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reports for May 2017
31st, at Mull Eagle Watch and today,
about 15:15, I saw an Osprey mobbing the female White-tailed eagle we
watch at the West Ardhu site near
Dervaig. Meryl Varty
31st Whinchat and at least 3 pairs
of Stonechat on Aros to Dervaig road. Andy Bayes
31st - Sea West of Mull A Great Skua
harassing Gannets and Manx Shearwaters; and five Storm Petrels, including
one off the stern of the boat.
1st Loch Spelve, a female Hen Harrier
with prey. visitor Martin Kaye
30th Loch Buie: adult Great Northern
Diver and imature Red throated Diver. Loch Spelve: a ring tailed Hen Harrier.
A849 south of Grasspoint turn, a Short eared Owl. visitor Martin Kaye.
28th - Sea to West of Mull. Single
Storm Petrel and one Great Skua, associating with thousands of Manx
Shearwaters Stuart Gibson
28th NW of Loch Frisa, a pair
of Hen Harriers. Also pair of Golden Eagles on north side of road.
On the road south of Calgary, two Golden Eagles east of the road above
Calgary Bay. visitor Martin Kaye
28th A Swift to the north of Glengorm,
adult female Peregrine heading east between Craignure and Lismore, Solitary
Whimbrel south of Muck.
28th Ardura, Redstart, Wood Warbler,
Tree Pipit and Spotted flycatcher. Glen More, Short-eared Owl and male
Hen Harrier. Andy Bayes
28th Three golden eagle / loch frisa(north),
glengorm, glen more, nine WTEagle / loch frisa, ardmore,loch na keal, glen
more, craignure. three hen harrier /loch frisa(north), glen more.one short
eared owl/ road to glengorm, a GNDiver / Calgary bay. 7 goosander / sound
of mull. 2 RBMerganser (m&f) sound of mull. 2 cuckoo / loch frisa,
road to glengorm. Wood warbler, spotted flycatcher, tree pipit, dipper,
grey wagtail / aros /tobermory. Whinchat / road from craignure to glen
more . stonechat / glengorm. 1 great skua / Staffa. 6 Manx shearwater
/ off glengorm . 1 corncrake (heard) by fire station iona .also dolphin
/ off glengorm, visitor Andrew Matthews
27th - At sea off North Mull: A Great
Northern Diver is still present off Glengorm; 5 - 6 Storm Petrels; 1,000+
Manx Shearwaters; a single Great Skua harassing Manx Shearwaters; and
Arctic Skuas (one dark phase and one pale phase) chasing Kittiwakes;
plus all four species of auk, with Common Guillemot being particularly
numerous. Stuart Gibson
27th quite a few Sand Martin and
juvenile Grey Wagtail at Aros visitor Andrew Matthews
24th by the fish farm at the
Knock End of Loch Na Keal, we watched a Little
Egret for around 20 minutes We didn't think too much of it but
after reading your latest bird report,
it would appear that this is a fairly rare sighting
(yes indeed) Paul Worrall and Tommy Davies. regular
report. Birds now colonising much of south-west Scotland.
four birds at Lochdon. 2011 November one at Loch Beg, 2015: October
one at Fidden.
one at Scoor & Ardtun 1st May, also 24th May at Knock. (probably
the same bird) visitors Paul Worrall and Tommy Davies
26th I purchased your Mull
report. I really wish I had purchased it at the beginning of the week.
Thank you for your work on that and also on your website. Staffa and the
Treshnish Isles. heard a Corncrake calling for about 15 mins
from very close to the village. It was probably no more than 10-15ft away
from us, moving through the bracken and bluebells. No views of it, but
very special nonetheless. visitor Christine George
26th Glen more ,3lochs, 1,adult Golden
Eagle,3 WTEagle (1imm), & female hen harrier, 1,whinchat on road to
craignure, / Andrew Mathews
25th Light phase Arctic Skua off
Caliach, 1 Corncrake and 6 Twite on Lunga. Ewan
24th - Sea off Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Storm Petrels and a Great Skua. Stuart Gibson
24th at least 3 Great Northern Divers
on Loch Scridain, between Fionnphort and Fidden A couple of Whimbrel and
a Whinchat also saw White-tailed eagle, Hen Harrier and Short-eared
Owl. Christine George
24th Alan woke up to nine Goosesanders
on the loch sitting in a large group on small island having a rest and
clean up. The most we have seen in the last five years on the loch. Cheryl
23rd Short eared owls displaying
& wing clapping at 3 lochs, male hen harrier at Pennyghael, juvenile
white tailed eagle on rocks at loch scridain, pair of golden eagles at
glen more & another male hen harrier there. Finished off by an
otter at craignure. Not a bad day!!! Rick
23rd Around 15 Storm Petrels,
dark phase Arctic Skua and a solitary Basking Shark in waters to the
north of Mull today. Ewan
23rd We've been at Grasspoint today
and had fantastic views of a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver from
the point. It may not be unusual for Mull but iit was certainly interesting
for us!. Christine George
23rd sightings from our recent
holiday 10-20th MAY: 2 x Short-eared Owl 3 lochs Glen More, 3 x
Hen Harrier Glen More, 3 x WTSE Killiechronan inc 1 juv, 1 su adult, 2
x Golden Eagle Knock, 1 x calling Corncrake Iona, 5 x Bottlenose Dolphin
Iona. 3 x Otter Loch Scridain, 1 x Otter Loch Na Keal, 2 x Otter Ulva Ferry,
1 x Whinchat road from Ulva-Dervaig, 4 x Redpoll Knockvologan Fm and on
the beach, 36 apparently occupied Sand Martin holes, all holes with fresh
sand deposited at the bottom with birds witnessed flying into/out of 5
of them.. 2 Redshank Loch Beg + 1 drumming Snipe, 11 Dunlin + 3 Redshank
Dervaig. Mull Eagle Watch West Ardhu - 3 WTSE, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Buzzard,
1 Raven. 3 x Buzzard, 2 Raven Loch Uisg Simon Taylor
23rd Iona: Corn crake. On Iona. Seen
by Pete Hall Oxford
22nd We have been watching a woodcock
at Scallastle at 10pm.
2 wteagles at Craignure golf course and arctic tern Dipper, grey wagtail
at Aros bridge Wood warbler in Arose park and ravens. Barry
22nd a great day with short
eared owls today. Glen more grass point areas, gorgeous. Jacqui
and Mike Murphy
22nd A single male tufted duck on
the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan Tony Jefree
22nd One of my guests today reported
to me a green woodpecker at Lochbuie yesterday. Pete Hall
22nd three short eared owls above
the three lochs, and three separate male hen harriers, one opposite
the derelict farm on Loch Spelve, and two
at Pennyghael. Pete Hall
22nd Great northern diver in Loch
Beg and Loch na keal, Ravens at Gribun cliffs. Go!den and wte just past
road junction A849 and B8035. Barry
21st Wte by craignure golf course.
Black guillemot off Craignure pier. Two Short eared Owls just past
turning to duart castle. Male hen harrier in Glenmore. Barry Bishop York
20th we had superb views of a beautiful
male merlin in Glen More not too far from the masts. Pete Hall
20th Iona: Corncrake singing in field
past forestation on Iona. Cuckoo,twite,raven,wheatear,shelduck,ringed plover.
Lochbeg. 2greenshank, red breasted merganser, ringed plover. White tailed
eagle and otter between Bunessan and Pennyghael York
19th Thank you for the information
about Knock Bridge. a walk up Scallastle gave us cuckoo, tree pipit, siskin,
crossbill, at Torosay Castle spotted flycatcher, bullfinch.
Otter in front of Isle of Mull hotel and common sandpiper woodcock roding
at 10pm. Barry Bishop RSPB York Local Group.
19th - Aros Park Female Great Spotted
Woodpecker feeding young in nest; and male Wood Warbler singing in woods
near Sput Dubh.
18th - NW of Sound of Mull Two Great
Skuas harassing feeding Gannets. Stuart Gibson
19th Loch Frisa: a male Hen Harrier
at the North end (Dervaig) also four Red thrioated Divers calling and flying
round, (what a noise) a Short Eared Owl at Grasspoint. visitor Rick
17th Three Red-throated Divers
on the Mishnish Lochs and six Twite at Caliach. Ewan
18th - Loch Ba Single Crossbill,
Benmore Lodge pines; a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on loch, male already
in head moult; two Golden Plover; and a single Dunlin along loch shore.
Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
17th - Craignure A roding Woodcock
at 22.00 hrs over wooded crag behind Cal Mac ticket office/Visit Scotland.
Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
17th Iona Wheatear close to
Bailer mor, artic terns fishing close to ferry route. John Mather
today between Craignure and Garmony. Have they been around for a while?
Know they've been frequent visitors to the
Lochdon area and wondered if there
have been sightings there this year. Carolyn Whenman (28th-30th
April last sighting)
15th Spotted Flycatchers, One
at knock bridge and saw 5 at far end of Croggan . Visitor Rex Earnshaw
14th Dervaig: Cuckoo calling, mid
day and evening. Grasshopper Warbler near river. John Mather
14th Lochdon: a pair of Gooseander
by the bridge poole. Alan
13th - At Sea off North Mull: A Great
Skua was seen NW of Sound of Mull; and five Great Northern Divers (one
immature) were off the coast at Glengorm
12th - Loch Ba: In addition: three
calling Cuckoos between Knock and Gortenbuie, where very remote Willow
Warbler in song at ruined farmhouse. Stuart Gibson
12th - Loch Ba: Six Crossbills
(two adult males) feeding on Scots Pine, near Benmore Lodge; two singing
Tree Pipits; two singing Redstarts in birch woods; and six (four
drakes) Goosanders. Stuart Gibson
13th May Ardura First
Common Redstart. Bryan Rains
12th Nice to meet you this
afternoon. 2 red throated diver at loch na keal knook camp end. Male
and female whinchat at head of loch scridain. 4 greywagtails. Female Merlin
from loch scidian half way around headed to loch na keal. Also a ringed
dead ringed guillemot Lee Dutton (info passed on
12th May Beach
First Spotted Flycatcher. Bryan Rains.
12th we had Snipe in the large
field on the left after the Grasspoint Turn, also excellent view of a Jay
in the wooded area at the start of Glen More. a male hen harrier at the
far end of Glen More just after Craig. Pete Hall
11th May Loch Pottie 1 Whooper Swan.
Bunessan 1 drake Gadwall. Bryan Rains
12th Crossbills overhead at Gruline
and Aros Mains, Solitary LBB Gull at Caliach and also 9 Whimbrels. Ewan
Miles and Dave Shackleton
11th Lochdon: Whimbrel and Redshank
at lochdon. Ringed plover on golf course. 4 Short Eared Owls
at 3 lochs carpark. Also a nice close view of an overhead flight from a
young WTE. visitor Lee Dutton.
Turtle Dove at Kintra 11th May 2017
, Jeremy and Margaret Roberts
11th Kintra: a scarce summer visitor,
A Turtle Dove at Kintra at midday
today. At Deargphort, the large house on the sharp right-bend before Kintra,
the bird was visible from the road, feeding in the open courtyard of the
house. No sign of it when we returned at 5 pm. Jeremy and Margaret Roberts
at Treshnish 11th May. 2007 at Tobermory camp
site in June .2008 25th May at Glas Eilean
and Lochdon. also at Ardtun in August.
a single bird in Glen Bellart in June & at Bunessan in August.
in a local garden at Gruline on 22nd June and September 8th in the Salen-Aros
area. (Ewan Miles). 2015 8th July Treshnish:
(Anand Prasad). 2017 11th May at Kintra, Jeremy
and Margaret Roberts
11th Fidden: 7:19 AM 9 Black-tailed
Godwit (6 in breeding plumage) 40+ Whimbrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 9
Dunlin, 2 Redshank. visitor Martin Overy
9th A Greenshank at Dervaig
this morning, not seen one here for a couple of weeks, Dunlin still feeding
up here as well and I had a Wood Warbler in
Ardura wood Arthur Brown.
8th There was a Black-headed Gull
in the bay at Tobermory (close in) - we don't see them here much (I can't
remember seeing one here before).
Richard Airey -
9th Ardmore: 1 Grasshopper Warbler
(singing) 2 Tree Pipits, 1 White-tailed Eagle Martin Overy
9th Scoor: Grasshopper warbler and
Sedge Warbler on the Scoor road. Rebecca Burton
Black Swan on Lochdon this evening
8th May 2017 - Alan
8th Calliach Point: a large group
of Terns, probably Arctic ??. They were quite
distant even with the scope. Pete Hall
8th We bought a copy of your Bird
Report while waiting to board the ferry at Craignure and wished we'd bought
it while planning our trip.
28/4 to 5/4 Ardura: Goosander - every
evening during our stay, a pair of Goosander on the river lussa, also two
other pairs of which the males were not fully into breeding plumage. 3rd
early morning: first Garden Warbler -
singing at the junction of the A849 and the road to Duart Castle, also
asinging Blackcap singing and two Whitethroats beside the road to
Duart Castle. 4th early morning a flock of 30+ Whimbrel feeding
on the grass near the farm at Fidden. 2nd Loch Scridain. two Greenshank
in breeding plumage at Traigh Mhor. visitors Peter and Sue Morrison
7th Duart Castle Millennium woodland
10:00 1 Long-tailed Tit. Lochdon 11:30 a Black Swan (escaped)
1 Greenshank1, 4 Whimbrel. Martin Overy
7th Garmony: 4 common terns
between Garmony and Fishnish on Friday 5th and 2 again today plus
2 WTSE on the shore between Salen pier and Glenforsa. Peter and Jan Daisy
6th Lochdon: 30+ Dunlin busy feeding
at Gorten end, singing Whitethroat. Nuthatch made another appearance
this morning. Alan
Nuthatch photo by June Saul 4th May
4th Craignure: a
Nuthatch feeding in a Craignure garden. June Saul. Mull
records in 2015 - 16 and now 2017
4th a sighting of a Nuthartch
at Lochbuie (Mable Cottage) visitor Sally Jennings
4th a Short-eared Owl near the Dervaig
viewpoint (back towards Tobermory a little), a Whinchat singing near the
road at the north end of Loch Frisa and a calling Reed Bunting at the Mishnish
Lochs. Richard Airey.. .
4th Lochdon: two Grasshopper Warblers
singing this morning outside 'Maridon' Alan Spellman
4th Wheatears, Stonechats, Whinchat
and finally a Grasshopper Warbler just before Dervaig. visitor Doug
3rd Treshnish, at least 1 Mealy Redpoll
amongst the Lesser Redpolls (all soon to become
Common Redpolls again apparently)
1st - Lagganulva Flock of 22 Whimbrel
feeding on pasture this evening. Stuart Gibson/Ewan Miles
3rd May Loch Beg 1 first
Common Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat. Bryan Rains.
3rd Ardura Woods (Croggan Road) -
Wood Warbler trilling beautifully. 10.15 a.m. Doug and Tina Holden (visitors)
1st Pennyghael 1 first
Wood Warbler, 1 Blackcap. Ardness 1 Iceland
2nd Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated
Diver displaying. Bryan Rains. www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
2nd a very late Brambling
in the garden at Ardrioch Farm this morning. Pam Brown
1st Treshnish, 1 Mealy Redpoll at
1st Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting
Dervaig reed beds, Reed Bunting Reudle School, 2 Linnets, 4 Great Northern
Divers, 3 Black Guillemots, 14 Whimbrel Lagganulva Bay, Manx Shearwater,
Gannets, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and 2 Snipe Cailaich Point, Redpoll, Tree
Pipit, Siskins in our garden and wood at Ardrioch on todays tour. Bullfinch
and Blackcap West Ardhu this evening. Cheers Arthur
1st : North Mull: Two White-tailed
Eagles (adult and imm.), two immature Golden Eagles and a Buzzard all interacting
in the air above Killiechronan this evening; male Sedge Warbler in song,
Killiechronan; roding Woodcock at West Ardhu and Loch Frisa track (Dervaig
end); and calling Cuckoo at Loch Frisa (Dervaig end) at 21.30 hrs. Stuart
Gibson and Ewan Miles.
Little Egret at Ardtun today 1st
May 2017. photo by David Holden
1st at Ardtun a
Egret here, (probably the same bird that was at Scoor earlier)
1st Fidden: Jay & 2 pairs of
Golden Eagles in Glen More. Female Common Scoter, 2 Black Guillemots, 5
Great Northern Divers & an Otter on Loch Scridain at Pennyghael Whooper
Swan on Loch Pottie. 3 Great Northern Divers, immature Sea Eagle &
at least 37 Whimbrel at Fidden. David Sharp
1st West Ardhu: Whinchat this
at 09.55 West Ardhu , on the fence posts to the right of the
Barn Owl box.. Arthur Discover Mull
first Grasshopper Warbler at West Ardu yesterday. Rachel French,
Mull Eagle Watch
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
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
29th Grasspoint (early morning )
Spotted Flycatcher Black Guillemot (2) Craignure
Ferry Terminal Great Northern Diver (2) Cuckoo (2) in flight. Whinchat
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
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)
27th Croig: some 20 Common Scoter
off Croig today. Jeremy Wailsh.
27th Love your website and I've been
on holiday on Mull since Saturday. A few things that might be of interest,
4 wood warblers singing in
woods at Pennyghael by Carsaig road. Twite singing by road at north entrance
to Calgary beach. Redstart and Tree pipits on the Loch Ba track. 3 families
of Stonechats by the road near the Grasspoint viewpoint car park. Lots
of cuckoos, 4 male hen harriers (wow - I've been stunned, excited and
at the same time shamed as I'm from Yorkshire - the raptor crime centre
of the country, both Eagles, Shorties performing at end of loch Scridain,
and plenty of otters, stunning GN Divers around. They've gradually been
getting scarcer each day we've been here.
Paul Wheatley. (see Pauls GNG pic
in visitors page.
26th a trip out with Arthur and Pam,
Lochdon and Croggan: Redstart, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Cuckoo, Meadow Pipit.
Cuckoo at Lochdon 26th May 2016
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
of Mull at Garmoney: Black Terns, I am used to seeing them at
Leighton moss, and it was good visibility. I did verify with another birder
close by. I was delighted to see them, they are such lovely birds
We were at Garmony looking towards
the small islands to the left of the fish farm, on a level with it. The
group of birds feeding drew my attention as they were in a tight group
and darker in colour. although the birds were a little distance off shore
through the scope it was clear that they had darker heads and lighter grey
backs. one of them was slightly paler than the others.It was quite a contrast
to the larger pale grey common terns above the islands behind. They were
diving amongst three great northern divers.It was a group
of 15-20 black terns. Their behaviour was quite frantic while
feeding . We watched the group for around 10 minutes as they moved slowly
further away as they fed.
20th - Craignure. A Summer-plumaged
Great Northern Diver was close inshore as a Cuckoo was seen and heard
in a tree near the camp site; two House Martins were at the Village Hall.
21st Treshnish, 1 Swift
over the wood
and 1 Peregrine over the Point prasad. Prasads
20th A wet night in Dervaig
yesterday, Tawny Owls around Glenview very vocal. As well as the usual
hoots and ki-wiks one bird was making the less common (so called) 'sewing
machine' call, a rhythmic, soft trill. In the last 40 years I've only heard
this twice before. David Hatfield
20th Killiechronan 1
imm White tailed Eagle drifting over Loch Na Keal. Adult Sea Eagle
in tree watching, made no attempt to see off the young bird. 2 ringed Plover.
Loch Ba 2 White tailed Eagles, 1 whimbrel over, calling. Simon and Tracey
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
18th A pair of Whinchat were next
to the road at the north end of Loch Frisa yesterday.Richard & Liz
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
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
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.
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
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.
Godwits, seen at Ardalanish bay this evening. photo by Rebecca Burton
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.
15th Killiechronan: a Green
Woodpecker flew into woodland at crossroads to Killiechronan.
15tg the highlights of our
week from a total of 96 species seen.
On the bird feeders and below at
our cottage in Dervaig we had the following:
Siskin, Redpoll, Blue tit, Great
Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock and Collared Dove, Green Finch and Chaffinch.
In and around the village: Song Thrush,
Sedge Warbler, Common Whitethroat, GS Woodpecker,
GN DIver, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin,
Redshank, Greenshank, RB Merganser, Heron, Cuckoo, Curlew, Common Gull,
Hooded Crows and a pair (daily) of Golden Eagles and WTS Eagles.
Lochdon: Female Merlin and Osprey
( 9th May) Calgary Bay: 400 plus Shags which came into the bay following
a shoal of fish (10th) Staffa: A pair of Great Skuas (11th) Iona: 8 calling
Corncrakes - one seen (12th) Ulva: 1 calling Corncrake and 1 Wood Warbler
(13th). Dave and Helen Tanner.
13th Unsure of status of Lesser
Whitethroat on mull?
(please see below)
To inform you of Lesser
Whitethroat sighting at Loch Buie on 13th May 2016, the bird
was observed at close quarters by myself and my partner 3 times, also heard
singing from hawthorn. The bird ranged from the Old Post Office to
The Chapel on the path to Castle Moy, in the hawthorn and gorse. Ian Burgess
14th 1 male merlin, 1 female hen
harrier, pair golden eagle, 5 golden plover, spotted flycatcher. Shiaba
grey wagtail at waterfall, 12 dolphins offshore. L Potter, C Plaice ,B
Harrington and K Smith all for today
13th We had an unusual flypast of
a female Hen Harrier yesterday. We see them quite often but this
one was flying
very low over the water straight up the middle of Loch Na Keal from
13th Uisken Bay: 20 Dunlin in full
summer plummage along with 12 Ringed Plovers feeding at Uisken Bay, this
afternoon. Beck 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 ..
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
Greenshank at Loch Ba. Great Northern
Diver sum plum Off Grass point + Black Guillemot Brian Bolton (Visiting)
11th Killiechronan: Osprey seen
fishing over Loch Na Keal . Mobbed by hoodies, flew over from
direction of campsite. visitor .Jon Goddard
10th - Iona: Five calling Corncrakes
(three in vicinity of the Bishop's House); several pairs of Linnet and
two pairs of Twite feeding on grass seeds on machair; two singing Sedge
Warblers and a calling Cuckoo; seven pairs of Eider at the Bay at the Back
of the Ocean, alongside a pair of Shelduck and two Great Northern Divers;
and a large flock of migrant waders, comprising 60+ Dunlin, 40+ Ringed
Plover, four Sanderling, four Turnstone and a single Knot.
9th Craignure: 2 Spotted Flycatchers
in Craignure. visitor Ross Lawford
9th Treshnish, 1 Spotted Flycatcher
& 1 Common (Mealy) Redpoll in Treshnish wood, prasad
9th - Tobermory: A Peregrine (probable
male) was over Upper Tobermory this mid-afternoon. Stuart Gibson
8th - Loch
Ba: Singing Mistle Thrush, single House Martin, a pair Grey Wagtails feeding
young in nest, singing male Whinchat, two displaying Tree Pipits, two calling
Cuckoos, seven Golden Plover and a hunting Short-eared Owl.
(and a Partridge in a pear tree)
a pair of Gooseander here. Mike Coupe
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
Bay 2 Common Terns ,
Sedge Warblers (first) Dervaig Reed Beds,
a Reed bunting here as well. A firstWhitethroat
Loch Frisa track Dervaig end and a self-catering guest saw a Lesser
Whitethroat at similar spot.
Grasshopper warbler heard but not seen by Loch Frisa car park. Arthur Brown
Grasshopper Warbler Pier Road Salen. Juliet
5th May: Long
eared Owl just south of Lochdon at dusk. Ross Lawford
3 Whimbrel, at least 2 White Wagtails Langamull, 10 Whimbrel, at least
3 White Wagtails, 30+ Dunlin
5th Just to
let you know there was the first Grasshopper
Warbler reeling at the back of our house
in Salen tonight.
5th Jay at
Torness this morning.
Osprey flying over Moy castle, Loch Buie this
afternoon. Beck and Wayne
owl hunting opposite the Rugby ground near garmony tonight at 21.30
at Ulva ferry, 30 or so Gannet dive bombing off of Langamull beach, 20
plus Golden Plover at killiechronan Martin Clay
saw an Osprey fly over close to the nest pursued by gulls. Obviously
back in the Lochdon area again. Carolyn Whenman
3rd Loch Beg
First Wood Warbler singing behind the
1st - Tobermory Three species
of Phylloscopus warbler singing in Aros Park today (Chiffchaff, Willow
Warbler and newly arrived Wood Warbler overlooking Harbour building)
Beg 1 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. Bryan Rains.
tailed godwit - 2 on the road to Lochbuie at end of Loch spelve,
Gannet - half a dozen at Lochbuie
- ringtails at Loch spelve and on top Road from Glen sheildeir. Males either
side of killiechronan
- circa 40-45 In flight behind Fidden Farm. Also Lapwing with chick Ringed
Plover - 2 at Garmony
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
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
29th April - Torosay Five White
Wagtails, five migrant Wheatears and three Whimbrel along this stretch
of coastline today. Stuart Gibson
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.
over north. Salen 2 displaying Drake Goldeneye. Martin
for May 2015
30th Treshnish, at least 3 Tree
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
Greenshank at Loch Beg Marcus
29thTobermory along Dervaig Road,
in the first field on my right (before the well) a spotted
Before I went out I read the latest
edition of Mull birds, and enjoyed reading it, well done. Barry Bishop
29th - Isle of Ulva: Four singing
male Blackcaps, two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers, two singing Whitethroats,
a single singing Sedge Warbler, plus Goldcrest and Goldfinch were among
the songbird highlights on our walk today.
29th 3 Gannet feeding in the Sound
of Mull, yesterday.Today on Iona, Corncrakes still showing well, but undergrowth
starting to grow now. Chiffchaff singing near The Nunnery. Linnet near
The Abbey. Greenshank today, south shore of Loch ScridainAndy Bayes
29th Treshnish, 1 Tree Sparrow and
1 Common Redpoll at Treshnish House,
28th excellent views of spotted
flycatcher feeding young at Knock bridge, adjacent to the nesting dippers.
Spotted Flycatcher. Alan Spellman
Mull Wildlife Tours28th Lagganulva,
1 juvenile 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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,
everywhere on Iona, as well as the usual Eagles and other fantastic
Garry Hird & Brian.
17th Dervaig to Acileck: golden eagle,
white tailed sea eagle, buzzard , several wheatear. Kevin & Patricia
Taylor from 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A terrific couple of hours in Aros
Park from 4.30 this morning, wakening up to the sounds of resident and
migrant birds. A Robin started the chorus, followed by Blackbird and Song
Thrush. Highlights included a Woodcock roding at 4.20 am; a male Tawny
Owl; a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker; several Blackcaps singing, a
male Chiffchaff, two Goldcrests in song, several male Treecreepers singing
and the throaty coo-ing of a Wood Pigeon. Well worth the early morning
alarm call. Stuart Gibson
5th Osprey flying high above Lochdon
at. 17:05hrs Lee Dutton
Also had Woodcock at Grasspoint
5th Osprey hovering over
Lochdon just outside our cottage window at 5:00 pm in the pouring rain
a pair of stonechats , tree pipit
and summer plumage Great Northern Diver at Grasspoint. Later we had c8
Dunlin and 2 ringed plover at Garmony picnic site and a grey wagtail at
Craignure harbour.Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South Yorkshire
5th Grasshopper Warbler heard
reeling from the cottage in Salen at 09.00. Loch na Keal i, six RB Mergansers
and three GN Divers and a pair of Twite on the camping area
which has made my day!
4th Wood Warbler singing Tobermory
end of Aros Park Mike Wagemakers
4th Lochdon Cuckoo at Lochdon
also one along the Grasspoint Road Lee Dutton visitor, Alan
4th Glengorm to Dun Ara produced
35 species inc stonechats and cuckoo. From Dun Ara we had views of gannets
diving, guillemots, black guillemots, a great northern diver and a single
common tern.Mick 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
12+ whimbrel on the N shore of Loch na Keal j Also 1
adult WTE being mobbed by corvids. Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South
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
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.
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
1st - Bloody Bay, Tobermory Two immaculate
Summer plumage Great Northern Divers were in the vicinity of the Fish Farm
am. Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming
1st was pleased to see a Tree
Sparrow today on the feeder, and then I looked at your list to see
it was quite rare, so thought Id let you know. I live near Tiroran, PA69
6ET. Marie 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
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
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.
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.
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
27th - Loch Spelve Female Mallard
with brood of six ducklings (ca. 2 weeks old); and two broods of Greylag
Geese totalling 15 goslings (b/9, b/6).
26th - Loch na Keal Two Canada Geese
with brood of four goslings was our first of the season. Ruth Fleming
27th Found a Bee Eateryesterday
afternoon 3.30pm , in Glen Aros just after the turn for Crannich Farm,
catching bees from wires above the log piles/quarry. Craig Round
27th Iona: Mega
Rare on Iona today a Rustic Bunting. a first record for
Mull. Geoff Pain
the rusty-reddish streaking
on the flanks and supercilium stopping on the rusty collar (rather than
enclosing the ear coverts) look good and help rule out Lapland Bunting.
This bird is not a full male I suspect its probably a female or poorly
marked immature male.
Mega Rare Rustic
Bunting photo by Geoff Pain
26th May we saw 3 Puffins, an Arctic
Skua, Black Guilliemot, Guilliemots and Gannets and on the tour a total
of 5 Cuckoos were seen. Arthur Discover Mull Tours
26th - Loch Ba A singing male
Whinchat was an addition to our recent sightings; two male Cuckoo's
calling and further two seen in flight; Red-throated Divers heard but not
seen; three Tree Pipits displaying; singing male Blackcap; and the Oystercatcher
nest with three eggs that we have been watching has successfully hatched.
26th - Loch na Keal Two ad. Canada
Geese with four young goslings and two Red-throated Divers at Knock end
of loch. Ruth Fleming
25th - TobermoryThe only Magpie in
town is still hanging around the Mull Magic garden; two Crossbills overflew
our garden at 09.45 hrs.
25th - Loch Buie A singing Spotted
Flycatcher near the Standing Stones; two Red-throated Divers and a single
Great Northern Diver on the loch. Ruth Fleming
19th May woods behind Killiechronan
holiday cottages - 1 Spotted Fly, 1 Wood Warbler (heard only), 1 Jay (heard
only). Dipper by hump back road bridge adjacent to Bridge Cottage over
River Ba Loch Scridain - 2 GN Divers Ffionphort - 33 Dunlin, 1 R Plover,
1 Common Sand on beach by ferry
20th May - Sea Life surveys - off
Coll - 3000+ Manx Shearwater feeding, 2 Bonxie Loch Ba - 2+ Siskin, 1 GS
Wood drumming, 10+ Lapwing, 4+ Snipe drumming,
21st May - Lochdon - male Hen Harrier,
pair of Cuckoo male calling, female bubbling. Coast path from Garmony-Fishnish
held 2 pair of Canada Geese with 12 young between them and the small island
held a pair of Mute Swan with the female on the nest incubating. Fishnish
Woods - 2 Redpoll, 2 Crossbill feeding.
22nd Great views of GN Divers paired
up and heading north this week. Continued heavy feeding in waters north
of Mull consisting of terns, shearwater, gannets and kittiwakes. Ewan
22nd May - Loch Na Keal - 9 Ringed
Plover, 1 Dunlin. Ardmore - 1 GS Woodpecker, 3 Rock Dove assumed pure breed,
1 male Stonechat with 2 recently fledged young, 2+ Mistle Thrush fledglings.
Loch Na Kiel area - 3 G Eagles (1 on nest, 2 in air), 1 Sea Eagle. Loch
Ba 20+ House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Redshank, 20+ Lapwing, Snipe 1.
22nd three Golden Plover on
the south shore of Loch na Keal this afternoon, just west of the Ben More
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)
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 287244Spotted
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
reports of a Hawfinch here this morning. more information required please.
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.
warbler singing here. Woodcock roding. Marcus Conway ebirder.net
on a wet Sunday morning, 3 Whimbrel feeding on the shore and 6 Mergansers.
on holiday at Grasspoint cottage till Friday. just seen an adult Whooper
Swan on sea close in from the cottage. Gary Lee
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
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.
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
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
Killiechronan: a female Hawfinch feeding with the birds on the ground
underneath the bird feeder. Jan Fuller. (last record was 25th
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.
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.
3rd May - Langamull Singing male
Wood Warbler,Tree Pipit and Goldcrest, Penmore; Great Spotted Woodpecker
calling at Langamull car park; brightly coloured male Wheatear, Croig was
probably of Greenland race; single White Wagtails at Port na Ba
and Langamull; three migrant Dunlin, Port na Ba, where Ringed Plover c/4
and two immaculate summer plumaged Great Northern Divers. Ruth Fleming.
3rd Salen: we were watching
a Wood Warbler at the wood by the three boats Arthur and Pam
3rd Three terns, I guess Arctic but
difficult to be sure, flying up and down Loch Cuin and towards Langamull
3rd A gentlemen has come in to log
the Osprey at Lochdon..The sighting
was recorded on Saturday morning 3rd May 2014. Carol. Craignure VIC
3rd Tobermory. well here it is, if
proof were needed.
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.
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.
Sightings for May 2014 by David Hatfield:
12 sanderling: Calgary Beach 9pm 21st; 2 red-throated diver: Calgary Bay
22nd; 9 great northern diver: off Langamull, 1 yellowhammer: Dervaig, 1
dunlin and 5 pairs of redshank (at least 3 attending chicks): head of Loch
Cuin 26th; small flocks of crossbill (6-8) feeding in pines: Glengorm Forest
and Cuin 27th; 2 male goosander: head of Loch Cuin, 2 singing wood warbler
Tobermory 28th; 1 wood warbler, 1 male bullfinch, 2 spotted flycatcher:
Quinish 29th. Basking shark: Calgary Bay 30th. David Hatfield
for May 2013
25th May Male
Hen Harrier daily (morning and evening) at Loch Don Short Eared Owl
- off Grasspoint 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
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
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)
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!
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
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 &
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:
Brent Geese opposite Aros Castle this evening.
28th May Fidden
1 Brent Goose. Loch Scridain 1 Red Kite, 1 RT Diver.
12 Whimbrel, 1 Tree Sparrow found by Ben Moyes (one of the guests on the
tour). Bryan Rains
a male Common
Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) at a
local 'private' garden feeder.
rare visitor with only a few records for Argyll. Common Rosefinch
1989 One recorded
for Iona on 14th June. 2009 first Mull record at Kellan Mill
by Loch na Keal 16th June.
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.
18th One summer plumaged Curlew
Sandpiper in a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the shore
at Uisken today,
photographed by Mike Boyes
promised, thank you Mike)
28th 3 Common
Terns feeding at Croig, small colony of Sand Martins at Calgary, Bullfinch
and Sand Martins at Aros Castle. Andy Bayes
28th A Red
Kite flew over the Grasspoint road heading
towards Grasspoint itself at about 6pm tonight.
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!
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).
20+ Manx Shearwater offshore, family of Stonechat with 3 fully grown juveniles.
Short-eared Owl in Glen More. Cuckoo on Dervaig to Aros road. Andy Bayes
26th Pair of
Golden Eagles giving stunning views in flight and at rest on crags at western
end of Glen More opposite cottage, Craig. 1
Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern
Divers in Loch Scridain off Pennyghael. 1
Black-throated Diver at head of Loch na Keal
really close in to shore at high tide in the bay just west of Knock. 1
Golden Eagle on Beinn Bheag - looking south from from Knock Bridge.
Landing on lower slopes 4 times in a half hour period giving fantastic
views through 'scope.Phil & Jenny Collier
27th Ive just
received a report via VisitScotland, of a Black Stork on 26th
at Fanmore, being mobbed by crows. I have since spoken to the finder
(Paul Toner) who gave an excellent description.
26th Just had
report of Glossy Ibis at Dervaig reed beds,
seen and photographed by a visitor today, further confirmation urgently
required please. 07789677177 or 01680 812448
26th Just back home from a week with
no Internet access from Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
25th Woodcock - 1 at Loeb Croft evening
Deryck and Anne-Marie Irving
24th Manx Shearwater - c70 in mouth
of Loch Scridain from Loeb Croft 8am after two nights and a day of
strong northerlies. Also c200 Kittiwakes feeding and small numbers of Auks
including 2 Puffins flying into the Loch. Similar numbers of Kittiwakes
in Sound of Iona from the 10.30 ferry that morning plus 30-40 Gannets and
over 100 Common Terns
24th White Wagtail - 3 (possibly
4) on Iona (Bay at the Back of the Ocean) Chiffchaff - 1 singing by Iona
Primary School. also had our best views ever of Corncrakes thanks to the
cover being much lower than usual on Iona. Deryck and Anne-Marie
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
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)
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
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
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
skua passage continues but all far out. Between 6.15-18.00pm but most in
first hour: 84 migrating skuas estimated by flock type and flight style
as 72 Long-tailed (large
tight flocks close to sea) and 12 Pomarine
(small groups 1-3 and in calm wind flight higher than previous) as well
as 6 heading skuas heading south towards Treshnish Isles presumed to be
Arctic and about 8 Great Skuas north of Treshnish Isles. prasad Prasad
24th - Torosay
Single Great Northern Diver and pair of Red-throated Divers in Sound of
Mull, with a single Whimbrel along the shore. Ruth Fleming
Magic wildlife walk
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
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.
Craignure 2 singing Sedge Warblers, 2 territorial Whitethroats and single
male Blackcap and Wood Warbler in song between Isle of Mull hotel and camp
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
A total of £85.70 was raised
for MacMillan Nurses Cancer Support. Thanks
to all our early birds, both avian and human!
morph Pom Skua sound of mull (11.55am) heading
towards loch sunart. Ewan Blog
fishing successfully at Lochdon 21st May approx 8pm. Steve Hiscock
a Magpie an my
garden in Tobermory, the first one Ive seen here.
I notice that
the Dipper is not on your on-line list- Phil Siddall Curator, Mull Museum
yes it is, see White throated Dipper)
last few days has shown a good movement of Skuas around the coast
22nd 8 Long-tailed Skuas and 2 Arctic
Skuas north west of Mull travelling north. Ewan Blog
22nd Craignure: Pomarine
Skua close to ferry, really good view David Hatfield
Long tailed Skuas photo by Bryan
21st: Treshnish, 4 Arctic Skuas and 33
Common Terns off west coast prasad
20th Loch Assapol about 40
Long-tailed Skua. Bryan Rains Bryans
20th over 2,000
Manx Shearwaters flying north at Caliach Point, prasad
20th Lochdon: 2 Cuckoos flying over,
Goldfinch, lots of Siskins on the feeders, no sign of Nuthatch. Alan
17th Storm-Petrel off Mingery . Ewan
19th - Loch na Keal Male Blackcap
in song at Knock; two Red-throated Divers at head of loch, alongside feeding
flock of 20 Razorbills; a pair of Goosanders on Loch Ba, where, unusually,
a Dunlin was heard in song; still no sight or sound of local Redstart population
at this location, which is disappointing. Ruth Fleming
18th Caliach Point, 1 Little
Gull feeding with Kittiwakes. Also about 15 Arctic Terns and hundreds
18th Caliach Point, 1 Little
Gull feeding with Kittiwakes. Also about 15 Arctic Terns and hundreds
of Manx Shearwaters Prasad
18th One Curlew
Sandpiper in a mixed flock of Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the shore
at Uisken today, photograph to followw. Mike Boyes
16th - Killiechronan Adult Great
Northern Diver displaying and calling to immature bird at head of Loch
na Keal, where three calling Red-throated Divers also; one loud and incessant
Whimbrel; three singing Sedge Warblers, three singing Whitethroats, a singing
Tree Pipit and two Blackcaps; several Goldfinches and Lesser Redpolls;
three immature Black-headed Gulls, and two ad. Canada Geese with three
very young 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
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
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
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
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
making a nest on the end of spruce branch,just coming into leaf. Male very
busy enticing the female in, didnt notice me watching., also a reeling
Grasshopper Warbler in field opposite at Gruline near the church. Mark
8th Treshnish 2 Twite and small party
of Lesser Redpolls; 2 (one male, one female) Whimbrel and a single female
Bar-tailed Godwit at Haunn. A singing male Blackcap, Tobermory, is first
that we've heard here this Spring, normally expect to hear first around
mid April. Ruth Fleming
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
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
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
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
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
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
have about thirty pairs of Barn Owls on Mull)
1st Glen Forsa today and the best
birds were 3 Tree Pipits and 2 Cuckoos. Richard & Liz Airey.
1st Flight of 12 Whimbrel through
Fionnphort this am, surprised to see pair of Shoveller,
hiding in the reeds on Loch Pottie, (very scarce
on Mull) also 15 Teal and pair of Tufted Duck out in open water.
Sandpipers now taking up territories around the loch and good numbers of
Willow Warbler singing, as was male Reed Bunting. Our pair of Whoopers
still resting up. Mike Wagemakers
for May 2012
7th We just back from 2 glorious
weeks on Mull and we saw the Marsh Harrier at Fidden on 22nd May.Rex
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.
May a single bird was at Quinnish
birds seen on hills at the back of Scoor in May. (Robert Johnson)
May 3 birds were displaying on the top of Ben More. (Julian Bray)
29th 2 Sandwich
Terns in Calgary Bay & manx shearwaters at Cailaich Point. Arthur
29th Treshnish Haunn: a juvenile
Marsh Harrier Prasad
29th 5 Crossbill 1 Male
2 first year and 2 Females . In pines behind Isle Of Mull Hotel. 2 Red
throated Divers Loch Na Keel Rubha Mor, 1 Yellow
Wagtail Mull Rugby pitch. Ken Reeves
28th Bar-tailed Godwit,1 Killiechronan
this morning. 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)
28th Short-eared owl at east end
of Loch Scridain at 9.30am, Male and female merganser at Carsaig
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
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
summer plumaged Black Throated Diver
today off Gometra.
Mull Charters24th Torosay: 3 Red-throated
Divers in Duart Bay 2 singing Garden Warblers in Torosay woodland
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
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
and a photo from another visitor would be nice. Please ?
22nd at Langamull Prasad reports
a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on the salt marsh,
22nd Had excellent views of corncrake
today (a first for me) on a trip to Iona, in the field by the Abbey. Wouldn't
have thought to look there if it hadn't been for your comment in Issue
9 Mull Bird Report. Thank you!
22nd Wood Warbler seen in woods opposite
wrecks at Salen Spotted Flycatcher at Glen Forsa, 2 Common Terns at Forsa
Estuary.Arthur with Nick Evans on a wetland survey for BTO
22nd May--- 2 Great Northern Divers
swimming on this little lochan (Loch Mor-Ardanalish) early this morning
along with 2 Greylag geese and 2 Mallards-- 2 sedge warblers 2 whitethroat
on western shore-- cuckoos abundant everywhere. On Ardanalish beach
were 4 Shelduck and 2 Great Northern divers off shore in afternoon;
Kestrel over field. Bob Wagner. staying Ardachy House Hotel
22nd Arthur Brown went hunting for
a Common Scoter and found one at Lagganulva.
22nd Fionnphort: Adult Glaucouse
stillaround area 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
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 Lochs and further down towards Kinloch on lowlands under Ben More.
Long Eared Owl: Possible seen on
15th in evening at Lochdon Chris Moore
Corncrake (Iona): On 16th at least
3 in field behind firestation (all seen) plus various others seen and heard
including one very showy near to road leading to Bay/Beach at the back
of island. 3 Sanderling 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
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.
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
photographer of the year 2011. ebirder
6th Treshnish, 1 Iceland Gull at north
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 &
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+
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 &
10th - GN divers noted all along
loch scridain into double figures, also guillemots, SE owl hunting at head
of loch near bridge over river. Drive to auchnacraig bridge 2 greenshank.
10th Pennyghael, Loch Scridain:
Mistle Thrush, Great Northern Diver,Glen More: pair Golden Eagles
Loch Airde Glais: pair Red-throated
Divers. Peter and Marjolein Lewis
Head of Loch Buie: 2 Great northern
Divers; Sand Martins9th - 2 male yellowhammers under bird table at farmhouse
Knockvologgan, single whooper and 5 tufted males on loch pottie, also hunting
Ringtail Harrier hunting, 2 red throated divers on loch assapol, another
whooper in shallows on loch assapol.
9th Valley at head of Carsaig bay
2 singing Whinchat. Also Mountain Hare in roadside conifer forest.
Carsaig Bay: 3 White Wagtails, 4
Great Northern Divers; 4 Common Seals, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Black Guilllemots,
2 House Martins. Carsaig-Carsaig Arches: 2 Great Northern Divers; 5 Guillemots,
2 Black Guillemots; 6 Gannets, 6 feral Goats, 1 Otter fishing ; 4-9 Porpoises
feeding off-shore; 6 Kestrels. c 10 Herring Gull nests around arches but
no sign of any nesting Fulmars; 6 Yellowhammers (2 pairs and 2 males)8th
- Iona, 12 common terns on the crossing, corncrake near fire station
and at least 3 in abbey fields, sand martin colony in dunes on the beach
at the back of the ocean, 7 common sands at st colombus bay.
7 May f Hen
Harrier, Short-eared Owl defending territory from Hoodies and the Harrier.
a Cuckoo and saw a Buzzard and White-tailed Eagle NW of Burg.
Lynne and Eve Hallam visiting from Wiltshire.
7th - Lochdon, 7 blk t godwits, 9
mergansers, small numbers whimbel, dunlin & ringed plover. Drive along
to Pennyghael, 8 GN divers and a Common scoter noted opposite the hotel.
6th - Killiechronan, 40 greylags
& 50 canada geese, Loch ba 2 f mergansers on loch, Great Spotted
Woodpecker, nesting curlew, 2 greenshank at shallow end of loch, one pair
of tufted duck, also small sand martin colony, 5 Golden Plover in field
near bridge, 2 redshank and snipe.
6th Fidden: 30+ Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed
Godwits all put up by Peregrine. Snipe in Iris beds. 3+ Turnstones, 3+Dunlins,
pair White Wagtails, Great northern Diver, territorial Lapwings, 60 Golden
Plover ('northern type'), Linnets, Twites, Rock Dove. Peter and Marjolein
Iona: 4 calling Corncrakes between
ferry point and Abbey; Linnets, Twites, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, 22 Whimbrel
in 3 groups, 3 White Wagtails, 2 Redshanks, chipping and drumming Snipe,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
2nd Port Na Ba: Now 18 Whimbrel here.
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 Martyrs
Bay, Iona. Faded 1st Winter Glaucous Gull showing brilliantly. 5-6 Corncrakes
calling, with a single showing brilliantly in the Organic Garden. Cuckoo
in Heritage Centre garden. Great Skua, 100s of Manx Shearwaters, several
Great Northern Divers, 5 Sanderling and 20+ Whimbrel West Beach. Fidden
2 s p Black tailed Godwit. Loch Pottie Whooper Swan and 5 Tufted Ducks.
3rd May Lochdon/Loch
Spelve, 2 male Whinchat. Loch Ba winter plumaged Black throated Diver,
pair Tufted Duck.Ross Facer Area Manager - London and East. RSPB Fundraising
Direct (posted 10th May)
1st Lochdon: 20 Black tailed Godwit
here briefly this morning, most in summer plumage. pp Alan
1st Dervaig: two Black
tailed Godwit (1st) at Guin, one in full summer plumage Arthur
1st Long tailed duck landed next
to boat this afternoon. 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
reports for May 2011
13th May Ardalanis car park: a flock
of 30+ Mealy Redpoll following the extraorinary srtong S/SW winds and heavy
rainn storms. birds obviously grounded due to weather conditions but a
real treat for lucky finder & regular contributer David Hatfield
29th Ferry out of Oban: 2 arctic skua
(one juv ,one dark phase adult) harassing a mixed flock arctic and common
tern off craignure seen from the 2pm ferry out of Oban.
Buff breasted Sandpiper at Fidden
27th May 2011. a first record for Mull
30th Iona: Male Corncrake sighted
outside Iona Community Visitor Centre (near abbey) 6pm today- very good
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
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)
28th Craignure Golf course:
- 9 Northern Golden Plover, 40+ Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone +
10 Common Gulls nesting on the beach. John Miles
27th May 1 Long tailed Skua, 5 Arctic
Skuas and flock of 25+ Pom/Long tails seen off Coll by boat by my son.
28th Langamull: Dark phase arctic
skua flying over land at Langamull beach this morning. Circa 10 gannets
diving close in shore. And the sun was shining! Matt Atkin
27th Fidden: a Buff breasted
Sandpiper at Fidden. Bryan Rains l
(this is a first record for Mull)
thanks also to Sandy Aitken
This photo & Storm Petrel by
Bryan Rains Wild about Mull tours
27th Knock: There was a Sea eagle
above the sea just off the fish farm waiting for a shelduck chick to surface.
It then flew off with the chick. Colin Moody
27th Dervaig: Jay seen to 200 yards
Dervaig side of Langamull car park.Pam & Arthur Brown
26th Fidden 1 Pale-bellied Brent
Goose with Greylags.
24th Loch Scridain: a Storm Petrel
at Loch Scridain on 24th. Bryan Rains.
24th up to 20 Corncrakes in around
around Hotel Columba, Fire Station, Nunnery, abbey Iona. Gary Jenkins
22nd male Hen harrier Fidden, usual
flock of twite.Gary Jenkins 23rd f/male hen harrier Fidden Gary Jenkins
25th Loch na Keal: Pair of Red-throated
Divers close in, by pontoon on South side. Stuart Gibson
24th Seawatch Caliach point 6am to
8am: Large numbers of seabirds heading SW round the point. Manx Shearwaters
approx 2000 (20 passing through per minute), Guillemots 1000+, Razorbills
500+, Black guillemots 50, Arctic Skua 1, Fulmars 20, GN Diver 1, Gannets
100+. Juliet Vines and Steve Chapman
24th Loch na Keal 11am to 2 pm: Sabine's
Gull 1 adult in breeding plumage on beach between Killiechronan and Knockwith
a large aggregate of gulls feeding on a seal carcas. It was with 5 black-headed
gulls. Seen at aprox 1.30pm. Arctic terns 6 off beach as above. Juliet
Vines and Steve Chapman
24th Loch Scridain 3pm: Great Northern
Diver 2 in summer plumage, Storm Petrel 2 passing close to the shore and
flying west towards the sea, Common sandpipers 2 on shore. Juliet Vines
and Steve Chapman
24th Calgary Bay: 1 Sabine's still
on Calgary beach today although as i left it flew into the sea near the
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.
necked Phalarope was at Killiechronan 23rd May. a first record for
Photo's by kind permission of Phillip
Hampson & Tony Coombs with e birders
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,
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
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)
Rosefinch (male) photographed on the feeder by Pam Brown in the garden.
Gull was at Killiechronan on 23rd May 2011. Photo by Tony Coombs
20th: Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher
at Loch Buie (carsaig track) Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
18th: Crossbills in Glen Forsa valley
opposite Kilbeg cottage also Merlin Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
17th: Wood Warblers in abundance
on lighthouse walk at Tobermory am Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
17th: Short Eared Owl on Torloisk
to Dervaig moor pm. Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
16th:Ariel battle between short eared
owl and male hen harrier at Lochdon 6.30 pm (harrier defeated!)
20th Knock: a Green Sandpiper feeding
on the runrigs beside the road at Scarisdale west of Knock.
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.
19th National Trust for Scotland
car park at Tioran - Bullfinch, Siskin. J. Morgan & family
19th still good numbers of Great
northern diver to be found on most lochs (1on Loch Scridain) Kevin Boothroyd
19th Croggan: 15 Purple Sandpipers
along the narrows shore line.visitor Paul
17th Loch na Keal: a Pomarine Skua close
inshore. David Shackleton.
near Croig: an Eurasian Jay here today. Roger Doble. (see also 3rd)
17th Loch na Keal: Sabine's Gull
seen today in Loch na Keal, photos to follow. mull charters and e
birder Marcus 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.
10th Loch Cuin: a Bonxie flying down
loch Cuin (maybe from Caliach ? had not arrived there last week). Roger
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
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
3rd Glengorm: a Long-Eared
Owl - possibly feeding a chick - at Glengorm, near where we were staying.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
several Twite. Lochbuie GN diver, 4 RT divers & Black guillemot. Ian
& Chris Brookes
- we saw Corncrake (+photo!) as described + 1 at allotments near the Abbey
. Ian & Chris Brookes
Sedge Warbler at Dervaig reed bed and Spotted Flycatcher in the trees at
the side of the reed bed, Zara Tivey
twite near ferry Sanderling arctic terns etc. At Fidden another single
bl t godwit. Ian & Chris Brookes
a single summer plumaged Black tailed Godwit on the shore this evening.
ian & Chris Brookes
point: an Ospreytoday (17th) at Treshnish Point which then headed in Calgary
direction. Anand Prasad
Corncrake here today on Staffa island. pp Colin Moody
reeling Grasshopper Warbler, singing Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler along
the shore line. Alan
took some pics of Tree Creeper here today (see above pix). Alan
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.
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
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
11th I was just about to ask "where
are all the Stonechats?" when today, out with a friend we found
two Stonechat, one at Uisken and another at Lochhdon, both males. I am
so chuffed ! Alan
10th Loch na Keal boat trip with
Mull Charters : produced Red throated divers, Guillemot, Black Guillemot,
Razorbill and spectacular Sea Eagles at close quarters and taking fish
off the water. a great day out, thanks to Martin and Judith.
10th Dervaig: 4 Black tailed Godwits
still here this early pm, plus Dunin also in summer plumage. Alan
8th Dervaig: This morning 4 Black
Tailed Godwit in summer plumage made a brief visit to Loch Cuin Rod
& Gill 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.
6th a Red kite on the Tobermory
Road between the turn off for the hide and heading towards Tob pp Debbie
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
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
1st May Loch na Keal: a drake Blue
Winged Teal here 30th April-1st May, this stunning bird is a first record
for Mull. the bird was later found on Gigha (2nd) Thanks to Bruce Hyde
for reporting the very rare visitor from N America.
1st Iona: 1 Common Tern in the Sound,
4 calling Corncrake (only 1 Seen), 2 Sedge Warbler and plenty of Twite
flying around. Bryan Rains
for May 2009
I took a photograph of a bird (Rose coloured Starling) taken on Friday
29th May, above Tobermory, on the Dervaig road, at approximately NM499551.
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.
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)
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)
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
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
over Laggan Lodge, Lochbuie, 10.50pm Friday 29th May.
Little Laggan beach, Lochbuie.. Pair red breasted mergansers, Lochbuie
end, Loch Splevie
nesting colony completely crashed this year - Little Laggan beach,
Lochbuie not even one nesting bird. It used to team
with nesting gulls. Alastair Gossage
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
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
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
Golden Eagle, Common sandpiper. Jonathan Scragg
Great Skua flying North through the Sound, Male Peregrine circling Dun
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
Bay: two summer plumage Black-throated Diver Carsaig Bay Carol Marshall
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.
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
(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
Haunn cottages, Treshnish: Saw my first Spotted Flycatcher here today.
23rd Loch Ba:
nesting Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Lapwing & Oystercatcher, RB
Mwerganser. Grey Wagtail, calling Golden Plover. Ruth Flemming & Stuart
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
beach: 6 Whimbrel and 3 Sanderling and Early Purple Orchids, (33 plants).
Ross of Mull: Great Skua and Red Grouse, Golden Eagle, Great Northern
Diver and 2 Common Terns nearby at Traigh Gheal. Anand Prasad
picnic area: a group of 6 summer plumaged Ruddy Turnstone here. Dai Roberts
Bay: the White billed diver has been seen again in the bay. Alan Coles
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.
point: at dusk saw a Swift moving northwards over Treshnish House
. Anand Prasad
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
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
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
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.
headlands: Snow Bunting (male) and a Swift passing through. Ruthe Flemming
& Stuart Gibson.
of Mull: Terns over small island north of Craignure (18 counted airborne,
as well as numerous small parties commuting south to fish in the confluence
of the sound and Loch Linnhe. Both Common and Arctic seen fishing and resting
on Lady's Rock? 2 Arctic Skuas seen off Duart point heading north up the
Sound together, 1 pale phase and 1 dark phase.
14th Hawn Treshnish
car park: a eurasion jay here John Mason
3 Dunlin (with black bellies) on the beach
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
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
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
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.
Bay: White billed diver here this afternoon, Pam Brown et al Discover Mull
14th Off Grasspoint:
a summer plumaged Pomarine Skua flew past. Marcus Conway
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
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
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.
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
Farm Dervaig: 8am Barn Owl. Corncrake seen on Iona on a Corncrake walk
for Wildisles week. Pam Brown. www.discovermull.co.uk
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
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
20.00hrs 10 Whimbrel, 5 Shelduck, Short eared Owl, Grasshopper Warbler
23 summer plumage Dunlin, 3 White Wagtail, 2 singing Redpoll. Ruth Flemming/Stuart
6 Arctic Tern, 1 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Dunlin, 1 Black throated
Diver. David Hatfield.
Point: a trip here produced 5 Whimbrel, Fulmar, Shelduck, Shearwater, Cormorant,
Shag, Auks, Wheatear, Wagtails, a SparrowHawk and Sea Eagle and lots more.
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
Harbour:1st summer Iceland Gull still hanging around the area. Stuart Gibson
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.
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.
of Black Guillemots, G N Divers, etc at various locations.
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)
WTSE, Golden Eagle (ad), 2 S E Owl (viewed from the car park area
), 1 Hen Harrier.
summer male Hen Harrier from Eagle Watch caravan at dusk. Grasshopper Warbler
3 Twite and 1 Linnet here. Havid Hatfield.
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)
2 Whinchat, 37 Raven north of the waste dump. David Hatfield
2nd a Whinchat
(only second so far) reported by David Hatfield
by Dervaig: a singing Redstart and another by Killiechronan. David and
beach: Great Northern Diver in full breeding kit offshore .David
Haunn: first Whinchat was on 30th April at Haunn seen by Nick Evans a guest
at Haunn cottages,
Point: 5 Great Skua, at Dervaig 6 White wagtails. David Hatfield
Two male Hen Harriers dancing in the twilight , Long eared owl hunting
, Barn Owl present ... 28th Dervaig Sea Eagle came thru, radio and
wing tagged . Woodcock roding late in the day ...
Quinish Point: Great Skua on its travels.Taighe Sithe area: six lapwings
and 16 Sand Martins present ...
for May 2008
Crossbills in forestry walk at Glen Shillister, Rock Dove at Ulva Ferry.
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
Grebe, Loch Na Keal, Crossbills again in Forestry as above.
Geese & 7 goslings Craignure Golf Course,
Spotted Woodpecker, Kilbeg cottage garden. Sand Martins round the cottage
Warbler, Killiechronan camp site, 5 Red Throated Divers, Loch Na Keal just
past Knock, 4 breeding plumage and one not Andy Bayes, Natalie and
31st Loch Spelve:
first report of our returning Nightjars here today. Guido D'Isidoro. Visitor
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
Our Osprey was over again this morning fishing the loch at 0900hrs. Lionel
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
an Osprey over Fionnphort yesterday morning about 10ish. Came from
Iona direction and carried on east. Janis & John Allen
an Osprey fishing the loch 1215hrs today (same bird as yesterday?)
was reported over Salen Forest by visitor Derelk Lister.
a Cattle Egret in the area on the left as leaving the ferrry. Richard Atkinson
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
beach: 2 summer plumaged sanderling on beach early this morning, Arthur
an Osprey fishing the loch this morning at 10.00 hrs Alistdair Purfitt,
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.
guest 20th 2 Corncrake calling Fidden Campsite
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:
Flock of 5
on the Sound of Mull Flock of 10 at Calaich point on 16th May.
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)
Fingals 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
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.
Point Arctic Skua Single pale phase bird over. Nick & Stella
area: a passage Osprey was seen flying North West David
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
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
Isles Lunga: a small party of Purple Sandpiper here today. Nigel Matthews
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.
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
Scoter still at killiechronan, at least 6 Red Throated divers today Loch
na Keal, Loch Tuath and Calgary. Slavonnian Grebe in partial summer plumage
still on Loch na keal also lapwing with chicks and ringed Plover here.
Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier Loch frisa, Whinchat and Whitethroats everywhere.
Goldeen Eagle at Ulva gave spectacular views . Reed Bunting at Dervaig
reed bed with at least 5 Sedge Warbler. Cailiach Point 100's Manx Shearwater,
kittiwakes, and all 3 Auks which could be heard from land never known it
to be so busy fantastic feeding frenzy.70 birds seen in the day Arthur
9th Loch Beg:
Shoveler (very scarce for Mull) by the Kinloch. Short eared owl showing
well opposite the deserted farm between the eagle watch caravan Pete Hall
105 species for the week. staying at
Mullbirds self catering
8th Loch Buie
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 9th Lunga: passage Swift. Mike Richardson
plumage Great Northern Diver Loch na Keal (close to Inch Kenneth salmon
farm); PairGoosander Ishriff/LochSguabain, GlenMore - Mike Wagemakers,Isle
of Mull Experience
a drake Pintail here and at Killiechronan Canada Geese with 5 goslings
a Garden Warbler along the Gorsten road Mike Richardson
6th Loch na
Keal: Common Scoter; female, over the week 15 Great N orthern Divers.
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
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 &
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
Corncrake heard near Catchean this evening - Mike Wagemakers
end of Glen More: on the hillside; Ring Ouzel.Several Corncrake seen
Hen Harrier near Loch Beg. Barn Owl just along the Grasspoint Road. Ray
& Ross Facer
a Black tailed Godwitwas here today by the camp site. Richard
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.
30th Iona :
a Magpie was reported here in a local garden Michael Timms
two Corncrake heard calling on Ulva Tony Fearn
for May 2007
We were just watching a Spotted Flycatcher today in our front garden. Ive
not seen one here before in our garden. Clare Fellows
at least 7 corncrake heard and one seen on Iona. Also male Hen Harrier
at the south end of the island.
1 corncrake showed very well between iris beds near the "Catholic House
of Prayer". Single Tree sparrow near the abbey.
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.
from John Dowson
Diver, Northern Gannet, Shag, Cormorant, Grey heron, Mute Swan, Greylags,
Shelduck, Mallard, Common Eider, Red Breasted Merganser, Goosander (1 male
seen at Dervaig on the 15th May), Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Common Pheasant,
Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Common Sandpiper,
Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank (1 pair, again @ Deraig
on 15th), Tree Pipit, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Gulls - (Black Headed,
Common, Herring, Greater and Lesser Black-backed), Common Tern, Black Guillemot,
Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Rock Dove, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker,
Skylark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallo, House Martin, White-tailed Sea Eagle,
Golden Eagle, Pied Wagtail, Dipper, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Whinchat, Stonechat,
Wheatear, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap,
Chiffchaff (singing male, road near Aros River), Willow Warbler, Long-tailed
Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Magpie,
Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Raven, Common Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,
Siskin, Linnet, Redpoll, Common Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting.
28th Glen Gorm:
a 2nd year Glaugous Gull over the bathing pool at Glengorm castle and drifting
west towards Sorne Point, and later a White Wagtail near the carpark at
Calgary Bay, Graham Shortt.
Penmore.. a Magpie. It was around here last year..or its brother ! Sylvia
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
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.
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
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
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".
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
phase Arctic Skua from Oban to Craignure ferry approx 12.20
phase Arctic Skuas and Great Skua from 9.50 Iona ferry.
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
pale phase Pom Skua from Oban to Craignure ferry approx 13.00
18th off Craignure-Oban
ferry. up to 6 Cory's Shearwater flying alongside the ferry giving excellent
views of this very scarce marine bird and exceptional for Argyll..
John & Jackie Edwards.
: 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
Fidden 2 Sanderling
in summer plumage, 5 Turnstoneand 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Fidden Bryan
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
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
40 'Comic' terns by the lighthouse. Stuart Gibson.
16th Loch Scridain/Fiddden/Loch
Beg: 2 Common Tern and 1 Tufted Duck (unusual) on Loch Scridian.5 Turnstone
in summer plumage, 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Tern and 1 Whimbrel at Fidden. 12
Dunlin at Uisken. 1 Greenshank at Loch Beg.
male Goosander & 30 Common Tern
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.
Cuin Road Dervaig - 5 Crossbill in the scots pines - seems to be a good
year for this species.
Reudle: in late afternoon one Osprey just south of Treshnish Point (flying
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
point: a Short eared Owl, one of very few seen this year to date.John &
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
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
7th Eas Mor:
a male Ring Ouzel and 4 Lesser Redpoll at Eas Mor today on the tour.Bryan
Bay: Tim and Rebecca Barnard spotted a pair of Canada Geese at Bloody Bay
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
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
Dave Sexton, Tim and Rebecca Barnard, Stuart Gibson, Arthur Brown, Barry
Bishop, Pete Hall,
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,
for May 2006
Glen Forsa behind the airstrip. A pair of Canada
Geese were feeding in the outfall from the burn, but no sign of breeding,
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
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.
(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
29th Loch Ba.
a single Osprey over the fish farm. Richard Atkinson
Point within 15 minutes at 9pm.105 Manx Shearwaters passed
19th Loch Frisa.
1 Bullfinch near Lettermore farmhouse, Loch Frisa 2 Red-throated Divers
flew over the fish farm at Loch. Frisa, Anand Prasad
a Turtle dove at the side of the road between Bunnessan and Fionnphort
11.00am. Julia Holmes
27th Loch Cuin-Dervaig.
1 Greater Scaup plus 2 Tufted Ducks. Loch Beg. 20 Manx Shearwater.4 Goosander.
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.
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
two Pale bellied Brent at Fidden. Carol Marshall.
6 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin in bloody bay. 8+ Gannets at Fionnphort, Ian
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
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
A Rose Coloured Starling was rescued from a cat on Iona. Gareth Knass
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
"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
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
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
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
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 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
first Whitethroat also Whimbrel at Langamull & Loch na Keal. Pam &
3 Gannets, 5 Great northern Divers, 1 Red throated Diver, Manx Shearwater
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
Pam Brown. Discover Mull Tours. AS, Edwina & David Sharp.
Single Whimbrel amongst 3 Curlew. Loch na Keal Common Sandpipers singing
along the shore.
Great northern Diver 'almost' summer plumage AS, Edwina & David
Bruach Mhor, Fionnphort: Corn Crake has returned to the croft
at Bruach Mhor,
spasmodically and weakly at the moment but reportedly first heard/arrived
on Saturday Derek Crook
gave us our first Whitethroat on 5th in scrub by loch side.
Loch na Keal.
(2nd) there was a Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage from boathouse,
plus 7 Great Northern Divers, 23 Dunlin, (most in summer plumage)
and 2 pairs of nesting Ringed Plovers. Also 17 Whimbrel in field by Kentellan
farm on 8th.
On 4th a pair
Black throated Diver and 2 Red throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter. Short Eared
Owls have been scarce this year and so at Dervaig, a pair displaying were
a delight to watch. Alan Spellman.
An Osprey flew
over Torosay - Lochdon on 6th but did not stay around, and another on 31st
at Loch Frisa, spent most of the day fishing in the loch unsuccessfully.
A pair of swifts
were performing a high speed acrobatic display at Ledaig, Tobermory and
were the first Swifts of the year on 10th. Lochdon had 4 Swifts feeding
over the loch on 24th briefly whilst on passage.
3 Dotterel on the stony summit slopes of Dun da Ghaoithe on 24th,
I am sure there must be many other migrating birds that are not recorded.
On Iona (28th) there was a flock of 12 Sanderling on the west side
of the island. Ardalanish beach is another good place to see Sanderling.
now establishing on the Ross of Mull at 3 sites so far this year and Staffa
have 3 calling males on the island again this year. At Fionnphort
on 14th there was a brief sighting of a Spotted Crake at Torr Mor
by Mike Wagemakers
On 16th by
the Mishnish Lochs area, a Knot in full breeding plumage, a scarce
bird for Mull this one, reported by Peter Gionannini
is excellent for sea watching a male Black Scoter (Common Scoter), 2 Arctic
Skuas 1 Great skua, diving Gannets, Guillemots, Fulmars and Kittiwakes
plus Manx Shearwaters were all reported off Caliach point. The first Arctic
and Common Terns were in the Sound of Mull on 5th & 6th at their usual
All three Divers
have been recorded on sea lochs this month, Red throated Diver and Black
throated Diver in summer plumage with Great Northern Divers in mid change
nr Dervaig on 27th there was a single Magpie on the road to the harbour.
Gulls have stayed around this month with 1 Iceland Gull with other gulls
just outside Fionnphort. village, and also birds remained at Tobermory
A Sea Eagle
chick (Lochdon ) was wing tagged this month.
Lochdon (3rd) there is a report of a male Ring Ouzel at Gorten turnoff.
and Mike Wagemakers reported a brief glimpse of a calling Ring Ouzel,
flying east from Fionnphort (28th). A Grey Pharalope was seen at Garmony
picnic area on 11th. And a Spotted Crake was heard calling in Dervaig reed
beds on 16th. On 24th a late returning Waxwing was sighted
at the Croggan/Lochbuie.
on WTSE is that we have 8 chicks this year, the most successful year so
far. Frisa Sea Eagle chicks were wing tagged red with white letters
I & S for "Itchy and Scratchy", names by the school children. A Barn
Owl hunting along Gorten Road, Lochdon at mid day on 21st was encouraging
as it would have been feeding young. Another Osprey flew north over Loch
Beg on 27th and there were more. good sightings of both Short eared Owl
& Hen Harrier near the Crannog loch through Glen More.
Green Woodpecker on 14th at Lochdon briefly visited John &
Angela Prestons garden and Great Spotted Woodpecker were bringing young
to feeders. Len White had a flock of 30 Long-tailed Tits feeding
on tree in front garden.
The lone Whooper
Swan was still on Loch Pottie on 28th, and on 24th at Knock there was a
single Widgeon at end of Loch Na Keal. Neither of these birds should be
here at this time of year.
On Lunga Corncrake
were heard on the Treshnish Isles. The Iona Corncrake survey counted between
mid night & 0300hrs had 23 calling males. (Dave Sexton RSPB)
Seen from the
Craignure - Oban Ferry (27th) were 300 Manx Shearwater off Lismore Lighthouse.
2 Tufted Duck at Aros Bay on 23rd near the Castle end, this is unusual
as Loch Pottie & Loch Assapol are the regular sites for these birds.
At Lochdon on 14th 9 Canada Geese (park geese) spent the day on the
shown well with 2 summer plumaged Black throated Divers on Loch na
Keal on 29th by Inch Kenneth and a summer plumaged Great northern Diver
(30th) Red throats have been seen on all sea lochs and Loch Ba
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