Latest sightings for October
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
23rd I’m pretty sure this is a female long tailed
duck. I’ve 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.
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
30th 26 Barnacle Geese and 17 Whooper Swans
over Caliach this morning. Ewan Ewan
30th Killiechronan 50 golden plover, 1 knot, 5
bar-tailed godwits, 15 turnstone, 4 Goosander.Flying & landing close
to airstrip 26 golden plover. Dave Pierce
29th Treshnish, 30 Whooper Swans flying south
& 1 Blackcap in wood. prasad. Prasads
It's been a fantastic week that's involved 89 species.
Thanks for all your information. I'm already planning my return visit in
spring. visitor 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:
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 0745, 8 Brent
Geese pale bellied, from 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 (some flying
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
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 Superb
smokey grey 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 the head of 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,
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
Common Buzzard enjoying the sun, 23rd October 2016
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.
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. Female Hen Harrier flushing a single Red Grouse on the Torloisk
hill road. Ewan
Reply Reply to Al19th 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
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
photograph by Andy Oldacre (Lochdon)
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.
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
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
Ba Tailed Godwit by John Ogg
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
Yellow browed Warbler at Ardura 8th October 2016
photo by visitor 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 and preen in the late afternoon, no
doubt having spent the earlier part of the day at the local landfill site.Stuart
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: Yellow Browed
Warbler. (3 warbler's in total), were located at Audura Cottage,
Strathcoil approx at 14:30 today (& this morning). visitor John Ogg.
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
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
5th September: Also...received a description for
a 1 year Bonaparte’s Gull at Grasspoint
on 5th Sep from a Richard Payne. No photos unfortunately.... awaiting confirmation/acceptance
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 Guillemot was very close inshore near the camp site. Stuart
for October 2015
twenty three Whoopers on Loch na Keal - Martin
6th Redwings calling overhead at 20:45, Tobermory.
11 Whooper Swans in Loch Tuath at 15:00..
5th - Loch na Keal (North shore: Killiechronan
to Ulva Ferry) Single Bar-tailed Godwit, Killiechronan; 10 Wigeon and three
Teal on loch; four Yellowhammers, Kellan; with five Crossbills over apparently
inappropriate habitat and a single juvenile Swallow towards Oskamull. Ewan
5th Loch Frisa: a Red Kite high over Loch
Frisa at 11:10hrs today. Mike Shepherd
8th - Tobermory. Three Redwings in the Mull Magic garden
this am. .
7th Knock: 1 White Wagtail, 3 Slavonian Grebes
at Killiechronan & 1 'Greenland' Wheatear at Knock outfalls ..
7th There was a little
grebe in the Ulva channel today.Martin.
12th Cailaich, 8 Barnacle Geese, 47 Jackdaws..
11th Treshnish, 1 Wheatear at Haunn. prasad
11th/12th Lochdon: large flock of Redwing over
Lochdon, yesterday and again this morning. Alan
8th A small group of Brent geese in mouth
of burn at bridge in Bunessan. Chris, Craignure
12th about 22 whooper swans near Killiechronan
camp site, and a huge flock of eider ducks -over 200 - on Loch Scridain,
doing laps around the mussel farm. Pete .
a superb grey male Hen Harrier hunting on the Moor Rd above Devaig. Martin
Loch na Keal: Party of 24 Whooper Swans rested for about an hour
at the eastern end then flew off west. 12 October. Also 3 Slavonian Grebes.
Large raft of ca 80 Eiders males and females Loch Scridain 13 October.
Usual Eagles and Otters, nice. Lots of Red Stags grunting too. Martin Izzard
Treshnish, 23 Jackdaws around the wood.
13th 30+ Redwing feeding on berries just over
the bridge on the Grasspoint road today. Andrew Oldacre
3rd - Tobermory. Five noisy Whooper Swans
over Aros Park. Stuart
My husband Stephen & I were with Arthur Brown at Fidden when we saw
the Little Egret. I attach the best of my photos in
case it is useful for your website. Stephen & Meg Davies.
little egret at Fidden by Meg Daves (Mull's
Fidden: a Little Egret here today, Mulls third record, Martin McDerby,
first Mull record was 12th Oct 1969 four birds were seen at Lochdonhead.
A single bird was seen at Loch Beg on 9th November 2011).
3rd, 8 red breasted mergansers on the actual
black beach . Great to see they went in the water and did that skimming
across the water in a group. We left them at 3.15 pm in the water heading
towards Treshnish. Cheryl. Callow Dervaig
2nd golf course : 3 red throated divers, 1 white
tailed eagle, 3 black guillemots (winter plumage), 10+ ringed plover, 3
otters (1 female and 2 young) and one turnstone at Craignure golf course
this morning. At Salen at lunchtime (estuary end) there was one male eider
in full winter plumage. Anna Simpson
1st Treshnish: 2 Willow Warblers in Treshnish wood,
1st Dunlin at Lochdon this morning and one
great northern diver at Loch Scridain (Pennyghael). Anna Simpson
1st White tailed eagle catching a rabbit on the
airstrip at Glenforsa this morning. visitor William Arthur
Latest reports for October
29th Fidden: 18 Greenland white-fronted geese and
21 barnacle geese in the fields at Fidden. There were a lot of redwings
& starlings there as well, Edwina & David Sharp
29th : 50 Greylags grazing on Mull Rugby pitch.
dead male Badger, in front of Fishnish hide (in water).
Craignure Golf Course beach: 5 Golden Plovers.
43 Ringed Plover.Craignure Bay: 4 Mergansers, 3 Great Northern Divers,
2 adults, 1 immature. 4 greenfinch behind MIC hospital, with house sparrows
28th:10 Turnstones: Fishnish. 1 male Merlin
on deer fence behind MIC hospital. 50 or so Canada Geese at Lochdon.
28th Loch Spelve: drake goosander, Loch na Keal:
long-tailed duck, black-throated diver, red-throated diver,
great northern diver, 6+ slavonian grebes, pod of porpoises. Loch
6 great northern diver, 180+ eider, 11
Lapwing at Kilfinichen Bay. otter. Edwina & David Sharp & Alan
27th Male hen harrier flying over the field and
sparrowhawk molesting the birds on our feeders - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.
25th 15 whooper swans in family groups on
Mishnish lochs (Loch Carnain an Amais) Male hen harrier, 2 greenshank,
snipe & little grebe at Loch Cuin. White-fronted goose amongst greylags
in field by Ulva School Dipper, 11 ringed plover & 21 turnstones at
Garmony. Edwina & David Sharp
24th Lochdon: a large mixed flock of winter thrushes
over, Redwings and Fieldfare. Alan
21st Juvenile/non-breeding slavonian grebe at the head
of Loch Na Keal this evening along with five adult whooper swans. Ewan
21st Caliach Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Long-tailed
Skua, 10 unidentified (non-bonxie) skuas, : 6 Great Skuas
1 Arctic Tern, 1 Black-throated Diver, 17 Barnacle
Geese. Calgary: at least 48 Jackdaws still present at Bennan farm. Prasads
20th This morning at Lochdon, 1 female Hen Harrier
as before on the west side of the estuary, hunting from Lochdon towards
grasspoint. 9:00am 3 Greater Black Backed Gulls at Castle Duart bay 30
Redwing close to Castle Duart track.50 Redwing flying close to Craignure
Golf Course. 1 otter fishing in front of new Fishnish hide @ 10:30 am.
19th At Port Na Ba today, three skeins of Barnacle
Geese flew west along the coastline, around 100 in total, a couple of smart
Wheatears have been around for a few days as has a Mistle Thrush, three
Whimbrel busy feeding up and an immature Peregrine that flew along the
coast and down Loch Cuin. Roger Craven
19th 1 Male Hen Harrier hunting over rough grazing,
near to farm track at lochdon, this morning.1 Female Hen Harrier
in usual position towards grasspoint, again flying/hunting over rough grazing.Andy
17th Female Hen Harrier in front of Scoor house
today am, 6 Crossbill on forest track near Scoor house
Bob Redmond& Laurence Potter
17th Sea Eagle walking around on Craignure Golf
course. Female Sparrowhawk, sitting in conifers in Craignure golf course,
watching finches. Female Hen Harrier, Loch Don 9:00am flying in same place
as before, heading right to left (towards grasspoint).4 Greenshank.Andy
16th I superimposed a grid on the largest flock
of Jackdaws from the 13th. An accurate count of that flock was 370 Jackdaw
Today there were c60 near Frachadil. prasad
16th - Loch Ba Single Grey Wagtail at Knock and
another two at loch side; several small parties of Redwings, totalling
around 30 birds; 40 Lapwings on Glen Cannel floodplain; and 11 Wigeon
on loch; two Stonechats and small numbers of Meadow Pipits still in area.Magic
16th - Tobermory A single Jay overflew the
main road on outskirts of town. Ruth Fleming
16th lochdon: flock of about 50 Redwings
over Lochdon looking for berried trees. Alan
16th Craignure: Two White Tailed Eagles flying
over hospital at 08:30 this morning, flying o towards Craignure Golf Course.
16th A short-eared owl east of Dervaig at
2am this morning and small group of whooper swans overhead at Croig. Ewan
15th a dozen Teal at Knock outfalls
and a solitary golden plover in field between Knock and Killiechronan.
15th - Isle of Ulva Excellent views of juv. White-tailed
Eagle, fem./imm. Hen Harrier, along with Buzzard and Kestrel. Single
Greenshank, with three Snipe, one Dunlin and 22 Ringed Plovers
at head of Loch Cuin (Dervaig). Ruth Fleming
14th Lochdon: 3 Greenshank at Lochdon, Eastern
side, close to where farm track starts
15th Hen Harrier Lochdon, at 13:00 hrs hunting
over rough pasture near to Loch to the left of Iona Road.
42 Ringed Plovers, 1 Turnstone, 25 Greylag
Geese, numerous wigeon, Craignure Golf Club beach. Kestrel just outside
Tobermory plus 7 Ravens. Andy Paton
15th at about 15:30 hrs 3 Sea Eagles sitting on
wee Islands/Rocks off Craignure beach (2 adults and 1 immature) in front
of about 50 Greylags and 17 Herons..
14th Treshnish: c150 Jackdaws still present and
1 Teal on the lochan prasad
14th Langamull: 13 Whooper Swans flying south over
Langamull, 2 Great Northern Divers off Port Na Ba and 2 Common Snipe, 2
Mergansers and an immature Hen Harrier (also seen yesterday at the junction
of the Calgary and Torloisk roads at Dervaig) at Port Na Ba. Roger Craven
13th Croggan: 1 Female hen harrier 1 golden eagle
20 eider croggan cracking views of otter loch Buie 25 dolphins performing
wonderfully views Laurence Potter
13th 7 sea eagles, 5 adults and two immature soaring
in a group over Torosay towards Glen More, plus two Golden Eagles over
Ben More , and also Torosay.....at about 3pm this afternoon....
a pair of Golden Eagles near to the Mussel Farm
on way back towards Lochdon, at about 4pm. Sparrowhawk over Craignure (near
to hospital) 17:00 hrs today Superb day. Andy Paton.
13th: Treshnish, c200 Jackdaws flying from
Treshnish Point towards Frachadil. Presumably the same birds which were
seen earlier by another observer amongst the sheep at Treshnish Point (some
of which were on the
sheep's backs). prasad
12th Fishnish: Two Male Bramblings
in a flock of 8 finches (6 chaffinches).
Today at 12:30 hrs just 3 miles North of Fishnish
on the beach at a picnic area, also two snipe on that beach. Andy Paton
12th Scoor peregrine and merlin 1 twite Scoor house
11th Whooper Swan Scoor on shoreline/sea
3sea Eagles 2 adult 1 juv. Laurence Potter
11th Craignure: Peter Hall reports this morning,
not one, not two but three Magpies in his garden.
9th A small flock of brent geese over the
Mishish lochs at midnight. Ewan
9th Craignure: ad winter Mediterranean
Gull in Sound of Mull from ferry this afternoon roughly off Craignure
9th I was told stalkers saw Ptarmigan on
Ben More and Beinn Fhada. Colin Moody
9th Salen: Lovely start to the day; greylags gliding
gracefully across The Sound. Female yellowhammer in garden Debbie Thorne
A single redwing on the wires at Treshnish yesterday.
8th - Torosay: 1 - 2 Crossbills feeding on ripening
Sitka Spruce cones and 2 - 3 Red-throated Divers in Sound of Mull and Duart
8th: Treshnish, 2 Swallows & 1 Peregrine over
the wood. Calgary, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still on the beach.
7th: Treshnish, 1 Bottle-nosed Skate(?) washed
up dead at the boathouse (this species Critically Endangered in the NE
Atlantic so i'm doubtful of my identification) prasad Prasads
6th A small skein of white-fronted geese
overhead Lochdon at 2am this morning, whooper swans calling over Loch Na
Keal at 11pm. Ewan
6th - Aros Park: 2 very noisy Jays drawing attention
to themselves, but if the Kingfisher was still around, it didn't want to
be found! Ruth Fleming
5th - Tobermory. The Mull Magpie was in
the Mull Magic garden this morning. Ruth Fleming
3rd Grey wagtail foraging by the lochan at Suidhe,
Bunessan. Tony Jefree
2nd - Tobermory: Another group of Barnacle Geese
overhead at around 01.30 hrs this morning. Ruth Fleming
2nd Aros Park: a Goshawk causing havoc amongst
the wood pigeons and hoodies gave Selwyn excellent views of this magestic
bird. Selwyn Pope. pp Arthur Brown
2nd Aros Park: a Kingfisher here this morning.
1st Tobermory: A skein of Barnacle Geese
calling overhead in rain as they headed SE over Tobermory at 03.20 hrs
1st Torosay: Two Red-throated Divers in Sound
of Mull this pm. Ruth Fleming
Latest reports for October
2013. four Mull sightings
of 'rare' birds have been accepted by Argyll Birds Rareities
Committee so far this year. Nuthatch Lochdon 14th May, Common Rosefinch
Lochdon 29th May, Mealy Redpoll Calgary 24th May and Blue headed Wagtail
Craignure 24th April.
29th a quiet day brightened by a ringtail at Sunipol
and another at loch Cuin also here were three Greenshank. 24 Turnstone
at Garmony. David & Edwina Sharp. AS
28th - Aros Park 100 Fieldfares, Baliscate and
two separate Jays, one of which flew across the main road in front of us
at the entrance to Aros Park. Lots of Goldcrest and Long-tailed Tit activity
in the park today.
Ruth Fleming. Magic
26th Loch Cuin: 9 whooper swans (3 m, one family
of 6,) 2 common snipe, 20+ fieldfares, 4 curlews, 3 greenshank,
2 redshank, 1 dipper (island first for us), ringtail hen harrier. visitors
26th Lochdon: a family of 6 Whoopers, also 20+
Herons in the air together over Lochdon. Alan
25th 3 Swallows on the Lochaline ferry on
the 20th, 75 Whooper Swans at the head of Loch Na Keal on the 23rd along
with 4 Whoopers on Loch Ba (2 Juveniles). 4 Jays at Gruline estate.
John and Ewan Miles. Ewans
24th October: Craignure a bird showing some
characteristics of Scandinavian Rock Pipit: blue-grey head, pale
supercilium, cleaner streaking on underside, thrush-like appearance and
yellow-ish base to lower mandible. Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson. It’s
very difficult to id and to be certain.
Fleming Stuart Gibson.
23rd Treshnish, 1 Barnacle Goose flying west. Prasads
19th salon Hotel Tree creeper, male blackcap,
Goldcrest 5 p.m.
21st WTeagle sat on rocks at Loch na
keal nr Killichronan and loch Spelve
22nd Loch Torr Flock of 50 fieldfare, 1 Golden
Eagle, 2 sub adult WTeagle, 6 Crossbill
loch na keal 2 adult WYeagle displaying.
23rd Loch na Keal at dusk flock of 70
Whooper Swans, very noisy sat on shore at east end of Loch then flew
off west. Martin Izzard
24th Treshnish, c200 Redwings & 2 Whooper Swans
heading west and 22 Greenland White-fronted Geese flying south. Ulva ferry,
Treshnish guests reported an Osprey. Prasads
24th - Craignure Five Whooper Swans flew SE over
campsite at 13.00 hrs; single Jack Snipe flushed from saltmarsh; two Great
Northern Divers and five Razorbills offshore in the Sound of Mull; flock
of 30 Redpoll sp. and calling Great Spotted Woodpecker in woodlands near
24th Oct Loch Beg the Golden Plover flock has increased
to 176! Fidden 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 juv Whooper Swan
and a female Hen Harrier. Loch Pottie 1 Slavonian Grebe. Bryan Rains
23rd Oct Loch Beg 21 Whooper Swan including 4 youngsters,
50 Golden Plover. Bryans
24th a flock of 100+ Fieldfares here yesterday
eating cotoneaster berries, and an otter crossing the road at the campsite.
23rd - Croig/Port na Ba Four Whooper Swans flying
West up Loch Cuin (at Dervaig); two Barnacle Geese on Loch Cuin near Oyster
farm; and female Merlin at Port na Ba.
22nd - Loch Mingarry Four Red-breasted Mergansers
and two female Goosanders; a moulting adult Great Northern Diver; a flock
of 11 Wood Pigeons and eight Rock Doves. Magic
23rd Lochdon: large flock (100+) of Blackbirds
on berried trees, also male Blackcap, a pair of Gooseander under the bridge.
22nd The yellowhammers
are back - smashing wee birds. Debbie Thorne
21st great day birding in south east of isle...Golden
Eagle aerial food pass (Hare/Rabbit) to a second year bird, first year
bird and another adult also in the vicinity down near Loch Uisg. Sandpiper
calling at Lochbuie, most likely Common but cant rule out Spotted, could
be worth another look? 10 adult Whooper Swans, 3 Golden Plovers and 400
plus Fieldfare, Lochbuie. John and Ewan Miles
21st Tobermory magpie seen from window of
surgery, sitting on top of big tree. Olive Brown
21st -Tobermory The local Magpie has been
seen twice doing its rounds of the town today.
Friday 25 : Lochdon 2 WT sea
eagles perched in tree above Grasspoint walk Gorsten side. Jack Brodie
20th - Quinnish Two Greenshank,
four Teal and 60 Fieldfares were among the birds seen on our walk today.
Ruth Fleming s
20th a solitary female long tailed duck on
Loch Na Keal near the camp site at Killiechronan Pete Mull
19th, we had the bird club field trip to the Ross
of mull. notable sightings included male and
female gadwall showing well in bunessan bay, single whooper swan
at loch harrison, tufted duck on loch assapol and loch pottie, and at ardalanish
merlin, peregrine,sparrowhawk,kestrel,buzzard, wtse and golden eagle,rt
diver and gn diver and a large flock of yellowhammer. total 51 species
in about 5 hours Pete Hall. Mull Bird Club Mull
18th Loch Ba Hundreds of Fieldfares and Redwings
in birch woods surrounding loch; 20 Curlews and similar number of Lapwings
in Glen Cannel; with 14 migrant Wigeon and a single Little Grebe on the
loch itself. Ruth Fleming. Magic
17th Goldcrest at Salen from hotel window, Sparrowhawk
today male soaring over Tobermory Harbour. Martin Izzard
16th Owl City:
A Long-eared Owl flew right infront
of my car last night while driving through Fishnish. Also a Short-eared
Owl down at Pennyghael, 23:00hrs (my first since May!). Three barn
owls perched road side at various places. Ewan
15th - Loch na Keal Six Slavonian Grebes with a
Great Northern Diver still in Summer plumage at the head of the loch, where
27 Ringed Plovers, 11 Golden Plovers, 2 Dunlin and a single Greenshank
at high tide roost. Ruth Fleming.
14th Killiechronan camp site 38 Ring
Plover Dave Pierce
from Dave Pierce week commencing 10th-17th October
10th adult & possible juvenile Golden Eagle
near Glen Mores Three Lochs car park. Young bird mobbed by brown Hen Harrier.
11th GN Diver 1, Slav Grebe 1 & 3 Little Grebes
Pennyghael. Whooper Swan 2 adults & Slav Grebe L Pottie; 3 Golden Plover
& 4 Twite nearby. At Fidden 4 Barnacle Geese, Snipe 3, Twite 10, Skylark
2, Rock Pipits 2, Kestrel & an adult pair of Golden Eagles just off
to the east. Uisken Bay, GN Diver 1, Wheatear 1, & an adult WTE. Ardalanish
1 Lapwing, 49 Golden Plover, Yellowhammer c10, RT Diver 1, WTE 1 adult,
& 1 Barnacle Goose. Grey Hen Harrier near Ardchrishnish. All on the
12th Torosay Crossbills heard & 30+ Redwings.
Spent a good deal of time on & around the peaks of Dun da Ghaoithe
& Mainnir nam Fiadh (just W of Craignure), didn’t see Ptarmigan though
did see their probable droppings; perhaps the frequent sightings of a Golden
Eagle kept their heads down! A Wheatear at 600 metres on the latter hill
& a Snow Bunting close to the summit of the former peak. 50+ Meadow
Pipits around the lower mast. Dave Pierce
13th Tawny Owl Pennyghael. Pair of adult WTE Carsaig;
observed trying to pirate a foraging Otter for 20 minutes before joining
gulls trailing behind 2 fishing boats where they very soon caught discards
& headed to the shore with them & began feeding. A 3rd distant
WTE seen. Also seen there, a pair of Golden Eagles, a brown Hen Harrier,
Sparrowhawk & Kestrel. At Loch Beag Greenshank 3, Golden Plover 11,
Turnstone 1,Little Grebe 3, Teal c24, Hen Harrier 2 brown & 2 imm WTE.
Kilfhinichin Bay, 2 Greenshank, Redwing 40, Crossbill heard, Bullfinch
3 & juvenile Golden eagle. Dave Pierce
14thPennyghael, a different plumage GN Diver than
on the 11th, Crossbill heard behind the hotel. Gribun/Inch Kenneth GN Diver
1, RT Diver 7, Black guillemot 1. Killiechronan, 10 Golden Plover, 1 Bar-tailed
Godwit, Dunlin 1, GN Diver 2, Slav Grebe 3. Knoch Br 3 Dipper, 2 Crossbills,
pair of adult Golden Eagles overhead. Lochdon 8 Greenshank, Bar-tailed
godwit 2, Hen Harrier 1 brown , 1 grey.
15th Loch beag 23 Golden Plover, Turnstone 3, Greenshank
1, Hen Harrier 4 brown & 2 grey, 3 immature WTE, Sparrowhawk 1.
Lochbuie Grey Wagtail 1, Rock Pipit 6, Kestrel 1, WTE 2 imm, G Eagle
1, GN Diver 1.
16thInch Kenneth an adult & 2 imm WTE. A single
Whitefronted Goose with c280 Greylags & a Canada at Killiechronan,
where 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar t Godwit, 1 Golden plover. Sparrowhawk 1 Gruline.
Hen Harrier 1 grey, 1 brown L Beag.
17th Imm WTE just in front of Pennyghael
Hotel. Sparrowhawk 1 Craignure. Common Scoter 1 just off Fishnish slipway.
Also a Porpoise there. ( Jay 2 Lochaline). Dave Pierce
11th a flash caught our eye. a Kingfisher
on a stump (visible at low tide) We watched it catch a fish and flit around
f before it flew off later another chap on the site saw it by the bridge
14th Killiechronan: a Kingfisher
here by the camp site yesterday and again today. Dave Skeets
14th Hen Harrier an Greenshank at Lochdon, Red
throated Divers on Loch Scridain also Black throated and Great northern
here. five Common Scoter on Loch na Keal by Inch Kenneth also Slavonian
Grebe. Michael Hutson, Alan Spellman.
14th - Ardmore forest: Around 20 Crossbills
feeding in the Sitka Spruce plantations this afternoon. Ruth Fleming
13th - Beinn a' Ghraig. Although no birds were
seen, a single moulted feather and a pile of droppings suggests that Ptarmigan
retain a foothold on this mountain despite the best efforts of the resident
pair of Golden Eagles at Knock; 8-10 Twite and around a dozen Meadow Pipits
were feeding at the summit plateau (1,800 ft). Ruth Fleming.
13th Hundreds of fieldfares flying through back
of house at the moment - berry fest Debbie Thorne
13th Lochdon: large flocks of marauding mixed winter
thrushes. also 100+ mixed ringed plover and dunlin plus greenshank
and little grebe. Alan Spellman
12th Ardmore Forest. Small numbers of Crossbills
feeding on maturing Sitka Spruce cones. Ruth Fleming
12th Treshnish, 1 Swallow. prasad.
12th While I passing through Lochdon this morning
there were about 100 Redwing flying across the road from tree to tree.
12th This morning a lovely male gadwall
in Bunessan Bay. Carol Marshal
11th The Tobermory Magpie was seen flying (behind
Fire Station) between Glen Iosal and the cemetery at around 1030 am. Jack
Harrison (Breadalbane Street)
11th -Ben Buie. After finding a few moulted feathers
and several small piles of droppings, we were delighted to see a single
off in front of us on the mountain this afternoon. This is our first sighting
of this rare local bird since we found three juveniles near the summit
of the same location in Aug. 2011.
11th Tobermory Fourteen Redwings overflew
the Mull Magic garden this morning at around 8.00.am. Ruth Fleming.
11th a flock of 50+ Fieldfare, flying from
one berry tree to another, just beyond 'Ardnadrochet' farm.
winter thrush visitors
10th - Tobermory A female Blackcap was in the Mull
Magic garden this afternoon. The Blue-headed Wagtail we saw at Craignure
in April has been accepted by the Argyll Birds Rarities Committee.
10th Oct Fidden 44 Barnacle Goose, 6 Whooper Swan
flying south, 1 Northern Wheatear. Uisken 2 Northern Wheatear, 1 Brambling.
Loch Scridain 5 Whooper Swan (2 adult, 3 juv). Pottie 18 adult Whooper
Swan, 20 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck.
10th Caliach, 22 Barnacle Geese flying east.
10th Killiechronan: the flock of whooper swans
on Loch Na Keal has now increased to 30. Also saw 4 Slavonian Grebes near
the campsite. Pete
10th More than 20 swans in the sea off Knock today.
10th 21 Whooper Swans Killiechronan inc 6 cygnets
and a Common scoter at Cailaich. Arthur Brown
10th Killiechronan: Whooper family arrived
overnight 2 adults and six signets. Arthur Brown
10th Killiechronan: whooper adult and three young.
Jenny and Chris Buckley
9th Oct Loch Scridain 1 BT Diver, 1 Dipper.
9th Caliach Point: 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine
Skua, off the point and 1 Perigrine at Sunipol; Prasad
6th Langamull, 19 Golden Plovers, 1 Wheatear, 1
Arctic Skua Prasad .
2nd Craignure golf course: a Common Scoter in the
bay by the golf course. Pete Hall
5th A single Manx Shearwater off Calliach point
and 5 Great Northern Divers in flight heading south. 2 Arctic Skuas off
Loch Cuin. Ewan
3rd Oct Loeb 6 Swallow. Loch Beg 1 GN Diver. Loch
Scridain 70 Eider.
Quite a few Gannet from various locations on the
day.2nd Oct Loch Beg 6 Dunlin. Fidden 1 PF Goose still present, 4 Lapwing,
10 Linnet. Plenty of Northern Wheatear around too.
2nd single Wheatear Gribun today and single Swallow
at Killiechronan. Dave Sexton
2nd An Arctic Skua seen from Cailaich Point this
1st Loch Buie: a Jay on the south side of
the loch. Felicity Pollard
1st Female Greater Scaup at the Loch na
Keal fishfarm, Knock in with teal, wigeon. Dave Sexton
1st Langamull Two Dunlin, a hunting Peregrine and
three late Wheatears at Port Langamull; another Wheatear was at the Dervaig
end of the Mishnish lochs. Ruth Fleming.
24th & 30th Sept: Greenland wheatear, 2
birds at Langamull (i.e. from Greenland or Iceland), it was dark and large.
I think these Greenland/Iceland birds might be regular here in the autumn
and would explain our late birds. Latest date at Treshnish 11th Oct, latest
date in north Mull 22nd oct at Langamull
29th Sept: I a saw 2 female Greenland wheatear
at Lochdon on walk to point .Juliet Vines
Latest reports for October
30 October: 1 f/im. Common Scoter Calgary
Bay, 2 Goosander Loch Torr.
29 October: 32 Slavonian Grebe Loch Na Keal. 1
male Long-tailed Duck in winter plumage with tail, 20 Great Northern
Diver, 6 Red-throated Diver Loch Scridain.
28 October 37 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated
Diver Loch Tuath.
27 October: 6 Black-throated Diver, 17 Great Northern
Diver Loch Buie 2 Red-throated Diver. 1 f/im. Long-tailed duck,
4 Whooper Swan Loch Ba. 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-throated Diver Croggan.
26 October 1 Black-throated Diver Loch Scridain.
30th Common Scoter in the Sound off Garmony,
15 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank on Lochdon and two Jays south of Lochdon. Single
Greenshank on Loch Beg Ewan Ewans
29th saw 6 slavonian grebes on Loch na Keale and
today a whooper swan. About 50 wigeon on beach in front of Glen Forsa Hotel
29th Treshnish, flock of 25 Barnacle Geese flew
east into Calgary bay. Prasad. Prasads
29th I had a female and 3 young Scoter in
Loch Scridain yesterday across from Pennyghael and by the mussel farm there.
David Woodhouse Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions
28th hundreds of Fieldfares & Blackbirds feasting
on rowan berries at Lochdon this morning. Alan
27th In the garden at Ardrioch today a Brambling,
a Treecreeper, a Yellowhammer, Fieldfares, Redwings, Blackbirds and lots
of Coal Tits numbering into the teens at any one time. With all this activity
of course we had a Sparrowhawk. Arthur Discover
27th Approx 20 golden plover, similar number of
ringed plover, 4 greenshank, 12 redshank, numerous turnstone and a dunlin
+ a male hen harrier, opposite Kinloch Hotel. Fantastic close views of
a golden eagle flying round the cliffs above our heads and over the sea
at Carsaig. 2 great northern divers and four mergansers in bay.Several
flocks of fieldfare on road from Salen to Carsaig. Felicity Pollard and
27th Lochdon: a male Blackcap on my feeder this
26th very very close views of 3 golden eagles (2
ads/1 juv) on sheep carcase. Just above road at Gribun.
and 1 jay flying nr Ronnie's garage, Salen David
26th 3 Whooper Swans at Loch Scridain near entry
to Loch Beg, Long Tailed Tits in with mixed flock of other Tits and a Treecreeper
at Croggan, Mixed flock of Thrushes at Portfield includin Redwings, Fieldfares
and Foreign Blackbirds. No sign of the Chough.Arthur
25th The Pink Footed Goose is still in with the
Greylag Geese at Killiechronan, a Goosander at Aros Castle, 2 Rooks ans
2 Lapwings at Ulva School.Arthur.
25th watched a sparrowhawk make a kill yesterday.
It landed on the grass briefly with the blackbird then took off with it.
25th A single Chough under Gribun cliffs
this afternoon. Ewan Ewans
Blog (This is an excellent record, the first for many years,
the last records (five years ago) were of a pair on the Ross of Mull)
Chough under Gribun cliffs 25th October 2013. photo
by Ewan Miles
25th 2 Jays at Kilichronan.
24th we saw a large flock of Fieldfare taking
off from trees besides Loch Ba. Juliet Vines, Felicity and David Pollard
24th Jackdaw in fields above FCS office,
Aros. David Sexton (Jackdaw is scarce on Mull, there is a colony on Iona
by the Abbey which travel to Ardalanish and the Ross but very rarely seen
Two egg collecting news stories here:-
24th 10 Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe at Cailaich and
3 Lesser Redpoll at Sunipol today. Arthur.
23rd 3 Great Northern Diver-- Loch Na Keal plus
1 on Ardanalish Beach ( along with a big otter at the western end
of beach), 2 Little grebe North shore Loch Scridain, 2 Tufted Duck
Loch Na Keal.
21st 4 Barnacle Geese Fidden
22nd-24th a Hen Harrier Between Fioonphort
24th 8 Ringed plover Ardanalish a Razorbill
23rd Stonechat-- seen quite frequently everywhere,
30 Long tail tits and a Mistle Trush at entrance to Sea Eagle hide
at Glen Seilisdeir.
24th Greenfinch and 2 Redwing at Ardachy Hotel.,
4 Lesser redpoll Ardanalish
It is of concern just how many greylags there are
now all over the Ross--- equally of concern is the dramatic reduction in
the number of lapwings Bob Wagner Ardachy House Hotel By Uisken
23rd Treshnish, 8 Jackdaws (Carolyne Charrington)
about 250 Fieldfares, 1 Crossbill , 2 Reed Buntings Anand Prasad
22nd Treshnish, c30 Jackdaws Keith and Caroline
Harmer 21st Treshnish, 1 Crossbill Anand Prasad
22nd Treshnish, 1 Jackdaw and 1 hybrid Carrion
x Hooded crow in Treshnish wood. Prasad Prasads
22nd 2 Barn Swallows at Laggan Bay and big movement
of Fieldfare and Redwing near Lochdon. Ewan
21st A few waders at Loch Scridain, 90 Golden Plover,
2 Ringed Plover, few Turnstone, not a lot apart from the usual Eagles both
G and W. Martin Izzard
20th Pair adult whooper swans and 5 fully grown
cygnets , west end of middle loch, Mishnish this morning at 10.30am.
Maureen & Sue Hilder
19th an Osprey on Loch na Keal going over
the Killiechronan camp site yesterday morning and heading toward Salen
or Loch Ba. David Woodhouse
18th A small flock of Brambling with a Goldcrest, just
the other side of the humpback bridge in Lochdon this afternoon. Andrew
18th Goldcrest Fishnish ferry, then after the rain
at Dervaig, 5 WTSE in the air together, two full adults , with a buzzard
for comparison, also 3 Hen Harriers Glen Aros area two ringtails
and a grey male. Awesome. Just need to photograph the Northern Lights now!
15th Oct Fidden 2 WF Goose (albifrons). Uisken
1 Red Kite. Loch Beg 30 Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 6 Turnstone, 3 Greenshank.
Loch Scridain 1 GN Diver, 1 BT Diver. Bryan Rains. Bryans
16th Oct Loch Scridain 3 GN Diver, 1 RT Diver,
1 BT Diver. Bryan Rains Bryans
17th Oct Loch Beg 6 Reed Bunting. Glen Seilisdeir
8 Lesser Redpoll, 5Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush
16th 3 Black Throated Divers on Loch Tuath seen
from Lagganulva Bay. Arthur
images by Michael Jackson and Alan Spellman
10th Barn Swallow north of Laggan Bay, Jay
at Killiechronan and a Red Grouse calling at Glengorm yesterday
16th:Killioechronan, 1 Peregrine, at least 4 Goosanders,
at least 6 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Black-tailed Godwit
15thTreshnish, 1 hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow Prasad
14th A Reed Bunting at Ulva this morning and your
200 Redwings eating their way through the Rowan berries in Glen More this
14th Sunday afternoon along the glen road from
Aros to Dervaig. Group of twelve or more Mistle Thrush and one Fieldfare
on the roadside. Redwing over the house this morning (15th).Andrew Oldacre
13th Lochdon: 200 Redwing flying over Lochdon this
13th Salen: The first Brambling (male) of the autumn
in Felicity's garden this morning. Felicity Pollard
9th Craignure: 5 Swallows at golfcourse
9th Glorious day here on
the Ross. 5 whoopers on Loch Pottie, 22 Tufted Duck 2 Greenland
White fronts were flying towards Fidden 2 Barnacle geese Fidden and several
small groups flying south, wonderful!
9th Aros Bay: a Red Knot here this morning
6th Dipper at Aros Bridge, 8th 2 Whooper Swans
in Aros Bay Arthur Brown
3rd Sightings at Ardmore Point, from 1230 to 1600.
12 whoopers flying over from the NW.Numerous ravens and buzzards overhead.3
golden eagles over skyline to west.Stag and hinds on ridge.1 hen harrier.What
a great place Mull is! Molly and Steve Pickering
6th 8 Red Throats and 4 Great Northerns on Loch
Tuath and a Black Throat on Loch Na Keal. Arthur Brown
5th 2 Redpolls on Cailiach Point road fence Calgary
end near Bennan Farm, 10 redshank, 4 Greenshank, 12 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlews,
3 Goosanders at Loch Cuin seen from West Ardhu. 2 Great Northern Divers
at Calgary and 7 Ringed Plovers and a Turnstone at Calgary. Arthur Brown
4th Oct - From ferry near the lighthouse we watched
a peregrine chasing and stooping on small gulls (kittiwake & common
gulls) Felicity Pollard
4th: Birds seen along the Grasspoint road Flock
of forty Goldfinch. Female Hen Harrier. Four Greenshank. Single Jay. Plus
a very vocal Red Deer stag with nine hinds. Andrew Oldacre
2nd Croig, 5 Swallows. Prasad
1st, 4 jays in Glen Aros nr Crannich. David Sexton
1st October Bunessan 1 juvenile Surf Scoter,
1 Northern Wheatear. Bryan Rains. Bryans
Latest reports for October
23rd Killiechronan - 1 Iceland Gull on the shoreline
and 3 White-tailed Eagles over.Lochdon - 17 Ringed Plovers, 1 Greenshank
Grasspoint - 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Otter
24th Loch Buie - 2 Great
Northern Diver. Croggan - 1 male Hen Harrier and 1 ring-tail
25th Killiechronan - 20+ Fieldfare
3 Eider. Salen - 2 Bullfinch. Loch Scridain - 7 Great Northern Diver, 1
Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 1 Golden Plover, 7 Ringed Plover. Fidden - 3 Twite
26th Salen - 1 Goosander. Loch Frisa - 30+ Redwing
1 male and 1 female Hen Harrier, 1 White-tailed Eagle
Tobermory - 2 male and 2 female Eider, Sparrowhawk
27th Calgary - 3 White-tailed Eagle, 2 Golden Eagle,
1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 5 Whooper Swan. Salen - 2 winter plumaged
Guillemot, 1 Otter
29th Craignure - 14 Gannets flew up the Sound.
Mike and Jake Hill.
29th Loch Buie: a young Moorhen
down here in Lochbuie, been around for just under a week. Sacha Christine
29th Killiechronan: An Iceland
gull at Killiechronan this morning; and a lone whooper in the fields.
27th red throated
diver in winter plumage and a great northern diver at Grasspoint also
two juvenile gannets and a large flock of kittiwakes.We also saw a very
red breasted ring tailed hen harrier on the left as you approach the point,
would be interested to know whether there were any other sightings of this?
Mel Eltome & Alan Robertshaw
27th Snow Buntings still around at Reudle.Often
on the south side of the summit, Also 7-9 Rooks at Tobermory today, Prasads
27th A Lapwing at Cailaich, 3 Whooper Swans Loch
Cuin, newly arrived and tired put their heads under their wings and went
straight to sleep, a Swallow at Killninian Church and 2
Snow Buntings at Reudle.Arthur, Pam & Mike Shepard and all on Discover
27th Croig: Richard Atkinson and his group report
a Cattle Egret in field with sheep at Croig. Richard Atkinson
26th A single Barnacle Goose with Greylags at Cailaich.
Snow Buntings still around. Arthur and Pam Discover
26th Loch Frisa: approx 100 fieldfare
to the hide. Also male and female hen harrier, juvenile golden eagle,
juvenile white tailed eagle as well as Skye
and Frisa. 2 little grebe on the Loch. Debby Thorne
26th Lochdon: a male goldeneye
in Loch, the white fronts are still at Fiddon and a black throated diver
in Loch Scridain. Mel Eltome
26th Killiechronan: Solitary Whooper Swan still
at Killichronan today. Several bar tailed Godwits at the head of the Loch.
Many Great Northern Divers about now. Dippers
a regular feature on the shores of Loch Scridain (in salt water!) two short
eared owls towards the Sea Eagle caravan on the opposite side of the road
this week . Pete Hall wildlife
26th Lochdon: a male Blackcap
in my garden this morning. Alan
25th Oct Glen More 1 Short-eared
Owl. Pennyghael 7 GN Diver. Kilfinichen 1 Brambling.
Fidden 4 Greenland White-fronted Goose. Bryan Rains Wild
about Mull Tours
25th Ulva: Just to let you know that we saw a
Nuthatch today on Ulva in a tree with a flock of 6 gold crests
and a tree creeper, just as we started on the woodland walk grid reference
NM443 392. Mel Eltome . Alan Robertshaw
25th:The 2 Snow Buntings are still around today
(25th) but near the drive to Reudle Shoolhouse not Reudle.2 other unidentified
birds flew off with them but only 2 Snow Buntings returned so still only
2 confirmed, Prasad
25th 1 single Jay flew over my head and over Ardrioch
Farm this morning. Pam Brown
24th 2 Snow Buntings
today at Reudle a single Arctic Tern at Laggan Ulva, Whooper Swan at Killiechronan
and a Merlin and Great Skua at Cailaich Point. Arthur and Pam
19th Drive to Fionnphort 4pm we saw 3 sea
eagles on the rocks by the shore about 2 miles west of Pennyghael.
They kept moving along the shore westwards before doubling back inland
over the Ross. Also a group of 4 Great northern Divers. Barbara Kennedy
23rd Treshnish, 21+ Common Crossbills (another
flock of about the same size may have been a different flock) Prasads
21st Lochdon: 7 Whooper Swans on the loch all day.
20th Tobermory 3 Jays
feeding in tall Oaks, c.400 metres along path to Aros Park, near Ledaig
Car Park. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
20th: Treshnish, 6 Whooper Swans flying south.Prasad
19th Killiechronan: 17
Whooper swans, 1 in a field near Killichronan and 16 in the longest
of the three lochs in the Glen. These 16 have just arrived. Pete
18th - Loch Buie/Loch Spelve: a Sterna tern, thought
Arctic, struggling to navigate in the hail squalls, Loch Buie; 40 Fieldfares
on ground at Loch Spelve.
17th Loch Ba: Single late Wheatear, two groups
of 3 & 5 Redwings and 8 Fieldfares. Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks
18th Loch Beg 1 Brent Goose, 12 Whooper Swan. Pennyghael
1 Pomarine Skua. Fidden 3 Brent Goose, 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese.
18th Golf course: Solitary barnacle goose on bowman's
field. Red throated diver in winter
plumage in Fishnish Bay four Great Northern Divers still in summer plumage
on Loch Scridain. Pete Hall
18th Calgary beach, 1 Arctic Tern (also present
16th Fish farm Loch na Keal: 15 long tailed tits
at the fish farm yesterday. Colin MoodyColin Wells Mark Williams
14th Fidden In addition to the the usual - 14 Pale
bellied Brent on the merse, 2 White-front Geese in field with tups (and
one yearling Red Deer), 1 Greenland Wheatear near log pile, single pair
Wigeon, 5 Barnacle Geese flying east. Mike Wagemakers
13th Oct Killiechronan 1
Red Kite. Loch na Keal5 Slavonian
Grebe (one in Summer plumage), 2 GN Diver, 1 Jay. Loch Scridain 2 GN
Diver, 1 RT Diver, 1 BT Diver. Loch Beg 3
Whooper Swan. Bryan Rains
13th Calgary bay, 2 Arctic Terns. Treshnish, flocks
of c100 + 30 Fieldfares passing through. Prasad Prasads
12th Loch Pottie 5 Whooper Swan. Fidden 30
Lapwing, 10 Golden Plover, 3 Greenland White-fronted Goose. Torrans
12th Glen Bellart: a Red
Kite being harrassed by Hoodies about halfway through the glen. Colin
11th: Treshnish, 6 flocks of Barnacle Geese totalling
about 100 birds, a flock of 22 Pink-footed Geese and a flock of at least
5 Long-tailed Tits. Langamull, 10 Whooper Swans flew west.
11th Fidden: 2
Pectoral Sandpipers here in fields with 'orange tups' Colin Wells visitor
10th Bunessan: five
Scaup in the bay round by Ardtun, Arctic
Tern at Fionnphort. Colin Wells Mark Williams
11th Fionnphort Many thousands of Barnacle Geese
passed through over the last 24+ hours, hearing their calls through the
night and continuing this morning Mike Wagemakers
10th There were at least 4,500 Barnacles.
Probably at least twice that as many went up inland over Beinne Reudle.
3 in the Barnacle flocks were Greylags and 4 Pink-footed. Apparently very
few of the Icelandic Greylags are recorded in Argyll.
Terns off Treshnish Point and 1 Great Skua off Caliach Point, at least
Orcas at Port Haunn
yesterday heading towards Lunga. Prasad.
10th small groups of Whooper Swan passing through,
occasionally settling on Loch Pottie, the last few days and now many skeins
of Barnacle Geese following the Sound of Iona today, heading towards Islay.
Wonderful. Mike Wagemakers
6th Glen Aros: a single Snow
Bunting on the forest track in Glen Aros This was in the middle
of a thunderstorm, so views not brilliant, and it was cold (7.5 degrees).
9th:Calgary beach, 2 juvenile Pale-bellied Brent
GeeseTreshnish, 3 Swallows. Prasad
9th Lochdon: 19 Whooper Swans flying south
over Lochdon, also 4 Swallows still here this morning 10.15 hrs. Alan
8th: Calgary bay, 7 Barnacle Geese flying
over Lainne Sgeir, coming from the beach direction Treshnish, 1 Swallow.
7th – Aros Estuary. Seven feeding Pale-bellied
Brent Geese. Mull Magic Wildlife
6th: Again flocks of 10, 12, 11 and what I think
is a single Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south around Treshnish Point.
6th Oct:-Torloisk hills-1 Immature wt eagle chased
off by a hen harrier,2 pairs of hen harriers,2 buzzards,1 Merlin,1 kestrel
and 2 ravens, Dave Soons
5th: Flocks of 51 and 17
Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew south around Treshnish Point and out
at sea 1 Great Skua. 2 Swallows went to roost in Treshnish farm buildings.
3rd -loch ba- 2 whooper swans,3 wt eagles,1 peregrine,1
male 2 female hen harriers,1 buzzard and 1 golden eagle, Dave soons
3rd: Calgary bay, 1 Great Northern Diver (photographed)
3rd Lochdon: hen harrier 2 brown, kestrel1,
WTE 1 adult, pinkfoot 1, wigeon 14, teal 12, greenshank
4, bar-tailed godwit c10, redshank 1, golden plover 6, ring plover
8, whimbrel 1 little stint 1, sparrowhawk,
cormorant. David Pierce
Killiechronan 1 adult WTE yellow/black spot &
1 juvenile, an adult golden eagle a little to west, kestrel, ring plover
6, bar-tailed godwit 2, jay 1. Gribun, kestrel 1, WTE 1 immature, 2 goldcrest
in gorse & other srub. Loch Beag 1 juv. WTE. Also 2 otters. Glen More
road summit, 2 hen harriers ( 1 brown, 1 grey), 1 kestrel. , David Pierce
3rd Lochdon: 3 Greenshank,
2 Redshank, Wigeon and Goosander. Alan
2nd Lochdon: adult WTE, hen harrier 2 (1brown,
1 grey), turnstone 14, greenshank 3, whimbrel
1, ring plover 6, golden plover 1, bar-tailed godwit. Plus 2 otters.
Fidden hen harrier 1 brown, 2 wheatears. Plus 3
Ardalanish Bay, 50 goldfinch.
Plus 1 otter. Pennyghael, c30 redpoll, hen harrier 1 brown, sparrowhawk.
Near by on the Ross, 2 kestrel together & flock of c17 ravens. Near
Lochdon evening, at least 6 hen harriers, 5 (+) brown & a grey which
was mobbing an adult golden eagle. A kestrel & a pinkfoot (with Canada’s)
flying towards Lochdon itself. Java tawny owl heard.
2nd Craignure golf course: Peter had a flock of
geese at the golf course in Craignure. Jan and Pete
2nd Loch Ba: in the sunshine today produced
- juv golden eagle, buzzard, hen harrier, pair whooper swans, goldcrest,
flock of redpoll, crossbills and siskins.
2nd: 17 Fieldfares
over Treshnish wood, Prasad.
1st : Loch Ba: 2 Whooper Swans, 50 Lesser Redpolls,
and a single late Wheatear.
1st : Tobermory. Peregrine on spire of Old Free
Church, Main Street. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
Latest reports for
29th Loch Spelve:- Little Grebe (single
and a pair) on Loch Spelve. A Great Northern Diver on Loch Spelve and a
single Golden Eye on Loch Spelve.
28th Loch na Keal: Great Northern Diver and
a Red Throated Diver. Male and Female Stonechat on Salen to
Dervaig. road Rachel & Mike Jones 27th Single Red Throated
Diver on Loch Scridain Rachel & Mike Jones26th Single Arctic
Skua on Loch na keal (at the killiechronan end). Rachel & Mike
Jones from Chester
31st Salen: Dave Sexton reports 2 Waxwing, 2 Brambling
and a Yellowhammer in his garden. Dave Sexton
Killfinichen: 22 Waxwings today at Kilfinichen. Bryan
31st Loch Spelve: 3 Goldeneye together
on Loch Spelve. Jonathan Keefe and Moira McKelvie
29th Killiechronan: 2 Whooper Swan and 5
Canada amongst Greylags. Peter Holmes28th Dervaig and Salen: Brambling
(single birds) feeding in gardens here. Arthur
25th - 12.00pm - Tobermory Golf Course:- 11+
Waxwing. Angus Slorach25th Salen:
2 Brambling in my garden.
21st Killiechronan: 4 Tufted duck briefly
on the lagoon by the shingle beach. Michael Jackson
25th Dervaig: Waxwings and a Jay
here this morning, also lots of Fieldfare going through. Arthur
23rd Griburn: 50 Waxwings here on berried trees
at 1650hrs. Dave Sexton
24th Fishnish: a small flock
of Waxwing (15 approx) by the Fishnish Ferry. Juliet
about 30 Waxwings flying over Treshnish wood. Also 2 Common Scoters
in calgary bay. Prasad
23rd saw 3 waxwings on a telegraph
wire at the edge of Salen bay. an immature golden eagle being harassed
by 2 buzzards at Loch Tuath. also had 2 slavonian grebes on Loch Na
Keal. Jonathan Keefe & Moira McKelvie
23rd Dervaig: 11.00 am – group
of waxwings flew over – 40 waxwings
21st The Coot is still on Loch Pottie. Fidden
adult Greenland White-fronted Goose. Bryan Rains
23rd Treshnish wood: 4 Waxwings in Treshnish wood
at 3.30 and at least 3 seen later at about 6pm, Prasad
23rd Lochdon: saw 3 Greenshank
at Lochdon and a big flock of Redwing by the FC office
at Aros Mains. Juliet Vines
20th Treshnish Point: saw a flock of 12
Whooper Swans flying past Treshnish Point. Juliet Vines .
19th Killiechronan: 3 Pale bellied Brent mixed in with Greylags
flock. Mike Shepherd et al
19th Loch Frisa:
flock of Whooper swan flew over Loch Frisa this pm. Also teal &
wigeon in Salen Bay. Debby Thorne
18th Loch Pottie:
Coot in north west corner, close to reed bed, also 27 Tufted and 2
Wigeon Mike Wagemakers
17th Loch Scridain:
Common Scoter here and 3 Swallows at Grasspoint. Michael Jackson
17th Loch na Keal: single Pale bellied Brent
the gull roost by Dhiseig Farm, Ben More. Bill Jackson
16th Fidden: The
Bird club outing was a huge success with 21 members turning up, 63 species
on the day.Of particular note was a Merlin near Loch Assapol, and
Moorhens on Loch Harrison and a Grey Plover at Fidden. Pete
15th Loch Scridain:
Loch Scridain Great Northern Diver in summer plumage, Red
Throated Diver in summer plumage, a pair of Long Tailed ducks in autumn
plumage and a flock of Brent Geese. Pete Hall
14th Fidden 2
Brent Goose. Killunaig 30 Golden Plover, 2 RT Diver, 2 GN Diver also
1 Minke Whale off Burg. Bryan Rains
12th Sound of Mull
(Torosay) 3 Black-throated Divers, inc. one in same field of view
as fishing Otter; ad.and juv. Red-throated Diver,Duart Bay. Stuart Gibson
12th Oct Pennyghael
Stores 1 Fieldfare, 3 Common Crossbill. Beach 3 Mistle Thrush, 6
Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird. Fidden 3 Brent Goose.Bryan
11th Oct Fidden
1 Wheatear, 70 Golden Plover also approx 7 Bottle-nosed Dolphin
off Burg. Bryan Rains
Geese on the move, heard through the night and parties flying over
this morning – Mike Wagemakers
14th Loch Pottie:
Moorhen (could it be the same one as seen on Harrison’s Loch
recently?) at southern end of Loch Pottie which was great to see but the
walk soured by discovering the body of a Whooper Swan. Been
a constant sighting on the Ross, particularly Loch Pottie since the spring,
but not seen for a week or so and sadly found its body in bracken today.
Also on the loch 27 Tufted Duck and 3 Wigeon. Mike Wagemaker
& Carol Marshal
13th Lochdon: Lots of Goldcrest in the garden
over the last few days. On the overhead power cable; one lonely Swallow
150 Starlings this evening. Andrew Oldacre
12th Salen forest: a Jay here Shaun Braid.
Shaun also reports watching a Pergrine falcon hunting bats last
12th Garmony: a flock of 30 Ruddy Turnstone
feeding on the shore. Alan
12th Ulva: 4 pale bellied Brent Geese at Ulva
Ferry for the last 2 days. The first time I have seen them on Ulva.
They do not appear to have been ringed. Jamie Howard.
11th: 1 Wheatear beside road on south side
of Calgary bay, Prasad
11th Lochdon: 3 Jays bounding along from
tree to tree above the sea eagle caravan. David Woodhouse,
10th Roadside fence beyond Fidden Farm Whinchat
– – Carol Marshal
10th Lochdon: a very large flock. 300+
Redwing scattered over Lochdon this morning. Alan
10th Treshnish: 12+ Redwings Treshnish wood,
9th Fidden: 50 Brent Geese here today. Carol
Marshal and Mike Wagemakers
9th Lochdon: A lone House Martin over Wild
Cottage this afternoon. Andrew Oldacre
8th Lochdon at high tide: a large flock of mixed
waders included 63 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 26 Bar tailed Godwit, 53 Golden
Plover, 20 Ringed Plover and one Snipe. Alan Spellman
8th Craignure golf course: a flock of 45
Canada geese feeding in Bowmans fields.
7th Glen Forsa shore line: two Common Sandpiper
and a Wheatear here today. John & Alison Harden
7th Haunn: 116 Golden Plovers, Prasad.
6th Lochdon: Hen Harriers at Lochdon roost,
3 males and 5 ringtails. Irene Boston
5th a very late Wheatear near the
standing stone at Cillchriosd, (Sunipol) 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Langamull
4th Loch na Keal: I have seen a beautiful
three days running on the south shore of Loch na Keal between the private
mooring and the sheep fanks. Pete Hall
4th Bunessan Bay: three pale bellied Brent,
one being colour ringed. Alan
3rd Calgary: Grey Plover wason the
rocks near the south end of Calgary beach. No doubt at low tide when it
is dog free it can be found on the beach, Prasad
2nd Quinish Point: 2 Wheatear Steve
2nd Loch Cuin: Little Auk at
the mouth of the loch. it was only 40 yards from the shoreline. Roger &
2nd Lochdon: a female Hen Harrier hunting in
the fields opposite the eaglewatch caravan site. Alan
1st Glen Bellart: 20+ Mistle Thrush
about 1m out of Dervaig on Salen Road. Steve Chapman
30th Lochdon: 20+ Dunlin, 13 Ringed Plover, 30
Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 2 Hen Harriers (m/f) above
Lochdon. mixed flock of 6 Linnet &Twite on scrub below Loch
Duart Castle. Steve Chapman
some more information
This goose was ringed in SW Iceland in May 2007
and over winters in Ireland, it has made the journey several times but
on this occasion it was blown east onto Mull. It will continue its journey
after a few days of feeding and rest.
These hrota pale-bellied brent
are from the East Canadian High Arctic flyway population. They breed up
amongst the polar bears very far north in Canada, and over winter mainly
in Ireland, although some birds also go to western GB, the Channel Islands
and France (mainly Normandy). They stage for a considerable period in spring
and autumn in Iceland, and have a hazardous trip over the Greenland Icecap
in between. The current flyway population is of the order of 40,000 birds.
The current ringing programme commenced
in 2001. Ringing mainly by canon-netting in Ireland, and on the spring
migration in Iceland in May. One expedition has been mounted to catch birds
in Canada, when about 200 birds were caught whilst flightless (herded by
helicopter!!). Overall we have now caught over 3,500 geese, so it
is well worthwhile checking out any flocks you might come across for leg-rings.
Currently re-sightings are reaching about 10,000 records per year from
the wintering grounds, and a further 5,000 from Iceland in spring and autumn.
Latest reports for October
31st Loch na Keal by Inch Kenneth: 100 Barnacle
Geese + on the north side of Inch Kenneth. An impressive sight. Pete Hall
31st Fionnphort: Female Blackcap in the garden
today – Mike Wagemakers & Carol Marshall
26th Loch Pottie 4 Whooper Swans, Fidden
5 White Fronts – Carol Marshall
26th Fidden: 16 Whimbrel in fields with 100 Greylags.
25th Fidden: 6 Greenland White-fronted Goose. Loch
Beg 5 Whooper Swan, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Wigeon. Uisken 1 Great northen Diver.
Loch Scridain 7 Great northern Diver. Bryan Rains
23rd Ardvergnish: 1 female Siberian Stonechat
with 3 Common Stonechat, 30 Goldfinch and a good gathering of winter thrushes
- Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Blackbird alll present.
22nd Lochdon: 4 Goosander above the bridge and
28 Whoooper on the loch overnight before flying off early next morning.
22nd Loch na Keal: 6 Great northern divers, 2 in
s/p - 1 in w/p - and 3 in eclipse plumage
21st Oct 2 Greenland White-fronted Goose at Fidden.
22nd Oct 1 Chiffchaff at Pennyghael
22nd Fidden 10 Whooper Swans in Sound between Fidden
& Erraid – Carol Marshall
22nd October: Aros Estuary/Loch na Keal: 18 Wigeon
and single Bar-tailed Godwit, Aros estuary; 3 Golden Eagles (two over Kellan,
one at Knock), 4 Slavonian Grebes and single w/p Red-throated Diver at
head of Loch na Keal
21st October: Tobermory: Male Hen Harrier
hunting in twilight East of Tobermory and adult WT Sea Eagle going to roost
in Glenforsa plantation Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
20th October : Sound of Mull: (During Bird Club
outing to Morvern) 8 Whooper Swans East and low over the sea at Fishnish
(at 09.50 hrs) were, undoubtedly, the same birds later observed at Lochdon
on same day. Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
21st Fidden 4 White-fronted Geese – Carol Marshall
21st Fidden: I had 2 Greenland White-fronted Goose
at Fidden Bryan Rains
21st Calgary: There is a male Long-tailed Duck
very close in to Calgary beach, as of 3.30pm, Anand Prasad
The Common Rosefinch (at Kellan Mill, by Loch na
Keal) record on Mull, 16th June has been accepted by the Argyll Birds Rarity
Committee. This is a first record for Mull. many thanks to Ben Dickenson
and family for sending in this record.
20th Caliach Point:
a flock of at least 30 Whooper Swans flying south,
far out, from Caliach Point, passed Treshnish Point.
There was also a Sanderling
dusk on Calgary beach and a Black-throated Diver in Calgary Bay,
19th Oct Loch Beg:
4 Whooper Swan, 2 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 10 Turnstone, 1
Merlin. Fidden 1 Sparrowhawk,
2 Hen Harrier. Inch
Kenneth 100 Barnacle Goose. Bryan Rains
16th Lochbuie: Single
late swallow feeding on hatch of insects (hot sunny
day). Alastair Gossage
20th Lochdon: 8 Whoopers
flying south over Lochdon, all day long
some500+ Redwing & Fielfare stripping
the Grasspoint road Alan
19th at dusk saw 1
Purple Sandpiper and 1 Ruddy Turnstone at Lainne
Sgeir, Calgary Bay.
19th Tobermory (Dervaig Road):
group of 8-10 redwing in a rowan tree. Mishnish lochs: 15 greylags.
Dervaig: wave after wave of fieldfare flying overhead, easily 300+
in total, in 'pulses' of 50-70. Amazing sight!
18th Loch Ba - Huge
numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Trees along
the loch side with uncountable numbers of Redwing, the noise of their calls
was amazing. One flock of Fieldfare (and some Redwing), at Clachaig,
500+, the sky was thick with them at one point. Never seen so many
in one area. Mike Wagemakers & Carol Marshall
18th - QUINNISH/DERVAIG 12
Siskins and mixed loose flock of ca 60 resident and migrant thrushes (five
species : 12-15 Mistle Thrushes, 30 Redwings, Fieldfare, Song Thrush and
Blackbird), Quinnish estate; 7 Little Grebes, Loch Cuin; male Hen Harrier,
15th LOCH NA KEAL Single
Whimbrel near Ben More car parking area Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
18th Lochdon: only one Hen
Harrier this evening, large flocks of winter thrushes Alan
18th Lochdon-Craignure: Red
Kite flying over the main road between Lochdon and
Craignure. Ken Tate. staying at mullbirds
17th Aros estuary - I
Greenshank, 6 prs widgeon; Killechronan - 3
whooper swans (yippee!!! I'm happy now!). Loch Na Keal - 17 RB Mergansers
(M&F); Loch Scridan - 1 red throated diver (winter plumage).
16th Loch Torr: Single Redwing
over Breadalbane Street, Tobermory in morning, with flock of 40 Fieldfares
in Loch Torr area during late afternoon Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
16th Loch Pottie: 26+
Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 3
Female Goldeneye. 1 Moorhen (immature), 4
Heron, 1 Ringtail Harrier (being chased by a Tufted Duck), Buzzard, Kestrel
& Raven and the usual Herring and GBB Gull’s. – Mike Wagemakers
16th Craignure-Lochdon: large
flocks (200+) Field fare plus Redwing flying
over, also 15 Mistle Thrush at Grasspoint. Andy Kirkham
15th October - Loch na Keal
(Inch Kenneth) : 4 Red-throated Divers (2 s/p) and 2 s/p Great Northern
Divers; 1 Red-throated Diver, Loch Scridain; 1 Greenshank, 16 Red-breasted
Mergansers and 25 Teal, Loch Beg; 'Ring-tail' Hen Harrier, hunting in twilight
(18.15 hrs), near Knock, Loch na Keal. Ruth Fleming and Stuart
14th Loch na Keal: s/p Great
northern Diver plus two winter birds, 4 Slavonian Grebe, large flock of
250 Greylags, amongst them one Pinkfoot ( which I couldn't find) Teal,
Wigeon and Red breasted Mergansers in good numbers. Alan
12th Beach: Another good
one today. at Beach 1 Chiffchaff. Bryan
11th Killiechronan: a single
Pinkfoot goose amongst Greylag flock in fields. Arthur
10th Beach: 6 Redwing,
5 Mistle Thrush, 1 juv Ring Ouzel. Carsaig:
18 Twite. Pennyghael: 8 Redwing, Crossbill heard but not seen
9th Fidden: 3 Barnacle
Goose, 1 fem Hen Harrier. Uisken: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin. Suidhe:
2 Whooper Swan. Kilfinichen: 1 RT Diver.
8th Loch Scridain 1 RT Diver,
sum pl GN Diver.
7th Loch Beg: 1 male
Hen Harrier Bryan Rains
7th Fionnphort – 3
Redwings on wires by road between Aridhglas & Ardfenaig - Carol Marshall
6th Aros: small family
of 4 Whooper Swan in the estuary (am) and
seven more birds in the afternoon. (all too briefly). Alan
4th Loch Scridain: A few
sightings from today - Loch Scridain 33 Scaup (at least 7 drakes),
2GN Diver. Loch Beg 1 Slavonian Grebe, 15 Teal. Bryan Rains
3rd Loch Pottie: 17
Tufted, 1 male Scaup, possible second, no
sign of the two female/juvenile possibles seen a few days ago, I Little
Grebe. Mike Wagemakers 2nd Fidden - 5 Barnacle,
Bellied Brent. Loch Pottie – 2 male Scaup amongst
Tufted Carol Marshall.
1st Oct Loch Beg 40 Golden
Plover, 1 Snipe, 5 Greenshank, 2 Little Grebe.
Fidden 2 Hen Harrier (1 male, 1 female), 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Pottie 3 Scaup (2 adult male, 1 juv). Bryan
1st: Loch Pottie: Carol went
out today and the Gadwall are still there.
The two odd tufted certainly look as if they have a lot of Scaup in them,
not able to see them close enough to be sure. Mike Wagemakers-Carol Marshal
30th Sept Ardness 1 male
Merlin. Fidden 2 Twite, lots of Barnacle Goose
flying South, 2 female Hen Harrier. Loch Beg 20 Golden Plover, 10 Turnstone,
3 Greenshank, 8 Dunlin, 2 Knot.
for October 2007
26th Loch Pottie: Female
long tailed duck on small loch just south of Loch Assapol on rough track.
Dave Mitchell & Kathryn Lindsay.
29th Loch Frisa: a late Osprey
on Loch Frisa the day before. As the parties were on opposite sides
of the Loch and were staying far apart on the island, this might not be
fanciful. Just seems a bit late, though!
30th Loch Pottie: Long
tailed Duck found two days ago confirmed today with clear views juvenile,
poss female - Carol Marshall. Good numbers of Redwing and a few Fieldfare
Fionnphort today - Mike Wagemakers
23rd Fidden: Managed to find
a single Lapland Bunting (fem) down at Fidden today while on the tour.
There was also a single Barnacle Goose down there. Bryan Rains
22nd Penmore: A pair of Hen
Harriers (Male/Female) over Penmore daily. Sylvia Swft
20th Lochdon: 12 Whoooper
Swans flew south over Lochdon John & Angela Preston
18th-19th Loch Pottie:
1 male and 4 female Tufted Duck with 1 Female Scaup, 3 White Fronted Geese,
3 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe - Loch Pottie - Carol Marshall/Mike Wagemakers.
9th Ardalanish: 3 Pale bellied
Brent Geese ,53 Rock Doves in organic farm fields. John & Sue Clare.
29th Sept, at 7am, we observed
a white Thrush in our garden. It had chest spots, but the rest was white.
It seemed to know it was white as it kept close to the trees and would
not venture very far out onto the lawn. Tom & Barbara Bettley.
5th Loch Cuin:
2 immature Goosander on Loch Cuin. Shaun Mccullagh
90 Common Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 7 Black Headed Gull,
2 greater Black Backs, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 20
Oystercatcher, 35 Turnstone, 50 Mallard, 10 teal, 25
Rock Dove, 3 Starling, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Linnet,
1 Buzzard, 10 Hooded Crow, 1 Robin. Shaun Mccullagh
9th Loch Cuin: 8 Whooper
Swan & 1 Greenshank. Loch Cuin. Shaun Mccullagh
9th Fionnphort - 1 Northen
Wheatear.Fidden - 2 Northern Wheatear, 60 Twite, c 600 Barnacle Goose,
1 Great Northern Diver. Loch Scridain - 9 Whooper Swan now on Loch Beg.
Beach - 2 Willow Warbler. Kilfinichen - 3 Hen Harrier. Bryan Rains
Wild About Mull Tours
4th Loch Frisa: 8 crossbills
at Frisa Dave Sexton
Penmore : Golden Eagle mobbed by Buzzard. Female Hen Harrier and Sparrowhawk....not
safe to go out!! Sylvia Swift
8th between Fionnphort and
Fidden: Injured Long-eared Owl recovered from hill area between Fionnphort
and Fidden. Taken to Wings Over Mull. Sue Dewar thinks a male
bird, old injury (broken wing) and probably survived by grubbing around
on the ground. - Mike Wagemakers/Carol Marshall
4th Uisken: 1 Northern
Wheatear, Fidden 6 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 60 Twite, 15 Linnet and 30
Skylark. Bryan Rains
2nd Kilfinichen Bay,
Loch Scridain. Juvenile Brent Goose, On a Discover Mull tour. The tide
was out and it was grazing on the grass by the river bank then flew across
to the sea shore edge. Pam Brown
2nd Lochdon: John Preston
reports Yellowhammers in his garden this morning.
1st Loch Buie: - 40 Fieldfares
in two small flocks of 20 flying in off the sea at Moy Castle, Lochbuie.
Flew straight into hawthorn bushes close to the shoreline to feed where
there were also starlings, song thrushes and blackbirds. Shaun Mccullagh
1st Loch Beg:
6 Fieldfare, 6 RB Merg (5 fem 1 imm male) 2 Goosander fem, 1 RB Merg imm
male. Bryan Rains
for October 2006
29th Corra-bheinn :
a Ptarmigan on Corra-bheinn on Sunday the 29th. Colin Moody
29th Loch Buie : all three
divers off shore plus a female Merlin and single Pink footed Goose by Loch
Spelve. Michael & Linda Haddow. (welcome to Mull)
25th Croig: a late Swallow
was seen by Mrs Jill Mills, also a 'possible' Spotted Sandpiper in
the inlet at Croig ?
26th Fidden. 3 Whooper Swans,
5 Pink Fotted Geese and a single White Fronted Goose With the Greylags.
There are now at least 4
Slavonian Grebes on Loch Na Keal and Great Northern divers popping up anywhere.
2 Snipe at Aros bay and 7
Whoopers 5 juveniles turned up on Loch Cuin. Look out for Goosanders, 1
at Killiechronan camp site and 1 on Scridain recently. Last and by no means
least we had a female Blackcap in our garden on 27th a first for our garden..
Arthur & Pam Brown Discover Mull Tours
22nd Knock Bridge. pair of
Dippers and a Grey Wagtail and also a Kingfisher flew past and downstream.
WTSE (adult and 2 yellow tagged juveniles) on the sand bar by the Killiechronan
camp site. Alan Spellman
18th Calgary Bay: a dark
phase Arctic Skua deep inside Cagary Bay at 4pm. Anand Prasad (Ttreshnish)
18th Aros Bay: a Great northern
Diver Aros Bay, also pair Reed Buntings just across road from Loch don
eagle watch caravan on both 18th and 19th (they have also been seen here
at other times) Arthur Brown
18th Pam had group of Long
Tailed Tits In the garden also Song Thrushes gorging on Rowan Berries.
17th Scarrisdale Rocks, Loch
na Keal. Black Throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe Loch na Keal boathouse,
Female Hen Harrier Ulva Ferry also several large winter thrush flocks on
the move too distant to see which presume Redwing And a single Bar Tailed
Godwit On Scarisdale Rocks with 9 Ringed Plover. Arthur Brown Discover
17th Loch na Keal : pair
of Red throated divers, Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles. Alan
16th Loch Pottiee : a lone
Whooper Swan on the loch today..not much else Alan
15th Lochdon : a 'pair' of
Jays seen in the woods at the back of 'Twelve Oaks' today.
13th Lochdon/Craignure :
large numbers of Redwing reported flying over last night and this morning.
Jan Hall, Andy Oldacre & Stuart Gibson.........this morning along the
Grasspoint road were at least 1000 birds, a bit flighty but frantically
feeding in the fields and on berried trees. Alan
8th Sound of Mull & Grasspoint.
Large numbers of Gannets by the golf course (am) and at Grasspoint (pm)
8th on the hills above Loch
Spelve, off the Loch Buie road. 20 + mixed Redwing and Fieldfare. Peter
6th Killiechronan : I had
a flock of about a dozen Long Tailed Tits ,also a lot of Goldfinches,
plus two Grey Wagtails. The Sparrowhawk had several unsuccessful
attempts perhaps it was a juvenile. Jan Fuller.
3rd Loch Cuin by Dervaig
: Female Goldeneye on loch Cuin evening. Shaun Mccullagh
3rd Loch Pottie : Horned
(Slavonian) Grebe on Loch, this a.m., fishing between the islands and the
church. Mike Wagemakers
2nd Loch na Keal : 5 Brent
Geese were resting after a long flight, in a small bay close inshore. Richard
2nd Loch Frisa : a report
of a Red Kite seen here by visitors. more infor required. (pp) R ichard
1st Lochdon : 6 Whooper Swans
and 5 Greenshank, 20 Dunlin, 2 Whinmbrel, 25 Ringed Plover. Alan Spellman
30th Sept Calgary :2 Golden
Eagles, one immature Sea Eagle and a Peregrine at Calgary . Shaun Mccullagh