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If anybody is up in the hills then please look out for Ring Ouzel,
would be nice to confirm breeding on Mull. A photo would be even better.
This years migrants arrivals:
Common Redstart
Spotted Flycatcher
Garden Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Wood Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Whinchat
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Corncrake
Sedge Warbler
House Martin
Tree Pipit
Common Cuckoo
Blackcap
Common Sandpiper
Willow Warbler
Puffin
Barn Swallow
Chiffchaff
Sand Martin
Wheatear

13th May 
12th May
3rd May
3rd May
1st May
30th April
30th April
7th May
8th May
29th April
22nd April
18th April
17th April
17th April
10th April
8th April
8th April
2nd April
29th March
27th March
26th March
18th March

Bryan Raiins
Bryan Rains
Peter and Sue Morrison
Bryan Rains
Bryan Rains
Rachel French, Mull Eagle Watch
David Sharp
Peter and Jan Daisy
Pete Hall
Sr Jean Lawson
Pam & Arthur Brown
Steve Hiscock
Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
Steve Hiscock
Stuart Gibson
Bryan Rains
Bryan Rains
Steve Hiscock
Damian Jamrozik 
Pam & Arthur Brown
Bryan Rains.
Jan Daisy
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Latest sightings for June 2017 
 
 

23rd We had good views of an Arctic Skua (Dark Phased) from the Craignure to Oban ferry today. Pete Hall and Stuart Gibson.
23rd I have received a report of a leucistic House martin flying around Tobermory caravan park  via facebook David Crane
23rd Red necked Phalarope one at sea from boat between Iona and Staffa this morning, then flew towards Loch Scridain. pp Jim Dickson
22nd - Sea from Sound of Mull to Treshnish Isles Three Great Skuas at sea between Ardmore, Mull and Lunga, Treshnish Isles; single dark morph Arctic Skua North of Treshnish Isles; 12 Gannets in Sound of Mull, near Ardmore; and two calling Corncrakes and several Twite on Lunga,
21st - at sea NW of Mull 9+ Storm Petrels in a feeding frenzy that also included Gannets and Manx Shearwaters and a Minke Whale. Stuart Gibson
20th - Sea to NW of Mull. 720 Manx Shearwaters in one raft, two Great Skuas and a single Red-throated Diver this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
20th Great-northern Diver in breeding plumage on Loch na Keal yesterday. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
18th A cock Crossbill in the middle of the road feeding from Larch cones half way up Eas Brae, Tobermory, this morning at 8am! Ewan www.naturescotland.com


A 'rare' photo of one of Mull's secretive Long eared Owls, there are plenty around but rarely seen or reported.
On holiday our Mull we saw a long eared owl,  travelling past Lochdon we saw it on the right hand side of the road. visitors Jacky & John Reynolds 
12th Whilst carrying out my bat survey on Sunday evening, (47 Pipistrelles), I had a woodcock roding over the cottage. Yesterday we had 4 short eared owls. 2 in the large field after the Grasspoint turn, and 2 separate owls above the three lochs.
Also David Howitt reported to me he had a surf scoter ? on Sunday.(more info required please) Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
12th Loch na Keal: a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe close to the camp site. Arthur Brown
11th Carrion x Hooded Crow Hybrid at the Mishnish Lochs. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
8th - At sea N of Mull (towards Isle of Muck) Six Storm Petrels, a single Great Skua and several hundred Manx Shearwaters. Stuart Gibson
8th Splendid few hours in Glen More today; several Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier, male and female. One female Hen Harrier was particularly obliging; image attached; taken about half a mile West of three lochs car park. Dave Derrick (Visitor)
7th - At sea off NW Mull: It's beginning to sound like a stuck record, but there were three Storm Petrels and a Great Skua harassing feeding Gannets today. Stuart Gibson

male Bullfinch  by Andy Fellows Dervaig
5th Loch Spelve today. two Black throated divers  across from the fish farm, just up from the first old cottage. Jacqui Murphy www.enjoymull.co.uk
5th - At sea NW of Mull Three Storm Petrels.
4th - At sea NW of Mull Up to five Storm Petrels and three Great Skuas; a late Great Northern Diver was off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
3rd  Hen Harrier - 2 fem type Blar Mor, Ardtun. Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs. White Tailed Eagle - 2 Craignure Golf Course. Brian Howe, Norwich, 
2nd a Short Eared Owl on hillside Glen More from the A849 2nd June. Ron Cordeiro
1st Female Peregrine over Laggan Bay. Ewan Ewans Blog
1st Treshnish, 1 Mealy Redpoll in Treshnish wood showing signs of breeding. prasad. Prasads Blog 
1st  Hen Harrier - female Blar Mor.Brian Howe, Norwich, Norfolk
May 2017
2nd 6 Black Guillemot - from Ardtun penninsula.  3Otter here too and an amazing Orchid covered headland.  Hen Harrier - Pennyghael. White Tailed Eagle - Adult, Loch na Keal, Dhiseig. White Taile Eagle - imm Loch Ba
Crossbill 2 Loch Ba. Golden Eagle - Adult Knock/Loch na Keal. Peregrine - Gribun Cliffs. Arctic Skua - nr Bunessan School, flew from Loch Scridian towards Loch Assapol in evening.
27/05/2017.
Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs, Glenmore.Hen Harrier - Male Pennyghael near Loch Beg. Hen Harrier - female Blar Mor/Ardtun (a female hunting here regularly from cottage near Bunessan).
28/05/2017
4 Corncrake Iona at end of Argyll Hotel lane. (1 showed very well and was joined by a second bird presumed female before skulking off into Irises).
29/05/2017
Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs. 2 Adult White Tailed Eagle - Craignure Golf Course. 2 Dipper - Ears Fors Waterfall. Woodcock roding and Snipe displaying Blar Mor/Ardtun at dusk.
30/05/2017 - a cracking afternoon when rain cleared! Hen Harrier - Male and Female hunting over Blar Mor/Ardtun.3 White Tailed Eagle (2 adults and immature) just west of Three Lochs, Glenmore. Hen Harrier - Male displaying entrance to Glen Forsa, Glenmore. White Tailed Eagle - adult Loch Spelve.
Short Eared Owl - mobbing Buzzard over marshy area Lochdon. 2 Golden Eagle - Adult and immature around Bheinn Chorsaig, from Carsaig Road.
Wood Warbler singing in woods at entrance to Carsaig Road, Pehhyghael. Grasshopper Warbler - Blar Mor at dusk.
31/05/2017
2 Twite Staffa - and the amazing Puffins! 50 Manx Shearwater on crosssing to Staffa from Fionnphort.
Corncrake Iona - one in flight over Iris beds at end of Argyll Hotel Lane as we passed through kissing gate (a surprising but useful sighting as my daughter had somehow not been able to find the one calling in the open through the binoculars earlier in the week!). Merlin Iona - one chasing Skylarks over hill behind Firestation. White Tailed Eagle - Blar Mor/Ardtun. towards Loch Scridian in the evening.
 
 

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: May 2017

Stand-out birds were a male Western Subalpine Warbler at Carnan Mor (7th), a Red-rumped Swallow at Gott (24th) and a white-phase Gyrfalcon reported at the Airport (4th), whilst other island rarities included a Tree Pipit at Carnan Mor (6th), a female Black Redstart at Heylipol Church (28th), a female Common Redstart at Carnan Mor (27th), a male Ring Ouzel at Hynish (4th), 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Carnan Mor (6th and 14th), a Wood Warbler with a female Pied Flycatcher at Carnan Mor (22nd) and a Tree Sparrow at Balephuil (to 4th-12th). Other good spring birds included immature Glaucous Gulls at Loch a Phuill (5th) and Vaul Bay (19th), a Little Stint at Balephetrish Bay (29th), Wood Sandpipers at Loch a Phuill (3rd) and Kilmoluaig (10th), a Green Sandpiper at Loch a Phuill (15th), 5 male Ruff at Balephetrish (29th), a Grey Plover at Gott Bay (2nd), a Swift at Loch a Phuill (15th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (3rd), a Siskin at Balephuil (27th) and up to 8 Common Redpolls. Island scarcities included up to 4 pairs of Gadwall, 4 pairs of Wigeon, a lingering pair of Pochard,  4 Sandwich Terns (23rd-29th), 4 Woodpigeons, up to 5 calling Cuckoos, some 22 White Wagtails (to 15th), 17 House Martins including a nest-building pair, 2 late Redwing (to 7th), a potential breeding pair of Robins, 3 Dunnocks (25th-28th), 2 Whitethroats, 11 Blackcaps, 9 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests (to 22nd), 13 Spotted Flycatchers (from 11th), 2 Chaffinches, 1 Greenfinch (5th) and 7 Goldfinches.

There was strong wader passage with peaks of 2,150 Dunlin at Gott Bay (2nd), 500 Ringed Plover between Vaul and Caoles (2nd) and 2,130 Sanderling (7th), plus some 84 Whimbrel (to 25th) and 7 Knot (16th-26th). Great Northern Divers were widespread around the coast, the first Storm Petrels returned (from 28th), a Barnacle Goose lingered near the Ringing Stone (to 31st), a Pink-footed Goose was at Balevullin (16th) and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese was at Gott Bay (to 22nd), whilst up to 9 Whooper Swans lingered through the month. Corncrakes returned in good numbers during the month with 200+ calling males around the island by the month-end.
 
 

John Bowler
 



male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016
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