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If anybody is up in the hills then please look out for Ring Ouzel, would be nice to confirm breeding on Mull. A photo would be even better.
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This years migrants arrivals:


Sedge Warbler
House Martin
Tree Pipit
Common Cuckoo
Blackcap
Common Sandpiper
Willow Warbler
Puffin
Barn Swallow
Chiffchaff
Sand Martin
Wheatear

22nd April
18th April
17th April
17th April
10th April
8th April
8th April
2nd April
29th March
27th March
26th March
18th March

Pam & Arthur Brown
Steve Hiscock
Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
Steve Hiscock
Stuart Gibson
Bryan Rains
Bryan Rains
Steve Hiscock
Damian Jamrozik 
Pam & Arthur Brown
Bryan Rains.
Jan Daisy
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Latest sightings for April 2017

If anybody is up in the hills then please look out for Ring Ouzel, would be nice to confirm breeding on Mull. A photo would be even better.

23rd Male Merlin at Aros Mains. Ewan  www.naturescotland.com
23rd Ardtun. Female redpoll on feeders this afternoon. Rebecca Burton
21st April- 9/10 summer plumaged Golden Plover seen in sheep fields on Iona.
19th April- 4 Common Scoter (3 males and 1 female) dropped into Loch Scridain early morning and remained until late the next day. Chris North
22nd Dervaig: a First Sedge Warbler at Dervaig reed beds this morning. Pam and Arthur Brown

Black tailed Godwits in summer plumage at Lochdon 22nd April 2017
22nd Lochdon. Black tailed Godwits again at Lochdon, about 100 birds 2:00pm. Alan Spellman
21st Lochdon 5:00pm, a flock of about 100 Black tailed Godwit flew in and landed to feed for about 30 minutes before flying off North again, most were in summer plumage and a site to behold. Alan Spellman, Rosie Saltzman
21st Tobermory: Blackap singing begind Harbour Guest House this morning. first time we've heard it this year. Richard and Liz Airley
20th A single velvet scoter flew past us yesterday in Loch Tuath heading west. Martin
20th Hybrid: Hooded x Carrion Crow at the Mishnish Lochs. Female Peregrine travelling east in waters north of Mull. Ewan
17th report 3 twite on the Benmore side of Loch Na Keal and a single on the north side of Loch Spelvey, also house martin at Croggan.  approx 100 Eider of mixed gender at the fish farm on Loch Spelve today there were 2 pairs at the far end of the loch and a despondant huddle of about 20 males in the centre of the loch perhaps making a big target for any overflying females.regular visitor  Linda Hurles
8th - 15th April:  Loch Buie: female Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, male Merlin, pair Red-throated Diver Lochdon: Male and Female Hen Harrier, Adult Sea Eagle and 2 Short-eared Owl, male Goosander. Between Lochdon and Loch Spelve: 4+ Hen Harrier (2 females, juv male ringtail + "Sky-dancing" adult male), 4 Short-eared Owl, Adult Sea Eagle, 3rd year Sea Eagle, 2 Golden Eagle (adult and sub-adult, appeared to be a pair).Glen More: 3 Golden Eagle, max of 7 Sea Eagle up together south of Beinn Tallaigh, male Merlin (mobbing Adult Sea Eagle at one point!) Three Lochs car park: 3 Short-eared Owl (2 males displaying and talon grappling) Pennyghail: Pair Hen Harrier hillside south of Hotel, Adult Sea Eagle through. Scarisdale Rocks, Loch na Keal: 2 sub-adult Sea Eagle, female Otter with well grown cubL och na Keal, head: Pair Golden Eagle, 4 young Sea Eagle up together over Loch Ba, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, pair Red-throated Diver (summer plumage), max count of 17 Slavonian Grebe, female Otter. Killiecronan, Loch na Keal: Adult male Sea Eagle, dog Otter, 2 Swallow through north with 40+ Sand Martins. Laggan Bay: Golden Eagle, male Merlin, Red-throated Diver (winter plumage), 2 Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 2 pairs Buzzard, 2 pairs Kestrel
Paul Thomas, Sheffield, S. Yorks (South Peak Raptor Study Group)
18th - Loch Cuin/Lagganulva: Eight Redshanks feeding at head of Loch Cuin and two Swallows seen at Lagganulva; a pair of Grey Wagtails and two pairs of Shelduck were at Killiechronan, Loch na Keal. Stuart Gibson
16th - Entrance to Sound of Mull: A Great Skua was harassing a flock of Manx Shearwaters at the NW entrance/exit of the Sound of Mull this afternoon.
Stuart Gibson
18th April. First House Martin seen this morning at Croggan. Steve Hiscock
17th I heard a cuckoo in the forest behind lochdon yesterday morning and saw a redwing feeding on some ivy in the same place. .
Really  enjoying reading your site. Thanks for the hard work in keeping it updated, it's great. Andrea Mackenzie (on holiday)
17th We had first Tree Pipit singing at Glen Aros (2) this morning. Ten+  Great Northern Divers in Loch Na Keal this afternoon, and 7 off Grasspoint. Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
17th April 11.15  Mulls first Cuckoo of the year  calling at Croggan Steve Hiscock

Common Cuckoo April 2016 -  Alan Spellman
13th An Eurasian Jay at Lochdon/Torosay area.11th Hen Harrier ringtails at Loch Buie, Ulva, and Loch Spelve. also at Loch Buie on 14th were Peregrine, five Yellowhammers.   Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
9th Loch Buie two Great northern divers, 2 Red throated divers.  Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
8th April afirst Whinchat at loch spelve, Loch Buie  Woodcock roding. Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday 
16th Calgary - both eagle types feeding on a carcass at various times early in the week, Peregrine over, Redwing still in wood at start of week. Male Merlin 
off a nearby road. Black throated Diver off Croig on Monday, Great Northern at Calgary. Yesterday 7 Barnacle Geese left Iona and Male Hen Harriers one at either end of Glen More.  visitor Marvin Muxlow
14th - Loch na Keal: A Slavonian Grebe still present on Loch na Keal, opposite Kellan this afternoon. Stuart Gibson,Ewan Miles  www.naturescotland.com 
13th - Bloody Bay Several Gannets, eight Razorbills and 10 Kittiwakes in the vicinity of the fish farm. Stuart Gibson
12th - Lochdon marshes/Three Lochs Single Short-eared Owls at the Three Lochs and Lochdon marshes; two Woodcock at dusk, near Aros Park entrance. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles.  www.naturescotland.com
12h Glen More: Short eared Owls at Glenmore three lochs this evening. Jim and Linda Hurles
10th - Ardnacross: Six summer-plumaged Golden Plover on the moss near An-Sean Chaistiel, where there were two pairs of Lapwing, also; a pair of Ringed Plovers were present in suitable breeding habitat at the Broch, where a single Common Sandpiper was also present. Stuart Gibson and Chris Austick
10th Tobermory: a slightly earlier than usual first male Blackcap has been singing this morning in Prison Bray. Stuart Gibson.
9th Tiercel Peregrine and WIllow Warbler at Caliach with Manx Shearwaters off shore. 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 40 plus Golden Plovers at the head of
Loch na Keal.   Ewan
8th Torosay :Two Chiffchaffs in song on the estate this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
8th Loch Cuin: four beautiful summer plunmaged Black tailed Godwit here. Arthur Brown
8th  Beach: First Willow Warbler. Loch Beg 1 Common Sandpiper. Bryan Rains. www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
8th  15.00 Loch Beg:  First Common Sandpiper. Steve Hiscock

portrait of a Tree Creeper by Neil Predergast
4th  Three red throated divers on loch Scridain next to at least 6 razorbill, great northern divers and red breasted merganser. quite a busy area. 
Jacqui and Mike Murphy. www.enjoymull.co.uk

female Wheatear at Loch na Keal. 4th April 2017. Alan Spellman
4th April 3 chiffchaff and a single swallow between Garmony and Fishnish, Jan Daisy
4th 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 5 Golden Plovers at Caliach. Ewan  www.naturescotland.com
3rd  At fishnish. Gannets and big raft of guillimots. At least  300 more further round corner. Jacquie Murphy.  www.enjoymull.co.uk
2nd Torosay: a Eurasian Jay here flying over the road. John Preston.
2nd An hour and half sea watching at Cailaich Point this morning brought first 2 Puffins, several small rafts of Razorbills, larger rafts of Guillemots, 5 Black Guillemots, 4 Gannets, 4 Fulmar, several Kittiwakes, 2 Great Northern Divers and shags. At Dervaig 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls with Common Gulls. Arthur and Pam Brown
1st In the three days of counting I counted 501 Great Northern Divers off about 68% of the Mull coastline. 357 of these were in the four big sea lochs where densities always seem to be higher than around the more open coast, but I would think an entire Mull population between 23rd and 25th March of around 600 would be not unreasonable. Dave Shackleton.


Tiree Sightings: March 2017
Best birds were three different Sea Eagles on various dates including two 2CY birds together at Loch a Phuill (1st) and a wandering 3CY bird. Up to 10 juvenile Glaucous Gulls were scattered around the island throughout the month. Spring migrants included 20 Goldcrests (from 2nd), 4 Chiffchaffs (from 14th), Wheatears at Gott (25th) and Sandaig (26th) and a Swallow at Barrapol (30th). There were also increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits about. Whooper Swan passage was noted from 10th with a peak of 316 birds (21st). Other scarcities included a Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain (21st), a drake Pochard at Loch a Phuill (3rd) with a female Scaup there throughout, a Short-eared Owl at Balinoe (18th), a Mistle Thrush at The Glebe (1st), single Fieldfares at Vaul (7th) and Gott (13th) and a Dunnock at Meningie (11th). all-island count (13th-14th) found a high total of 4,644 Barnacle Geese, as well as 951 Greenland White-fronts, 1,544 Greylags, 2,160 Golden Plovers and 200 Redwing.
John Bowler

male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016
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