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Latest sightings for previous three months
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Latest sightings for November

red browed finch
22nd November 2017 Red browed Finch at Lochdon (thought to be a Hoax)

19th Lochdon: Had a fine male Blackcap in the garden eating the rose hips (Rosa regossa)  Andy Oldacre
18th - Loch Ba (Isle of Mull Bird Club field trip) Seventeen Goldeneye (six drakes), 15 Wigeon and 20 Teal (in two groups of 14 and 6) on the loch; five late Meadow Pipits with a single (inland)Rock Pipit; ten Lapwings and a few Snipe; with 20-30 Redwings and a flock of 20 Lesser Redpolls in the birch woodland; a sub-singing Blackbird was heard at Knock. Stuart Gibson 16th Pair of Gadwall, north shore Loch na Keal, about 2km from head of Loch. Possibly pushed over from hatchery which was being hunted by the WTE's Mike Wagemakers
15th The long staying Little egret is still at fishnish today Chris Austick                                                                                                                                                                                                  12th Jay on road between Lochdon and Gorten11th 2 Slavonian Grebe on Loch Cuin (outside Cheryl Callow’s house) 5 Greenshank at same location11th male Hen Harrier and WTE on hill road between Dervaig and Ulva Ferry.A group of 5 Great Northern Diver on Loch na Keil, one having some difficulty trying to eat a crab!  Graham Henderson and Sandy McCuaig, visitors from Edinburgh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       11th Several reports of Brambling about, Salen, Fionnphort, Dervaig, Lochdon Alan
11th , Loch Cuin today still very windy but a family of whoopers, wigeon and golden eye blown in .. bet it’s warmer out there 
Cheryl Callow
10th Caliach Point, 1 Great Skua and 2 Gannets and 1000+ Kittiwakes  prasad
7th - Fishnish-Craignure. The Little Egret was feeding outside the hide this morning as I passed on the 9.50 Tobermory - Craignure service bus! Four Great Northern Divers and a single Red-throated Diver were in the Sound of Mull (Torosay), where a single Greenshank was seen along the shore. Stuart Gibson
6th Little egret at Fishnish today   Thanks Debby Thorne
5th excellent views of the Little Egret from the hide at Fishnish.  Also some 150 Barnacle geese back on Inch Kenneth for the Winter. Pete Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours                                          4th Nov Great White Egret, Loch Cuin, then flying off down Glen Bellart. Pam & Arthur Brown   www.discovermull.co.uk
              Great White Egret by
                                              Cheyl Callow             

4th Loch Cuin, A Great White Egret a very rare visitor indeed and the first confirmed Mull record. Cheryl Callow,  Arthur and Pam Brown                                                                                        4th  I saw this Bird at about 10 am as it flew into the edge of the loch at Cuin nearest the church it then made its way across the loch and then fished out side Clachan Cottage and then flew off towards the Old Byre . Moira saw it later as she stood doing dog training on the river Bellart near the Old Byre it then flew off along to Bellart towards Salen . Our friend Karen video it on her camera at dog Training and will put it up tomorrow on fb for every one.                                                                                                                                                                           3rd - Garmony/Fishnish.  The Little Egret was feeding at low tide with a single Greenshank, a Redshank and several Curlews and Oystercatchers at Ban Eileanan, closer Garmony than Fishnish; and five Lesser Redpolls were feeding in the birch/spruce along this track. Stuart Gibson                    

3rd This afternoon around 2pm travelling on the Dervaig to Salen road approx 500m south of the first cattle grid, two juvenile golden eagles came out low from a gully on the left hand side of the road, flew across in front of us and flew back in the direction of Dervaig. The flight of the second one was very laboured. As it flew north a juvenile white tail flew from its perch in the forestry on the left                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2nd We had a very close up view of a Goldcrest  the other day it was on a shrub just outside the kitchen window and flited about buzzing its wings like a humming bird. A pair  of Black Caps have been feeding on the Cotoneaster berries Rosie                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2nd Caliach point: five Jack Snipe (new island high count) and six Common Snipe in marsh at Caliach farm, one Great northertn Diver off shore and another two at Langamull; and a single Woodcock on the side of the Caliach-Calgary road. Stuart Gibson' Ewan Miles and Rachel Annl French                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            31st Sound of Mull: three returning Great norther Divers off Craignure camp site. Stuart Gibson

wildlife on Mull just gets wilder at Lochdon


'Mairie' has already left the Isle of Mull and you will be able to follow her updates on this link  very soon
http://www.rspb.org.uk/our- work/conservation/ henharrierlife/

male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016
Mark Blake (now of Bunessan) took this eagle photo, 

Tiree Sightings: October 2017

Best birds were the imm male Ring-necked Duck at Loch a’ Phuill (to 6th), a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Glebe (2nd-5th), up to 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs at Balephuil (27th-30th), a Lesser Whitethroat at Kenovay (6th), a Coal Tit at Carnan Mor (1st), 2 Lapland Buntings (6th and 20th), a Ring Ouzel at Carnan Mor (29th), a Grey Wagtail at Balephuil (8th), a late White Wagtail at Sorobaidh Bay (to 25th) and a Little Egret at Milton (31st).

Commoner migrants included up to 12 Common Redpolls at Balephuil (16th), 12 Chiffchaffs, 8 Willow Warblers (to 18th), 17 Blackcaps, 16 Goldcrests, 2 Siskins at Balephuil (31st), 4 Greenfinches, 9 Dunnocks, 18 Wheatears (to 25th), 50+ Goldfinch, 16 Brambling (from 16th), a Woodpigeon at Balephuil (29th) and 4 Snow Buntings (from 25th). There were peaks of 900 Redwings (25th) and 43 Fieldfares (from 20th), plus Mistle Thrushes at Caoles (15th) and at Balephuil (16th). Scarcer waders included a Little Stint at Balephetrish Bay (6th), single Knot at Sandaig/Greenhill (1st-4th) and Gott Bay (2nd), 18 Ruff (to 5th), 6 Black-tailed Godwit (to 6th), 3 Grey Plovers, Jack Snipe at Baugh (5th) and The Reef (17th) and 2 Woodcock (from 15th).

Sea-watching during onshore gales produced 3 juv Sabine’s Gulls and a Long-tailed Skua off Aird (17th), 4 Leach’s Petrels, 5 Pomarine Skuas, 22 Arctic Skuas, 66 Great Skuas, a Grey Phalarope (2nd), 6 Scaup (5th) and a late Arctic Tern at Hynish (18th). Scarcer waterfowl included 5 Little Grebes at Loch an Eilein (30th), 1 Coot at Loch a’ Phuilll (10th), 7 Pink-footed Geese, 62 Pale-bellied Brent (to 25th), 2 Gadwall (9th), a Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (6th-27th), 4 Long-tailed Ducks, up to 15 Shoveler and 3 Pintail at Loch a’ Phuill throughout and a very late Shelduck at Ruaig (31st). Heavy passage of Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronted Geese was noted (from 4th) whilst Whooper Swan passage was noted off and on all-month with over 300 passing through on 15th-16th.

Dr John Bowler

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