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Latest reports for July  2018


4th Scallastle path , (on walk with Ranger Cian Burke-Brown): male Hen Harrier, male Sparrowhawk, two Grey Wagtails, Tree Pipit, immature Golden Eagle over ridge.
5th
Garmony: Pair of Mute Swans, numerous Sandpipers, Oystercatchers and Gulls, four Eider ducklings, four eclips males Eider, Single Black-headed Gull.  One Whimbrel.  Single Black Guillemot and 16 Canada Geese offshore. Nancy
3rd I had a short-eared owl hunting Lochdon & a female hen harrier today. Also today a peregrine at Gribun & female sparrowhawk with prey there.
A grey male harrier at Teanga.. Dave Pierce
2nd Long-eared Owl at dusk over broadleaf woodland on Dervaig - Calgary road with three Woodcock also. Two male Cuckoos at weekend on NW Mull. Most BTO tagged birds half way to Africa now! Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
1st Lochdon-Inverlussa. a male Hen Harrier hunting along the road by Inverlussa.
30th Little Gull - a mull first for me, first-summer feeding in the tidal race off Grasspoint with Common & BHGulls and Kittiwakes. Bird has a partial hood. Likes resting on the rocks off there with the other gulls.
  Also there fledged juv Tree Pipit and Redstart and family of Whinchats with at least one young.
30th Jay - one flew across road into conifers just west of Lochbuie turn off. Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours
30th Slav Grebe - one in full plumage in Loch na Keal, close to the sea eagle lay-by on north side beyond Killiechronan campsite
27th Swift - single over Caliach Point , one over Pennyghael 29th  Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours
30th Redstart - pair feeding young in nest box in oak woods at croggan
30th Black-throated Diver - a second calendar year bird (non breeding plumage) is in Loch Scridain off Pennyghael hotel, present same spot every day
28th Great Northern Diver - one in full plumage in bay on west coast of Iona.  Ashley Saunders. Oriole Birding Tours
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White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex (Mull Charters)  today 17th June 2018

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Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: June 2018

 

Best birds were the 2CY Bonaparte’s Gull again at Barrapol (1st), a male Subalpine Warbler at Cornaigbeg (8th), a Marsh Warbler at Balephuil (3rd) and a Rose-coloured Starling at Hynish (6th). Other good birds included a singing Reed Warbler at Balephul (6th) with possible others at Mannal (3rd) and Loch Bhasapol (11th), a Marsh Harrier at Sandaig (24th), a Little Stint at Gott Bay (10th) and an adult Curlew Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (26th).

 

 

Scarce island birds included a Black-throated Diver off Traigh Bhi (5th), 12 Storm Petrels (1st-14th), a Grey Plover at Gott Bay (4th), 4 lingering Black-tailed Godwits (to 9th), 4 Whimbrel (to 8th), single Greenshank at Balemartine (5th) and Loch an Eilein (19th), Arctic Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill (6th) and The Reef (8th), 2 Sandwich Terns (1st-20th), 8 Woodpigeons (to 25th), 3 Cuckoos (to 10th), a Swift at Vaul (6th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (5th), a Blackcap at Scarinish (3rd), Pied Flycatchers at Carnan Mor (5th) and Balephuil (9th), 19 Spotted Flycatchers (to 17th), a Jackdaw at Loch a’ Phuill (4th), a late Chaffinch at Cornaigmore (9th), a Lesser Redpoll at Balephuil (19th) and 2 Siskins at Balephuil (22nd). Up to 9 Whooper Swans summered, several Great Northern Divers lingered around the coast and there were very late Redwings at Baugh (2nd) and Gott Bay (12th), whilst the first 4 returning Golden Plovers were at Sandaig (29th). High numbers of 2CY Arctic Terns included 260 at Gott Bay (25th).

 

The June Corncrake census revealed some 321 calling males, plus one reeling Grasshopper Warbler and calling Water Rails at 1 site. The seabird breeding season is looking encouraging so far. Numbers of nesting Kittiwakes and Fulmars are up on 2013-17 levels and there were good numbers of Shag, Fulmar, Guillemot and Razorbill eggs and chicks at the month-end, although nesting numbers of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue to dwindle. Scarce breeders included 2 pairs of Chiffchaffs and a pair of Whitethroats, which all fledged young, up to 4 pairs of Common Redpolls, 10 pairs of Common Terns in with the Arctic Terns and an apparent nesting pair of House Martins at Balephuil.

 

John Bowler

red necked grebe bryan rains

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