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Latest sightings for previous three months
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Latest sightings for October 2017

12th Cheryl  asked me to let you know of our sighting of a  female Sparrow Hawk  near Bacca Cottage this afternoon.  visitor Sharon Worral
12th Knock hatchery: Three woodcock today. Colin Moody
11th - Langamull. Six Barnacle Geese flying SW towards Coll/Tiree; a returning Great Northern Diver (still in Summer plumage); a juvenile Gannet close-in; and 65 feeding Starlings. Stuart Gibson
9th River Bellart: one Whooper Swan on the Bellart between Dervaig and the rhe Old Byre. Cheryl Callow
8th A 1st winter Scaup on the Mishnish lochs from 29th Sept. Found by Adam Moan, visitor from Cumbria.  pp Euan Miles
7th a male gadwall at the Knock Hatchery outfall - our first on Mull.  visitor Meg Davies 
7th 2 Gt Northern Divers still in Summer plumage yesterday near to Little Colonsay Martin
6th - Sea to NW Mull. 200 Kittiwakes feeding in the NW entrance/exit to Sound of Mull; 55 Gannets feeding in hurries to north of Mull, with Common Guillemots, Razorbills, five Minke Whales and 10 - 15 Common Dolphins; five Manx Shearwaters remained in the area; four Meadow Pipits at sea, off Ardnamurchan lighthouse; a skein of 23 Pale-bellied Brent Geese tracked over Mull as they headed into a strengthening southerly wind; and a single Red-throated Diver (juv.) was at Loch Mingarry. All three White-tailed Eagles were seen on the Ardmore territory, including the juvenile successfully fishing, as well as an adult Golden Eagle attacking a Buzzard. Stuart Gibson
5th Croig. There were 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese at Croig this afternoon - Thursday 5th October. Richard Airey.

a Cormorant at Loch Spelve yesterday 3rd October 2017
4th Oct Loch Beg 5 Common Crossbill.  Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
3rd Oct Loch Beg 4 Whooper Swan. Loch Assapol 1 Swallow, 4 Hen Harrier. Loch Scridain 1 juvenile Gannet. Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
3rd: Caliach Point, 1 Leach's Petrel, 88 Barnacle Geese, 6-11 Black-headed  Gulls, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skuas all flying 
south around the point Calgary, 1 Great Northern Diver cheers. prasad  http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
2nd13 Red-throated Divers (groups of 5 and 8) moving south past Caliach Point this afternoon and also 16 pale-bellied Brent Geese. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
2nd  Caliach Point, 16 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Great Skuas and 1 Manx Shearwater and a Great Northern Diver  prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
2nd  a single Pale bellied Brent Goose on the south shore of Loch Na Keal near the parking area for Ben More. Also some 24 Golden Plover at Killiechronan amongst the oystercatchers, the majority now in winter plumage.Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
1st  A single Pale bellied Brent Goose at Calgary Bay.  Pam & Arthur Brown  www.discovermull.co.uk


'Mairie' has already left the Isle of Mull and you will be able to follow her updates on this link  very soon
http://www.rspb.org.uk/our- work/conservation/ henharrierlife/

male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016
Mark Blake (now of Bunessan) took this eagle photo, 

Tiree Sightings: September 2017
Best birds were up to 4 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers including 1 at Greenhill (6th), 2 at Loch a’ Phuill (11th) and another at Kilmoluaig (16th), a juvenile American Golden Plover at Loch a’ Phuill (28th), a 1st winter male Ring-necked Duck at Loch a’ Phuill (28th-30th), our first ever autumn Golden Oriole at Vaul (2nd-4th) and only our second-ever Kingfisher at Loch a’ Phuill (2nd). Other good birds included a Red-breasted Flycatcher at Balephuil (10th-12th) with a Yellow-browed Warbler there (22nd-24th), 2 Pied Flycatchers at Carnan Mor / Balephuil (9th-22nd), Coal Tits at Carnan Mor and Meningie (30th), a Lesser Whitethroat at the Manse (17th-25th), a Redstart at Balephuil (20th), 4 Lapland Buntings (from 4th) and a Snow Bunting at The Reef (19th). Sea-watching produced 2 juvenile Sabine’s Gulls (14th and 23rd), 10 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Grey Phalaropes (11th and 23rd), 2 Pomarine Skuas and a Balearic Shearwater off Hynish (22nd), as well as 8 Arctic Skuas and 37 Great Skuas including 25 west off Aird in 90 mins (11th). 

Light easterly winds brought a good selection of commoner migrant passerines including a Whitethroat (6th), a Grasshopper Warbler (20th), up to 12 Blackcaps (from 17th), 3 Chiffchaffs (from 17th), 16 Willow Warblers, 5 Sedge Warblers (to 21st), 12 Dunnocks (from 3rd), some 24 Goldcrests, 24 Common Redpolls, 2 Goldfinches (from 22nd), 2 Grey Wagtails (18th and 22nd) and the odd White Wagtail. There were late Sand Martins (to 13th), a House Martin at Crossapol (7th) and 4 Redwings (28th).

Wader passage was intermittent but included peaks of 424 Sanderling, over 1,000 Golden Plover (21st), at least 75 Ruff, 10 Knot, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints, 3 Grey Plovers, 66 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, some 180 Black-tailed Godwits and flocks of over 100 Snipe. Returning winter visitors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 3 Sparrowhawks and 3 Merlins. Wildfowl passage included 65 Pale-bellied Brent (from 4th), 16 Shoveler (28th), 3 Pintail (28th), 2 Gadwall (7th), a late Shelduck at Middleton (15th) and a Scaup at Loch Bhasapol (17th).

Dr John Bowler

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