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The bench at the end of the Gorten road (Lochdon) in memory of my wife Judith has now been removed at the landowners request. At some time in the future it will be placed in the Ardura community forest for all to enjoy. Alan

Latest reports for October 2020

18th Hill road from Dervaig to Torloisk nearer Torloisk a Red Grouse (Arthurs photo) Loch Tuath from Eas Force a single Red Necked Grebe and 2 Common Scoters, “ Pink Footed Geese with Greylags in field near Killiechronan House,  Grass Point very large flock of Redwings with a few Fieldfare as well and finally 4 Whooper Swans flying south down the Sound of Mull past Craignure. Pam & Arthur Brown
18th A Storm Petrel in waters north of Mull today along with a Minke Whale and numerous pods of Common Dolphins. A flock of 20+ Crossbills on Glengorm this afternoon. Ewan Miles & Iolo WIlliams 
17th Craignure. just to let you know that the Nuthatch is still regularly visiting our garden every day, it often makes lots of short visits. June & Andrew Saul
16th: Java - 3 separate White-tailed Eagle sightings, 2 Grey Wagtails.
15th: Craignure-Torosay coast - 6 Rock Pipits. 14th: Java - Jay. Scallastle Bay - 2 Wigeon. Nancy Somerville

16th Red Kite seen on the North shore of loch Scridain. Brian Boyes
16th Nick Davies reports two Red Kites (Nicks photos) . More information to follow.
. Red Kite just south of Lochdon (my first for Mull!), single Twite and Black Throated Diver at Grasspoint along with a sizeable pod of 15 plus Harbour Porpoise. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.
16th Lochdon.Still 30+ Redwing flying about Lochdon today. Andrew Oldacre
14th Lochdon. I have received reports of a  Scaup on Lochdon in the Widgen and Teal flock. would be nice to be able to confirm this with a photo if possible, so if anyone is looking can you please help with this ? Thanks Alan
28th September at the Gorten end of Lochdon, 1 drake  Scaup. visitor Edward Cooper
14th October Lochdon. . A  drake  Scaup reported with Widgeon and Teal flock. visitors pp Pete Hall

14th Male Peregrine over Loch Spelve, 3 Great Northern  Divers in breeding plumage on Lochbuie. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams  
13th: Craignure: 4 White-tailed Eagles soaring above. Scallastle forest path - 2 White-tailed Eagles being harried by 3 Buzzards, female Great-spotted Woodpecker. Female Tawny Owl calling at Java at midnight.
12th: Java - pair Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Dipper. Scallastle Bay - pair Mallard, 4 Red-breasted Merganser.Nancy Somerville
14th Lochdon. 3+ Jay at the junction of the Grasspoint Road and the A849 this morning. Andy Oldacer
13th Red kite opposite Salen hotel by hillside heading towards Fishnish at 15.30 Jan and Peter Daisy
11th: Java - pair Mallard, Sparrowhawk, pair Stonechat. Garmony - 6 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Goosander, approx 30 Turnstone, Dipper. Nancy Somerville
10th: Java - 6 Long-tailed Tits, Goosander, Curlew. White-tailed Eagle (adult) flying over slopes of Dun da
Ghaoithe .              9th: Java - Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank. Scallastle forest path - Ringtail Harrier. 
9th: 8 Whooper Swans flying down the Sound of Mull past Java, heading towards Oban

12th Lochdon.a Flock of twenty plus Redwing in our garden this morning. Andrew Oldacre.
Grey Plover at Loch na Keal
                                  October 2020 Mike Murphy
11th Loch na Keal. A Grey Plover found here today. Mike Murphy
10th Ardrioch. Just counted 26 Greenfinch on the feeders in our garden at Ardrioch. Pam & Arthur Brown

10th Garmony. Jenny Jackson had this visitor to her window ledge looking for insects, a lovely female Goldcrest

8th: Java - Red-breasted Merganser, female Sparrowhawk, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank. Scallastle forest path: 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers (2 females, 1 male).
7th: Java - Stonechat (male). 6th: Craignure/Java - 2 Red-throated Divers, Goosander, Redshank, Black Guillemot.
Nancy Somerville
9th Caliach. Arthur Brown reports a Juvenile Sabines Gull out at sea from here about mid day. Arthur Brown
6th Just to let you know we had 3 separate Jays at Fishnish Bay. Also 19 Whooper Swans over Loch Beg. .Pete

5th  On my tour today we had eight White Tailed Sea Eagles at Craignure Golf Course, all on the skerries. Also a Jay flew over us at Fishnish Bay. Pete Hall.
5th: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Curlew. By path up from Achnacroish - 3 Buzzards, adult White-tailed Eagle, Ringtail Harrier, 4 Stonechat. Scallastle Bay - pair Mallard, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, juvenile White-tailed Eagle, 6 Turnstone.
Nancy Somerville
4th: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Long-tailed Tit. 3rd: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander.
Sun 4th – Calgary Beach – 25 Pale-bellied Brent Geese passing over; Aros Bay – Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Wigeon; Garmony Point – Dipper, WT Eagle, Red-throated Diver, 10 Wigeon, 5 Turnstone, Lesser Redpoll; Loch Na Keal- 12 Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover; Ulva- WT Eagle; Laggan Bay – 9 Black Guillemot. Dougal Urquhartots,
2nd – Iona – 80+ Twite near campsite, 13 Barnacle Geese south, 14 Golden Plover, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. Dougal Urquhart.
2nd: Garmony - 6 Wigeon, 2 Goosander, 14 Turnstone. Nancy Somerville
2nd  a flock of 10 Brent Geese on Loch Scridian. A group of 7 Whooper Swans at Loch Beg and a group of 5 by the camp site at Loch na Keal.
Along the track passed the cattle grid above Ardura  a Merlin was busy bothering a Kestrel. Nigel Shannon.
2nd  Loch na Keal. 5 whooper swans low on Loch na Keal,flew right past the Lady Jane and then climbed over Eorsa. Jan and Peter Daisy   
2nd  Killiecronan, 2 Swallow.
Ted and Jane  Cooper
1st  sitting in the garden in the moonlight when a Tawny Owl flew overhead then shortly after a Barn Owl was hunting in my garden for 20 minutes. It really didn't like my Jack Russell being there and hissed at her before flying off.Nigel Shannon
1st  Killiecronan, 4 Swallow, 1 Wheatear
. Ted and Jane  Cooper
1st  Java (field by hospital) Ringtail Harrier. Scallastle forest path - 6 Buzzards, Ringtail Harrier, 5 Jays. Nancy Somerville


Two barred crossbill, a first for Mull at Pam & Arthurs Adroich Farm,. photographed by Alan Spellman 26th August 2020

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