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November reports for 2018

13th five great northern divers in Craignure Bay earlier today, juveniles and adults. Also I counted seven birds in the sound of Mull whilst traveling back on the bus. (Alan) Nancy Somerville
10th Calgary The Cattle Egret seen yesterday 10th on Calgary machair. prasad  http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
10 th Cattle Egret still at Calgary. In ditch by roadside and in reeds above the beach. Greenshank at Loch Cuin. Ron
6th - 7th - Tesco, Oban Five WAXWINGS on tree overlooking Black Lynn, at Tesco's bus/lorry park. Stuart Gibson
6th Two Short-eared Owls flushed from the heather in NW Mull today. Only saw one bird between June - August this summer. Cattle Egret still at Calgary. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
2nd, Java: three red-breasted mergansers; single greenshank
3rd, Java: three red-breasted mergansers
4th, Java: single greenshank
6th, Garmony: 2 dippers; single whimbrel; pair mallard; six (approx) golden plover.
8th, Garmony: 2 dippers; 10 wigeon; single redshank  Nancy
2nd A solitary Widgeon on the lochan, amongst our usual Mallards. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
1st Nov  Treshnish, 2 Brambling at Treshnish House. prasad  http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk

Cattle egret at Calgary,
                                        photo by Ewan Miles

Cattle egret at Calgary, photo by Ewan Miles
Latest October reports for   2018
31st however I saw 2 again this morning . A jay in Glen More today, also 5 greenshank at Lochdon, 2 h harriers, 1 brown, 1 grey Loch Beag.. Dave
31st Cattle Egret. calvary. Just below car park. Mike Wagemakers
31st Cattle Egret at Calgary today. A single Jackdaw caching hazelnuts at Torloisk. Goldeneye back on the Mishnish lochs. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
30th  Amongst others 2 woodcocks at Tiroran yesterday at 0640 & 2 greenshanks at Fhinichin maybe of interest. Dave Pierce 30th Male Merlin at Salen bay this morning, Pink-footed Goose in with Greylags at Killiechronan, Black-throated Diver on Loch Tuath, Carrion Crow near Aros Mains. Sparrowhawks in numerous places around the moors, presumably migrants. Quick look for Cattle Egret at Calgary
 but no sign. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
 29th   7 Jackdaws at Mornish near Calgary.. Pam & Arthur Brown.       www.discovermull.co.uk 

27th  Treshnish, 120+ Jackdaws around Treshnish wood.  prasad.  http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
25th 140 Barnacle Geese on the beach opposite Inch Kenneth, probably the usual flock  which overwinters on the island. Also 7 whooper swans over Loch Beg, heading west. Pete and Jan www.mullwildlifetours. co.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  25th A family of 7 Whooper Swans this afternoon on the edge of Loch Beg very close to the road near Pennygael. The room off along the loch as we watched

25th Treshnish, c460 Greenland White-fronted Geese (with at least 1 Barnacle Goose) flying south over Treshnish and 20 Whooper Swans on Treshnish lochan Calgary, Cattle Egret still present  prasad
24th Fidden - good sighting of a female Merlin, 9 Whooper Swans flying over, Ringtail Harrier. Loch Scridain - several GNDs, male Hen Harrier, immature White Tailed Eagle. Glen Seilisdeir road - male Hen Harrier. Loch Na Keal - , GNDs, single Slavonian Grebe & single Black Guillemot visitor Edwina.
 23rd Cattle Egret still on the machair at Calgary today. A movement of continental Wood Pigeon around the island. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
22nd  a Jay this afternoon in the woods just west of Pennyghael timber pier. . visitor Brian Moyes.

21st A Little Egret was on Loch Cuin around 4 pm as we watched it 5 Whooper Swans flew over.. Pam, Arthur, Moria & Cheryl. Cheryl Pam  Pam & Arthur Brown    www.discovermull.co.uk
21st  little Egret on Loch Cuin for most of the day and whooper swans about six . All confirmed by Pam and Arthur as I called them out to confirm the Egret . CherylCallow
21st We went down to Calagary and scoured the fields and the machair for a Cattle Egret but there was no sign of it. So we turned round and started to head back when it kindly flew into the grass verge about 30 feet in front of us!  Edwina and David Sharp

18th  was a good day for migrating Geese and Swans over the western area of Ross of Mull, Fionnphort/Kintra/Bunnessan/Fidden areas: At least 350+ Barnacle Geese south in lots of groups on and off throughout the day, also at least 58 Greenland White-fronted Geese south in 5 flocks and at least 150 Whooper Swan in several flocks. 28 Fieldfare in off the sea at Kintra, also a high flying Snipe in off the sea at Kintra. An imm male Sparrowhawk over Fionnphort, a female Merlin at Fidden in the evening also a juv White-tailed Eagle there and 8 Teal, 9 Golden Plover, 15 Curlew and 5 Wigeon. A resting flock of 25 Teal at Bunnessan also 1 Wigeon  Samanther Melling and Tony Disley

19th 3 Purple Sandpipers east of Croggan, a flock of 70 plus Jackdaws over Loch Spelve, Icelandic race (coburni) Redwing at Lochbuie, Barn Owl at the Mishnish lochs (22:00). Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com
19th Oct Java (in my back garden): single brambling. Nancy Somerville
18th  October. at Lochdon a single Brambling (must be more about) Steve Hiscock
Brambling Nancy Somerville
  Photographs by Steve Hiscock and Nancy Somerville
18th  25 whooper swans on Loch Pottie, also some 6 tufted ducks.At Fidden Farm and Knockvologan we had several groups of whooper swans probably 100+ and several skeins of Barnacle Geese,
probably in excess of 300. Also at Fidden Farm a pair of Golden Eagles talon- grappling.  Pete and Jan Mull Wildlife Tours
Yellow Browd Warbler
Yellow browed Warbler at Ardura 8th October 2016 photo by visitor John Ogg a first record for Mull
17th  Some sightings for your website, a Yellow Browed Warbler on Iona today by the Heritage Cafe with lots of Coal Tits, also 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap on the island. A flock of 28 Whooper Swan south over Fionnphort early am also 3 flocks of Barnacle Geese totalling 115 south. 2 Kittewake in Iona sound this afternoon. Samanther Melling and Tony Disley
17th  Wheatear near Gribun, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Salen Bay, 23 Whooper Swans (all adults) over Salen Bay, 16 Whooper Swans (1 juv), Loch na Keal, 5 Whooper Swans, Loch Ba. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com
17th Oct, Lochbuie: large flock of at least 100 fieldfares. NancySomerville
17th  On my tour today, we had excellent views of the cattle egret at Dervaig, among the sheep! Also a pair of Jays at Kellan Wood. Pete and Jan Mull Wildlife Tours
16th Oct, Dervaig: Four redshank, 12 whooper swans . Nancy Somerville
15th  Loch na Keal  party of 19 Whooper Swans, female Otter and two well grown cubs. 2 Wt Eagle sat on Scarisdale Rocks again.. Martin Izzard

15th  1 Cattle Egret at Calgary, It has been seen there since at least the 12th according to my farmer neighbour. Before that, presumably the same, was reported from Dervaig. prasad
15th Oct, Java: flock of around 30 redwings; single red-breasted merganser; 12 greylag geese; two curlews. Nancy
14th Bunessan. Little Egret opposite the Argyll Arms
14th Wheatear near Balmeanach yesterday . Chris Austick
9th Oct, Java: single red-breasted merganser.
10th  Garmony: 2 dippers; 5 curlew; 4 male and three female eider; single twite, ; two greenshank; 4 mallards (3 drakes, 1 duck); single black guillemot in winter plumage; 6 turnstones; 3 wigeon (at least).
12th Oct, Java: single curlew
14th Oct, Java: single curlew, 13 greylag geese. Nancy Somerville
14th Two Whooper Swans flying west and calling over Tobermory Golf Course today .. Ron Corderio
13th I am up for a few days.. Dervaig, Loch Chumbain 1 Greenshank. . Calgary Bay 4 Great Northern Diver. . Loch na Keal at Killichronan 6 Great Northern Diver, 7 Slavonian Grebe. Ulva ferry                Juvenile WTEagle sat in a tree looking sad in the rain. Regular visitor Martin Izzars.
23th Seems to be that Jay time of year again. Saw one nr Carsaig road-end today & more surprisingly, one flying north over Fionnphort this afternoon. Chris Austick                                                                                     
12th The little egret is still around as my neighbour George has been seeing it too quite frequently over the last 2 weeks.. Emily Wilkins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
11th Just read a report from Arran birds reporting a rare vagrant - a Little Egret. In case its of interest, a Little Egret was on the edge of Loch Na Lathaich, near Eorabus. Also, this evening, two Whooper Swans flying over the same loch towards Bunessan. A Great Skua off the beach by Calf Island on Iona this afternoon. David and Juli Lockstone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 10th Pair of jays this morning - just west of Pennyghael, Ross of Mull. Tony Jeffree 
5th: Treshnish, 6 Jays (flying east) and c20 Long-tailed Tits at Treshnish House.   Guests reported an Osprey on 2nd and 3rd at Haunn.  prasad

 pinkfot with greylags
                                            oct 2018

5th Quick visit to Mull this time. Pink footed goose with large flock of greylags at Killiechronan. Also around a dozen redwing landed on telephone wires in same area.
On Loch naKeal was 9 Slav grebes, pair red throated diver, and a striking plumaged black throated diver. regular visitor Lee Dutton. Somerset.
4th Achnacraig (Road from Dervaig to Salen) - Male hen harrier quartering in the muzzle and overflown by white-tailed eagle. Also flock of redwing/fieldfare. M Murphy
2nd Gruline - 4 x Golden eagles, grey wagtail, Calgary - Great Northern Diver, Dervaig - Snipe, Greenshank  Mike  Murphy


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: October 2018


Best birds were the long-staying 1CY Red-backed Shrike at Heylipol Church (1st to 10th), a 1CY Common Rosefinch at Balephuil (3rd-4th), Yellow-browed Warblers at Balephuil (14th) and Carnan Mor (16th), Lesser Whitethroats at Balephuil (1st-6th), Scarinish (1st-5th) and Cornaig (5th), a Ring Ouzel at Balephuil (14th), a Grey Wagtail at Balephuil (11th-13th) and a Dotterel at Scarinish (2nd-23rd).


Commoner migrants included up to 20 Mealy Redpolls at Balephuil (to 17th) with 2 late birds there (30th), 4 scattered Greenland Redpolls (6th-10th),13 Chiffchaffs, 9 Willow Warblers (to 14th), 14 Blackcaps, 15 Goldcrests (to 31st), 2 Siskins at Balephuil (6th-13th), 2 Greenfinches, 8 Dunnocks, 19 Wheatears (to 15th), 42 Goldfinch, 7 Brambling (from 11th), a late White Wagtail at Sorobaidh Bay (6th), a Snow Bunting at Hough (1st) and a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Loch a Phuill (28th). There were peaks of 300 Redwings (25th) and 8 Fieldfares (from 13th). Scarcer waders included 1 Ruff at Loch a Phuill (12th), 20 Black-tailed Godwit at Loch a Phuill (to 19th), a Grey Plover at Gott Bay (23rd) and a Jack Snipe at Hough (2nd).


Sea-watching during onshore gales produced 3 Leachs Petrels, 2 Storm Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 8 Arctic Skuas, 10 Great Skuas, 2 Grey Phalaropes, 2 Little Auks (26th) and the last 2 Arctic Terns off Hynish (12th). Scarcer waterfowl included a Black-throated Diver off The Green (2nd), 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (15th), 2 Coot at Loch Bhasapol (from 3rd), 5 Pink-footed Geese, a Scaup at Loch a Phuill (23rd-31st) and a male Pochard at Loch a Phuill (14th) which shifted to Loch Bhasapol (15th-18th). Heavy passage of Barnacle Geese, Greenland White-fronted Geese and Whooper Swans was noted off and on all-month.


Dr John Bowler

red necked grebe
                            bryan rains

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