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Spring migrants arrivals 2018
14th March Wheatear 1 male at Calgary by the churchyard. Visitor Ian Hartley
Latest reports for March 2018

20th Sandwich Tern  Ardalandish today and 12 purple sandpiper Croggan.   Spike Webb,Susie Lane
18th Sound of Mull-Golf course: five Goosander 4 males and one female, four Great northern diver and Turnstones. Alan Spellman

Grey Heron                                                                                                  Mistle Thrush 
17th March  Pennyghael - Long staying Red-necked Grebe still present, Crossbill(s) callling in pines by road, 1 Red throated Diver. Golden Eagle adult Glen More. Hen Harrier female Torness & another female over at Loch Spelve. Red throated Diver 1 Craignure. Ian Hartley
17th Two Iceland Gulls (one adult, one Imm). Loch na Keal and Salen Bay. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com
16th Fidden - Lapwing 55, Golden Plover 21, Barnacle Goose 175, Greenland White-fronted Goose 8. Pennyghael - Red-necked Grebe still present, 2 adult White-tailed Eagles, 1 Kittiwake, 37 Great Northern Divers in evening. Aird of Kinloch - 1 Merlin, 3 Greenshank, Golden Eagle - 1 adult Uluvalt, 1 adult Torness. Hen Harriers - 1 Uluvalt, 1 Torness, 1 Glen More, Loch Na Keal - 3 Goosander, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 1 2ndW Iceland Gull at fish farm.  Merlin over Aird of Kinloch. Ian Hartley

15th March 2018. on the south shore of  Loch Scridain is this  rare vagrant Red necked Grebe.   photo by Stepnen Hiscock,

15th Red necked Grebe - appeared absent early morning but present at 1pm. Hen Harrier - 4 Carsaig, 4 Glen More, 3 Uluvelt. White tailed Eagle - adult Carsaig, imm Uluvelt, 3 imms Scallastle. Golden Eagle 1 imm. Glen More, adult Uluvelt. Black throated Diver 1 Carsaig, also a Red throated Diver there and 6 Great Northern Divers.. Goosander 4 males and 1 female Scallastle
Crossbill 2 Glen More. Great Northern Diver 35 off Pennyghael this evening  Ian Hartley
15th Red-necked Grebe at Pennyghael today, a little closer but very poor light. Steve Hiscock
14th 25 Greenland WF Geese at Fidden. 12 Whooper Swans heading north up the Sound of Mull. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams 

Wheatear 2005
14th March Wheatear 1 male at Calgary by churchyard,  Red necked Grebe still present off Pennyghael, Great Northern Diver 42 roosting off Pennyghael this evening, Hen Harrier 1 male Loch Spelve, 1 male near Dervaig, 2 males and 4 ringtails Glen Aros. White-tailed Eagle 1 adult Glen Aros, Whooper Swan 2 Loch Don, Red throated Diver 1 Salen Bay, 1 Calgary Bay, Greenshank 2 Dervaig, 1 Loch a Ghleannain, 1 Loch Spelve
Crossbill 4 Glen Aros. Visitor Ian Hartley
14th Lochdon a small skein of twelve Whoopers flying North over Lochdon this morning about ten o'clock. Alan Spellman
14th Salen Pier: Iceland Gull. Greenshank. Little Grebe. Great Northern Diver. Wigeon 30. Aros River :Dipper 2 (one with nesting material in mouth)
14th An leth-onn  Hen Harrier male - seen morning and late afternoon. Loch na Keal: Ringed Plover. Oystercatchers paired and seen as if holding territory. Spaced every 200 - 300 metres. Stephen Kirkup
13th Loch scridain: Red necked Grebe (close for photos). Fields west of Bunessan NM335232:. Greylag 31.  Barnacle 7 mixed flock
Fidden: Greylags 21. Rooks 21. Jackdaw - single bird being 'bullied' by Rooks. Lapwings 11
Ardtun: Water Rail  Stephen Kirkup
13th  White-tailed Eagle - imm at Ardfenaig Farm, 2 Adults Skoor, 2 adults and an imm Uluvalt in evening. Whooper Swan 3 Loch Poit, 5 at Scoor. 11 north over Sound of Iona. Barnacle Goose 140 on Iona. Red throated Diver 2 Sound of Iona, 3 off Pennyghael. Golden Eagle 2 Skoor, 5 from Uluvalt in evening. Hen Harrier 1 female Uluvalt. Long-eared Owl 2 calling in forest just NE of UluvaltRed necked Grebe still at Pennyghael. Red Necked  Grebe has usually been out of photo range when I've seen it. Ian Hartley
13th - Craignure/Torosay. A single Crossbill calling overhead at Scallastle; five pairs of Rock Pipit pairing up, with two males in part-song flight; two pairs of Grey Wagtails; two Greenshank; two Great Northern Divers; and two pairs of Goosander (a bird I've not previously encountered along this stretch of coast). Stuart Gibson
12th Fields behind Ardlanish bay: Greylag Geese 50. Golden plover 40 winter/summer plumage range, Oystercatcher flock of 60
Lapwings 20-30, Curlew flock of 15. Barnacle Goose - single bird in mixed flock of gulls on beach.  Stephen Kirkup. North Sutherland Wildlife Group
Loch Cuin: Goldeneye 3 male 4 female, Merganser 2 male
Traigh Mor, Loch na Lathaich NM380235:, Barnacle geese 6, Shelduck 8, Teal 8. Lapwings 5
12th - Scallastle Crossbills overhead, with several male Goldcrests in song and a single Dipper along the upper reaches of the river. Stuart Gibson
12th off Java point, Craignure: a red throated diver and Greenshank off Java point earlier today. photos by Nancy Somerville
12th   Red-necked Grebe still present Pennyghael, Hen Harrier females at Uluvalt and above Laggan Bridge, Golden Eagle at Beinn Bheag, Knock, White-tailed Eagle imm at Killiemor ,Iceland Gull (2ndW) and 2 Glaucous Gulls (both 1stW) following lobster boat on Loch Na Keal, also 1stW Glaucous at Knock fishfarm, Slavonian Grebe 13 Loch na Keal, Red throated Diver 2 Loch Na Keal, Great Northern Diver 51 Loch Scridain this evening, mostly off Pennyghael; 34 Loch Na Keal. visiitor Ian Hartley
12th Sky dancing male Hen Harrier, NW Mull. a pre-roost of four Slavonian Grebes next to fifty plus Great-northern Divers rafting up in Loch na Keal. A bat out hunting in Calgary at 3pm! Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams 
11th On Mull for a week - so here are some sightings for 11th March. Great Northern Diver 32 on Loch Scridain in morning, 28 on Loch Na Keal in evening
Slavonian Grebe 2 on south side of Loch Na Keal Red necked Grebe still at Pennyghael.Common Crossbill 2 (male and female) in pines behind Kinlock Hotel
Iceland Gull - 3rd W flew east along Loch Scridain in morning Greenshank - singles at Aird of Kinloch, Kinfinichan Bay and Craignure (latter for 10th March)
Otters - 2 Loch na Keal southside Hen Harrier 4 birds today: ringtails at Lower Ardtun, Glen More and Uluvalt, displaying male also at Uluvalt
Golden Eagle - adult over Maol nan Damh WT Eagle - on north side of Scridain at far west end Didn't find the snow buntings Ian Hartley Lancaster Environment Centre Lancaster University
11th  Loch Harrison: 14 Whooper swans on the little loch next to loch Assapol.  Mrs Rebecca Burton
9th - Beinn a' Ghraig (from Knock) A Common Snipe was flushed at 200 metres up the mountain, while ca. 6 Meadow Pipits were seen, including a partially displaying male and two birds over the summit (591 metres/1,800 feet); a drake Goosander was on Loch Ba at the start of our ascent - Stuart Gibson/Ewan Miles

 Ptarmigan above Lochdon early March. Richard Atkinson                     Snow Buntings in Glen More 8th March 2018 Alan Spellman
8th Glen More: a small flock of Snow Buntings at the highest point, feeding by the roadside. on the south shore of  Loch Scridain is  'rare vagrant'' Red necked Grebe.  Andy Oldacre, Stepnen Hiscock, Alan Spellman. 

on the south shore of  Loch Scridain is  rare vagrant Red necked Grebe.   photo by Stepnen Hiscock,
6th Loch Cuin Dervaig: the Kingfisher has returned to Loch Cuin also an Alipna Dunlin in winter plumage. Pam and Arthur Brown
4th March A Red Grouse seen at Reudle
5th March 2 Pink Footed Geese in a field off the track to Ardalanish Beach, Reed Buntings here as well. Fidden large numbers of Lapwings and Golden Plovers in a mixed flock. At Loch Beg 3 Hen Harriers, 2 Buzzards, a Golden eagle and a Merlin all inter acting with each other. Pam & Arthur Brown www.discovermull.co.uk
5th March Loch Scridain 1 Red-necked Grebe. Stephen Hiscock. and Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
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Tiree Sightings: January 2018
Best birds were a Glossy Ibis which stayed all month at Cornaigmore (1st-7th) and then at Balevullin (10th-31st), a first-winter Ring-billed Gull at Barrapol (26th) and a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch a Phuill (1st). There was a big influx of white-winged gulls during the month involving up to 10 Iceland Gulls from 7th (7 juveniles and 3 x 2nd-winters) and 20 Glaucous Gulls from 14th (14 juveniles, 5 x 2nd-winters and 1 near-adult), plus a very early Great Skua at Gott Bay (29th). Other scarcities included up to 4 Scaup at Loch a Phuill all month, a dead Little Auk at the Ringing Stone (25th), an early Puffin off NW Mull (25th), 4 Jack Snipe, 3Woodcock, at least 17 wintering Goldfinches, an influx of up to 28 Fieldfares (from 3rd), 2 Moorhens at Sandaig (22nd), odd Water Rails and 8 Snow Buntings at Sorobaidh Bay (13th).An all-island count (15th-16th) found 5,102 Barnacle Geese, 901 Greenland White-fronts and 1,703 Greylags, plus 132 Whooper Swans, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 2,910 Golden Plover and 2,490 Lapwing. Scarce waterbirds included just 3 Long-tailed Duck at Hough Bay (30th), 28 Shoveler (22nd), 2 Pintail at Loch a Phuill and55 Shelduck around the coast. Raptors included at least 5 Hen Harriers, 5 Merlin,3 Sparrowhawk and up to 6 Peregrine throughout. A survey of the entire coastline(29th-31st) found 799 Ringed Plover, 734 Turnstone, 731 Sanderling, 730 Curlew, 499 Oystercatcher, 302 Redshank, 284 Dunlin, 49 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Grey Plover and 3 Knot plus 72 Great Northern Divers, 94 Cormorants, 706 Shags and194 Rock Pipits.     John Bowler

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This is the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull.  PA64 6AP
This is the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull.  PA64 6AP