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Latest reports for September 2019

15th Loch na Keal/ I couldn't find the Pectoral Sandpiper today, but there again I sometimes can't find my socks in the morning. Alan Spellman
15th Killiechrionan. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, lots of Ringed Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Oystercather. lots of Meadow Pipits and smaller numbers of Pied Wagtails along Loch na Keal shore line

15th Dervaig.Just had an Osprey flying north over Dervaig at 10:10 am. visitor Greg Baker
14th David Jardine saw the Pectoral Sand again today at 11am t the same location. pp Jim Dickson
13th Port na Ba Beach, Croig: 1 juv Knot with 14 Ringed Plover plus Arctic Tern offshore and c30 Twite in the area. Greg Bake

12th Killiechronan: 84 Ringed Plover, 19 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 1 Peregrine. Kellan: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 White-tailed Eagle. Loch Scridain: 1 Black-throated Diver, 28 Common Eider (all males).. Lochdon (Lethfhonn): 5 Hen Harrier, 2 White-tailed Eagles. Glen More: 3 White-tailed Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle. Greg Baker
11th  About 100 pale-bellied geese seen flying past Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and over us at Caliach Point. Heading south and they seemed to have no intention of landing. About 5pm. Tina Stafford and Tony Nayager
12th Loch na Keal.First post for us, yesterday at Loch na Keal  a very rare. juvenile pectoral sandpiper.  it was about 250 yards from the pontoon on the south side. Mel and Mike Ricketts

juvenile pectoral
 a rare Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was at Loch na Keal on 12th September
11th a little egret  south shore of Loch na Keal flying west. about a mile east of Dhiseig, Tony Nayager and Tina Stafford
11th  a little egret today. Flew between Ben more car park and the track just after the river. Mike and  Jacquie Murphy
11th: Craignure/Java - 3 red-breasted mergansers, curlew. Aros estuary - 2 curlews.
10th: Craignure/Java - 3 red-breasted mergansers, 2 curlews.Nancy Somerville
11th Lochdon: 1 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 3 Wigeon and 1 Little Grebe. Lochbuie: 3 Golden Plover. visitor Greg Baker
10th For today: 2 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Goosander and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers at Aros Estuary. Also 6 White-tailed Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles at Loch na Keal.
Greg Baker
9th Quinish point 25 Lapwings here this morning. Laura Percy
9th Whimbrel at Croig. GN Diver on Loch Tuath and LN Keal. 4 Slavonian Grebes on LN Keal. Ewan Miles (and Steve Chapman)
9th a young Barn owl being ringed yesterday, one of four, lets hope they make it through the winter months. Alan

young barn owl being
                                          ringed September 2019
7th Glen Bellart: 3 Golden Eagle and male Merlin.  Loch na Keal: 27 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Golden Eagle, 1 White-tailed Eagle.  Dervaig: 128 Pied Wagtails on wires at dusk.  Greg Baker
6th Staying at Aros for a week and had a walk down to the estuary early morning. Sightings included 3 Common Crossbills in the conifers by Aros Castle, 2 Greenshanks and a pair of Goosanders.  Also 2 Willow Warblers and a Blackcap. Greg Baker
5th  Black-tailed Godwit on the north side of Salen bay and a Greenshank on the south end. c25 Bar-tailed Godwits over the Sound of Mull heading south. 7 Turnstones at Kellan on the Loch na Keal shore. RT Diver on Mishnish lochs. Ewan Miles 
5th 1 peregrine Quinish coast/point-stalling into the wind, 2spotted flycatcher near Quinish house.Roadside Loch on south side of b873 held a red throated diver yesterday. Richard Whitley.
3rd Iona. 2 Golden Plover dropped onto the golf course Amy Robjohns.

3rd Ardmore shore.  1 white wagtail -ardmore shore Richard Whitley.

3rd Iona. Fog eventually cleared here in Iona. Red-throated Diver & Red-breasted Merganser off the golf course. 5 Eider in the Sound. There’s been a Peregrine handing around on the west of the island too. 3+ Wheatear across the island & 2+ Willow Warblers
Amy Robjohns. Enjoyed the seawatch so much, I forgot to add Tree Pipit - at least 1 flew over the Village this morning  & Wood Warbler in the Argyll Hotel gardens. 3rd Iona. Evening seawatch from the Bay at the Back of the Ocean yielded: Manx Shearwaters 362+, Sooty Shearwater 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Kittiwake 24, Bonxie 2, Fulmar 6, Gannet 20+ Amy Robjohns
2nd Iona.  a short look at the golf course highlights of one Ruff, (a very scarce bird for Mull) a single Snipe and Redshank. Amy Robjohn
2nd: Craignure - peregrine in flight, 8 swallows. From ferry (Sound of Mull/Loch Linnhe) - approx 50 gannets, 50 kittiwakes, 12 manx shearwaters, a few common guillemots. Nancy Somerville

1st: Scallastle forest path - ringtail harrier, quite a few great and coal tits, robins, dunnocks and goldcrests seen and heard. 6 ravens at summit of Dun Da Ghaoithe. Java - 2 male tawny owls calling in the evening.Nancy Somerville
1st  Calgary beach late afternoon, 8 sanderlings in late summer plumage.Richard Whitley
1st Iona. Highlights include 15 plus Kittiwakes, Bonxie, Reed Bunting, Whimbrel, Curlew, Turnstone and Ringed Plover at the back of the  ocean  Amy Robjohns
Latest reports for August 2019
31st - Dervaig - 11 Red-breasted Mergansers. Fanmore - 2 more Whitethroats caught and ringed. Tim Dixon
30th - Langamulll - 35 Oystercatchers, 3 Curlews and 4 Stonechats. Fanmoor - 2 Whitethroats and a Blackcap caught and ringed.
9th - Tobermory Tip - 35 Ravens
9th A Whimbrel at Croig. A couple of Sparrowhawk sightings on the moors, potential migrants. Ewan Miles
9th: Craignure/Java - 2 juvenile goosander, peregrine chasing a flock of feral pigeons. Nancy Somerville29th  Hill road above Torloisk: A Wheatear and 2 Twite. Tim Dixon
8th: Java - 2 juvenile goosander (showing facial stripes), six swallows on swimming pool roof. Scallastle forest path - kestrel, approx 20 swallows high overhead.Nancy Somerville

27th: Garmony-Fishnish coastline - 13 mallard, 10 curlew, 8 turnstone, snipe calling, merlin chasing small bird. Nancy Somerville
27th Fanmore: Three juvenile Whitethroats caught and ringed presumably the offspring of a pair that was on territory in the spring
26th Very surprised to see what must have been a male Common Rosefinch in with the House Sparrows at Fanmore on the feeders at 18.30 today. Seen very briefly, literally for a few seconds before it flew off with the sparrow flock, but noted size just a bit smaller than House Sparrow, sparrow like, blunt conical bill, streaky back, distinct double wig bar and significant amount of red on throat and upper breast. No red seen on head but may have missed it given the extremely brief view. Suggest anyone out birding in the area checks out all sparrow flocks!  Tim Dixon
26th I write to report the sighting of an Osprey  The sighting was from the window of the cottage where we are staying at Torloisk, David Pickering
26th Croig: A juvenile Cormorant, 2 adult and a juvenile Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel and a juvenile Wheatear,Glenforssa Airfield: A Crossbill flying over. Tim Dixon

25th Fanmore: 60+ Swallows feeding on flying ants.,Croig: a Whimbrel and a juvenile Wheatear, Glenforssa Airfield:  15 Oystercatchers and a Blackcap.Tim Dixon

23rd Fanmore - Five adult Gannets fishing in the Loch, 120 Greylag Geese and 3 Wood Pigeons.Tim Dixon

24th Fanmore: Three adult Gannets fishing in the Loch and a Whitethroat Tim Dixon.

26th: Craignure/Java - 3 black-headed gulls, 6 turnstones. Nancy Somerville
25th: Craignure/Java - turnstone, two juvenile blackcaps.
24th: Glen Aros - peregrine. Salen - approx 10 curlews flying along coast. Craignure/Java - flock of approx 30 adult and juvenile goldfinches. 
23rd: Hazelbank - ringtail harrier.
Nancy Somerville
red grouse at Glengorm
                                          August 2019 Ewan Miles
25th 4 Red Grouse on Glengorm . I hear them most times I check the moore on the estate. Ewan Miles. 
23rd  A single Sanderling with Dunlin opposite the Kinloch this morning, Crossbills in the trees here as well.Pam & Arthur Brown 
 21st - Red Throated Diver close to shore at Mishnish Lochs. Ron Cordeiro, Liz and Richard  Airey
16th Just to mention the Osprey. We watched it over Lochdon for about 40 minutes. lovely. Jacquie
and Mike
14th Juv female Peregrine in Laggan bay. 3 RT Divers on Loch Spelve. Single Dunlin at Croggan. 16 Redshank on Loch Cuin. Swallow roost building to 60 plus birds at Dervaig reed bed. Ewan Miles                                                                        14th  30 Golden Plover with 3 Turnstones from Garmony parking area on shingle beach. Black Throated Diver with a juv bird in Duart Bay and 1 Whimbrel.  Osprey sat on Boulder along the edge of Lochdon viewed from parking area along Gorten Road before farm entrance.  Flew when Sea Eagle went over and headed in direction of Duart.  About half an hour later when looking from road towards river after Grasspoint turning an Osprey sitting on top of a small tree Mick and Sylvia Brennan. 14th  70+ Ring Plovers at Killiechronan this morning with a few Dunlin amongst them. Pam & Arthur Brown                                                                          
13th Single Black Throated Diver in full summer plumage at the far end of Mishnish Lochs this afternoon. Very distant record shot. Whinchat along Dervaig to Salen Glen road. Sylvia and Mick Brennan                                                                                                            12th: Craignure/Java - 5 swallows. Scallastle Bay - red-breasted merganser, 3 curlew, 11 eider, juvenile black guillemot, 1 adult and 1 juvenile kittiwake, gannet flying along the Sound, single tern, approx 8 turnstones and other waders (see photos). Garmony - 7 curlews, 5 golden plover, gannet flying along the Sound, a few house martins flying.  Nancy Somerville. 

12th a stunning Merlin chasing the birds on the Tiroran estuary .  It continually chased the crows and waders and sat on the beach for at least half an hour, also two Greenshank there. At Pennyghael, three Knot and six Dunlin plus a Greenshank.  Six porpoise at Grasspoint in the evening with lots of Gannets.  A Ringtail  Harrier at Lochdon and two Ringtail Hen Harriers with Stonechat, Redpoll, whitethroat. Sylvia and Mick Brennan
14th Juv female Peregrine in Laggan bay. 3 RT Divers on Loch Spelve. Single Dunlin at Croggan. 16 Redshank on Loch Cuin. Swallow roost building to 60 plus birds at Dervaig reed bed. Ewan Miles                                                                                                                                                                                    
 14th t 30 Golden Plover with 3 Turnstones from Garmony parking area on shingle beach. Black Throated Diver with a juv bird in Duart Bay and 1 Whimbrel.  Osprey sat on Boulder along the edge of Lochdon viewed from parking area along Gorten Road before farm entrance.  Flew when Sea Eagle went over and headed in direction of Duart.  About half an hour later when looking from road towards river after Grasspoint turning an Osprey sitting on top of a small tree Mick and Sylvia Brennan.n
11th - 2 adult  WTE at Loch na Keal; c200 Manx Shearwater from Craignure to Oban Ferry (2 large flocks plus several small ones)10th - 3 WTE (2ad + 1imm) Loch na Keal; 14 Sanderling & 1 Ruff Ardalanish beach; Hen Harrier Fidden. visitor  Deryck Iving
12th, "so for my first retirement report".  A flock of approx. 20 Twite at Calaich  this morning 10 Kittiwakes on the rocks there as well with Meadow Pipits everywhere.Pam & Arthur Brown
10th A family of 6 Jays viewed in wood from White tailed Eagle view point on Loch Na Keal and 2 Whitethroat feeding young at the parking area.   Also 40 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin on shingle beach from Campsite and 15 Red Breasted Mergansers on Loch. Mick and Sylvia Brennan - visitors.
11th: Craignure Java - Red-throated diver Nancy Somervil
10th: Craignure/Java - 10 swallows. Scallastle forest path - tawny owl alarm call (late morning) 
Nancy Somervile.
8th:Craignure/Java - family of 6 grey wagtails (2 adults with 4 juvs), 2 juvenile black guillemots.
9th Dervaig, 1 Greenshank,  Male Hen Harrier by the satellite station at Glengorm,  Flock of 20 Goldfinch by Druimnachroish , 1 Red Throated Diver on the Mishnish Lochs,  Tawny Owl heard  and Barn owl seen from our cottage Cnoc Fuan on Glengorm. White tailed Eagle at Druimnachroish and one flying over the Glengorm Castle area.  visitor Peter Shearer
Grey Heron fishingred breasted
                                            Merganser juvenile
Grey Heron fishing.                                                              Red breasted Merganser juvenile.  Alan Spellman
6th Lochdon, morning, 1 little grebe,  3 greenshank, 12 redshank, 1 whimbrel, male hen harrier. Garmony, 1  goosander.  Gribon,  8 dunlin, twite, and 1 red-throated diver. Loch Scridain by Killiemore,  a great northern diver. Lochdon, pm, 4 greenshank,  6 bar-tailed godwit,  2 whimbrel  flying high along north side, male hen harrier,  an Osprey  (caught fish & went off over over plantation west of estuary). Dave Pierce
6th Lochdon  an Osprey fishing over the loch Steve Hiscock
5th 3 Golden Plovers overhead near Gribun. House Martins on the wing up on nearby coastal cliffs, possible breeding sites? Arctic Skua in waters north of Mull. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.
5th Lochdon, 4 Golden Plover,  2 Turnstone,  7 Redshank,  3 Greenshank, 4  Bar-tailed Godwit, 1  Whimbrel, 1 Redstart  juvenile,  Croggan. 3 Spotted Flycatcher  (adult & 2 recently fledged),  1 Red-throated Diver. Loch Buie  2  Red-throated Diver, Hen Harrier grey male over Lochdon.Also fledged and unfledged young White-tailed and Golden Eagles  Dave Pierce

5th: Craignure/Java - Black Guillemot. Scallastle Bay - Black-headed Gull, 19 Eider, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails, 2 Kittiwakes, Black Guillemot, 9 Ringed Plover. Garmony - 3 Golden Plover Nancy                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3rd: Craignure/Java - 2 Black Guillemots, Black-headed Gul  Nancy Somerville
4th Lochdon. 3 Greenshank,  c65Curlew, Scoor on the Ross, 30+  Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Whinchat including recently fledged, 2 Twite. Dave Pierce

Black-throated diver                                                                                          Red-throated diver
3rd Adult Black-throated Divers on the Mishnish Lochs and Loch na Keal. Red-throated Divers on Loch Torr and Loch na Keal. non-breeding Great-northern Diver still on Loch Scridain.
Eaglet nestlings turning into fledglings around the isle!  Willow Warblers, Great Tits etc in great song this morning after moult. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.   

3rd Porpoise 1 from Lochaline/Fishnish ferry. c40 Golden plover, 1 redshank 1, dunlin. Garmomy,
6 Turnstone,   Lochdon. 5 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 turnstone, 1 lapwing, 16 golden plover,  c52 curlew. 4 Redshanks.  2 greenshank, 8  heron.  Dave Pierce
2nd: Scallastle Bay - 19 Eider, 2 Curlews,3 Black-headed Gulls, Wheatear, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails.
1st Aug: Scallastle Bay - 4 Redshank, 3 Curlews
31st: Craignure/Java - Gannet (adult) flying along the Sound, Willow Warbler. Nancy Somerville

Tiree Sightings August 2019

Best bird by far was a brief female Two-barred Crossbill at Balephuil (10th) - the first record for Argyll if confirmed. Other highlights included a Grey Phalarope off Hynish (21st), a Common Crossbill at Carnan Mor (24th), a juvenile Cuckoo at Balemartine (9th) and a Coot at Loch Bhasapol (19th). There was a trickle of Willow Warblers through all month, 3 White Wagtails at Hynish (28th), 100+ Greenland Wheatears (from 28th), 2 Goldcrests at Balephuil (27th-31st) and a very early Chiffchaff at Balephuil (27th). Passage waders included 3 Ruff (from 4th), 97 Knot (from 5th), 17 Whimbrel (from 15th), 1 Greenshank (31st), 22 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits (from 13th) and 28 Bar-tailed Godwits (from 12th), plus peaks of 616 Sanderling (5th), 690 Dunlin (5th) and 345 Ringed Plover (26th). 

Summering birds included up to 6 Whooper Swans, a Great Northern Diver and a late Shelduck at Loch a’ Phuill (11th), plus at least 4 breeding pairs of House Martins and a late Grasshopper Warbler (18th), whilst there were at least 3 different Hen Harriers all month. The all-island goose count (26th-28th) found 2,730 Greylags, 310 Golden Plover and 1,635 Lapwing. Sea-watching was patchy but included 9 Storm Petrels, 3 Sooty Shearwaters (from 4th), 3 Bonxies and 12 Puffins. 

Dr John Bowler


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