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First Spring migrants arrivals 2018

25th April  2 Whimbrel at Treshnish and 2 at Lagganulva. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
23rd first Corncrake has arrived on Ionaat Iona hostel (must be staying for the summer) pp Debie Thorne
25th April  Three Grasshopper Warblers reeling  nr Aros this morning. visitor  Trevor Merrington

21st April Inverlussa fist WhinchatBryan Rains     www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
19th first Cuckoo heard from our garden in Salen this morning. Helen and Iain King

16th April Garmony. first House Martin recorded. Peter and Janet Leather
12th April first Common Sandpiper,  south shore of Loch Na Keal,  Pete and Jan
8th April Ulva. a Chiffchaff. visitors Peter and Janet Daisy  
7th April Tree Pipit at Gribun. Jim & Linda Hurles.

7th April Loch Beg 1 Barn Swallow, Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk 
5th April Lochdon. an Osprey was fishing over Lochdon late afternoon today. Alan
5th April,
Blackcap male  briefly singing and appearing before moving through westwards.  Dave Grant5th
Sea to W/NW of Mull. First Puffins (2) seen. .visitors Peter and Janet Daisy
5th April Carsaig First Willow Warbler (singing), a White Wagtail and Blackcap (singing) visitor David Grant
2nd April Sand Martin, Kellan. Ewan Miles    
25th March At least one Manx Shearwater in the mouth of Loch Scridain today. Dave Shackleton
20th March  Lochdon: We had a first  Short-eared owl on hills behind lochdon Spike Webb
14th March first Wheatear 1 male at Calgary by the churchyard. Visitor Ian Hartley
Latest reports for April 2018
25th Lochdon. two male Blackcaps visiting the garden today Alan Spellman and neighbour Rosie Saltzman
25th 2 Whimbrel at Treshnish and 2 at Lagganulva. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
 23rd first Corncrake has arrived on Ionaat Iona hostel (must be staying for the summer) pp Debie Thorne

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Hawfinch 23rd April Fionnphort, taken from inside house
22nd Ardtun. A pair of Hawfinch, the male looking a little bit pinker on the chest. Came to a fat ball feeder which was busy with a gang of House Sparrows,in our holiday cottage at Ardtun on the Ross of Mull. Others of interest. First dramatic fall out of willow warblers overnight on Tuesday 17th. Wednesday 18th 2 Sandwich Terns crossing to Iona and male Blackcap at Ardtun in the garden. Thursday 19th first swallow back at  ‘our’ barn, Monday 23rd first local Cuckoo.  visitor Jon Lloyd
21st Two excellent local records. (Shoveler and Black Redstart) Thanks for sharing with me, although I've just seen your e-mail, as I've been away in the Cairngorms watching Capercaillie (the grouse not the Gaelic folk band!). Hope all is good in your octogenarian world!. Stuart
21st 26 golden plover in one of the sheep fields at Fidden today. Also a reed bunting on the shore at Loch Beg. Pam Bennett visitor
21st  Ardura 2 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit. Inverlussa 1 Whinchat. Grasspoint area 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Cuckoo and a Mink. Bryan   www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
20th Carrion Crow with Hooded Crows at Caliach and also a lone Barnacle Goose. 22 Golden Plovers in nearby field. Short-eared Owls in north Mull   Ewan Miles    www.naturescotland.com
20th Today there was a single whooper swan at Seanvaile Loch Spelve and another on Loch Uisg. Also a green shank at Loch beg.
visitor Pam Bennett.
19th Cuckoo calling on 19th near Laggan Sands. 8 golden plover in same location. Great Northern Divers Loch Buie....saw what looked to me like 5 little auk Loch Buie ?  Was through scope at distance but can't think what else they were..Sea Eagle, common sandpiper, shellduck same location.
Peter Jones visitor
Black Redstarrt
                                          Killiechronan april 2018
19th  at Killiechronan today he photographed this bird from the window of the cottage. Is it a first summer male Black Redstart visitors Paul and Carole Moore. this ecxcellent  photo by visitor Paul Moore
19th First cuckoo at Killiechronan today. visitor  Pam Bennett
19th Crogan first  cuckoo calling near Croggan today. Best wishes and thanks for a great website. Kevin Tubby
19th first  Cuckoo heard from our garden in Salen this morning. Helen and Iain King
18th A solitary Shoveller drake on our lochan this morning - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree (Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Very scarce passage migrant or winter visitor. There have been only five records since 1995. 1995: April in Salen Bay, 1996: September on Loch na Keal. 2003: April a pair were seen briefly at Pennyghael. Loch Scridain 2010: Jan a single was at Fidden. 2013: two were at Loch na Keal on 2nd Dec).                                                            Shoveler drake  photo by Tony Jefree
Shoveler drake
                                                Bunessan April 2018
16th Garmony. first House Martin recorded. Peter and Janet Daisy
14th - Sea to North of Mull.  A Great Skua was on the lookout for an easy meal among Manx Shearwaters and a 1st S/2nd W-type Iceland Gull was attending a local fishing boat off West Ardnamurchan during today's Sea Life Surveys trip which had four Bottlenose dolphins at the NW entrance/exit to the Sound of Mull for the second consecutive day. Stuart Gibson
9th A pair of dippers at the bridge on the River Aros by Achadh nan Each. A male hen harrier was also seen here. Louise McDowell
13th - Sound of Mull (off Ardnamurchan Point) Four Common Scoters flying NW low over the open sea were probably migrating. Stuart Gibson
12th Common Sandpiper at Pennyghael this morning.  Jim & Linda Hurles
12th On my tour today, we had our first Common Sandpiper, on the south shore of Loch Na Keal, opposite Eorsa. Pete and Jan Mull Wildlife Tours
11th Lochdon. an Osprey was fishing over Lochdon late afternoon today. Alan
Lapland bunting Bryan Rainsfemale Gadwal at Knock outfalls
                                    April 2018
Lapland Bunting   Bryan Raynes                                                                                    Gadwall    Alan

8th - Sea to W/NW Mull. Three Shelducks in off the sea towards Ardmore; at the same time four distant black ducks that were most probably Common Scoters were seen flying towards North Mull; several Meadow Pipits at sea during the period 5th - 8th were migrants. Stuart Gibson
8th Sand Marin at Croig, fisrt  Chiffchaff at Ulva and finally a Swallow at Killiechonan.visitors Peter and Janet Daisy
7th : Big Redwing day today – flocks of 20+ at  Glen Forsa, Glen More and Pennyghael dwarfed by flock of 1000+ at Killifiniken also Tree Pipit at Gribun.  regular Mull visitors Jim & Linda Hurles.
7th Salen-Fishnish: 2 RT Diver & ringtail Hen Harrier near Sgeir Ghlas. Garmony: male Hen Harrier. Scallastle Bay: 6 RT Diver, 8 GN Diver, 100+ Eider, 4 Black Guillemot. Craignure Golf Club: 2 Sea Eagle, 2 Otter (female with youngster). Ardachoil Farm: 3 Hen Harrier (2 male, 1 female). Torness: female Hen Harrier. Pennyghael: adult summer Red-necked Grebe c300metres west of sub station.  visitor  Paul Thomas
7th Loch na Keal. a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe on the north side and at least five Great northern Diver. a female Gadwall at the head of the loch. Alan Spellman. Edwina and David Sharp                                                                                                  red necked grebe bryan rains 7th Loch Beg 1 Barn Swallow, 3 Northern Wheatear, at least 1000 Redwing. Loch Scridain long staying  Red-necked Grebe. Bryan Rains          6th Salen Bay: Greenshank, 4 Eider. Glen Aros: female Hen Harrier at Tenga. Glen Bellart: male Hen Harrier near Kengharair Farm.Calgary: 6 GN Diver (3 in summer plumage), no sign of summer BT Diver in 4 hours, 65+ Manx Shearwater & 8+ Gannet mostly heading south with some blogging off Rubha nan Oirean. Loch na Keal: Beinn Bheag: 2 Golden Eagle, Otter near Scarisdale Rocks .Paul Thomas                                                       6th There was a Glaucous gull yesterday at the Geasgills . Martin Mull Charters
6th Lochdon 'Maridon' a male Blackcap visiting my garden today. Alan
5th   Knock water outfall 1 Iceland Gull and female Gadwall we have not seen the male Gadwall for some time. Also at Gruline 4 Bullfinches. Pam & Arthur Discover Mull tours
mulls first barn swall of 2018
                                    bryan rains
Iceland Gull photo by Arthur Brown                                                          Mulls first Swallow of 20-18 Bryan Rains
5th Ulva Ferry area: 5 Sea Eagle visiting the Lady Jane, 1w Glaucous Gull, 4 Guillemot, 2 Black Guillemot. Laggan Bay: adult male Golden Eagle 
Calgary Bay: 4 GN Diver, Red-throated Diver, ringtail Hen Harrier, 6 Razorbill. Carn Beag: Golden Eagle.
Torloisk-Dervaig road: Beinn nan Clach-corra: Golden Eagle, Loch a Ghail: pair Hen Harrier
Mishnish Lochs: Loch Carnain an Amais: adult winter Red-throated Diver, 5 Little Grebe, Loch Meadhoin: 2 Little Grebe, female Goosander, pair Goldeneye, Loch Peallach: imm male Goldeneye. Paul Thomas.
5th By substation at Penygael. Red necked Grebe showing sunmmer plunmage. visitor  Michael Smith
5th  3 sandwich terns at Craignure Golf Course on the end of the closest island, so very clear to identify. Pete and Jan, Mull Wildlife Tours
5th - Sea to NW of Mull. ca. 300 (in various sized groups,inc. one of 120 birds) Manx Shearwaters on the water between Mull/Coll/Rum; 18 migrating Gannets travelling NW in a tight flock off Ardnamurchan, with another six headed North off the Cairns of Coll. Stuart Gibson
5th (morning)  at Carsaig today,quite productive (and sunny) with some summer migrants finally appearing; 1 Willow Warbler singing
1 White Wagtail male on the pier briefly before moving on. 1 Gannet flew by, 1 Slavonian Grebe in bay. At least five singing Goldcrest. 5 Great Northern Diver in bay. 1 Red-throated Diver in summer plumage in bay. 2 Coal Tit. 2 Treecreeper
(afternoon)1 Blackcap male  briefly singing and appearing before moving through westwards. 1 Grey Wagtail. Dave Grant
5th Killiecronan: 3rd year Sea Eagle on shore off campsite. Loch na Keal: Beinn Bheag: Golden Eagle. Fishnish Bay: 2 Red-throated Diver
Craignure: adult Sea Eagle from Golf Course pull-in. Lochdon: Greenshank. An Cairealach: 3 Sea Eagle. Ardachoil Farm area: 4 Hen Harrier (1m,3f)
Glen More road: Braigh an Fririch: Golden Eagle displaying. Torness: pair Hen Harrier. Beinn Fhada: Golden Eagle displaying
Beinn Bheag: Golden Eagle displaying. Torr a Ghoai: 2 Golden Eagle. Beinn na Crouse: 2 Golden Eagle (one displaying), 3rd year Sea Eagle
Scenic route junction: 3 Hen Harrier over plantations to the east (adult male skydancing, female, immature male). An Leth Fhonn: 2 Greenshank flew west
A good one, even by Mull standards and the fresh snow on peaks, blue sky and bright sunshine showing off Glen More at its best. visitor Paul Thomas
4th Loch Assapol Pair of Goosander present and displaying.. Fidden Single Redwing on beach by burn 41 White-fronted geese flew over heading north at 1415hr.  Dave Grant
2nd Flock of 70+ Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Bunessan at 0810hr
1st A: Pair Great Northern Diver displaying at Bunessan  Dave Grant
Red throated Diver 2018Black throated Diver 2018
summer plumage Red throated Diver in Sound of Mull 31st March 2018 photo by visitor Agnes Thompson
summer plumaged Black throated Diver in Calgary Bay 3rd April 2018 photio by visitor Dianne Russell
3rd Kellen: adult male Sea Eagle. Knock: 2w Iceland Gull at the Fish Hatchery outflow. Beinn Bheag: pair Golden Eagle, pair Raven, pair Grey Wagtail Scarisdale Point: Otter, drake Goosander. visitor Paul Thomas 
3rd Had a real close-up view of a goldcrest in our garden today.  Pete and Jan  Mull Wildlife Tours
3rd Glenn Aros: 3 ringtail Hen Harrier & 3 Sea Eagle near Tenga. Loch an Torr: female Merlin over. Loch Frisa: 4 Hen Harrier (1 male & 3 ringtails) from North Car Park track. Mishnish Lochs: pair Goldeneye on Loch Peallach.Glengorm Castle: female Hen Harrier. Lochan na Guailne Duibhe: 4 Sea Eagle with adult male & young female talon locking & spiralling Paul Thomas
2nd April Sand Martin, Kellan. Ewan Miles    www.naturescotland.com
Sparrow Hawkfemale sparrow hawk
female Sparrowhawk flying over Iona photo by Dave Grant 1st April 2018
1st Loch na Keal: Adult Sea Eagle on north shore at Sgeir Maldaig, sub adult & 3rd year Sea Eagle on south shore at Scarisdale Rocks after visiting the Lady Jane, 1 Red-throated Diver, 20+ Slav Grebe including group of nine off Kellen Mill. Uluvalt: female Hen Harrier, male Hen Harrier skydancing over scenic route road junction Craig: 3 Golden Eagle. Beinn Bhearnach: displaying Golden Eagle. Loch Spelve: dog Otter in NE corner. Ardachoil Farm 4 Hen Harrier (2m, 2f), 3 Short-eared Owl, Woodcock. visitor Paul Thomas
1st Three stonechats (male) at various points on the walk to Langamull. a single wheatear (female) north shore of Loch na Keal. 20+ teal Loch na Keal (mixture of male & female) visitor Liz Shrewsbury
1st - Beinn nan Lus area (between Glen Forsa and Loch Ba) Flock of 22 Golden Plovers back on upland breeding territory, but not separated into pairs. Stuart Gibson
GNDGreat northern Diver on Loch na Keal. 'getting ready for summer' 1st April Alan Spellman

Tiree Sightings: March 2018


Best birds were a Glossy Ibis at Kilmoluaig (25th-31st) and three different Sea Eagles on 30th, involving a pair of adults at Balephetrish and an immature west over Baugh. Up to 12 Glaucous Gulls of all ages were scattered around the island throughout the month, together with at least five different Iceland Gulls. Island spring rarities included a Blue Tit at Milton (10th-11th), a male Brambling at Balephuil (22nd-23rd) and a Great Tit at Balephuil (30th). Spring migrants were slow to arrive in the cold conditions but included 3 Wheatears (from 19th), 10 Manx Shearwaters off Sorobaidh Bay (22nd), a Whimbrel at Baugh (26th), 4 Goldcrests (from 27th), 1 White Wagtail at Gott Bay (30th) and 2 Linnets at Balephuil (31st). There were also increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits about. Whooper Swan passage was noted all month with a peak of 231 birds (24th). Other scarcities included 4 Canada Geese at Loch an Eilein (30th), 4 Gadwall (19th-29th), 4 Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill throughout, a Kestrel at Heylipol Church (5th), a confiding Woodcock at Balephuil (19th), a Fieldfare at Milton (12th), a wintering Dunnock at Balephuil (to 31st) and a Snow Bunting at Sandaig (20th).


An all-island count (19th-20th) found a high total of 5,126 Barnacle Geese, as well as 830 Greenland White-fronts, 1,956 Greylags, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 300 Redwing.



John Bowler


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