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Latest Reports for December 2019

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.
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
Latest Reports for November 2019
30th - Fishnish/Garmony Five Lesser Redpolls, Fishnish, where four Bullfinches (two mm), including one which briefly voiced rarely heard elements of song; single Bar-tailed Godwit, with four Curlew, four Redshank, seven Ringed Plover and 13 Golden Plover and min. of two Turnstone; a single Great Northern Diver, 12 Teal, two Wigeon and seven (three drakes) Goosanders.
28th: Java - 4 Goosanders, Curlew, Greenshank. Kestrel flying over Lochdon end of the Grasspoint Road.Nancy S
27th - Mishnish lochs Single adult Whooper Swan and seven (two adult drakes) Goosanders.

27th - Loch Cuin (Dervaig) 3 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks and 10 Common Snipe; 8 Little Grebes and 5 Goosanders.
27th - Loch na Keal 38 Great Northern Divers counted at roost this evening. Stuart Gibson and Steve Littlewood
27th: Java - Curlew, Greenshank. Scallastle Bay - approx 30 Golden Plovers.
26th: Report (from Andrena Duffin) of a single adult Whooper Swan in Tobermory Bay. Nancy Somerville

28th Lochdon Male and ringtail Hen Harriiers both actively hunting in the field south of the bridge. Alan
27th Lochdon a male Blackcap on my feeder this morning and a Jay at Ardura. Alan
26th: Salen - approx 40 winter thrushes in flight, some, maybe all ?, Fieldfares.
Nancy Somerville
25th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2M,1F), Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank.
24th Lagganulva. a pair of long tailed ducks in the bay this morning. phoned in by Pam & Arthur Brown

23rd: Java - Curlew, Greenshank
23rd - Loch Spelve. Female Common Scoter, south side of Loch Spelve this afternoon. Stuart and Lynsey Gibson

Kingfisher photo by visitor Maria Stow 18th September 2019
19th: Adult Whooper Swan over Java, and probably the same bird on Loch Don later, with approx 200 Canada Geese.22nd: WeBS count at Craignure Bay - Cormorant, 3 Shags, 2 Herons, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, Greenshank, 3 Common Snipe, Common Gull, 6 Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gull. Also, 3 sightings of possibly the same adult White-tailed Eagle, 2 otters and a hedgehog! Nancy Somerville
22nd Loch Cuin Dervaig end 5 Snipe, Redshank, Greenshank and an unusual high count of 15 Little Grebe. Calgary Bay Black Throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Divers in the bay and a Golden Eagle over hills above the pier. Torloisk small flock of Fieldfare. Pam & Arthur Brown
Kingfisher at Lochdon
                                          Bridge 21 Nov 2019
photo by Tony Hutchinson 21st November 2019
21st Kingfisher again at Lochdon for those with keen eyes, (all I've seen is a blue blurr AS) Tony Hutchinson
20th I forgot to mention the 2 hunting female Hen Harriers on the left up the Grasspoint road as we were waiting out the Kingfisher.Pam & Arthur Brown
20th The Kingfisher still at Lochdon, Grasspoint river bridge on the right hand side going towards Grasspoint on rocks below the below the overhanging trees and in the overhanging branches. A single Whooper Swan on Loch Don from Gorten end car park and a Dipper at Garmony as the burn goes into the sea.Pam & Arthur Brown
A single Whooper Swan on Loch Torr this morning and the Nuthatch still present in the Mull Theatre car park, I got some fuzzy pictures of both.Pam & Arthur Brown
18th Common Scoter still on Loch Cuin, 2 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and a Snipe at the Dervaig end of the Loch. A Peregrine Falcon at Cailaich Point and a Grey Wagtail at Sunipol as I opened the gate. The Black Throated Diver is still in Calgary Bay along with a single Great Northern Diver. In the Ardrioch Garden a Woodcock on our night camera and a Treecreeper. Pam & Arthur Brown
17th Loch Cuin. a female Common Scoter present this morning. Arthur Brown
16th - Loch na Keal (Isle of Mull Bird Club field excursion) 42 Great Northern Diver, 23 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Black Guillemot; 77 Teal and 12 Goldeneye; 22 Turnstone, 12 Golden Plover, 12 Ringed Plover, 8 Redshank and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; single Carrion Crow (with Hooded Crows) and one Carrion x Hooded hybrid (more former than latter) at Knock hatchery.
15th Lochdon. watched a juvenile Harrier hunting by the bridge at Lochdon for 15 minutes but it didn't catch its supper. Alan
14th - Loch Scridain Single Black-throated diver; a ringtail Hen Harrier flew from Killiechronan across the head of Loch na Keal heading for Loch Ba. Stuart Gibson/Pete Hall
November - Craignure A Greenshank has been present throughout the month near to the camp site and is likely to overwinter.
14h Kingfisher  on rock right hand side of Grasspoint bridge for 30 minutes 3.30pm 
visitors Andy and Maria Stow
14th Lochdon Kingfisher seen again today by the bridge. Andy Oldacre
12th Java Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Grey Wagtail Dipper.Tobermory Juvenile Cormorant, Dipper. Garmony 2 Ringed Plover, 12 Curlew. 11th Male Hen Harrier over Dun da Ghaoithe. 10th Java Greenshank, Redshank. Nancy Somerville
12th Aros a Green shank present since Sunday. visitor Stephen Howat.
12th Lochdon The Kingfisher seen again today as was the Nuthatch at Tobermory. Alan

10th Salen. a Water rail feeding in my garden. Debbie Thorne.(In the search for food in very cold weather this normally very shy bird will venture out i the open to feed)
10th Knock fish farm. 24 Goldeneye, 30 Teal, 8 Mallard, 14 Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Redshank, and gulls galore. Alan S

8th: Garmony - Approx 30 Golden Plover, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting.7th: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Redshank.6th: Garmony - Goosander, Dipper.Nancy Somerville
8th Loch na Keal. Mike Murphy found a Moorhen in a burn along the shores of the loch. (The first Mull breeding Moorhen on Loch Harrison (by loch Assapol) was recorded earlier this year 2019)
8th A single Snow Bunting on the summit of Cruach nan Con and 2 over the summit of Beinn a'Ghraig. 2 Woodcock flushed from the heather at 400m up. Black-throated Diver, Loch Scridain. A skein of Greenland White-fronted Geese over Loch Cuin. Peregrine perched on the skyline at Kellan. Whimbrel at Salen Bay. Whooper Swans migrating through the night whilst we were out stargazing. Hen Harrier hunting Redwing near Loch Spelve. 5 Goldeneye on Loch Cuin and birds at the head of Loch na Keal. Great Skua feeding within a hurry of mixed gulls and 2/3 Minke Whales in waters north of Mull. Ewan Miles
16th Sept- 11th Nov Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to visit a feeder in a local garden. Alan Spellman.

4th: Garmony - 10 Wigeon. 2 cock Pheasants fighting by the roadside in Salen. Nancy Somerville
3rd: Garmony - 9 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Goldcrest, mixed flock of approx 100 mixed finches. Grasspoint road - 3 juvenile Whooper Swans flying over, 2 Stonechat.
2nd: Treshnish, probable White rumped Sandpiper flushed at 6.15pm half way between Treshnish and Haunn in wet scrubby patch. Later found out that the farmer had seen 2 waders with a white rump at the same place in the morning. prasad  (there has been an influx of white rumped sandpiper in the outer isles in the last week)

2nd The Loch Na Keal Great Northern Diver roost is starting to build - 21 birds this evening. Steve Littlewood


Tiree Sightings: November 2019


Best birds were the returning pair of Ring-necked Ducks at Loch Bhasapol (from 8th) and then at Loch a’ Phuill (27th-30th), the Todd’s Canada Goose with the Barnacle Geese at Balephetrish all month and the lingering Long-billed Dowitcher at Sandaig (to 8th). Other good birds included a Waxwing at Balephuil (6th), a very late Woodpigeon at Balephuil (23rd-27th), a Rook at Loch an Eilein (8th), a Mistle Thrush at Balephuil (24th), Siberian Chiffchaffs at Balephuil (1st-3rd and 29th-30th), 8 Siskins at Balephuil (to 6th), up to 4 Long-tailed Tits at Balephuil (3rd-7th) and a Lapland Bunting at Vaul (4th).


Winter thrushes included some 900 Redwings around the island (27th) and some 50 Fieldfares. There were 4 wintering Pied Wagtails, 4 Dunnocks, 9 Goldfinches, 6 Greenfinches and 2 late Goldcrests at the Glebe (5th). Wintering raptors included up to 7 Hen Harriers, 6 Merlins, 5 Peregrines, 3 Kestrels and 3 Sparrowhawks.


An all-island count (26th-27th) found 4,923 Barnacle Geese, 2,169 Greylags and 714 Greenland White-fronts, plus 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2,895 Golden Plovers, 4,200 Lapwings and 108 Whooper Swans. Other waterfowl included up to 4 Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain, 3 Pale-bellied Brent at Gott Bay (4th-5th), 2 immature Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill all month, a pair of Gadwall at Loch a’ Phuill (26th-29th), 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Hough Bay (8th) with 2 at Loch a’ Phuill (27th-30th),16 Shoveler and 2 early Shelduck at Loch a’ Phuill (27th). Scarce waders included a Jack Snipe at Scarinish (15th), at least 4 scattered Woodcock (all month) and the first of the Purple Sandpipers (from 6th).


Dr John Bowler



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