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This site is especially  for birdwatchers and for those with an interest in the bird life of the Isle of Mull

The bench at the end of the Gorten road (Lochdon) in memory of my wife Judith has now been removed at the landowners request. At some time in the future it will be placed in the Ardura community forest for all to enjoy. Alan

Latest reports for July  2020

8th Out yesterday morning looking for the Rosy Starling, no luck but did spend a while watching a pair of Moorhen on Harrison's Loch. Last year only saw one on the Loch but it did build what looked like a nest. Haven't seen any sign of a nest this year but the reeds are pretty dense now.  Nigel Shannon (First breeding recorded in 2019 on loch Harrison by loch Assapol AS)



Mottled beauty     Alcis repandata repandata   4th July 2020
July 2020July 2020 Ewan Miles
3rd A pair of Ptarmigan at a lowly 550m whilst observing two adult Golden Plovers and their fledgling. Ewan Miles
3rd moths from my garden trap this morning,
Silver Y,  Light Emerald.and Scotch Annulet  . AS

Silver Y  Autographa gamma  3rd July 2020                            Light Emerald  Campaea Margaritata  3rd July 2020

2nd  Short eared Owl is still about this morning from 0730 to 0815 hunting just below the hill with the bolder on top opposite the old farmhouse at Spelve. Also a Grasshopper Warbler was happily singing away.  Nigel Shannon
photo by Bryan RainesPhoto by David Holden
Rose coloured Starling photos by Bryan Raines and David Holden
2nd Ross of Mull. a Rose coloured Starling here again today. Bryan Rains, David Holden
Latest reports for June  2020

30th: Java - 11 Red-breasted Merganser, Curlew. Torosay forest path - 2 Chiffchaff calling, male and juvenile Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. Duart/Torosay Bay - 3 juvenile Herons, Greenshank. Scallastle Bay - 2 Ringed Plover, Curlew, approx 70 Common & Arctic Terns. 29th: Java - 9 Red-breasted Merganser. Male Sparrowhawk in my back garden.Nancy Somerville

29th Ross of Mull. a Rose coloured Starling here today. found and photographed by David Holden.
28th: Java : Greenshank. Garmony - pair Oystercatchers with 3 chicks, Curlew.
27th: Java - Pair Red-breasted Mergansers, Greenshank.25th: Craignure /Java - Black Guillemot, Common Sandpiper chick. Also, Shags (3) and Cormorants (2) have reappeared at Java Point.Nancy Somerville

27th Loch na Keal  a lone whooper swan on south side of Loch na Keal at 11.30 this morning Peter and Jan Leather
27th Loch Na Keal south shore just as you get to the Loch from Knock House single Whooper Swan. Peregrine at Gribun usual place
Short Eared Owl and female Hen Harrier directly opposite the house being re-roofed at Loch Spelve, Stonechat here as well. Pam & Arthur Brown.
26th Lochdon. 2 short eared owls today just past the 2nd forestry pull off past Grasspoint road this PM and over the fields to the right this morning.Jacqui and Mike Murphy
26th Salen. 2 Common Swifts  around 12:30 checking out the Salen Hotel and field opposite. Jan and Peter Leather.
25th Cailaich  A single Manx Shearwater, a single Gannet, Guillemots, 2 Razorbills, and a Puffin flew past the point.In the sea from Lainne Sguere several Razorbills, Shags and Kittiwakes. Pam & Arthur Brown

   23rd: Garmony - 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 pairs Greylag Geese with 2+3 goslings, 8 Eider, Curlew, pair Reed Buntings.
21st: Java - 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Sandpiper chick.Nancy Somerville
20th: Java - 2 Chiffchaff, House Sparrows mating. John Morrow reported seeing a Peregrine over the Java coastal pat
23rd  briefly had a Scarlet Rose finch in the Garden . Siskin chased it off. I phoned Felicity and as we were chatting it appeared on her feeder. Jacquie Murphy, Felicity Pollard

21st   Jay in garden at Ardrioch. Cailaich Fulmar, Rock Pipits feeding young, 3 Gannets, 2 Snipe one on a fence post looking after young, Pied Wagtails and Skylarks. Guillemots and possible Puffin flew past the point.
Calgary a big line of seaweed on the beach covered in Gulls including Black Headed and Lesser Black Backed Gulls. The Gulls were disturbing insects and proving food for hawking Sand Martins and Swallows and a single House Martin. Also Eider ducks with young were on the water.
Lainne Sguere A pair of Shelduck with 6 well grown ducklings. Pam & Arthur Brown

19th: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Chiffchaff calling.
18th: Java - 2 Common Sandpiper chicks, 2 Chiffchaff calling. Garmony - pair Greylag Geese with 4 goslings, 7 Mallard, Curlew. Nancy Somerville

18th A great fleeting surprise in our Tobermory garden this afternoon. A Hawfinch on the feeders. Only glimpsed for a second. Sadly has not been back. Mike Wagemakers and Carol Marshall
17th: Java - Yellowhammer (last one I saw here was two years ago). Fishnish - pair Canada geese with 6 goslings, 2 Eider drakes, pair Bullfinches                                                                                                                                                                16th: Java - pair Mallard, 2 Goosander, Woodpecker drumming, Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs (calling in different areas).           15th: Garmony - pair Shelduck with 2 chicks, 3 Eider (1drake, 2 ducks), Curlew, Cuckoo calling, pair Reed Buntings.          14th: Java - Chiffchaff.                                                                                                                                                              13th: Scallastle Bay - 8 Mallard (7 drakes, 1 duck), 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, at least 50 Terns, Cuckoo calling, juvenile Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch. Nancy Somerville.                                                                                                                         
17th  In the woods along Loch Ba on my 5th attempt spotted female Redstart and spotted Fly Catcher, both taking food away I guess to feed young. Nigel Shannon

16th Not a species I expected to see flying under the bridge in Lochdon! Approx. 10.30 this morning. A Black Guillemot  flew from the upper pools, under the bridge, and towards the main loch; then probably out to sea. Perhaps it got lost on the fog this morning - I heard the ferry sounding its fog horn earlier. Andrew Oldacre

14th We saw this osprey at Loch Tor today at around 3PM.  Thought you might like to check it out. Julia and Paul Brown Osprey
                                over Loch Torr June 2020
12th: Java - 3 Goosander, juvenile Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtails, female Lesser Redpoll.
10th: Craignure/Java - Chiffchaff, single Tern feeding in the bay. Scallastle forest path - Cuckoo calling, Woodpecker drumming.
8th: Java - juvenile Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff, juvenile Greenfinch, male Lesser Redpoll. Gannets diving on Sound of Mull at Craignure Bay. Scallastle forest path: Cuckoo calling, Whitethroat.
7th June WeBS survey for Craignure Bay: 4 Goosander, 19 Oystercatcher, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Gull, 8 Herring Gull. Also, 6 Gannets and 2 Terns diving on Sound of Mull off Craignure-Torosay coastline, Whitethroat near campsite. Java (midnight) female tawny owl seen, male and female calling.Nancy Somerville

9th  an osprey circling high and heading north at Fishnish, followed by an even higher up bonxie also soaring. Dave Sexton
9th Lochdon a male Hen Harrier hunting along the loch shore right  in the front of my house. Carole Percy

7th We saw two separate Whinchat today, photo above, Redstart  again this morning.Jacqui  and Mike Murphy
6th: Java - Oystercatchers mating, Common Sandpiper chick (dead, predated).Nancy Somerville
5th: Java coast: male Red-breasted Merganser. Scallastle forest path: male Hen Harrier flying across the slopes of Dun da Ghaoithe, Cuckoo calling, Whitethroat.
4th: Java - Mallard drake, Chiffchaff calling, female Redpoll
3rd: House Sparrows mating in my garden
2nd: Craignure/Java: male Red-Breasted Merganser, 2 Black Guillemots. male Tawny Owl calling at night.

Rock Dove 3rd May  2020 AS
male Stonechat 2nd June 2020 AS

female stonechat  AS                                  common sandpiper  AS
2nd  an Osprey was flying above the old school house at Gribon heading towards Loch Scridian. Nigel Shannon
1st Dervaig. We had a Nuthatch on our feeder yesterday afternoon. It came twice.  Sheelagh Still, Glen Bellart House, 
Cuckoo and meadow pipit encounter
                                May 2020 Ewan Miles
This amazing encounter between a cuckoo and meadow pipit was taken by Ewan Miles. May 2020
2nd Its good to be able to report Barn Owl success, boxes across the island now have good numbers of young. AS
  1st June. a Turtle dove at a Lochdon garden this morning, photographed by Steve James.
Turtle Dove records  Streptopelia turtur   A scarce Summer visitor. 2006 - 09: a single birds recorded at Treshnish, Tobermory, Lochdon, Glen Bellart and Bunnesan. During May to August. 2011: one at Gruline on 22nd June; 2012. a single was in the Salen-Aros area on 8th Sep. 2015: one at Treshnish on 8th July. 2017 11th May at Kintra on the Ross of Mull. 2020 1st June one at Lochdon, photographed by Steve James.

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