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PHOTOS FROM MY  AUSTRALIA VISIT - Nov 2017-Jan 2018





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Latest reports for January 2019


17th Jan Today we went for a day of Mullbirding and saw 5 Red Throated Divers on Loch Scridain lots of Great Northern Divers also on this Loch. On Loch Pottie, 20 + White Fronted Geese, 6 Tufted Duck. 2 Goldeneye and a single Wigeon. At Fidden 40+ Ringed Plover and a single Turnstone on the beach, 2 Skylarks and 4 dozen Lapwings in fields near the farm and another 30 at Ardalanish.  On Inch Kenneth 200+ Barnacle Geese, on Loch Na Keal opposite Eorsa, 20 or so Guilliemots with 2 Whooper Swans seen flying past. At Knock a single Jay and on the North shore of Loch Na Keal near Killiechronan campsite a small flock of Long Tailed Tits.Pam & Arthur Brown   www.discovermull.co.uk

17th, Java: pair red-breasted mergansers, single curlew, single greenshank
16th, WTE flying from Duart Bay to Morvern (spotted from ferry).  Java: female goosander, single curlew, black guillemot (winter plumage)

16th 6am - Barn Owl on the Glen road and also south of Lochdon. Rachel French
15th, Java: three goosander (1 drake, 2 females), male red-breasted merganser, single curlew. Craignure: single greenshank.
14th, Java: three goosander (1 drake, 2 females), single curlew, great northern diver, black-headed gull; approx 30 greylags in field by the hospital. Nancy
                                                                                                                                                        12th  A Rook at loch Beg on the Mull bird count, Ringed Plover, a single Turnstone and a male Hen Harrier seen here as well.Pam & Arthur Brown  www.discovermull.co.uk                                                                                                                           13th, Java: female goosander, single curlew, flock of approx 10 long-tailed tits.  12th, Java: 3 pairs goosander                          11th, Java: male hen harrier, great northern diver, male red-breasted merganser. Mixed flock of approx 50 Canada and greylag geese at field by hospital, siskins at feeder in my garden Nancy                                                                                             13th Short-eared Owl on the Glen road at 18:30. Black Guillemot in breeding plumage, Tobermory harbour. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com

11th - Craignure Four Common Snipe, three Great Northern Divers, two Black Guillemots (w/p) and a single Greenshank.
9th - Aros estuary/ Fishnish A pair of Goosanders were at the Aros estuary, with two further pairs near the Fishnish Timber Pier; and a siege of nine Grey Herons were waiting for the tide to turn at Fishnish. Stuart Gibson

10th A single Carrion Crow and a Shelduck on the shore at killiechronan around noon today, also Brambling in the garden. Pam & Arthur Brown www.discovermull.co.uk
9th Sound of Mull. three drake gooseander and 1 female, and Black throated diver, near golf course. Alan
8th, Java Bay: male red-breasted merganser, female goosander, single curlew
9th, field by hospital, Java: approx 15 Canada geese
10th, Java Bay: male red-breasted merganser, single curlew; field by hospital, Java: mixed flock of approx 30 Canada geese, greylags  Nancy
8th A Jack Snipe, 4 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrushes and a male Hen Harrier either at Cailaich or on the way to Cailaich  this morning. Pam & Arthur Brown
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7th Jan, Java beach: 4 pairs goosander (displaying), pair red-breasted merganser, single curlew. Nancy Somerville                     6th and confirmed that there is a Velvet Scoter on Loch Na Keal, it was on the North side of Scarisdale rocks and flapped its wings revealing the distinct white wing patches to go with the facial markings. Arthur & Pam
6th - Speinne Mor. a ringtail hen harrier, a pair of stonechats and (somewhat surprisingly) two parties of meadow pipits on the ascent up today. A  dipper was on the Allt a' Cholgaid on the way down. Stuart Gibson and Chris Austick.

3rd Jan Loch Scridain 5 Red-throated Diver, at least 30 Great Northern Diver with some of them calling and displaying.
2nd January Loch Assapol 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Golden Plover, 4 Golden Eagle, 2 WT Eagle, 1 Sparrowhawk. Glen More 1 Long-tailed Tit.  .Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
1st Jan Loch Scridain 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Guillemot.


Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree

Tiree Sightings: December 2018

 

Best birds were the Todd’s Canada Goose, which remained at Caoles all month, the flock of 3 Ring-necked Ducks (1 drake, 1 female and a 1CY male) at Loch Bhasapol (1st-14th) and then at Loch a’ Phuill (18th-31st), the long-staying 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull at Sandaig (11th and 14th), a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch a’ Phuill (from 23rd) and a juv Kumlien’s Gull at West Hynish (11th). Island scarcities included a Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Heylipol (10th), a Long-tailed Duck at Loch Riaghain (4th), an imm/f Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (23rd-31st) with a drake Pochard there all month and 2 Gadwall there (3rd-31st), 4 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (9th-10th), up to 3 Coot at Loch Bhasapol all month, a Woodcock at Heylipol Church (6th), 16 Jackdaws and 1 Rook at Loch an Eilein all month and 3 Linnets at Traigh Bhagh (27th). There was a high count of 43 Knot at Gott Bay (27th) with 21 Bar-tailed Godwits there (29th), an early Shelduck at Miodar (10th), single Moorhens at Cornaigmore (11th) and Sandaig (18th), up to 6 wintering Black-headed Gulls, a Pied Wagtail at Traigh Bhagh (24th), a Fieldfare at Balephuil (9th), 300 Redwing around the island (10th) and up to 40 scattered Goldfinches. Winter raptors included at least 2 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawks, 5 Merlin, 4 Hen Harrier and 6+ Peregrines.

 

An all-island count (10th-11th) found a total of 3,989 Barnacle Geese, 672 Greenland White-fronts, 1,709 Greylags and 16 Pink-footed Geese, as well as 2,080 Golden Plover and 2,775 Lapwing, plus a high count of 182 Whooper Swans.

 

John Bowler



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