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Latest reports for July 2019

15th a report received of a Kingfisher at the bridge on the grasspoint road. ppPete 'n Jan (most unusual for this time of year, normally winter visitor, any further confirmation please ?)
17th: Craignure/Java - 10 Swallows lined up along a fence.
16th: Scallastle forest path - Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk. Garmony coast - approx 50 Oystercatchers, Eider duck with 2 ducklings, 2 House Martins. Nancy Somerville

16th  9am- Oban Ferry. Large numbers of Guillemots on the water most accompanying young. Common and Artic Terns and Manx Shearwaters in distance. Also two pods of Porpoise. Ron Cordeiro.
15th 2 Black-throated Divers on Loch Tuath today along with a Red-throated Diver. Ewan Miles
14th.  I am a 15 year old enthusiastic birdwatcher from the west of Ireland, my family are staying at the Craignure caravan park for the next few days Today I spotted 5 female Eiders and 8 ducklings by the rocks on the northern side of the Calgary bay. Above the hills on both sides of the bay there were buzzards soaring high (I am pretty sure there weren't any eagles). I also saw 3 Linnets amongst the trees there as well. We saw 2 Buzzards just outside Dervaig. We also saw a juvenile Little grebe on one of the lochs near Dervaig. As a bonus we also managed to get a look at a herd of Fallow Deer outside of Salen. It was a great first day of wildlife on MullI would like to thank you for the wonderful website and the Bird report book .They have been very helpful to us. Keep up the good work.  Kian Meyerink.
13th: Craignure/Java - single Black-headed Gull. Nancy Somerville
11th: Craignure/Java - Common Snipe calling (field by the hospital)  Nancy Somerville

11th Craignure, a Nuthatch reported in a local garden (again), one seen visiting earlier in the year in April. Andrew Saul.
This elusive species is more regularly seen but as yet, no confirmation of Breeding, (do we need to do a detailed survey?)
12th Oban. Two black guillemots at waterside below Corran Halls, Donald Gillies
female bullfinch Nancy
10th: Craignure - female bullfinch. Nancy Sommerville
7th: Craignure/Java - 2 common sandpipers. Scallastle Bay - 4 common sandpipers Nancy Somerville
6th There has been a long eared owl, squeaky gate call in the small plantation at Kintra on the 6th and 7th. I also saw one flying around there at 11pm on 6th. Petr Skinner.
6th: Treshnish, 1 male Marsh Harrier.prasad

6th: Scallastle Bay - ringed plover with 2 chicks.Nancy Somerville
5th: Garmony - eider duck with 3 very small ducklings, 3 eider drakes (eclipse plumage). Nancy Somerville
 6th.  North Mull  100's of  Manx shearwaters,  2 storm petrel  off north of Mull.visitor Dave Pierce

5th Lochdon . an adult male  Hen harrier at Lochdon.visitor Dave Pierce.
4th Pennyyghael. Great Northern Diver at Pennyghale last night along from the Kinloch hotel, Simon Duckworth

3rd,  dunlin 5 Garmony, corncrake heard at least 4 times near pontoon landing area Lunga, Treshnish Isles pm.Bottled-nosed dolphin 5, prob 7 just north of Lunga.
4th, South side of Loch na Keal.  2 Twite  near Dhiseig. visitor Dave Pierce
3rd: Craignure/Java - 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Arctic Terns, 3 Red-Breasted Mergansers (1 female, 2 eclipse males), Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinches (at least 2 fledglings). Approx 200 Kittiwakes on Lady's Rock with a few Great Black-Backed and Herring Gulls. A few Razorbills, Gannets and Common and Black Guillemots seen from ferry on crossing to Oban. 6 Swifts over Oban Tesco car park. Nancy Somerville
gold banded
                                    dragonfly by Pete Hall
Gold banded dragonfly by Pete Hall

3rd July Lochdon. male Siskins are looking so colourful right now.
2nd Lochdon. 40 Curlew and a 2nd calendar  year male Hen Harrier. visitor Dave Pierce
2nd July: Craignure/Java - Redpoll (male), juvenile Grey Wagtail, juvenile Rock Pipit, Common Sandpiper, 2 Red-Breasted Mergansers (female & eclipse male), Arctic(?) Tern  Nancy Somerville
1st Glen More. 5 Swifts over the Ben More mountain range, 1700 feet up. Ewan Miles 
Mull staying at Burnside June 15th onwards.
some records:
There seemed to be good numbers of whinchat with family groups in many places including up the road to Gorten.  Sand martin colony up there doing well and an overflow site off the track overlooking Grasspoint.. A cuckoo above Laggan Farm on the 18th and a bonxie around Lochbuie on the same day.  There were many family groups of wheatear around the Laggan dunes. A grasshopper warbler was heard below Auchnacraig on 20th. On 21st a pair of redstarts with 4 young near Croggan Farm. A ringtail hen harrier was hunting below Ardnadrochit on 23rd and 24th, but this was the only sighting.A great N diver off Garmony on 24th.on 27th June 7 red throated divers were gathered in the centre of Lochbuie, they were very vocal. On same day a family group of spotted flycatchers were off the Glenbyre track.These were the highlight, no sightings of Hen Harrrier up the Glen Road, sea eagles showing well at Kilpatrick.We then moved round to Colonsay and had lots of corncrakes, and a  Hen Harrier and a sea eagle.   Chris & Tony Johnson (regular visitors)
Latest reports for June 2019
26th-27th  3 Curlew along Torosay - Craignure coast, also male Redpoll, Greenfinch and Bullfinch family in my Java garden. Tawny Owl seen and heard on 28th. Nancy Somerville.
28th a Swifts at Treshnish, Prasad. (we have had very few reports of Swift ths year so far)
27th Summer plumage Great Northern Diver on sea North of Iona, seen from Staffa boat, and one 'bridled' guillemot Iona; one corncrake calling briefly approx 3 pm, meadow next to Iona Pods.visitor Mark Brandon 
27th  Moorhen on Loch Harrison, (the head of Loch Assapol)   visitor Mark Brandon
23rd - 29th June: Iona. Mega Rare Great Spotted Cuckoo still showing well today, feeding on caterpillars.
photographs by Jim Dickson and Bryan Raines

25th  Spotted Flycatcher on roadside fence near Killiemore House. Scoor ; Cuckoo, 2 Common Swift   near Abbey
pair of whinchat, female siskin feeding juvenile, 2 sedge warbler, little grebe. Another Little grebe feeding young.  Mark Brandon
24th Croggan. 7 manx shearwater, displaying snipe. Loch Buie Pair of red-throated diver close to shore. Male hen harrier seen hunting on several dates over grassland around NM540 294. a ringtail hen harrier fly over Loch Spelve when we were walking along the track at Croggon 23th Greenshank on the bay outside our cottage (The Dorran)  NM490 285 + crossbill on fly overs. Mark Brandon
25th a Common Swift flying over the highest point on Lunga today. Twite and Corncrake also present on the island David & Janet Franklin
23rd June: Iona. Mega Rare Great Spotted Cuckoo  On my visit to Iona today (coming up from the NW beach and walking towards the Iona hostel) I photographed a bird which flew
passed. It was only a  6 second fly by. Looking at the photo (I managed to get 4 sharp ones), it is an imature Great Spotted Cuckoo.  visitor Rudolf  Hummel
  This is the first record for Mull of Greater Spotted Cuckoo and only the second  for Scotland, previous record was in 1959

This first record for Mull of a Great Spotted Cuckoo, only the second  for Scotland, previous in 1959.
22nd: My Java garden - male bullfinch, male redpoll. Scallastle forest path - whitethroat. Peregrine flying over Craignure. Nancy Somerville
21st: My Java garden - male bullfinch, male redpoll, greenfinch. Lochbuie - approx 8 wheatear (adults and juveniles), 4 ravens, approx 30 starlings(adults and juveniles), cuckoo calling, great northern diver, eider duck with 2 ducklings, lots of greylag geese with goslings. Black guillemot on sea off  Croggan. Curlew on moorland near Kinlochspelve, lapwing on shore.

lots of young Siskins about at the moment (Lochdon)
 22nd Lochdon. An Osprey reported around Lochdon today (no more information yet). Alan

Eurasion Curlew. Isle of Mull. Alan Spellman

Curlew busy feeding by Loch na Keal 20th June 2019 - Alan Spellman
19th: Java garden - male and female redpoll, pair bullfinches, greenfinch. Scallastle Bay - female & eclipse male eider, eclipse male red-breasted merganser, 30 common and artctic terns, three gannets diving in the bay,  Fishnish - crossbill, curlew, five herons.Nancy Somerville
20th 1 Quail heard at Haunn, Treshnish today (NM342479) and only now do i find out my girlfriend heard it in the same spot (she imitated the call
and it was obviously a quail) on 17th at about 9am and the farmer heard it at the same spot on the 18th but didn't realise it was a quail.prasad
18th Ross of Mull. a Swift was recorded near Loch Asapol today. the first record of the year. David Holden
Greater Scaup Aythya marila  A scarce winter visitor and passage migrant.
2009: September 33 birds on Loch Scridain - Bryan Rains. 2011: October five birds were in Ardtun Bay. 2013: October a female at the Knockfishfarm. - Dave Sexton. 2014: February a drake with Tufted Ducks on Loch Pottie. 2019 18th June Fishnish a drake briefly on a garden pond. Carl Gray
                                18th  Greater Scaup at Fishnish, a drake b. Carl Gray                                   18th Loch Cuin. SandwichTern, loch Cuin . Moira Ovens
18th Loch Cuin. One lonely SandwichTern on a rock in front of our home Taken through scope through glass, Moira Owers
17th: In my Java garden - male bullfinch, male lesser redpoll, greenfinch, plus lots of fledgling sparrows, siskins and goldfinches. Garmony: two pairs common sandpipers, eider duck with two ducklings, immature eider drake.6th: Craignure/Java - great northern diver, pair common sandpipers, oystercatchers mating. My Java garden - male bullfinch.
14th: After seeing a sole very shy male bullfinch in my Java back garden for the past ten days or so, this evening I had a pair in my back garden and   another pair in my front garden (at the same time!) Also, in the front garden today, a female redpoll and a juvenile greenfinch. 12th: Garmony - immature  eider drake. Nancy Somerville
13th Linnet: Lochbuie - an obviously established population in shrubbery between Lochbuie House and beach 7th, one individual bird on track from Lochdon to Gorten 6th. visitor Simon Waters
12th Reed Bunting - one conspicuous in the sporadic hazel shrubbery in the sheltered south-facing bay at the mouth of Loch Don, immediately south of  Gorten Frarm, and a second (female?) calling in the young oaks lining the upper edge of the bay. visitor.Simon Waters.

13th Long-eared Owl (photo by Andy Tait), undisclosed area. Curlew and Lapwing breeding in numerous sites. Great Northern  Diver and 4 Dunlin,     Gribun. Ewan Miles
11th  returning on the ferry from Oban. Approximately 30 Manx Shearwaters. Ron Corderio
10th  a male hen harrier hunting  outside our holiday cottage 2 miles outside fionnphort he made several passes before diving he caught something but  couldn’t make out what. also  a great skua  on staffa. Phillip Mackie
9th On my walk around Ulva I saw Cuckoo and Male hen harrier which was carrying prey in its talons. On walk upto the old byre from Dervaig saw a male  whinchat near house on the left just before reaching the byre.  David Gaffney
8th Salen. Turtle Dove in a local garden at Salen this morning. Geoff Pain

 8th Grasspoint. A  Hobby, showing well & hunting dragon flies in fields near Grasspoint. Steve Milton.
8th On my tour today, we had a Garden warbler at Bridge Cottage, adjacent to Knock Bridge.Also a full summer plumaged Great Northern Diver opposite Inch Kenneth.  Pete and Jan 
6th: Craignure/Java - 3 common sandpipers. Scallastle Bay - pair red-breasted mergansers, eider duck. Garmony - 3 curlew, separate groups of eider   (2  pairs, female with 2 chicks on the water, 4 drakes) Nancy Somerville
 6th An Osprey, seen today flying up loch na Keal, inland at 12:15 .Craig Lewis (visiting from birder from Bristol)
6th West Ardhu. a Spotted Flycatcher, (seem scarce this year) also Arthur has had Bullfinch in the garden. Arthur Brown

Osprey in the highlands at Lossiemouth.  by Alan Spellman
6th: Craignure/Java - Osprey flying over, 2 common sandpipers, lots of fledgling starlings and siskins about. In my Java garden - NS
5th Craignure Golf course.  a pair of red throated divers outside the golf course. Lizzy Grieve ( Mull eagle hide Ranger) 
4th: Craignure/Java - 2 common sandpipers, male blackbird feeding fledgling. Scallastle forest path - cuckoo seen, and heard calling 3rd: Craignure/Java - willow warbler, grey wagtail, 2 common sandpipers.- male bullfinch, pair and 5 fledgling goldfinches
5th  May Whimbrel - Staffa, Twite x 2 - Staffa, Wood Warbler - Corran View woods, 6th Whinchat - Loch Spelve shore GR 681275 and Glen More, Golden  Plover x 5 - Pennyghael, Cuckoo - Leachan Dubha wood, Corncrake - Iona Abbey, Twite x 2 - Iona.
2nd Great Northern Diver - off Grass Point. Cuckoo - Loch Spelve shore, 3rd Corncrake - Iona fire station, Rock Dove x 14 - Iona garden, 4th Twite x 2 -   Staffa, Great Skua - Staffa, Raven x 2 - Lunga, Corncrake - Lunga, 5th Whinchat. Christopher Hall
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper at Croggan 4th June 2019. Alan Spellman

                                                          on nestSong Thrush

Oystercatcher on nest and Song Thrush gathering food. 4th June 2019. Alan Spellman
2nd Garmony. an Osprey spotted over Garmony today at 14;00hrs. Nancy Somerville
                                                    along the Loch Buie
                                                    road. May 2919
Rhododendrum display along the Loch Buie road. May 2919. Alan Spellman
Tiree Sightings June 2019

oHBest birds were a Hobby at Milton (6th), a Turtle Dove at Heylipol (8th-10th), a Quail at Crossapol (18th), a Golden Eagle at Baugh (4th) and a Bullfinch at Scarinish (3rd). Other good birds included adult Little Stints at Gott Bay (9th) and Loch a’ Phuill (10th), a Black-throated Diver at Gott Bay (8th), a Pale-bellied Brent and a Pink-footed Goose at Loch Bhasapol (3rd-6th) and up to 2 Little Gulls at Loch Bhasapol (2nd-7th)

Scarce island birds included a Storm Petrel off Milton (6th), up to 6 lingering Golden Plovers (all month), there were at least 17 Black-tailed Godwits in the first half of the month with 2 in the second half, 7 Whimbrel (to 9th), single Greenshanks at Gott Bay (8th) and Loch a’ Phuill (23rd), 4 Arctic Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill (to 7th), 4 Sandwich Terns (to 12th), 4 Woodpigeons (to 24th), 6 Cuckoos (to 25th), single Swifts at Loch Bhasapol (20th) and Barrapol (22nd), a Garden Warbler at Scarinish (9th), 4 Blackcaps (to 26th), a Chiffchaff at Hynish (6th-7th), 10 Spotted Flycatchers (to 17th) and a Goldfinch at Balephuil (24th-27th). Up to 6 Whooper Swans summered and several Great Northern Divers lingered around the coast. High numbers of 2CY Arctic Terns involved some 250 birds at the month-end, whilst up to 900 non-breeding Kittiwakes summered at Traigh Ghrianal.


The June Corncrake census revealed some 298 calling males, plus one reeling Grasshopper Warbler and calling Water Rails at 5 sites. The seabird breeding season is looking encouraging so far. Numbers of nesting Kittiwakes and Fulmars are up on 2013-18 levels and there were good numbers of Shag, Fulmar, Guillemot and Razorbill eggs and chicks at the month-end, although nesting numbers of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue to dwindle. Scarce breeders included up to 3 pairs of Whitethroats, 1 singing Dunnock (to 17th), up to 4 pairs of Common Redpoll, 4 pairs of Common Tern in with the Arctic Terns, some 5 pairs of Common Sandpiper and at least 4 nesting pairs of House Martin.



John Bowler

Best birds were a Hobby at Milton (6
), a Turtle Dove at Heylipol (8
), a Quail at
Crossapol (18
), a Golden Eagle at Baugh (4
) and a Bullfinch at Scarinish (3
). Other


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