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Latest reports for May  2020


Latest reports for April  2020

Willow Warbler photo from last year AS
7th: Craignure/Java - pair Red-breasted Mergansers, Great Northern Diver. Garmony - 2 Shelduck (unusual there), Mallard drake, pair Goosander, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlews, Swallow,  2 (at least) Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaff, Raven.Nancy
7th I saw two Redwings in my garden yesterday. Thought it was a bit late. Clare Fellows
7th Seen first 3 Sand Martins at Laggan sands, Lochbuie today.Alastair Gossage, Laggan Lodge
6th: Fanmore: A Bonxie came up off Loch a Tuath, circled the garden and flew inland! A Wood Pigeon. Garden Lockdown list now at 46 species  Tim Dixon
6th: Java - Great Northern Diver, Redshank, 3 Bullfinches (2m, 1f) in the 'Bullfinch tree'. Nancy Somerville
5th: White-tailed Eagle flying from slopes of Dun da Ghaoithe to trees at golf course. 2 Pied Wagtails

5th: Lagganulva: Two territorial pairs of Shelducks plus another, 9 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Swallow.  Killiechronan: 19 Teal, 7 Black-headed Gulls plus the Common Gulls all settled in the colony.  Fanmore: A Tawny Owl. Not common here. Tim Dixon
4th: Fanmore: A flock of 30+ Meadow Pipits flew north.
3rd: Fanmore: Four Great Northern Divers, a female Greenfinch and singing male Yellowhammer.  Male and female Yellowhammers ringed, both first year birds.
2nd: Fanmore: A White-tailed Eagle, two Snipe drumming and one chipping, a Greenfinch and a male Yellowhammer at the feeders.  Dervaig: A Little Grebe and 13 Redshanks.  Hill road by peat cuttings: A male Stonechat.
1st: Fanmore: Three Great Northern Divers, a small passage north of 20 +Meadow Pipits, a Wheatear, 15 Starlings and 20+ Redwings. Plus a Snipe, two singing Stonechats, a singing Greenfinch and a singing Yellowhammer. Greenfinch and Yellowhammer very scarce here.
Tim Dixon
4th A Swallow flew over the house this afternoon Pam & Arthur Brown

4th: Java (by hospital field) - Kestrel. Garmony - Great Northern Diver, 16 Wigeon. Scallastle Bay - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2m, 1f), Black-headed Gull (summer plumage).3rd: Java/ Craignure Bay - Great Northern Diver, 3 Goosander (2m, 1f). Nancy Somerville
4th A 2019 fledged female Golden Eagle from one of the Badenoch territories I monitor visited Mull on Tuesday 31st. It arrived in the south at Laggan, passed just north of Carsaig, then just East of Loch Beag. Passed over Ben More, then North end of Glen Forsa, then south to Scallastle where she left the island & crossed the Sound to Morven. She's back in the east now. Dave Pierce
4th Salen Bay today: 8 RB mergansers; 1 Goosander; 8 Curlew; 6 Greylags; 1 Heron; 2 GND; 2 Red Throated divers; 4 pied wagtail; 42 Oystercatchers; 36 wigeon;     4 eider (3m 1F); 1 summer plumage slavonian grebe (my first SG for this site); several paired mallard; - and the Salen Swans. Steve Littllewood
4th I heard about 3 Water Rails calling from the Dervaig reed beds the other evening at dusk. Ewan Miles

4th This is getting difficult! But to keep things ticking over. Salen, 7 RB mergansers in the Bay. Male Hen Harrier opposite the house (again). Plentiful Green finches on and off the feeders. Steve Littlewood.

2nd: Java - pair Mallard, pair Grey Wagtails. Nancy Somerville
1st: Java - pair Greenfinches, pair Bullfinches (again, in what I'm now calling 'the Bullfinch tree!')
Nancy Somerville 
Latest reports for March 2020

31st: Fanmore: Four Great Northern Divers, two singing Yellowhammers with a nice male down under the feeders. Tim Dixon
31st Out on my bike yesterday - there was a Red-throated Diver on the first Mishnish Loch (Tobermory end).Richard Airey.
31st Might be of interest  - Magpie at Ardalanish Farm  seen by my son  Adam this morning. Richard Hallam.
: Java - 2 pairs Goosander, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch, pair Bullfinch (yay!)
30th: Java - pair Mallard. Scallastle forest path - small flock of 5 Long-tailed Tits. Nancy Somerville  
29th 4 Razorbills and 8 Great Northern Divers on Loch a Tuath below Fanmore today, a Yellowhammer singing (it has been for about a fortnight now). Our lock down garden list now stands at 35 species Tim Dixon
29th: Java - pair Red-breasted Merganser, White-tailed Eagle flying over. Salen forest (opposite Garmony) - male Tawny Owl calling (at 11.30am), 2 Woodpeckers drumming, 3 Goldcrests, Jay seen and heard Nancy Somerville.

29th A Grey Plover (a scarce passage migrant with very few Mull records) earlier in the week on Lochdon. Ewan Miles  www.naturescotland.com
28th Just a wee note to say great website and very informative will need to get back to Mull it has been too long lol, anyway would love to Photograph those SEO my favourite bird  I must admit, have included a couple of shots from Bogside SSSI here in North Ayrshire  Kind Regards Douglas Connery  (many thanks Alan)

28th Grasspoint road this morning, 11.30am, we saw male & female Hen Harrier and approx. 33 Whooper Swan (flying over Lochdon)  Andrew Oldacre
27th: Craignure - Great Northern Diver. Java - Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit.Nancy Somerville
26th: Java - Great Northern Diver, pair Mallard, pair Goosander, 2 Curlews, male Grey Wagtail, male Bullfinch (in the usual tree!) In my Java back garden - male Redpoll, House Sparrows mating.
25th - Java - Red-throated Diver, Tawny Owl calling at night. Scallastle forest path - Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Nancy Somerville
27th A Sand Martin this morning just south of Dervaig. Ewan Miles
26th Glen Gorm. a Magpie here today between the Castle and the garden centre. Paul Langhorn
25th ChiffChaff from our window in Dervaig. Nuthatch was still at the Theatre the other day as well. Ewan Miles

24th: Java - pair Goosander, 3 Curlew, Willow Warbler, male Bullfinch  Nancy Somerville
23rd: Java - Dunnock singing from the top of a tree, Bullfinch (male) feeding in the next tree.
21st: Java - pair Mallard (unusual for Craignure/Java) Nancy Somerville

22nd  Craignure Just had Mulls 2020  first Willow Warbler outside my window, really close. Pete Hall

21st  I was on mull last week when I saw 2 golden Eagles on Loch Na Keal mating. I thought your readers would like to see the photo as many people never never get to see such a private moment. Thanks  Keith Edmunds

             Red Kite over Dervaig, photo by Toran Richards                             Ringed Plover at Loch na Keal  AS                                     
21st Red Kite over Dervaig and Short-eared Owl near Mishnish Lochs at dusk along with Roding Woodcock. Ewan Miles  Toran Richards
21st  3 Lesser Black backked Gulls at Calliach and Dervaig. Pam & Arthur Brown
21st Had a couple of lovely Male Wheatear today on south shore of Loch na Keal. First one by the Ben More car park; second one by the rusty trailer. Phil Collier

Mulls first wheatear from last year at Loch na Keal. AS
21st Loch na Keal  First Wheatear, (3) , also a Golden plover in full summer plumage and 4 Bar tailed godwits at the Craignure golf course  Pete Hall
20th: Java: pair Mallard, pair White-tailed Eagles (adults) over field by hospital.
19th: Java - Black-throated Diver, pair Mallard, 3 Pied Wagtails... and a bat! (at 3.30pm). Redpoll (male) in my Java garden. Craignure Golf Course - 9 Pied Wagtails, 3 Meadow Pipits. Nancy Somerville

20th Loch na Keal Great norther Diver roost had 111 birds, Grey Wagtail pairs at Killiechronan, Lagganulva,  Calgary Irene Boston
19th - Caliach Point Two Jack Snipe walked up from the marsh, alongside 9 Common Snipe; 16 Lapwings and the first Great Skua of the season. Loch Cuin at Dervaig 165 Common Gulls, six Redshanks and a single Greenshank.Loch na Keal A total of 85 Great Northern Divers were counted going to roost at dusk this evening. Stuart Gibson and Richard Wesley

some pix from today's trip around loch Spelve 19th March 2020 AS

male Bullfinch by Nancy Somerville
18th: Java - Bullfinch (male)  17th: Java - pair Goosander, Curlew, pair Grey Wagtail  16th: Java - Red-breasted Merganser (male  Nancy Somerville

18th Croggan today we saw 7 Purple Sandpipers sitting on rocks. See picture above  Pam & Arthur Brown
5th Fishnish. a 2nd winter Iceland gull from the hide and again at Garmony on 16th. Dervaig, loch Cuin a single Greenshank. Loch na Keal holding plenty of Great northern Divers. visitor  Phill Collier
15th Garmony, 16 Wigeon and a male Bullfinch. Nancy Somerville (back from Texas USA)

13th Java. pair Goosnder, Aros. pair Buzzards displayinh, one with nesting material, Graignure Golf course, 12 Whooper Swans flying high, northwards, 2 pair of Goosander, 7 Pied Wagtail and White tailed eagle. Nancy Somerville

13th Loch na Keal. 3 Snow Buntings this afternoon. on the south side of the loch where the old army 'pill box' is and the trailer is parked. Jan and Peter Daisy
13th Lochdon Just seen a snow bunting beneath a feeder next door. Tony Hutchinson
12th Black throated diver, 2 Black guillemot on Loch NaKeal. 5 Whooper Swans on Loch peallach. 3 Whooper swan in Loch Beg, along with decent sized flock of what looked like Dunlin.Lee Dutton
12th 3 whooper swans on Loch Beg, and a pair of Bar-tailed godwits in Salen Bay.  No sign of any wheatears yet!!  Pete Hall
10th Loch Na Keal, 9 Slav grebes and 1 black Guillemot, 11 Whoppers just past Lochdon in the Hen harrier area. 3 redshank on Lochdon. 5 Whoopers on Loch peallach along with Goldeneye Pair of displaying Golden Eagle at Loch Torr, which was great to see.  Lee Dutton.
9th Lochdon
. a single Snow Bunting  briefly on my neighbours fence post. a positive sighting, where there is one there must be  more about. Alan Spellman. Rosie Saltzman
9th Loch na Keal WeBS core count on another pretty awful visibility day. Mixed bag as follows:2 Cormorant; 16 shag ; 13 Great Northern Diver;  2 Slav Grebe;  2 Goosander;  18 RB Merganser;  11 Goldeneye;  10 Shelduck;  8 Heron;  7 Mallard; 20 Wigeon;  5 Teal;  12 Turnstone; 62  Oyster catcher; 51  Herring Gull;  10 Common Gull;  11 GBB Gull;  16 Canada Geese; 28 Grey Lag;  7 Curlew;  1 Bar tailed godwit. Plus: 3 white tail eagle; 1  sparrowhawk.  Steve Littlewood, with Jacqui Murphy, Richard Hallam, Felicity Pollard
2nd- 6th March - 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on Salen bay. c30 Turnstones at Knock lay-by. 1 adult Whooper Swan on the Mishnish lochs. Small flocks of Skylarks around the island. Male Kingfisher at Lochdon bridge. Rock Pipits displaying alongside Loch na Keal. Golden Eagles performing superb 'sky dancing' displays in numerous sites. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams  www.naturescotland.com
5th Fidden today and there were lots of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits with small flocks of Pied Wagtails. We saw
5 Reed Buntings and obviously Rooks and Jackdaws. Both male and ringed tail Hen Harrier  and on Loch Pottie 2 Tufted Ducke with 2 Goldeneye.Down the Kintra road in a field on the left 15 White fronted Geese. On our way home a Peregrine Falcon over Gribun cliffs. Finally a Barn Owl on a fence post just before the hill road turn on Dervaig side at 10pm. Just a note we saw 2 Otters in Loch Pottie, this might not be unusual but we have never seen Otters there before. Pam and Arthur Brown

male gooseander (of a pair) on the sea by the golf course 4th March 2020 AS
5th Lochdon Started with 15 whoopers on the Loch at 8.30am, now 22. Adrian Bury,
4th new GND roost. Loch Scridain 47 birds with probably more coming in at nightfall. Steve Littlewood and Stuart Gibson
4th 10 purple sandpiper at port nan crullach, Croggan  with 12 ringed plover and 6 turnstone 4 March Spike Webb
3rd Loch na Keal GND roost numbers high at the moment. 100 reported from last week and 98 on the raft tonight as it got dark with others probably still coming in. Steve Littlewood.
3rd More Lochdon sightings today : 30 bar-tailed godwits, 7 ringed plover, ringtail hh and Merlin. 25 golden plover garmony point yesterday.Spike Webb
3rd Lochdon. Soaring above the ‘hidden’ Loch off the Grasspoint road this afternoon - a pair of adult White tailed eagles and below them a female Hen Harrier. And by the bridge - our old friend - the male Kingfisher  Andrew Oldacre
2nd Lochdon. 19 Dunlin at the Gorsten end of the loch, also Ba tailed Godwit, Greenshank and Redshank. Golf Course, a Sanderling with Ringed Plover.  Arthur & Pam Brown
1st March. Lochdon. I counted 25 Shelduck on the loch today plus 6 Redshank. Alan



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