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Latest November reports for 2018



Latest October reports for   2018

18th  October. at Lochdon a single Brambling (must be more about) Steve Hiscock   Photograph by Steve
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 bird’s reporting a rare vagrant - a Little Egret. In case it’s 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

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


 

Tiree Sightings: September 2018

 

In an exciting month here, best birds were up to 6 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers including 1 at Sandaig (1st-5th), 2 at Vaul (12th), 2 at Kenovay (12th) and 1 at Loch a’ Phuill (21st), the long staying adult American Golden Plover at Sandaig (1st-24th) which was joined by a second adult (12th), a Pectoral Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (27th), an Icterine Warbler at Balephuil (7th), a 1st-winter Red-backed Shrike at Heylipol church(23rd-30th), a lingering adult Rose-coloured Starling at Kenovay (1st-4th) and a Barred Warbler at Cornaigmore (30th). Other good birds included a Black-throated Diver of Hynish (25th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (2nd),14+ Common Redpolls including 2 large dark rostrata birds at Carnan Mor (15th) and 2 Lapland Buntings at Sandaig (23rd). Sea-watching produced a Leach’s Petrel (19th), 5 Storm Petrels, 27 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Arctic Skuas and 11 Great Skuas and a surprise Little Auk off Aird (30th).

 

An absence of easterly winds meant that migrant passerines were in short supply, but these still included a Grasshopper Warbler (3rd), 7 Blackcaps (from 1st), 4 Chiffchaffs (from 26th), 17 Willow Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers (to 12th), 5 Dunnocks, some 14 Goldcrests, 7 Goldfinches (from 24th) and 19 White Wagtails. There were late Sand Martins (to 14th), House Martins at Balephuil (7th) and Vaul (8th), plus 3 Redwings (from 25th).

 

Wader passage was intermittent and thinner than usual but included peaks of 365 Sanderling, 550 Golden Plover at Sandaig (14th), 8 Ruff, 42 Knot, 6 Whimbrel,14 Bar-tailed Godwits, at least 215 Black-tailed Godwits (4th) and a fall of at least 500 Snipe (17th). Returning winter visitors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Kestrels and 6 Merlins. Wildfowl passage included 23 Whooper Swans (from 27th), at least 18 Pale-bellied Brent (from 11th), 16 Pinkfeet (from 5th), 7 Barnacle Geese (30th), 1 Long-tailed Duck (11th), 3 Shoveler (18th), 2 Pintail (14th) and 5 Gadwall (14th).

 

Dr John Bowler

red necked grebe
                            bryan rains

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