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Latest reports for August 2018
You may know that I am currently on holiday in Australia until about mid October. I am now again able to update the site and will do so from any latest reports received.

13th 2 Swifts over Dervaig. Carrion x Hooded Crow hybrid on the glen road. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
12th - Torosay. Two adult Black Guillemots in Sound of Mull; two Whimbrels; and a single Common Sandpiper; the Wheatear seen was a migrant.
11th - Sea to NW of Mull. The now obligatory single Storm Petrel was again seen, as was a Peregrine at sea flying East towards Ardnamurchan; several Puffins; and 800+ Manx Shearwaters in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore Point. Stuart Gibson

8th a few fields along from the abbey there were two black tailed godwits actively feeding at far end of field in amongst the geese – great to see so many sparrows and starlings as well!. Adrian Podmore

The photo was taken Leslie Robb on Loch Na Keal (Ben More Pontoon side) on 2nd August at 9pm.As well as the 4 on the picture there was another 3 swimming on the Loch.
8th - Sea to NW of Mull. A dark phase Arctic Skua was seen in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore; and the customary single Storm Petrel was seen at sea between Mull and Coll. Stuart Gibson
7th Whimbrel at Fishnish, Coot calling at the Dervaig reeds, female Peregrine over Craignure, Black-tailed Godwit at Lochdon, A swallow roost of 80 plus at Dervaig reeds and a Pied-wagtail roost of 90 plus. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com
6th - Sea to NW of Mull. 500+ Manx Shearwaters and 300 Kittiwakes (a higher than usual count) off Ardmore/Glengorm area of the Sound of Mull; several Great Skuas; numerous small flights of Puffins; Guillemot with chicks and a Razorbill with chick; and a single Storm Petrel on the sea between Mull and Coll.   Stuart Gibson
4th - Sea to NW of Mull. A single Red-throated Diver flying down (SE) the Sound of Mull past Ardmore was presumably the same bird that was seen flying West soon after; multiple sightings of Great Skuas; a single pale morph Arctic Skua was seen harassing a Kittiwake; and a solitary Storm Petrel.
23rd July 6-8 Risso’s Dolphins north up channel between Iona and Fidden 1 Otter, 1 Mink
25th Ardalanish Bay. hundreds if not thousands of by the wind sailors,  m Hen Harrier, 2 Red-t Diver, Bunessan, Otter
26th Iona.  3 Black-tailed Godwits on newly mown hayfield
27th Bunessan, ringtail Hen Harrier,  Calgary Bay.  Tawny Owl 2 hooting, one squeaky young, Eider 2 females each with 2 young
28th Calgary Bay.  ad White-t Eagle, later an imm joined 2 imm Golden Eagles,  2 Otter. Croig,  Ad White-t Eagle on rock in bay, another distantly on cliff, Whimbrel 1. Richard Allen

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Latest reports for July  2018
4th Scallastle path , (on walk with Ranger Cian Burke-Brown): male Hen Harrier, male Sparrowhawk, two Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipit, immature Golden Eagle over ridge.
5th Garmony: Pair of Mute Swans, numerous Sandpipers, Oystercatchers and Gulls, four Eider ducklings, four eclips males Eider, Single Black-headed Gull.  One Whimbrel.  Single Black Guillemot and 16 Canada Geese offshore. Nancy
3rd I had a short-eared owl hunting Lochdon & a female hen harrier today. Also today a peregrine at Gribun & female sparrowhawk with prey there.
A grey male harrier at Teanga.. Dave Pierce
2nd Long-eared Owl at dusk over broadleaf woodland on Dervaig - Calgary road with three Woodcock also. Two male Cuckoos at weekend on NW Mull. Most BTO tagged birds half way to Africa now! Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
1st Lochdon-Inverlussa. a male Hen Harrier hunting along the road by Inverlussa.
30th Little Gull - a mull first for me, first-summer feeding in the tidal race off Grasspoint with Common & BHGulls and Kittiwakes. Bird has a partial hood. Likes resting on the rocks off there with the other gulls.
  Also there fledged juv Tree Pipit and Redstart and family of Whinchats with at least one young.
30th Jay - one flew across road into conifers just west of Lochbuie turn off. Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours
30th Slav Grebe - one in full plumage in Loch na Keal, close to the sea eagle lay-by on north side beyond Killiechronan campsite
27th Swift - single over Caliach Point , one over Pennyghael 29th  Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours
30th Redstart - pair feeding young in nest box in oak woods at croggan
30th Black-throated Diver - a second calendar year bird (non breeding plumage) is in Loch Scridain off Pennyghael hotel, present same spot every day
28th Great Northern Diver - one in full plumage in bay on west coast of Iona.  Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours

White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex (Mull Charters)  today 17th June 2018


Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: July 2018


Best birds were the 2CY Bonaparte’s Gull again at Barrapol (1st), a male Subalpine Warbler at Cornaigbeg (8th), a Marsh Warbler at Balephuil (3rd) and a Rose-coloured Starling at Hynish (6th). Other good birds included a singing Reed Warbler at Balephul (6th) with possible others at Mannal (3rd) and Loch Bhasapol (11th), a Marsh Harrier at Sandaig (24th), a Little Stint at Gott Bay (10th) and an adult Curlew Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (26th).


Scarce island birds included a Black-throated Diver off Traigh Bhi (5th), 12 Storm Petrels (1st-14th), a Grey Plover at Gott Bay (4th), 4 lingering Black-tailed Godwits (to 9th), 4 Whimbrel (to 8th), single Greenshank at Balemartine (5th) and Loch an Eilein (19th), Arctic Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill (6th) and The Reef (8th), 2 Sandwich Terns (1st-20th), 8 Woodpigeons (to 25th), 3 Cuckoos (to 10th), a Swift at Vaul (6th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (5th), a Blackcap at Scarinish (3rd), Pied Flycatchers at Carnan Mor (5th) and Balephuil (9th), 19 Spotted Flycatchers (to 17th), a Jackdaw at Loch a’ Phuill (4th), a late Chaffinch at Cornaigmore (9th), a Lesser Redpoll at Balephuil (19th) and 2 Siskins at Balephuil (22nd). Up to 9 Whooper Swans summered, several Great Northern Divers lingered around the coast and there were very late Redwings at Baugh (2nd) and Gott Bay (12th), whilst the first 4 returning Golden Plovers were at Sandaig (29th). High numbers of 2CY Arctic Terns included 260 at Gott Bay (25th).


The June Corncrake census revealed some 321 calling males, plus one reeling Grasshopper Warbler and calling Water Rails at 1 site. The seabird breeding season is looking encouraging so far. Numbers of nesting Kittiwakes and Fulmars are up on 2013-17 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 2 pairs of Chiffchaffs and a pair of Whitethroats, which all fledged young, up to 4 pairs of Common Redpolls, 10 pairs of Common Terns in with the Arctic Terns and an apparent nesting pair of House Martins at Balephuil.


John Bowler

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