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for May 2016
31st - Loch Ba A single Dunlin was
again seen along the shore, in the vicinity of where a pair bred in
2014. Stuart Gibson
30th - Croig/Langamull. Six drake and 3 female
Goosanders at Croig Oyster Farm; two pairs of Ringed Plover, inc. one pair
with b/3 recently hatched chicks, at Port na Ba; and a pair of Arctic Terns
on a nest at Langamull that were seriously harassed by Bank Holidaymakers
and their pets. Stuart Gibson
30th, two pairs of Hen Harrier in Glen More, territories
quite close together. Spotted Flycatcher in Salen Hotel garden.
29th, Redstart and Treecreeper at Ardura. At Loch
Buie, Great Northern Diver and a Tawny Owl calling at Midday. At Croggan,
two pairs of Spotted Flycatcher and Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.
30th Inverlussa: a Swift at Inverlussa today,
my firt of the year.Alam (mullbirds)
28th. Common Crossbill (3) Isle of
Mull Hotel from car park.
29th Lochdon the Lochdon Swans have signets,
I counted five today, lets see how they get on this year ? Alan
29th Grasspoint (early morning ) Spotted Flycatcher
Black Guillemot (2) Craignure Ferry Terminal Great
Northern Diver (2) Cuckoo (2) in flight. Whinchat (1),
Iona & Fionnphort Corncrake (Fire station)
Sedge Warbler Arctic Tern (12) Gannet (1) Sanderling (4)
Pennyghael to Loch Na Keal Sand Martin (7) NM455332
Peregrine male Belnahard Linnet ( 11) Gribun
Fishnish Hide and Woods Arctic Tern ( 9 ) Red Throated
Diver (1) in flight close in, Common Crossbill (3)
Razorbill (13) in one line Ken W Reeves
www.burbagebirders.co.uk Burbage Birders
29th Treshnish, 1+ Swifts over wood prasad
29th Lochdon and Grasspoint: a Hen Harrier by the
pool bridge and an Osprey was seen harrassing a white tailed eagle from
Grasspoint by the cottage. visitor Eddie Mchugh
female Redstart at Ardura Oak Woods 28th May 2016
male Redstart at Ardura Oak Woods 28th May 2016
27th Croig: some 20 Common Scoter off Croig
today. Jeremy Wailsh.
27th Love your website and I've been on holiday
on Mull since Saturday. A few things that might be of interest,
4 wood warblers singing in woods at Pennyghael
by Carsaig road. Twite singing by road at north entrance to Calgary beach.
Redstart and Tree pipits on the Loch Ba track. 3 families of Stonechats
by the road near the Grasspoint viewpoint car park. Lots of cuckoos,
4 male hen harriers (wow - I've been stunned, excited and at the same time
shamed as I'm from Yorkshire - the raptor crime centre of the country,
both Eagles, Shorties performing at end of loch Scridain, and plenty of
otters, stunning GN Divers around. They've gradually been getting scarcer
each day we've been here.
Paul Wheatley. (see Pauls GNG pic in visitors page.
26th a trip out with Arthur and Pam, Lochdon and
Croggan: Redstart, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Cuckoo, Meadow Pipit.
Cuckoo at Lochdon 26th May 2016 Alan (mullbirds)
26th - Loch Ba: Six House Martins were at Knock; a
brood of Grey Wagtails were seen near the Old Hunting Lodge; several calling
Cuckoo's may have been one or two mobile birds; two singing Tree Pipits;
and, interestingly, a single Dunlin was seen in the area where this species
successfully bred in 2014. Watch this space!. Stuart Gibson
22nd Sound of Mull at
Garmoney: Black Terns, I am used to seeing them at Leighton
moss, and it was good visibility. I did verify with another birder close
by. I was delighted to see them, they are such lovely birds
We were at Garmony looking towards the small islands
to the left of the fish farm, on a level with it. The group of birds feeding
drew my attention as they were in a tight group and darker in colour. although
the birds were a little distance off shore through the scope it was clear
that they had darker heads and lighter grey backs. one of them was slightly
paler than the others.It was quite a contrast to the larger pale grey common
terns above the islands behind. They were diving amongst three great northern
divers.It was a group of 15-20 black terns.
Their behaviour was quite frantic while feeding . We watched the group
for around 10 minutes as they moved slowly further away as they fed.
20th - Craignure. A Summer-plumaged Great Northern
Diver was close inshore as a Cuckoo was seen and heard in a tree near
the camp site; two House Martins were at the Village Hall. Stuart Gibson
21st Treshnish, 1 Swift over the wood
1 Peregrine over the Point prasad. Prasads
20th A wet night in Dervaig yesterday, Tawny
Owls around Glenview very vocal. As well as the usual hoots and ki-wiks
one bird was making the less common (so called) 'sewing machine' call,
a rhythmic, soft trill. In the last 40 years I've only heard this twice
before. David Hatfield
20th Killiechronan 1 imm White tailed
Eagle drifting over Loch Na Keal. Adult Sea Eagle in tree watching,
made no attempt to see off the young bird. 2 ringed Plover. Loch Ba 2 White
tailed Eagles, 1 whimbrel over, calling. Simon and Tracey Cornwall.
19th 1 Dabchick Loch Harrissons small loch next
to Assapoll seen by B Harrington
20th Strathcoil (Loch Buie Crossroads) 1 Jay flew
across road at Strathcoil seen by C Place L Potter
White tailed Eagle Frank Burns taken from Lady
Jayne May 2016
18th Killiechronan: Sea Eagle carrying fish,
being mobbed by a Buzzardt. 2nd Sea Eagle from Loch Ba, circled over
Loch na Keal before heading back to Loch Ba. Simon and Tracey Cornwall
18th A pair of Whinchat were next to the road at
the north end of Loch Frisa yesterday.Richard & Liz Airey
18th 1 adult male Tree Sparrow Scoor stunning
brown/chestnut cap white collar B Harrington, L Potter
18th Loch Scridain:
(from the sub station) 2 GN Diver's. 2 RT Diver's. 1 Slave Grebe. 1 Black
Gillimot. Glen More , 1 male Hen Harrier. A pair of Golden Eagles and a
pair of Perrigrine with 1 Perrigrine mobbing one of the eagles.Loch Na
Keal, 8 GN Diver's, 1 Black Gillimot , 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Plus drumming
snipe Simon and Tracey Taylor
18th Torosay: Three
singing Blackcaps, two singing Wood Warblers and single singing Sedge Warbler
and Whitethroat; a Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was in Duart Bay.
18th Glengorm: a single
Jay in Glengorm Forest this afternoon. I'm not sure about the status
of this species for Mull so I thought I'd let you know. David Hatfield,
18th Numbers dropping as
expected in the Great-northern Diver roost at Loch na Keal. 12 in the main
raft and two splinter groups nearby of 8 and 5 birds at dusk. Ewan Ewan
17th Loch Scridain: Viewed
from the sub station today were 4 GN Diver's, 3 RT Diver's, 1 Black
Simon and Tracey Taylor visitors
17th Ardtun: 1 Tree Sparrow
on feeders and in tree in my front garden at Ardtun. Managed
to get this photo before it flew off. Spotted about 5pm as the rain
eased off. Rebecca
16th the Iceland Gull still
in the area above Kellan Farm sitting with other gulls on the skerries..
Arthur out on tour.
16th Black-Tailed Godwits,
seen at Ardalanish bay this evening. photo by Rebecca Burton
16th Dervaig: Ring billed
gull, (also reported in April by Arthur Brown) Loch Ba 2 goldeneye.
visitor Andy Hitchcock
16th - Oban. A 1st Summer
immature Iceland Gull was among the flock of Herring Gulls competing for
fish supper scraps opposite WH Smith earlier today. Stuart
15th Iona Eight calling Corncrakes
(with five either walking across the road or giving fabulous views); five
or six pairs of Linnets; two broods of newly hatched Shelduck totalling
19 ducklings (two ads with four and two ads with 15); seven drake Eider
and five females; 30+ Dunlin, 30 Sanderling and 12 Ringed Plover.
15th an Iceland Gull whilst I was
on a boat trip ( May 10th ) from Ulva. It was with a group of Herring Gulls.
During the same week I was delighted to watch a Great Northern Diver in
summer plumage fishing outside the Pennyghael Hotel. Rod Sheppard
15th Killiechronan: a Green
Woodpecker flew into woodland at crossroads to Killiechronan.
15tg the highlights of our week from a total
of 96 species seen.
On the bird feeders and below at our cottage in
Dervaig we had the following:
Siskin, Redpoll, Blue tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird,
Dunnock and Collared Dove, Green Finch and Chaffinch.
In and around the village: Song Thrush, Sedge Warbler,
Common Whitethroat, GS Woodpecker,
GN DIver, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank,
RB Merganser, Heron, Cuckoo, Curlew, Common Gull, Hooded Crows and a pair
(daily) of Golden Eagles and WTS Eagles.
Lochdon: Female Merlin and Osprey ( 9th May) Calgary
Bay: 400 plus Shags which came into the bay following a shoal of fish (10th)
Staffa: A pair of Great Skuas (11th) Iona: 8 calling Corncrakes - one seen
(12th) Ulva: 1 calling Corncrake and 1 Wood Warbler (13th).
Dave and Helen Tanner.
13th Unsure of status of Lesser
Whitethroat on mull?
(please see below)
To inform you of Lesser
Whitethroat sighting at Loch Buie on 13th May 2016, the bird
was observed at close quarters by myself and my partner 3 times, also heard
singing from hawthorn. The bird ranged from the Old Post Office to
The Chapel on the path to Castle Moy, in the hawthorn and gorse. Ian Burgess
14th 1 male merlin, 1 female hen harrier, pair
golden eagle, 5 golden plover, spotted flycatcher. Shiaba grey wagtail
at waterfall, 12 dolphins offshore. L Potter, C Plaice ,B Harrington and
K Smith all for today
13th We had an unusual flypast of a female Hen
Harrier yesterday. We see them quite often but this one was flying
very low over the water straight up the middle of Loch Na Keal from
13th Uisken Bay: 20 Dunlin in full summer plummage
along with 12 Ringed Plovers feeding at Uisken Bay, this afternoon. Beck
13th We heard a Grasshopper Warbler
is backed by the Old Byre. A cuckoo was in the tree behind
our house I could see it today and it was just so loud . I am looking out
for the sedge warblers in the reed on the Belart ..
12th Loch Cuin, Dervaig: , great norther
diver Loch Cuin this morning. Female WTE flew over again most mornings
about 9.30 am . The cuckoo is out the back of us in Penmorebeg sitting
in a tree making a lot of noise .
The female hen Harriet most afternoons . The barn
owl is sitting on the traffic pole by the bridge near to the gorse
bush on the loch most nights . Linnet
on our patio two days ago that's a first . Cheryl Callow
11th Knock: osprey flying over Knock,
towards Loch Ba about 9.15 am. visitor Jackie Stanley
11th Loch Frisa: Grasshopper Warbler in song near
Loch Frisa. Ewan
11th Iona. 7 Corncrake In various areas, one showing
at the Hostel. Great Northern diver off beach northern end Iona.
Greenshank at Loch Ba. Great Northern Diver sum
plum Off Grass point + Black Guillemot Brian Bolton (Visiting)
11th Killiechronan: Osprey seen fishing over
Loch Na Keal . Mobbed by hoodies, flew over from direction of
campsite. visitor .Jon Goddard
10th - Iona: Five calling Corncrakes (three in
vicinity of the Bishop's House); several pairs of Linnet and two pairs
of Twite feeding on grass seeds on machair; two singing Sedge Warblers
and a calling Cuckoo; seven pairs of Eider at the Bay at the Back of the
Ocean, alongside a pair of Shelduck and two Great Northern Divers; and
a large flock of migrant waders, comprising 60+ Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plover,
four Sanderling, four Turnstone and a single Knot.
9th Craignure: 2 Spotted Flycatchers in Craignure.
visitor Ross Lawford
9th Treshnish, 1 Spotted Flycatcher & 1 Common
(Mealy) Redpoll in Treshnish wood, prasad
9th - Tobermory: A Peregrine (probable male) was
over Upper Tobermory this mid-afternoon. Stuart Gibson
8th - Loch Ba: Singing Mistle
Thrush, single House Martin, a pair Grey Wagtails feeding young in nest,
singing male Whinchat, two displaying Tree Pipits, two calling Cuckoos,
seven Golden Plover and a hunting Short-eared Owl.
(and a Partridge in a pear tree)
7th Killiechronan: a pair
of Gooseander here. Mike Coupe
7th Treshnish: 1 Common Redpoll
at Old Schoolhose, Last years submission 31st May was accepted as a Mealy
by Argyll Birds Rarities Committee. Prasad.
5th we had some 30
Arctic Terns at Garmony, (first)
my first of the year. Pete. Mull Wildlife Tours
6th Calgary Bay 2
Common Terns , 2
Sedge Warblers (first) Dervaig Reed Beds,
a Reed bunting here as well. A firstWhitethroat
Loch Frisa track Dervaig end and a self-catering guest saw a Lesser
Whitethroat at similar spot.
Grasshopper warbler heard but not seen by Loch Frisa car park. Arthur Brown
6th Salen: Grasshopper Warbler
Pier Road Salen. Juliet
5th May: Long eared Owl
just south of Lochdon at dusk. Ross Lawford
5th Croig, 3 Whimbrel, at
least 2 White Wagtails Langamull, 10 Whimbrel, at least 3 White Wagtails,
5th Just to let you know
there was the first Grasshopper Warbler
reeling at the back of our house in Salen tonight.
5th Jay at Torness this morning.
flying over Moy castle, Loch Buie this afternoon. Beck and Wayne
3rd Barn owl hunting
opposite the Rugby ground near garmony tonight at 21.30 Ross Lawford
3rd Peregrine at Ulva ferry,
30 or so Gannet dive bombing off of Langamull beach, 20 plus Golden Plover
at killiechronan Martin Clay
3rd Lochdon: saw an Osprey
fly over close to the nest pursued by gulls. Obviously back in the
Lochdon area again. Carolyn Whenman
3rd Loch Beg
First Wood Warbler singing behind the
1st - Tobermory Three species of Phylloscopus
warbler singing in Aros Park today (Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and newly
arrived Wood Warbler overlooking Harbour building)
2nd Loch Beg 1 Sanderling,
10 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. Bryan Rains.
2nd: Black tailed godwit
- 2 on the road to Lochbuie at end of Loch spelve, Gannet - half
a dozen at Lochbuie
Hen Harrier - ringtails at
Loch spelve and on top Road from Glen sheildeir. Males either side of killiechronan
Golden Plover - circa 40-45
In flight behind Fidden Farm. Also Lapwing with chick Ringed Plover - 2
visitor Martin Clay
1st: an Iceland
Gull on the N shore of Loch na Keal. from c11:00 am until at least
2:00 pm. Richard and Lynda Popplewell South visiting from Yorkshire
1st: Checked a nest today
and found three dead Song Thrush chicks, possibly deserted because
of the thick snow last week, parent was sitting on Tuesday. Colin Moody
29th April - Torosay Five White Wagtails,
five migrant Wheatears and three Whimbrel along this stretch of coastline
today. Stuart Gibson
1st: 1st year Iceland
Gull at Kellan. 4 Whimbrel near Ulva. A diurnal hunting Barn Owl
on the Glen road this afternoon. Ewan
1st: Few from today Glen
More. Golden Eagle being harassed by 2 Buzzard. Loch Na Keal. Osprey
over north. Salen 2 displaying Drake Goldeneye. Martin
for May 2015
30th Treshnish, at least 3 Tree Sparrows.
29th 'Squeaky Gate!' - Young Long-eared Owls
calling on the Glen road last night at 23:00.
30th A first for me on the island. Jay on the road
up to Glenmore in the deforested area.Also woodcock roding over Torlochan,
at Loch Beg Marcus
29thTobermory along Dervaig Road, in the first
field on my right (before the well) a spotted flycatcher.
Before I went out I read the latest edition of
Mull birds, and enjoyed reading it, well done. Barry Bishop
29th - Isle of Ulva: Four singing male Blackcaps,
two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers, two singing Whitethroats, a single singing
Sedge Warbler, plus Goldcrest and Goldfinch were among the songbird highlights
on our walk today.
29th 3 Gannet feeding in the Sound of Mull, yesterday.Today
on Iona, Corncrakes still showing well, but undergrowth starting to grow
now. Chiffchaff singing near The Nunnery. Linnet near The Abbey. Greenshank
today, south shore of Loch ScridainAndy Bayes
29th Treshnish, 1 Tree Sparrow and 1 Common Redpoll
at Treshnish House,
28th excellent views of spotted flycatcher
feeding young at Knock bridge, adjacent to the nesting dippers.
Spotted Flycatcher. Alan Spellman
Mull Wildlife Tours28th Lagganulva, 1 juvenile
28th - Torosay/Garmony: A Garden Warbler was singing
in young birch trees along a coastal section of the Torosay woodlands;
10 Turnstones, a pair of Goosander and a female Eider with four young (one
duckling having been lost in the past week).
28th Lochdon: not many people can claim to watch
Harriers from their lounge window. I did just that; a male Hen Harrier
flying high and struggling in the wind right in front of 'Maridon' gave
me splendid views of this beautiful bird. Alan
27th North Loch Frisa: We headed out at dusk to
cover the open moorland and ended up getting two Long-eared Owls
calling from their Willow roost site! Roding Woodcock also
putting on a great display overhead. Ewan Miles and Rachel French.
26th Tobermory: 2 Wood Warblers singing
in coastal woodland just N of Tobermory.Martin Kaye
26th - Salen to Killiechronan. Two drakes and a
female Red-breasted Merganser in Salen Bay, along with three drakes and
a female Eider; one possibly two part-singing Wood Warblers in Salen woods,
where a two Redstarts was also in song; a Wood Warbler was singing
in woods near Killiechronan House, where eight Sand Martins, 4 Swallows
and a single House Martin were feeding low over the pond in the woods.
26th Iona today. Corncrakes in several places.
Between shore and Abbey, 3 calling birds.
In garden off main road 1 pair, 1 calling bird
behind the fire station and 1 calling bird in most gardens after shore
cottage. 2 calling cuckoos, rooks, jackdaws, wheatears, pied wagtails,
snipe drumming, 2 gannets in the sound. This evening 2 little grebes on
Mishnish, with whitethroat and willow warbler in bushes near "fishing shed".
26th Ardura:2 possibly 3 singing Wood Warblers
, 2Cuckoos near the turn to Grasspoint. Andy Bayes
Corncrake (Iona) Geoff Pain
Corncrake (Iona) Andy Bayes
25th Loch Spelve: Ringtail harrier & golden eagle
this morning. Edwina Sharp
25th Lochdon: Osprey carrying fish, Grasspoint
road, just up from the bridge. Andy Bayes
25th - Iona Corncrakes: calling birds in meadow
outside Heritage Centre, in Abbey gardens, Martyr's Bay and Fire Station
(2); birds seen reasonably well despite vegetation providing better cover
than of late; Rooks with fledged juvs away from Heritage Centre Rookery;
several pairs of Linnet and Goldfinches and a solitary Twite near Fire
Station; two Whimbrel, 15 Sanderling, six Dunlin and a few Ringed Plovers
at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean, where also 16 Eiders; very bleached
1st S imm Iceland Gull; and another pair of Linnets at Fionnphort.
25th Lochdon: fishing Osprey again this morning.
24th Iona: A first summer iceland gull on
beach on west side of iona. Chris Northwood, visitor.
24th Tobermory: In the garden, siskin, collared
dove, wren, chaffinch, greenfinch, house sparrow, great tit, blue tit,
blackbird, starling, great spotted woodpecker ,swallow. Road to Glengorm;
cuckoo on wire, kept returning to same spot. Golden eagle just past Kilninian.
Tobermory lighthouse walk. song thrush, willow warbler, chiffchaff, raven,
shag, 2 gannets, 4 oystercatchers. Barry Bishop regular visitor.
24th Tobermory: Male Chiffchaff in song at Aros
Park and the local Magpie was in the Mull Magic garden this afternoon.
23rd -Fanmore/Knock: Male Yellowhammer, calling
Cuckoo & 2 Wood Pigeons near Fanmore, a small, but noisy group of Crossbills
were heard whilst photographing the Bluebells at Knock.
24th Grasspoint Road: Wood Warbler near
the cattle grid before the uphill bends. Andy Bayes
24th 2 Pomarine Skuas and 2 Arctic Skuas
north of Mull. Whimbrel at entrance to Loch Sunart
24th Lochdon: a fishing Osprey, a single
Swan and an Otter in front of 'Maridon' Edwina & David
17th - Ardmore. Woodcock with 2 young
and 10+ Crossbill Simon Taylor
18th - Loch Buie. 1 GN Diver, 1 Yellowhammer singing.
Croggan - 1 WTSE and Dipper darting down the foreshore, Common Sandpiper
nest with 4 eggs. Loch Ba 2 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Simon Taylor
20th Lochan Tor - 2 Whinchat, 1 Treecreeper and
a Raven tumble diving. Simon Taylor
22nd 49 Eider on Loch Spelve (35 male),male Hen
Harrier and 2 x SEO on the left between Strathcoil and Lochdon.
The HH and one of the SEO interacted. 1 male Reed Bunting in gorse
in the ditch while we were watching the SEO and HH. Love
your website - it makes up for not being there! Liz Shrewsbury
22nd - Lochdon - Morning session brought 2 x SE
Owl, 1 Osprey, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 WTSE.
22nd evening - 8 GN Diver at Killiechronan. Simon
Taylor5th-23rd - Killiechronan - 1 Wood Warbler singing, 2 Ringed Plover
+ GN Divers on the loch Simon Taylor
20th. Loch Beg. Fantastic view of Short Eared Owl
sitting and hunting on the edge of the loch. Gary Dyson
22nd. Short eared owl again just above Drervaig.
Hunting. Gary Dyson
23rd Haun: a Magpie here. (this
bird seems to be moving round the north of the island) AS
23rd Ardrioch, Dervaig: a Garden Warbler
seen by Arthur Brown. (very few records of this warbler) AS
21st Loch Cuin (Dervaig) twp summer plumaged
tailed Godwits here. Arthur Brown
21st Gribun: excellent view of Snipe by the roadside.
20th Lochdon: a Osprey with a very large fish
flew overhead, Short eared Owls interacting and a female Hen Harrier. Liz
20th North Mull waters: Pomarine Skua and
four Long tailed Skua. Ewan Miles.
20th Tostary: a Magpie in the garden of
the last house as you go up the hill. Pam Brown.
20th Torosay: 2 migrant Whimbrel along shore with
3 calling Crossbills overhead.
19th Grasspoint road just after cattle grid on
R/h side osprey sat on fence posts being attacked by short eared
owl which then turned its attack onto a white tailed eagle that
flew over, stunning entertainment for 15 mins. Also seen from same viewpoint
male hen harrier hunting towards lochdon. Di Earnshaw
19th - Garmony: Female Eider with five recently
19th - Tobermory: The local Magpie was inside
the bird table this evening helping itself to food put out for sparrows
19th Lochdon: a Long eared Owl on a post
near Lochdon at 10.00pm. Marcus Conway
19th Tobermory: 2cy Glaucous Gull Ewan
19th Tobermory Harbour: a Glaucous gull
here today at 14:30hrs. Norman Greatholder
19th Lochdon: The Osprey was fishing successfully
again this afternoon. Alan
18th Knock: a Spotted Flycatcher Norman
18th a Great Northern Diver at the Ulva ferry
crossing. Ormaig a Short Eared Owl on the open moorland, also a cuckoo
flying overhead and male and female Stonechat. Liz Shrewsbury
18th Pomarine Skua and 2 Arctic Skuas (all
light phase) on passage, north of Mull. Tiercel Peregrine on the north-east
18th - Garmony 20 Turnstones at High Tide roost;
several migrant Ringed Plover with six Dunlin (two groups of three), at
least one of which belonged to the short-billed, grey-backed 'arctica'
subspecies which breeds in Greenland; two creches of Canada Geese each
with three goslings, although one was taken by a Herring Gull as we watched;
a pair of Goosander; song-flighting Whitethroat; and single Crossbill were
among the bird highlights of our walk today.
16th - Tobermory Immature (prob. 1st S) Iceland
Gull flying SW over Eas Brae at 09.45 hrs; unusually several Sand Martins
hawking insects with Swallows over Tobermory River at foot of Eas Brae
18th Lochdon: Our local White
tailed Eagles arrived here in 1984
are now 35-36 years old, are still together and have produced one chick
this year, quite a feat for this old couple. Alan
15th May Little Gull photographed
from 'Lady Jayne' on Loch na Keal. Jim Almond/Martin Keivers
18th Treshnish, 1 juvenile (2CY) Glaucous Gull
Treshnish wood. prasad.
male Hen Harrier by Garry Hird
17th Just come back from Mull and thought you might
be interested in some of our sightings last week.
2 Little Gulls fishing on Loch Ba, 2
pr of Redstarts in the same area, Great Skua flew over near Glengorm
Castle, a male Hen Harrier hunting over the fields, Buzzard
flying over Glen More and a Short Eared Owl chased it off, Corncrakes
everywhere on Iona, as well as the usual Eagles and other fantastic
Garry Hird & Brian.
17th Dervaig to Acileck: golden eagle, white tailed
sea eagle, buzzard , several wheatear. Kevin & Patricia Taylor from
17th Lochdon: Osprey fishing over Lochdon
at 0930hrs today. Edwina & David Sharp & Alan Spellman
17th - Iona: Seven Corncrakes, including two pairs
and single male giving prolonged views out in the open; two small groups
of migratory waders, totalling 12 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and one
Sanderling; nine Whimbrel; four pairs of Eider and one pair of Shelduck;
and several pairs of Linnets.
16th - Langamull: A small group of migratory Ringed
Plover and Dunlin; a breeding pair of injury feigning Ringed Plover with
c/3; several Gannets feeding offshore; two Arctic Terns and two Bonxies
patrolling the coastline.
16th Loch Scridain: a single male Northern
Diver. We were able to see it swallow a crab, surprisingly easily!
Also saw the male Loch Na Keal WTE near the Knock
fish farm, being mobbed by assorted gulls. It returned to the nest
area "empty taloned", Liz Shrewsbury
16th Ardura Oak Woodland: a male Redstart singing.
Willow Warbler. Arthur Brown & Alan Spellman
15th The Grasshopper Warbler is still reeling this
evening, 10pm, best heard from the recycling bins at Baliscate. Not in
a very viewable area unfortunately, an Osprey at Lochdon this afternoon,
also female Merlin there. Ian Ellis
taken this evening along the Grasspoint road 14th
May 2015 Alan
14th Lochdon: two Ospreys over the loch this
morning Rosie and Rod Salzman (my neighbours)
Taken by Andy Oldacre today 14th May 2015
13th - Isle of Ulva: One singing Wood Warbler,
two singing Blackcaps, male Whitethroat, singing Goldcrest
and displaying Tree Pipit; two singing Goldfinches and three Linnets
(inc. resplendent male); a male Cuckoo with a triple note call; a pair
of Shelduck, plus two Whimbrel on shore.
13th Loch na Keal: a adult male surf scoter
on back road to Ben Moore Estate. John Dowson
13th Loch na Keal: a male Surf Scoter on the
loch, west of Eorsa. reported by Martin Keivers on 'Lady Jayne'
male Surf Scoter by Marcus Conway (copywrite)
from 'Lady Jayne'
12th Duart Castle: 3 White Wagtail at Duart
Castle. Ian Ellis
11th Fidden: 64 Golden Plover and 19+ Barnacle
Geese at Fidden. Female Goshawk at Glen More (I will submit a full
description after I get home if required; I'm familiar with this species
from Wyre Forest, Breckland, and foreign birding trips). Ian Ellis
10th May - Solitary light phase pomarine skua
in waters north of Mull. Ewan
10th Male short-eared owl in song, north side of
Ben More. 2 Arctic skuas (1 light, 1 dark phase) harassing shearwaters
north of loch Cuin. Ewan
11th Killiechronan: Colin Moody reports a pair
of Canada Geese and goslings here. Colin
12th - Loch Ba: Two Redstarts singing despite heavy
rain; a Carrion Crow among several Hooded Crows near Hunting Lodge;
a pair of Goosanders and three (two drakes) Red-breasted Mergansers; a
pair of Ringed Plover with chicks; and 10 Golden Plover were among the
highlights of our walk in challenging conditions today.
9th - Loch Ba: Several song-flighting Lesser Redpoll,
3 - 4 singing Tree Pipits and one calling bird on the ground, two singing
male Redstarts (one in Scots Pines near old Hunting Lodge and another in
birchwood further along track), three (one male) Golden Plover, pair of
breeding Ringed Plover, pair of Red-breasted Merganser, four immature White-tailed
Eagles over Beinn Talaidh, two calling Cuckoos and two birds seen together,
as well as three Red-throated Divers on loch in late afternoon during
12th Lochdon: two Whimbrel on shore this morning
9th A walk to Loch Ba on Friday evening produced
snipe, golden plover, lots of lapwing, and tree pipit.There was a male
redstart in the cottage garden next to the car park at Knock. Mick Smith
Sedge Warbler by Michael Booth
Cuckoo at Lochdon by Lee Dutton
A brief résumé of my sightings for the
week: David Hatfield
1/5: Langamull 2 WTSE; 14 whimbrel; 6 dunlin;
20 rock pipit; 2 ringed plover; 2 white wagtail; hunting sparrowhawk (seen
twice during the day); 1 arctic tern; 3 twite. Calgary female merlin;
2 or 3 calling cuckoo.
3/5: Loch Cuin 1 goosander; 15 dunlin; 6 or 7
pairs of redshank and common sandpiper; 1 whimbrel. Quinish woods: 1 male
hen harrier hunting close to 'Pond Cottage'; 4 crossbill in Cuin pines.
4/5: Quinish Estate - 3 singing wood warblers (on
main track from Cuin gates to Pond Cottage bridge); also a small troop
of mixed passerines bathing in the sunshine:- 2 long-tailed tit, 2 blackcap,
wood warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, tree creeper, and a 'trumpeting'
bullfinch (?); 1 WTSE on headland; tree pipit parachuting from beeches
past Quinish House; on headland pasture large flocks of pipits and some
white wagtails passing through; at sea:- lots of manxies; kittiwake; auks;
and 1 bonxie, plus 2 distant skuas (Arctic?). Dervaig:- house martins have
6/5: Glengorm Estate 3 pairs of winchat; 4 pairs
of stonechat along the track to Ballimeanoch; small numbers of breeding
lapwing and curlew.
7/5: Langamull 21 whimbrel; 1 golden plover;
1 WTSE; 1 bonxie and 2 possible arctic skua (distant). Dervaig 2 whitethroat;
6 drumming snipe and 2 calling water rail at 10pm (the reed bed). Loch
Cuin 21 dunlin.
Best wishes for the summer, David Hatfield.
9th Lochdon: an Osprey at 8.00pm at Lochdon
13th The osprey photographed
at Loch Don recently with the blue leg ring TF was ringed at Loch Lomond
in 2012. David Sexton Mull Officer
9th Salen: Just to let you out sedge warbler returned
4th May along with Grasshopper warbler. We are also now seeing
2 reed buntings. Debby Thorne
8th Lochdon: 3 Whimbrel here all day.
(no sign of any Osprey) Alan
8th Comon Terns with a couple of the Arctic variety
busy with sand eel courtship at Langamull. Upwards of a dozen Whimbrel
and six golden plover between Port Na Ba and Langamull, also a similar
number of Golden Plover seen yesterday by the river Clachaig at Loch Ba.
8th - Sound of Mull: A Great Skua at entrance/exit
of Sound of Mull, flying towards Ardnamurchan Lighthouse this pm.Stuart
7th Loch Ba Redstart singing. Garmony
picnic site -at least 4 Great Northern Divers, 8 Arctic Skuas harassing
the terns (7 dark phase and 1 pale phase). Loch na Keal 1 WTE and 1 Golden
Eagle from s side.
Richard and Lynda Popplewell
7th Fidden: 25 Barnacle Geese at Fidden
this morning with one Brent Goose amongst the flock. Emily Wilkins
Ranger - South Mull, Iona, Burg and Staffa NNR
7th Croig, 1 Knot, 1 Whimbrel and 1 White
Wagtail at Port na Bà and at least 11 Comtic Terns around Croig
(both species present). prasad
7th Male Reed bunting and a pair of sandpipers
foraging on the edges of our lochan. Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree. male
Reed Bunting at Pennyghaels, Alan
6th Lochdon 2 Osprey at Lochdon this morning,
so they are still around. Felicity Pollard
6th Osprey flying along the ridge above
Scarisdale Woods, Pam Brown
6th Loch Ba: An osprey fishing over Loch
Ba. Juliet Vines
6th Ardura Woods - two Wood warbler
plus Tree Pipit (photo attached). Loch na Keal- WTE sitting
in tree from pull in at N side of loch and Golden Eagle on S side. Loch
Scridain nr turnoff to Tiroran - mixed flock of c40 linets and
twite. Richard and Lynda Popplewell
6th Craignure: Just had the biggest Magpie on
our Trellis trying to get some nuts but he is obviously too big to go on
the feeders. First one I have seen up here. Jan Hall
6th - Isle of Mull Bird Club 'Dawn Chorus',
A terrific couple of hours in Aros Park from 4.30
this morning, wakening up to the sounds of resident and migrant birds.
A Robin started the chorus, followed by Blackbird and Song Thrush. Highlights
included a Woodcock roding at 4.20 am; a male Tawny Owl; a drumming Great
Spotted Woodpecker; several Blackcaps singing, a male Chiffchaff, two Goldcrests
in song, several male Treecreepers singing and the throaty coo-ing of a
Wood Pigeon. Well worth the early morning alarm call. Stuart Gibson
5th Osprey flying high above Lochdon at.
17:05hrs Lee Dutton
Also had Woodcock at Grasspoint
5th Osprey hovering over Lochdon just
outside our cottage window at 5:00 pm in the pouring rain ?
a pair of stonechats , tree pipit and summer
plumage Great Northern Diver at Grasspoint. Later we had c8 Dunlin and
2 ringed plover at Garmony picnic site and a grey wagtail at Craignure
harbour.Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South Yorkshire
5th Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling from
the cottage in Salen at 09.00. Loch na Keal i, six RB Mergansers and three
GN Divers and a pair of Twite on the camping area which has
made my day!
4th Wood Warbler singing Tobermory end of
Aros Park Mike Wagemakers
4th Lochdon Cuckoo at Lochdon also one along
the Grasspoint Road Lee Dutton visitor, Alan
4th Glengorm to Dun Ara produced 35 species inc
stonechats and cuckoo. From Dun Ara we had views of gannets diving, guillemots,
black guillemots, a great northern diver and a single common tern.Mick
4th - Loch Ba Male Redstart singing and prospecting
in 'new' area of birch wood, but unknown if one or two pairs present; 3
- 4 displaying Tree Pipits; drake Goosander; five immature White-tailed
Eagles in air together over Gruline; and a male Hen Harrier high above
summit of Beinn Talaidh at estimated height of 2,800 ft +.
4th Iona: 10 Corncrakes on Iona today and summer
plumage Great Northern Diver off the ferry ramp. In Glenmore we had
a pair of Golden Eagles and at the North end of Loch Spelve a pair of Short
Eared Owls were harassing a male and female Hen Harrier. Richard and Lynda
Popplewell, South Yorkshire
3rd lots of wheatears,rock and meadow pipits and
whimbrel on the N shore of Loch na Keal j Also 1 adult WTE being mobbed
by corvids. Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South Yorkshire
3rd a female hen harrier from the cottage
at Salen. seven eider duck and two red- breasted merganser in Aros
Bay. Glen Bellart produced the male Hen Harrier and two sightings
of a white tailed sea eagle and a pair of stonechats. Mick Smith
3rd Grasspoint: at least two Grasshopper Warblers
reeling along the Grasspoint Road. LeeDutton.
2nd Lochdon: an Osprey fishing in Lochdon
at 1:45pm noted in our wildlife diary. Carol, Craignure VIC V
2nd Redstart by track to Loch Ba and pair of Goosander
on loch. Sedge warbler singing at campsite north end of Loch na
Keal. Whinchat, Hen Harrier and 16 Golden Plover along Glen Bellart Mick
2nd - Treshnish Three Whimbrel and a solitary Twite
at Port Haunn.
1st Increasing numbers of gannets west of Inch
Kenneth, 2 separate groups of 4 each white tailed eagles, golden eagle
being mobbed by ravens, hen harrier over Ulva and a redstart on the way
1st Light Bellied Brent Goose at Fidden
this evening. Mick Smith
1st - Loch na Keal Male Sedge Warbler in song at
same time as a male Linnet singing near WTE pull-in on North shore.
1st - Bloody Bay, Tobermory Two immaculate Summer
plumage Great Northern Divers were in the vicinity of the Fish Farm am.
Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming
1st was pleased to see a Tree Sparrow today
on the feeder, and then I looked at your list to see it was quite rare,
so thought Id let you know. I live near Tiroran, PA69 6ET. Marie
1st W T Eagle loch na Keal sat in conifer, also
one at Craignure golf course sat in tree,short eared owl at Ben more Simon
1st Lochdon: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.15am
for May 2014
30th - Torosay Two Red-throated Divers, Duart Bay;
female Crossbill with two juveniles drinking from woodland puddle; and
noisy chicks calling from inside Great Spotted Woodpecker nest hole.
30th - GarmonyMale Blackcap in song; three broods
Greylag Goose (b/4, b/2, b/1); Mute Swan on nest, with breeding Common
Gull, Great Black-backed Gull and Herring Gull; both Arctic and Common
30th Female Goosander at Aros Bridge. Pair of Spotted
Flycatchers at Aros Castle. Dippers at Aros, Knock and Tobermory burn,
by the roundabout at the top of the hill. Wood Warbler on road out of Salen
by Killiecronan turn.
Andy Bayes and Family
30th Grasspoint: At least 4 cuckoos showing
near car park at Grasspoint on low shrubs and overhead wires. White tailed
eagle sat on dead tree on skyline. Ted Humphreys
29th - Craignure. 2 song flighting male Whitethroats
near campsite; and 2 immaculate Red-throated Divers just offshore in the
Sound of Mull, a pair of Linnets and several Lesser Redpolls. Ruth Fleming.
25th May male Hen Harrier hunting on the hillside
above Grasspoint. Dipper at Aros bridge.
26th pair of Whinchats at the head of Loch Beg.
27th pair of Dippers at Knock bridge, pair Red
Throated divers at Loch Buie, female Redstart in Ardura woodland
28th Sand Martins at Calgary
29th Pair of Bullfinch at Aros Mains, Andy
28th Lochdon: Osprey, circling over Lochdon
in afternoon. Craig Round
28th Some good eagle sightings today at Loch BA.
In addition to the resident birds up to 4 other eagles were squabbling
over a sheep carcass below the east ridge including 2 immature Golden Eagles
and a wing tagged WT Eagle Philip And Carol Harvey
At the SE end of the Locha pair of Goosander were
seen almond with the Mergs. On Loch na Keal. East of Borsa a GN Diver in
FTP and 2 RT Divers. Philip And Carol Harvey
28th - Aros Park Single male Wood Warbler in song;
two singing male Chiffchaffs; and three singing Blackcaps.
27th - Torosay 4 Black Guillemots in Sound of Mull;
single Arctic Tern in Craignure Bay; two displaying Whitethroats, Torosay;
three Red-throated Divers in Duart Bay; four Oystercatcher nests, two of
which were close to hatching (c/3, c/3); and two Common Gull nests (c/3,
27th - Loch Spelve Female Mallard with brood of
six ducklings (ca. 2 weeks old); and two broods of Greylag Geese totalling
15 goslings (b/9, b/6).
26th - Loch na Keal Two Canada Geese with brood
of four goslings was our first of the season. Ruth Fleming
27th Found a Bee Eateryesterday afternoon
3.30pm , in Glen Aros just after the turn for Crannich Farm, catching bees
from wires above the log piles/quarry. Craig Round
27th Iona: Mega Rare
on Iona today a Rustic Bunting. a first record for Mull. Geoff Pain
the rusty-reddish streaking on the flanks and supercilium stopping on the
rusty collar (rather than enclosing the ear coverts) look good and help
rule out Lapland Bunting. This bird is not a full male I suspect its
probably a female or poorly marked immature male.
Mega Rare Rustic Bunting
photo by Geoff Pain
26th May we saw 3 Puffins, an Arctic Skua, Black Guilliemot,
Guilliemots and Gannets and on the tour a total of 5 Cuckoos were seen.
Arthur Discover Mull Tours
26th - Loch Ba A singing male Whinchat was
an addition to our recent sightings; two male Cuckoo's calling and further
two seen in flight; Red-throated Divers heard but not seen; three Tree
Pipits displaying; singing male Blackcap; and the Oystercatcher nest with
three eggs that we have been watching has successfully hatched.
26th - Loch na Keal Two ad. Canada Geese with four
young goslings and two Red-throated Divers at Knock end of loch. Ruth Fleming
25th - TobermoryThe only Magpie in town is still
hanging around the Mull Magic garden; two Crossbills overflew our garden
at 09.45 hrs.
25th - Loch Buie A singing Spotted Flycatcher near
the Standing Stones; two Red-throated Divers and a single Great Northern
Diver on the loch. Ruth Fleming
19th May woods behind Killiechronan holiday cottages
- 1 Spotted Fly, 1 Wood Warbler (heard only), 1 Jay (heard only). Dipper
by hump back road bridge adjacent to Bridge Cottage over River Ba Loch
Scridain - 2 GN Divers Ffionphort - 33 Dunlin, 1 R Plover, 1 Common Sand
on beach by ferry
20th May - Sea Life surveys - off Coll - 3000+
Manx Shearwater feeding, 2 Bonxie Loch Ba - 2+ Siskin, 1 GS Wood drumming,
10+ Lapwing, 4+ Snipe drumming,
21st May - Lochdon - male Hen Harrier, pair of
Cuckoo male calling, female bubbling. Coast path from Garmony-Fishnish
held 2 pair of Canada Geese with 12 young between them and the small island
held a pair of Mute Swan with the female on the nest incubating. Fishnish
Woods - 2 Redpoll, 2 Crossbill feeding.
22nd Great views of GN Divers paired up and heading
north this week. Continued heavy feeding in waters north of Mull consisting
of terns, shearwater, gannets and kittiwakes. Ewan
22nd May - Loch Na Keal - 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin.
Ardmore - 1 GS Woodpecker, 3 Rock Dove assumed pure breed, 1 male Stonechat
with 2 recently fledged young, 2+ Mistle Thrush fledglings. Loch Na Kiel
area - 3 G Eagles (1 on nest, 2 in air), 1 Sea Eagle. Loch Ba 20+ House
Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Redshank, 20+ Lapwing, Snipe 1.
22nd three Golden Plover on the south shore
of Loch na Keal this afternoon, just west of the Ben More car park.
25th May - Loch na Kiel - pair of Shelduck still
with 10 young in tow, 1 ad Sea Eagle, 1 juv Sea Eagle drifting over, 3
Golden Eagle (2 in sky, one dropped down to mob another on the ground.
Pair seen later displaying (assuming breeding pair for that site) Simon
10th 23rd May Thanks to Sara and Paul Cotterell
for their weeks sightings report
21st A Short Eared Owl this morning at Reudle
and Peregrines at Killiechronan and Aros Bridge. Arthur on tour
21st - Gualachaolish (overlooking Loch Spelve)
Three singing male Whitethroats; three singing male Reed Buntings; single
singing male Whinchat and Tree Pipit; two Cuckoos; two Black Guillemots
on loch; two Hen Harriers, a female Kestrel mobbing a Buzzard and a stunning
Short-eared Owl, which we almost stood on!
21st Lochdon: A Common Whitethroat on the
garden fence of our Lochdon cottage this afternoon. .Brian Moyes
20th Iona: NM 287244 Spotted
Crake was heard calling, unfortunately not seen. also saw an
Osprey at Croggan on Monday this week .visitors Paul & Sue Murfitt.
20th - Loch Ba Three singing male Spotted Flycatchers,
Knock; family groups totalling 10 Crossbills feeding on Larch cones; female
Grey Wagtail feeding three juveniles by old Hunting Lodge; as well as three
species of pipit and three species of hirundine recorded on walk. Ruth
19th Pennyghael: reports
of a Hawfinch here this morning. more information required please. Alan
19th May Pennyghael 1 Spotted
Flycatcher. Bryan Rains
19th - Loch Ba Male Goldcrest
and Treecreeper in song at Knock; pair of Grey Wagtails feeding young;
male Redstart in song; several singing Tree Pipits; five Wood Pigeons
were unusual; two pairs of Red-breasted Mergansers on loch; a Greenshank
along shore of loch was a first at this location, the timing of which is
very interesting. Could there be a mate sitting on eggs on a nearby hill?;
further seven species of breeding wader recorded; and an adult male White-tailed
Eagle drinking from the side of the loch was a new aspect of eagle behaviour
for us. We live and learn. Ruth Fleming
18th Torlochan: Garden
warbler singing here. Woodcock roding. Marcus Conway ebirder.net
18th Lochdon: on a wet Sunday
morning, 3 Whimbrel feeding on the shore and 6 Mergansers. Alan
17th Grasspoint: on
holiday at Grasspoint cottage till Friday. just seen an adult Whooper
Swan on sea close in from the cottage. Gary Lee
10th Croig: Ken Coleman from
Croig asked me to let you know there was a G S Woodpecker on his
12th-13th 3 arctic skuas and a light phase pomarine
on 12th and a single light phase pomarine on 13th.
13th Lochdon 2 Whimbrel on the loch shore. Alan
13th Apr Loch Beg 5 Golden Plover. Uisken 70 Pink-footed
Goose flying North and a Sparrowhawk quartering the
fields (odd behaviour). Fidden 18 Whimbrel. Bryan Rains.
12th lochdon: along the Gorten road, singing Grasshopper
and Sedge Warblers this morning.
9th - Loch Ba 2 singing Goldcrests at Knock; four
displaying Tree Pipits; a single male Redstart in song;a single male Cuckoo;
proof of breeding obtained for Crossbill, with two females and two juveniles
seen feeding on ripening Larch cones; further six Crossbills seen flying
over; two Mistle Thrushes; single Grey Wagtail; a pair of Red-breasted
Mergansers and a pair of Goosanders; two pairs of Redshank and a pair of
Golden Plovers were highlights on our walk today.
Beinn Talaidh Five White-tailed Eagles in air together
above the mountain. Ruth Fleming
8th On Benmore half way up. Solitary Ptarmigan
calling away. Apparently fearless. Elain Wilkinson
8th Iona: I took this last week while visiting
the island, the corncrake on the 29th one behind the fire station and the
pair on a lawn of cottages below the abbey. Richard Bailey. Cumbria.
7th Iona: a Chough was seen and heard
by visiting birders today (pp) Pete Hall
7th Fidden: 2 newly hatched lapwing chicks
seen today at Fidden. Sian Scott & Chris Austick. Craignure
7th - Torosay 2 Black Guillemots, 3 Great Northern
Divers, single Common Tern and Gannet in the Sound of Mull; singing male
Blackcap and Sedge Warbler, with single White Wagtail; 10 migrating Whimbrel
and Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin feeding along Craignure coast.
a female Hawfinch feeding with the birds on the ground underneath the bird
feeder. Jan Fuller. (last record was 25th April 2010)
6th Langamull, seven Arctic Terns and a pair
of Mergansers. Roger Craven
6th 40 plus Arctic Terns surface feeding
on a tidal front in waters north of the isle. Some good early season feeding
consisting of kittiwakes, shearwaters and head lunging minke whales. Ewan
5th May Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Whimbrel,
6 Dunlin. Uisken 2 Common Tern. Glen More 1 Peregrine. Beach 1 Common
Tern. Bunessan 1 RT Diver.Bryan Rains.
5th - Langamull Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit
singing, Penmore; two Common Terns fishing Port na Ba, another
two or same at Langamull; two moulting Sanderling and a single Dunlin at
Port na Ba, where single summer Great Northern Diver; and three summer
Turnstones (two males) and two Dunlin at Langamull.
5th - Tobermory Magpie in the garden as I write!
5th 9 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover on Loch Cuin this
4th - Torosay Six migrant Whimbrel, three
(immature?) Great Northern Divers and a singing Sedge Warbler were the
bird highlights of our wildlife walk in the rain today. Oystercatchers
have just settled to nest around the coast (we came across a c/2 and c/3),
so walkers, birdwatchers and dog owners should
be aware not to cause unnecessary distress to these nesting birds.
3rd May - Langamull Singing male Wood Warbler,Tree
Pipit and Goldcrest, Penmore; Great Spotted Woodpecker calling at Langamull
car park; brightly coloured male Wheatear, Croig was probably of Greenland
race; single White Wagtails at Port na Ba and Langamull; three migrant
Dunlin, Port na Ba, where Ringed Plover c/4 and two immaculate summer
plumaged Great Northern Divers. Ruth Fleming.
3rd Salen: we were watching a Wood Warbler
at the wood by the three boats Arthur and Pam
3rd Three terns, I guess Arctic but difficult to
be sure, flying up and down Loch Cuin and towards Langamull
3rd A gentlemen has come in to log the Osprey
at Lochdon..The sighting was recorded on Saturday morning 3rd May
2014. Carol. Craignure VIC
3rd Tobermory. well here it is, if proof were needed.
Tobermory Magpie which has been hanging around now for several months,
it has even started building a nest. kindly supplied by Stuart Gibson.
2nd May Treshnish: a single
Chough was seen here early this morning. Liz Summers,
2nd Loch na Keal: 3 Commmon Scoter by the boathouse
at the head of the loch. Arthur.
2nd Female Red Grouse flew off from just
below the trig point on Cruachan Treshnish Roger Craven
2nd May Tobermory. Male Chiffchaff in song
at Prison Brae, at rear of Council Offices, the local Magpie is still with
us. It has taken to visiting the Mull Magic bird table recently. Ruth Fleming.
2nd Lochdon The Osprey is still present this morning
at the pool bridge over Grasspoint road. Alan Spellman
1st Lochdon: an Osprey off the sea and
roosted in trees by bridge over river to Grasspoint. John Goskirk. Alan
Sightings for May 2014 by David Hatfield: 12 sanderling:
Calgary Beach 9pm 21st; 2 red-throated diver: Calgary Bay 22nd; 9 great
northern diver: off Langamull, 1 yellowhammer: Dervaig, 1 dunlin and 5
pairs of redshank (at least 3 attending chicks): head of Loch Cuin 26th;
small flocks of crossbill (6-8) feeding in pines: Glengorm Forest and Cuin
27th; 2 male goosander: head of Loch Cuin, 2 singing wood warbler Tobermory
28th; 1 wood warbler, 1 male bullfinch, 2 spotted flycatcher: Quinish 29th.
Basking shark: Calgary Bay 30th. David Hatfield
for May 2013
25th May Male Hen Harrier
daily (morning and evening) at Loch Don Short Eared Owl - off Grasspoint
26th May White tailed Eagle
- Grasspoint Ray Parsons
27th May Sanderling - Calgary
Bay Great Northern Diver in summer plumage Loch Na Keal 2 Red throated
Diver Loch Na Keal Ray Parsons
28th May Twite - Iona ,Red
Kite - Uisken Bay Whimbrel - Ardalanish Bay Great Northern Diver -
29th May Twite - start of
track up Ben More Golden Eagle - half way up Ben More
30th May Great Northern Diver
in summer plumage Loch Na Keal Golden Eagle - Loch Na Keal (from road on
31st May Spotted flycatcher
- Road to Grasspoint Spotted Flycatcher - Aros Bridge Grasshopper Warbler
- Grasspoint (heard not seen at 21.50) Redpoll - garden at Loch Don
sightings from David Hatfield.of
birds seen on Mull between Wed 22 and Fri 31 May 2013:
Wed 22: pomarine skua
seen from the Cal-Mac ferry about half a mile out from Duart Castle, flying
north. Leth-fhonn: whooper swan, 3 greenshank, 1 male hen harrier hunting
Thurs 23: Port nam Partan:
arctic skua passing Caliach Point - north in late afternoon; spotted
flycatcher in woods close to Calgary Farmhouse; twite on track by Clagary
Beach (see photo)
Fri 24: On feeders by
B8073 roadside junction with Caliach road: 15-20 mealy redpoll (see photos)
with siskin, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, etc. A hunting male
hen harrier came over the feeders at about 6pm.
Sat 25: Langamull Beach:
Sun 26: Quinish woods: male
Mon 27: Dervaig reedbed:
a pair of hen harrier came hunting over the reeds at 21.20
Tue 28: crossbill in garden
of Glenview, Dervaig
Wed 29: Glengorm Estate:
abundant whinchat, stonechat, whitethroat, twite, siskin; small numbers
of nesting lapwing and curlew
Thurs 30: Calgary feeders:
only a couple of mealy redpoll but quite a few lesser redpoll, two of these
were showing different coloured forehead patches: one was a rich, deep
yellow and the other was orange.
Fri 31: Langamull: a nice
summer plumage great northern diver in the bay. In the evening at Dervaig
reedbed a few calling water rail from about 21.30 onwards, one came to
within 20 feet of me and then briefly emerged from the reeds to fly across
open water to the opposite bank where it continued calling and creeping
in and out of the reeds. Excellent close-range views!
Generally: lots of breeding
arctic tern; several sightings of WTSE; a nesting kestrel at Calgary (becoming
quite rare these days); lots of singing blackcap, whitethroat, chats and
31st Wood warbler by old school house Gruline last
night. Martin Mull Charters
31st Male Brambling singing from top of spruce
east of electrical substation Pennyghael - reported by Philip Hill (guest
staying with us) - Mike Wagemakers
31st F Hen Harrier in Glen Aros. Grasshopper Warbler
by the car park at Grasspoint at 5pm heard but not seen. stunning
male Sparrowhawk 200 yards north of the car park on a dry stone wall allowing
us to approach to within 10 feet! WTE on the hills between Grasspoint
and Loch Spelve. A single Black Guillemot on Loch Spelve half a mile
before the Croggan junction. Phil & Jenny Collier
31st Just received report
of a Ring Ouzel
seen carrying food.high in the hills around Creach Beinn, this is excellent
news and helps to confirm probable breeding birds. although very few of
us ever seen them. Alan
25th 2 Sanderlings on Calgary
beach Also a great northern diver looking good on Loch Buie (26th).
28th a Great Northern diver
on Loch Scridain, Pehnyghael, we had the Red
Kite fly over Loch Scridain mobbed by two
hoodies. Malc Alderton
30th Iona t- at least 5 different
Corncrakes calling in the fields to the south of the ferry slipway.
Good views of 3 different birds within half an hour. 3 Golden Plover feeding
on grassy area by the bridge that is just to the west of the Ben More ascent
on Loch na Keal. 1 Chiffchaff here, too. Golden Eagle giving good views
at the head of Loch na Keal. just 12 Wheatear since arriving on the island
- 5 days! Where are they all? Phil & Jenny Collier
30th Redstart and Wood Warbler
in Ardura woods. Common Tern at Glenforsa airstrip, Grasshopper Warbler
on the Grasspoint road near the parking area. Andy Bayes
30th Aros Castle: 2
Brent Geese opposite Aros Castle this evening.
28th May Fidden 1 Brent Goose.
Loch Scridain 1 Red Kite, 1 RT Diver.
29th Fidden 12 Whimbrel,
1 Tree Sparrow found by Ben Moyes (one of the guests on the tour). Bryan
29th Lochdon: a male
Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus)
at a local 'private' garden feeder.
an extremely rare visitor
with only a few records for Argyll. Common Rosefinch Mull records
1989 One recorded for Iona
on 14th June. 2009 first Mull record at Kellan Mill by Loch
na Keal 16th June.
2011 A male was at
Ardrioch Farm by Dervaig on 22nd May and in 2013 Lochdon: a male at a garden
male Common Rosefinch also known as Scarlet Rosefinch
in a Lochdon garden 29th May 2013
28th Woodcock in middle of road
at 11pm south of Tobermory. Had to stop to avoid it! Flew off ahead of
the car for 100 yds before veering left into the trees.Tawny Owl just north
of Salen and another at the Gruline junction.
Phil & Jenny Collier
18th One summer plumaged Curlew
Sandpiper in a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the shore
at Uisken today,
photographed by Mike Boyes
promised, thank you Mike)
28th 3 Common Terns feeding
at Croig, small colony of Sand Martins at Calgary, Bullfinch and Sand Martins
at Aros Castle. Andy Bayes
28th A Red
Kite flew over the Grasspoint road heading
towards Grasspoint itself at about 6pm tonight.
Dave Sexton RSPB Officer
28th 17.45 Red Kite circling
between Ardnadrochet and Auchnacraig Steve Hiscock
28th 2 red throated diver
at Craignure first thing this morning, just to north of the ferry terminal,
Two female eider with seven chicks at Dervaig Two cuckoo calling
one either side of the bay Peter Hogan
27th 2 White
Wagtail at distillery outflow at Tobermory.
2 Red-throated Diver at head of Lock na Keal off Kellen.1 Tree Pipit on
road to Grasspoint.1 Short-eared Owl hunting to south of road; 1 male Hen
Harrier hunting south of road; drumming Snipe, Common Whitethroat, male
and female Whinchat - all at Ardnachoil, between turn offs to Grasspoint
and Loch Buie. Also Cuckoo on wires continually dropping to catch
caterpillars and back up to wires to feed. Meadow Pipit in close
proximity at all times!
Interestingly, arrived Saturday
evening and no WTE in first two days. Also noticed a real dearth
of Wheatear (only 4 birds seen so far!). Phil & Jenny Collier (up from
27th Grasspoint 20+ Manx
Shearwater offshore, family of Stonechat with 3 fully grown juveniles.
Short-eared Owl in Glen More. Cuckoo on Dervaig to Aros road. Andy Bayes
26th Pair of Golden Eagles
giving stunning views in flight and at rest on crags at western end of
Glen More opposite cottage, Craig. 1 Black-throated
Diver and 3 Great Northern Divers in Loch
Scridain off Pennyghael. 1 Black-throated
Diver at head of Loch na Keal really close
in to shore at high tide in the bay just west of Knock. 1 Golden Eagle
on Beinn Bheag - looking south from from Knock Bridge. Landing on
lower slopes 4 times in a half hour period giving fantastic views through
'scope.Phil & Jenny Collier
27th Ive just received a
report via VisitScotland, of a Black Stork on 26th at Fanmore,
being mobbed by crows. I have since spoken to the finder (Paul Toner) who
gave an excellent description.
26th Just had report of Glossy
Ibis at Dervaig reed beds,
seen and photographed by a visitor today, further confirmation urgently
required please. 07789677177 or 01680 812448
26th Just back home from a week with no Internet
access from Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
25th Woodcock - 1 at Loeb Croft evening Deryck
and Anne-Marie Irving
24th Manx Shearwater - c70 in mouth of Loch Scridain
from Loeb Croft 8am after two nights and a day of strong northerlies.
Also c200 Kittiwakes feeding and small numbers of Auks including 2 Puffins
flying into the Loch. Similar numbers of Kittiwakes in Sound of Iona from
the 10.30 ferry that morning plus 30-40 Gannets and over 100 Common Terns
24th White Wagtail - 3 (possibly 4) on Iona (Bay
at the Back of the Ocean) Chiffchaff - 1 singing by Iona Primary School.
also had our best views ever of Corncrakes thanks to the cover being much
lower than usual on Iona. Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
23rd 1 Black throated diver
in full breeding plumage on Loch na Keal (near Kellan Woods) Golden
Plover - 4 at Loch na Keal (near Dhiseig) Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
21st Wigeon - pair on Iona, Bay at the Back of
20th Golden Eagle - 3 birds displaying over the
cliffs at Gribun (including stooping and talon grappling) . Single bird(s)
at Loeb Croft (just East of Bunessan) in morning and evening . 23rd Pair
being mobbed by a pair of Hen Harriers(!) seen from road between Treshnish
20th Hen Harrier - female near Knockvologan . Male
and female c 1/4 mile apart either side of Pennygael
19th, Aros, Garden Warbler
heard and seen at Aros Mains, Mike Porter
19th Black-throated Diver - 1 in winter plumage
on Loch Beg with GND
18th Sanderling - 7 at Ardalanish. 2 with 4 Turnstones
and 12 Dunlin at Uisken 19th. 1 with 7 Dunlin and 16 Ringed Plovers at
Ardalanish 21st 7 on Iona (Bay at the Back of the Ocean) 24th
18th Whimbrel - 18 at Ardalanish 20th. 15 at Fidden
Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
26th This morning at Aros
Bridge, pair of Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 3 Common
Sandpipers and Blackcap.Andy Bayes regular visitor
23rd May-3 sum plum GN Divers
Lochbuie. 34+ Whimbrels, 12+ Dunlins Fidden.
24th May- 6
Purple Sandpipers Fingal`s Cave, Staffa. 2
Turnstones and 1 White Wagtail Lunga.
Ian Ford, Heatherlea Birdwatching
25th Jay this afternoon at
Torlochan House between Salen and Knock, first sighting of a Jay for us
on the island. Andy Bayes regular visitor
24th Treshnish, skua passage
continues but all far out. Between 6.15-18.00pm but most in first hour:
84 migrating skuas estimated by flock type and flight style as 72
Long-tailed (large tight flocks close to sea)
and 12 Pomarine
(small groups 1-3 and in calm wind flight higher than previous) as well
as 6 heading skuas heading south towards Treshnish Isles presumed to be
Arctic and about 8 Great Skuas north of Treshnish Isles. prasad Prasad
24th - Torosay Single
Great Northern Diver and pair of Red-throated Divers in Sound of Mull,
with a single Whimbrel along the shore. Ruth Fleming Mull
Magic wildlife walk
23rd: About 100
skuas flying north at Treshnish Point, including
at least 10 Pomarines (including adults) and at least 10 Long-tailed Skuas
(incl adults). Flocks every few minutes of 10-15 birds for at least an
hour after which it calmed down. Also singles of Arctic and only about
1 Great Skua. Also over a thousand Fulmars and Manx Shearwaters all heading
23rd Craignure 3 windblown
Fulmars struggled into the strong NW winds, off Java Point, 6 passage
Dunlin at the golf course, Craignure and a single Whimbrel was at
22nd Craignure 2 singing
Sedge Warblers, 2 territorial Whitethroats and single male Blackcap and
Wood Warbler in song between Isle of Mull hotel and camp site.
18th - Killiechronan 6 Sedge
Warblers singing and 4 male Whitethroats were star turns during our 'Birds
Without Binoculars' early morning walk for the Isle of Mull Bird Club.
total of £85.70 was raised for MacMillan Nurses Cancer Support.
Thanks to all our early birds, both avian and human!
morph Pom Skua sound of mull (11.55am) heading
towards loch sunart. Ewan Blog
21st Osprey fishing successfully
at Lochdon 21st May approx 8pm. Steve Hiscock (I
22nd Tobermory: a Magpie
an my garden in Tobermory, the first one Ive seen here.
I notice that the Dipper
is not on your on-line list- Phil Siddall Curator, Mull Museum (Oh
yes it is, see White throated Dipper)
last few days has shown a good movement of Skuas around the coast
22nd 8 Long-tailed Skuas and 2 Arctic Skuas north west
of Mull travelling north. Ewan Blog
22nd Craignure: Pomarine
Skua close to ferry, really good view David Hatfield
Long tailed Skuas photo by Bryan Rains
21st: Treshnish, 4 Arctic Skuas and 33 Common Terns
off west coast prasad
20th Loch Assapol about 40
Long-tailed Skua. Bryan Rains Bryans
20th over 2,000 Manx Shearwaters
flying north at Caliach Point, prasad
20th Lochdon: 2 Cuckoos flying over, Goldfinch,
lots of Siskins on the feeders, no sign of Nuthatch. Alan
17th Storm-Petrel off Mingery . Ewan
19th - Loch na Keal Male Blackcap in song at Knock;
two Red-throated Divers at head of loch, alongside feeding flock of 20
Razorbills; a pair of Goosanders on Loch Ba, where, unusually, a Dunlin
was heard in song; still no sight or sound of local Redstart population
at this location, which is disappointing. Ruth Fleming
18th Caliach Point, 1 Little
Gull feeding with Kittiwakes. Also about 15 Arctic Terns and hundreds
18th Caliach Point, 1 Little
Gull feeding with Kittiwakes. Also about 15 Arctic Terns and hundreds
of Manx Shearwaters Prasad
18th One Curlew Sandpiper
in a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the shore at Uisken today,
photograph to followw. Mike Boyes
16th - Killiechronan Adult Great Northern Diver
displaying and calling to immature bird at head of Loch na Keal, where
three calling Red-throated Divers also; one loud and incessant Whimbrel;
three singing Sedge Warblers, three singing Whitethroats, a singing Tree
Pipit and two Blackcaps; several Goldfinches and Lesser Redpolls; three
immature Black-headed Gulls, and two ad. Canada Geese with three very young
15th - Treshnish Feeding flock of 70 Kittiwakes
offshore and two Fulmars close inshore; two singing Whitethroats, a single
Whimbrel and a cock Stonechat. Ruth Fleming.
9th May Glen More 1 Cuckoo. Assapol 3 Lesser Redpoll,
2 Yellowhammer,4 Whooper Swan.
10th May Iona 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Peregrine.
11th May Uisken 24 Whimbrel, 10 Sanderling, 20
Dunlin, 20 Turnstone.
14th May Pennyghael 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wood
Warbler. Fidden 6 Golden Plover, Lapwing eggs hatched. Bryan Rains.
16th Male Hen Harrier this morning over Quinish.
15th Quinish, 1 Wood Warbler(first
record of the year) Prasad
15th Lochdon: a Nuthatch
was on a feeder in a local garden yesterday (14th) Sheila & Charlie
(Nuthatch is a
'rare bird' for Mull, being only the second or third record)
Nuthatch photograph by Shelia Weir
15th 6 summer plumage purple
sandpiper. Croggan Marcus Conway
14th Croig, 4 Turnstones
in breeding plumage. prasad
14th - Langamull. Pair of Goosanders, a single
Turnstone, Black Guillemot, Great Northern Diver and two Common Terns,
Loch Cuin (at Oyster farm); 3 Common Terns and 4 Turnstones, Port na Ba;
single Kittiwake, five Guillemots, a male Cuckoo and a single Black-tailed
Godwit at Langamull. Four (inc. male) on fairway at Tobermory golf course
this evening. Ruth Fleming
14th 6 Common Terns flying west from the mouth
of loch Cuin, 10 Turnstones in s/p travelling west along the coastline.
Two Dunlin on Langamull yesterday. Roger Craven
13th Mishnish, Treshnish guests saw a 1 Swift.
11th Treshnish, 1 Spotted
Flycatcher. (the first of the year) prasad
11th Tobermory: just got a call from Tom Bettley,
seen a Magpie near his house. Andrew Oldacre
10th - Loch Ba 2 Red-throated Divers, a single
Tufted Duck (unusual in parts of Mull), a male Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted
Woodpeckers (one drumming) and a pair of Grey Wagtails. A mixed flock of
around 12 hirundines feeding at the Hunting Lodge end of the loch contained
at least six House Martins. Ruth Fleming.
10th At least 2 poss 4 Common Scoter Loch Tuath,
Gannet Loch Na Keal, male and female white tailed eagles various locations.
Loads of summer plumage Great northern divers. Redpolls on feeders at Fascadail,
9th - Torosay two Gannets in the Sound of
Mull today; several Whimbrel along shore and one male Greenland race Wheatear;
Summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver close-in at Craignure Bay. Ruth
9th Croig, 1 Tufted Duck opp oyster beds, 10-16
Dunlin, 4-6 Whimbrel, 2 White Wagtails, 3 Common Terns, 1 Great Northern
7th North Loch Frisa Tuesday 7th. Grasshopper Warbler
- my first for the year. Cuckoo calling -my first for the yaer Whitethroat
- my first again Lots of Willow Warblers And just in case your interested,
a small pool brim full of Palmate newts, both male and female. Rachel French
8th Ardrioch Farm Dervaig: A beautiful pair of
Redpoll feeding on the feeders in the garden plus Yellowhammer,
Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Siskin's. Pam.
8th watched a pair of Goldcrest
making a nest on the end of spruce branch,just coming into leaf. Male very
busy enticing the female in, didnt notice me watching., also a reeling
Grasshopper Warbler in field opposite at Gruline near the church. Mark
8th Treshnish 2 Twite and small party of Lesser
Redpolls; 2 (one male, one female) Whimbrel and a single female Bar-tailed
Godwit at Haunn. A singing male Blackcap, Tobermory, is first that we've
heard here this Spring, normally expect to hear first around mid April.
8th Grasshopper Warbler
singing (first of the year) in Salen last
8th a Sedge Warbler at Dervaig Reedbed this
7th Croig, at least 3 of the 6 terns at Croig were
Common Terns, at least 3 White Wagtails, at least 2 Whimbrels, at least
14 Turnstones, 25 Dunlin, 1 Great Northern Diver at Croig. prasad
7th 1 curlew sandpiper(first
of the year) seen at fidden with Dunlin and ringed Plover by small
stream flowing into bay next to farm. 25 whimbrel half mile beyond farm
feeding in grass fields to right of the road. One flock of 18 & one
of 7. Peter Hodgson Jim Coyle Lynda Pritchard Visiting from Glasgow
7th Lesser Redpoll on feeders in the garden at
Ardrioch today and on the tour a Whitethroat at Kellan Farm drive end.
Whimbrel at Salen and at least 3 more at Lagganulva Bay. 18 dunlin at Dervaig,
4 Red Throated Divers Loch Na Keal. Arthur
7th t two White Wagtails at Calgary Bay, with pied
wagtails and a male Wheatear right next to car park, There were also
15 summer plumage unlin on the south side of the bay. Cameron Hathorn.
7th Torosay Great views of a Red-throated Diver
in flight just offshore and 3 (2 males) Greenland
race leocorhoa Wheatears along the shore, with good nos Whimbrel
and White Wagtail. Ruth Fleming
6th Two Pomarine Skuas off Treshnish today. Ewan
6th Torosay 50+ Brent Geese, disoriented by mist
and drizzle, migrating low over the sea, NW up the Sound of Mull; five
Great Northern Divers; 14 s/p Turnstones, 10 Whimbrel, two Dunlin; four
Wheatears and a single White Wagtail were all recorded on today's walk.
Also, Whitethroat and Cuckoo heard, Craignure. Ruth Fleming
6th May Iona north
shore 1 Brunnichs Guillemot,
(extremley rare) 1 Lapland Bunting. Dr Colin
Bradshaw (hopefully we can get more information
on this sighting ?)
6th Treshnish, c250 Golden Plovers and 10 Dunlin
at Haunn, c98 Dunlin migrating north at Treshnish Point, 4 Whimbrel and
1 Great Northern Diver at Port Haunn,
6th Bunessan and saw 15 Black tailed Godwits in
the field this morning. Natasha Astill
5th Iona today, poor weather but there were a pair
of Dotterel on
the grassland above the beaches to the north of the island. An excellent
day despite the rain. Richard & Liz Airey.
5th Lochdon: 11 summer plumaged Black
tailed Giodwit, frantically feeding. Pat Stone visitor & Alan
3rd I had great views of Short eared Owls at Glen
More and Just south of Lochdon, a male Hen Harrier and splendid Summer
plumaged Black tailed Godwits at Lochdon, 2 Whinchats
on roadside to Grasspoint and a Black Guillemot at Loch Buie. David Johnston
3rd 3 Tufted Ducks 2 males and a female in Aros
Bay today, 3 Red Throated Divers at Knock and a Dipper at Lagganulva where
burn enters the bay. Dolphins in Aros Bay Arthur
3rd I heard a cuckoo on our trees at the back of
our house for the first time this year Jan Fuller
3rd Superb views of a Great Skua round the boat
today as well as Several WTE Martin
3rd We had a Redpoll in the garden this morning
Martin Mull Charters
3rd Glengorm : a summer plumaged male Snow
Bunting this bird was first seen on April 18th for one day only.
But now... it's back! has been hanging around Standing stones area. Steph
3rd A Common Whitethroat
singing about a mile west of Bunessann by the roadside this morning, couldn't
see any reports of these on your website yet so thought you might be interested.
I'm visiting for a few days, saw my first ever Corncrake
yesterday on Iona which was fantastic.
David Johnston (conratulations
David, a lifer ia always a moment to treasure)
2nd 07-00 this am (Thursday) Sedge
Warblers are in Bellart/Cuin Reed beds. Rod & Gill Little
1st - Apper Mor Eight Tree Pipits, including two
or three song-flighting males, in the remnants of a former forestry plantation.
2nd Salen Old Pier: It was so nice to see Eider
Ducks here, 11 males and 4 females. Alan Spellman
2nd I would like to report the sighting of a Barn
Owl at dusk on May 1st. Otter House, north of Salen. Paul Darby (we
have about thirty pairs of Barn Owls on Mull)
1st Glen Forsa today and the best birds were 3
Tree Pipits and 2 Cuckoos. Richard & Liz Airey.
1st Flight of 12 Whimbrel through Fionnphort this
am, surprised to see pair of Shoveller,
hiding in the reeds on Loch Pottie, (very scarce
on Mull) also 15 Teal and pair of Tufted Duck out in open water.
Sandpipers now taking up territories around the loch and good numbers of
Willow Warbler singing, as was male Reed Bunting. Our pair of Whoopers
still resting up. Mike Wagemakers
for May 2012
7th We just back from 2 glorious weeks on Mull
and we saw the Marsh Harrier at Fidden on 22nd May.Rex Earnshaw
31st Calgary:Two Red-throated Divers Calgary Bay
this Lunch time. Geoff Pain
30th Fidden. an immature
Marsh Harrier around Fidden farm area for most of the day, a full
report with photos to follow. An immature was seen at Treshnish Point by
Prasad, this is probably the same bird. David Warden
30th :1 Short eared OwlL at Loch Beg. 4 Black
Guillemot and 84 Shag in 2 rafts Off Iona ferry, Corncrake Three
good sightings in Abbey field from St Columba Hotel garden. Glaucous
Gull Still around ferry terminal.
3 Twite at Grlbunand 1 Black Throated Diver in
Craignure Bay this evening. Ken W Reeves
29th Caliach Point/Langamull; A pair of Great Skuas
on nest, two late Whimbrel and a single Great Northern Diver were the highlights
of today's walk. Ruth Fleming.
27th Ben More summit: a Dotterel
near the summit of Ben More. It was very busy feeding. No suggestion yet
that it is breeding but interesting timing. pix to follow. Dave Sexton
(pp) RSPB Senior Ecologist Dr Neil Cowie. Status/historic
records are: very scarce spring passage migrant, only a few records.
1992 14th May a single
bird was at Quinnish
2010: 2 birds seen on
hills at the back of Scoor in May. (Robert Johnson)
2011: 4th May 3 birds
were displaying on the top of Ben More. (Julian Bray)
29th 2 Sandwich Terns in
Calgary Bay & manx shearwaters at Cailaich Point. Arthur
29th Treshnish Haunn: a juvenile
Marsh Harrier Prasad
29th 5 Crossbill 1 Male 2 first year
and 2 Females . In pines behind Isle Of Mull Hotel. 2 Red throated Divers
Loch Na Keel Rubha Mor, 1 Yellow Wagtail Mull
Rugby pitch. Ken Reeves
28th Bar-tailed Godwit,1 Killiechronan this morning.
28th I was told too late that guests here reckon
they saw the shrike at Haunn today in the
afternoon but they were not certain. whatever it was it was seen behind
Haunn cottages (only about 30m from cottages)
28th Short-eared owl at east end of Loch Scridain
at 9.30am, Male and female merganser at Carsaig bay
27th Iona. A 5hr visit produced only a single calling
Corncrake, the activity of these skulking migrants being obviously curtailed
by the exceptionally warm weather. The immature Glaucous Gull was in its
usual locality either side of the Iona ferry jetty and a dull-plumaged,
short-billed arctica race Dunlin was with a very long-billed bird, probably
alpina, at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Ruth Fleming
27th Treshnish, Osprey at 7.45pm. Long-tailed Duck
is still at Calgary Bay. Prasad
27th Linnet singing forceably on telegraph wires
on path down to pier past the old quarry just north of Fionnphort.--11.00am.
26th 2 Shelduck on Ardanalish beach-- then
a Merlin flying fast over the hills at the west end of the beach at 5.30pm
26th a tagged Red Kite
over Treshnish at 2.25pm. It is a Chilterns bird from 2011 (right
wing white left wing yellow) and it is a number 7. 1 hour later a Red-backed
shrike at Treshnish. on farm-road past Treshnish House, continuing
on farm road about 200m past cowbarn on right. On wire fence bordering
small wood patch, Prasad
25th Loch na Keal: Arctic Skua in Loch Na Keal
25th: Discover Mull Tours found a Long
tailed duck in Calgary Bay & the summer plumaged Black throated
Diver in Loch na Keal. Pam & Arthur
24th 20 Crossbill over Torlochan at 5 am. Woodcock
roding most evenings here. 2 red poll grass point. Glacous gull on iona.
24th May -Female bar-tailed godwit sighted feeding
on shore North Iona beach. Corncrake seen and heard in iris bed beside
25th May-- Manx shearwater, fulmars, gannets, terns,
razorbills, guillemots. ringed plover, pied wagtail, rock pipits, swallows,
eiders, on Soa Island -- 3 miles South of Iona.
24th Loch na Keal: We had a stunning full
plumaged Black Throated Diver today off Gometra.
Mull Charters24th Torosay: 3 Red-throated Divers
in Duart Bay 2 singing Garden Warblers in Torosay woodland Ruth Fleming.
23rd -Salen - Killiechronan: An immature Golden
Eagle being buzzed by a Buzzard also saw and heard Lesser Redpoll at Salen
woods, Wood Warblers at Salen woods and Killiechronan woods (two), as well
as a singing male Garden Warbler and a singing male Redstart at Glen Aros.
22nd -Croig - Langamull:Highlights of today's walk
included two Greenland race Wheatears, four Whimbrels and two Great Northern
Divers. Ruth Fleming.
23rd John Bannon (who found our Roller last May)
has reported seeing a Green Woodpecker in
the woods north of LagganAt Langanulva today and also hearing
Nuthatch in the beech woodlands at Torloisk where the road runs
over the hill to Dervaig. Both these species are very scarce for Mull.
please report any sightings. Alan
21st a Yellow Wagtail
on Iona in fields with cattle near golf course, Steve Hack
further confirmation and
a photo from another visitor would be nice. Please ?
22nd at Langamull Prasad reports a Scandinavian
Rock Pipit on the salt marsh, (see pic)
22nd Had excellent views of corncrake today (a
first for me) on a trip to Iona, in the field by the Abbey. Wouldn't have
thought to look there if it hadn't been for your comment in Issue 9 Mull
Bird Report. Thank you!
22nd Wood Warbler seen in woods opposite wrecks
at Salen Spotted Flycatcher at Glen Forsa, 2 Common Terns at Forsa Estuary.Arthur
with Nick Evans on a wetland survey for BTO
22nd May--- 2 Great Northern Divers swimming on
this little lochan (Loch Mor-Ardanalish) early this morning along with
2 Greylag geese and 2 Mallards-- 2 sedge warblers 2 whitethroat on
western shore-- cuckoos abundant everywhere. On Ardanalish beach
were 4 Shelduck and 2 Great Northern divers off shore in afternoon;
Kestrel over field. Bob Wagner. staying Ardachy House Hotel
22nd Arthur Brown went hunting for a Common Scoter
and found one at Lagganulva.
22nd Fionnphort: Adult Glaucouse stillaround area
21st. Fidden by Erraid-- Wheatears ++
male Common Redstart. 6 Ravens 4 Curlew, (very few lapwing this year compared
with previous years). Uisken beach and scrub. whinchat, whitethroat,
sedge warblers, dunlin, common sandpiper. Hen Harrier m flying over
field in front of Ardachy 8.00pm. Bob Wagner
21st -Torosay: A singing Garden Warbler in
young birch scrub is only the second indvl of this species that we have
ever heard on Mull Ruth Fleming
21st Treshnish, 1 Osprey flying east over Old Schoolhouse.
There is a Whopper swan at end of loch assapol
(near Bunessan) also an adult Glaucous gull on Iona close to the ferry
20th Pom Skua off Grasspoint also 3 Great northern
diver, Black Guillemot. Steve Hack (staying at mullbirds)
20th a couple of Mealy Redpoll in the garden
at Torlochan. We have had a number of flyover redpoll sp. over the last
2 days so it was good to get some touch down. James Spencer & Marcus
20th Tobermory A singing male Sedge Warbler was
a new species for the Mull Magic garden, where it was joined by singing
Blackcap, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler. Ruth Fleming
Short Eared Owl: Seen every day at Lochdon, grasslands
at end of Loch Spelve, Glenmore, & Kinloch along with Reudle area on
17th. Chris Moore
Hen Harrier: at least 3 males around Lochdon &
Loch Spelve area, with single females sighted there throughout week as
well. Both m&f seen in Glenmore on several days from both carpark at
3 Lochs and further down towards Kinloch on lowlands under Ben More.
Long Eared Owl: Possible seen on 15th in evening
at Lochdon Chris Moore
Corncrake (Iona): On 16th at least 3 in field behind
firestation (all seen) plus various others seen and heard including one
very showy near to road leading to Bay/Beach at the back of island. 3 Sanderling
Great Northern Diver: Numerous birds (mostly summer
plumage) seen very well daily on Loch Scridian and Loch Na Keal.Chris
Red Throated Divers: Singles seen at Scridain,
lochbuie and Loch Na keel, some summer plumage some still winter. Gannets:
2 Feeding in Loch Na Keel on both 15th and 16th. Chris Moore
Rock Doves: Various sights all week at Griburn,
loch na Keel particularly.
Arctic Terns: Sound of Mull and Loch Na keel most
Otters: Tricky this year but Mum + 2 Young on Loch
Na Keel on 18th, Singles on Scridian on 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th.
1 Dog Otter near Lochdon bridge on 12th.
Garmony 14th: 15+ Turnstone, 10 Dunlin and 3 Ringed
Plover + 1 Otter Chris Moore
19th Glen More: spent an
hour 8.00pm watching up to six Short eared Owls, displaying and feeding
young close to the car park by the three lochans. Also three Cuckoos.
19th Myself and Marcus Conway went to have a look
for the Curlew Sandpiper today at Duart Bay which was absent (and there
were far less waders). Amongst a dozen Dunlin and six Tundrae Ringed Plovers
winter plumage Knot. There were 25 or so Whimbrel
in the area although mobile. Additionally the Garden Warbler continues
to sing from Torlochan. James Spencer
19th Black Throated Diver in w plumage at the head
of Loch Na Keal this evening. Ewan
18th Duart Bay this pm, a Curlew Sandpiper. Marcus
Conway has some shots. It was in transitional plumage, just turning pink.
Also 21 Whimbrel, 40 Tundrae Ringed Plovers, 46 Dunlin of a couple of races
and 5 Curlew. At Grasspoint, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Turnstone
and Whimbrel. James Spencer
Curlew Sandpiper at Duart Bay 18th May 2012
by Marcus Conway
Scottish nature photographer
of the year 2011. ebirder
6th Treshnish, 1 Iceland Gull at north shore.
15th 2 Short Eared Owls hunting at Kinloch Junction,
12 Dunlin and 3 Sanderling on Ardalanish Beach
SE Owl hunting adjacent to the roadside just
on the Dervaig side of the watershed on the Torloisk - Dervaig road.Distant
Golden Eagle behind Calgary House today at 1.30pm. Alison & John Harden
15th - Glen More Short-eared Owl hunting around
10.00am near the Three Lochs. Ruth.
15th Mull Charters: slightly different to normal
& we had Whimbrel, 2 Cuckoo, hunting male Hen Harrier, 6 Dunlin, Ringed
Plover, Gt Northern and Red Throated Diver, Sea Eagle (of course)&
a very close Bonxie which harried and chased the gulls following
the boat. Also 3 Otters in a family group.
14th Glenforsa shore (near mouth of River
Forsa:- 2m +1f Goosander, 1 Pale bellied Brent Goose, Arctic
Tern, White Wagtail at least 4 on airfield &
have been here for several days
Fishnish picnic area overlooking ferry terminal:-1
WTSE, 2 Whimbrel Gannet - at least 30 seen in 2 hours
flying NW up the sound. Alison & John Harden
14th Lochdon: an Osprey flying north over lochdon
towards Duart, this morning at 08.30hrs. Alan
13thCalgary beach, 1 Greenland Wheatear on rocks
beside road (photographed and verified) Prasad
11th Fionnphort-Staffa many Gannets, 1 Kittiwake,
Fulmars, Guillemots, Puffins, 30+ Manx Shearwaters
Bonxie around Staffa; Corncrake on Staffa. Iona:
Ferrypoint - golfcourse: Rock Doves Rooks, Linnets; 2 Twite; 3 more Corncrakes
heard including one seen well crossing the road, 12+ Gannets; Bonxie
Leob area: 16 Common Seals, 3 Rock Doves,
1 Sedge Warbler
12th Lochdon: 4 Bar-tailed Godwits. Craignure:
Otter fishing 100m offshore, 4 Great Northern Divers Peter and Marjolein
A few highlights from our trip to the island last
week :- Tony & Jan Jenkins
11th - Stayed at Isle of Mull Hotel, last night
on the island and following morning we hear chiffchaff & GSW.
10th - GN divers noted all along loch scridain
into double figures, also guillemots, SE owl hunting at head of loch near
bridge over river. Drive to auchnacraig bridge 2 greenshank.
10th Pennyghael, Loch Scridain: Mistle Thrush,
Great Northern Diver,Glen More: pair Golden Eagles
Loch Airde Glais: pair Red-throated Divers.
Peter and Marjolein Lewis
Head of Loch Buie: 2 Great northern Divers; Sand
Martins9th - 2 male yellowhammers under bird table at farmhouse Knockvologgan,
single whooper and 5 tufted males on loch pottie, also hunting Ringtail
Harrier hunting, 2 red throated divers on loch assapol, another whooper
in shallows on loch assapol.
9th Valley at head of Carsaig bay 2 singing
Whinchat. Also Mountain Hare in roadside conifer forest.
Carsaig Bay: 3 White Wagtails, 4 Great Northern
Divers; 4 Common Seals, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Black Guilllemots, 2 House Martins.
Carsaig-Carsaig Arches: 2 Great Northern Divers; 5 Guillemots, 2 Black
Guillemots; 6 Gannets, 6 feral Goats, 1 Otter fishing ; 4-9 Porpoises feeding
off-shore; 6 Kestrels. c 10 Herring Gull nests around arches but no sign
of any nesting Fulmars; 6 Yellowhammers (2 pairs and 2 males)8th -
Iona, 12 common terns on the crossing, corncrake near fire station and
at least 3 in abbey fields, sand martin colony in dunes on the beach at
the back of the ocean, 7 common sands at st colombus bay.
7 May f Hen Harrier, Short-eared
Owl defending territory from Hoodies and the Harrier. a Cuckoo and saw
a Buzzard and White-tailed Eagle NW of Burg. Lynne and Eve
Hallam visiting from Wiltshire.
7th - Lochdon, 7 blk t godwits, 9 mergansers, small
numbers whimbel, dunlin & ringed plover. Drive along to Pennyghael,
8 GN divers and a Common scoter noted opposite the hotel.
6th - Killiechronan, 40 greylags & 50 canada
geese, Loch ba 2 f mergansers on loch, Great Spotted Woodpecker,
nesting curlew, 2 greenshank at shallow end of loch, one pair of tufted
duck, also small sand martin colony, 5 Golden Plover in field near bridge,
2 redshank and snipe.
6th Fidden: 30+ Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwits
all put up by Peregrine. Snipe in Iris beds. 3+ Turnstones, 3+Dunlins,
pair White Wagtails, Great northern Diver, territorial Lapwings, 60 Golden
Plover ('northern type'), Linnets, Twites, Rock Dove. Peter and Marjolein
Iona: 4 calling Corncrakes between ferry point
and Abbey; Linnets, Twites, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, 22 Whimbrel in 3
groups, 3 White Wagtails, 2 Redshanks, chipping and drumming Snipe, Rock
Fionnphort: 18.40hrs Merlin, White Wagtail. Peter
and Marjolein Lewis
Uisken: Peregrine over road nearby, 4 White
Wagtails, 2 Whimbrel5th - 2 WTSEs over Calgary, male goosander at Dervaig,
male hen harrier sighted twice on walk from loch frisa to dun ara, woodcock
roding at Killiechronan
4th - pair Bullfinches at Aros park, woodcock &
tawny owl & small sand martin colony at Calgary bay
13th Calgary, 5 Sanderlings, 1 White Wagtail, 1
12th - Treshnish Headland 2 male Cuckoo's, 2 singing
Whitethroats, a pair of Lesser Redpolls, 5 Twite, Willow Warbler nest building,
Oystercatcher incubating clutch of three eggs, pair of Golden Eagles and
adult White-tailed Eagle were among the highlights of our walk today.
12th - Loch Frisa (Dervaig end) Male Hen Harrier
and single hunting Short-eared Owl. Ruth Fleming
11th May Iona 3 Corncrake seen, 1 first winter
Glaucous Gull. Fidden, 40 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Bryan Rains.
11th Treshnish, 2 Whimbrels and 5 White Wagtails
along north shore. Prasad
11th Red Grouse feeding at Reudle today 11th also
peregrine at Killiechron and Merlin on Torloisk Dervaig
road. cheers Arthur
11th Iceland Gull off Ardmore point, Drake Long-Tailed
Duck at the head of Loch Na Keal, 20 plus Whimbrel at Fidden. Ewan
10th - Tobermory Newly arrived Spotted
Flycatcher 1st singing less than 2 metres from me at the foot of
Prison Brae was as unexpected as it was unbelievable. Ruth Fleming.
8th first Arctic Terns
on the skerries near Craignure golf course. Also chiff chaff and goldcrest
at the entrance to the Loch Ba walk. Pete Hall
9th Aros Park A cock Redstart in song along the
path from Ledaig Car Park. Ruth Fleming.
8th Lochdon: 5 Whimbrel, lots of Common Sandpipers
and three Cuckoos. Alan
9th Our first Wood Warbler(singing
male). Along the Grasspoint road where the trees form a tunnel.
Just before the landscape opens out, approx. a quarter of a mile before
the cattle grid. Andrew Oldacre
8th Lochdon: 2 Whimbrel along Gorten road &
at least 2 Grasshopper Warbler along shore. Alan
8th A Bar-tailed Godwit today at Killiechronan.This
evening on a drive with Pam, Jaquie Ferriday and Mike Murphy we saw a total
of 10 Short Eared Owls. a Ring Tailed Hen Harrier and a Barn Owl, from
Ardrioch over the hill road to Torloisk through Tostary, Reudle and home
via Calgary. Arthur.
7th Lochdon: Andy Oldacre had an unusual visitor
to his bird table being a lesser black backed Gull. Andy
7th 3 Short Eared Owls and a Cuckoo at Reudle today
7th Glengorm 3 singing Blackcaps in Rhododendron
scrub around castle, 2 male Whitethroats and a gloriously pink-rumped male
Crossbill which otherwise had the grey-green feathering of a female!
6th Loch Spelve 2 immature White-tailed Eagles
(male and female) actively calling and pursuing each other, 6Great Northern
Divers and 3 Red-throated Divers; 2 cock Yellowhammers and4 displaying
Tree Pipits; and a Ringed Plover found incubating an incomplete clutch
of three eggs. Ruth Fleming
5th Pomarine Skua off Glengorm on Saturday.
6th Merlin at both Torloisk and Cailaich Point
6th We are staying at Port na Ba and have roughly
12 Whimbrel visiting daily. Richard Burdon
5th A Sedge Warbler on Loch Na Keal opposite Kellan
Farm entrance and a Black Throated Diver On
Loch Na Keal, Goosander at Laggan Ulva. Arthur
5th Treshnish, first Sedge
Warbler at Haunn. Prasad
5th Not the first, I know, but now we have Whitethroat
in Lochdon. Over the bridge and just after the cattle-grid. Andy Oldacre.
also one singing at Lochdon (Maridon) Alan
4th Loch na keal 1 fe Bar-t godwit, 10 white wagtail:
Gruline, + 8 golden plover by L Ba... David Hatfield 4thTreshnish,
6 White Wagtails, 1 Grey Wag,1 Whimbrel & 1 Dunlin along north shore.
4th Two female Ring Ouzel's at Mishnish Lochs
3rd We had an Osprey in Glen Seilisdeir on todays
tour. Bryan Rains
3rd David Sexton saw an Osprey at Glen Seilisdeir
this morning - flew towards Loch Scridain. Debby
3rd From the path from Langamull car park to Kilninian,
half a mile from the forestry, a pair of hen harriers separately hunting
on the east side of the valley. Roger Craven
3rd Salen: Grasshopper Warbler
(1st) singing away in the garden this morning. Debby Thorne
3rd Lochdon Wood Sandpiper still there at 17.00
3rd Lochdon: a Wood Sandpiper above the bridge,
200 Pinkfoot over Duart 13.00hrs flying north. regular visitor David Hatfield
2nd Port Na Ba: Now 18 Whimbrel here. Roger Craven
2nd Treshnish, 3-6 Whimbrel and 3 White Wagtails,
1st May Pale bellied Brent
Goose, Grasspoint in the evening. (Interestingly, we saw a single bird
in Ardmucknish Bay from Connel earlier in the afternoon heading West which
was presumably the same bird. This is the first pale bellied Brent Goose
I have seen). Lochdon Greenshank and female Goosander;
2nd May Martyrs Bay, Iona.
Faded 1st Winter Glaucous Gull showing brilliantly. 5-6 Corncrakes calling,
with a single showing brilliantly in the Organic Garden. Cuckoo in Heritage
Centre garden. Great Skua, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, several Great Northern
Divers, 5 Sanderling and 20+ Whimbrel West Beach. Fidden 2 s p Black
tailed Godwit. Loch Pottie Whooper Swan and 5 Tufted Ducks.
3rd May Lochdon/Loch Spelve,
2 male Whinchat. Loch Ba winter plumaged Black throated Diver, pair Tufted
Duck.Ross Facer Area Manager - London and East. RSPB Fundraising Direct
(posted 10th May)
1st Lochdon: 20 Black tailed Godwit here briefly
this morning, most in summer plumage. pp Alan
1st Dervaig: two Black tailed
Godwit (1st) at Guin, one in full summer plumage Arthur
1st Long tailed duck landed next to boat this afternoon.
1st A Whitethroat (1st)
at Killiechronan, a Barn Owl at Dervaig this pm. Arthur
1st Uisken 1 Whinchat. (1st)
& a Common Tern (1st) on Loch Scridain
reports for May 2011
13th May Ardalanis car park: a flock of 30+ Mealy
Redpoll following the extraorinary srtong S/SW winds and heavy rainn storms.
birds obviously grounded due to weather conditions but a real treat for
lucky finder & regular contributer David Hatfield
29th Ferry out of Oban: 2 arctic skua (one juv ,one
dark phase adult) harassing a mixed flock arctic and common tern off craignure
seen from the 2pm ferry out of Oban.
Buff breasted Sandpiper at Fidden 27th May
2011. a first record for Mull
30th Iona: Male Corncrake sighted outside Iona
Community Visitor Centre (near abbey) 6pm today- very good views.
Great Skua harassing a gannet in sound Iona. Mark
Carter (visitor from Autrailia)
30th Dervaig: One Curlew seen (photographed) and
another heard close to the turning to the scenic route to Dervaig from
Pennyghail Peter Kent
21st to 25th May. As you'll be only too aware
the weather wasn't great so we didn't get great views of the Eagles, however
we did pick up on some pretty special wildlife, the highlights as follows:
21st May Loch na Keal : 2 Black Guillemot,
1 Great Northern Diver (breeding plumage)
22nd May Fionnphort : (10:50am) Great Skua harrying
gannets around the islands North of the harbour.
Sound of Mull : 6 Arctic Terns
Iona (West beach) : Wader flocks including 20+
Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin and at least 6 Sanderling (3 in breeding plumage).
Pair of Corncrakes in the meadow in front of the parish church.
Fidden : Pair of Redshank, 8 Ringed Plovers and
10 Dunlin. Late afternoon male Hen Harriers hunting at Pennygael and Glen
23rd May - adventurous weather conditions!! Sabine's
Gull and Red necked Phalarope. Nick & Stella Laughton
A memorable end to a very wet day!
24th May Ulva Ferry : Otter and White-tailed Eagle.
Calgary : Black Guillemot and Red-throated Diver. Loch na Keal : 4 Great
Northern Diver (1 almost breeding plumage, the others immatures). Loch
Spelve area : Short-eared Owl hunting.
25th May Caliach Point (viewed from the car) :
Great Northern Diver (breeding plumage), 2 Great Skuas feeding on the sea,
4+ Black Guillemot. Nick & Stella Laughton
29th Croggan: Cuckoo seen (several heard);
Redstart; Redpoll; Red breasted Merganser; Black Guillemot; Buzzard.
Finding your Bird Report very helpful thanks.
28th Duart Point : male Hen Harrier over the marsh.
light Phase Arctic Skua attacking gulls offshore towards Lismore
Lighthouse (seen again later from the 5pm ferry to Oban) Matt Atkin
28th Craignure Golf course: - 9 Northern
Golden Plover, 40+ Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone + 10 Common Gulls
nesting on the beach. John Miles
27th May 1 Long tailed Skua, 5 Arctic Skuas and
flock of 25+ Pom/Long tails seen off Coll by boat by my son.
28th Langamull: Dark phase arctic skua flying over
land at Langamull beach this morning. Circa 10 gannets diving close
in shore. And the sun was shining! Matt Atkin
27th Fidden: a Buff breasted Sandpiper
at Fidden. Bryan Rains l
(this is a first record for Mull)
thanks also to Sandy Aitken
This photo & Storm Petrel by Bryan Rains Wild
about Mull tours
27th Knock: There was a Sea eagle above the sea
just off the fish farm waiting for a shelduck chick to surface. It then
flew off with the chick. Colin Moody
27th Dervaig: Jay seen to 200 yards Dervaig side
of Langamull car park.Pam & Arthur Brown
26th Fidden 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Greylags.
24th Loch Scridain: a Storm Petrel at Loch Scridain
on 24th. Bryan Rains.
24th up to 20 Corncrakes in around around Hotel
Columba, Fire Station, Nunnery, abbey Iona. Gary Jenkins
22nd male Hen harrier Fidden, usual flock of twite.Gary
Jenkins 23rd f/male hen harrier Fidden Gary Jenkins
25th Loch na Keal: Pair of Red-throated Divers
close in, by pontoon on South side. Stuart Gibson
24th Seawatch Caliach point 6am to 8am: Large numbers
of seabirds heading SW round the point. Manx Shearwaters approx 2000 (20
passing through per minute), Guillemots 1000+, Razorbills 500+, Black guillemots
50, Arctic Skua 1, Fulmars 20, GN Diver 1, Gannets 100+. Juliet Vines
and Steve Chapman
24th Loch na Keal 11am to 2 pm: Sabine's Gull 1
adult in breeding plumage on beach between Killiechronan and Knockwith
a large aggregate of gulls feeding on a seal carcas. It was with 5 black-headed
gulls. Seen at aprox 1.30pm. Arctic terns 6 off beach as above. Juliet
Vines and Steve Chapman
24th Loch Scridain 3pm: Great Northern Diver 2
in summer plumage, Storm Petrel 2 passing close to the shore and flying
west towards the sea, Common sandpipers 2 on shore. Juliet Vines and Steve
24th Calgary Bay: 1 Sabine's still on Calgary beach
today although as i left it flew into the sea near the shore,
19th Pennyghael: Green sandpiper- seen near Pennyghael.
Only when the bird took off and flew high did its ID become known, showing
a white rump and dark under wings. Steve Egglestone
16th Fidden: Whimbrel- 16 at Fidden and 26 around
the Ardalanish bay area. Steve Egglestone
17th Ardaliansh Bay:Sanderling- 12 birds present
in Ardalanish bay.Steve Egglestone
17th Sound of Iona: Sandwich tern- 2 birds in the
sound of Iona & 4 birds just off the bay at Ardalanish on the same
14th Fidden: Mountain hares- Over 20 hares
present around Fidden area at 6pm. Steve Egglestone
23rd Calgary Bay: Today there was a Sabine's Gulls
in Calgary bay plus 3 Arctic Skuas, Prasad.
This Red necked
Phalarope was at Killiechronan 23rd May. a first record for Mull
Photo's by kind permission of Phillip Hampson &
Tony Coombs with e birders group
23rd Killiechronan 5.30pm: whilst watching the Sabine's
Gull, a male Red necked Phalarope flew in and landed next to the Sabine's.
Alan. Marcus Conway, Arthur Brown et al (Red Necked Pharalope is a first
23rd A Sabine's Gull at Killichronan today (different
bird to the last one (17th) - fuller dark head) Mike Sheppard,
Jenny Buckley, Alan Spellman, Arthur Brown, Marcus Conway et al.
Sabine's Gull at Killiechronan 23rd May 2011 (a
different bird to that seen on 17th) pix by Alan
23rd Loch na Keal: this awful weather is not all bad
!, it brought in 2 Pomarine Skua into Loch na Keal. Mike Shepherd
23rd Common Rosefinch made an appearance again
briefly this morning. Pam & Arthur Brown
21st Fidden: a Pectoral Sandpiper on 21st May at
Fidden. Bryan Rains
22nd Knock: There was an Arctic Skua at Knock this
evening. Cynthia Grindley
22nd Ardrioch Dervaig: a rare Common Rosefinch
(male) photographed on the feeder by Pam Brown in the garden. (this is
only the second record on Mull of this rare bird, the first being on 16th
(male) photographed on the feeder by Pam Brown in the garden.
Gull was at Killiechronan on 23rd May 2011. Photo by Tony Coombs
20th: Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Loch
Buie (carsaig track) Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
18th: Crossbills in Glen Forsa valley opposite
Kilbeg cottage also Merlin Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
17th: Wood Warblers in abundance on lighthouse
walk at Tobermory am Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
17th: Short Eared Owl on Torloisk to Dervaig moor
pm. Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
16th:Ariel battle between short eared owl and male
hen harrier at Lochdon 6.30 pm (harrier defeated!)
20th Knock: a Green Sandpiper feeding on the runrigs
beside the road at Scarisdale west of Knock. Cynthia Grindley
20th Loch na Keal: a lone Whooper Swan near
Bacca Cottage opposite Inch Kenneth. It flew away from me towards the island
but remained visible for quite a while. Thought this rather unusual at
this time of year. Pete Hall
14th Single Pomarine Skua headed northwest up Mull
Sound on Sat 14th May. I was on "Lord of the Isles" inbound Lochboisdale
to Oban, and the light phase bird passed between us and "Clansman" which
was on the Morvern side of the Sound outbound from Oban. Time 1755 and
bird was heading northwest. The last of 15 Poms (and 1 Long-tailed Skua,
1 Arctic) seen on the crossing that day. Richard
19th National Trust for Scotland car park
at Tioran - Bullfinch, Siskin. J. Morgan & family
19th still good numbers of Great northern diver
to be found on most lochs (1on Loch Scridain) Kevin Boothroyd
19th Croggan: 15 Purple Sandpipers along the narrows
shore line.visitor Paul
17th Loch na Keal: a Pomarine Skua close inshore. David
17th near Croig:
an Eurasian Jay here today. Roger Doble. (see also 3rd)
17th Loch na Keal: Sabine's Gull seen today in
Loch na Keal, photos to follow. mull charters and e birder Marcus
15th Ash Soames Bunessan fisherman on the creeler
'Pioneer' fishing out of Fionnphort, 2 miles out of Colonsay on the south
side of Iona, a Pomarine Skua. Ash Somes Callum Entwhistle.
16th Craignure: Pomarine Skua seen from Mull
Hotel in Craignure bay at 18-30hrs flying west over main road and lost
to veiw, it had a full spoon tail. Mike stephens
15th Lochdon: watched a male Hen Harrier take a
small bird, land and start to pluck it, it's exciting stuff here at Lochdon.
14th Lochdon: a pair of Short eared Owls display
flight and a hunting male Hen Harrier. Alan
14th Loch Tuath: Saw an Arctic Skua yesterday 14th
Loch Tuath. John Mason
14th Lochdon. Spotted Flycatcher returned to my
garden, checking out it's nesting site again this year. Alan Spellman pix
11th: Corncrake calling near Haunn, Treshnish.
11th Fidden Corncrake here in fields left of the
farm at Fidden. Alan Spellman
11th 2 Corncrakes were seen on a 'Discover Mull'
special for Wildisles week on Iona, several more were heard. Pam Brown
10th Loch Cuin: a Bonxie flying down loch Cuin
(maybe from Caliach ? had not arrived there last week). Roger Craven
10th: Had an awesome sighting today as two Golden
Eagles were mobbed by 2 Ravens, a male Hen Harrier and an Osprey!! Other
notable sightings included 2 RT Diver, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, Adder
and Mountain Hare.Bryan Rains
10th Croig: 3 Common Terns, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit
and 1 Whimbrel. Prasad.
9th Loch Beg: A non-breeding Black-tailed Godwit
was at Loch Beg yesterday.Hugh Matthews, Northants Bird Club. Dave Jackson
9th Killiechronan: Four Bullfinches on chestnut
tree yesterday. Jan Fuller
4th Ben More: three Dotterel on Ben More
last Wednesday (May 4) at map ref 514336, just at the top of the first
shoulder on the usual route, before the first screes, but 50 yards south
of the path as we'd drifted briefly off route!. Julian Bray
3rd Glengorm: a Long-Eared Owl - possibly
feeding a chick - at Glengorm, near where we were staying. Julian Bray
7th: first of the year 1 Spotted Flycatcher in
Treshnish wood. Prasad
6th Loch na Keal: Saw 2 Common Terns yesterday,
my first this year. Martin
6th May: Guest here Tony Gibson saw a Brent Goose
at Ulva ferry. Prasad Arthur Brown
6th Grasspoint/Lochdon a female Marsh Harrier over
this morning. Richard Atkinson, David Woodhouse et al (only the fourth
Mull record, all of which have been seen in April-May. 2006 - 2007-
2009 - 2011)
5th: 2 Jackdaws in north-west Mull (present since
the beginning of the week). Prasad
4th Torloisk: 2 Short Eared Owls off Dervaig to
Torloisk road last night. Arthur Brown
3rd: 1 Grasshopper Warbler at Haunn (at night of
3/4th). Prasad Also singing Grasshopper Warblers through the night here
at Lochdon Alan
3rd Croig: saw two Eurasian Jays flying into the
forestry between the Croig turning and the Langamull car park. Roger Craven
3rd Scoor: we have a group of biology students
here this week from Manchester MMU and they have repeatedly heard Corn
Crakes, early morning, down by Kilvickeon Cemetery near to Harrisons Loch
on the Scoor Rd. Secondly, we have our usual House Martins back
building nests in the eaves of Scoor House. Not as many as usual.
Scott & Dianne Gates
3rd Lagganulva: 4 Twite and 2 Red Throated
Divers and a House Martin here as well, also a Sonechat at Tostary,
they seem thin on the ground this year. Whimbrel every day on north shore
of Loch Na Keal near boat house. Arthur
3rd Kilfinichen 1 Lesser Whitethroat. Ardfenaig
approx 60 Brent Geese flying East. Fidden 18 Dunlin. Lots of Whimbrel seen.
Martin numbers seem to be normal - a few birds building nests at Kinloch
and the usual amounts in the usual places for me. Bryan Rains
4th Lochdon: an Osprey catching a fish this morning.
2nd Narrow Bordered Bee Hawkmoth (Hemaris Tityus)
seen flying today. Mike Leigh-Mallory
1st Duart Bay: 2 Ospreys fishing over Duart Bay
(for around ten minutes).Cameron Hathorn
1st: Rough legged buzzard - seen circling to the
North of A849 at Lochdon. Initially I thought it was a honey buzzard
however the lack of bands on the tail ruled this out.
Hobby was spotted (being mobbed by Hooded Crow)
due South of Loch Ba.
Merlin (female) on B8035 south of Ben More, North
of Aird of Kinloch) - beautiful bird flew alongside the car for about 10
seconds before settling in a small bush. Dr C N Chatterton BSc., MSc.,
2nd Loch na Keal: 2 Puffins and five Great northern
Diver (summer plumaged birds) Alan
1st: 1 Housmartin at Dervaig reedbeds. Tony Gibson
(any more sightings they seem to be very scarce so fa this year ?)
1st Grasspoint/Lochdon: A few friends had an Osprey
last night and again this morning at Grasspoint. Iain Robson & co.
1st Gribun: a female Black Redstart in cottage
garden close to Gribun rock, photographed by visitor (this is only the
third Mull record, last being in 2006 & 2007) Martin Gillingham
Latest reports for May 2010
31st Treshnish-Haunn: Both Corncrakes here on Saturday
and at least on here on Sunday. Anand Prasad
I have a report of a probable Goshawk at Glengorm,
there have been previous reports from this area. any further information
out there please ? Alan
30th Loch Tuath: A Black Throated Diverin
Loch Tuath seen from Tostary. (most probably the same bird seen
on 12th at Ulva AS) Arthur Brown
29th Calgary: dark phase Arctic Skua chasing com.and
arctic terns this morning Calgary Bay. Andy & Helen Mortley
28th Loch Ba: Six species of breeding wader at
head of loch : Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew and
Common Sandpiper; three singing Redstarts, two singing Tree Pipits and
two calling Cuckoo's; also, territorial male Mistle Thrush and two House
Martins. Ruth and Stuart (I want to say " and a Partridge in a
pear tree "! ) AS
Richard Howells of Sandbach reports his weeks stay:
12th May:Black-throated Diver in summer plumage
off Ulva Ferry .
4 Greylag Goose and Peregrine (f) on Staffa.
dark phase Arctic Skua and 2 Purple Sandpiper Lunga. Great Skua on Fladda.
8th Gruline an Osprey , one flew up off the north
end of Loch Ba, mobbed by the resident Buzzard.
15th eight rare Little Tern seen heading
up the Sound of Mull, from the ferry.
10th a Dipper below river bridge at Knock and a
pair of Blackcap close by.
12th Twite on both Staffa (3 pairs) and Lunga
(1 pair). and seen on Iona.
8th Crossbill 2 seen in cottage garden pine
treeKnock. 10th 1 red 6 green seen at Loch Ba, feeding and drinking from
ground. 11/05. 4 seen in cottage garden pine tree Knock 9th a Bullfinch
at Croig. Richard Howells Sandbach Cheshire.
27th Iona: Few Corncrakes calling, but still managed
to get views of two individuals, including one in flight, near the Nunnery.
Only one of the two previous Pale-bellied Brent Geese at the Bay at the
Back of the Ocean, where yesterday's migrant wader flock had dwindled to
around 20 Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Eight ad. Greylag Geese supporting
creche of 17 goslings (in three broods), Loch na Keal, where pair of Canada
Geese seen with single gosling. Ruth and Stuart.
27th Calgary: A single Common Scoter at Calgary,
29 Dunlin at Dervaig. Arthur Brown.
26th Iona: long view of a rasping Corncrake
in Flag Iris bed , two late Pale-bellied Brent Geese at The Bay at the
Back of the Ocean, where there was a mixed migrant flock of over 70 waders,
predominantly Dunlin and Ringed Plover, but with 10, yet to moult in to
breeding plumage, Sanderlings; a single Whimbrel was also seen and heard.
25th Langamull/Croig/Dervaig: Very pale and small
1st Summer immature Glaucous Gull was at Croig, migrant flock of 30 Ringed
Plovers and eight Dunlin resting near Croig, where local pair of Ringed
Plovers incubating clutch of four eggs; 26 migrant Dunlin at Dervaig, where
female Mallard with nine ducklings. Ruth Fleming
24th Langamull: Large flock (40) of Crossbills,
feeding on larch seeds, at entrance to Langamull forest. Both males and
females seen feeding juveniles and interesting to speculate that flock
consisted purely of family parties of this chunky, enigmatic finch. Seems
that Crossbills have enjoyed a successful breeding season in North Mull.
Ruth and Stuart
23rd Ardura Oak Woods: Wood Warbler, Redstart.
Grasspoint:Whinchat, Wood Warbler, Redstart, 4 Drake Goosander. Alan
22nd Iona: a report of aPied
Flycatcher here today. Inverness group
some late reports: 18th Glengorm: an Adult
Glaucous gull on the Glengorm shoreline from. Angus Laing
15th Oban-Craignure: 19 Common Scoter seen off
the Ferry. a great start to any holiday. a Pale Bellied Brent Ardalanish
on 14th, Great Skua over Loch Assapol 14th, Greenshank Loch Beg 12th .
21st Tiroran: 1 Wood Warbler and 1 Blackcap.
Loch Beg 30 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Bryan Rains.
21st Frisa: Spotted Flycatcher at the Hide today
along with great spotted woodpecker, grey and pied wagtails, siskins, sand
martins, swallows, cuckoo, wheatears, chiff chaff, lapwings divebombing
our sea eagles! colony of common gulls - on the water Black throated Diver,
red breasted mergansers. Debby Thorne
21st Arle: a beautiful Red Legged Partridge on
the side of the main road to Tobermory at Arle. It was perched on a mound
of soil in a very conspicuous position close to the main road on the left
hand side just passed Kentallan Farm. Jan & Pete Hall
21st Lochdon: 100 summer plumaged Dunlin at thr
'Gorsten end of the loch. Ian & Chris Brookes
20th Treshnish Headland: Two rasping Corncrakes,
the individual at Treshnish even deigned to give us a prolonged, if distant
view! Single Whimbrel and Dunlin, 2 pairs each of Ringed Plover and
Oystercatcher, all of which were still incubating. Seven Twite, five singing
Sedge Warblers, four male Whitethroats and singing Reed Bunting, plus what
appeared to be a family party of seven Ravens
14th Baliscate Standing Stones: Newly fledged family
party of Stonechats, in field near Standing Stones. Ruth and Stuart
15th Oban-Crainure Ferry: one Arctic Skua:
and one on 17th from Port Haunn. Visitor Mike Scott-Ham
Also 2 male Corncrakes and Grasshopper Warblers
are still here last night! One at Haunn another at Treshnish. Anand Prasad
19th Quinish: 2 Red-throated Divers calling , several
adult Gannets, 2 pairs Shelduck, 2 pairs Lapwing, single Ringed Plover
with migratory group of four Dunlin, single Wood Pigeon, Cuckoo seen in
flight, several singing Skylark, male Redstart in song, male Whinchat in
song, good numbers of breeding Wheatear, single male Stonechat, pair Mistle
Thrush, three singing Grasshopper Warblers, two singing Sedge Warblers,
three singing Whitethroats, male Blackcap, two singing Wood Warblers, three
Twite, two Crossbills, single Bullfinch and male Reed Bunting. Ruth and
19th Grasspint several Twite.
Lochbuie GN diver, 4 RT divers & Black guillemot. Ian & Chris Brookes
18th: Iona - we saw Corncrake
(+photo!) as described + 1 at allotments near the Abbey . Ian & Chris
18th Dervaig: Sedge Warbler
at Dervaig reed bed and Spotted Flycatcher in the trees at the side of
the reed bed, Zara Tivey
17th. Also twite near ferry
Sanderling arctic terns etc. At Fidden another single bl t godwit. Ian
& Chris Brookes
17th Lochdon: a single summer
plumaged Black tailed Godwit on the shore this evening. ian & Chris
17th Tershnish point: an
Ospreytoday (17th) at Treshnish Point which then headed in Calgary direction.
17th Staffa: Corncrake here
today on Staffa island. pp Colin Moody
17th Lochdon: reeling Grasshopper
Warbler, singing Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler along the shore line. Alan
17th Craignure: took some
pics of Tree Creeper here today (see above pix). Alan
12th Scoor: two male
Dotterel on the hill behind scoor. also saw a Magpie at Killfinichen Bay
area and several Great skuas including one in off the sea and
over loch assapoll. Robert Johnson & Laurence Potter from Woodbridge
15th Iona: Corncrake heard & seen also
Twite and Linnet and a small population of Tree Sparrow (7 birds seen).
Arctic Terns and Gannets on the boat journey over. Alan
Ring Ouzel recorded above
the Mast Hill by Craignure, 3 birds, a possible pair and a single bird.
(pp Arthur Brown)
13th Treshnish Haunn: The first Spotted Flycatcher
here. Anad Prasad
14th Interesting observation? I watched a
male Chaffinch for about 5 mins on my garden lawn, picking up ants and
placing them into its feathers just like a Woodpecker does. I have never
seen this before. Alan
13th Fionnphort - Corncrake calling this
evening in the field below the road here in the village Mike Wagemakers
13th Loch na Keal: a winter plumaged Red
necked Grebe ,viewed from the south side. Peter Hall & David Woodhouse
13th Garmony picnic area: a Hoopoe was seen here
today. Rod Taylor (visitor)
13th Killfinican Bay: a Magpie here, possibly the
same bird seen on 12th at Beach. Peter Hall & Bryan Rains
3rd May Kintra: On walk crossing stream below Inver
cottage on 3rd May we saw what appears to be a Yellow Wagtail. I attach
cropped picture (above) I hope it will be sufficient to confirm the ID.
Hilary Adams and Chris Jenkins
12th: A couple of sightings from today.....Kilfinichen
1 Magpie. Beach 1 Garden Warbler. Fidden 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel,
20 Golden Plover, 30 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover. Bryan Rains
11th I was just about to ask "where
are all the Stonechats?" when today,
out with a friend we found two Stonechat, one at Uisken and another at
Lochhdon, both males. I am so chuffed ! Alan
10th Loch na Keal boat trip with Mull Charters
: produced Red throated divers, Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Razorbill and
spectacular Sea Eagles at close quarters and taking fish off the water.
a great day out, thanks to Martin and Judith.
10th Dervaig: 4 Black tailed Godwits still here this
early pm, plus Dunin also in summer plumage. Alan
8th Dervaig: This morning 4 Black Tailed Godwit
in summer plumage made a brief visit to Loch Cuin Rod & Gill
6th May - Speinne Mor: Three Golden Plovers on
summit of North Mull's half-Munro . Ruth and Stuart
7th Croig Pier: an Arctic Tern here, the first
record of the year. Arthur Brown
7th Loch na Keal: We had 8 Sea eagles today around
the boat 2 close taking fish (possibly same one twice) and 6 circling above
probably juveniles. Also several puffins and a Great Skua. Martin -
6th a Red kite on the Tobermory Road between
the turn off for the hide and heading towards Tob pp Debbie Thorne
3rd Treshnish Woods: a 'pair' of Stock Doves were
at Teshnish Woods today, Anand Prasad. This is a scarce bird for Mull with
very few records, there was a couple of birds at Killiechronan in April
3rd Loch Cuin: 3 Shelduck on Loch Cuin. Rod
& Gill Little
30th April Grasspoint: Grasshopper Warbler (in
song and showing well), Whinchat (male), Common Whitethroat, Common Redpoll
(flock of 15+), Cuckoo
Lochdon: Grasshopper Warbler (2 in song, one showing
extremely well), Greenshank, Otter
2nd May Iona Corncrake x 3, Twite x 5, Iona
West Beach: Manx Shearwater x 10, Sanderling x 3, Turnstone
Fidden Whimbrel (flock of 29 Ross Facer
Glen Moore (nr. quarry): Golden Eagle (male displaying),
WTSE (ad and imm) Ross Facer
Loch Spelve Lochdon road: at least 3 male Whinchats
Loch Spelve: 3 S E Owl showing brilliantly early evening
Lochdon: Hen Harrier (male), S E Owl, Otter, Reed
Plus plenty of Great Northern Divers at various
locations. Ross Facer
2nd Staffa: Purple Sandpipers here this day.
2nd - Ulva Ferry and Inch Kenneth 1 Swift, Ulva
Ferry. Six Whimbrel, 3+ White Wagtails and single House Martin, Inch Kenneth,
where Oystercatcher nest with clutch of two eggs. 'Drumming' Snipe at Arle
Ruth and Stuart
1st May Glen Moore (nr. quarry): Golden Eagle
(pair), WTSE (ad), Hen Harrier (male), White Wagtail, Stonechat (the only
one seen during our trip) Ross Facer
Loch Beg Sparrowhawk x 3 (2 females) displaying
overhead Scoor: Twite x 20 Ross Facer
Loch Na Keal Whimbrel x 4; Twite x 8 (incl. a
ringed individual colour ringed on left leg 1 (possibly 2) green and
cream rings; silver ring on right leg) at Calgary , but Treecreeper and
Cuckoo Ross Facer
Lochdon Hen Harrier (2 males), S E Owl (2), Grasshopper
Warbler (in song and showing extremely well) Ross Facer
1st May Loch na Keal: a drake Blue Winged Teal
here 30th April-1st May, this stunning bird is a first record for Mull.
the bird was later found on Gigha (2nd) Thanks to Bruce Hyde for reporting
the very rare visitor from N America.
1st Iona: 1 Common Tern in the Sound, 4 calling
Corncrake (only 1 Seen), 2 Sedge Warbler and plenty of Twite
flying around. Bryan Rains
for May 2009
Last weekend I took a photograph
of a bird (Rose coloured Starling) taken on Friday 29th May, above
Tobermory, on the Dervaig road, at approximately NM499551.
Reports from last week: Uisken:
Arctic Skua, dark phase adult flew south, Great Skua, 2 from NW beach Iona
, 2 more on crossing between Lunga and Staffa. Whooper Swan & Tufted
Duck on Loch Pottie , Golden Plover summer plumage adult Pennyghael,
3 Whimbrel, 3 flew over Grasspoint, Merlin Female/immature seen from
road near Lochdon, W of Grasspoint, SE Owl also here, Uisken. Hen Harrier
males seen most days also W of Bunessan, Grasspoint, and Glen Bellart
(between Salen and Dervaig), Barn Owl East of Pennyghael, Peregrine at
Calgary Beach , Corncrake, 5 males calling Iona. . Whinchat stunning
male Grasspoint and Twite 2 Ardalanish Beach pm Sun 24th, 2-4 North end
of Iona. David & Janet Franklin
But the best sighting (in
that it was alone of all we saw was a lifer for us) was several Narrow-leaved
Helloborines in wood containing sculpture trail near Calgary Beach . Also
40 Early Purple Orchids near Ardalanish Beach.
Reports from last week:
25th May Otter north of
Salen, reeling Grasshopper Warbler in the garden of our self-catering cottage
seaview in Salen (also calling on 26th but not after) 26th May Adult
Long-tailed Skua close to Lunga , also Arctic Skua near Ulva 27th May
Great northern Diver (Loch Scridain), Slavonian grebe and Red-throated
Diver (Loch Buie)
28th May Male Hen Harrier
east of Bunnesan, 5 or 6 corncrake calling around Baile Mor on Iona 29th
May Black-throated Diver, Bonxie, and 8 possible Pomarine Skuas very
distantly (west end of Coll from the whale watching trip) Ben Lascelles
Reports from last week:
Sunday 24 May: Great Northern
Diver, summer plumage at grasspoint. Also at Grasspoint was an Arctic
Skua harassing an Arctic Tern. 2 Otters in Salen bay. Monday 25 May:
Cuckoo, spotted flycatcher by Aros Castle
Wednesday 26 May: 2 Great
Skuas at Lunga. Thursday 27 May: 3 great northern divers, winter plumage
on Loch Buie. Friday 28 May: Aros Mains: 2 Tawny Owl calling in the woods.
Saturday 29 May: Grasspoint : Flock of 18 Dunlin, golden eagle. Reports
from another holiday maker of 3 mink in the old pier (2 adults and 1 juv
noticed significantly less calling cuckoos than last year. Carl Winkley
Roding Woodcock over Laggan
Lodge, Lochbuie, 10.50pm Friday 29th May.
Shelduck drake, Little Laggan
beach, Lochbuie.. Pair red breasted mergansers, Lochbuie end, Loch Splevie
Common gull nesting colony
completely crashed this year - Little Laggan beach, Lochbuie
not even one nesting bird. It used to team with nesting gulls.
for May 2009
31st An invasion of Painted
Ladies. We had at leasdt 26 in 1km stretch Anand Prasad. one in Stuart
Gibsons garden at Salen. Keep a look out there will be many more over the
next week or two. Alan
30th Calgary Bay: a
pair of long tailed duck at Cagary Bay, female Goosander at Mishnish lochs,
Swift flew over Loch na Keal & s/p Golden Plover at Calliach Point.
Arthur Brown Discover mull Tours
30th Lochdon: an Osprey stopped
here this pm ,caught a fish and found a tree in which to eat it. Alan
28th Loch Buie: 3 Black Throated
Diver (2 summer plumage, 1 winter plumage), 1 Red Throated Diver
Loch Uisg: Golden Eagle,
Common sandpiper. Jonathan Scragg
28th Iona: Great Skua flying
North through the Sound, Male Peregrine circling Dun I (29th)
Highlight was the s/p Slav
Grebe (already reported to you) in the bay-at-the-back-of-the-ocean - sitting
tight, out of the wind about 10 yards from the shore. Matt Atkin
27th Carsaig Bay: two summer
plumage Black-throated Diver Carsaig Bay Carol Marshall
27th Iona: 5 rasping Corncrakes
mid-day between ferry and 'Bay at the Back of the Ocean'; adult. s/p Slavonian
Grebe giving prolonged views at Bay at the Back of the Ocean; migrant flock
of ca. 20 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover and 6 + Sanderling on tide-line at Bay
of the Back of the Ocean; 2 ad. ff Shelduck with creche of 8 recently hatched
ducklings at Bay at the Back of the Ocean; 22 Eider (inc. 9 prs) at Bay
at the Back of the Ocean; pair of Twite giving excellent views as they
bathed in puddle along track to St Columba's Bay; pair of Ringed Plover,
St Columba's Bay.3 Great Northern Divers (inc 2 in imm/non-breeding plumage),
Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
26th Loch na Keal: two summer
plumaged Great northern Diver here today. We have a pair of Black Guillemot
nesting in the old pier at Craignure. Peregrine on the north side of loch
na keal Kevin Boothroyd
25th Loch Buie: all three
divers here, including 2 summer Black throated divers. Jim and Linda Hurles
24th Quinish (by Dervaig):
3 singing Wood Warblers, White narrow leaved Helleborine near the path;
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Wheatear, Stonechat;
2 singing male Reed Buntings; single Whimbrel and Red-throated Diver, along
with Otter, near Quinish Point. Ruth Fleming/Stuart Gibson
23rd Haunn cottages,
Treshnish: Saw my first Spotted Flycatcher here today. Anand Prasad
23rd Loch Ba: nesting Common
Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Lapwing & Oystercatcher, RB Mwerganser. Grey
Wagtail, calling Golden Plover. Ruth Flemming & Stuart Gibson.
20th had our suspicions about
the swan on Loch Pottie, was certain we had a Mute Swan a few weeks ago,
today I found Whooper Swan under the protection of a Canada Goose.
20th Ardalanish beach: 6
Whimbrel and 3 Sanderling and Early Purple Orchids, (33 plants). Alan
19th Ardnalish, Ross of Mull:
Great Skua and Red Grouse, Golden Eagle, Great Northern Diver and 2 Common
Terns nearby at Traigh Gheal. Anand Prasad
19th Garmony picnic area:
a group of 6 summer plumaged Ruddy Turnstone here. Dai Roberts & Andy
19th Laggan Bay: the White
billed diver has been seen again in the bay. Alan Coles et al
19th Track to Killean/Gualachaolish
(Lochdon) Male Whinchat in song; Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler (2)
singing at Killean Burial Ground; 2 Short-eared Owls hunting in late afternoon;
Meadow Pipit nest c/5 found, Killean - Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
13th May along the Salen
to Dervaig road (Glen Bellart) a Red Kite photographed.
18th Treshnish point: at
dusk saw a Swift moving northwards over Treshnish House . Anand Prasad
18th Swift in Fionnphort
area for it's second day yesterday also Merlin, fem Hen Harrier and 30
Dunlin. Uisken has 2 Common Tern, 2 RT Diver, Whinchat, Cuckoo and Sedge
17th Iona Corncrake seenalso
Gannets in the sound with Arctic Terns, Summer plumaged Great northern
Diver on Loch Scridain by Pennyghael. Felicity Hanson/Alan/Judith Spellman
17th Iona Corncrakes
seen and heard and one Lesser Redpoll nr Tigh Shee.Later on Mull
at Loch na Keal 6 Golden plover, and a Yellow wagtail (blue headed race)
information to follow. Christine Rose and Bob Bailey
17th May - Salen fort/Glenaros
farm Immature. WTSE over Salen; singing Redstart, Wood Warbler and Tree
Pipit, Glenaros track; Ad. s/p Red-throated Diver, Salen bay. Also, male
Green Hairstreak butterflyand two Meadow Pipit nests, each with c/4, Salen
fort - Ruth Fleming & Stuart Gibson
16th Duart Castle:
a Corncrake was calling at Duart Castle near the car park.Also of
note were 2 calling, summer plumage Black throated Divers on Lochbuie on
Friday 15th, and on a walk from Pennyghael to Carsaig on Thursday
was a Male Hen Harrier and at the beginning and later end of our walk were
2 Golden Eagles above the summit of the road. 3 Red throatedDivers in Calgary
Bay. 11th-12th. Vivienne Fish.
16th Treshnish headlands:
Snow Bunting (male) and a Swift passing through. Ruthe Flemming & Stuart
15th Sound of Mull:
Terns over small island north of Craignure (18 counted airborne, as well
as numerous small parties commuting south to fish in the confluence of
the sound and Loch Linnhe. Both Common and Arctic seen fishing and resting
on Lady's Rock? 2 Arctic Skuas seen off Duart point heading north up the
Sound together, 1 pale phase and 1 dark phase.
14th Hawn Treshnish car park:
a eurasion jay here John Mason
14th Fionnphort: 3
Dunlin (with black bellies) on the beach
14th Sound of Iona:
Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Kittiwakes (inc one perfect 1st year plumage),
Great Skua (around 1445, heading south, close inshore). 13th Ishriff Glen
More: Male Merlin south across road.
14th May - Loch Beg 1 Greenshank
and ca. 10 Golden Plover - Stuart Gibson
13th May - Ulva Ringtail'
Hen Harrier, 2 Cuckoo; singing Tree Pipit, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat,
Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, Redpoll
and Siskin; also 1-2 calling Crossbills - Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
13th May - Salen Local
Barn Owl hunting in gardens along old road (may be seen in general area
opposite Salen Hotel/Post Office from 19.00 hrs) - Ruth Fleming and Stuart
10th Burgh off the Treshnish
road: a beautiful male summer plumaged Snow Bunting. Photos to follow
Eddie & Josie Gibson.
10th May - Salen Hunting
Barn Owl and 3 - 4 prs Goldfinch and large nos of singing Siskin during
'Wild Isles' birdsong evening walk - Stuart Gibson
13th Ulva: Above the ruins
of Ormaig: Peregrine Falcon hunting - adult male. Adult male Hen Harrier
- excellent views as it came over a ridge and was surprised to see us there.
Earlier on Ulva - adult male Sparrowhawk.
15th Laggan Bay: White billed
diver here this afternoon, Pam Brown et al Discover Mull Tours
14th Off Grasspoint: a summer
plumaged Pomarine Skua flew past. Marcus Conway
13th Report from visitor
of two Brent geese on lagoon below Glen Forsa Air Strip
13th Loch na Keal: 5 Great
northern Diver & 6 Red throated Diver, Black Guillemot, an Osprey flew
over yesterday. Red breasted Merganser, Eider. 6 Golden Plover, 4 Ringed
Plover, Goldies+WTSE. Alan
13th Craignure: An Ortolan
Bunting seen & photographed at Craignure camp site on 9th. This very
scarce migrant has a very distinctive and diagnostic eye ring and is a
first for Mull and Argyll.
I Hope to have images on
site and a more detailed report soon. Alan
12th Fidden 1 Black-tailed
Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel. Loch Pottie 1 Mute Swan.Uisken 1 Whinchat,
3 Sedge Warbler. Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains You can buy the
latest bird report at the Pennyghael post office.
12th :There are several pairs
of Canada Geese noe breeding around the island, at Garmony, Loch na Keal
and Ulva Ferry. Threee years ago there were none staying to breed. Alan
11th Ardrioch Farm Dervaig:
8am Barn Owl. Corncrake seen on Iona on a Corncrake walk for Wildisles
week. Pam Brown. www.discovermull.co.uk
11th heard greenshank
on moors off A 849 Glen More 12th May Calgary Bay - 3 Twite on footpath
beside bay north side. Had a great time - and found the Mull Bird
Report very interesting and helpful. Chris Roome
11th Loch Frsa: WTSE, Goldie
and Osprey flying south down loch. Dave Sexton
10th Pennygowan: at 1230
a Long eared Owl sitting on a roadside fence post at Pennygown, nr graveyard.
It was jumping from verge to post clearly trying to hunt. May well have
been sick or just very hungry after the recent weather to have been out
in the day. Dave Sexton
10th Iona north beach: 70
Dunlin plus 16 Sanderling & Ringed Plover. Ruth Flemming & Stuart
10th Oban Bay: 10 Black Guillemot
in bay, viewed from Ferry. Judith Spellmman
9th Lochdon: 20.00hrs 10
Whimbrel, 5 Shelduck, Short eared Owl, Grasshopper Warbler (heard). Alan
9th Gamony: 23 summer plumage
Dunlin, 3 White Wagtail, 2 singing Redpoll. Ruth Flemming/Stuart Gibson
7th Langamull: 6 Arctic Tern,
1 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Dunlin, 1 Black throated Diver. David
7th Calliach Point: a trip
here produced 5 Whimbrel, Fulmar, Shelduck, Shearwater, Cormorant, Shag,
Auks, Wheatear, Wagtails, a SparrowHawk and Sea Eagle and lots more. Phillip
7th Grasspoint: an Osprey
at Grasspoint whilst watching WTSE. We were in the car park bit & the
Osprey flew over as if from Lochdon, heading seawards, then we lost it.
One WTSE on the shore at Lochdon; a couple of GNDs in Loch Scridain at
Pennyghael & a couple of Goldies at the top of Glen More. Edwina &
7th Tobermory Harbour:1st
summer Iceland Gull still hanging around the area. Stuart Gibson
7th Langamull: 6 Arctic Tern
and an Arctic Skua here this morning. David Hatfield
7th Loch Beg: Peregrine hunting
waders, loch na keal: Goldie,Uisken: Ringtail Harrier. Rick Thornton
6th May 09 Iona
6 Purple Sandpipers on rocks on North Beach. 2 Arctic Terns. Whimbrel.
7 Whimbrel. Lochdon (Eagle Watch caravan) 3 Hen Harrier (adult male,
female and 1st Summer male) at dusk. Craignure Wood Warbler in song behind
Also plenty of Black Guillemots,
G N Divers, etc at various locations. Ross
5th Loch Na Keal male Whinchat.
Iona at least 5 calling Corncrakes (1 seen very well in the open). 3
Twite, female Hen Harrier offshore flying North over the sea at North Beach
, Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the Organic Garden in the evening.
(late reports just received)
4th Grasspoint WTSE, Golden
Eagle (ad), 2 S E Owl (viewed from the car park area ), 1 Hen Harrier.
Lochdon 1st summer male
Hen Harrier from Eagle Watch caravan at dusk. Grasshopper Warbler (heard).
4th Calgary: 3 Twite and
1 Linnet here. Havid Hatfield.
4th Garmony: a pair of Goosander
in the estuary. David & Edwina Sharp
3rd Loch na Keal: a trip
round loch na Keal this morning found us 1 WTSE. 5 Golden Eagle , 2 Great
northern Diver and Black guillemot. Phillip Gatley/Alan.............(3
life ticks for Phillip)
2ns Glengorm: 2 Whinchat,
37 Raven north of the waste dump. David Hatfield
2nd a Whinchat (only second
so far) reported by David Hatfield
2nd Ardrioch by Dervaig:
a singing Redstart and another by Killiechronan. David and Edwina Sharp
1st Langamull beach:
Great Northern Diver in full breeding kit offshore .David Mellor
April 30th Haunn: first Whinchat
was on 30th April at Haunn seen by Nick Evans a guest at Haunn cottages,
cheers, Anand Prasad
28th Calliach Point: 5 Great
Skua, at Dervaig 6 White wagtails. David Hatfield
27th Dervaig Two male
Hen Harriers dancing in the twilight , Long eared owl hunting , Barn Owl
present ... 28th Dervaig Sea Eagle came thru, radio and wing tagged
. Woodcock roding late in the day ...
Quinish Point: Great Skua on its travels.Taighe Sithe area: six lapwings
and 16 Sand Martins present ...
for May 2008
in forestry walk at Glen Shillister, Rock Dove at Ulva Ferry.
26th Black-tailed Godwit
non-breeding bird at Lochdon, 2 Rooks at Pennygown Farm, Glen Forsa, 2
Wood Warblers singing also. in Ardura woods, Andy Bayes, Natalie and Hanna.
27th Slavonian Grebe, Loch
Na Keal, Crossbills again in Forestry as above.
28th Canada Geese & 7
goslings Craignure Golf Course,
29th Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Kilbeg cottage garden. Sand Martins round the cottage also,
30th Sedge Warbler, Killiechronan
camp site, 5 Red Throated Divers, Loch Na Keal just past Knock, 4 breeding
plumage and one not Andy Bayes, Natalie and Hanna.
31st Loch Spelve: first
report of our returning Nightjars here today. Guido D'Isidoro. Visitor
30th Caliach Point: Pair
of Bonxies displaying at Cailaich Point near the trig point this afternoon.
30th Loch na Keal: Summer
plumaged Slavonian Grebe showing well Alan
29th Lochdon: Our Osprey
was over again this morning fishing the loch at 0900hrs. Lionel Whitehead
26th The Osprey has made
an appearance at Lochdon for the third day running and there is a Hoopoe
at Loch Buie (Laggan sands area, near the chapel) Guido D'Isidoro.
Visitor from Manchester
26th Fionnphort: an Osprey
over Fionnphort yesterday morning about 10ish. Came from Iona direction
and carried on east. Janis & John Allen
25th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing
the loch 1215hrs today (same bird as yesterday?) Alan Spellman
A Goshawk was reported
over Salen Forest by visitor Derelk Lister.
24th Fishnish: a Cattle Egret
in the area on the left as leaving the ferrry. Richard Atkinson guests
Week 18th-23rd: 2 Summer
plumage Purple Sandpiper on Staffa 19th .Male Goshawk over Salen Forest
time 08-01 chased by passerines 18th. 3 Black throated Divers in Display
on Loch Scridian 23th. Derek Lister
24th Calgary beach: 2 summer
plumaged sanderling on beach early this morning, Arthur Brown
24th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing
the loch this morning at 10.00 hrs Alistdair Purfitt, Andy Oldacre
22nd Summer plumage
Slavonian Grebe - Loch na Keal, west of Scarisdale Point, Swift - Grasspoint
Road, Woodcock - Grasspoint Road, Greenshank - Loch Beg. Mike Wagemakers
Isle of Mull Experience.
Report from guest 20th 2
Corncrake calling Fidden Campsite
21st Killiechronan Male Merlin,
one seen earlier in the week in same area. Arthur with Discover Mull Tour.
11th Loch Beg: Golden Plover
a flock of 8 birds in breeding plumage. 15th Ardnacross Farm: Turnstone
Flock of 5 on the Sound of
Mull Flock of 10 at Calaich point on 16th May.
13th. West Shore of Iona
Sanderling a single bird with a flock of 10 Ringed Plover, then a flock
of 8 birds in varying stages of moult (3 at least in breeding colours)
12th Fingals Cave
on Staffa, Purple Sandpiper, 6 near the and a single on rocks
13th West Shore of Iona on
Dunlin Single bird in breeding plumage, 3 at Dervaig on the
12th Fladda Great Skua.
Three birds around Caliach Point on 15th and 16th May. We thought these
birds were passing when we saw them on the 15th. However, they were still
around on the 16th and appeared to be displaying and were landing on the
flat top of the highest area of the point. On both days they were seen
to be pursuing Gannets and GBB/Herring Gulls for food.
16th Caliach Point
Arctic Skua Single pale phase bird over. Nick & Stella Laughton
13th LochBeg/Scridain area:
a passage Osprey was seen flying North West David Mann
17th Fidden: Breeding
bird survey & BTO tetrad at Ardalanish, 30 Linnets in total, 8 Twite,
21 Dunlin and 50+ Lapwings. 2 Turnstone at Ardalanish also 1 calling Corncrake
at Fidden. Arthur Brown
14th Glenforsa Hotel. a flock
of 17 Crossbills in pines close to the Glenforsa HoteL. Most were
females and juveniles with two males. The pines were close to the
Forsa river on the hotel side. Chris Roome
15th A Whooper Swan on the
Mishnish Lochs this evening, great views of 3 Short Eared Owls At Loch
Frisa this morning. Probable Great Grey Shrike ai lagganulva 14th landed
in a tree then flew off with bounding flight. The Shrike seen by
Martin Dyer a very good photographer staying with us. Arthur Brown
13th all over the island:
The Isle of Mull Bird Club, birds race found 102 species in the day.
12th Treshnish Isles Lunga:
a small party of Purple Sandpiper here today. Nigel Matthews (visitor)
12th Loch Beg 2 Greenshank,
3 Golden Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Shelduck. Uisken 3 Red-throated Diver, Whinchat,
Stonechat, 3 Dunlin, Cuckoo, Sparrowhawk. Fidden 2 Corncrake, 2 Whimbrel,
20 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe .Bryan Rains Wild About Mull.
12th Iona a very late Iceland
Gull by the north beach. Fidden 2 Corncrake calling. visitor
4th Fishnish 1st Summer Iceland
Gull off Fishnish. 3rd Iona: a single Tree Sparrow, with sparrows
on feeders in the nunnery gardens. Several Grasshopper Warblers singing
at various locations between Lochdon and Loch Spelve. Ray & Ross
11th Common Scoter still
at killiechronan, at least 6 Red Throated divers today Loch na Keal, Loch
Tuath and Calgary. Slavonnian Grebe in partial summer plumage still on
Loch na keal also lapwing with chicks and ringed Plover here. Short Eared
Owl and Hen Harrier Loch frisa, Whinchat and Whitethroats everywhere. Goldeen
Eagle at Ulva gave spectacular views . Reed Bunting at Dervaig reed
bed with at least 5 Sedge Warbler. Cailiach Point 100's Manx Shearwater,
kittiwakes, and all 3 Auks which could be heard from land never known it
to be so busy fantastic feeding frenzy.70 birds seen in the day Arthur
9th Loch Beg: Shoveler (very
scarce for Mull) by the Kinloch. Short eared owl showing well opposite
the deserted farm between the eagle watch caravan Pete Hall
Mike Richardson 105 species
for the week. staying at Mullbirds
8th Loch Buie 2 Spotted Flycatcher,
9th Lunga: passage Swift. Mike Richardson
8th Breeding plumage Great
Northern Diver Loch na Keal (close to Inch Kenneth salmon farm); PairGoosander
Ishriff/LochSguabain, GlenMore - Mike Wagemakers,Isle of Mull Experience
8th Calgary: a drake Pintail
here and at Killiechronan Canada Geese with 5 goslings
8th Lochdon: a Garden Warbler
along the Gorsten road Mike Richardson
6th Loch na Keal: Common
Scoter; female, over the week 15 Great N orthern Divers. Mike Richardson
5th Loch Beg :Pink-footed
Goose; 1 with Grey-lags Mike Richardson
5th Obvan - Iona: on the
Waverley cruise from Oban to Iona on Monday 5th May and we recorded some
intresting sightings a breeding plumaged Black-throated Diver and 5 Arctic
Terns plus 3 Harbour Porpoises halfway between Oban and Mull. On Iona there
were 5 calling Corncrakes, a singing Cuckoo, 6 Wheatears, a Twite, 2 Whitethroats
and 3 Willow Warblers around the village/abbey area and a Great Northern
Diver and 21 Arctic Terns in the Sound of Iona. On the way back we recorded
a Whimbrel, a Puffin and 3 Harbour Porpoises along the south coast of Mull
and 10 Swifts over Oban Allan Russell
6th Iona Sound - 2 Black
Tern in amongst many Common Terns and Gannets, from the Iona Ferry - John
Almond, visiting from Lancashire
6th Glen Bellart: Grasshopper
Warbler on the glen roadside near crannich. Duncan Hall
5th north end of Loch Frisa:
May Grasshopper Warbler & 3 Cuckoos,
6th, 4 Dunlin Craignure and
about 15 Arctic Terns in the sound feeding with gulls, 4 Wood warblers
singing in and around the Hedgehod Wood, Torosay.Andy & Hazel Kirkham
2nd May Loch Beg 1 Black-tailed
Godwit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Common Whitethroat. Fidden 8 Common Tern, 1 Dunlin,
2 Twite. Wild About Mull 4th May Loch Beg 1 Short-eared Owl. 5th May Loch
Beg 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler. Uisken 8 Dunlin. Fidden 6 Common Tern.
Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
5th Fionnphort, Corncrake
heard near Catchean this evening - Mike Wagemakers
4th Bottom end of Glen More:
on the hillside; Ring Ouzel.Several Corncrake seen on Iona.
Two female Hen Harrier near
Loch Beg. Barn Owl just along the Grasspoint Road. Ray & Ross Facer
2nd Killiechronan: a
Black tailed Godwit was here
today by the camp site. Richard Atkinson
2nd Dervaig: The female Pintail
was seen again in the freshwater by the reed bed
1st Hen Harrier and Short
eared Owl now regularly seen at the Dervaig end of Loch Frisa. Arthur Brown
30th Iona : a Magpie was
reported here in a local garden Michael Timms
29th April two Corncrake
heard calling on Ulva Tony Fearn
for May 2007
31st Dervaig: We were just
watching a Spotted Flycatcher today in our front garden. Ive not seen one
here before in our garden. Clare Fellows
26th Iona: at least 7 corncrake
heard and one seen on Iona. Also male Hen Harrier at the south end of the
27th Iona: 1 corncrake showed
very well between iris beds near the "Catholic House of Prayer". Single
Tree sparrow near the abbey.
28th Dervaig: Spot
fly, Great spot wood and Yellowhammer (male) at Dervaig. 3 otters in the
loch here. In the afternoon an otter and adult sea eagle over Grass point
plus family of stonechat with 3 fledged young.
Holiday list from John Dowson
Great Northern Diver, Northern
Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute Swan, Greylags, Shelduck, Mallard,
Common Eider, Red Breasted Merganser, Goosander (1 male seen at Dervaig
on the 15th May), Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Pheasant, Moorhen, Oystercatcher,
Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel,
Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank (1 pair, again @ Deraig on 15th), Tree Pipit,
Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Gulls - (Black Headed, Common, Herring, Greater
and Lesser Black-backed), Common Tern, Black Guillemot, Woodpigeon, Collared
Dove, Rock Dove, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand
Martin, Barn Swallo, House Martin, White-tailed Sea Eagle, Golden Eagle,
Pied Wagtail, Dipper, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear,
Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff
(singing male, road near Aros River), Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit,
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Magpie,
Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Raven, Common Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,
Siskin, Linnet, Redpoll, Common Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting.
28th Glen Gorm: a 2nd year
Glaugous Gull over the bathing pool at Glengorm castle and drifting west
towards Sorne Point, and later a White Wagtail near the carpark at Calgary
Bay, Graham Shortt.
27th Penmore: Penmore.. a
Magpie. It was around here last year..or its brother ! Sylvia Swift
23rd Treshnish point: watched
a Pomarine Skua, for a little under an hour, pirating off a Kittiwakes
and Manx Shearwaters flock off Treshnish Point. There was also a Great
Skua nearby, Prasad
22nd Treshnish point: , today
saw a dark phase Arctic Skua flying north past Treshnish Point and 2 Red-throated
Divers off Ensay Burn mouth, Treshnish. Great Northern Diver is still seen
22nd Loch na Keal:
a dark phase Arctic Skua in loch today also a male Bullfinch at loch
Don by the Eaglewatch Caravan. Also seeing Whimbrel most days and have
seen several Twite lately.
Possible Lesser Yellowlegs
to me today at Croig, have not had time to check it out but for your information
if you get another report. Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
22nd Uisken: 2 summer
plumage Sanderling on the beach.Quite a few Common Terns around now. We
had them at Loch Scridain, Fidden,Fionnphort and Uisken today.Bryan Rains
22nd Bunessan: the bay had
a flotilla of Razorbills feeding frantically whilst being rained
upon by a squadron of mixed gulls desperate to get at the food source.
Tonight a pair of Shelduck appear to be looking for accomodation in the
area. Callum Entwistle
19th Iona north beach: "my
father and I watched a 1st summer Sabines Gull off Iona North Beach at
12.30pm on Saturday 19th May during strong westerly gales".
description report is being supplied) Ross Facer This N American-Greenland
Vagrant is rarely seen in our waters.
Had a fantastic few days
birding on Mull & Iona including a very confiding Corncrake on Iona.
17th. Pale phase Arctic Skua
from Oban to Craignure ferry approx 12.20
18th.2 Dark phase Arctic
Skuas and Great Skua from 9.50 Iona ferry.
Sea watching from north end
of Island produced 1 sub-adult pale phase Pom Skua, thousands of Manx Shearwaters,
good numbers of Kittiwakes including good numbers of 1st year birds. One
was very well marked and we initially thought it could be Sabines Gull
but all agreed on Kittiwake.
We also saw 2 possible Storm
Petrels but they were to far out to positively identify
19th.Adult pale phase Pom
Skua from Oban to Craignure ferry approx 13.00
18th off Craignure-Oban ferry.
up to 6 Cory's Shearwater flying alongside the ferry giving excellent views
of this very scarce marine bird and exceptional for Argyll.. John
& Jackie Edwards.
Treshnish point : a large
movement of Manx Shearwater all moving south (up to 200 in 5 minutes for
over an hour) John & Jackie Edwards
19th Off Ferry. 20+ Pomerain
Skua seen from Oban-Craignure Ferry 1630hrs this afternoon. It's very rare
to find this species so close inshore, further south at Bowness on Solway
there was a large movement of 232 birds counted on Saturday including 173
Pomerine Shua2 Great Shua, 38 Longtailed Skua & 19 Arctic Skua
visitors & Clive McKay
Fidden 2 Sanderling in summer
plumage, 5 Turnstoneand 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Fidden Bryan Rains
18th Wild About Mull trip
sightings for today...... 1 Knot with 12 Whimbrel, 2 Red-throated Diver
and 1 Arctic Skua at Uisken. 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Turnstone and 2 Twite
at Fidden. 5 Golden Plover and 1 Greenshank still at LochBeg. Bryan Rains
17th On Ferry just
past the Lismore Lighthouse and Duart Castle Diana and I saw a group of
about 25 Storm Petrels feeding. a couple of Gannets
and a few Razorbill and Guillemot. Andy Oldacre
also about 40 'Comic' terns
by the lighthouse. Stuart Gibson.
16th Loch Scridain/Fiddden/Loch
Beg: 2 Common Tern and 1 Tufted Duck (unusual) on Loch Scridian.5 Turnstone
in summer plumage, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern and 1 Whimbrel at Fidden. 12
Dunlin at Uisken. 1 Greenshank at Loch Beg.
male Goosander & 30 Common Tern
Warbler, 6 Crossbill, several Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whimbrel, Great
Northern, Tree Pipit & many others (total of 41 species) seen at Killiechronan
by Stuart Gibson and myself while doing an early morning dry run for the
dawn chorus. Not bad for an area of about 1 mile square.
15th Cuin Road Dervaig
- 5 Crossbill in the scots pines - seems to be a good year for this species.
13th Reudle: in late
afternoon one Osprey just south of Treshnish Point (flying north), Prasad
13th Ardura: a spotted
flycatcher (the first) in the oakwoods, also a good sightings of a grasshopper
warbler. Pete Hall Dee Emm Wildlife tours from Craignure
10th Loch Ba: 3 scarce Wood
Sandpiper along the shores of Loch Ba. Dr J Law
10th Treshnish point: a Short
eared Owl, one of very few seen this year to date.John & Jackie Edwards.
10th Mishnish Lochs. an Osprey
was aropund the mishnish lochs today. York Bird Club members
10th Loch Beg: a female scaup
on Loch Beg opposite the Kinloch Pete Hall Wildlife tour
9th sightings as follows
4 Arctic and 10 Common Terns in the Sound of Iona, 6 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone
and 15 Whimbrel at Fidden. Lesser Redpoll and Grasshopper Warbler at Bunessan.
7th a single Black Tailed
godwit at Dervaig, 2 Whimbrel at Salen, 4 at Killiechronan Arthur Brown
7th Eas Mor: a male Ring
Ouzel and 4 Lesser Redpoll at Eas Mor today on the tour.Bryan Rains
6th Bloody Bay: Tim and Rebecca
Barnard spotted a pair of Canada Geese at Bloody Bay yesterday .
6th Oban: A Swift (the first
of the year) was seen in Oban today. Stuart Gibson
4th Loch Frisa: an Osprey
flew in at 8pm Dave Sexton
3rd Staffa on sea: a very
rare summer plumage White-billed Diver was seen out on the sea near
Staffa. Bryan Rains Orger recent sightings on the tours have been Whinchat
at Bunessan on 28th April, Common Whitethroat at Loch Beg and Common Scoter
on Loch Scridian on 28th,Sedge Warbler at Bunessan Black-throated Diver
in full summer plumage on Scridian 2nd May. Bryan Rains
Mayl Thanks to|:
Bryan Rains, Dave Sexton,
Tim and Rebecca Barnard, Stuart Gibson, Arthur Brown, Barry Bishop, Pete
Anand Prasad, Andy Oldacre,
John & Jackie Edwards, Callum Entwistle, Ross Facer, Clive McKay,
Phil Woollen, Dr J Law SOC, Sylvia Swift, Graham Shortt, John Dowson. Clare
for May 2006
Forsa behind the airstrip. A pair of Canada Geese were feeding in
the outfall from the burn, but no sign of breeding, Shaun Mccullagh.
30th a summer plumaged Great
northern Diver in Sound of Mull at Garmony picnic area & summer plumaged
Golden Plover on the golf course this evening. Alan Spellman
30th Loch Cuin-Dervaig. one
female Crossbill feeding in the scots pine trees on the Dervaig/Cuin road.
Bird was very green, possibly about 7 others, but I didn't get a good look
at them, although it's more than likely that they would be in family parties
at this time of year. Shaun Mccullagh.
14th-15th Strathcoil (Adura
turn off) Redstart & Wood Warbler singing in woods
near Strathcoil (NM6829). Sedge Warbler - singing, Pier Road, Salen on
15th-17th May. Jim Guthrie
Pairs of Bullfinches at Tobermory
Distillery (27/5) and Calgary (28/5) Matt Atkin.
29th Loch Tor. 2 male Goosander
on Loch, plus an Osprey fishing there pm Barry Bishop
29th Loch Ba. a single Osprey
over the fish farm. Richard Atkinson
28th Treshnish Point within
15 minutes at 9pm.105 Manx Shearwaters passed
19th Loch Frisa. 1 Bullfinch
near Lettermore farmhouse, Loch Frisa 2 Red-throated Divers flew over the
fish farm at Loch. Frisa, Anand Prasad
a Turtle dove at the side of the road between Bunnessan and Fionnphort
11.00am. Julia Holmes
27th Loch Cuin-Dervaig. 1
Greater Scaup plus 2 Tufted Ducks. Loch Beg. 20 Manx Shearwater.4 Goosander.
20th April. A female Black
Redstart was photographed (see above) on 20th April at Kilbeg in
Glen Forsa by Sylvia Brennan. This is a first record for Mull.
24th Iona A Jack Snipewas
flushed whilst looking for Corn Crake from the iris beds on the shore by
the Abbey (visitors)
23rd Loch Buie. 3 Red throated
Divers. male Hen Harrier in Lochdon area. Chris More
22nd Loch na Keal. 3 Little
Stint on loch shore near Dhiseig Farm area. John Suckley.
Salen : Spotted flycatcher
on wires at roadside near boat wrecks at Salen, Rebecca and David Waterhouse
21st Fidden. two Pale bellied
Brent at Fidden. Carol Marshall.
Iona. Corncrake. 6
Sanderling, 4 Dunlin in bloody bay. 8+ Gannets at Fionnphort, Ian
19th Fidden. Corncrake calling
this evening near Fidden, in rushes a few hundred metres Fionnphort side
of the new bungalow, before Fidden Farm - Carol Marshall. Corncrake still
calling at Bruach Mhor, Fionnphort. Mike Wagemakers
18th Oban-Craignure ferry.
a Great Skua. Ian Woosey
17th Loch Ba. a scarce male
Ring Ouzel was found on the scree slopes in Glen Ba, Grid Ref NM549383
by visitor Richard Lunardi
14th Iona. A Rose Coloured
Starling was rescued from a cat on Iona. Gareth Knass
12th "whale watching boat"
today and saw 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 80+ Arctic Terns in a feeding
group, 100+ Manx Shearwaters, All the usual Auks including several Puffins,
Gannets, Kittiwakes and Shags. Arthur Brown
11th Treshnish. "We have
a Turtle Dove here at Treshnish. (it is rare on Mull but has been
seen here last year and possibly the year before that". Somerset Carrington,
10th. Treshnish point: best
birds.a 'raft' of 33 Manx Shearwtaers off Treshnish Point &1 Reed Bunting
near Haunn. Anand Prasad
7th May. "I had excellent
views of an imm female Marsh Harrier flying over Salen Pier yesterday morning
(7 May) at 8.30 am. The bird then flew along the coast heading towards
Fishnish and Craignure." Ross Facer
9th Lochdon. an early
morning walk produced a Garden Warbler plus Whitethroat, Redpoll
& Siskin. Eddie Crabtree (visitor) Craignure/Lochdon Housemartins
are more numerous now.
There is also a report of
a Reed Warbler heard on Staffa, ( a very scarce bird for Mull)
9th Quinish Point/Dervaig.
a single Pomarine Skua seen very close in (almost across the
rocks) also a Peregrine, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and 4
Puffin, at the Point. 5 Manx Shearwater quite far out, off Quinish Point.
A male Blackcap near Quinich House and Wood Warbler Quinish woods,
at least 6 heard. 2 drake Goldeneye still present on Mishnish Lochs. Anand
7th Treshnish Farm. 12 Arctic
Terns (First) (later a group of 6) 1 Great Skua off Treshnisn Point, headed
towards Treshnish Isles, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6+ Whitethroat (first for here)
1 Spotted Flycatcher ( in adifferent area from yesterday) 3 Manx Shearwater
5 Great Northern Diver 2 Puffin. Anand Prasad. Salen. Grasshopper
Warbler heard reeling (evening) Norma Dowling. Merlin at mouth of Ensay
Burn, Treshnish. Anand Prasad. off Glengorm - A Great Skua was harassing
the gulls that were following a fishing boat off Glengorm. Peter
6th Haunn cottages, Treshnish
Point. asingle Common Swift seen here today (see table below of
previous sightings of pasage
birds) plus 3 Twite and a single Merlin. Treshnish Woods ,a first
Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff in the evening. Anand Prasad
6th near Fidden, evening.
30+ Whimbrel Carol Marshall. Iona. 2 Spotted Flycatchers. A Greenshank
on Lochdon and 2 Puffins on Loch Scridain. Ross Facer. Calgary
Bay 3 Great northern divers, 4 razorbills, two gannets and five common
terns were in the bay. A sedge warbler was in the reeds nearby. The area
with scattered trees to the north of the beach held a whitethroat, and
a goldfinch. Peter Stevick HWDT
5th Loch na Keal. A pair
of Twite at Dhisaig we followed them up Loch Na Keal for about a mile this
afternoon. Arthur Brown. (note: there was a breeding pair along the
loch last year) AS
Iona. a group of 6 Golden
Plover were on Iona North Beach. Ross Facer
5th Haunn cottages, Treshnish
Point. Merlin, Twite, a group of two and a group of three on Treshnish
farm, also two Twite on the 4th May, 2 on the 2nd May and 1 on the 27th
April the first sighting of the Spring here. Anand Prasad
3rd Griburm: first Whitethroat
also Whimbrel at Langamull & Loch na Keal. Pam & Arthur Brown
Calgary Bay: 3 Gannets, 5
Great northern Divers, 1 Red throated Diver, Manx Shearwater and
first Common Tern. First
Winchat there (Treshnissh Farm) was on May 2nd and that individual is still
around. Anand Prasad
1st. Loch na Keal: Black
throated Diver & 2 Great Northern Divers in summer plumage.
Arthur & Pam Brown. Discover
Mull Tours. AS, Edwina & David Sharp.
Aros esuary: Single Whimbrel
amongst 3 Curlew. Loch na Keal Common Sandpipers singing all
along the shore. Jenny Reddaway.
Loch Scridain: Great
northern Diver 'almost' summer plumage AS, Edwina & David Sharp
29th April. Bruach Mhor,
Fionnphort: Corn Crake has returned to the croft at Bruach
calling only spasmodically
and weakly at the moment but reportedly first heard/arrived on Saturday
Loch Scridain 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.
There were 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.
Corncrake are 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
On 16th by the Mishnish
Lochs area, a Knot in full breeding plumage, a scarce bird for Mull this
one, reported by Peter Gionannini
Caliach Point 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 site.
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 (eclipse)
At Croig nr Dervaig
on 27th there was a single Magpie on the road to the harbour.
White winged Gulls have stayed
around this month with 1 Iceland Gull with other gulls just outside
Fionnphort. village, and also birds remained at Tobermory and Oban.
A Sea Eagle chick (Lochdon
) was wing tagged this month.
June 2005 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.
Information 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.
Two juvenile 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
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
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.
There were 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 loch.
Divers have 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
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