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Latest Reports for November 2019

12th Aros. a Greenshank present since Sunday at Aros staying at Otter House guest house  visitor Stephen Howat
11th Lochdon. The Kingfisher was seen again today as was the Nuthatch at Tobermory. Alan Spellman

10th Salen. a Water rail feeding in my garden. Debbie Thorne.(In the search for food in very cold weather this normally very shy bird will venture out i the open to feed)
10th Knock fish farm. 24 Goldeneye, 30 Teal, 8 Mallard, 14 Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Redshank, and gulls galore. Alan S

8th: Garmony - Approx 30 Golden Plover, Goldcrest, Reed Bunting.7th: Java - 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Redshank.6th: Garmony - Goosander, Dipper.Nancy Somerville
8th Dervaig. a possible Firecrest was reported in a Dervaig garden, Helen Murray. pp Nancy Somerville
8th Loch na Keal. Mike Murphy found a Moorhen in a burn along the shores of the loch. (The first Mull breeding Moorhen on Loch Harrison (by loch Assapol) was recorded earlier this year 2019)
8th A single Snow Bunting on the summit of Cruach nan Con and 2 over the summit of Beinn a'Ghraig. 2 Woodcock flushed from the heather at 400m up. Black-throated Diver, Loch Scridain. A skein of Greenland White-fronted Geese over Loch Cuin. Peregrine perched on the skyline at Kellan. Whimbrel at Salen Bay. Whooper Swans migrating through the night whilst we were out stargazing. Hen Harrier hunting Redwing near Loch Spelve. 5 Goldeneye on Loch Cuin and birds at the head of Loch na Keal. Great Skua feeding within a hurry of mixed gulls and 2/3 Minke Whales in waters north of Mull. Ewan Miles
16th Sept- 11th Nov Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to visit a feeder in a local garden. Alan Spellman.

4th: Garmony - 10 Wigeon. 2 cock Pheasants fighting by the roadside in Salen. Nancy Somerville
3rd: Garmony - 9 Wigeon, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Goldcrest, mixed flock of approx 100 mixed finches. Grasspoint road - 3 juvenile Whooper Swans flying over, 2 Stonechat.
2nd: Treshnish, probable White rumped Sandpiper flushed at 6.15pm half way between Treshnish and Haunn in wet scrubby patch. Later found out that the farmer had seen 2 waders with a white rump at the same place in the morning. prasad  (there has been an influx of white rumped sandpiper in the outer isles in the last week)

2nd The Loch Na Keal Great Northern Diver roost is starting to build - 21 birds this evening. Steve Littlewood

Latest Reports for October 2019
31st Juvenile red kite over suidhe farm Bunessan today. Tony Jeffree. (Is this the same bird seen over the last few days?)
31st a flock of about 30 Jackkdaws flying around Java this morning. Nancy Somervile
30th  we had excellent views of a Red Kite over Fishnish Bay. adult and juvenile whooper swans in the large field on the left after the Grasspoint turn. Pete  Mull Wildlife Tours
30th a Woodcock this morning at 0647. 3 Hen  harrier, possibly 4 ringtails at Lochdon 1000. visitor Dave Pierce
29th: Treshnish, 1 Red Kite at Ensay Burn cattle-grid at 10.15am, 16 Greenland White-fronted Geese flying south over Treshnish wood, 30 Fieldfares and 1 Redwing at Treshnish wood, and c60 Fieldfares at Ensay House surrounds
28th: Treshnish, 30+ Redwings/Fieldfares (at least 13 Redwings & 2 Fieldfares) in Treshnish wood
25th: Treshnish, 1 Merlin and 5 Redwings over Treshnish wood. Prasad
24th: Treshnish, 5 Redwings over Treshnish wood  
29th  Greenshank 1 Salen Bay.  Bar- tailed godwit 1, 2 Slav grebe, Killiechronan.  Fieldfar
e 100+ Knock area.  Woodcock 3 Tiroran 0641hrs.  White-tailed eagle adult, breaking branches off & nest building with them. Dave Piece
29th 2 Waxwing , loch Buie in trees first house past church on Moy castle walk Rex Earnshaw, a regular Mull visitor
29th 50+ Fieldfare feeding on a Rowan tree between the buildings of Ardnadrochet Farm.Also, below the hump-back bridge in Lochdon (on the village side), our Kingfisher seen again! Andrew Oldacre (The Kingfisher has now been around Lochdon area since 16th September.)
24th-29th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to feed in a local garden. photo by Alan Spellman.
28th: Garmony - 6 Curlews, 3 Turnstones, pair of Stonechats. Scallastle Bay - 3 Wigeon, 2 Eider, adult White-tailed Eagle, male Stonechat. 26th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Redshank.Nancy Somerville
28th At least 2 woodcock Tiroran 0635 hrs Brown hen harrier Loch Assapol.
Dave Pierce
27th Mon 21st Oct - flock of 15 Whooper Swans flying high in formation off the sea at Laganulva.Tues 22nd - 3 Salvonian Grebes at the head of Loch na Keal. Fri 25th - flock of 12 Common Scoter flying out to sea at the entrance to Loch na keal between Gribun and Inch Kenneth. 
27th A woodcock at dusk Dererach, Loch Scridain this evening. Dave Pierce

26th Alan there are 15 whoppers on Loch Cuin at Dervaig today been here all morning . They are gone round the left in shelter as you look our directly in line with Pam and Arthur place . Cheryl Callow
25th: Java - Curlew, Greenshank, Dipper,
23rd: Java - Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Hooded Crows, Peregrine hunting Feral Pigeons Nancy Somerville
24th 6 Slavonian Grebe at the Killiechronan end of Loch na Keal. 7 Whooper Swans between Killiechronan and Knock hatchery, Joined by another flock of 15 which stayed before flying west back towards the mouth of the loch. Phil Sharp
24th 30 Whooper Swan over Fidden today at midday, 16 tufted duck at Pottie  visitor C Place

24th-29th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch continues to feed in a local garden. photo by Alan Spellman. 
23rd  male Goosander on the South side of Loch na Keal closer to Gruline today. visitor Rik Morley
22nd Loch na Keal: 14 mergansers off Ben More pier, 2 WTSE sitting on a skerrie in the vicinity, 1 black guillemot. 3 lapwing at Tirroran. Loch Scridain: 2 otters at different locations, Slavonian grebe from Pennygael sub station WTSE flying at 3 lochs in Glen More. visitors Edwina and David Sharp
21st: Scallastle forest path - adult WTE flying over. Java: Adult WTE over field by hospital and one over Java houses, 2 Dippers (at mouth of Allt a Chiadha). Scallastle Bay - 3 RB Mergansers, 3 Curlews, 1 Greenshank  Nancy Somerville                20th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (displaying), Peregrine. Fishnish - adult WTE. Scallastle Bay - 20 Greylags, 18 Canada Geese, 2 Goosander. Adult WTE and approx 16 Ravens over Dun da Ghaoithe ridge. Nancy Somerville .                    19th: Fishnish - 2 adult White Tailed Eagles. Scallastle Bay - 2 juvenile, an adult  flying across Dun da Ghaoithe hillside.
21st 7 Goosanders, 3 Greenshanks, 1 Redshank seen from Dervaig end of Loch Cuin along with W/T Eagle perched on a rock.2 Little Grebes halfway down Loch Cuin from our holiday cottage garden.Male Hen Harrier near Port na Ba around the point from Langamull. 5 Ringed Plover at the Croig end of Loch Cuin. 2 W/T Eagles (juv) flew over our heads as we walked towards Am Birlinn restaurant from Croig. Phil Sharp
21st Fidden a single.Reed bunting, 32 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 20+ Greater black backed gulls. Kinloch area 5 Crossbills, Gooseander and up to twenty Great northern Diver counted on Loch Scridain. David and Edwina Sharp and Alan
20th Great view of Ringtail Hen Harrier today being continually mobbed by a Sparrowhawk as it tried to hunt along the slopes at Loch Ba just past the fish farm. Phil Sharp.  Visitor from Kent
Long tailed duck, loch na
                                          keal Oct 2019Long tailed duck Martin
20th Loch na Keal. a female Long tailed duck, taken from 'Lady Jayne' today.  many thanks Martin Keivers.
previous records    Long-tailed Duck      Clangula hyemalis  
Uncommon Winter visitor and passage migrant (particularly during Autumn)
2013 20th October a female was near the camp site at Killiechronan (Loch na Keal), with another female on Loch Scridain on 2nd Dec;  2014 28th October,  a immature f was on Loch na Keal; 2016 23rd October  a female was seen at Lochbuie

2019 20th October a female on Loch na Keal, photographed by Martin Keivers.

19th Fidden. a couple of Iceland gulls at fidden beach.  Wendy Black  (the first of the winter)
19th Salen. a Yellowhammer and Grey Wagtail in my garden today. Debbie Thorne
18th: Java - 2 Little Grebes. Scallastle forest path: White-tailed Eagle (adult), 6 Buzzards, approx 8 Hooded Crows,

12 Ravens, all had been/ feeding on deer gralloch. also a Jay seen 
17th: Scallastle Bay - 18 Ringed plover 
16th: Java - Wrens, Dunnocks, Robins, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Chaffinches by coastal path.

19th Lochdon, a single Greenshank. Aros estuary two Greenshank. visitor David Sharp
17th Knock 50 jackdaws  have seen a solitary jackdaw at the fish farm over the years, but not this many. Colin Moody
17th Lochdon. Great views of Lesser Whitethroat feeding in tree outside Burnside, Lochdon for about 15 mins from 5.30pm  Alison & John Harden.
previous records.
Lesser Whitethroat .  Sylvia curruca . Rare passage migrant, 2009: May  one was at at Loch Frisa , June singles were also at Loch Buie on 23rd June & Ulva in June. 2011. one at Kilfinichen on 3rd May
Blackcap at Garmony 0ct
16th Garmony two female Blackcaps and one male in a local garden. photos by  Jenny Jackson
Nuthatch at
                                            Tobermory-Aros park Oct
16th-17th Tobermory/Aros Park. a Nuthatch at a feeder in a local garden. photo by Debbie Thorne.
This report also prompted yet another late report of a Nuthatch at Pennyghael on 29th July 2019 Thanks visitorTerry Muerfitt
Fieldfare Lochdon 2019Redwing 2019
Fieldfare and Redwing stripping berries at Lochdon. Alan Spellman 16th Oct 2019
16th First of the winter monthly BTO Loch Na Keal (whole loch) Wetland Birds Surveys on Monday 14th.  27 Shag; 12 Cormorant; 50 Oystercatcher; 3 Great Northern Diver, 22 Heron, 22 Ringed Plover; 18 Curlew; 85 Greylag Geese; 6 Redshank; 2 Bar-tailed  godwit;  3 Goosander; 10 Turnstone; 18 Red breasted merganser; 6 Slav grebe; 45 Teal; 49 Mallard,   also 5 White tail eagle;  3 Golden eagle. Steve & Linda Littlewood, Felicity & David Pollard, Richard Hallam, Jacqui Murphy.
16th Just seen the Lochdon Kingfisher on the rock on the shoreline in front of Agnes Bennett's house.It disappeared up the little burn towards the far side of her house.John & Alison Harden, (staying at Burnside).
14th: Garmony - 8 Wigeon, 18 Teal, single Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Goosander, 2 Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew, single Greenshank, approx 20 Turnstones, .Scallastle Bay - 2 Goosander, 4 Ringed Plover. Craignure/Java - Curlew and Redshank on the shore, approx 200 Thrushes, Nancy Somerville
13th: Craignure Bay - Black Guillemot (winter plumage). Scallastle forest path - Peregrine, male Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 flocks (24 & 10) winter thrushes.Nancy Somerville

12th: Java - single Curlew. Scallastle Bay - 5 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Goosander, 4 Curlews, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, male Stonechat. Field by Scallastle Farm - mixed flock of Greylag (10) and Canada (8) Geese, male Hen Harrier flying over.                                                                                                                                                               12th: Treshnish, 2 Whooper Swans and 15 Barnacle geese flying south at Haunn and 2 Golden Plovers at Haunn prasad 
12th  Grasspoint Road.Just below the farm, on a Rowan tree were 6+ Fieldfare. Andrew Oldacre
11th: Treshnish, 260+ Barnacle Geese and 27+ Whooper Swans fling south. prasad 
Whooper Swans at Loch na
                                          kEAL OCT 2019
11th Loch na Keal.  10 whooper swan at the head of Loch na keal.  Landed for a while and then took off towards loch ba.
photo by Rob Skinner
11th: Java - single curlew. Scallastle Bay - 4 wigeon. Male hen harrier over field by Scallastle Farm, 7 curlews in the field.
10th: Java - 5 redwings. Nancy Somerville
Little gull Oct 2019Little Gull Oct 2019
10th Craignure Golf Course. a 1st CY Little Gull here amongst the larger flock of gulls. Nigel Shannon
8th: Java - Peregrine falcon hunting feral pigeons, goosander.Nancy Somerville
6th: Garmony - 2 teal, goosander. Scallastle Bay - approx 30 ringed plovers, approx 12 curlews.
5th: Java - curlew, goosander, 6 meadow pipits by hospital field.Nancy Somerville

5th Lochdon. a flock of about 30+ Redwings  flew over -.Andrew Oldacre
3rd Lochdon bridge. Kingfisher here again this morning. Jacquie Murphy. Enjoy Mull Tours

2nd  a juvenile black throated diver in the bay at Calgary Andy Blagden- Regular visitor to Mull2nd Female Merlin over Grasspoint and a Female Peregrine near Salen. Juv Arctic Tern in waters north of Mull in with mixed gulls, Gannets, C Dolphins and Minke Whales. Whooper Swans on Lochdon and constant skeins of Pink-footed Geese overhead. Ewan Miles  
Yellow Browed Warbler
                                            at Java 2nd October 2019
2nd Java beach area. Yellow Browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)  found and photographed by Nancy Somerville.
(About the size of a Goldcrest they breed in Siberia and occurer in the UK every year as they migrate south-westwards. Although it is only recently that we have records for Mull. AS)   A really great find Nancy
previous records: 2016: 8th Oct, three birds seen at Ardura. was our first Mull record. 2018.17th October on Iona by Tony Disley. 2019  2nd October on Java Beach found by Nancy Somerville.
  Kingfisher at
                                                Lochdon Bridge Jen
Kingfisher at Lochdon bridge, photo by Jen Swift
2nd Lochdon. Kingfisher again today by the bridge, so this little bird has been around since 16th Sept.  Andy Oldacre.

1st Lochdon  Whooper Swans field south grasspoint turn  Jacquie Murphy, Also flying over loch Pottie. Pam & Arthur Brown
1st Treshnish, 42 Pink-footed Geese flying south at noon and also a flock at 6am                                                                             

Tiree Sightings: October 2019

Best bird was the juvenile Long-billed Dowitcher at Sandaig (5th-30th), the first record for Tiree. Other good birds included a Todd’s Canada Goose with the Barnacle Geese at Balephetrish (from 14th), juvenile American Golden Plovers at Middleton (12th-14th) and at Loch a’ Phuill (14th-15th), a juvenile female Ring-necked Duck at Loch a’ Phuill (25th-28th), a 1st-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher at Balephuil (14th), four more  Yellow-browed Warblers at Balephuil (1st-18th), Ring Ouzels at Balephuil (15th and 30th) and at Heylipol church (18th), Pied Flycatchers at Scarinish (14th) and Balephuil (14th), a Tree Sparrow at Balephuil (2nd) and Siberian Chiffchaffs at Balephuil (25th and 28th-29th). A Cuckoo at Loch Stanail (17th) was the latest ever on Tiree, whilst 10 Long-tailed Tits at Balephuil (29th) were the first here since 2013.


Commoner migrants included up to 15 Mealy Redpolls at Balephuil and Scarinish (to 18th), 2 Greenland Redpolls at Balephuil (12th-13th), 16 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler at Scarinish (4th), 17 Blackcaps, 15 Goldcrests (to 20th), 44 Siskins (28th-30th), 3 Greenfinches (18th-30th), 7 Jackdaws (19th-29th), 6 Dunnocks, 7 Wheatears (to 14th), 32 Goldfinch, 3 Brambling (from 5th), 2 late White Wagtails at Sorobaidh Bay (12th) and 11 Snow Buntings. There were peaks of 1,000+ Redwings (24th) and 49 Fieldfares (from 14th). Scarcer waders included 4 Ruff (to 16th), Grey Plovers at Miodar (1st) and Balephetrish (5th) and a high count of 36 Bar-tailed Godwits (1st).


Sea-watching during onshore gales early in the month produced 2 Storm Petrels, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Pomarine Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas and 6 Great Skuas. Scarcer waterfowl included a Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain (from 4th), a Slavonian Grebe at Loch a’ Phuill (2nd), a Coot at Loch a’ Phuill (4th) and up to 6 Scaup all month at Loch a’ Phuill and Loch Bhasapol. Some 2,000 Pink-footed Geese passed through in a record passage (1st-2nd), whilst heavy passage of Barnacle Geese, Greenland White-fronted Geese and Whooper Swans was noted off and on all-month with heaviest Greenland goose passage on 12th-13th.


Dr John Bowler






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