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Latest Reports for January 2020

25th Lochdon. Arthur Brown finally caught up with the Kingfisher today, so that's another tick on his year list. AS
female shoveler at Knock
                                          Jan 2020female shoveler at Knock
                                          Jan 2020
24th Attached are record shots of a female Shoveler seen at the Knock Hatchery outfall this afternoon. (a very scarce bird for us on Mull) Stuart Gibson with Steve Littlewood.
24th Ringtail Hen Harrier, three Greenshank, three Redshank, a female Goosander and four Redpolls at Lochdon bridge where the Kingfisher should've been! 😣 Stuart Gibson, Steve Littlewood & Andy Oldacre
A minimum of 64 Great Northern Divers attended the roost at Loch na Keal this late afternoon. Stuart Gibson and Steve Littlewood

Small flock of approx 15 Goldfinches being seen most days along Java-Craignure coastal path.
24th: Java - Goosander, Redshank. 2 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Siskins, 10 Goldfinches and a male Redpoll (Lesser I think) at my feeders today. Nancy Somerville
23rd: Craignure/Java - Pair Goosanders, Curlew, Greenshank, 4 Long-tailed Tits. Nancy Somerville
22nd: Java - Great Northern Diver, 18 Greylag Geese, pair Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Goosander, Redshank, Greenshank, 3 Goldcrest. Scallastle forest path - male Tawny Owl calling at dusk.
21st: Java - Great Northern Diver, 14 Greylag Geese, Curlew, Greenshank, 9 more Curlews flying over.
20th: Java - pair Red-breasted Mergansers, Curlew, Greenshank.Nancy Somerville
22nd Lochdon. Andy Oldacre saw the Lochdon Kingfisher today.   Pam and Arthur Brown didn't. (that's the way it goes)
22nd at Garmony were three Knot, very scarce species for Mull) and a Red throated diver. Arthur Brown
21st Lochdon. Four Redshank and a Grenshank just above the bridge today. Alan Spellman
Kingfisher - Charley
                                          Steather Jan 2020
Kingfisher at Lochdon, photo by Charley Streather
19th: Scallastle forest path - Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinches (1M, 2F). Lochdon - Kingfisher (spotted it at last! 18th: Java - pair Red-breasted Mergansers, Curlew, Turnstone (unusual for Java). Garmony - 8 Wigeon. Scallastle Bay - juvenile White-tailed Eagle flying over, 2 Redshank, Greenshank.Nancy Somerville, also Charley Streather photographed the Kingfisher
19th Loch Na Keal Fish farm outfall, species included 2  redshank, 1  shelduck, 13  goldeneye, 24  turnstone, 1  Great northern diverand many black-headed gulls.Steve Littlewood
18th  Kittiwakes again off Cailaich, a Black throated and Great Northern Diver in Calgary Bay along with lots of Curlews and Oystercatchers and a Flying WTSE. A flock of Lapwing at Lagganulva with Red Breasted Mergansers and a Redshank. North Shore of Loch Na Keal above Kellan Farm a Grey Wagtail interacting with a pair of Stonechats, lots of Teal here as well. At killiechronan a large number of Turnstone and a flock of Golden Plover. On the South Shore of Loch na Keal,  2 Black Guillemots and Slavonian Grebe. Pam saw 3 Jackdaws at Torloisk today.Pam & Arthur Brown
17th Theatre car park Tobermory. Our long staying Nuthatch is still busy coming to the feeder. (since 16th November)  Alan
15th: 10 Curlews flying over the field by the hospital. 14th: Java - Great Northern Diver, Greenshank. Nancy Somerville
iceland gull, loch
                                            scridain by steve hiscock
                                            Jan 2020
14th Loch Scridain. Iceland gull at loch Scridain today. Photographed by Steve Hiscock
14th  Post-Brendan, Abhainn na l-Uamha River mouth (Benmore Hydro) 1 Dipper and 42 Turnstones.  Accompanied by male goosander and 3 GBB Gulls Steve Littlewood
12th Lochdon. male kingfisher again at the Lochdon bridge today, busy fishing on the seaward side of the bridge. Chris Austick
10th: WeBS count, Craignure Bay - 2 Cormorants, 9 Shags, 3 Herons, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 9 Oystercatchers, Curlew, Greenshank, 2 Common Gulls, 9 Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gull (and an otter!)
9th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Redshank, Greenshank. Craignure Bay - Black Guillemot (winter plumage).Nancy Somerville

10th A flock of Long Tailed Tits in Ardrioch Farm wood this morning. Pam & Arthur Brown
9th Whimbrel  at Salen and Black Throated Diver by the 8th green at Craignure Golf course. Pam & Arthur Brown
8th Good numbers of Gannets going past Cailaich Point with kittiwakes and Auks, a female Sparrowhawk here as well.

Kestrel along the Grasspoint road 9th January 2020
8th: Java - Sparrowhawk, Curlew, Greenshank.
7th: Craignure/Java - Pair Red-Breasted Mergansers, Curlew. Nancy Somerville
8th With the weather being so awful just thought I would bring you up to date on birds in our garden at Ardrioch.
8th 100+ Chaffinches, 24+ Goldfinches, 16+ greenfinches, 12 Rock Doves, 6 Siskins, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Blackbirds, 4 Dunnocks, 3 Robins, 2 Coal Tits, 2 Blue Tits, 2 Hooded Crows, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper.
Pam & Arthur Brown
6th Lochdon-Duart. lots of Woodcock being flushed from the roadside at the moments. Alan
5th: Java - Goosander, Curlew.4th: Java - Great Northern Diver, Curlew. At Grasspoint Road (Lochdon end) - pair Mallard, Ringtail Harrier.
Nancy Somerville
4th Lochdon. Kingfisher at Lochdon Bridge last Monday as daylight was waning. a flash of electric blue in flight low over water heading for rocks on left as I looked over to crescent. Diana Guthrie James3rd West Ardhu. a Brambling in the garden and a Jack Snipe flushed by the dog.Pam and Arthur Browm
2nd: Java - Goosander, White-tailed Eagle, Curlew. Nancy Somerville
1st: Java - Great Northern Diver, Curlew.Nancy Somerville
Latest Reports for December 2019
 31st  Fanmore - The Mistle Thrush was singing and a Coal Tit. Dervaig - Eleven Little Grebes, 2 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, 3 Snipe and the Otter frolicking about again.Loch Meadhoin - A Cormorant and a Kestrel.Tobermory Tip -  420 Herring Gulls, 45 Great Black-backed Gulls  and 35 Ravens.Aros Park - A drake and two female Goldeneyes on Lochan a Ghurrain. Tim Dixon
30th Lagganulva - 12 Lapwings.Killiechronan - 7 Great Northern Divers, 6 Slavonian Grebes, 12 Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and a drake Goosander.Ulva Ferry - A Sparrowhawk.Fanmore - Two Golden Eagles (one went off to Ulva the other back east), a Mistle Thrush, a Coal Tit and a Goldcrest. Tim Dixon
Ptarmigan by Ewan
25th 4 male Ptarmigan, 700m altitude on Christmas day. Also male Stonechat at 700m and 4 Meadow Pipits at 500m. 15 Woodcock at dusk on the Salen - Dervaig road. Jack Snipe flushed alongside loch Cuin on xmas eve. Ewan Miles
28th In between the dreich we managed -
Dervaig: A Little Grebe, a pair of Wigeons and two Otters. Great prolonged views of one of these eating eels.
Calgary: 33 Oystercatchers, 9 Curlews and three divers which were distant but looked like Red-throated.between Ensay and Reudle: A Peregrine.Torloisk: Seven Jackdaws - a Mull tick for us. Tim Dixon
kingfisher lochdon 25th
                                            Dec 2019
25th Lochdon bridge. I managed to photograph the Kingfisher this morning. Alan
24th Loch Cuin Dervaig, 16 Common Snipe, 7 Redshank feeding on the margins. Alan
24th A female Merlin at Ardmeanach, Mull yesterday. About 110 Barnacle Geese lifted up by a WT Eagle on Inch Kenneth. RT Diver at Grasspoint and 13 Bar-tailed Godwits on Lochdon on Mull Winter Tour. Ewan Miles

22nd Tobermory Nuthatch still coming to feeder at Theatre car park first seen 16th November. Debbie Thorne
21st Dervaig. a Nuthatch visiting a local garden. Clare and Andy Fellows
15th Dervaig: One Greenshank, 9 Redshanks and 8 Snipe. Eas Fors: A Sparrowhawk. Tim Dixon
4th A few bits from yesterday. Fanmore: A Golden Eagle.Dervaig: Two Greenshanks, 7 Redshanks, 2 Curlews, 120 Common Gulls and 25 Rock Doves.
Tim Dixon
13th Lagganulva: 5 Great Northern Divers, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Curlew and a Bar-tailed Godwit .
Loch na Keal:  13 Slavonian Grebes, 15 Great Northern Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 20+ Wigeon, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Black Guillemots.Knock: A Sparrowhawk. Clachandhu: A Merlin chasing Rock Pipits. Tim Dixon
13th: Java/Craignure - Great Northern Diver, 2 Curlews, Redshank, Jay. Craignure-Torosay coastline - Great Northern Diver. Hen Harrier (male) over field by hospital.Nancy Somerville
11th Dec A male Hen Harrier hunting the land between the fish farm at Ulva and the Ulva Ferry road today and a Dipper on the shore side of the Laggan Burn bridge.
9th Dec A Velvet Scoter seen from the pull off with a seat in front of Aros Castle. Two visitors were there and I showed them the bird through the scope and I went and told Jacqui from Enjoy Mull and she went down and confirmed that it was indeed  a Velvet Scoter. Pam & Arthur Brown
9th: Java/Craignure Bay - 2 Great Northern Divers, Red-breasted Merganser (male), 4 Goosander (1 male), Curlew, Redshank, Black Guillemot. Craignure/Torosay coast - 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black Guillemots. Nancy Somerville

Juvenile white tailed eagle December 2019. photo by Carol Bennetto
8th I saw a male snow bunting on Erraid this afternoon, just below the community gardens.  Peter skinner
7th: Craignure/Java Bay - Great Northern Diver, Greenshank. Nancy Somerville
6th: Java Bay - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2M, 1F), Goosander, Greenshank.
Common Scoter Dec 2019
                                            Carol Bennetto
Common Scoter on Loch Spelve photo by Carol Bennetto
5th Female/juv Common Scoter still on Loch Spelve. Whimbrel in Salen Bay. Ewan Miles
3rd: Craignure/Java Bay - Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2M, 1F), Curlew. Adult White-tailed Eagle over hospital field.
4th: Java Bay - 2 Red-breasted Mergansers (1M, 1F), Curlew.
Nancy Somerville
2nd: Java - (male) Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Curlew
1st: Scallastle forest path - Jay calling and flying over. Nancy Somerville


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