peregrines. Martin Kievers
1st Calgary: a Jackdaw was an unusual
find here for Arthur Brown (normally only seen on Ross & Iona area)
1st Caliach Point: Dark phase Arctic
Skua and Great Skua at Cailaich Point this afternoon, also Cormorant, Gannets
and Kittiwakes there. We have nesting Bullfinches at Ardrioch and Tawny
Owls in our Kestrel Box. Arthur.
31st May - Langamull: Narrow-bordered
Bee Hawk Moth nectaring on Lousewort Ruth and Stuart
28th: 6 golden plover in field above
Scoor house, single golden eagle here also, single whooper on Harrison
loch plus little grebe and male tufted duck, 30 rock dove near Glebe cottage
close to the Bunessan road. Tony & Jan Jenkins
15th May - female Goldeneye on the
eastern most of the Mishnish Lochs.
16th May - Twite, Black Guillemot,
and two Red Throated Divers along with a pair of Shelduck with 5 ducklings
at Calliach point.
17th May - West shore Iona, a flock
of 6 Turnstones, and two mixed wader flocks each with breeding plumage
Dunlin and Sandering and others in various stages of moult numbering in
total about 12 Sanderling and 20 Dunlin.
This was our first visit to Iona
for a couple of years and from our purely subjective view point there appeared
to be far fewer Corncrake than on previous occasions. We heard none
on our walk out to the West Shore - usually a very good area, and only
managed to hear around 5 birds during the course of the day. We did
finally manage to see one bird in the iris bed behind the new fire station.
We also saw a Greenshank in the shallow water off Pennyghael on
the way back. Nick & Stella Laughton
for June 2009
30th JUNE : CALGARY BAY
Colony of Grayling
butterflies now on the wing on coastal lava cliffs at North end of Calgary
Bay (6 - 7 butterflies seen); also colony of Transparent Burnet moths observed
feeding on Wild Thyme in same area. Birds included ad. Golden Eagle, 3
Kestrels, Common Gull nest with one chick and another 'chipping' egg, 5
singing m m Whitethroats and singing Tree Pipit - Ruth Fleming and Stuart
29th JUNE :
LOCHDON (Gorsten Area)
1 Marsh Fritillary
seen nr High Oatfield; small colony of Large Heath now on wing on coastal
moorland North of Gorsten (4 - 5 butterflies seen); pair of Hen Harriers
in same area; 3 prs Linnet in gorse scrub; ad. WTSE being mobbed by Raven
and Common Gulls along North shore of Lochdon; also 3 Common Porpoise in
nearby Firth of Lorne. Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
30th Loch Pottie
1 Whooper Swan still present. Uisken 1 Swift. Loch Beg 1 Mute Swan, 7 Golden
Plover, 2 Greenshank. Crossbills are showing in reasonable numbers in various
locations. Bryan Rains
20th Male Hen
Harrier flying down glen Forsa early evening (this was about 2 miles
down the glen)
sighting of a Male Ring Ouzel (this was about 2 to 3 miles down the glen
whitethroat at the car park on B8073 at the north end of Loch Frisa
25th on the
shore near Aros Castle 2 Storm Petrels fly south also a Whooper Swan
at this site Geoff Trigg
3 Crossbills over plantation; Red-throated Diver calling and seen on sea;
50 Greylag Geese on sea; 14 Sand Martins over colony where 5 out of 22
nest holes active; family party Linnets in coastal scrub; pr Oystercatchers
with b/2 harassed by Mink.
5 species seen, Greater Butterfly, Fragrant, Northern Marsh, Common Spotted
and Heath Spotted.
Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Small Heath, Pearl-bordered sp
, Six-spot Burnet and Slender Scotch Burnet all seen despite overcast conditions.
FORT 1 Swift --> S at 22.20 hrs; family party of Whinchats.
- TAVOOL 18 Crossbills in plantation. Ruth Fleming and Stuart
28th: 2 gannets
flying south & about 6 porpoises, near the lighthouse . Felicity
Hansen & Mary Sparrow
25th 1 Swift
near Treshnish cow-barn and about an hour later 1 (possibly same) at Haunn.
The Quail has
not been heard since the 21st and i have reliable report that it was first
heard on 31st May a week before i first heard it, Anand Prasad
Butterflies; 30 common blue, 40 small heath, 20 pearl bordered fritillary,
12 meadow brown, 10 speckled wood, 8 painted lady plus both burnet moths,
Ruth Flemming & Stuart Gibson.
24th, 2 black
guillemot by the pier in Craignure, easily seen from shore. Felicity
Common Swift at Uisken Bay along with a Sedge Warbler and male Hen Harrier.
at least 12 Swift over the town. jenny & Chris Buckley
Lodge Mill (Loch na Keal) a 1st year MALE COMMON ROSEFINCH, a very 'rare
bird' indeed and a first for Mull, previously one was on Iona in 1989.
kindly reported by Ben Dickinson
23rd Loch Buie:
a LESSER WHITETHROAT Loch Buie. The previous record was one on Iona
in 1965, Ashley Saunders Oriole Adventures
21st Glen Bellart:
heard Quail calling from grid reference NM455485, about 200 yards north
of the coniferous forest where the road crosses the cattle grid and disappears
into the wood on the road south of Dervaig towards Salen. It appeared to
be coming from an area between the fence line and the river. Between 17.00
and 17.25 it called about a dozen times in short bursts - the "wet-your-lips"
call being unmistakable. We scanned the area were it appeared to be located
but were unable to see it. also saw a Whooper Swan this morning on Loch
Pottie. Thanks to Peter Hodgson, Jim and Lynda Coyle
Good day out, 60 species, including Bullfinch in Glen Aros and singing
Wood Warbler in trees alongside Salen Bay. Fragrant Orchids, amongst
others, and Chimney Sweep Moths also in Glen Aros. Mike Wagemakers
Swan on Loch Frisa, Crossbills at the hide fragrant orchids, common
spotted orchids, small pearl bordered fritillaries, painted ladies just
in front of the loch frisa sea eagle hide hide. Debby Thorne
a whooper swan at Garmony and on 22nd 2 Turnstone. Dave Pieirce
600 Manx Shearwater, 10 sand martin, 60 painted lady, 44 small heath,24
chimney sweeps, 2 six spot burnet moth, pearl and small bordered fritillary,
Ruth Flemming and Stuart Gibson
FEMALE HAWFINCH seen 1.15 pm Frachadil House garden by Andy and Helen
Point: 500+ Manx Shearwaters on the water, 10 Goosander at Dervaig.
13th Over 40
species seen on the Cailaich road BTO sqare including lots of Meadow Pipits
and over 30 Skylarks
7 Twite and 2 Wren on Staffa, 8 Manx Shearwater and a Corys Shearwater
at very close range together between Staffa and Lunga. I have seen Corys
many times in the uk and abroad and I am 100% certain of this sighting.
7th Iona -on
sea on west coast nr. Stac Liath: Slavonian Grebe in summer pl. Bonxie
past Port na Curaich -south coast of Iona
showed well on Iona -in recently mowed field next to hotel. Whimbrel -Ardalanish
beachHen Harrier -female, Greenshank -Loch Beg. Neil Osborne + reports
from Hayley Tomlinson
10th male Hen
Harrier and Turtle Dove near the river aros just past the first cattle
grid from salen, summer plumaged Great Northern Diver in the sound
of mull near the pier at Craingure. Juv Great Northern Diver and
2 Summer plumaged Black Throated Diver and Black Guillimot loch Buie also
female Whinchat on fence posts on the approch road. Robert Hoare
bay near beach: 5 female Eider ducks with 17 newly fledged chicks! One
red-throated Diver in bay.
92 Slender Scotch Burnets and Frog Orchids. Anand Prasad
9th : summer
plumaged Great Norther Diver this evening on the sea near the fish farm
from Garmony. Robert Hoare
headland: Quail calling on Treshnish headland walk track . Anand Prasad
5 black guillemots today just off Craignure (from ferry).Felicity Hansen
and Peter Verity
A few highlights
from our week on Mull.
Pair of Shelduck
plus one chick at Croig, with WTSE ominously overhead (6th), Wood Warbler
on the Tobermory Lighthouse walk 5th Loch na Keal: drake Tufted Duck at
head of Loch Na Keal on the low tide pool by the campsite at Killiechronan.
of Arctic Tern on Langamull beach, with the male fishing for the female:
plus a Swift overhead at the same location (1st), Whinchat singing at Carsaig,
and Treecreeper in the woods at Carsaig (30th): Spotted Flycatcher in the
woods at the Calgary Hotel (2nd), Pair of Red Throated Diver at Calgary
Bay (all week) and a pair at Loch Tuath (4th): Bullfinch at Dervaig (3rd):
Male Wigeon at Aros (4th).
week, Cuckoo's at Calgary, Ulva, Treshnish Pt, Ardmore (pair), Carsaig,
Loch Don, Langamull (on the telegraph wires on the way to the beach) and
Otters at Calgary Bay, Treshnish Point (x2), Flat Rock Glengorm (x2) and
In all 89 species
in a week (mainly North Mull + Iona) - a record for me
was perhaps a hugeBasking Shark in Calgary Bay on 1st - by far the biggest
I've ever seen
4th Ferry Crossing
Craignure to Oban: In the Firth of Lorn were 8-10 Pomarine Skua drifting
west, excellent views. Alan
4th Aros. 1
Dipper and at least 5 Grey Wags on the burn. 1 male Wigeon on the sea in
Aros Bay.1 male Hen Harrier between Aros and Dervaig. Martin Sage
na Keal: 2 red throated divers calling. greylags with goslings. On Scarisdale
rocks were 2 WTSE. RF & SG
4th Aros estuary:
an 'out of season' Wigeon here today. Martin Sage
Iona and Mull. Great Skua robbing 2 gulls between. also found Rooks on
3rd Loch Buie:
a pair of summer plumaged Black throated diver have been giving excellent
views here for the last three weeks. WTSE flew over. several Swifts over
Grasspoint road. Alan
I watched stunning whinchat in the mornings sunshine, and where was my
camera, in my car 100 yards away. will I never leaarn ? Alan
Lots of painted ladies at Gribun. also peacocks. We have a resident tawny
owl at gribun this year , and the peregrines have moved to be replaced
by a pair of kestrel on the cliffs. Liz and Richard Hallam
Mausoleum. Spotted Flycatcher. Eurasion Jay at Gruline., (scarce for mull)
for June 2008
A Nuthatch was found this morning on the nut feeder in Pete and Jan Halls
garden, This is only the second record of the species on Mull, the first
ever being only last month at Calgary & Dervaig.
28th 7 Hen
Harriers seen today:-male Grasspoint, Glen More, Killiechronan and
Loch Beg, adult female and two juveniles on the wing just east of Pennyghael
before junction of Glen More/Gruline road. 2 Short-eared Owls by this junction
also Merlin Glen More and pair of Golden Eagles there Ashley Saunders
an adult Long-eared Owl and two calling young in the wood behind the Kinloch
at Pennyghael. Common Crossbill flyover by the Glen Seilisdeir Sea Eagles,
and a Mistle Thrush there, Ringtail Hen Harrier Loch Beg and 3 Otters.
At Fionnphort, an adult Whooper Swan flying over, and two Bottle-nosed
Dolphins in the sound. On return crossings to Staffa, 3 European Storm-Petrels,
200+ Manxies, 100+ Arctic Terns, pale phase ad Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua.
Ashley Saunders Oriole Adventures
26th Iona -
Common Swift and 2 Sandwich Terns fishing in the sound of Iona. At Fidden
male & female Hen Harrier. Ashley Saunders
a singing male Mealy Redpoll at Loch Buie Also 3 Short-eared Owls in Glen
a Black-tailed Godwit in the bay at Dervaig, ringtail Hen Harrier by Loch
Frisa, Tree Pipit by Loch Ba and Wood Warbler at Knock Bridge. Ashley
Saunders Oriole Adventures
Balmeanach Camp site: Report from visitor," heard Nightjar again at Balmeanach
, Fishnish "
An update on
the Long eared Owls - (Pennyghael) they have fledged at least 2 young.
We saw 2 young birds and one of the adults late on Thursday night (19th).
20th 4 Whooper
Swan at Fidden.
21st 2 Red-throated
Diver on Loch na Keal. Wild About Mull Bryan Rains
sites. Another good year for Barn Owls on Mull as young were ringed today
8 June: 1 Great
Skua flew south down the sound of Iona
9 June: 2 summer-plumaged
great northern divers close inshore at Ardalanish Bay (+2 black-throated
11 June: 1
Pale-phase Arctic Skua from ferry to Iona
12 June: 3
Great skuas NE over western Iona
13 June: 2
probable Pomarine Skuas from the Mull-Oban ferry Geof Barlow
We found the
road between Torloisk and Dervaig excellent for hen harrier, s/eared owl,
and had good views of golden eagle, wtse and raven there as well.
10th June -
a single and very out of place Redwing was seen on the road from Dervaig
to Loch Torr. Meg & Stephen Davies
Point: a Sooty Shearwater just off Cailleach Point on the afternoon
of Saturday 7 June.
also two Great
Skuas on the headland itself - from their behaviour it appeared that they
might have been nesting there. (the first recorded nesting birds on Mull)
George and Anne Burns
Bay: a Hobby was seen here this morning, it flew in from the north &
circled the bay before flying north again John Mason (visitor from
Saw my first Jay on Mull at the Glen Aros/Glen Belart watershed yesterday.
We have Long-eared Owls breeding in the wood beside the Kinloch -youngsters
night for the last 2 weeks. Also the Short-eared Owls at Loch Beg have
at least 1 youngster. 7th there was 3 Whooper Swan (2 adults, 1 juv) at
Fidden. Bryan Rains
Scridain 2 Red-throated Diver. Loch Beg 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Red-breasted
Merganser. Uisken 1 Short-eared Owl. Wild About Mull Bryan
7th Loch na
Keal: The Bearded Seal is still there on the north shore and showing well,
also there today was a drake Teal, Excellent views of Sea Eagles by the
camp site at Killiechronan. Alan Spellman
1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Twite, 3 Cuckoo
(female bird seen laying egg in Meadow Pipit nest!). Beach 6 Lesser Redpoll.
walk: 6 cuckoo's sitting on telephone wires, both male and female. Langamull,
in the first clearing about 20 yards from the cart park, a family
of Crossbill, male, female and young, the female was feeding the young.
Langamull beach, 2 Ringed Plovers. Pam Brown
3rd I have
just received a report of a probable Common Crane on Ulva on 29th May.
Carl Winkley. Any further information would be appreciated, to Alan please.
- 6 cuckoos perched on the overhead powerlines near the farm house, including
a brown phase female. This was the first time for many years that
I have heard the female call - sounds a bit like someone with catarrh clearing
their throat - a bit bubbly. Each bird was dropping down into the
bracken underneath the power lines and then resuming its perch while it
consumed a caterpillar. Shaun Mccullagh
Bay: a drake Common Scoter here today. Arthur Brown. 'Discover Mull
24th Ulva Ferry:
5 Swift, Lochdon 2 Whimbrel, 27th Lochaline ferry: a single Sandwich Tern,
28th Iona 3 summer plumaged Sanderling, Corncrake at Fidden. Tony &
Isle of Ulva
"27th May a Hoopoe in the rocks above Cragaig at about 13.45.
It was perched on the rocks above the path (there is only one path at Cragaig)
but flew away when I got nearer, the crest and wing markings were unmistakeable."
There was also
a Hoopoe at Loch Buie (Laggan Sands area, near the Chapel) on 26th
31st May Loch
Spelve: The first returning Nightjar was seen at Loch Spelve today. Guido
D'Isidoro. Visitor from Manchester
Dove, seen in flight twice and briefly at rest at Glas Eilean, South
East Iona Brian Stone
for June 2007
Hobby seen at Pennyghael l chasing house martins. Maybe the same bird seen
earlier (14th) on Iona?
beach: a party of 4 Little Stint at 0615am (you have got to get up to see
a single Purple Sandpiper and 2 Whinbrel aropund Ardachy House. Robert
a Turtle Dove at the camp site, Glendarroch, Dervaig Road, Tobermory Sandra
Heard a Corncrake between 1 & 3 am, from bruach mhor B&B outside
fionnphort. On Ulva a Short-eared Owl, & twite
2 female Goosander fishing in the estuary Alan
a 'probable' Goshawk was seen flying into Knock woods. Common Crossbills
in the woods at Knock.Irene Boston
2 Common Swift were flying in the village Irene Boston
15th Loch na
Keal: Also 2 Swifts, Dave Sexton
An RSPB group had a confirmed Hobby on Iona. Dave Sexton
road: a very rare Red backed Shrike was spotted along the road just below
the cottages, this is the first record since 1998 when one was seen at
Sea Eagles tagged, white with black letters M and P, others to follow.
May Balmeanach: "I had the Nightjar on Mull calling over Balmeanach campsite
(NM658415) on 29th April - 3rd May (inc.) hawking over the site usually
from 10pm onwards. I guess this may be a female as I never heard any churring,
interestingly could be a returning bird as one was mentioned here in the
Mull bird report at this site on 25th & 26th May 2006."
8th Eas Fors:
Short eared Owl above Eas Fors falls. Likely breeding site given its demeanor.
11th Loch Scridain:
While watching a White-tailed Eagle being mobbed by Hooded Crow and Buzzard..
joined in the fun Bryan Rains
a pair of Short-eared Owls along the Grasspoint road in the last couple
There was a short-eared owl down by the railway at Torosay . (one of the
very few reported this year) Alan Schofield
8th Loch na
Keal: at least two Tree Sparrows in low scrubby bushes, feeding with chaffinches.
By the newly built house at Gribun. @ 5.15 to 6.30 pm. seen by Meg &
Corncrake callin near the camping site. Tony & Jan Jenkins
Beach: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and 2 Curlew Sandpiper, in summer plumage,
on the beach at Uisken also 1 summer plumage Black-throated Diver on Loch
Scridain. There are 12 Common
Terns on Scridain
that look like they'll settle down to breed
26th May - 2nd June 2007. 2 x Juvenile Black Throated Divers - Calgary
Bay, 1 x Canada Goose with Grey Lags - Loch na Keil,3 x Sanderling with
Dunlins - Iona Golf Course Steve Follows
26th May Garmony:
a Jay on 26th May Canada Goose and goslings at Killichronan on 27th
- Wood Warblers at Glengorm (28th) and Ulva (29th) - 2 Bonxies and a Whinchat
at Callaich Pt (31st) - Pair of Bullfinch at Knock on June 2nd - Dipper
at Calgary on May 31st - Tree Pipit at Ardura on 30th Matt Atkin
3rd Loch na
Keal: 2 juvenile Black Throated Divers, dark phase Arctic Skua and Great
Skua at Cailiach Point also Reed Bunting and Whinchat here with Gannets,
Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills and Fulmar. Arthur &
Pam Brown in continuous rain
1st Glen Bellart:
an Osprey flying north west towards Frisa. 10.15 hrs. Andy Bayes
Good news, Canada goose seen with goslings. Bad new Ganada Geese. Arthur
Iona: Tree Sparrow seems to have taken uop residence with House Sparrow
on Iona near Abbey.a Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat just E of Pennyghael
on the 28th, 2 singing Wood Warblers in Aros Park (31st) and a Pomarine
Skua from the ferry in the Sound of Mull on June 1st.
to visitors, Jim Nicholson & Ali Nimmo
Croig: a report of a Lesser Yellowlegs has been received, if accepted then
this will be a first record for Mull. Peter Thompson
Thanks to: Peter
Thompson, Andy Bayes, Arthur Brown, Jim Nicholson & Ali Nimmo, Arthur
& Pam Brown, Matt Atkin, Steve Follows, Alastair Gossage, Alan Schofield,
Meg & Stephen Davis, Bryan Rains, Tony & Jan Jenkins , Alison
Borlase, Keith Langdon, Alan Schofield, Andy Oldacrer, .Irene Boston,
Tony Kennelly, Sandra Davies.
for June 2006
An Osprey spent an hour fishing the loch and finally caught a fish only
to be harrased by a Sea Eagle which caught the fish in mid air when it
was dropped by the Osprey. D Woodhouse et al
35 Whimbrel at high tide 8.00pm on the spit of land along Gorten road.
Alan Spellman. Treshnish point a Great Skua: 1 flying from the southwest
around Anand Prasad
Shaun Mccullagh reports seeing a Goshawk whilst completing his BBS survey.
a Nightjar was heard "churring" near the house about 9.30pm.
and is certain that it was a Nightjar. Shaun Mccullagh (pp) Nick Reed
(this is the
third bird heard and/or or seen this year. Alan)
26th Loch Scridain.
2 Black Scoter (Common) Richard Atkinson.
2 Swifts flew over, Grasshopper Warbler, Craig Round, Speyside Wildlife,
also Reed Bunting, Whinchat , Blackcap and Whitethroat all along the Grasspoint
Lochdon a Green
Woodpecker was reported at a bird table Speyside Wildlife (pp) Jim Smith.
Early in June:
Terns in Loch Buie on 10th and an Osprey at Loch Buie on 13th.Mark &
point: one Swift flew passed Treshnish Point towards the north-east.
Velvet Scoter and an Osprey during the week. Speyside Wildlife Tour
Black-tailed Godwit: at Dervaig. Anand Prasad
(Caprimulgus europaeus) : 22nd -23rd May. " I clearly heard his song
2 evenings near the farm of Scoor (near the forest of conifers, where there
is a broad deforested band). Certainly, the same invidual. It was a surprise
for me, like you." Dr Jérôme Fournier..(fr)
We also have
the now confirmed record of Eurasion Nightjar at Balmeanach on 25th -26th
May (also a male) Dr Geoff Campbell..(Ireland). These sightings are encouraging.
Corn Crake. 20 calling males on Iona and circa 6 now establishing on Mull.
Point Arctic Skua flew across Calliach Point in strong north westerly
winds giving great views, also close Gannets and Auks including puffins.
Yesterday possible Jack Snipe at Gruline. Arthur Brown
20th - 27th
May report. Whooper still at Loch Assapol, Common Pochard on Loch Spelve,
3 Curlew Sandpiper & White Wagtail at Scoor, Sandwich Tern at Uisken
and a Nightjar also at Scoor. Dr Jérôme Fournier..(fr) more
information has been received.
a report of a Garden Warbler in the garden. Pam Brown (we get
very few reports of this species)
11th Ulva Ferry.
King Eider drakereported at Ulva ferry. Flew into Loch na Keal. Fiona Harmer
2 chiffchaff calling in Tiroran House garden. Shaun Mccullagh
2 Swifts today at Reudle this morning. a Red Kite was at Loch na
Keal and a female Ring Ouzel at Tiroran. Arthur Brown.
1st June. have
just received a report of a male summer plumaged Long tailed duck on Loch
Ba at the Knock end. Jenny & Chris BuckleyHelen & Colin Wilkinson
have sent the following report:
four on Iona, Bay at the Back of the Ocean, 21st: Whimbrel:
4 on Mishnish coast north of Glengorm Castle.
probably 8-10 territories between Fidden and Kintra, Ross of Mull – many
skua: two offshore from Mingarry Point, Glengorm estate, one
Sound of Iona,
skua: 2 (dark-phase) from Oban-Craignure ferry, 21st: 4 with great skuas
and other seabirds in major feeding frenzy off Mingarry Point, 1 light-phase
flew east over Glengorm Castle, 26th: 1 flew east, well inland just north
of Mishnish Lochs, 29th: 1 chasing Arctic tern in Sound of Iona, 2nd June:1
dark-phase in Sound of Mull from ferry.
23rd May: Dipper:
1 on Mishnish Lochs, Unusual - first I've ever seen 'dipping' in still
thrush: breeding pair collecting food at Sorne Cottage, Glengorm
warbler: singing males heard nr. Dervaig, Salen Bay, Flat Rock,
1 heard singing in oak woods nr. Loch Spelve, 24 May
1 on woodland edge near Flat Rock, Glengorm estate, Mull,
flying over Oban harbour, 20 May - disappeared over wooded hill/gardens
on south side of the ferry vehicle boarding area.
Twite: four at Calgary Bay, 2 at Kintra bay, male near Iona
several males seen/heard, inc. two at Mishnish Lochs, 1 at Dervaig, 1 by
road near Bunessan, 1 at Loch Spelve, Helen & Colin Wilkinson.
Haun. one Great Skua in the evening chasing Herring Gull and
2 Gannets then
the water and 100 (hundred) Manx Shearwaters passing north passed Haunn
in late evening also 1 basking shark off Burg and another off Port
Haunn Today Wednesday 1 basking shark off Port Haunn. Anand Prasad.
7th Loch na Keal heard a Corncrake calling in iris beds near the
old school house (with the red roof) Pete Hall et al.
there were 3 Basking Shark in the sound of Iona just off the harbour. A
fantastic sight. Ardalanish beach had 15 sum plumage Sanderling (3rd).
There were at least 50 Manx Shearwater on the North side of Loch Scridain
on Friday morning heading back out to sea. Bryan Rains & Joy Hardy
4th This years
WTSE tags are 'custard' yellow and young birds will be tagged over the
next few weeks. A full list of Mull tags will be on the Sea Eagle page.
4th Loch Cuin/Dervaig.
This evening 9 (nine) male Goosander on the south shore roosting at low
tide, Quinish Woods a Wood Warbler in singing lustily and well seen
.Langamull - 3 Dunlin in breeding plumage and 1 pair Ringed Plover Shaun
Mccullagh. Treshnish Point. 3 Great Skuas over the cliffs . On Saturday
(3rd) evening one Basking Shark was in Calgary Bay, Anand Prasad
2nd, ' Kilbeg
Cottage' Glen Forsa. a singing Grasshopper Warbler at 04.15hrs in the garden,
plus Woodcock above the large pines at Kilbeg. Andy Bayes Treshnish point
2 Great Skua .Calgary Beach 2 Red throated Divers and a Merlin. Tobermory.
Peregrine over Tobermory mini-roundabout/ temp traffic lights 3/6
a male Hen Harrier hunting along the coast by the picnic area. 4pm Alan
Warbler Just off main road going down to Croig, also along Aros/ Salen
road opposite the rocks where the seals are, and 2nd on road at Ardura
in woods where our nest boxes are. Andy Bayes Treshnish Point an adult
WTSE attacking the seabird colony. Matt Atkin
Heard a corncrake calling from Taurus Mara on the small islands near Lunga
Buie. male Merlin on two separate days last week Alastair Gossage
31st May Croig
Harbour. Magpie seen at Croig harbour.Roger Wilson 30th May - Dipper at
30th May an
Osprey carrying a fish was seen flying west around the loch Torr area.
Dr Barry Prater
28th May Loch
Buie on walk to castle. Chiffchaff. Andy Bayes
I have just received a report of a Nightjar heard and seen at Balmeanach
camp site at around 11.30pm on two consecutive nights. Geoff Campbell.
for June 2005.
gave us our first Whitethroat on 5th in scrub by loch side.
Loch na Keal.
(2nd) there was a Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage from boathouse,
plus 7 Great Northern Divers, 23 Dunlin, (most in summer plumage)
and 2 pairs of nesting Ringed Plovers. Also 17 Whimbrel in field by Kentellan
farm on 8th.
On 4th a pair
Black throated Diver and 2 Red throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter. Short Eared
Owls have been scarce this year and so at Dervaig, a pair displaying were
a delight to watch. Alan Spellman.
An Osprey flew
over Torosay - Lochdon on 6th but did not stay around, and another on 31st
at Loch Frisa, spent most of the day fishing in the loch unsuccessfully.
A pair of swifts
were performing a high speed acrobatic display at Ledaig, Tobermory and
were the first Swifts of the year on 10th. Lochdon had 4 Swifts feeding
over the loch on 24th briefly whilst on passage.
3 Dotterel on the stony summit slopes of Dun da Ghaoithe on 24th,
I am sure there must be many other migrating birds that are not recorded.
On Iona (28th) there was a flock of 12 Sanderling on the west side
of the island. Ardalanish beach is another good place to see Sanderling.
now establishing on the Ross of Mull at 3 sites so far this year and Staffa
have 3 calling males on the island again this year. At Fionnphort
on 14th there was a brief sighting of a Spotted Crake at Torr Mor
by Mike Wagemakers
On 16th by
the Mishnish Lochs area, a Knot in full breeding plumage, a scarce
bird for Mull this one, reported by Peter Gionannini
is excellent for sea watching a male Black Scoter (Common Scoter), 2 Arctic
Skuas 1 Great skua, diving Gannets, Guillemots, Fulmars and Kittiwakes
plus Manx Shearwaters were all reported off Caliach point. The first Arctic
and Common Terns were in the Sound of Mull on 5th & 6th at their usual
All three Divers
have been recorded on sea lochs this month, Red throated Diver and Black
throated Diver in summer plumage with Great Northern Divers in mid change
nr Dervaig on 27th there was a single Magpie on the road to the harbour.
Gulls have stayed around this month with 1 Iceland Gull with other gulls
just outside Fionnphort. village, and also birds remained at Tobermory
A Sea Eagle
chick (Lochdon ) was wing tagged this month.
At Lochdon (3rd) there is a report of a male Ring Ouzel at Gorten turnoff.
and Mike Wagemakers reported “a brief glimpse of a calling Ring Ouzel,
flying east from Fionnphort” (28th). A Grey Pharalope was seen at Garmony
picnic area on 11th. And a Spotted Crake was heard calling in Dervaig reed
beds on 16th. On 24th a late returning Waxwing was sighted
at the Croggan/Lochbuie.
on WTSE is that we have 8 chicks this year, the most successful year so
far. Frisa Sea Eagle chicks were wing tagged red with white letters
I & S for "Itchy and Scratchy", names by the school children. A Barn
Owl hunting along Gorten Road, Lochdon at mid day on 21st was encouraging
as it would have been feeding young. Another Osprey flew north over Loch
Beg on 27th and there were more. good sightings of both Short eared Owl
& Hen Harrier near the Crannog loch through Glen More.
Green Woodpecker on 14th at Lochdon briefly visited John &
Angela Prestons garden and Great Spotted Woodpecker were bringing young
to feeders. Len White had a flock of 30 Long-tailed Tits feeding
on tree in front garden.
The lone Whooper
Swan was still on Loch Pottie on 28th, and on 24th at Knock there was a
single Widgeon at end of Loch Na Keal. Neither of these birds should be
here at this time of year.
On Lunga Corncrake
were heard on the Treshnish Isles. The Iona Corncrake survey counted between
mid night & 0300hrs had 23 calling males. (Dave Sexton RSPB)
Seen from the
Craignure - Oban Ferry (27th) were 300 Manx Shearwater off Lismore Lighthouse.
2 Tufted Duck at Aros Bay on 23rd near the Castle end, this is unusual
as Loch Pottie & Loch Assapol are the regular sites for these birds.
At Lochdon on 14th 9 Canada Geese (park geese) spent the day on the
shown well with 2 summer plumaged Black throated Divers on Loch na
Keal on 29th by Inch Kenneth and a summer plumaged Great northern Diver
(30th) Red throats have been seen on all sea lochs and Loch Ba
reports for June 2004
Loch Tuath held a pair of summer plumaged Black throated Divers and a single
Great northern Diver whilst Loch na Keal on the same day a pair of Red
throated Divers. Also on Loch Assapol and along the Ross of Mull were Red
throated Diver on 12th. Loch Buie is a good place for seeing divers
and during the month held all three species. .Breeding Greylag geese numbers
have increased over the years and several pairs with young were reported
including, by the golf course, 3 pairs with 14 goslings between them. The
pair of Canada geese at Bàn Eilean (Sound of Mull)
attempted to breed but no goslings have been seen, perhaps suffering from
mink predation. On Loch Assapol, a pair of Whooper Swans have remained,
but there is no confirmed breeding attempt at present.
Willow Warbler along the road to Grasspoint has been successful in raising
young and one appears to be a paler (leucistic) bird. A leucistic Siskin
was regularly seen in a Salen garden and in a Tobermory gardena young
Leucistic Blackbird was a regular visitor.
On 8th at Loch
Spelve there were four Swifts flying high, a scarce bird for Mull with
only passage birds being seen usually in late May, early June. Another
very scarce bird was a Magpie just south of Salen on 8th.
In the North
of Mull at Calliac point on 17th, a sea watch produced 100’s of Manx Sheerwater
rafting between Ardnamuchan point and Mull plus Gannets and several Storm
Petrel with another single bird at Fishnish having been blown in by gale
force winds on 19th. At Calgary beach Shaun MacCullag found a summer plumaged
Sanderling with Ringed Plover.
On 6th at Grasspoint
an Osprey was being mobbed by a pair of Sea Eagles, and on 15th in Glen
More (east end of glen) another Osprey. On 26th one was seen at Loch Frisa
and again 0n 28th at Loch Uisg a bird was fishing before moving through
Glen More. It’s only a matter of time before we will have a breeding pair
on the island. On 15th a Peregrine Falcon was observed flying along the
Grasspoint road and other birds were reported from different sites. Hen
Harriers have been showing well at regular sites, with two visitors excitedly
reporting seeing their first food pass.
All Sea Eagle
chicks are now wing tagged, (both right & left wings) Bottle
green with White lettering with the following letters; A, H, O, X, Y, Z.
Barn Owls are
not often reported, but we do have a good population on Mull, on 12th a
bird was hunting around the Mull rail station at Craignure at 11.30pm and
another on 15th was at Lochdon. Short eared Owls, now busy feeding young,
have been reported through Glen More, Loch Frisa, Lochdon, Glen Bellart
and several other areas.
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