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Latest reports for October 2019
31st Juvenile red kite over suidhe farm Bunessan today. Tony Jeffree. (Is this the same bird seen over the last few days?)
31st a flock of about 30 Jackdaws flying around Java this morning. Nancy Somervile
30th  we had excellent views of a Red Kite over Fishnish Bay. adult and juvenile whooper swans in the large field on the left after the Grasspoint turn. Pete
29th: Treshnish, 1 Red Kite at Ensay Burn cattle-grid at 10.15am, 16 Greenland White-fronted Geese flying south over Treshnish wood, 30 Fieldfares and 1 Redwing at Treshnish wood, and c60 Fieldfares at Ensay House surrounds

28th: Treshnish, 30+ Redwings/Fieldfares (at least 13 Redwings & 2 Fieldfares) in Treshnish wood
25th: Treshnish, 1 Merlin and 5 Redwings over Treshnish wood. Prasad
24th: Treshnish, 5 Redwings over Treshnish wood   
29th  Greenshank 1 Salen Bay.  Bar- tailed godwit 1, 2 Slav grebe, Killiechronan.  Fieldfar
e 100+ Knock area.  Woodcock 3 Tiroran 0641hrs.  White-tailed eagle adult, breaking branches off & nest building with them. Dave Piece
29th 2 Waxwing , loch Buie in trees first house past church on Moy castle walk Rex Earnshaw, a regular Mull visitor
29th 50+ Fieldfare feeding on a Rowan tree between the buildings of Ardnadrochet Farm.Also, below the hump-back bridge in Lochdon (on the village side), our Kingfisher seen again! Andrew Oldacre (The Kingfisher has now been around Lochdon area since 16th September.)
24th-29th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to feed in a local garden. photo by Alan Spellman.
28th: Garmony - 6 Curlews, 3 Turnstones, pair of Stonechats. Scallastle Bay - 3 Wigeon, 2 Eider, adult White-tailed Eagle, male Stonechat. 26th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Redshank.Nancy Somerville
28th At least 2 woodcock Tiroran 0635 hrs Brown hen harrier Loch Assapol.
Dave Pierce
27th Mon 21st Oct - flock of 15 Whooper Swans flying high in formation off the sea at Laganulva.Tues 22nd - 3 Salvonian Grebes at the head of Loch na Keal. Fri 25th - flock of 12 Common Scoter flying out to sea at the entrance to Loch na keal between Gribun and Inch Kenneth. 
27th A woodcock at dusk Dererach, Loch Scridain this evening. Dave Pierce

26th Alan there are 15 whoppers on Loch Cuin at Dervaig today been here all morning . They are gone round the left in shelter as you look our directly in line with Pam and Arthur place . Cheryl Callow
25th: Java - Curlew, Greenshank, Dipper,
23rd: Java - Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Hooded Crows, Peregrine hunting Feral Pigeons Nancy Somerville

24th 6 Slavonian Grebe at the Killiechronan end of Loch na Keal. 7 Whooper Swans between Killiechronan and Knock hatchery, Joined by another flock of 15 which stayed before flying west back towards the mouth of the loch. Phil Sharp
24th 30 Whooper Swan over Fidden today at midday, 16 tufted duck at Pottie  visitor C Place
24th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to feed in a local garden. Alan Spellman. 
23rd  male Goosander on the South side of Loch na Keal closer to Gruline today. visitor Rik Morley
22nd Loch na Keal: 14 mergansers off Ben More pier, 2 WTSE sitting on a skerrie in the vicinity, 1 black guillemot. 3 lapwing at Tirroran. Loch Scridain: 2 otters at different locations, Slavonian grebe from Pennygael sub station WTSE flying at 3 lochs in Glen More. visitors Edwina and David Sharp
21st: Scallastle forest path - adult WTE flying over. Java: Adult WTE over field by hospital and one over Java houses, 2 Dippers (at mouth of Allt a Chiadha). Scallastle Bay - 3 RB Mergansers, 3 Curlews, 1 Greenshank  Nancy Somerville                20th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (displaying), Peregrine. Fishnish - adult WTE. Scallastle Bay - 20 Greylags, 18 Canada Geese, 2 Goosander. Adult WTE and approx 16 Ravens over Dun da Ghaoithe ridge. Nancy Somerville .                    19th: Fishnish - 2 adult White Tailed Eagles. Scallastle Bay - 2 juvenile, an adult  flying across Dun da Ghaoithe hillside.
21st 7 Goosanders, 3 Greenshanks, 1 Redshank seen from Dervaig end of Loch Cuin along with W/T Eagle perched on a rock.2 Little Grebes halfway down Loch Cuin from our holiday cottage garden.Male Hen Harrier near Port na Ba around the point from Langamull. 5 Ringed Plover at the Croig end of Loch Cuin. 2 W/T Eagles (juv) flew over our heads as we walked towards Am Birlinn restaurant from Croig. Phil Sharp
21st Fidden a single.Reed bunting, 32 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 20+ Greater black backed gulls. Kinloch area 5 Crossbills, Gooseander and up to twenty Great northern Diver counted on Loch Scridain. David and Edwina Sharp and Alan
20th Great view of Ringtail Hen Harrier today being continually mobbed by a Sparrowhawk as it tried to hunt along the slopes at Loch Ba just past the fish farm. Phil Sharp.  Visitor from Kent
Long tailed duck, loch na keal Oct 2019Long tailed duck Martin Keivers
20th Loch na Keal. a female Long tailed duck, taken from 'Lady Jayne' today.  many thanks Martin Keivers.
previous records    Long-tailed Duck      Clangula hyemalis  
Uncommon Winter visitor and passage migrant (particularly during Autumn)
2013 20th October a female was near the camp site at Killiechronan (Loch na Keal), with another female on Loch Scridain on 2nd Dec;  2014 28th October,  a immature f was on Loch na Keal; 2016 23rd October  a female was seen at Lochbuie

2019 20th October a female on Loch na Keal, photographed by Martin Keivers.

19th Fidden. a couple of Iceland gulls at fidden beach.  Wendy Black  (the first of the winter)
19th Salen. a Yellowhammer and Grey Wagtail in my garden today. Debbie Thorne
18th: Java - 2 Little Grebes. Scallastle forest path: White-tailed Eagle (adult), 6 Buzzards, approx 8 Hooded Crows,

12 Ravens, all had been/ feeding on deer gralloch. also a Jay seen 
17th: Scallastle Bay - 18 Ringed plover 
16th: Java - Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Chaffinches by coastal path.

19th Lochdon, a single Greenshank. Aros estuary two Greenshank. visitor David Sharp
17th Knock 50 jackdaws  have seen a solitary jackdaw at the fish farm over the years, but not this many. Colin Moody
17th Lochdon. Great views of Lesser Whitethroat feeding in tree outside Burnside, Lochdon for about 15 mins from 5.30pm  Alison & John Harden.
previous records.
Lesser Whitethroat .  Sylvia curruca . Rare passage migrant, 2009: May  one was at at Loch Frisa , June singles were also at Loch Buie on 23rd June & Ulva in June. 2011. one at Kilfinichen on 3rd May.
17th Lochdon. A single Swift over the Telephone Exchange this morning, Andy  Oldacre 
                                                            16th Garmony two female Blackcaps and one male in a local garden.  Jenny Jackson
Nuthatch
                        at Tobermory-Aros park Oct 2019
16th-17th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch at a feeder in a local garden. photo by Debbie Thorne.
This report also prompted yet another late report of a Nuthatch at Pennyghael on 29th July 2019 Thanks visitorTerry Muerfitt
Fieldfare
                        Lochdon 2019Redwing 2019
Fieldfare and Redwing stripping berries at Lochdon. Alan Spellman 16th Oct 2019
16th First of the winter monthly BTO Loch Na Keal (whole loch) Wetland Birds Surveys on Monday 14th.  27 Shag; 12 Cormorant; 50 Oystercatcher; 3 Great Northern Diver, 22 Heron, 22 Ringed Plover; 18 Curlew; 85 Greylag Geese; 6 Redshank; 2 Bar-tailed  godwit;  3 Goosander; 10 Turnstone; 18 Red breasted merganser; 6 Slav grebe; 45 Teal; 49 Mallard,   also 5 White tail eagle;  3 Golden eagle. Steve & Linda Littlewood, Felicity & David Pollard, Richard Hallam, Jacqui Murphy.
16th Just seen the Lochdon Kingfisher on the rock on the shoreline in front of Agnes Bennett's house.It disappeared up the little burn towards the far side of her house.John & Alison Harden, (staying at Burnside).
14th: Garmony - 8 Wigeon, 18 Teal, single Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 2 Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew, single Greenshank, approx 20 Turnstones, .Scallastle Bay - 2 Goosander, 4 Ringed Plover. Craignure/Java - Curlew and Redshank on the shore, approx 200 Thrushes, Nancy Somerville
13th: Craignure Bay - Black Guillemot (winter plumage). Scallastle forest path - Peregrine, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 flocks (24 & 10) winter thrushes.Nancy Somerville

12th: Java - single Curlew. Scallastle Bay - 5 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosander, 4 Curlews, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, male Stonechat. Field by Scallastle Farm - mixed flock of Greylag (10) and Canada (8) Geese, male Hen Harrier
12th: Treshnish, 2 Whooper Swans and 15 Barnacle geese flying south at Haunn and 2 Golden Plovers at Haunn prasad 
12th  Grasspoint Road.Just below the farm, on a Rowan tree were 6+ Fieldfare. Andrew Oldacre
11th: Treshnish, 260+ Barnacle Geese and 27+ Whooper Swans fling south. prasad                                                                     11th Loch na Keal.  10 whooper swan at the head of Loch na keal.  Landed for a while and then took off towards loch ba.
photo by Rob Skinner
11th: Java - single curlew. Scallastle Bay - 4 wigeon. Male hen harrier over field by Scallastle Farm, 7 curlews in the field.
10th: Java - 5 redwings. Nancy Somerville
Little
                      gull Oct 2019Little
                      Gull Oct 2019
10th Craignure Golf Course. a 1st CY Little Gull here amongst the larger flock of gulls. Nigel Shannon
8th: Java - Peregrine falcon hunting feral pigeons, goosander.Nancy Somerville
6th: Garmony - 2 teal, goosander. Scallastle Bay - approx 30 ringed plovers, approx 12 curlews.
5th: Java - curlew, goosander, 6 meadow pipits by hospital field.Nancy Somerville

5th Lochdon. a flock of about 30+ Redwings  flew over -.Andrew Oldacre
3rd Lochdon bridge. Kingfisher here again this morning. Jacquie Murphy. Enjoy Mull Tours

2nd  a juvenile black throated diver in the bay at Calgary Andy Blagden- Regular visitor to Mull2nd Female Merlin over Grasspoint and a Female Peregrine near Salen. Juv Arctic Tern in waters north of Mull in with mixed gulls, Gannets, C Dolphins and Minke Whales. Whooper Swans on Lochdon and constant skeins of Pink-footed Geese overhead. Ewan Miles   www.naturescotland.com
Yellow Browed Warbler at Java 2nd October
                        2019
2nd Java beach area. Yellow Browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)  found and photographed by Nancy Somerville.
(About the size of a Goldcrest they breed in Siberia and occurer in the UK every year as they migrate south-westwards. Although it is only recently that we have records for Mull. AS)   A really great find Nancy
previous records: 2016: 8th Oct, three birds seen at Ardura. was our first Mull record. 2018.17th October on Iona by Tony Disley. 2019  2nd October on Java Beach found by Nancy Somerville.
  Kingfisher at Lochdon Bridge Jen Swift
Kingfisher at Lochdon bridge, photo by Jen Swif

2nd Lochdon. Kingfisher again today by the bridge, so this little bird has been around since 16th Sept.  Andy Oldacre.

1st Lochdon  Whooper Swans field south grasspoint turn  Jacquie Murphy, Also flying over loch Pottie. Pam & Arthur Brown
1st Treshnish, 42 Pink-footed Geese flying south at noon and also a flock at 6am                                                                             
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Latest reports for October  2018
31st  Amongst others 2 woodcocks at Tiroran yesterday at 0640 & 2 greenshanks at Fhinichin maybe of interest. Dave Pierce
30th Male Merlin at Salen bay this morning, Pink-footed Goose in with Greylags at Killiechronan, Black-throated Diver on Loch Tuath, Carrion Crow near Aros Mains. Sparrowhawks in numerous places around the moors, presumably migrants. Quick look for Cattle Egret at Calgary but no sign. Ewan Miles
29th   7 Jackdaws at Mornish near Calgary.. Pam & Arthur Brown.       
27th  Treshnish, 120+ Jackdaws around Treshnish wood.  prasad
25th 140 Barnacle Geese on the beach opposite Inch Kenneth, probably the usual flock  which overwinters on the island. Also 7 whooper swans over Loch Beg, heading west. Pete and Jan .
25th Treshnish, c460 Greenland White-fronted Geese (with at least 1 Barnacle Goose) flying south over Treshnish
and 20 Whooper Swans on Treshnish lochan Calgary, Cattle Egret still present  prasad

24th Fidden - good sighting of a female Merlin, 9 Whooper Swans flying over, Ringtail Harrier. Loch Scridain - several
GNDs, male Hen Harrier, immature White Tailed Eagle. Glen Seilisdeir road - male Hen Harrier. Loch Na Keal - , GNDs,
single Slavonian Grebe & single Black Guillemot visitor Edwina.
23rd Cattle Egret still on the machair at Calgary today. A movement of continental Wood Pigeon around the island. Ewan Miles 
22nd  a Jay this afternoon in the woods just west of Pennyghael timber pier. . visitor Brian Moyes. 21st A Little Egret was on Loch Cuin around 4 pm as we watched it 5 Whooper Swans flew over.. Pam, Arthur, Moria & Cheryl.

21st  little Egret on Loch Cuin for most of the day and whooper swans about six . All confirmed by Pam and Arthur as I called them out to confirm the Egret . CherylCallow
21st We went down to Calagary and scoured the fields and the machair for a Cattle Egret but there was no sign of it. So we turned round and started to head back when it kindly flew into the grass verge about 30 feet in front of us!  Edwina and David Sharp

18th  was a good day for migrating Geese and Swans over the western area of Ross of Mull, Fionnphort/Kintra/Bunnessan/Fidden areas: At least 350+ Barnacle Geese south in lots of groups on and off throughout the day, also at least 58 Greenland White-fronted Geese south in 5 flocks and at least 150 Whooper Swan in several flocks. 28 Fieldfare in off the sea at Kintra, also a high flying Snipe in off the sea at Kintra. An imm male Sparrowhawk
over Fionnphort, a female Merlin at Fidden in the evening also a juv White-tailed Eagle there and 8 Teal, 9 Golden Plover, 15 Curlew and 5 Wigeon. A resting flock of 25 Teal at Bunnessan also 1 Wigeon  Samanther Melling and Tony Disley

19th 3 Purple Sandpipers east of Croggan, a flock of 70 plus Jackdaws over Loch Spelve, Icelandic race (coburni) Redwing
 at Lochbuie, Barn Owl at the Mishnish lochs (22:00). Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams
19th Oct Java (in my back garden): single brambling. Nancy Somerville
18th  October. at Lochdon a single Brambling (must be more about) Steve Hiscock 


  Photographs by Steve Hiscock and Nancy Somerville
18th  25 whooper swans on Loch Pottie, also some 6 tufted ducks.At Fidden Farm and Knockvologan we had several groups of whooper swans probably 100+ and several skeins of Barnacle Geese probably in excess of 300. Also at Fidden Farm a pair of Golden Eagles talon- grappling.  Pete and Jan
Yellow Browd Warbler
Yellow browed Warbler at Ardura 8th October 2016 photo by visitor John Ogg a first record for Mull
17th  Some sightings for your website, a Yellow Browed Warbler on Iona today by the Heritage Cafe with lots of Coal Tits, also 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap on the island. A flock of 28 Whooper Swan south over Fionnphort early am also 3 flocks of Barnacle Geese totalling 115 south. 2 Kittewake in Iona sound this afternoon. Samanther Melling and Tony Disley
17th  Wheatear near Gribun, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Salen Bay, 23 Whooper Swans (all adults) over Salen Bay, 16 Whooper Swans (1 juv), Loch na Keal, 5 Whooper Swans, Loch Ba. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams
17th Oct, Lochbuie: large flock of at least 100 fieldfares. NancySomerville
17th  On my tour today, we had excellent views of the cattle egret at Dervaig, among the sheep! Also a pair of Jays at Kellan Wood. Pete and Jan
16th Oct, Dervaig: Four redshank, 12 whooper swans . Nancy Somerville
15th  Loch na Keal  party of 19 Whooper Swans, female Otter and two well grown cubs. 2 Wt Eagle sat on Scarisdale Rocks again.. Martin Izzard


15th  1 Cattle Egret at Calgary, It has been seen there since at least the 12th according to my farmer neighbour. Before that, presumably the same, was reported from Dervaig. prasad
15th Oct, Java: flock of around 30 redwings; single red-breasted merganser; 12 greylag geese; two curlews. Nancy
14th Bunessan. Little Egret opposite the Argyll Arms
14th Wheatear near Balmeanach yesterday . Chris Austick
9th Oct, Java: single red-breasted merganser.
10th  Garmony: 2 dippers; 5 curlew; 4 male and three female eider; single twite, ; two greenshank; 4 mallards (3 drakes, 1 duck); single black guillemot in winter plumage; 6 turnstones; 3 wigeon (at least).
4th Oct, Java: single curlew, 13 greylag geese. Nancy Somerville
14th Two Whooper Swans flying west and calling over Tobermory Golf Course today .. Ron Corderio
13th I am up for a few days.. Dervaig, Loch Chumbain 1 Greenshank. . Calgary Bay 4 Great Northern Diver. . Loch na Keal at Killichronan 6 Great Northern Diver, 7 Slavonian Grebe. Ulva ferry Juvenile WTEagle sat in a tree looking sad in the rain. Regular visitor Martin Izzars.
23th Seems to be that Jay time of year again. Saw one nr Carsaig road-end today & more surprisingly, one flying north over Fionnphort this afternoon. Chris Austick                                                                                     
12th The little egret is still around as my neighbour George has been seeing it too quite frequently over the last 2 weeks.. Emily Wilkins                                                                                                                                                                                                     11th Just read a report from Arran birdís reporting a rare vagrant - a Little Egret. In case itís of interest, a Little Egret was on the edge of Loch Na Lathaich, near Eorabus. Also, this evening, two Whooper Swans flying over the same loch towards Bunessan. A Great Skua off the beach by Calf Island on Iona this afternoon. David and Juli Lockstone
10th Pair of jays this morning - just west of Pennyghael, Ross of Mull. Tony Jeffree 
5th: Treshnish, 6 Jays (flying east) and c20 Long-tailed Tits at Treshnish House.   Guests reported an Osprey on 2nd and 3rd at Haunn.  prasad
5th Quick visit to Mull this time. Pink footed goose with large flock of greylags at Killiechronan. Also around a dozen redwing landed on telephone wires in same area.On Loch naKeal was 9 Slav grebes, pair red throated diver, and a striking plumaged black throated diver. regular visitor Lee Dutton. Somerset.
4th Achnacraig (Road from Dervaig to Salen) - Male hen harrier quartering in the muzzle and overflown by white-tailed eagle. Also flock of redwing/fieldfare. M Murphy
2nd Gruline - 4 x Golden eagles, grey wagtail, Calgary - Great Northern Diver, Dervaig - Snipe, Greenshank  Mike  Murphy
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Latest reports for October  2017
31st A teal on the lochan - hanging out with the resident mallards. Suidhe farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree                                                                                                                                                                               
25th 'Greenland' Wheatear at Langamull and what I think is a Polecat/Ferret hybrid at Haunn (camera trapped by Graeme Hutchinson & Angie Craft). They also got footage of a pair on the previous night.
28th a flock of 25 Whooper Swans from the Oban ferry flying to Mull.Martin Izzard
27th - Sea off Ardnamurchan. A single Sooty Shearwater was associating with auks, gulls, Gannets and five Minke Whales  in feeding frenzies in the sea West of Ardnamurchan lighthouse. Stuart Gibson
24th Craignure, 3 Bramblings at golf course.  prasad
23rd October Loch Chumbainn 6 Whooper Swan, 4 Little Grebe. Calgary Bay Adult and sub adult WTE, Otter close to the beach feeding. visitor Martin Izzard

24th Little Egret at Fishnish. Andy Oldacre. Bryan Rains. Steve Hiscock

22nd subadult WTSE Loch Chumbain. Martin Izzard.

23rd Langamull, 8 Barnacle geese flying west and 1 'Greenland' Wheatear near Langamull house

20th Treshnish, 1 Brambling at house
19th Treshnish, 1 Brambling at house and 1 Barnacle Goose below Ensay burn
23rd  Whimbrel at Salen Bay today along with a male Peregrine. Ewan Miles
22nd a Little Egret at Fishnish hide showing well. visitor Stephen Hotham

22nd At least a thousand redwing at Killiechronan, some amongst the greylag geese. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife Tours.

21st At Lochdon a Greenshank calling was rather special against a moody sky and in the rough grassland opposite Loch Spelve, a fine dark grey Harrier, ringtail, with an almost orange chest was a fine sighting on a grey damp afternoon. Martin Izzard.

21st - Salen/Loch na Keal 5 Redwings at Salen, with 100+ at Gruline; 14 Teal were opposite Kellan Old Farm Stuart Gibson

20th Single Redwing in fields between Glengorm Road and Ardmore Forest. Mike Wagemakers
19th - Glengorm. A single Crossbill overhead a conifer plantation on Glengorm road, outside Tobermory. Stuart Gibson

18th - Sea to North of Mull Visible migration of a single Whooper Swan and 13 Pink-footed Geese heading south towards or over Mull; and 60+ Gannets in feeding hurries with Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills. Stuart Gibson

18th Leach's Petrel at Langamull beach being predated on by a juv Great-black backed Gull. Ewan
 18th 40 plus Fieldfare heading south down Glen More yesterday. Ewan 
18th Treshnish, 1 Brambling at house and 6 Whooper Swans at lochan

17th Caliach, 12 Whooper Swans flying south at point and c30 geese migrating south to far out to sea to identify, prasad

16th Loch Scridain At least 10 Great Northern Diver today. Loch Beg 2 Golden Plover.

17th Loch Beg 1 Swallow this morning. Bryan Rains

13th  Glen Aros: Male Hen Harrier. Calgary bay: 2x W T Eagle over hills on north side of bay above pier. One feeding on carcass on skyline.3 Skeins of Pink Footed Geese (60 birds) then flew SW into a ferocious wind then a Golden Eagle appeared over the same hills, gained height and started to dive towards the Geese but pulled out and flew south across the bay 1 x Great northern Diver. 13th Aros Park: 20 Crossbill. 14th loch na Keal: 7 Goosander

14th Craignure: 1x W T Eagle above ferry. Jason Mossman.

16th A blurry record photo of a Male Merlin coming in from the sea at Caliach this afternoon. Ewan Miles.
 14th 574 geese (at least 40 were Barnacles) flying south at Treshnish Point

15th 610 Barnacle Geese flying south over Treshnish with another 140 too far away for id probably also Barnacle.prasad.

16th I was up at the Glengorm transmitters this afternoon and there were four Whooper Swans flying along the north coast (east to west). There was also a Red Grouse (heard but not seen). Richard Airey.

16th An adult female Golden Eagle hanging around the north shore this afternoon as large skeins of Barnacle Geese come in off the sea. Is she looking to help the SNH with the goose cull!? Ewan Miles.

13th - Salen Bay to Craignure ten Wigeon were in Salen Bay, where three Little Grebes also seen; a single Greenshank was roosting with six Curlews and six Oystercatchers near Craignure campsite.

13th - a single Jay was seen in Aros Park.

14th - Ten Wigeon were close-in near Craignure Golf course; a single Jay was seen in outskirts of Aros Park. Stuart Gibson

15th excellent views of a solitary male goosander near the parking area for Ben More. Further along we had 47 pale bellied Brent Geese just after the sheep fanks.  Also a solitary Pink Foot Goose among the greylags near Killiechronan.  Pete Hall

14th  A constant passage of Barnacle Geese all morning over Caliach. Ewan.

15th On my tour today we had excellent views of a solitary male goosander near the parking area for Ben More. Further along we had 47 pale bellied Brent Geese just after the sheep fanks.  Also a solitary Pink Foot Goose among the greylags near Killiechronan. Pete Hall

12th Cheryl  asked me to let you know of our sighting of the Merlin near Bacca Cottage this afternoon.  visitor Sharon Worral

12th Knock hatchery: Three woodcock today. Colin Moody
11th - Langamull. Six Barnacle Geese flying SW towards Coll/Tiree; a returning Great Northern Diver (still in Summer plumage); a juvenile Gannet close-in; and 65 feeding Starlings. Stuart Gibson
9th River Bellart: one Whooper Swan on the Bellart between Dervaig and the rhe Old Byre. Cheryl Callow

8th A 1st winter Scaup on the Mishnish lochs from 29th Sept. Found by Adam Moan, visitor from Cumbria.  pp Euan Miles

7th a male gadwall at the Knock Hatchery outfall - our first on Mull.  visitor Meg Davies 

7th 2 Gt Northern Divers still in Summer plumage yesterday near to Little Colonsay Martin
6th - Sea to NW Mull. 200 Kittiwakes feeding in the NW entrance/exit to Sound of Mull; 55 Gannets feeding in hurries to north of Mull, with Common Guillemots, Razorbills, five Minke Whales and 10 - 15 Common Dolphins; five Manx Shearwaters remained in the area; four Meadow Pipits at sea, off Ardnamurchan lighthouse; a skein of 23 Pale-bellied Brent Geese tracked over Mull as they headed into a strengthening southerly wind; and a single Red-throated Diver (juv.) was at Loch Mingarry. All three White-tailed Eagles were seen on the Ardmore territory, including the juvenile successfully fishing, as well as an adult Golden Eagle attacking a Buzzard. Stuart Gibson
5th Croig. There were 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese at Croig this afternoon - Thursday 5th October. Richard Airey. 

4th Oct Loch Beg 5 Common Crossbill.  Bryan Rains  
3rd Oct Loch Beg 4 Whooper Swan. Loch Assapol 1 Swallow, 4 Hen Harrier. Loch Scridain 1 juvenile Gannet. Bryan Rains 
3rd: Caliach Point, 1 Leach's Petrel, 88 Barnacle Geese, 11 Black-headed  Gulls, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas all flying south around the point Calgary, 1 Great Northern Diver cheers. prasad  
2nd13 Red-throated Divers (groups of 5 and 8) south past Caliach and also 16 pale-bellied Brent Geese. Ewan Miles 
2nd  Caliach Point, 16 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Great Skuas and 1 Manx Shearwater and a Great Northern Diver  prasad
2nd  a single Pale bellied Brent Goose on the south shore of Loch Na Keal near the parking area for Ben More. Also some 24 Golden Plover at Killiechronan amongst the oystercatchers, the majority now in winter plumage.Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
1st  A single Pale bellied Brent Goose at Calgary Bay.  Pam & Arthur Brown
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Latest reports for October  2017
31st - Tobermory: A Green Woodpecker was in pasture on the immediate outskirts of Tobermory (near former Children's farm) this morning at around 11.15 am (naked eye view). Stuart Gibson
30th there are 2 snow bunting near the log pile at fidden campsite also flock of c50 barnacle geese and a ring tail hen harrier on the road back to fionnphort . A single pink foot with grey lags near turn of for the Ardachy Hotel. Stephen Howat
30th Dipper near bridge at Derryguaig on Loch na Keal Large flocks of fieldfare on way to IONA ferry Female hen harrier near Fidden beach WTSE on beach near Glen Forsa Airstrip Lynne and Chris Simons
30th 26 Barnacle Geese and 17 Whooper Swans over Caliach this morning. Ewan 
30th Killiechronan 50 golden plover, 1 knot, 5 bar-tailed godwits, 15 turnstone, 4 Goosander. 26 golden plover. Dave Pierce
29th Treshnish, 30 Whooper Swans flying south & 1 Blackcap in wood. prasad. 
It's been a fantastic week that's involved 89 species. Thanks for all your information.  Richard Pitts
Tuesday 25th October: Long-tailed Duck; 1 female very close in by the pier at Aros Park, Tobermory;
Wednesday 26th October: Hen Harrier; 1 ringtail at Loch Beg and 1 male just east of Bunessan, Also Common Scoter; 2 females Loch Beg. On Iona a late Whinchat, a couple of flocks of Twite and a Sanderling.
Thursday 27th: Velvet Scoter: at least 1, possibly 4 still from the beach at Loch na Keal. Barn owl at 21:15 on the A848 by the entrance to the forestry just north of Aros. Friday 28th October: Barnacle Goose; 58 (in 5 groups) passing over heading south, White-fronted Goose; 163 (in 6 groups) passing over heading south, Goose sp; a total of 33 unidentified heading south in 3 groups, and Whooper Swan; 82 (in groups of 48, 25 and 9) heading south. All seen from Quinish point between about noon and 15:30. Hen Harrier; 1 ringtail on the moors between Dervaig and Torloisk at about 17:30. visitor Richard Pitts 
28th.Tiroran Woodcock, 8 Brent Geese pale bellied, Sound of Mull into Lochdon, then out again to Firth of Lorne. 2 Greenshank at Lochdon, 8 Golden Plover at Loch Beag. Loch  Beag, 5 ringtail Hen Harrier, at Lochdon  1 ringtail and a male at Craig through Glen More.  visitor Dave Pierce
28th Treshnish, 167  Greenland White-fronted Geese, 72 Barnacle Geese, 79 Whooper Swans flying south prasad 
27th 4 whooper swans at Glenforsa today, one adult and 3 juveniles. Felicity
27th 7 whooper swans sea bound down Loch na Keal consisting of 4 adults and 3 juveniles. visitor Jon middleton
27th - Tobermory at 21.15 hrs:  Greenland White-fronted Goose passage --> South over Tobermory heard (single bird calling, so no way of estimating flock size in the dark!). Stuart Gibson 
26th Single Barnacle goose and single white fronted goose with 183 greylag at the triangle crossroads near loch na keal. visitor Jon Middleton. Also a single Pink footed Goose amongst the flock. Alan
26th Opposite Loch Spelve on the grassland, 1 male Hen Harrier and also a ringtail Hen Harrier and a WTSE looking sad in the rain.26th Treshnish, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Reed Buntings at cowbarn, 1 Golden Plover at Haunn, prasad 
25th Kingfisher at head of Loch Na Keal where River Ba flows in (photo to follow on returning home). 2 Greenshank in Salem Ba, two Dipper at Garmony viewpoint  Terry Pawson (visiting).
25th Loch Scridain: two common scoter, five great northern diver, a red throated diver and slavonian grebe, plus three otters. Edwina & David Sharpe Alan Spellman
25th - North Mull: Around 400 Fieldfares and Redwings (80% former) between Mishnish Lochs and Dervaig; female Kingfisher at confluence of River Bellart and Loch Cuin; five Greenshank, three Redshank, five Common Snipe and 10 Ringed Plover at head of Loch Cuin, where a Sparrowhawk appeared briefly; three Lapwings at Lagganulva; two drake and two female Goosander on Loch na Keal, where four Bar-tailed Godwits at the high tide roost.Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles. 
24th Treshnish, at least 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 female Blackcap, 1 possible Common Redpoll, 200-320+ Fieldfares,  50+ Redwings, prasad 
24th Spent the day around Loch na Keal (and had a wonderful time - I can honestly say it was the best days birding I've had in a long time); 4 Velvet Scoter, 1 Common Scoter (female), 9 Bar tailed Godwit, 10+ Slavonian Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, 39 Golden Plover, 30 Ringed Plover, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, (2 of these were only just losing their summer plumage), 1 Gadwall (looked like a male coming out of eclipse, amongst the wildfowl at the outfall pipe at the southern end of the beach), 1 Jay (above the woods around the Eagle site) 1 Little Grebe (in the pools behind the beach near Kellan). 3 Red-throated Divers , 1 Greenshank (heard)  a Woodcock above the road just west of Kellan Mill on the evening of the 22nd.  visitor Richard Pitts
24th Loch Cuin: a female Kingfisher here today. David and Edwina Sharpe. (a male was seen on 22nd)
24th Loch na Keal this morning. 4 Velvet Scoter, confirmed by a fellow birder Richard who we both scoped the birds and had good views and  confirmed the id. 2 Slav Grebes, 25 Golden Plover, 35 Ringed Plover,1 Great Northern Diver. Martin Izzard
 24th Grasspoint Road: 6+ Brambling mixed with chaffinch on the road to grass point. visitor Jon Middleton
24th: Treshnish, 80+ Jackdaws over the wood. prasad.
23rd: Treshnish 1 Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff seen briefly in the wood
23rd - Dervaig: Six Greenshank, four Redshank, 17 Common Snipe, three Little Grebe and seven Red-breasted Merganser at the head of Loch Cuin this morning; no sign of yesterday's Kingfisher, but a female Peregrine chasing a Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon only 20 metres away!. Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming.

23rd Iím pretty sure this is a female long tailed duck. Iíve never seen one on Mull before. It was at Lochbuie, about 1 mile along the Carsaig path, seen on our walk there on Thursday. An otter is fishing next to it, just out of camera shot, a real treat.   Mark Bamford, visitor.
22nd Kingfisher and Dipper and Dervaig Loch, by the bridge. Martin Izzars

22nd Grey Wagtail at Eorsa Water fall. Martin Izzard
22nd - Isle of Mull Bird Club outing to North Mull.    Stuart Gibson

Highlights of today's field trip included Scandinavian Blackbirds with Song Thrush and Redwing at Dervaig Village Hall; four Greenshank, four Redshank, 13 Common Snipe, two Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk and a male Kingfisher at head of Loch Cuin; six Gannets feeding offshore, three Common Snipe and three Jack Snipe flushed, a single Grey Wagtail and eight Rock Doves at Caliach Point, where an otter was also seen; four Great Northern Divers at Calgary Bay and a further four in Laggan Bay; three Redshank, two Lapwings, a Grey Wagtail and several Stonechats at Laggan Bay; another Sparrowhawk (or same?) and a small flock of Long-tailed tits were seen with Goldcrests at Calgary farmhouse. 
22nd Juvenile Black-throated Diver on Loch Spelve today. Ewan 
21st  5 Greenshank at Dervaig on the Loch there at low tide. Martin Izzard
21st, Treshnish, 1 Jackdaw and 100+ Fieldfares over Treshnish wood 
19th 15 Barnacle Geese travelling south at Caliach. F Hen Harrier flushing a single Red Grouse on the Torloisk hill road. Ewan 
19th We had 13 Whooper swan day today, they flew over us at Bunessan at 1pm, then a further 3 at Grasspoint at 6pm. regular visitors. Mark, Jane and Alex, 
19th Treshnish, 11+ Greenland White-fronted Geese and 1 Merlin over the wood prasad 
19th From a visitor to Iona. Your website is great and very useful. Here's a small contribution from 17th October: Two pale-bellied Brent Geese feeding on shore of bay on west side of Iona. One at least a juvenile.Althea Mapplebeck
18th Caliach Point, 2 hrs seawatch: 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Great Skua, 2 smaller skuas. prasad.
17th - Grasspoint/Loch Buie/Garmony: 60 Fieldfare and 60 Redwing; 3 migrating Swallows --> S along coastline at Grasspoint.  Loch Spelve: Single Red-throated Diver.  Kinlochspelve:100 Redwing. Loch Buie: 2 female Common Scoter, a single Great Northern Diver still in s/p; 3 Common Snipe and 2 Turnstone; and 17 feeding Gannets. Garmony: 3 Great Northern Divers and two separate pods of Bottlenose Dolphins heading  NW up the Sound of Mull. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles. 
17th Grasspoint road. The Great grey Shrike was seen again this morning at 09:30. Alan

a Great Grey Shrijke along the Grasspoint
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This splendid image of the Great Grey Shrike was taken by Steve Hiscock (Lochdon)
16th Grasspoint road: a Great grey Shrike on wire just below Ardnadrochet Farm. Andy Oldacre, Steve Hiscock, Bryan Rains and Alan Spellman   This is the fourth record for Mull, a 'larder' was found in Dervaig in 2009 
15th Lochdon: likewise at Lochdon, plenty of Redwing flocks hunting for berried trees. Alan
14th - Loch na Keal: Forty (40) Teal near the Hatchery outfall; eight Grey Herons at high tide; and five Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan.Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles 
4th Between Glen Forsa Beach and Salen. 100 approx golden plover. 25 turnstone. 13 ringed plover. 4 snipe. 3 redshank. I greenshank. 2 merganser.  100+ wigeon.  5 teal. Goldfinch.  Linnet. Juliet
13th Treshnish, 2 Common Scoters, prasad. 
13th Craignure: a Dipper on the burn near to the camp site. Ross Lawson.
11th September - 2 Swallows at Grasspoint. Ewan Miles 
12th - Isle of Mull: Lots of Redwings about today with 30 - S at Aros Mains, 40 at Fishnish and 60 at Grasspoint being typical counts; four Goosanders (single drake) on south side of Loch na Keal. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
11th - Baliscate: Flock of 30 Redwings - SE over Baliscate Standing Stones. Stuart Gibson
9th - Loch na Keal: Eleven (11) Slavonian Grebes (head of loch to Scarisdale Rocks), where three Red-throated Divers and a single Great Northern Diver; 10 Teal, eight Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Redshank, 37 Ringed Plover and 27 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Sparrowhawk at Killiechronan. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles. 
Lagganulva: Ten (10) Black Guillemots, three Great Northern Divers and a single Black-throated Diver.
Ulva Ferry: An extremely pale morph Buzzard is in residence in this area. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles


Ba Tailed Godwit by John Ogg

9th Ardura: a female Blackcap on a feeder and Goldcrests in the trees. also two Yellow browed warbler seen again this morning. visitor John Ogg
8th - Tobermory  The 1st S./2nd W. Iceland Gull was back at the outflow behind the Masonic Hall this afternoon. It seems to favour coming to bathe in the late afternoon, no doubt having spent the earlier part of the day at the local landfill site.Stuart Gibson
8th Lochdon: a large flock of Redwing around Lochdon looking for berried trees. Alan
Yellow browed Warbler at Ardura 8th October 2016 photo by visitor John Ogg 8th Ardura Cottage: 3 Yellow Browed Warbler. they were located by Audura Cottage, Strathcoil by visitor John Ogg. a first record for Mull
6th - Tobermory A 1st S. moulting into 2nd W. immature Iceland Gull was within a large assemblage of Herring Gulls at the outflow into Tobermory Bay this afternoon. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
6th - Loch Torr  A Redwing overhead at around 22.00 hrs Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
6th - Loch Torr: Two Barn Owls hunting roadside vegetation alongside the Mishnish Lochs at 20.15 hrs this evening; another (or one of same) heard calling at Loch Torr, where there was a Tawny Owl, too. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
4th Iceland gull bathing with other gulls at river outflow, Tobermory bay today 1600. David Sexton
4th Lochdon: Lots of Wigeon on the loch now, a pair of Gooseander and single Greenshank. Alan
3rd Lochdon, two Greenshank on shore line. Alan 
2nd - Aros Park. Calling Crossbill (unseen in tree canopy) and shrieking Jay near park centre this pm.
1st - Craignure. Two Red-throated Divers in Sound of Mull (off Golf course) and a single Greenshank along Torosay shore; a Common Gull
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