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The latest  Isle of Mull Bird Report
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You may know that I am currently on holiday in Australia until about mid October. I am  able to update the site and will do so from any latest reports received.

Latest reports for September  2018

21st A skein of 67 Pink-footed Geese overhead. 3 Whimbrel in Laggan bay. A raft of 28 RB Mergansers at the head of LN Keal. 4 Sparrowhawks around the moors today, likely on passage. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
21st Treshnish woods, 
1 Red-backed Shrike at 9am this morning on south side of Treshnish wood beside farm road.
Only got a terrible shot through a window and when i tried to open it, it disappeared.I have tried to re-locate it for past 30m but no luck and i have to go to work.
Hopefully it will be around this afternoon,

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pec sand Iona sept 2018
Pectoral Sandpiper on Iona 19th September 2018 by visitor Lawrence Potter
19th  Iona golf course Pectoral Sandpiper will send photos when back home. visitor Lawrence Potter
Salen/Aros: 6 RB mergansers, 1 greenshank, Craignure Golf Course: 2 turnstones, 1 Red throated diver, 1 greenshank, 10+ ringed plover. visitor Anna Simpson 
Craignure Golf Course: 2 turnstones, 6 rock doves, 1 white tailed eagle, 1 grey wagtail, 1 wigeon, 4 goosanders Grasspoint: 2 stonechats (m and f), 2 ravens. Fishnish forestry commission: 10 goldcrests, 20+ coal tits  Anna Simpson

14th Bar-tailed Godwit (Laggan bay) and 2 BT Diver, Loch Tuath. BT Diver Loch na Keal. Carrion Crow on the Glen road. Adult male Peregrine, Ulva ferry. A big movement of Sparrowhawks continues the last few weeks. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
11th Sept, Java: 2 goosander, single whimbrel.
3rd - 9th Sept, Java: numbers ranging from 5 to 13 red-breasted merganser. Nancy Somerville
Caspian Tern Western
                                        Australia 5th September 2018 AS
Caspian Tern, Fremantle Western Australia 5th September 2018  AS
4th, Garmony, 6 wigeon, 1 ringed plover, 4 turnstone, 5 curlew, 1 drake eider. Nancy Somerville
1st - Sea to NW of Mull. Manx Shearwater counts now in tens, rather than hundreds or thousands; four Puffins, including three flying together; 5 or 6 Great Skuas (with three seen together); eight to ten sightings of Storm Petrels, including two seen together; and two Grey Herons flying over the sea from the Isle of Coll in the direction of Muck. Stuart Gibson
12th August;  a visitor, Michelle Hay recently reported an Osprey hunting over Lochdon just after 11am and again on 18th August around the same time. Meryl Varty. Community Information and Tourism Officer, Mull Eagle Watch

Latest reports for August 2018

28th August - Merganser with three tiny chicks today in Aros Bay reduced from the seven with her two days ago.  Single Bar Tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank. Mick and Sylvia Brennan.

27th - 2 Wheatear Gribun near beach.  Reed Bunting along road to Tiroran, near bay.  3 Dunlin and numerous Ringed Plover Loch Scridain.  Greenshank near bridge over river on Grasspoint road.  Ring Tailed Hen Harrier at Grasspoint along with 5 Stonechats and 2 Whitethroats and 5 Black Guillemots and a single Red Throated Diver. Mick and Sylvia Brennan.

26th  - Common Tern on Salen old pier.  Greenshank on Killechronan bay.  
sooty oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher phtgraphed 26th August in Western Australia
23rd One Greenshank at Salen with Common and Arctic Terns. At least two Greenshanks at Dervaig on 24th. visitor Matt Francis
23rd Male Hen Harrier from the Bunessan to Uisken road in the Knocknafenaig area. Ringtail Hen Harrier there also plus one juvenile Wheatear. visitor Hedley Wright
22nd  Ardalanish. Male Hen Harrier and a Golden Eagle from junction with Uisken Road.
23rd Fidden. Peregrine, 1 male Hen + 3 ringtail Hen Harriers, 2 Snipe, 2 Wheater. Knockvologan. 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, Whinchat at first farm.
Hedley Wright
23rd At least 20 Mistle Thrushes just before lunch this morning at the Torloisk end of the Torloisk to Dervaig road. Matt Francis
20th, Garmony: 2 whinchat, 12 curlew, 4 eclipse eider, 8 female eider, 2 goosander, 12 turnstone, 12 plovers
whinchat Nancy
22nd  female whinchat Nancy Somerville
22nd, Torosay: 1 curlew, a female whinchat, and Ringed plover  Maybe 30 at least.  Mingling with turnstones.
23rd, over Tobermory: sparrowhawk, long-tailed skua (definite!) white-tailed eagle.    No camera (!) but got a good, clear look through bins.  Long-tailed skua was being chased by 2 gulls, WTE being chased by a hoodie. Nancy
22nd 6 Red Grouse 8:30am today on moors near high point on Torloisk to Dervaig road. 19th 2 Great Northern Diver on sea at Black Beach.
1 Mink at Tobermory on. 20th  1 possible Goshawk (unfortunately no photo so unlikely to be accepted by arbc) and 1 Peregrine at Calgary Beach. Matt Francis
21st Loch Beg 5 Greenshank, 1 Little Grebe. From Carsaig Pier 5 Turnstone, 3 Golden Plover, c20 Shag and 1 adult White-tailed Eagle (all on Gamhnach Mhôr rocks). Hedley Wright
20th A walk in the Kilvickeon area produced 1 pair adult Golden Eagles, 1 pair adult White-tailed Eagles, Sparrowhawk, ringtail Hen Harrier.
Moorhen (Harrison’s Loch), Sand Martins (nesting Kilvickeon beach) plus common species. Peregrine and ringtail Hen Harrier past our cottage in Lower Ardtun.
  Hedley wright

18th - 20th - Sea to NW Mull. Thousands of feeding Manx Shearwaters throughout area, particularly off Ardnamurchan Point, where joined by up to 80 Gannets, five Great Skuas and 6+ Storm Petrels. Stuart Gibson
19th Aug at Salen: 12 arctic terns, 1 black guillemot, 1 greenshank, two ringed plover, 1 rock pipit. Nancy
19th Single Greenshank at river estuary Dervaig. Ron Corderiio
17th Just arrived on Mull for a week in Bunessan area. Eleven Black-tailed Godwit from Lower Ardtun this evening. Hedley Wright.
15th Aug:  At least 70 starlings near Inverlussa
16th Aug: male hen harrier, Craignure - over field by hospital.
- greenshank, Salen- around 50 Canada geese, Garmony - plus an odd looking gull!)- whimbrel (I think) Garmony - 4 female eider, Garmony-  8+ turnstones, Garmony, ringed plover, Garmony 14th: whimbrel at Java/ Craignure
. Nancy
13th 2 Swifts over Dervaig. Carrion x Hooded Crow hybrid on the glen road. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
12th - Torosay. Two adult Black Guillemots in Sound of Mull; two Whimbrels; and a single Common Sandpiper; the Wheatear seen was a migrant.
11th - Sea to NW of Mull. The now obligatory single Storm Petrel was again seen, as was a Peregrine at sea flying East towards Ardnamurchan; several Puffins; and 800+ Manx Shearwaters in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore Point. Stuart Gibson

8th a few fields along from the abbey there were two black tailed godwits actively feeding at far end of field in amongst the geese – great to see so many sparrows and starlings as well!. Adrian Podmore

The photo was taken Leslie Robb on Loch Na Keal (Ben More Pontoon side) on 2nd August at 9pm.As well as the 4 on the picture there was another 3 swimming on the Loch.
8th - Sea to NW of Mull. A dark phase Arctic Skua was seen in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore; and the customary single Storm Petrel was seen at sea between Mull and Coll. Stuart Gibson
7th Whimbrel at Fishnish, Coot calling at the Dervaig reeds, female Peregrine over Craignure, Black-tailed Godwit at Lochdon, A swallow roost of 80 plus at Dervaig reeds and a Pied-wagtail roost of 90 plus. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com
6th - Sea to NW of Mull. 500+ Manx Shearwaters and 300 Kittiwakes (a higher than usual count) off Ardmore/Glengorm area of the Sound of Mull; several Great Skuas; numerous small flights of Puffins; Guillemot with chicks and a Razorbill with chick; and a single Storm Petrel on the sea between Mull and Coll.   Stuart Gibson
4th - Sea to NW of Mull. A single Red-throated Diver flying down (SE) the Sound of Mull past Ardmore was presumably the same bird that was seen flying West soon after; multiple sightings of Great Skuas; a single pale morph Arctic Skua was seen harassing a Kittiwake; and a solitary Storm Petrel.
23rd July 6-8 Risso’s Dolphins north up channel between Iona and Fidden 1 Otter, 1 Mink
25th Ardalanish Bay. hundreds if not thousands of by the wind sailors,  m Hen Harrier, 2 Red-t Diver, Bunessan, Otter
26th Iona.  3 Black-tailed Godwits on newly mown hayfield
27th Bunessan, ringtail Hen Harrier,  Calgary Bay.  Tawny Owl 2 hooting, one squeaky young, Eider 2 females each with 2 young
28th Calgary Bay.  ad White-t Eagle, later an imm joined 2 imm Golden Eagles,  2 Otter. Croig,  Ad White-t Eagle on rock in bay, another distantly on cliff, Whimbrel 1. Richard Allen


White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex (Mull Charters)  today 17th June 2018.
  Alan Spellman

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree 2018


Tiree Sightings: August 2018


Best birds were an adult American Golden Plover at Sandaig (29th), an adult Ring-billed Gull at The Maze (14th) and a Rose-coloured Starling, which remained all month moving from Balephuil (1st-2nd) to Kenovay (9th-31st). Other highlights included a Balearic Shearwater off Hynish (26th), a Little Stint at Gott Bay (13th), a Pomarine Skua off Hynish (6th), a Little Grebe at Loch Bhasapol (13th) and a Swift at Balevullin (13th). There was a trickle of Willow Warblers through all month, plus Greenland Wheatears (from 20th) and 22+ White Wagtails (from 20th), 2 Dunnocks (from 27th) and a very early Blackcap at Balephuil (31st). Passage waders included 3 Ruff (from 13th), 20 Knot (from 13th), 2 Grey Plover (17th and 22nd), 27 Whimbrel, 16 Greenshanks, 74 adult Black-tailed Godwits (to 9th) followed by 350 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits (from 12th), plus peaks of 538 Sanderling (6th), 202 Dunlin (6th) and 175 Ringed Plover (14th). 


Summering birds included up to 9 Whooper Swans, a Great Northern Diver and a Chiffchaff, plus at least 2 breeding pairs of Moorhen and a late reeling Grasshopper Warbler (4th), whilst returning raptors included a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin and at least 4 different Hen Harriers all month. The all-island goose count (27th-29th) found 1,968 Greylags, 590 Golden Plover and 2,465 Lapwing. Sea-watching was patchy but included 11 Storm Petrels, 9 Bonxies, 11 Arctic Skuas, up to 5 Sandwich Terns (23rd) and the last 2 Little Terns (13th).


Dr John Bowler

red necked grebe
                            bryan rains

This is the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull.  PA64 6AP         
A skein of 67 Pink-footed Geese overhead. 3 Whimbrel in Laggan bay. A raft of 28 RB Mergansers at the head of LN Keal. 4 Sparrowhawks around the moors today, likely on passage. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com