Birds from my visit in 2016
is up in the hills then please look out for Ring Ouzel,
nice to confirm breeding on Mull. A photo would be even better.
Peter and Sue Morrison
Rachel French, Mull Eagle Watch
Peter and Jan Daisy
Sr Jean Lawson
Pam & Arthur Brown
and Abi Jacobs
Pam & Arthur Brown
Isle of Mull Bird Report
is now available on sale.
Tackle and Books. Tobermory.
Craignure. SOLD OUT
Ferry Shop, Fionaphort.
Post Office, Pennyghael.
sorry I have no stock left so
no longer available direct from me on line SOLD
for June 2017
23rd We had good views of an Arctic
Skua (Dark Phased) from the Craignure to Oban ferry today. Pete Hall and
23rd I have received a report of
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
12th Loch na Keal: a summer plumaged
Slavonian Grebe close to the camp site. Arthur Brown
11th Carrion x Hooded Crow Hybrid
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
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
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
Peregrine over Laggan Bay. Ewan Ewans
1 Mealy Redpoll in Treshnish wood showing signs of breeding. prasad. Prasads
Harrier - female Blar Mor.Brian Howe, Norwich, Norfolk
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
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.
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).
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).
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.
- 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.
Owl - mobbing Buzzard over marshy area Lochdon. 2 Golden Eagle - Adult
and immature around Bheinn Chorsaig, from Carsaig Road.
singing in woods at entrance to Carsaig Road, Pehhyghael. Grasshopper Warbler
- Blar Mor at dusk.
2 Twite Staffa
- and the amazing Puffins! 50 Manx Shearwater on crosssing to Staffa from
- 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.
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.
male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April
the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull. PA64