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Judith's bench which the land owner asked to be removed from the end of the Gorten road has now been re-homed
about 250 yards in from the start of the Ardura Community Forest for all to enjoy.

The Argyll bird club is carrying out a survey of Nuthatches this spring            
Latest reports for May  2021

9th excellent views of  Arctic Terns, (first of the year) on rocks just in front of us at Craignure Golf Course. Pete Hall
 9th Osprey over Lochdon (first of the year) heading to lily Loch.. Jacqui Murphy

8th Short-Eared Owl seen throughout this week at Balure and Fellonmore. Thomas Jones 

8th A single Little Grebe on our lochan  The Moorhen is still around too. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.Tony Jeffree
8th : First two swallows seen at Scallastle and also two more at the Golf Course. Very bright male Siskin on our garden feeder
: Pair of swallows over the Garmony shore path.
Gary Wiltshire
7th The Common Crane was briefly seen at Quinish, before flying off.

7th Dervaig a Greenshank and 9 Dunlins. On Ulva, we were pleased to locate a Heronry with 21 active nests plus a White Wagtail and a Bullfinch. Tim Dixon
7th Just seen  20 Whimbrel,   6  Dublin  around Aldalnish beach.   Peter skinner

6th  Langamull  a Corncrake (the first reported this year) being chased (in flight) by a hooded crow. Also saw a pair of dunlin on the shore.  Pete.Walkden
4th We had the pleasure of watching the Common Crane at Treshnish. Prasad has a good photograph of it in flight.  I took some of it feeding in the field and taking off when disturbed by some Greylags, not great quality.It was seen at Glengorm on 5th.Carolyne Charrington  (and John & Pam Hall) (The previous and only other Mull record was at Bunessan in May 1975)
5th Just to let you know that we put up a Barn Owl Box near to the Community Tree Nursery at Dervaig last evening.It is on a Scots Pine and is surrounded by clear fell overlooking the water treatment plant and nursery Moray Finch
4th clearly a large fall of Wheatear in the Fanmore/Torloisk/Dervaig area with 40+ seen, many of them seemed to to be Greenland birds (Oenanthe oenanthe
leucorhoa) and this confirmed today (5th) by a road casualty male picked up at Burg which had a wing length of 105mm.Also on 4th at Traigh na Cille - a singing Redstart, a singing Yellowhammer and a male White Wagtail.Today at Calgary in the rocks at the north end of the beach a good candidate "littoralis" Rock Pipit with reduced breast streaking, an obvious very grey head, rear neck and mantle, a very obvious and striking pale supercilium and sub-moustachial stripe and a contrasting pale throat.Tim Dixon

4th, male Whinchat near Ulva ferry port today . (we have photo) Rosemary and Michael Knights
4th Home Farm area near the Quinish estate in Dervaig this morning and heard a nuthatch calling. Also a treecreeper and wood warbler in the same area, and on the walk back to the road, spotted three crossbills spooked by a hunting sparrowhawk.Pete.Walkden
1st Peregrine at Gruline early afternoon. Lee Dutton and Angharad Jones.
1st Merlin flying across the Grasspoint Road today, late morning, before soaring over the far hillside. .Andy & Diana
1st Pair of black throated diver at lochbuie, single black-throated diver at Loch Spelve. 2 Dunlin, Pair of Woodcock and 4 summer plumage golden plover at Loch Na keal. Whinchat at Pennygheal. .Lee Dutton & Angharad Jones

1st Cuckoo at Glengorm, food passing hen harrier and Whinchat pair just past Lochdon, SEO, Woodcock and 4 Cuckoo at Loch Spelve, Green sandpiper Lochbuie. Pair of yellow hammer at Ballygown. Lee Dutton and Angharad Jones.
Latest reports for April  2021
39th Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit in local oakwoods this week. 2 Carrion Crows on Glengorm and a pair of Twite in NW Mull the week previous. A lone Pink-footed Goose in with Greylags at Dervaig. Ewan Miles

Photographs by Lucie Howard
30th Dervaig. Just to let you know that there was a Hawfinch on our patio around 1.30 p.m. this afternoon.  It was feeding on the ground.  Never seen one here before.  We live at Dervaig. Sheelagh Joan Still, also reported by Lucie Howard
29th C 80+ Ravens, Glengorm.
Lee Dutton and Angharad Jones.
28th Whinchat, Loch Beg. Pair Goldeneye, Loch Peallach.
27th Lochbuie Adult black throated diver & Cuckoo.
Lee Dutton and Angharad Jones.
 29th   first Sedge Warbler seen at Dervaig Reed bed today.  Pam & Arthur Brown

27th Torosay. Nice Whinchat photographed today at Torosay hill farm. Mike Murphy
27th 3 Tufted Ducks 2 males & a female at the end of Loch Cuin early morning probably on passage.Pam & Arthur Brown

26th  Craignure.  13 (five in one group) Whimbrel and eight Linnets. Stuart Gibson.
26th Craignure, Isle of Mull A brief chuckle of Whitethroat song was heard this afternoon.Stuart Gibson
25th Eider calling in Scallastle Bay this afternoon. Redstart in the garden at Scallastle. Countless Wheatear along the south shore of Loch na Keal. Gary Wiltshire
24th Numerous Buzzard soaring on the thermals today, plus Willow Warbler in abundance.Reed Bunting male at Ardnadrochet Farm, along with male & female Cuckoo.Below the farm was a newly arrived Whinchat. Andrew Oldacre

23rd About 12 Sand Martins on Kilvickeon Beach. They were getting nests ready in the sand bank. On the track down to Scoor I counted 17 willow warblers singing. And I heard a Cuckoo. Rebecca Burton
23rd Common Sandpiper back in Lochdon, above the bridge. picked up on sound, before actually seeing it.Andrew Oldacre
23rd April 2021 - Craignure/Torosay, Isle of Mull Single Wood Warbler part-song, singing male Blackcap, passage male Wheatear, four migrant Whimbrel and two White Wagtails. Two separate Lesser Redpolls back in breed haunts. Three Great Northern Divers offshore, one calling. Two Common Sandpipers in separate territories, one displaying. Three pairs of Canada Geese and 5 pairs of Greylag Geese, potentially getting ready to breed; up to nine pairs of pre-breeding Oystercatcher in area. None have settled yet, although an egg has been laid which has been predated.
Stuart Gibson
22nd  Tree Pipit at Ardrioch Wood and this evening Short Eared Owl and Cuckoo at Reudle. Pam & Arthur Brown

22nd  tree pipit singing in cleared forest near Baliscate chapel ruins Mike Wagemakers
22nd  Cuckoo seen & heard on the comms tower by Ardnadrochet Farm Andrew Oldacre
22nd  Tobermory Singing male Chiffchaff at bottom of Prison Brae/Main Street this morning. Stuart Gibson
21st: Craignure - Great Northern Diver (close to full summer plumage), drake Mallard, 5 Willow Warblers singing. Garmony - pair Shelduck, pair Mallard, 10 Eider, Oystercatchers copulating, Golden Plover, at least 6 Willow Warblers singing.
20th: Java - Red-throated Diver, Common Sandpiper, 2 Willow Warblers (singing), 2 Crossbill.
Nancy Somerville
21st  Cuckoo heard along the Grasspoint Road.Lots of Willow Warbler now …Andrew Oldacre
19th   Short Eared Owls near loch Torr and 2 Hares this evening 
Pam & Arthur Brown
20th   Lesser Redpolls returned to our Ardrioch Garden
21st  Magpie at Burg by Reudle at the same area as a couple of years ago  a pair of Linnets at Knock Pam & Arthur Brown
21st Just heard first cuckoo this year from house in Scallastle. Bird in Scallastle Forest.
Gary Wiltshire

20th  Craignure  Two Common Sandpipers back in territory; two pairs of Grey Wagtails that overwintered are still in the area; two Whimbrel and 15 migrant Redshank. A calling Chiffchaff in atypical habitat was persistent and likely to be a migrant.
Stuart Gibson
19th: Craignure - 2 Great Northern Diver, Willow Warbler. Scallastle forest path - 2 Woodpeckers drumming, Willow Warbler singing.
Nancy Somerville
18th: Craignure  Great Northern Diver, pair Mallard, pair Pied Wagtail.17th: Java - pair Mallard, Bullfinch.Nancy Somerville
18th Cuckoo at croggan also several snipe calling on the way Jacqui Murphy
16th: Craignure - 3 Great Northern Diver, pair Mallard, male Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common (I think) Snipe, Black Guillemot, Chiffchaff.
15th: Craignure/Java - Red-throated Diver, 340 Pink-footed Geese flying over at 10am, pair Mallard, male Red-breasted Merganser, Black Guillemot.Nancy Somerville

17th - Craignure Two White Wagtails, single Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel, with a lone Crossbill calling as it passed overhead. Stuart Gibson
17th Tobermory. Single Nuthatch this pm; first on our peanut feeder, then it came in to our window seed feeder.
GR NM 50186 55015. We think female. Jenny Reddaway
16th just looked out on the feeders and a male and female Red pol were there. What a treat.Jacqui  and Mike Murphy
14th: Path from Achnacroish up slopes of Dun da Ghaoithe - 10 Buzzards in the air together, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Ringtail Harrier, numerous Skylark singing, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, numerous Meadow Pipit (including flock of 20+), pair Pied Wagtail. Also, three skeins Pink-footed Geese flying north up the Sound, (100 at 11.40am, 160 at 12.20pm, 60 at 1pm).Jenny Jackson and Nancy Somerville
13th: Craignure - Great Northern Diver, Mallard drake, pair Red-breasted Merganser, pair of Oystercatchers copulating.

12th: Craignure - pair Red-breasted Merganser. Craignure-Torosay coastline - (Common?) Snipe, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit.

11th: Craignure - 91 Pink-footed Geese flying over (at 9.45am), pair Red-breasted Merganser, Woodpecker drumming.Nancy Somerville
15th I dragged my old bones up to the trig point at Cailaich this morning. We saw rafts of Razorbills, Guillemots and Manx Shearwaters, there were also a few Black Guillemots, Shags and Gannets, a total of 5 Fulmar were counted and there were lots of distant Kittiwakes. On the point were Wheatears and Meadow Pipits but birds of the morning were a pair of Twite very near the top. Pam & Arthur Brown

15th Heard and then saw a First Cuckoo down at Grasspoint this lunchtime. Pete Walkden
15th - CraignureTwo further skeins of Pink-footed Geese north-west over Craignure (both similar-sized totalling around 180 birds) between 13.30 - 14.00 hrs; four White Wagtails, and single Wheatear and Whimbrel.
14th - CraignureA solitary Common Sandpiper.Stuart Gibson
14th Torosay  210 Pink-footed Geese in two skeins between 13.30 - 13.50 hrs heading North.  Stuart Gibson
13th between Dervaig and Tobermory near Loch Torr and we saw 5 Hen Harriers, 2 Short-eared Owls, a Woodcock and 4 Hares. Pam & Arthur Brown
12th 50+ Manx Shearwaters off Cailaich this evening feeding along the tide line, Puffins going through with Guillemots and Razorbills and also a single Black Guillemot was seen and a few Gannets mostly on the water.Pam & Arthur Brown
13th There were half a dozen or so swallows flying around the Kellan Wood area this afternoon. Occasionally perching on the overhead lines. Pete Walkden
13th Lochdon.  a Blackcap in the garden  also a male Yellowhammer  today  has visited  a few times also a female no more sightings  of  Nuthatch.  Val and Dave  Owen

12th Lochdon area. There was a Long-eared owl quartering the fields yesterday evening.

Long tailed tit, photo by Nancy Somerville
12th Killiechronan Campsite.  30 Golden Plover in breeding plumage on the grass by the river Ba .Felicity Pollard
12th Chiffchaff Tobermory Aros Park. Mike Wagemakers
12th - Loch Torr  Single Willow Warbler in song. Also, singing Grey Wagtail, near hide.Stuart Gibson

12th  Tobermory  First Blackcap in song, Ledaig car park this morning.Stuart Gibson
11th  Common Sandpiper this morning,  it mooched around the seaweed in the coves of Croig, at the entrance to Loch Cuin. Pete Walkden.
11th  At Cailaich today Jack Snipe and an Arctic Skua also in field 20 Golden Plover and a small flock of Redwings.
10th Bullfinches in the big tree on right of bridge when parked in Gruline Chuch car park looking towards Knock Pam & Arthur Brown
11th Nuthatch
in our garden  this afternoon  on sunflower  feeder then goes in oak tree Treetops  Lochdon Val and Dave Owen
10th: Craignure - Great Northern Diver, pair Mallard, Woodpecker drumming. Scallastle Bay - 2 Great Northern Diver, pair Wigeon, pair Goosander, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Redshank, Swallow9th: Craignure/Java - Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Gannet flying over the bay, 2 Meadow Pipit, pair Bullfinch
8th: Java - pair Mallard, approx 12 Meadow Pipit, pair Bullfinch.Nancy Somerville
9th - Torosay A  (first) Willow Warbler was seen and heard calling as it braved the wintry showers.Stuart Gibson

8th Moorhen still resident on our lochan - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.Tony Jeffree
7th Aros Park. A reliable report of a Nuthatch in Aros Park .Dave Sexton

7th: Craignure/Java - Great Northern Diver, 8 Goosander, 2 Meadow pipit.Nancy Somerville
7th: Craignure -Torosay forest path - 3 Treecreeper, 6 Bullfinch (4m,2f), mixed flock of 20+ Redwings (mainly) and Song Thrushes. Duart Bay - Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Meadow Pipit. Nancy Somerville & Jenny Jackson
6th: Java - pair Mallard, pair Red-breasted Merganser, 6+ Meadow Pipit. Gannet flying over Craignure Bay.Nancy Somerville

5th: Java - Curlew, 15 Meadow Pipits, Chiffchaff. Salen/Aros Bridge - Swallow. Nancy Somerville
4th: Java - 7 Goosander, pair Siskin.
3rd: Craignure/Java - Great Northern Diver, Chiffchaff. Scallastle forest path - 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

5th  a first Common Sandpiper beside one of the stone bridges on the south side of Loch Na Keal on  
5th 2 Great Skua off Erraid  with gannets and guillemots. Jamie Morton

4th I had Treecreeper, Meadow Pipit and two Sand Martin today. Andrew Oldacre
4th 3 Gannets off Treshnish Point and a Red Grouse on Dervaig end of The Torloisk hill road Snipe still sowing well at Dervaig
Pam & Arthur Brown
3rd Winter not over yet, There was a Glaucous Gull In Lagganulva Bay in with lots of other Gulls.Pam & Arthur Brown
2nd April - CraignureThree migrant White Wagtails Iceland or even Greenland bound.Stuart Gibson
2nd  a pair of Reed bunting further towards Craignure, and another male hen harrier
Jacqui Murphy
2nd  at the farmhouse by Loch Spelve were.two Short eared owls. and a male and female hen harrier. Torosay Hill farmhouse were several sand martin. Jacqui Murphy
2nd: Craignure - Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, both seen and heard.Nancy Somerville

Today 2nd April on Loch na Keal - Alan
2nd A Whimbrel on NW Mull and a skein of c120 Pink-footed Geese overhead. Ewan Miles
1st  Langamull, we saw a White tailed eagle, a golden eagle, a male merlin,  wheatear and two ringed plovers at the beach, and a female hen harrier on the walk back to the car park. Pete.Walkden  

White fronted goose seeing off a pair of greylags. Pam Brown
1st A lone House Martin greeted me as I stepped outside yesterday at Gorsten. First of the year here.Jamie Morton
1st A White Fronted Goose at Dervaig this morning with Greylags Pam & Arthur Brown
1st  Loch na Keal, male Wheatears displaying & staking out territory, Rock Pipits the same, & Curlew enjoying the sun.. Alan
1st A Chiffchaff singing in Dervaig this AM. Ewan Miles

31st As well as seeing three Wheatears along the south side of the loch today, I'm pretty sure I spotted a House Martin flying around, near the bridge west of Ben More car park. Pete. 
31st 6 Whooper Swans on Loch Cuin, 15-20 Sand Martins feeding over Loch Torr, 44 Pied Wagtails at the Dervaig roost. Ewan Miles


Our bird of the year 2020 the two barred crossbill at Ardrioch by Dervaig 24th - 27th August 2020,

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