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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 August  2020
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Latest reports for July  2020

30th 5 Red-throated Divers together on the Mishnish Lochs. Also 3 at Garmony and 1 at Craignure golf course. c30 Turnstones at Garmony and a drake Wigeon in eclipse. Ewan Miles  www.naturescotland.com
29th: Java - Greenshank, Black Guillemot off the point. Garmony - 2 Red-throated Divers, 11 Eider, Ringed Plover, 40 Golden Plover, 3 Turnstone, Black-headed Gull, 2 Bullfinches (at least 1 juvenile)
28th: Java - Black-headed Gull.Nancy Somerville
30th On our combined tour today we had really good sightings of a juvenilecuckoo being fed by its "Parent", a meadow pipit, by ArdnadrochetFarm. Pete Hall, Mull Wildlife Tours and Andrew Tomison,Wildlife on Mull..
29th - Fionphort and Iona - Hen Harrier hunting moor from road to Fidden Farm and  Plenty of Lapwings, skylarks and a stonechat.Iona - lots of calling Corncrake, Carrion Crow, Rook and Jackdaw and a Sedge Warbler seen.  Lots of Wheatears, Linnets and Twite also.Sylvia and Mick
28th - Aros bay - Single Greenshank and single Bat Tailed Godwit and Red Breasted Merganser with 5 new chicks.
Osprey with itys catch, Lochdon
                                    July 2020.
 Osprey  flew south West from Lochdon carrying fish around 6pm.Mick and Sylvia Brennan, regular visitors.
25th:- Male Bullfinch feeding a juvenile near hide at Fishnish. Spotted Flycatcher family, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting on Forestry depot track just outside Salen.  Merlin hunting over bay at Killechronan. Osprey  flew south West from Lochdon carrying fish around 6pm. Mick and Sylvia Brennan,
26th:- Numerous Female Hen Harriers around island.  Single summer Plum Black Tailed Godwit with  Dunlin  in bay from Pennyghael post office.  Mick and Sylvia Brennan, regular visitors.
26th: Scallastle forest path - at least 2 jays seen and heard.
25th: Torosay forest path - adult and juvenile spotted flycatcher
24th: Scallastle Bay - 11 eider, male hen harrier.
23rd: Craignure Bay - 3 Black guillemots, 2 common sandpipers. Garmony - 2 common sandpipers, 2 redshank, single black-headed gull. Java - male tawny owl calling around midnight.
22nd: Java - common sandpiper, pair bullfinches.21st: Java - 3 common sandpipers. By Achnacroich hill path - at least 2 pairs stonechat with approx 6 juveniles flitting about.
.Nancy Somerville

               Sexton Beetle  Nicrphorus 
AS
Hen Harrier July 2020 Lochdon
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17th Ardachoil.  I visited Mull last week and took a couple of photos of the Hen Harriers near Ardachoil Farm. Richard Bailey.Cumbria.
16th: Scallastle Bay - Oystercatcher chick with parents.Nancy Somerville
20th: Java - common sandpiper. Garmony - single black-headed gull with group of common gulls. Scallastle Bay - male hen harrier being harried (!) by terns.
19th: Java - common sandpiper
18th: Java - juvenile redpoll. Scallastle forest path - treecreeper, pair bullfinches.
17th: Craignure-Torosay coastline - 3 common sandpipers, juvenile rock pipit
16th Trip on the Oban Ferry. First time for 3 months and saw many of the seabirds I was missing. Large numbers of Guillemots including rafts of up to 30 and two adults accompanying chicks on the water. Also saw Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Black Guillemot plus Artic and Common Terns. Ron Corderio
14th: Java - Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler, female Bullfinch. A few Gannets on the Sound of Mull at Craignure Bay.
13th: Java - Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Still good numbers of the following, including juveniles, in my Java garden: Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, and Redpoll. A few Blue, Coal and Great Tits.Nancy Somerville
13th Lochdon. Above the bridge in the pools there; a pair of Greenshank today. Andy Oldacre
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 www.naturescotland.com
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
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