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Latest reports 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. Andy Bayes
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 Alan (mullbirds)

male Redstart at Ardura Oak Woods 28th May 2016 Alan (mullbirds)
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. click here
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. 
Jacqui Fereday.
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 and 1 Peregrine over the Point  prasad.  Prasads Blog
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. Stuart Gibson
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, regular visitor.
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 Nature Scotland
17th Loch Scridain: Viewed from the sub station today were 4 GN Diver's, 3 RT Diver's, 1 Black Throated  Diver.
Simon and Tracey Taylor visitors from Ccornwall 
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.  Stuart Gibson
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. Arhur Brown 
Hello Alan,
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.
Special Highlights:
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 the sea. Martin
13th Uisken Bay: 20 Dunlin in full summer plummage along with 12 Ringed Plovers feeding at Uisken Bay, this afternoon. Beck and Wayne
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 .. 
Cheryl Callow.
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.
Stuart Gibson
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.
Stuart Gibson  (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 on 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, 30+ Dunlin
prasad. 
5th Just to let you know there was the first Grasshopper Warbler reeling at the back of our house in Salen tonight.
Martin Keivers. 
5th Jay at Torness this morning. Osprey 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 shop. 
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 at Garmony 
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 



Latest reports 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, Greenshank 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, 


Spotted Flycatcher. Alan Spellman

28th  excellent views of spotted flycatcher feeding young at Knock bridge, adjacent to the nesting dippers.
Pete Hall. 
Mull Wildlife Tours28th Lagganulva, 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull. 
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 Hen 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". Barry Bishop
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. Alan
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 Whooper Swan and an Otter in front of 'Maridon' Edwina & David  Sharp. 
 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 Black tailed Godwits here. Arthur Brown
21st Gribun: excellent view of Snipe by the roadside. Hanah Strange
20th Lochdon: a Osprey with a very large fish flew overhead, Short eared Owls interacting and a female Hen Harrier. Liz Shrewsbury. 
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 hatched ducklings.
19th - Tobermory: The local Magpie was inside the bird table this evening helping itself to food put out for sparrows and thrushes. 
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 Greatholder visitor
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 coast. Ewan 
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 this morning.
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 over 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 birds.
Garry Hird & Brian. 
17th Dervaig to Acileck: golden eagle, white tailed sea eagle, buzzard , several wheatear. Kevin & Patricia Taylor from Chatteris Cambridgeshire 
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 today's walk. 
12th Lochdon: two Whimbrel on shore this morning Alan
9th A walk to Loch Ba on Friday evening produced drumming 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 returned.
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 Bridge. Alan
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. Roger Craven
8th - Sound of Mull: A Great Skua at entrance/exit of Sound of Mull, flying towards Ardnamurchan Lighthouse this pm.Stuart Gibson
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', Tobermory,
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!
Mick Smith
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 Smith
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 12+ 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 Smith
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 home yesterday.
Martin 
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 I’d let you know. I live near Tiroran, PA69 6ET.  Marie Fox
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 Smith
1st Lochdon: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.15am Steve Hiscock

Latest reports 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 Terns. 
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. Andy Bayes
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 Bayes
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.
Ruth Fleming 
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, 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 it’s 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. 
Brian Moyes
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 Fleming
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 feeding 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 bird feeder 
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. Ruth Fleming 
6th-7th Killiechronan:  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! Ruth Fleming. 
5th 9 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover on Loch Cuin this morning. Pam. 
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. Ruth Fleming 
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
Roger Craven
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. The 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  Spellman

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



Latest reports for May 2013
25th May Male Hen Harrier daily (morning and evening) at Loch Don Short Eared Owl  - off Grasspoint road 
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 - Loch Scridain 
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 north side) 
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 Ray Parsons
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 the marsh.
Thurs 23: Port nam Partan: 5 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: 1 whimbrel
Sun 26: Quinish woods: male bullfinch calling
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 finches.
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). Nick Hodgetts
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. Geoff Pain
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 Rains
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 feeder

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 (as 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 Cumbria).
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 regular visitor
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 I’ve 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 the Ocean
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 and Torloisk 
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 Blog
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 north. prasad 
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 Java.
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. A total of £85.70 was raised for MacMillan Nurses Cancer Support. Thanks to all our early birds, both avian and human!
Ruth Fleming 
23rd Light 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 missed It)
22nd Tobermory: a Magpie an my garden in Tobermory, the first one I’ve 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)
Skua passage. 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 Blog. 
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 of Manx 
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 goslings.
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. Roger Craven
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 Weir
(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. prasad
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, Salen. Martin 
9th - Torosay two Gannets  in the Sound of Mull today; several Whimbrel along shore and one male Greenland race Wheatear; brilliant Summer-plumaged Great Northern Diver close-in at Craignure Bay. Ruth Fleming 
9th Croig, 1 Tufted Duck opp oyster beds, 10-16 Dunlin, 4-6 Whimbrel, 2 White Wagtails, 3 Common Terns, 1 Great Northern Diver. prasad 
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 Lesser Redpoll feeding on the feeders in the garden  plus Yellowhammer, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Siskin's. Pam. 
8th watched a pair of Goldcrest busy 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 Kinsley
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. Ruth Fleming
8th Grasshopper Warbler singing (first of the year) in Salen last night.  Martin 
8th  a Sedge Warbler at Dervaig Reedbed this morning. Arthur 
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 Cope (photo)
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. Ruth Fleming 
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 

Latest reports 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 Female’s . 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. Geoff Pain
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)
Prasad. 
28th Short-eared owl at east end of Loch Scridain at 9.30am,  Male and female merganser at Carsaig bay 
Bob Wagner
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.  Bob Wagner
26th  2 Shelduck on Ardanalish beach-- then a Merlin flying fast over the hills at the west end of the beach at 5.30pm Bob Wagner
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 yesterday Martin. 
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. Marcus Conway 
24th May -Female bar-tailed godwit sighted feeding on shore North Iona beach.  Corncrake seen and heard in iris bed beside Youth Hostel.
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.  Bob Wagner. 
24th Loch na Keal: We had a  stunning full summer plumaged Black Throated Diver today off Gometra.
Martin Keivers. 
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!
John Goddard
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 Mike Wagemakers

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. Prasad 
There is a Whopper swan at end of loch assapol (near Bunessan) also an adult Glaucous gull on Iona close to the ferry arrival pier.
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 Conway 
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 Loch’s 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 also here.
Great Northern Diver: Numerous birds (mostly summer plumage) seen very well daily on Loch Scridian  and Loch Na Keal.Chris Moore
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 days.
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.  Alan

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 was a
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 Lewis
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 Lewis
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 Doves
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 Whimbrel Prasad. 
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 Arthur 
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 today. Arthur. 
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. Prasad. 
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 hrs Alan
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, Prasad 
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 – Martyr’s 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.  Martin Kievers 
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 Bryan Rains 


 
Latest Mull 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.
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 More.
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. John Goddard
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

Buff breasted Sandpiper at Fidden 27th May 2011. a first record for Mull
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 Chapman
24th Calgary Bay: 1 Sabine's still on Calgary beach today although as i left it flew into the sea near the shore,
Prasad 
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 day.Steve Egglestone
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 for Mull)
23rd A Sabine's Gull at Killichronan today (different bird to the last one (17th) - fuller dark head) Mike Sheppard, 
Martin Keivers   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 June 2009)

Common Rosefinch (male) photographed on the feeder by Pam Brown in the garden.
This  Sabine's 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 the bird was heading northwest. The last of 15 Poms (and 1 Long-tailed Skua, 1 Arctic) seen on the crossing that day.     Richard Howells
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 near Croig: an Eurasian Jay here today. Roger Doble. (see also 3rd)
17th Loch na Keal: a Pomarine Skua close inshore. David Shackleton.
17th Loch na Keal: Sabine's Gull seen today in Loch na Keal, photos to follow.  mull charters and e birder Marcus Conway 
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. Alan S
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 above
11th:  Corncrake calling near Haunn, Treshnish. Prasad 
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. House 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. David Woodhouse
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., CChem, MRSC
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. Bryan Rains
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: 8th-15th May
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. Ruth Fleming 
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 . Lawrence Potter
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 Stuart
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 Brookes
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 Brookes
17th Tershnish point: an Ospreytoday (17th) at Treshnish Point which then headed in Calgary direction. Anand Prasad
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 Suffolk. 
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 et al
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. 
 
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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 Little
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 (David Woodhouse0
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 Bunting (pr)
Plus plenty of Great Northern Divers at various locations. Ross Facer
2nd Staffa: Purple Sandpipers here this day.  Moira  McKelvie
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 

Latest reports 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.    Steve Brown
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. Alastair Gossage

Latest reports 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), Loch Scridain.
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.  Mike Wagemakers
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.  Zara Tivey.
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 Warbler. 
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 Gibson.
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.       Richard Howells
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 Gibson
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 Gibson
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 Hatfield.
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 Gatley/Alan
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 & David Sharp
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. Fidden – 7 Whimbrel. Lochdon (Eagle Watch caravan) – 3 Hen Harrier (adult male, female and 1st Summer male) at dusk. Craignure – Wood Warbler in song behind Craignure Inn.
Also plenty of Black Guillemots, G N Divers, etc at various locations.      Ross Facer
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 ...

Latest reports for May 2008
25th   Crossbills 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 from Manchester
30th Caliach Point: Pair of Bonxies displaying at Cailaich Point near the trig point this afternoon.  Shaun
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  Fingal’s Cave on Staffa, Purple Sandpiper,  6 near the  and a single on rocks off Fladda 
13th West Shore of Iona on  Dunlin  Single bird in breeding plumage, 3 at Dervaig on the  15th
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 Facer
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 Brown.
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 self catering
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 

Latest Reports 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 island. 
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. 
Dave Lowe
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.  John Dowson.
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 daily, Prasad
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 repoted 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". (a full 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       Phil Woollen
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.                       Bryan Rains
14th Garmony   male Goosander & 30 Common Tern
15thKilliechronan  Grasshopper 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.
Shaun Mccullagh
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. Bryan Rains
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 Hall, 
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 Fellows, 



Latest reports for May 2006
31st  Glen 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
21st Bunessan/Fionnphort. 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. Artuhr Brown.
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 Woosey
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, Anand Prasad
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 Prasad
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 Stevick
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 Mhor,
calling only spasmodically and weakly at the moment but reportedly first heard/arrived on Saturday     Derek Crook

May 2005.
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 Wagemakers
On 16th by the  Mishnish Lochs area, a Knot in full breeding plumage, a scarce bird for Mull this one, reported by Peter Gionannini
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) plumage
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 garden.
The lone Whooper Swan was still on Loch Pottie on 28th, and on 24th at Knock there was a single Widgeon at end of Loch Na Keal. Neither of these birds should be here at this time of year.
On Lunga Corncrake were heard on the Treshnish Isles. The Iona Corncrake survey counted between mid night & 0300hrs had 23 calling males. (Dave Sexton RSPB)
Seen from the Craignure - Oban Ferry (27th) were 300 Manx Shearwater off Lismore Lighthouse.
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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