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Adult  White-tailed eagles 
"If you have been to Carsaig this year, have you see any adult white-tailed eagles either there or in the vicinity? 
The pair which bred successfully in the area in 2016 have not been located in 2017 and we'd like to know where they are. So any sightings of adult white-tailed eagles around Carsaig or Pennyghael, however brief or uncertain they may be, could be of significance. 
Please email david.sexton@rspb.org.ukor Direct Message on Twitter @skyeandfrisa. Thank You."

Latest sightings for previous months

Latest sightings for August 2017

15th Best view ever on Mull of a Merlin near Kellan Mill today. Martin Mull Charters

14th the highlights from a car ride down this road included a sparrow hawk near the cheese farm, 56 ravens at the landfill site and 9 mistle thrushes on the telegraph wires. Barry Bishop
13th Buzzard, wheatear, sedge warbler, swallow, house sparrow, starling,  jackdaw, took, common and herring gull, twite and hooded crow.
Barry Bishop
12th 2 wte at Lock na keal, Greenshank, redshank, curlew, red breasted merganser at Aros estuary. visitorBarry Bishop
9th-11th August at Dervaig,  a Nightjar heard churring over three nights. Felicity Hanson, David Crane. (probably a migratng bird, as no earlier reports for the year. AS)
12th Just returned form a few days on your wonderful island and I was fascinated with a brief close up meeting with a Long eared owl. I was travelling back from Tobermory to Craignue approximately 1900 when I disturbed a long eared owl retrieving some food at the roadside on a grassy verge about 2-3 km short of Craigbure. I dont know who got the biggest fright , the bird or me but I was traveling at around 45 mph and the bird suddenly rose up from the grass  (very well camouflaged) and almost flew in to my car. Thankfully it had its wits about it and it pulled up just in time to avoid my car but what a beautiful sight seeing this majestic bird of prey in full wing span about 8 feet from my car. 
On Thursday (10Tth) we had another chance encounter in Glendoran with a white tailed eagle resting on a telegraph post. Before i could get out of the car and get the camera ready it took off again and it was shorty joined in the air by another two birds. . A very humbling experience seeing this bird so close for such a brief moment.  viszitor James Lyons
3rd: Treshnish,  an injured  juvenile Water Rail along farm track to Treshnish.  Paul, Shirley and Jess Vautrinot
2nd: Treshnish,  1 juvenile  Cuckoo at Treshnish Point. Paul, Shirley and Jess Vautrinot pp  prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
8th Lochdon-Grasspoint road: A long eared owl sighting at approx 8pm .Sighting was just past cattle grid on Lane 200m after hump backed bridge at Lochdon on the road to Grasspoint. Nick Jones (Visitor from Derbyshire)

Long eared Owl photo by visitor Nick Jones 8th August 2017
5th August - we passed through Pennyghael on the way for the ferry at Craignure at around 8am. As with your other report, Golden Plover present, and also a single Wood Sandpiper (seen both on the ground and in flight, and heard calling) Visitor Rob Strong 
7th A  steady flow of Manxies, 4 Whinchat (3 juv), large numbers of Kittiwake at Grasspoint this morning - 14 Common Scoter on Loch Scridain this evening viewable from Pennyghael Regards, Ben, Colin and Shelli Moyes
6th Salen: Single Swift over the hill behind Salen today. David Poolard.
5th - Sound of Mull 40 Gannets and 40 Manx Shearwaters feeding off Kilchoan this morning; around a dozen Gannets still there five hours later.Stuart Gibson
5th Lochdon:  3 White-tailed Eagle and 2  Greenshank, Loch Spelve Golden Eagle, 5 Goosander, Black Guillemot and 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Loch Beg/Pennyghael area Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Golden Plover and 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, Loch Scridain, 2 adult Red Throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (female and 2 young) , Ben, Colin and Shelli Moyes (visiting from Suffolk)
5th A Carrion Crow and a Carrion x Hooded Crow on the Glengorm road yesterday. Ewan www.naturescotland.com 
4th - Gribun: A male Peregrine was near Gribun; an adult female Goosander with four well-grown ducklings were at Loch Spelve; a calling Tree Pipit and a brood of Spotted Flycatchers were at Croggan. Stuart Gibson
3rd  Ring Ouzel (female) (am) and Snipe (pm) around the herd of cattle in the Corr-airigh pass on the B8035. Hen Harrier (f) drifted down the hillside near Ulva Ferry and headed off low over the water to Eorsa. Loch Assapol, 8pm - Little Grebe x 2, Tufted Duck x 3  Visitor Rob Strong
3rd Ardalanish Bay. Golden Eagle appearing be eating a snake, 1 Merlin chasing Starlings and missing, 4 Red-throated Divers and 71 Common Gulls in stream running through beach - never seen so many in one small area before
Between Ardalanish and Loch na Lathaich - 1 White-tailed Eagle. Weather dependant I hope to go back to Ardalanish and try and photo the Reed Warbler(s) that are in the reeded area before submitting a bird report. A. J. (Tony) Swann  (this is a 'rare bird' for Mull, to be confirmed)
2nd Ardalanish beach - Ringed Plover (8), Dunlin (3), Twite (mobile group of approx 20 at the western end), Sedge Warbler along the path to the beach. Whitethroat by Ardalanish Weavers. Common Sandpiper along the shoreline opposite the hotel in Bunessan. Also this morning (3rd) Grey Wagtail along the north shore of Loch Beg whilst otter-watching about 7am. Surprised that this species doesn't seem more widespread here, this was the first I've seen.  Visitor Rob Strong
3rd - Sea to NW of Mull. Six sightings of Storm Petrel (two together at one point), several Puffins and a Great Skua. Stuart Gibson
2nd A family group of 7 Red Grouse at Treshnish this afternoon. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams www.naturescotland.com 
1st 7 Whimbrel at Craignure Golf Course and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Salen Bay. Ewan MIles and Iolo Williams
1st - Sea NW of Mull. A single Storm Petrel and 1 - 2 Great Skuas were today's highlights; three Redshank, two Swallows and a single Rock Dove were seen flying over the Sound of Mull.  Stuart Gibson
1st- White-tailed Sea Eagle over the western end of Loch Ba, scared up a large flock of Greylags and was then mobbed by Buzzards and crows.
Spotted Flycatcher along the Loch Ba track from Knock, between the parking area and Benmore Lodge. 8pm - two Red Throated Divers at the southern end of Loch Assapol. Flew off to roost about 8.30pm. 9pm - male Hen Harrier hunting on Blar Mor.  Visitor Rob Strong

31st July - Lunga Still large numbers of Puffins present on the Puffin Plateau; all the Guillemots and most Razorbills have now left their breeding colonies at or near Harp Rock; Juvenile Kittiwakes are in the process of fledging and will be on the wing any day now, but Fulmar chicks still with some way to go; a dark phase Arctic Skua was harassing Kittiwakes; and up to four Great Skuas were seen. No Corncrakes were heard, but six Twite were seen; and 12 Black Guillemots were counted together on Cairn na Burgh More. Stuart Gibson
31st we had a comparative rarity today, a Reed Warbler in the phragmites near to Ardvergnish where you turn off to complete the scenic route to Salen. Pete Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours.  (this is a 'rare bird' for Mull, to be confirmed)
31st Iona today - Corncrake calling behind the graveyard next to the Abbey, and in several places on the road across the island to the golf course.
Swift (x1) at the north end of the island.
Considerable numbers of Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Sanderling on beaches to the north and west. Western beach near golf course also had 5+ Redshank, a single Little Stint and a juvenile Shelduck.
Staffa this morning - single Bonxie over the boat from Fhionnport and two on the western edge of the island. Puffins flying around the boat and disturbed off the water, plus a raft of 100+ on the water at the north end of Staffa.
Six Black-tailed Godwits feeding with gulls, crows and Oystercatchers in a field opposite the farm at Tiraghoil yesterday. Visitor Rob Strong

Mark Blake took this eagle photo, check out his site here

Latest sightings for July 2017 
30th a spotted flycatcher, with a singing blackcap nearby, just past the Grasspoint turn on the wooded side of the A849, Pete Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours
30th - Sound of Mull. 30 Gannets feeding with small numbers of Manx Shearwaters attracted 1 - 2 Minke Whales and a Great Skua between Rubha nan Gall and Bloody Bay today. Stuart Gibson
28th -  NW Sound of Mull The Manx Shearwater and Gannet numbers of yesterday had greatly diminished. However, a minimum of 12 ad. Guillemots with chicks, four Razorbills with chicks, eight Puffins, 2 - 4 Great Skuas (two together at one point), a single dark phase Arctic Skua and an unexpected Storm Petrel were present in the Sound of Mull (mainly between Ardmore Point and Kilchoan) today. Stuart Gibson
27th - Sound of Mull 1,000+ Manx Shearwaters in a feeding frenzy (with Gannets), off Bloody Bay, that inevitably attracted a Minke Whale to the party. Stuart Gibson
25th June, a visitor saw an osprey fishing on Loch Na Keal. Two weeks later, on 6th July I think it was, he saw me in person and said he'd seen an osprey again on Loch Na Keal near Gribun cliffs.  Sorry for the late report. Meryl Varty
25th We had a Barn Owl east of Gruline and 2 Short-eared Owls just after midnight near Loch Tor (my first SEOs on the north side this summer). Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams. 
24th a pelagic trip on Lady Jane with Martin  gave us splendid views of a very large Tern colony, diving Gannets, Puffin, Black Guillemot, Razorbill and Guillemot with rafts of chicks, a Bonxie, fishing White tailed Eagles, and Corncrake heard on one of the small islands.(and we all got a suntan)  Alan Spellman
21st - Lunga, Treshnish Isles. A Corncrake was still calling on Lunga, with another heard on one of the small islands between Fladda and Lunga; 2+ Twite on Lunga, where a first returning Whimbrel of Autumn was heard; several fledged Arctic Tern juveniles on the wing at sea North of the Treshnish Isles today. Stuart Gibson
22nd Treshnish, 2 Swifts below Treshnish wood at 9.45am.  prasad 
21st 2 Swifts at Caliach and 2 female/juv Common Scoters on Loch Tuath. Ewan Miles
21stJuly 3 Swifts at Knock today, 2 at Killiechronan and yet another at Lagganulva. 2 Red Throated Divers in Loch Na Keal between killiechronan and Knock and another in Calgary Bay. Ring Tailed Hen Harriers Crannich and Loch Torr.  Pam & Arthur Brown
21st  1 Swift by Treshnish House. prasad 
19th Night rafting Red throated Divers in waters between Calliach and Ardnamurchan, song duet heard at dusk. Ewan Miles, 
18th Treshnish, 2 Swifts at 5.45pm and 1 about 2 hours earlier prasad. 
18th - Sea to NW of Mull. Two Great Skuas harassing other seabirds; and visible migration of 8 adult Black-headed Gulls flying South past Ardnamurchan Point towards the Isle of Mull. Stuart Gibson 
16th - Loch Mingarry. Two Red-throated Divers this afternoon. Stuart Gibson 
18th 2 Swifts over Caliach this morning and a female Sparrowhawk hunting hirundines. Ewan Miles

Willow Warbler busy feeding up before it starts its long migration South. Alan Spellman 18th July 2017
15th a sighting of 4 adult Black-tailed Godwits in grazing pastures beside the road between Fellonmore and Kinlochspelve on the north shore of Loch Spelve . Jacqui  and Mike Murphy
13th - Lunga. One Corncrake calling intermittently near the Puffin Plateau this morning/early afternoon. Stuart Gibson 
12th - Sea to NW of Mull. Two Storm Petrels were the first for some time; and two Great Skuas. Stuart Gibson
11th  today at Loch na keal there was a Great northern diver. (juvenile plumage) Lino Ambrosini
11th Knock: two+ Crossbills at Loch Ba parking area this late afternoon.Stuart Gibson
8th - Loch Ba. Two adult Cuckoos flew from Gruline to Benmore Lodge this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
9th a Common Scoter seen at Lagganulva bay and a Goosander with very young ducklings at the mouth of the river Ba as it goes into Loch na Keal.
Cheers Arthur  Brown 
9th Spotted flycatcher feeding frantically here just now - think they are feeding young. One caught a wasp - didn't think anything ate wasps! What a bird! Chris Austick Craignure
9th - Sound of Mull. 300 Manx Shearwaters (150 off Kilchoan) and a Great Skua at NW entrance/exit to Sound of Mull.
8th - Loch Ba. Eight Crossbills (at least three males); two calling Tree Pipits at Benmore Lodge; two Summer-plumaged adult Black-headed Gulls (interesting as this species is not believed to breed on Mull); and a Spotted Flycatcher in Glen Cannel woodland. Stuart Gibson
9th Heard a Yellowhammer approaching ulva ferry area coming from Calgary way this afternoon. Not seen one on Mull before?
Family of Goldcrests on Glengorm Estate headed to hide. My first visit in July, and lovely to see so many Greylag families all over the Island.  Lee Dutton
9th This morning 2 short-eared owls hunting Lochdon. Also a Back Swan on Loch Don. Roughly halfway between Lochdon & Grasspoint. Dave Pierce
9th Ardtun: a Magpie has been hanging around the Ardtun area for about ten days Now. photo by David Holden
9th just had 2 sandwich terns at craignure golf club and had 2 bullfinch at garmony on Friday  Simon Duckworth
9th: Treshnish, 71 Black-tailed Godwits flying south over lochan, also forgot to tell you about Mealy Redpoll on 21st June sent to ABRC 
(Jim thinks it 'looks good') prasad
7th a Greenshank and a Redshank at Loch Beag today. Dave Piece
6th At least 3 minke whales between Ardmore Point & Ardnamurchan Point yesterday,  Plus one floating dead young ( c5 metres long ). Dave Pierce
7th 6 Greenshank, this morning Salen Bay ( behind public toilets). Dave Pierce
7th Just coming to the end of an excellent fortnight on Mull. We found your Report extremely useful. One query: why so few Jackdaws? It breeds in every county in the UK, it is omnivorous, adaptable and hardy. Competition from Hoodies and Ravens? Climate? A bit of a puzzle! Looking forward to our next visit. Steve and Irene Wood.
7th Aros: a Sandwhich Tern here today at the back of the castle. Arthur Brown
6th This morning a summer plumage bar-tailed godwit at Garmony. 7th at least 3 storm petrels between  N Mull & Cairns of Coll. Dave Pierce
6th - Lunga A Corncrake was calling on Sgeir a Chaisteil this pm; two Twite were seen on Lunga.
6th - Ardmore, N. Mull A Minke Whale surfaced beside 100+ Manx Shearwaters this morning.
5th - Ardmore, N. Mull The local White-tailed Eagle chick has fledged, the first on the Isle of Mull for season 2017! Stuart Gibson,
4th a greenshank today in  Craignure bay, summer plumaged Slavonian grebehead of Loch na Keal where there was also 4 goosanders, a pink footed goose with greylags Loch Beag. Dave Pierce.
4th late news: a Corncrake was at Grasspoint for a few days in May before it moved on. 
3rd - Glengorm. Two Crossbills (at least one of which was a female) overhead this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Lunga. A calling Corncrake on Lunga (between Puffin plateau and Harp Rock) and another heard on nearby Sgeir a Chaisteil. Stuart Gibson
Iceland Gull Loch na Keal Nov 2007
1st  We are on holiday from Kent, staying at Ardtun. Great birding every day so far. We found an Iceland Gull, just north of Knockvologan. At first it was difficult  to see the bill, but it then flew a few dozen yards and landed near a Common Gull, showing itself to be obviously larger, but probably smaller and more slender than a Herring Gull. Bill was dark flesh-coloured with a dark tip. Iris also dark. Legs flesh-coloured. No black flight feathers, or spotting on body. Steve and Irene Wood, Anthea Skiffington, Bob Dewire

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: July 2017

Best bird was an early juvenile Wood Sandpiper at Vaul (28th-30th). Island scarcities included a summering Pale-bellied Brent at Loch a Phuill (9th-28th), an influx of up to 9 Swifts (18th-21st), a Siskin at Balephuil (8th), a Goldcrest at Carnan Mor (8th) and at Balephuil (13th) and a summering adult Robin all month at Balephuil. A pair of House Martins remained at Balephuil, two pairs of Greenfinches reared young and a Grasshopper Warbler reeled at Balephuil (to 18th). A juv Cuckoo being fed by a Meadow Pipit at Balephuil (25th) was the first confirmed successful breeding on the island. Return wader passage was intermittent but there were up to 150 Golden Plovers (30th), 37 adult Black-tailed Godwits (9th-31st), 12 Greenshanks (20th-30th) and 263 Sanderling (30th). Up to 5 Whooper Swans, at least 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Hen Harriers summered.

The final total of calling male Corncrakes was 316, a little down on the 2016 figure of 346. Little Terns produced moderate numbers of young from scattered colonies, whilst broods were noted of Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal and Tufted Duck. The other seabirds also had a good breeding year: 200+ Arctic Terns fledged from 300 pairs, 290 pairs of Kittiwakes fledged some 250 chicks, 75 pairs of Shag fledged some 230 chicks, whilst Guillemots, Razorbills and Fulmars all produced moderate to good numbers of chicks. Offshore there were large movements of Manx Shearwaters and Puffins.

Dr John Bowler

male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016


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