for September 2018
for September 2017
Diver in Loch Tuath and solitary Whimbrel in Laggan Bay. 25
Golden Plovers over Lochdon, 12 Wigeon and 2 Dunlin at Garmony. A cloud
of 200 + Gannets feeding hard in Lochbuie along with 3 juv WT Eagles. Ewan
30th 15 fieldfare seen at
Derryguaig this afternoon (the first arrivels of the autumn). Rebecca Burton
28th - Sea
to NW Mull Two Brent Geese migrating South over the sea between Mull and
Coll; and single Red-throated Diver flying East towards Adnamurchan; but
only three Manx Shearwaters recorded among large numbers of feeding Gannets
and Kittiwakes. Stuart Gibson
28th Aros Estuary.
a Greenshank here this morning Alan
25th Calgary Bay.
two Ruff here in the bay today with Oystercatchers and Gulls. visitor Doogie
Mccoll. A scarce passage migrant for Mull with only these few
2004 : Oct 6th a single bird at Fidden.
Jan 8th four birds at Lochdon. July 23rd 2 birds at Ardalanish.
2012 September three birds were at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary.
2015 Aug 17th 3 birds at Killiechronan and 20th two at Fidden
25th two birds at Calgary Bay. photo by visitor Doogie Mccoll
25th - Sound of
Mull/Sea to North of Mull. A count of 220/10 Guillemots and Razorbills
seen NW Sound of Mull; two late adult Puffins; only a solitary Manx Shearwater
seen; a single Great Skua; and two pale-phase Arctic Skuas harassing Kittiwakes.
Large 'hurries' of feeding auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes off Ardnamurchan
captured the attention of five lunge-feeding Minke Whales. Stuart Gibson
Loch Cuin. Cheryl reports that the Kingfisher is back at Loch Cuin. Cheryl
Wryneck today at Loch na Keal by the turnoff to Balymeanach Farm (McKinnans
cave). This rare bird is only the fourth record for Mull since 1991, a
great find by visitors Mark Appleton and excellent photograph by
Kerry Tiller. 1991 the first island record was at Torlochan
in June. 2001 one was seen at Croig on 14th May,
2011 an individual was at Haunn on 15th August. 2017 by Loch na Keal
on 21st September
Red Kite at
Gribun yesterday by Ian Rowlinson
female sparrowhawk by Michael Booth
19th - Sea to North
of Mull Localised frenzies of Gannets, Kittiwakes, ca. 20 Manx Shearwaters
and auks with Minke Whales and large pods of Common Dolphins; ca. 50 Gannets,
1-2 Great Skuas, with one consorting with boat and single dark phase Arctic
Skua harassing Kittiwakes; two Rock Pipits at sea off Glengorm; a Minke
Whale with 'sawn-off' dorsal fin resembling individual seen in 1999 - 18
years ago! Stuart Gibson
Golf course pair of summer plumage Red throated divers. Loch na meal, diving
Gannets and Slavonian grebe. Alan
to see Slavonian grebe returning for the winter. 5 on Loch na Keal. Mike
Wagemakers and Carol Marshall
rocks. we had the most magnificent views of a Red Kite, just before the
Gribun Rocks coming from Glen Seilisdeir. This is my first ever on
Mull. Brilliant ! Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
18th - Sound
of Mull/Sea to NW Mull. Around a dozen Manx Shearwaters in flat calm sea,
where hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills; three Black Guillemots far
out to sea, with very late single juv Puffin, two Great Skuas and an unidentified
juv 'Commic' Tern; six (four ads. and two juvs) White-tailed Eagles were
in Bloody Bay. Stuart Gibson
18th 40 plus
Pink-footed Geese heading south last night at 9pm and a skein of 25 this
morning, 11am at Caliach. A male Merlin grouping up Starlings at Langamull
yesterday afternoon. 2 Black-throated Divers in breeding plumage at Lochbuie
today. Crossbills at numerous sites across the isle. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
17th - Tobermory
lighthouse A Carrion Crow was consorting with a Hooded Crow here this early
afternoon. Stuart Gibson17th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull Feeding
birds on a flat calm sea included upwards of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets,
but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters; a female/imm. Hen Harrier
was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
17th - Sound
of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull. Feeding birds on a flat calm sea included upwards
of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets, but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters;
a female/imm. Hen Harrier was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart
flock ~12 Mistle Thrush north of Salen on Dervaig road about 5pm this afternoon.
Richard Price (Visiting)
1 Turtle Dove nr farm building at 10.45. prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
a Wigeon at Craignure golf course, this is my first winter visitor.
Also at Killiechronan, two bar-tailed godwits and five female goosanders.
Also a huge raft of Eider ducks on Loch Scridain. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife
13th - N. W.
Sound of Mull Several sightings of dark-phase Arctic Skuas, including four
birds (inc. one pale morph) harassing Kittiwakes. This group of skuas were
presumed to be migrants; also 2 Great Skuas seen in this area. Stuart Gibson
12th - NW Sound
of Mull. A count of at least 100 Razorbills (in four groups) flying West
out of the Sound of Mull, where there was a 'hurry' of gulls, Gannets,
and auks, a Basking Shark and a Minke Whale! Elsewhere, in the sea to the
NW of Mull, were two Arctic Skuas, 2-3 Great Skuas and two Storm Petrels.
10th male hen
Harrier along track from Achnadrich disappearing over hill. About 5.30
pm today. Also a golden eagles by Ulva ferry.
7th a male
Hen Harrier at the disused farm near Loch Spelve, at Pennyghael a ringtail,
also one at Grasspoint and Knockvolage (Ross). Golden Eagle and White tailed
Eagle in the Pennyghael area and again at Grasspoint were two ringtail
harriers. Rick (visitor).
6th There were
3 Greenshank at Loch Cuin this evening. Richard Airey Harbour
Guest House, Tobermory.
a single Pink-footed Goose. Loch Assapol a Magpie, 3 Tufted Duck
and 1 Red-throated Diver. Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
5th a male
Hen Harrier around 4.30 seen from A849 south of Lochdon towards Inverlussa.
Loch Cuuin. 6 Red breasted Mergansers, one Greenshank, a Little
Grebe at Calgary Bay: two White tailed Eagles, a diving Gannet , a Common
Kestrel hunting above the rocks, and a couple of Stonechat near the beach
plus several Raven - including one feasting on a seal carcass Roy Cunningham
4th I'm visiting
Mull this week. Some sightings. A golden eagle was over Lochdon heading.
Two white tailed Eagles were over Lochdon on Sunday morning. A pair of
red throated divers divers were on Loch Spelvie, also a group of Goosanders
and a couple of black guillemots. Stuart Foster
2nd I saw a
flock of 8-10 of Twite flitting between Glenforsa airstrip and the shoreline.
Roy Cunningham (visiting).
2nd - Sea to
NW of Mull. Only small nos of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets in area today;
but, 1-2 Great Skuas, a single dark-morph Arctic Skua harassing an unfortunate
Kittiwake, a single Storm Petrel, two ad./juv combos of Razorbill, but
many more Guillemots, as well as a solitary juv. 'Commic' Tern; two House
Martins flying across the NW entrance/exit to the Sound of Mull may have
been early migrants. Stuart Gibson
for September 2016
3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 12 Swallows Langamull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit,
1 Lapwing, 2 ‘Greenland Wheatears’, 1 Whooper Swan (flying south-west),
114 Pink-footed Geese (flying south) Bennan, 19 Pink-footed Geese (flying
south) prasad. 29th 4 Brent Geese at Salen Bay and a cock Red Grouse
on the Torloisk road feeding on grit.
Female Merlin on the Torloisk hill road, Adult Iceland Gull at the head
of Loch na Keal, juv Common Tern at Salen Bay. Ewan Miles
27th - Aros
Park A Blackcap was heard calling near the centre of the park and
a male Tawny Owl was 'singing' at 2 o'clock in the afternoon! Stuart
28th Just to
confirm a Buzzard sighting this morning, probably adult, on telegraph pole
about 100 yards west of Bunessan primary school. Craig G
2 Balearic Shearwaters at Fort Ensay at 4.30 prasad
Julian Wyllie. Greylag Goose - 22, Iona, 24/09/16; many small
groups (<10) between Kintra & Tobermory, 25/10/16 (c100 birds in
total) Golden Eagle - 1 sub-adult, east end of Glen More, 26/09/16 Ringed
Plover - 32, Fionnphort, 24/09/16 Woodcock – 3, between Salen &
Bunessan, 25/09/16 (8-9.30pm) Greenshank – 1, Loch Scridian, 25/09/16 Kestrel
- 1, Kintra, 24-26/09/16; 1, Pennyghael, 25/09/16; 1, Glen More,
26/09/16 Merlin - 1, Kintra, 24/09/16 Short-eared Owl - Glen More, 25/09/16
(c8.45pm) Jackdaw - c30, Iona, 24/09/16 Raven – up to four present
Kintra, 23-26/10 Swallow - 13, Iona, 24/09/16 House Sparrow – ‘resident’
=ock of c35 at Taigh Foise, Kintra Pied Wagtail - 26, Iona golf course,
24/09/16 Rock Pipit - 7, Bay At The Back Of The Ocean, Iona, 24/09/16 Twite
– at least two present in Linnet flock, Iona, 24/09/16 visitor Julian
26th Hi alan,
just to let you know the kingfisher i spotted was on the 19th september
just after first light. I was at the layby at WTE nest site at loch na
keal and it flew past heading up the loch hugging the shoreline. Mike
26th At last
I've seen it ! today we had fantastic views of the kingfisher at Dervaig.
23rd Aros Castle:
At least two dozen swallows plus youngsters being fed at Aros Castle Ann
23rd Loch Scridain:
White-tailed Eagle - adult briefly on rocks on south side of Loch Scridian
House Martin,Taigh Forse, Kintra, 2 White Wagtail Julian Wyllie.
23rd Hi Alan,
just to let you know I saw a common scoter in Salen bay today. Jacquie
3 Hen Harriers in 'the field of dreams' between Lochdon and Inverlussa.
21st: a juvenile
hen harrier In Kintra bay this evening. Andy Gibson.
20th - Torosay
Two Red-throated Divers in the Sound of Mull and another two in Duart Bay;
two Greenshank along the Torosay shore also; three House Martins over Craignure
5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2-3 House Martins. Calgary, 2 Swallows.
5 Bar-tailed Godwits. prasad.
5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Turnstones & 1 Wheatear, c90 Greylag Geese
at Langamull / Bennan
Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir. prasad.
20th Two sightings
of ringtail hen harriers over the fields at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony
19th Just had
a flock of fieldfares over West Ardhu. Debby Thorne
18th we had
6 Red Throated divers between Craignure Golf Course and the Small islets
beyond. Also a pair of Whooper Swans at Fishnish. Pete
16th - Langamull.
Six Bar-tailed Godwits consorting with Oystercatchers here this afternoon.
6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 'White Wagtail' & at least 3
Wheatears'. Calgary, 2 Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir. prasad
16th GN Diver
numbers starting to build on major sea lochs. A Rook at Loch Scridain.
four Greenshank there this afternoon Stuart
A kingfisher near Garmony. Juliet Vines
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 juv Common Tern, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5
Whimbrel and 4+ 'Greenland Wheatears' Calgary, 1 Sanderling at Lainne Sgeir
14th I know
that there have been various sightings of Kingfishers over the last few
days (Garmony and Torloisk) as well as Dervaig (Loch Cuin). I can
verify the Dervaig sighting. Photo above by Martin Jones
14th A skein
of 15 Brent Geese heading south at 11am. Risso's Dolphins north of Mull
Just to let you know there was a single pale bellied brent goose at Uisken
on Saturday 10th September. Emily Wilkins
8+ Greenland Wheatears, 1+ White Wagtail, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Sanderling
& 4 Knots.
1 Spotted Flycatcher (my latest date) Also a medium size gull with white
wing tips at Port Ensay which i
a Med Gull and a possible Curlew Sandpiper in flight with flock of Dunlin
2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Calgary, 1 Common Scoter near the pier prasad
Grebe on Loch ne Keal. Juv female Peregrine hunting Ringed Plovers at Lochbuie.
Bar-tailed Godwit at Calgary. 23 Dunlin at the head of Loch Cuin. 12 Golden
Plovers at the head of Loch Na Keal along with 6 Dunlin. Adult and juv
RT Diver on Loch Tuath. Ewan
3 Bar-tailed Godwits & 7+ 'Greenland' Wheatears, Ensay Fort, 7+ 'Greenland'
Wheatears, 1 Black-throated Diver at Langamull.
11th Juvenile Dotterel
1500 feet up Beinn a' Ghraig this morning. Ewan Miles
4th to 6th
Summary over the 3 days: 13 Sea Eagle sightings across the island including
some truly amazing views on the Mull Charters trip, 7 Golden Eagle at various
locations, 10 Hen Harrier (all ring tails seen from Grasspoint to Pennyghael)
and at one point on 4th just along from Lochdon, 2 harriers up with 3 buzzard,
2 kestrel, a merlin and lastly a peregrine all in the air together! Black
Throated Diver off Grasspoint, numerous shearwaters. 56 species in total...A
magic island!!! Rich and Mike
numerous (75+off Grasspoint and 30+ on the ferry crossing back) visitors
Rich and Mike Payne
8th In the
mist and murk at Glenforsa late afternoon, had 50 plus golden plover feeding
on the airfield – quite a sight. Greenshank .Then the exciting thing
– yesterday was sure I heard wigeon yesterday but dismissed it as thought
to early and didn’t have any binoculars with me – today took binos and
camera and captured these wigeon in eclipse! About 30 of them. Also pair
of red breasted mergansers, small flock ringed plover, small flock turnstones.
1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5+ Wheatears (at least 2 of which were 'Greenland')
6th Loch Cuin:
We heard a report that someone saw the Kingfisher back on Loch Cuin. Arthur
and Pam Brown
common swift seen over the garden with swallows in Salen at 19.30. Pete
and Jan Daisy
7th Great northern
diver this morning on Loch Na Keal Anna Simpson
7th On my tour,
we had a pair of red throated divers still in summer plumage, towards the
islands off Craignure golf course. Pete Hall.
7th a single Pale
Bellied Brent Goose with Greylags in field north of Arle.
1 Sandwich Tern flew towards Dervaig and 1 Knot at harbour (and presumably
same over oyster-beds)
Hawk moth at Craignure August 2010 (Bob Boswick)
Old School House: a Hummingbird Hawkmoth here. Anand Prasad.
3rd Loch na
Keal; Red throated diver at Loch na Keal. Seen from the south shore. Anna
for September 2014
at Killiechronan Pam Brown Discover Mull Pam & Arthur Brown
20th: 2 Golden
Eagles to the east of Treshnish Point and male Northern Wheatear on road
towards Calgary where there were several Ringed Plovers on the beach.
below Tostarie where we are staying. Greenshank, 2 Common Snipe with several
Ringed Plover on mud west of Dervaig
22nd: 2 White-tailed
Eagles at Killiecronan and 7 Slavonian Grebe and 70+ Red-Breasted Mergansers
at the end of Loch na Keal. 2 Golden Eagles and another White-tailed Eagle
at the Mull Eagle Watch (Iona, adult female). Adult male Hen Harrier in
fields east of Calgary just off Sunipol road.
sightings of White-tailed Eagles on Mull Charters trip with a smart Black
Guillemot back at Ulva Ferry. Pair of Little Grebe on fishing loch between
Tobermory & Dervaig. Merlin chasing Chaffinch at Tostarie where there
was a Song Thrush.
White-tailed Eagle disturbed off a field north of Ulva Ferry by several
Common Buzzard and another W-t Eagle at Killiecronan. Twite in field above
Iona on the track to St Columba’s Bay where several Northern Wheatear,
Little Ringed Plovers and Red-breasted Mergansers were present. There were
also a lot of Rooks and one Carrion Crow along with the more regular Hoodies.
A Peregrine Falcon chased Starlings across the Golf course. Visitor Roger
Bennett Gibsmere, Nottinghamshire
23rd Loch Scridain
300 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 2 Slavonian Grebe. Bryan Rains.
22nd Loch Scridain:
200 metres from old bridge to Grasspoint photographed a mink. Martin Russell
22nd - Craignure
A single Red-throated Diver was in the Sound of Mull off Torosay.
21st - Aros
Park 1 - 2 Jays seen and heard and two Crossbills flew over.
20th - Aros
Park Skein of 90 Pink-footed Geese high overhead and heading East at 14.30
20th - Iona
3+ Twite on moorland on way to St Columba's Bay. Ruth Fleming.
wigeon at Glenforsa this morning Debby Thorne
17th - Sea
watching at Croig 1930 -2000 produced 26 great skuas (groups of 4,5,6)
and 13 arctic skuas (including a group of 7 light phase) heading east down
the Sound of Mull.
18th - Lochbuie,
Northern Wheatear (first year), a skein of hundred plus pink-footed geese
heading north-east, GN diver, two RT divers and wonderful eagles. Ewan
and John Miles.
18th - Treshnish
Small flock of Twite (not a bird we've seen often this year); three Reed
Buntings, two Wheatears and several clusters of Stonechats were nice to
17th - Aros
Park, Tobermory Single male Chiffchaff singing and calling and 1 - 2 Jays
very noisily betraying their presence. Ruth Fleming.
was a kingfisher flying past the fish farm towards Loch Ba today. This
is the first kingfisher I've seen at Knock since the 80s Colin Moody
14th - Beinn
a Ghraig: As expected, birds at a premium but did see a couple of premium
birds, a pair of Golden Eagles, along with a single Wheatear and a Meadow
Pipit 1800 ft asl. Ruth Fleming.
on road to croggan mute swans, yellowhammers, little grebe, pied wagtails,
cormorants, blackcap, widgeon, oyster catchers , buzzards, golden eagle
, stonechat and windchat. Jon and Rachel
up views today .....golden eagle at close range just after turning for
loch buie/croggan over cattle grid where they've cut trees down. Jon &
9th 30 plus
storm petrels, 2 RT divers and a GN diver along with 8 arctic skuas and
a possible pom in waters to the north of Mull. Ewan
10th We saw
a Jay at Acharonich, flying over the road (around 2k east of Ulva
ferry).also counted 11 buzzards flying together at Treshnish Point on the
same day. Graham Henderson
11th - Loch
Ba: Six species of raptor including three Hen Harriers, a w/p Great Northern
Diver and two Grey Wagtails on our walk today.Ruth Fleming
10th - Torosay:
Single Red-throated Diver close in and 39 eclipse Red-breasted Mergansers
in moult flock in Duart Bay, where there were two juvenile Black Guillemots;
calling Blackcap in Torosay woods. Ruth Fleming
9th Loch Cuin:
The Kingfisher is still around seen and reported by. Zara Tivey and Jon
& Rachel Goddard
at Dervaig Loch Cuin, Photo by Martin Jones
8th - Langamull:
Three juvenile Sanderling, tired and asleep, with Ringed Plovers at Croig
Oyster Farm; another four juvenile Sanderling, feeding and very alert,
at Port na Ba; single Wheatear at Croig was the only one that we saw today.
8th - Tobermory:
Magpie!. Ruth Fleming
7th - Tobermory:The
only Magpie on Mull and a calling Blackcap were in the Mull Magic garden
a Greenshank, Whimbrel and a hunting female Hen Harrier. at the Goten end
a Merlin chasing Meadow Pipts. Alan mullbirds
a Jay flew across the road in front of our car this morning. Alan mullbirds
7th 3 Turnstone
on Erisgeir today Martin
2 adult white-tailed eagles on rocks in the bay, 2 golden eagles,1 female
merlin,1 female hen harrier,4 raven on the road between carsaig and pennyghael......kilfinichen
bay-1 male merlin sat on a small rock close to the road to burg. Dave Soons
and Dave Collins
7th Loch Cuin
Dervaig: The Kingfisher was sighted here again today Matin Jones
an Osprey fishing on the loch this evening. Rosie Salzman
7th we are
not suprised to find one Kingfisher around our coastline at this time of
year as young birds disperse, the nearest breeding birds are at Loch Sunart
in Morvern. This year however we have recorded four different birds in
August and September; at Aros Bridge, Loch Cuin, Garmony and Killiechronan.
6th Great northern
diver in flight heading south, solitary storm petrel, light and dark phase
arctic skua taking on a kittiwake. Ewan
A Kingfisher at Dervaig, sitting on some rocks on the seaward side of the
small road bridge as you leave the village towards Calgary. The plumage
seemed a little duller than other birds we've seen, perhaps a juvenile
as suggested in the Mull birds report. Matthew Midgley and Rachel Gartner
The Kingfisher we watched was at the Garmony pick nic area and was a male.
Steve Evans (West Yorkshire)
A sighting of a Jay this morning on the Knock to Salen road. I see
from your list that this a scarce sighting on Mull. Also off note was a
Red throated diver on Loch Ba on the 31st August. We also saw a Greenshank
on Ulva on the 2nd September. Today we were up at Loch Frisa and had fantastic
views of the sea eagles, golden eagles and had a brief glimpse of a female
hen harrier. N.B. I think your website is brilliant. I look at your daily
sightings most days at home. (Thank you kindly) Vic and Rosie Kolodziejczyk.
3rd Loch Cuin:
a Kingfisher at Loch Cuin today at approx 1750hrs. Taken from the
parking spot, in front of Cheryl & Moira's house; photo's taken from
approx 250m away. Martin Jones
2nd - Loch
Ba: Thirty Lapwings, 20 Curlews and a single Snipe are the only waders
left after the breeding season; ca. 20 Linnets feeding on weed seeds near
cattle troughs; and a single Rock Pipit (with Meadow Pipits) ca. 2 miles
inland from the coast at Loch na Keal. We record one or two Rock Pipits
at this location most years.
2nd Loch Cuin:
We’ve just seen a Kingfisher at Loch Cuin, Dervaig will send you a picture
1 Common Redpoll, 1 Willow Warbler, 22 Mistle Thrushes at the Old Schoolhouse,
Briefly over Lochdon, an Osprey this afternoon. Alan
Perhaps it is nice to know for you that today while being at Grasspoint,
at the viewpoint on top of the cliffs we saw 1 Swift flying arround. At
that time also some Barn Swallows were there but because we have lots of
swifts in Holland (I'm also involved in a swift counting project) it was
directly clear it was one.
I don't know
if this is "news" for you, but on all holiday's we've spent on Mull we
never saw one and on your website it looks like it is not so common...I
also saw a Black-tailed godwit 2 days ago at a field near Lochbuie.
Best regards and thanks for the great website you have, over the years
that we are visiting Mull we've checked it a lot!! Bart Jaspers.
Single Osprey observed for a good while fishing and bathing by the bridge
at beginning of Grasspoint road. Also saw our first otter at Croggan being
'assisted' in its crab dinner by two hooded crows.
Thanks so much
for producing the Mull bird report, it has been invaluable on our first
and Rachel Gartner
3 Greenshank and 5 Redshank on the loch shore this morning. Alan
for September 2013
30th a Curlew
Sandpiper today on the Portmore track at Croggan. It was associating with
Ringed Plovers, Turnstone and Dunlin Arthur, Pam, Jacqui & Mike.
a large flock of 50+ ringed plover feeding in the mud today. Alan
79 Pink-footed Geese flying from Croig over Dervaig towards Salen, 1 Goosander
28th A single
Pink Footed Goose on its own by the graveyard at Calgary. Arthur, Pam,
Mike and Jacquie Fereday.
wigeon back on the loch, a greenshank and three whimbrel early this morning.Alan
27th some good
stuff on the tour today Merlin interacting with Sparrowhawk with a Kestrel
in the mix as well at the Dervaig end of the Mishnish Lochs. A Peregrine
Falcon with a Common Buzzard at Calgary. All 4 Golden Eagles 2 adults 2
juveniles at Lagganulva, Red Throated Diver here as well. Great Northern
Diver, Slavonian Grebe and Teal South Shore of Loch Na Keal, a Bar-tailed
Godwit on Scarisdale Rocks and the Whimbrel at Salen.
26th Red Throated
Diver, Slavonian Grebe Lagganulva Bay, 2 Red Grouse from top of the hill
by the cairn at Reudle. Arthur and Pam On Tours.
Northern Diver Loch Buie, Greenshank, Dunlin, and Bar-tailed Godwit Loch
Don, Whimbrel and Greenshank Aros Bay at Salen.
Aros Park, Tobermory. 3+ Crossbills, inc. sub-singing male, feeding on
Sitka Spruce this pm. Loch Ba Six ff/imm Goosanders on the loch today.
The Tobermory Magpie was heard calling near the Mull Magic garden this
Kilfinichen 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.
23rd Loch Scridain
1 RT Diver, 1 BT Diver, 1 GN Diver. Loch Beg, 20 Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing.
Fidden 1 PF Goose.
24th Sept Uisken
3 Yellowhammer, 2 Northern Wheatear. Loch Beg 1 Dunlin. Bryan
grebe back in the Ulva channel this morning, 2 red throated divers flying
over, 4 golden eagles over Ulva, 2 white tailed eagles at Burg. Martin
Single Great Northern Diver and a Whimbrel. Ruth Fleming.
2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew from Lainne Sgeir, towards the Treshnish.
Langamull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
23rd 3 Sanderling
on Calgary Beach and 3 Red Throated divers from Lagganulva Bay.
22nd 2 Hen
Harriers near Ensay Burn and a Merlin on Hill Road between Torloisk and
21st - Craignure
200+ Kittiwakes feeding at the SE entrance to the Sound of Mull; and two
Bar-tailed Godwits in a party of eight Oystercatchers flying NW across
20th - Craignure
40+ Gannets feeding in Sound of Mull am.
17th - Langamull
75 Pink-footed Geese heading SE over Croig and single juv. Sanderling on
beach at Langamull. Ruth Fleming
3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at beach and 2 Arctic Skuas and 86 Kittiwakes
off Lainne Sgeir
21st Loch na
Keal, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Scarisdale Rocks 19th Croig, 5-6 Goosanders.
22nd 6 Fieldfare
at Loch Ba, single female Red Grouse flushed from heather up Beinn a'Ghraig,
3-4 Crossbill at Knock. Ewan
the Dipper was showing well as it foraged for food in the river. Alan
18th Loch Ba:
a flock of 70 Twite along loch Ba, feeding by the farmer's cattlefeed
area. pp Debbie Thorn
26 Crossbills beside main road, 1 hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow at Tobermory
water treatment works. Calgary, 126 Pink-footed Geese flying east over
91 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Leach's Petrels, at least 3 Great Skuas.
14th Good numbers
of Great Northern Divers in flight heading south the last few days and
a pair in Ardmore bay. A skein of 300 plus Pink-footed Geese in flight
heading south west of Mull. Dark morph Arctic Skua at entrance to Loch
– 1 Whitethroat, Fidden – 1 Sand Martin, 8 White Wagtails, 1 Greenshank,
4 Bar-tailed Godwit
5 Crossbills David Jardine
the Juv Red backed Shrike still present
this morning. Alan, Debbiy, Zara.
14th Glen Forsa:
four Whooper Swan here this morning. Debbie Thorne
2 Turnstonw, 6 Goosander, 75 Pinkfoot geese flying from Port na Bà
towards Sunipol direction Prasad.
Red backed Shrike still around today. Alan, Dave Sexton Debbie
12th 2 Red
Throated Divers at Calgary Bay this morning and a Merlin at Reudle.
1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Calgary, 4 Black-tailed Godwits on machair
11th The Dervaig
Red-backed Shrike still presentat 5pm today at the location,
between Antium farm entrance and Hillside entrance at the Dervaig end of
the glen road, I was still thrilled to see it, a first for me. Zara
Tivey. Alan Spellman
9th Sept Dervaig
Shrike still present. Loch Beg 1 Curlew Sandpiper.
1 Merlin over Treshnish wood. Prasad.
a Whitethroat, 8th Caliach Perigrine and Wheatear, Martin Izzard
7th 5 godwits
were on Calgary machair Prasad.
8th The juv
Red backed Shruke was still present today. Sue and Noel
a male Hen Harrier just flew right past my lounge window. What more could
a birder want? Alan mullbirds.com
7th The Juv
Red backed Shrike was still present today, but elusive, just occasionally
coming onto the overhead wire. several lucky birders saw the bird. Alan,
Pam and Arhtur Brown, Martin Gillingham and others
6th the juvenile
Red backed Shrike was still there this morning at 10.00pm The location
is 4/10 of a mile from dervaig back towards salen, there is a turning into
a property called hillside on the lefthand side of the road just before
the two speed limit signs, the shrike is using the power line running across
the road from right to left so no mistaking the position as its the only
one going over the road. (many thanks to Howard for this information)
5th a juvenile
Red backed Shrike along the road from Dervaig to Salon at 5pm, it was on
the support wire of a telegraph pole next to the road. Howard Stockdale,
(the last mull record was in 2012 at Treshnish)
5th - Iona
A Great Skua kleptoparasitising a Gannet in the Sound of Iona; single Sand
Martin and three Wheatears; 11 Brent Geese and 16 Sanderling at the Bay
at the Back of the Ocean and hunting female Sparrowhawk.
3rd - Croggan
Ringtail Hen Harrier; small party of migrant waders at Portfield comprising
12 Ringed Plovers, eight Turnstones and solitary juv. Dunlin. Ruth Fleming
1 Black-tailed Godwit on the machair prasad
4th 5 Fieldfare,
Aros Foresty Houses. Rachel French. (a touch of autumn in the air)
4th Two dark
phase Arctic Skuas heading south off Cuin. 15-20 Storm Petrels feeding
off Langnamull. Great Northern Diver non-breeding plume off Calf Island.
4th 20+ Twite
and a Great Skua Iona Pam, with friends Sue and Jerry.
4th 2 Whimbrel
Aros, Flock of about 30 Dunlin Killiechronan, Sparrowhawk Eas Force waterfall,
Black tailed Godwit still with Oystercatchers at Calgary, Snipe at Cailaich
and Goosander at Dervaig.Arthur on tour.
3rd - Aros
Park two Crossbills overflew centre of park pm. Ruth Fleming.
8 Sandelings on beach and 1 Black-tailed Godwit on the machair. prasad.
4 Sooty Shearwaters off the Point, Calgary, 8 Sanderlings, prasad.
a 2CY Mediterranean gull ay Gruline feeding with commongulls in freshly
cut field by mauseleum. Martin Gillingham
large skein of geese flew high over this morning, more waders arriving.
Female sparrowhawk hunting over the field behind the fire station on Iona
for September 2012
– 3 Hen Harriers @ Lochdon, 26 Bar-tailed Godwit @ Torosay
– 1 Wheatear, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Great Skua on Iona, 2-3 Storm Petrels en route
to Staffa, Water Rail – one
accidentally flushed on Staffa, Merlin, female, Maolbhuidhe, Fionaphort,
120 Greylag, 1 White-fronted Goose (albifrons) @ Fidden
–1 White Wagtail, Uisken, 1 Willow Warbler on Iona, 16 Golden Plover, Kinloch.
plumage Slavonian Grebe , 1 bar tailed godwit, red breasted merganser and
winter plumage Great Northern Diver Loch Na Keal. Debby Thorne
were 24 turnstones at Garmony today Regards Felicity Pollard
of Mull: Martin Keivers reports a Velvet Scoter in the sound this morning.
Watched a Golden Eagle take a Shag above the Gribun cliffs. David Pollard
Scoter on Loch Na Keal yesterday evening (25th) Ewan
na Keal: 2 newly arrived Slavonian Grebes on the loch and circa 60 Lapwings
3 Golden Plovers at Port na Bà and 13 Goosanders at entrance to
23rd over Lochdon
large flocks of Pinkfoot flying SE during the night at about 11 pm Alan
1 Common Scoter, Prasad
21st Had a
Scaup on Loch na Keal with mergansers just below the sea eagle site. David
on the 9th in almost the same place)
21st 2 whoopers
flew over Glenforsa airfield this morning heading towards Ben Talaidh,
1 pink footed amongst grey lags in the fields at Killiechronan. Debbie
9 whooper swans near the golf course at Craignure on my trip today. Pete
also two whooper
on Lochdon, may be part of ther same group. Alan
roost in reed beds by recycling point at Loch Cuin now up to at least 50
(19-00 on Sunday evening) - providing great "sport" for sparrow hawk. Rod
16th and 17th
Sunday: Port Na Ba - 4 Wheatear; Calgary Bay - Great Northern Diver
of Mull from Craignure Golf Course - 3 Red Throated Divers; Grass Point
- WTSE being harried by a Great Skua + 2 Wheatear +1 Red Throated Diver
+ 1 Arctic Tern Richard & Liz Airey
17th Sept Fidden
1 White-fronted Goose (albifrons). Bryan Rains
14th I saw
my annual Leach’s Petrel off NW Mull from the Tiree ferry. It was roughly
NNE of Quinish Point and was slowly making its way westwards in a stiff
WNW force 6-7 wind. I also had good but distant views of a Grey Phalarope
NE of Ardmore Point on the same journey. It was also flying west against
the wind but then landed to feed on the sea. John Bowler
13th Sept Fidden
1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Bryan Rains
brent and whitefront photos by Bryan Rains
17th Little Grebe
on Lochdon this morning also 5 Greenshanks still here. Alan
2 Sanderlings on beach and dead Minke whale washed ashore to west of Lainne
Sgeir (also there from at least yesterday) Prasad.
1 Sanderlings on beach Prasad.
16th a report
of an Osprey in Glen More over the three lochs today by a visitor (pp)Pete
six Greenshank on the shores of Lochdon (again) this morning. Alan
A Grey Phalarope off Rubha Na Gall lighthouse. (very pale bird showing
close but lost in waves). Ewan Miles
in winter and summer plumages
14th a Peregrine
at Port Na Ba; flew from Loch Cuin to perch on the headland to the east
of the beach and after a short while flew off along the coast to the west.
1 Leach's Storm-petrel Prasad.
100 greylag geese in the field at Glen Seilisdeir in front of the quarry
– feeding & resting – not locals!. 2 wheatear around Loch Na
Keal this pm & swallows still at Gribun. Flock of 20 rock doves have
moved into my garden at Salen – eating me out of house and home. Debby
on Fidden campsite there were a group of 7 bar tailed godwit with 1 black
tailed godwit (great for identification) and 1 whimbrel. Carol Marshall
six Greenshank feeding frantically on the shore opposite Maridon. Alan
Point, during a 3 hour sea-watch: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, about 20 Manx Shearwaters,
2-3 Arctic Skuas, about 8 Great Skuas, 6 Fulmars. Prasad
1 Arctic Skua Prasad
female Hen Harrier hunting at Croig; seen along the coastline in the last
week. Roger Craven
9th 2 Turnstones
& 4 Goosanders at Croig, 8 Golden Plovers and 2 Wheatears at Langamull,
1 Whimbrel at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. Prasad
8th Loch na
Keal: 2 Common Scoter in Loch Na Keal today. Martin Keivers.
8th Aros Bay
area: a Turtle Dove was seen landing in this area, after following the
'Clansman'. Mick Hurst.
6 Sanderlings (including the coloured ringed one), 1 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlins
1 Whimbrel near boathouse and at least 9 Red Knot at Laine Sgeir.Prasad
Point, at least 3 Sooty Shearwaters flying south with Manxies, Prasad
5th - Iona,
The flock of 40 Sanderling were still present at the Bay at the Back of
the Ocean today, along with a solitary Turnstone and two Wheatears. Ruth
7 Sanderlings (one with coloured leg rings), 2 Dunlins, 1 Redshank, 1 Peregrine,
Will let you
know when i find out about the history of the colour ringed bird.
3rd - Glen
Cannel: Three Hen Harriers, including the 2nd S. imm. male that has been
around all Summer; 100 Meadow Pipits, 12 Lesser Redpolls and 10 late Sand
Martins today. Ruth Fleming
7 Sanderlings, 5 Whimbrel, at least 1 Common Tern, Prasad
2nd - Aros
Estuary: A single Greenshank was feeding along the shore near the road
this afternoon. Ruth Fleming
2nd 15 Mergansers
Port Na Ba / Loch Cuin. Roger Craven
1st - Iona:
6 Razorbills plus 12 feeding Gannets in Sound of Iona; migrant flock of
waders at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean included 70+ Ringed Plover,
40 Sanderling and 5 Dunlin; 20 Twite on machair at West side of island;
and 2 Wheatear. 2 returning Teal seen on Loch na Keal. Ruth Fleming
Loch Scrdain shore: a Red necked Phal, 2nd Mull record, visitor Graeme
Webb, although a bird was reported at sea between Coll & Mull
on 9th July (Ewan Miles)
Phalarope Photographs by Graeme Webb
for September 2011
Rose coloured Starling
30th 2 Greenshank
at Ulva Ferry, Merlin hunting along the road between the Ulva school and
beach, 1 Rook, 1 Sanderling. Port Langamull, 1 drake Common Scoter. Prasad.
Point: 7 Brent Geese flew into Calliach
this afternoon. Arthur Brown
Rose coloured Starling
amongst flock close to farm on recently sprayed field. David Wright
Despite the rain, 6 Sea Eagles (2 ad mid morning over cottage then over
loch, 2 juv later over cottage, one juv over loch late pm, one adult perched
in tree on W side of loch), 5 Greenshank, 20 Wigeon, numerous Curlew, 10
Red-breasted Merganser, Buzzards and Kestrel. Great start to week.
24th Loch Ba:-Entrance
plantation - 2 tree creepers, gold crest, blue tit, great tit, coal tit.
herons, 10 merganser, mallard, 2 whooper swan. - curlew, lapwing,
adult sea eagle, golden eagle, buzzard, kestrel, 2 hen harrier. David and
Sgeir, Calgary, 1 Red Knot and 1 Wheatear. Calgary Bay, 400+ Kittiwakes,
1 Great Skua Prasad.
3 Greenshank and 14 Wigeon from our holiday cottage overlooking Loch Don.
another (or more likely the same bird) Juvenile Pallid Harrier at Fidden
this morning. Bryan Rains
- Loch Ba: Flocks of 10 Mistle Thrushes, 10 Siskins and 15 Crossbills,
2 Whooper Swans and up to 5 Hen Harriers
- Single Greenshank at Aros Estuary
- Craignure/Loch Buie: Four Golden Plover, Craignure Golf course
and party of 8 Yellowhammers at Lochbuie village
tour turned up a Juvenile Pallid Harrier which is a new species for Argyll
& Mull. Bryan Rains
beach, 2 Sanderlings, 3 Ruddy Turnstones and 30+ Greenfinches. Prasad
Just a note
to say that David Hatfields records of Scandinavian Rock Pipit at
Langamul Beach on 13th May 2011 and 30+ Common Redpolls (probably Mealy)
at Bunessan were accepted by the Argyll BRC.
20th – Loch
Ba: Two Whooper Swans, 3 Hen Harriers, flock of 20 Siskins and single Wheatear.
Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
20th Loch Frisa:
5 Little grebe in front of the hide at Frisa today. Debby Thorne
Bay (Aros end) 5 Sandwich Terns here this morning Arthur Brown & Alan
nr Gorten Farm 1 Pink Footed Goose
(with Greylag Geese) and a pair of Stonechat.
Richard & Liz Airey.
We've had a flock of long tailed tits in the garden this morning - a first
for us here! At the same time we were watching a Tree
Creepertoo. Debby Thorne
18th Been out
every day this week on tours. thought you might like to know that by the
side of the golf course yesterday (Friday) I sighted 9 whooper swans, several
Wigeon both of which are firsts for me this autumn. Also on Loch Beg of
all places a pod of Bottle nosed Dolphins (near two otters). Pete Hall
16th 4 Arctic
Skua and Storm Petrel off Glengorm today. Ewan Miles
2 Sandwich Terns and Goosander. Calgary an Arctic Skua. Arthur Brown
15th – Quinish:
1 Greenshank and 2
Great Spotted Woodpeckers
14th – Calgary
Bay/Tobermory There was a Little Tern fishing at Calgary today and a skein
of Pink-footed Geese were heard overflying Tobermory in the dark Mull
15th: 1 Common
Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin at north side of Calgary bay, Prasad.
a Dipper on burn running into Fishnish Bay, a female Hen Harrier at Craignure
Golf Course & 2 Wheatear Glen More.
Whooper Swan on Loch Ba and there were 4 Bar Tailed Godwits at Killiechronan.
Richard & Liz Airey.
mouth:2 Ruff, 7 Whimbrel, 1
Black tailed Godwit 32 Curlew, 20 Ringed Plover. Alan + Judith
& Eddie Smith
Bunessan: A couple of good ones from yesterdays tour. 1 juv Little Gull,
1 storm wrecked Manx Shearwater.
14th Loch Ba:
Party of 7 (seven) Ruff on the Cannel River floodplain, along with 60
Lapwings and two Golden Plovers; three Hen Harriers two hunting
near Gortenbuie and single . Whooper Swan on loch. Ruth and Stuart.
2 Ruff in pool in field along the Gorten road. Judith Smith (staying
12th Loch Beg
4 Curlew Sandpiper still present. Fidden 3 Golden Plover and 3 Ruff.
bay, 1 Arctic Skua. Lainne Sgeir, 1 Ruff, 1 Ruddy Turnstone. Calgary beach,
Red Knot, 3 Ruddy Turnstones and 1 Arctic Tern. a flock of 38 Greenfinches
on the beach, Prasad
9 Red Knot on the beach this morning at10.30am Arthur & Pam Brown
12th: In Calgary
bay during a storm there were 3 Arctic Skuas together, 1 Red-throated Diver,
1 Eider and only about 10 Kittiwakes, no Manx Shearwaters and amazingly
no Gannets. On Calgary beach there was 1 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Arctic Tern
and 4 Dunlin and on Lainne Sgeir, Calgary there were 3 Ruff. Prasad
on the machair at Calgary. Arthur Brown
11th Loch Beg
2 Hen Harrier, 10 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Dunlin,10 Ringed Plover, 5
Golden Plover, 8 Turnstone, 4 Curlew Sandpiper. Uisken 1 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin,
2 Knot. Bryan Rains
Point, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flying south low over the water (photographed).Prasad.
single Ruff & Arctic Skua at Calgary Judith & Eddie Smith
(staying at mullbirds)
Sanderling, Black tailed Godwit and Wigeon here today, Arthur Brown
8th We saw
about 10 Sanderling and a Rock Pipit at the Bay at the Back of The Ocean.
Mrs. K. Sztanko
bay, 2 Wheatears, Prasad
7th From Treshnish
Point, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Black-throated Diver, at least 2 Great Skuas,
1 Arctic Skua(coming out of Calgary bay), 5 Fulmar, 3 Arctic Terns, only
6 migrating Manx Shearwaters Prasad.
an Osprey over Lochdon this morning and again
this afternoon. Jill & Howard Everett
6th an hour
and a half of sea-watching off Haunn. 2 Fulmars, 3 Arctic Skuas,
4 Great Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 divers, at least 10 Manx Shearwaters
(they were flying both directions), 50 probable Pale-bellied Brent Geese,
1 tern which was probably an Arctic Tern and many Kittiwakes (all but one
or two were immatures), Prasad
: Blackcap in Mull Magic garden, Ruth and Stuart
Ensay Burn, 1 Osprey (possibly the same bird as the one at Loch Spelve
on the 31st) Prasad
1 juvenile Willow Warbler. Prasad
Frisa: we had a Jay at the hide at Loch Frisa on Friday. Debby Thorne
Peregrine flew over Main Street at 18.30 hrs before alighting on Scots
Pine above Distillery. The Tobermory Peregrines frequently use this perch
when not on the spires of the Old Free Church. Ruth and Stuart
5th Loch Ba:
4 eclipse-plumaged Wigeon and 30 Siskins. Ruth and Stuart.
interested the European Roller that was on Mull on 16th May this year.
It was the second record for the island, the previous Mull record was 123
years ago, of a bird being shot on Loch Buie estate in 1888, there is another
record, also of a bird being shot, at Adrtornish estate on Morvern in 1927,
the skin of this bird is in the museum in Glasgow.
4th Loch Spelve:
Single Red-throated Diver, 14 Turnstones, 5 Twite and 1 White Wagtail Ruth
1 Common Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler (my latest dates for both). Prasad
A male Blackcap in the garden here at Wild Cottage in Lochdon this afternoon.
a few returning Wigeon and Teal are on the loch now. Ringtail hunting this
Point: about 100 Golden Plovers flying south, high up over Treshnish Point
3 Black-tailed Godwit. Fidden 3 Twite, 20 Skylark, 16 Linnet. Bryan Rains
1st Loch Spelve:
an Osprey on loch Spelve at 14.15pm. We were able to watch it for 10mins.
Andrea Mackenzie (visitor)
28th Aug –
Langamull/Croig: Two White-tailed Eagles, single Whimbrel and Great Skua.
around the island were 3 golden eagles near the Gribun pass all observed
flying to a possible eyrie location high on the cliff face
spotted on the burn a hundred yards or so beyond the Mackinnons cave parking
area but more surprisingly another bird spotted high on the waterfall before
Mackinnons cave , it appeared to be feeding on insects in the moss.12 twite
also near the farm buildings near Mackinnons cave car park. 20 teal at
Loch na Keal also 1 slav grebe plus 31 Red Breasted Mergansers
at Loch Spelve – near Portfield, Loch Na Keal, Loch Scridain & near
Loch Beg. 2 Red Throated Loch na Keal and 2 birds on Scridain Tony Jenkins
25th Loch na
Keal: Velvet Scoter was seen on 25/8 at Loch na Keal sightings from Ann
& Noel Hand, Sally & Gray
for September 2010
30th male Hen
Harrier flying over Suidhe, Ross of Mull, despite the awful weather. Tony
30th Loch na
Keal: Pete Hall reports several Slavonian Grebes this week on the loch.
Pete Hall Mull
28th in the
evening there were 2 Grey Plover on Calgary beach. & 1 by the
new boathouse on 29th. Anand Prasad
1 Greenshank, 4 Wigeon, 10+ Bar-tailed Godwit, Loch Buie: Dunlin, 6 Ringed
Plover, 6 Turnstone and 3 Black throated diver in winter plumage in Laggan
Bay. Steve Chapman
Bay: Great Northern Diver in summer plumage in Calgary Bay. (28th) our
last family of Swallows are still around the farm buildings and wood. This
is the latest date so far (previous being 26th Sept 2008). Prasad's
28th Loch Cuin:
5 Dunlin and a Greenshank. Glen Bellart: 12 Mistle Thrush with Starlings.
a suicidal Barn Owl on the road almost got itself killed. Helen Spellman
Pier: 2 Black Guillemot in winter plumage, 5 Turnstone, 2 Goldcrest
Gordon and Sylvia Crawshaw
small flock of Twite at Grass Point, male Hen Harrier Gordon and Sylvia
a Dipper by the bridge. Loch Beg: A Pinkfoot with two Greylags. Alan
Pair of Merlin hunting together over moorland at Sunipol on the Cailaich
road. Male Hen Harrier at Grasspoint on Friday 24th September and 4 Bar
Tailed Godwit and a Peregrine at Duart Bay on same day. Gordon and Sylvia
Woods: a Swift over Treshnish wood, Prasad
a Lapland Bunting on the NW coast of Iona, Joyce Watson
was 1 Turnstone and 1 Dunlin at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. Prasad
22nd Loch Frisa:
A pair of little grebe on the loch today. Yesterday large numbers
of geese flying (?) over along with 3 juvenile golden eagles and
3 sea eagles, one being a 3 yr old. Debby Thorne (Sea Eagle RSPB
was 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin on Calgary beach. also 90 Kittiwakes and
1 Dunlin roosting on the rocks at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. Anand Prasad
amongst the large flock of Greylags are a single Pinkfoot , four Canada
and a hybred Canada/Greylag. Alan
are 24 Pink-footed Goose on Loch Beg today. Also had a leucistic Song Thrush
at Ormsaig. Bryan Rains
18th Loch Harrison
Moorhen. this is a rare bird for Mull, the last record was also on this
loch in October 2009. when a Coot was also present, (which is another 'rare'
bird for Mull) Bryan Rains
a Sandwich Tern in field with Black headed Gulls Alan Spellman
beach: there were 6 Sanderlings on Calgary beach and 3 Crossbills
on main road to Glengorm in Ardmore forest, Yesterday the first successful
House Martins fledged from Treshnish farm buildings
at Lochdon, five Sanderling at Calgary and 60+ Redshank with Dunlin
at Croig Harbour, AB/AS
of Mull south of Salen area: a beautifullty marked Northern Wheatear here
this morning. Alan
Osprey again present at Lochdon this morning at 06.50 am. Circled around
over loch attempting to fish tide very full around this time. No direct
fishing attempt made then headed SE off and no doubt now on its way to
Africa, ahead of the weather front coming in this evening. Alan.
Michael Leigh Mallory
1700hrs Osprey fishing again on the loch as tide coming in.Alan
Red Knot this morning with 70 Oystercatchers as well and 2 Rock Pipits.
A Sandwich Tern by the Killiechronan boathouse, also Bar-Tailed Godwit
and juvenile Black Headed Gull Arthur and Pam Brown
Osprey still here this morning, fishing at 0900hrs and chasing Sea Eagle
in the forest on the opposite side of the road to the track up to the Wireless
station at Glengorm
2 Common Crossbills
and what i am pretty sure were Jays calling Anand Prasad.
fishing Osprey at 1030hrs, and again at 1700hrs.
Osprey over fishing, being harrassed by our local Sea Eagle, dropped its
fish (which the sea eagle then ate) Osprey then returned to fish again.
Alan Spellman, Ros and Rosie Sallzman (neighbours)
2 Swifts and a single Lapwing in field at Killiechronan, 4 Goosander and
2 Wigeon in the Lussa estury Arthur and Pam
beach: 1 Sanderling on Calgary beach and 1 Swift over Treshnish House.
then 2 Sanderlings at Calgary), Anand Prasad, Andrew Mortley
Osprey again this evening at 1630hrs, resting on a post opposite the eaglewatch
caravan area. Pete Hall et al
12 Bar tailed Godwit & 7 Whimbrel on the move, but resting up at Lochdon.
at 0930hrs this morning an Osprey fishing successfully, (a different bird
we think) . Rosie Salzman (neighbour)
from July 2010 2 Nightjars at Ardtun Callum Entwhistle (an
Haunn: Just had a possible Hobby flying over Treshnish wood. Anand Prasad
a male Hen Harrier hunting along bthe shore line in front of the house.
If yiou were up early this morning you would have seen our Osprey return
to catch yet another fish at 0730 hrs. AS
3rd Loch Scridain:
There were 30 Common Dolphin in Loch Scridain today.Bryan Rains
an Osprey was over Lochdon this morning as the tide was coming in at 1015
hrs. At 1900hrs the Osprey returned and caught a large sea trout
and flew off being harrrassed by a Sea Eagle. The Osprey out manuvered
the Sea Eagle quiet easily. Also on the loch were 3 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Alan on Osprey watch
fishing over Lochdon September 1st-9th 2010
Merlin, Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Minke Whale, Basking Sharks, 2 Mink, Manx
Shearwaters 16, Fulmar 14, Kittiwakes to many to count, 2 Cormorants with
the Shags and lots of Meadow Pipits going through We were only there for
a couple of hours but it was great fun Arthur and Pam Brown
area: There is a Leucistic Hooded Crow hanging around, I saw it at Fishnish
bay on the shore with gulls earlier today., it's rather smart being almost
all grey. I will try get a picture. Alan
There was a Dunlin at Treshnish lochan which is a first for Treshnish and
for our 10x10km square.
A a possible
Glaucous Gull flew south passed Lòn Reudle, across to the coast
of Ulva and long the coast to Gometra. I was looking through a telescope
and I could see no black on the wing tips. Anand Prasad
I was very surprised today, when I was driving to Salen, a couple of miles
before Crannich, a Jay flew across the road in front of me, as clear as
anything. Clare Fellows
an Osprey was successful, fishing on Lochdon and caught a large sea trout.
two basking sharks feeding for well over an hour just off Ardanalish Beach
around 2.30pm-- once they had left their place was taken by two (male and
female) Black-throated Divers. One of the sharks then returned around 6.00pm.
for September 2009
for August 2009
Hawk Moth at Craignure and Salen on 17th September 2009
- parties of geese, mainly Barnacles, over all day, yesterday
30-40 Whoopers touched down on Pottie before going on again. Loch
Pottie - 36 Tufted Duck (including two showing a lot of white and pale
patches on head Scaup/Hybrid?), a few Teal, 1 Little Grebe and 4 (2 pair)
Gadwall. One party of Barnacles (about 40) had 18 Brents flying in
company. Looking for first Long Tailed Duck – thought had one last
week but light bad for definite identification but diving in typical style
(open wings)! Mike Wagemakers
30th: I had
5 Barnacle Goose flying West yesterday at Bunessan. Bryan Rains
Salen: A Ringtail Hen Harrier flying low over Mediterranea in Salen.
Ruth and Stuart
29th Loch Cuin
by Dervaig: 15 Tufted duck here (unusual) almost all our Tuftted duck are
usually on Loch Pottie. Arthur Brown
25th Glen Forsa
Airfield: 7 Brent Geese on Glenforsa airfield - yesterday evening Debby
- Aros Estuary 5 Brent Geese Ruth and Stuart
20th a Red
Kite soaring overhead. in the company of 2 Ravens which were giving it
a bit of a hard time. This all happened at 14.20 hrs. means it was born
on Black Isle in 2000, unfortunately I could not get it's number.
check out Bobs
this late report sighting but I thought you'd like to know of a Glossy
Ibis I found, NNW of Knocklovogan near Fionnphort (NM312 203) on the 16/09/09.
The bird was refound on the 17/09/09 down on the estuary between Fidden
campsite and Erraid Island. I have only just submitted my sighting to birdguides
as I've just come back off the Island and had very little signal on my
phone at the time of finding the bird, then it decided to die! Unfortunatly
the bird was not photographed. " Alein Shreeve
(a full detailed
descriptive report is required for the extremley rare bird, the last
Argyll record was in Oct 1958 on Tiree. (only 6 records in the 20th centuary)
lets hope this can be achieved - Alan
18th Glen Aros
House: Party of 5 Crossbills nr Glen Aros House; further 3 over Killiechronan
spruce plantation. 20 Wigeon and single Whimbrel, Salen bay. A Small Copper
butterfly nr the recumbent standing stone at Killiechronan was the observers'
first of the year
and Stuart Gibson
River walk area: a small party of 10 Crossbills flew over. Dai Roberts
17th Loch Scridain:
11 Brent Geese flying south over loch scridain Bryan Rains
Iona: Single Wheatear and (at least) one White Wagtail in group of
Pied Wagtails feeding at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean
and Stuart Gibson
a very late Common Whitethroat on the campsite in the gorse showed
well. five Golden eagles together through Glen More.
Alan Spellman - Dai Roberts
area 2 Jays flew across road into plantation nr Langamull car park;
Jay(s) heard but not seen in Killiechronan spruce plantation on 7th Ruth
Flemming & Stuart Gibson
and Craignure: a Hummingbird hawk moth by the Salen shop, feeding from
honeysuckle and another by the Spar shop Craignure feeding from the flowers
for sale just outside the shop. Alan Spellman
13th Loch Beg:
20 Golden Plover,15 Turnstone, 5 Greenshank, ++ Redshank,10 Teal,
4 Knot and Dunlin.1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Hen Harrier.
Kevin Boothroyd. Bryan Rains
area: Merlin chasing Meadow Pipits, 2 Sparrow Hawk and 2 Kestrel. 2 Hen
Harrier. Kevin Boothroyd
Quarry, Iona - Female/First Year Pied Flycatcher (possibly two) doing their
'thing' from the boulders in the Marble Quarry. Viewing against
the light so colouring not perfectly clear - on returning home and checking
the book - picturing the white wing markings - Mike Wagemakers
2 Wheatear and 5 House martins in area.Black throated Diver in Loch Bui.
Killechronan. 4 bar-tailed godwits, 2 blackheaded gulls, 1 dunlin, a dozen
or more ringed plovers and a WTSE flying around in front of us as we ate
our lunch. Pam Brown and Felicity Hansen
9th Sept -
2 Bar-tailed Godwits still at Killiechronan , a very good Red Throat in
Calgary Bay showing red throat well and great Golden Eagles and Hen Harrier
at Reudle. There was a Arctic Skua in Salen Bay giving very close views
chasing a gull. Arthur & Pam Brown Discover Mull
a Wheatear, Bar tailed Godwit, juvenile Ravens, lots of Greylags and Pied
and White Wagtail all over the place. Kevin Boothroyd-Alan Spellman
6th - 7th Sep
- Aros Estuary 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, with 3 there at HT roost on
6th - 7th Sep
- Loch na Keal (Killiechronan) 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; 2 ad. WTSE nr camp
site on 6th; Peregrine being chased by Oystercatcher nr Kellan on 6th;
20+ Mistle Thrushes nr camp site on 7th; party of 8 Siskins and 5 Bullfinches
in woods above Killiechronan on 7th; 14 Kittiwakes roosting at burn mouth
nr Ben More car park on 6th Ruth Fleming, Stuart Gibson, Tom
& Barbara Bettley
7th Salen Bay:A
Whimbrel, also Wigeon here and a Great Northern Diver in the Sound. Arthur
& Discover Mull
7th Loch na
Keal: 4 newly arrived summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe, here to spend winter
with us. Arthur Brown
3rd Ferry Oban-Craignure:
up to 12 Manx Shearwater seen flyiong west. Alan, Tom & Barbara Bettley,
Sheila Weir reports an Osprey over Lochdon this morning.
An Osprey flew over my house again around 9 am.It came from the direction
of the tree's to our left and flew directly towards the house then turned
and flew off towards Loch Cuin. Pam Brpwn
31st Aug Dervaig/Loch
Cuin:3 groups of Crossbills in forest nr Standing Stones, totalling 27
birds - largest flock was of 21 individuals; 3 Little Grebes and single
Greenshank at High Tide on Loch Cuin Ruth Fleming and Stuart Gibson
Killiechronan: 15 Mistle Thrushes on dead tree opposite camp site
29th Aug Tobermory:
Peregrine viewed from service bus, approx. 2 miles E of Tobs at 09.35 hrs.
28th Loch na
Keal: 2 dark phase arctic skuas at the head of the loch na Keal in very
wet & windy weather David and Felicity Pollard
Family of three woodcock took to the wing by Loch Uisg road, Loch Buie.
July/August. House Martin successfully nested Laggan Lodge, Loch Buie.
This a first. Alastair Gossage
30th Aros Estuary:
first returning Wigeon (4 birds) and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; Crossbill heard
over plantation near Aros Castle
Loch na Keal:5
Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 75 Ringed Plovers and
7 Dunlin at High Tide near Killiechronan camp site; single late Common
Sandpiper along south shore of loch and 24 Kittiwakes roosting and bathing
at burn near car park for ascent of Ben More - Dhiseig. Ruth Fleming,
Stuart Gibson, Tom & Barbara Bettley
16th 2 Woodcock
and 1 Tawny Owl near Kilbeg Cottage Glenforsa. Sparrowhawk seen daily
hunting around cottage and 28th Killbeg Cottage: 2 crossbill in conifer
in garden of cottage . Male Hen Harrier hunting during a dry spell
17th - Family
of spotted flycatcher on walk from Craignure to Torosay through forest.
Razorbill, Guillemot and 2 Black Guillemot close inshore near pump house
at Duart. Also excellent views of a whole family of lizards on corrigated
sheets near pump house - very reliable place to go and see lizards as they
were there each day we looked (If the sun was out)
22nd - 60+
dunlin came in to land along with 16+ ringed plovers in estuary opposite
Aros Castle. Also one Sanderling
23rd - 2 Golden
Eagle and 2 Sea Eagle feeding on a sheep in a field opposite Pennyghael
stores heading around loch just before turn off to Tirroran House. Sylvia
24th - Single
swift at Loch Buie flying over cottages also a Dunlin here. Sylvia
Otters - Salen
Bay - single. Craignure pier - 3 together one evening. Tobermory
- Single in bay. Sylvia Brennan
- 1 very close inshore at Craignure Pier at high tide one evening.
Minke Whale seen when sea watching from Glengorm Castle Sylvia Brennan
An excited Pam Brown phoned to tell me that she had just watched an Osprey
from her kitchen window, her first Osprey on Mull. Pam Brown Discover Mull
two Osprey fishing successfully in the loch and feeding at the Gorsten
end on a dead tree by the side of the loch which is used regularly. Rosie
& Rod Salzman.(neighbours)
15th - 22nd
: 1 immature white tailed eagle over Glen Bellart, Tail was
brown and the bird looked like a young immature. it was this years chick
from Loch Frisa just over the ridge, birds not tagged this year. Peter
16th - 1 corncrake!!
- Was just walking down the road (just above Killiemor on north side
of Loch na Keal) On view for about 30 seconds before it crossed the
road and disappeared into bracken. Peter Smith
17th - 1 adult
white tailed eagle sitting on ridge of "A Mhaol" (460327) as viewed from
the B8035 at about 4pm. After about 15 mins took flight and was chased
by 2 golden eagles for about 1 minute! The white tailed eagle had
a blue tag on its right wing, but none on the left wing. Unfortunately
I could not read the number. Peter Smith
19th - 1 Bonxie
chased a Herring Gull and then carried on south past the North West end
of Iona, Peter Smith
22nd Ben Buie:
3 Ptarmigan just below the north summit of Ben Buie. Fidden - Approx
20 Bar T Godwits, several Greenshank amongst good numbers of Curlew,
Redshank, Oystercatcher and a few Dunlin - Mike Wagemakers
lochs: at least 10 Little Grebe on the loch including 2 juveniles. Andy
Twite feeding young in the middle of the road under Gribun cliffs
10 (pure bred) Rock Dove plus 4 Twite.
Mill: Golden Eagle - 2 adults together plus a Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail
over Kellen Mill. Arctic Skua - 1 dark phase off Duart point
5th Loch na
Keal: 25 Red breasted Merganser
two golden eagles on the road to Loch Buie. Adan Hartley
6th Glen Aros:
Hen Harrier - 1ad male, Great Northern Diver - summer plumage adult
at Laggan Bay
- 1 over hills above Laggan Bay. White tailed Eagle - adult over Kellen
Mill in morning, another adult high over Torosay heading towards
Grasspoint, Salen Bay: Greenshank, Whimbrel
basking shark at Grasspoint in the morning , Great Skua soaring high over
Iona, Bay at the Back of the Ocean: ~20 ringed plover, ~10 dunlin, 1 turnstone.
Good numbers of porpoises and dolphins in the Sound of Iona. AH
7th Loch na
Keal: Red throated Diver - 1 ad summer, Laggan Bay Golden Eagle - 2 together
over hills. Ian Hartley
last week: 4 Peregrines hunting over Tobermory Bay. Basking shark on the
sealife adventure tour plus manx shearwater guillemots, razorbills , gannets.
Otter on 3 occasions in Tobermory harbour.Sea Eagles on loch Frisa, absolutely
amazingplus a bonus of Golden Eagle.flock of Common Scoter from Calgary.
Common Sandpiper at Dervaig, at Craignure: Common Tern, Black Guilleomot
plus White throat from train. The Harber Family
this afternoon I had a juv.Golden Eagle in my garden for over an hour..it
sat on a large tree stump, preened itself, relieved itself (I have the
evidence!), flew to another perch, back to the stump then swooped into
my wild bit, then back to devour ts catch then away. 8.00p.m a White Tail
flew low over the garden. Friday a Merlin and ...I kid you not, Wednesday
a juv.Peregrine harassed my bird table for about 10 mins. Could it be my
Chanel No.5 attracting them? or my surname? Cheers, Sylvia
Griburn: Colin Moody saw a Swift here : Grasspoint Adam Hartley found
a Whinchat: at Loch Assapol Bob Hastie found an early drake Golden Eye
plus Yellowhammers, Adults and juveniles.
out a nest box today I discovered a second nest containging 3 eggs underneath
the one that had been used successfully this year. ALan
Last week an
injured juvenile Hobby was found at Glen Forsa, it was taken to 'wings
over mull' but late died.
Red throated Diver, 2 Porpoise and 1 Dolphin. Adam Hartley
5th Iona: Perigrine
falcon, 6 Twite, 10 Rock Doves Andy Bayers
Twite, female Hen Harrier and Arctic Skua out at sea from Grasspoint.
a male Hen Harrier and 2 Short eared Owls. Jim & Linda Hurles
3rd Loch Beg:
Greenshank, 10 Golden Plover & 6 black bellied Dunlin Andy Bayers
Bay: At least 5 Twite in a mixed Finch flock including Linnets, Greenfinch
and Goldfinches Arthur Brown
3rd Loch Scridain:
Common Scoter. 4 Porpoise at Grasspoint this evening. Adam Hartley
road: 2 Greenshank in the bay above the bridge. Jenny Smith
2nd Glen Forsa:
a male Hen Harrier Andy Bayers
2 Knot there this evening. Adam Hartley
juvenile peregrine screeching at its mum from tall spruce tree in our garden
(Viewmount). Very, very noisy - could hear it through double glazing!
Last Saturday: whitethroats (possibly feeding young in brackeny area as
there was a lot of noise and activity), Bloody Bay. Sheila Barnard
2 Black tailed Godwits, 6 Bar tailed Godwits, 8 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 4
Curlews and a Redshank at Dervaig this morning also 9 goosanders here.
for September 2008
Tobermory, Sgriob Ruadh - 6 Rooks Shaun Mccullagh
30th Loch Spelve:
45 Eider duck by the fish farm, Juvenile Wheatear still hanging around.
1 Immature Peregrine & 1 Wheatear, Dervaig garden - 1 Willow Warbler
4 Juvenile Whooper Swans have arrived overnight. Alan
50+ Wigeon arrived overnight to spend winter here. Alan Spellman
field by 'Craignure' Golf course. 17 Canada geese with Greylags. Alan
Point: 60 Brent Geese flying south at Killiechronan Camp site,
Black throated Diver visitor Brian Anderson & Alan Spellman
a female Gadwall present this morning. Arthur Brown. Discover Mull Tours
An Osprey over Lochdon this morning. Alan Spellman
16th Aros :2
Bar tailed Godwit, On Loch na Keal a single Slavonian Grebe in eclipse
plumage. Arthur Brown
Golf course: Little Tern. We had one hovering close in at the lay by just
past Craignure golf course. Dennis Morrison
2 Common Swft seen by Bryan Rains Wild about Mull Tours
Just now (Monday) had a Swift fly by my house at Treshnish, Anand Prasad
Fish Farm: Iceland Gull at Knock Fish Hatchery Outfall. Perhaps the
same one as last year returning for another winter of rich pickings.
Also large numbers of Mallard, Black-headed, Common and Herring Gulls,
2 Greater Black-backs and a few Teal. Shaun Mccullagh
11th Sept Loch
Beg 3 Goosander, 1 Greenshank, 4 Turnstone, 4 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe.
Golf Course: up to 32 Canada Geese in fields with Greylags. Alan/Kevin
Point: 30+ Pied Wagtail, amongs them 2 White Wagtail. Alan/Kevin Boothroyd
Scridain 5 Black Guillemot, 2 WT Eagle hunting the Gannets. Bryan Rains
Wild about Mull Tours
1 single White Wagtail, Skylarks and Twite, 150 Greylags Kevin Boothroyde/Alan
7th Loch Harrison
by Loch Assapol) 1 Whooper Swan, 3 Tufted Duck. Fidden 1 Peregrine.
Whales by Chris and June Banks
Loch Scridain: A very Rare sighting of two Northern Bottlenose Whales.
very close inshore, just south past the Kinloch Hotel, Loch Scridain. Normally
a deep water Whale from the Arctic and they can stay under for up an hour.
Kindly reported by Chris and June Banks visitors from Dronfield in
9th Loch na Keal:
5 Velvet Scoter on the loch today. Alan Heeley (visitor)
50+ Ringed Plover plus a few Dunlin on the mudflats. 2 male Hen Harrier.
Approx 120 Brent geese flew over tob bay nw-se this pm. Jenny Reddaway
2nd Sept Loch
Beg 2 Little Grebe, 1 juv Hen Harrier, 4 Turnstone, 4 Greenshank, 1 Northern
Wheatear. Beach 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black Guillemot, 200 Eider. Ardchrishnish
4 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. Uisken
Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammer. Fidden 1 fem Sparrowhawk. Young
Adders are delighting the guests and they are out in good numbers at the
moment. Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
2nd Loch Frisa:
Chris Griffin reports a Hobby briefly at Loch Frisa yesterday. It flew
up with one of the Frisa juvs and 2 peregrines. went off towards Dervaig.
an Osprey flew over Lochdon today at 1550hrs. Alan Spellman
for September 2007
"........regularly had two 'Marsh Tits' on our bird feeders since July.
The birds were still there yesterday. Sue Dewar
(a photo is
required to confirm Marsh or Willow but either would be a first record
It has been an amazing day up here at Tobs for geese! On a faily
frequent basis since about 8am we've had flocks of graylags, usually in
skeins of between 17 and 25 birds flying in from the north. At 4.00pm
circa 150 Pale bellied Brent geese flew in from the north-west. landing
on Calve island and Bay. Jenny Reddaway.
27th Loch na
Keal: Slavonian Grebe adult and two juvenile also juv Black Guillemot
and a Black throated Diver. Alan Spellman
First returning (2) w/p Black Guillemots back in Oban Bay today, after
ca. 6 week absence for post-breeding moult. Stuart Gibson
- 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Northern Wheatear, 60 Skylark. Bryan
N. Connel-Loch Etive, 12 Whooper Swans (all adults) that have been
on Loch Etive, opposite Achnaba, today. Graham Brennan, Stuart Gibson
100+ Barnacle Geese over Fionnphort, heading south-east, lunchtime - our
first sighting of returning birds this year. Mike Wagemakers
200+ Greylags plus a single Black tailed Godwit. K Boothroyd/Alan
19th Loch Beg
: 6 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone. At Fidden 5 White Wagtails with Pied plus
Skylarks and 8 Twite. Kevin Boothroyd/Alan Spellman
19th Loch Pottie:
Juvenile Moorhen, in reed beds North West Corner (this may be a first breeding
record for Mull) - Mike Wagemakers
6 Twite, 9th Pale bellied Brent at Garmony, Slavonian Gebe Loch na Keal.
Merlin hunting Meadow Pipits along Loch na Keal and at Dhiseig. 12th Leaches
Petrel off Tobermory, Red throateed Diver with Juvenile at Loch Spelve,
a juvenile Black Tern at Ulva Ferrry & 5 Pink footed Geese flew south
over Craignure (15th) Andrew Gouldstone, Area Conservation Manager, RSPB
Aduilt. Ring billed Gull at roost on George Street foreshore, Stuart Gibson
2 Whooper Swans & up to 4 Goosander with juveniles. Discover Mull
Goshawk 4th Sept Road between Glengorm Castle Road where it forks to the
5th Loch Frisa:
an Osprey at the Farm ( not fish farm ) end of Loch Frisa
7th Loch Ba:
an Osprey at the head of Loch Ba in the trees before the House that
sits on the Loch
Bay: An Arctic Skua and a 'rare' juvenile Little Tern Pam &Arthur
Brown. Discover Mull
The adult (or 4th W. if still the same bird as originally seen in Spring
2005) Ring billed Gull gave superb, close-up views (down to only 3 metres
!) on the George Street foreshore,
female Hen harrrier with young on the south side. David & Felicity
Buzzards circling over the house at Burgh. David & Felicity Pollard
5 Wigeon, Loch na Keal Black throated diver, 60+ Meadow Pipits at Grasspoint
, Willow Warbler at Grasspoint. Michael Richardson
road by Loch na Keal: our spot of the week was a Goshawk It flew
across the road from the shore to the hillside in front of the car. We
followed it as it flew along the hillside chasing small birds Gordon
and Sylvia Crawshaw
An Osprey at Lochdon this morning briefly and then flew south. Charlie
6th Sept -
Uisken 2 Whitethroat Bryan Rains
4th Aros Park:
a Kinfisher was spotted here Visitor pp Jenny Reddaway
4th Sept -
Killunaig 1 Turnstone, Loch Scridian 1 RT Diver (sum pl).
Castle: 3 Widgeon at Aros castle today my first this autumn.
Point: 60 Manx Shearwater through Cailiach Point in 15 Minutes. Arthur
3rd Sept -
Loch Scridian 1 BT Diver (sum pl), Loch Beg 1 Hen Harrier, Fidden 6 Twite.
2nd Sept -
Loch Beg 1 Hen Harrier.
1st Sept -
Loch Beg 1 Knot (sum pl).Bryan Rains
for September 2006
: 5 Greenshank feeding on the loch shores at 3 pm in the afternoon. Alan
: 5 Whoopers on the loch this morning Alan
3 Whooper Swans flew in this evening at 17630.hrs Alan Spelllman
: a Water Rail by her garden pond, near Kintra, heard calling in the night
and seen at close range from her kitchen window, possible injured wing.
Seen briefly by myself. Elvyn Blomfield, Mike Wagemakers
Ulva Ferry : Single Spotted Flycatcher.
Pair of Black Throated Divers, 6 Dunlin, 10 Oyster Catchers
and a single Long Tailed Duck in Calgary Bay. 4 Little
Grebe at Dervaig. One White Tailed Eagle (adult)
flying overhead on the back road from Dervaig to Salen
Kevin Lock and Paul Harwood Nottingham
Loch Spelve 14 Turnstone on the shore of Loch Spelve (near Ardnachoil farm)
Pair of Hen Harriers (Male and Female) in Glen More 10.40 am
Grasspoint : Ringtail Hen Harrier, near bridge on road down to Grasspoint.
4 Golden Eagles: all Adults. Two at West end of Loch Spelve and two at
Glenmore, displaying! Trevor Donaldson et al, Aberdeen Bird
Beg :We had an unusual wader at Loch Scridain, turned out to be Eclipse
plumage Sanderling, associating with two Dunlin, one Knot ( winter) and
a Golden Plover. Trevor Donaldson et al, Aberdeen Bird Club group
campsite: 1st Little Gull of the autumn at Killiechronan campsite
today . Arthur with tour
Bay : a juvenile Sanderling with 4 Dunlin at Calgary Bay,
18th Sept –
Merlin, Fellonmore. 19th Sept – 2 Sooty Shearwater, Loch Scridain
– 1 Little Grebe, Loch Beg
20th Sept 3
Pale-bellied Brent, Fidden Bryan
Rains & Joy Hardy
: at 1900hrs 30 Turnstone, 75 Golden Plover, 97 Whimbrel, 20 Dunlin, 30
Bar tailed Godwit,
Ulva. a single Brent goose. Arthur Brown Discover
at high tide 1900hrs. 115 Whimbrel, 8 Redshank, 4 Bar tailed Godwit, 20
Golden Plover, 50+ Wigeon. Alan
Glen More :Possible juvenile Goshawk in Glen More opposite the quarry,
Buzzard size but like Sparrowhawk, did not hover but held on wind when
not circling kept diving short and fast darts to ground before rising again.
: male blackcap in my Salen garden yesterday David Sexton RSPB Officer
: I Got my Black Tailed Godwits at Killiechronan in a small
bay to the left of where we were this morning. A little later both birds,
there was 2 of them, flew off showing white wing bars and black tail.
Arthur and Pam
Point : 50 Twite and a single White Wagtail amongst a few Pied Wagtails.
Pat & Bob Stone & Alan
: 3 White Wagtails with up to 50 Pied Wagtails on the shore near Farm.
Also Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Twite all busy feeeding in the field and
on the shore line. A Merlin flew past. Alan Spellman &
12th Loch Beg
: 5 Greenshanks were presant opposite the Kinloch Hotel, plus Redshank,
and Golden Plover. Kevin B
11th by Ulva
Ferry. Flock of 30 Eider by fish farm. David & Felicity Pollard
2 Black throated Divers, Dipper on aros river, 120 Greylag Geese put up
by WTSE great noise and spectacle off Killiechronan campsite, also there
60+ Ringed Plover at high tide. Arthur Brown.
10th Loch Beg
: 2 Knot g, 2 Red throated Divers and a Great Skua Loch Scridain also my
1st Teal of the autumn on the 8th. Great Golden Eagle everywhere at the
moment a lot of them juveniles. Arthur Brown.
Nuns Cave. flock of 16 Twite on shore. David & Flicity Pollard.
at high tide, (20.30hrs) I counted 136 Whimbrel and 23 Bar tailed Godwit,
plus a few Dunlin. Alan
8 Black tailed Godwits in field . Alan Spellman
: at high tide on a small spit of land.(0900hrs) 34 Whimbrel, 37 Golden
Plover, 20 Bar tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Oystercatcher and 4 Wigeon plus 6
Herons. Alan Spellman
15 Black tailed Gowits in field counted. Alan Spellman
: Osprey over Lochdon this morning 08.20 hrs. Andy Oldacre
: 2 Red throated Divers - Osprey - Mussle Farm Loch Spelvie - Redwing
- Loch Spelvie. Jan & Pete Hall
189 Greylag Geese in fields (no tags) plus 25 Black tailed Godwit in partial
summer plumage. By the Camp site were 37 Ringed Plover and a single juvenile
Knot. Alan Spellman
: 100+ Meadow Pipits feeding on the shore near the farm.20 Pied Wagtails
and juveniles alos 4 Alba race Wagtails. 16 migrating Dunlin on shore and
120 Greylags in fields. Alan Spellman.
Bar tailed Godwits and an Osprey also Crossbill at Garmony.
David & Felicity Pollard
Bay: best bird was one Great Skua flying into Calgary Bay also one
Basking Shark in Bay.Anand Prasad
3rd Aros Bay:
2 Black throated Diver & Bar tailed Godwit in the bay. Arthur Brown
Discover Mull Tours
1st Loch Beg:
80+ Golden Plover plus Ringed Plover, Redshank and Greenshank. Pam &
for July to September 2005 from Alan Spellman
A long staying
2nd winter Glaucous Gull was at Bunessan Pier from 17th July to 19th August.
has been excellent all through this quarter with up to 130 Manx Shearwater,
Gannets, Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots and Black Guillemots all being
sighted. Both Great Skua (Bonxies) & 8 Arctic Skuas were seen on 23rd
August. Further out to sea on the Oban to Coll ferry (22nd Aug), a Great
Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater & 2 Cory’s Shearwater were recorded
plus 45 Storm Petrel & a Grey Phalarope (all in the mouth of the Sound
of Mull) Simon Welloch RSPB Coll
In the calmer
waters of Loch na Keal on 29th Aug, up to 10 Manx Shearwater were skimming
across the loch and 6 Gannets were busy plunge diving for fish.
Divers with juveniles included, on 22nd Aug, a Red throated Diver off Bunessan
pier, and various dates in Loch na Keal and Loch Scridain. An adult summer
plumaged Black throated Diver with a juvenile in Loch na Keal on 22nd and
in Calgary Bay 2 summer plumaged Black throated Divers. There was even
had a summer plumaged Great northern Diver at the mouth of Lochdon reported
on 12th Aug
As we moved
into August there were signs of waders on the move, 12 Sanderling recorded
on 29th July in Calgary Bay and later (19th Aug) 2 birds at Ardalanish
beach. At Langamull, Shaun Mccullagh reported a summer plumaged Sanderling
on 2nd with Ringed Plover.
24th Aug, and
Lochdon briefly held 24 summer plumaged Bar tailed Godwit, resting
and feeding with 27 Golden Plover, 18 Whimbrel, 8 Curlew and 20 Dunlin
on the spit at high tide.
beach on 21st Aug there were 37 Dunlin, 15 Oystercatcher, 40 Ringed Plover,
and Loch Beg, opposite the Kinloch Hotel, there were 71 Golden Plover &
40 Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Greenshank, Redshank and a single
Bar tailed Godwit. At Lochdon on 10th Aug.The Discover Mull Tour reported
12 Greenshank at Loch Don, (an unusually high number of birds)
A single Magpie
was seen on the road to Croig on 7th Aug close to the Dervaig Road.
beach area ‘came up with the goods yet again’ with a flock of 40 Linnets
feeding in the fields.
were on the move, 60 plus birds flew in from the north at Caliach point
on 21st Aug and at Killiechronan there was a male Redstart by the camp
site at 12th. A Wood Warbler was heard calling in the sunshine as late
as 1st Aug at Craignure.
recorded on 5th Aug; two birds perched together at Knock by Loch na Keal.
A single bird was fishing over Lochdon on 7th and another
migrating bird at Craignure over the Sound of Mull. A female Merlin was
seen at Fidden (always a good bet) and at Grasspoint a hunting male,
and scattered sightings were reported during Aug & Sept. Peregrines
were still around regular sites and on 11th Aug newly fledged
Peregrine Falcon were giving very good views.
on Iona 2005: 25 minimum calling males are recorded. On Mull there were
5 confirmed calling
from the Ross of Mull to Calgary, Torloisk and Treshnish Point. Staffa
had two, Treshnish had three.”We have a very encouraging corncrake recovery
underway on Mull”. (Dave Sexton, RSPB)
A Red breasted
Merganser with 7 young was in the pool bridge at Lochdon on 20th Aug and
there were 10 birds on Loch Cuin by Dervaig on 27th, and on Loch na Keal
birds can always be found, I counted up to 25 during most of August. Large
rafts of up to 300 Eider by the mussel farm and a single male Goosander
on Loch Scridain.
still has its single Whooper Swan on 19th Aug plus Little Grebe and 5 Tufted
two first records, both from north American with a rare Sabine’s Gull between
Lismore point and Duart Castle, seen from the Oban-Craignure ferry on 23rd
& reported by Bill Jackson. And earlier from 3rd-4th at Loch Beg by
Kinloch, an American Golden Plover with other Golden Plovers, reported
by Bryan Rains & Joy Hardy. Yet another rare bird from north America
was a 2nd winter Ring billed Gull which spent most of the month at Oban
Harbour, George Street foreshore, giving outstandingly close views &
joined by a second 1st winter bird. The Glaucous Gull was again at Bunessan
Pier and a Little Gull was at Loch Beg on 18th. A Sooty Shearwater
was spotted from the Craignure to Oban ferry near the lighthouse on the
last day of the month by visitors John Evans & Paul Bridges.
of migrating waders continued through the first two weeks of September
tailing off as the month ended. Including peaks at favourite sites,
Loch Beg, 90 Golden Plover, 39 Ruddy Turnstone, 100+ Ringed Plover and
Dunlin. Lochdon, on a spit of land at high tide on 1st-3rd were 55 Whimbrel,
47 Oystecatchers, 64 Golden Plover, 40 Ruddy Turnstone, 8 Knot & 20+
Dunlin plus 8 Redsahnk & 2 Greenshank. (I looked very hard but could
not find another American golden plover.)
on 9th, a single Curlew Sandpiper was reported by Shaum Mccullagh, also
4 Sanderling. Dervaig Bridge site briefly held 15 Dunlin and had regular
influxes of Snipe, indeed this area is perhaps the best for getting close
to Snipe. Bill Jackson reported and photographed a Grey Phalarope flying
over the seanear Duart Castle on 28th return ferry trip
A few returning
winter ducks,Teal & Wigeon flew into Lochdon on 5th, and Red breasted
Merganser in family parties were regularly fishing the loch. On 14th at
Caliach point,a female Long tailed Duck was present. Caliach point
in September gives excellent sea watching with large movements of birds
including 300+ Kittiwake, 100+ Gannets, Great Skua and large numbers of
Manx Shearwaters. Duart Castle sea watching highlighted 50+ Arctic Terns
on the move south plus Gannets aerial acrobatics as they hunted fish close
inshore. 18 Pomarine Skua flew through on 29th at Caliach.
The first returning
Slavonian Grebe was back on Loch na Keal on 2nd and a scarce Black necked
Grebe was there on 4th.
On 6th along
the old Glen More road a Pied Flycatcher, a first year bird was found by
Chris & Tony Johnson. Along the river Lussa near Ardura there was a
Kingfisher on 19th. A lone single House Martin was still about on 20th
in Glen Seilisder. At Ulva Ferry (6th) a Corncrake ran across the road
in front of a tour bus.
Barn Owls are
not often reported but Shaun Mccullagh watched one for several minutes
along the Grasspoint road on 26th. Short eared Owl have been scare this
year, on 24th visitors David & Felicity Pollard were lucky enough to
see a single owl at Ease Force on 24th.