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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.uk     Direct Message on Twitter @skyeandfrisa. Thank You."
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Latest sightings for previous months

Latest sightings for September 2017
 
 

21st  a Wryneck today at Loch na Keal by the turnoff to Balymeanach Farm (McKinnans cave). This rare bird is only the fourth record for Mull since 1991, a great find by visitors  Mark Appleton and excellent photograph by Kerry Tiller
Red Kite at Gribun yesterday (18th) photo by Ian Rowlinson
19th - Sea to North of Mull Localised frenzies of Gannets, Kittiwakes, ca. 20 Manx Shearwaters and auks with Minke Whales and large pods of Common Dolphins; ca. 50 Gannets, 1-2 Great Skuas, with one consorting with boat and single dark phase Arctic Skua harassing Kittiwakes; two Rock Pipits at sea off Glengorm; a Minke Whale with 'sawn-off' dorsal fin resembling individual seen in 1999 - 18 years ago! Stuart Gibson
19th Craignure Golf course pair of summer plumage Red throated divers. Loch na meal, diving Gannets and Slavonian grebe. Alan
19th Great to see Slavonian grebe returning for the winter. 5 on Loch na Keal. Mike Wagemakers and Carol Marshall 
19th Gribun rocks. we had the most magnificent views of a Red Kite, just before the Gribun Rocks coming from Glen Seilisdeir.  This is my first ever on Mull. Brilliant !   Pete Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours
18th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW Mull. Around a dozen Manx Shearwaters in flat calm sea, where hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills; three Black Guillemots far out to sea, with very late single juv Puffin, two Great Skuas and an unidentified juv 'Commic' Tern; six (four ads. and two juvs) White-tailed Eagles were in Bloody Bay. Stuart Gibson
18th 40 plus Pink-footed Geese heading south last night at 9pm and a skein of 25 this morning, 11am at Caliach. A male Merlin grouping up Starlings at Langamull yesterday afternoon. 2 Black-throated Divers in breeding plumage at Lochbuie today. Crossbills at numerous sites across the isle. Ewan Miles  www.naturescotland.com

female sparrowhawk by Michael Booth
17th - Tobermory lighthouse A Carrion Crow was consorting with a Hooded Crow here this early afternoon. Stuart Gibson17th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull Feeding birds on a flat calm sea included upwards of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets, but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters; a female/imm. Hen Harrier was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
17th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull. Feeding birds on a flat calm sea included upwards of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets, but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters; a female/imm. Hen Harrier was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
15th Small flock ~12 Mistle Thrush north of Salen on Dervaig road about 5pm this afternoon. Richard Price (Visiting)
15th Treshnish, 1 Turtle Dove nr farm building at 10.45. prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
13th  a Wigeon at Craignure golf course,  this is my first winter visitor. Also at Killiechronan, two bar-tailed godwits and five female goosanders. Also a huge raft of Eider ducks on Loch Scridain. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife Tours.
13th - N. W. Sound of Mull Several sightings of dark-phase Arctic Skuas, including four birds (inc. one pale morph) harassing Kittiwakes. This group of skuas were presumed to be migrants; also 2 Great Skuas seen in this area. Stuart Gibson
12th - NW Sound of Mull. A count of at least 100 Razorbills (in four groups) flying West out of the Sound of Mull, where there was a 'hurry' of gulls, Gannets, and auks, a Basking Shark and a Minke Whale! Elsewhere, in the sea to the NW of Mull, were two Arctic Skuas, 2-3 Great Skuas and two Storm Petrels. Stuart Gibson
10th male hen Harrier along track from Achnadrich disappearing over hill. About 5.30 pm today. Also a golden eagles by Ulva ferry.
Charlie Crichton
7th a male Hen Harrier at the disused farm near Loch Spelve, at Pennyghael a ringtail, also one at Grasspoint and Knockvolage (Ross). Golden Eagle and White tailed Eagle in the Pennyghael area and again at Grasspoint were two ringtail harriers. Rick (visitor). 
6th There were 3 Greenshank at Loch Cuin this evening. Richard Airey Harbour Guest House, Tobermory.
5th  Fidden a single  Pink-footed Goose. Loch Assapol a Magpie, 3 Tufted Duck and 1 Red-throated Diver. Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
5th a male Hen Harrier around 4.30 seen from A849 south of Lochdon towards Inverlussa. Stuart Foster
4th Dervaig, Loch Cuuin. 6 Red breasted  Mergansers, one Greenshank, a  Little Grebe at Calgary Bay: two White tailed Eagles, a diving Gannet , a Common Kestrel hunting above the rocks, and a couple of Stonechat near the beach plus several Raven - including one feasting on a seal carcass Roy Cunningham (visiting)
4th I'm visiting Mull this week. Some sightings. A golden eagle was over Lochdon heading. Two white tailed Eagles were over Lochdon on Sunday morning. A pair of red throated divers divers were on Loch Spelvie, also a group of Goosanders and a couple of black guillemots. Stuart Foster
2nd I saw a flock of 8-10 of Twite flitting between Glenforsa airstrip and the shoreline.  Roy Cunningham (visiting).
2nd - Sea to NW of Mull. Only small nos of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets in area today; but, 1-2 Great Skuas, a single dark-morph Arctic Skua harassing an unfortunate Kittiwake, a single Storm Petrel, two ad./juv combos of Razorbill, but many more Guillemots, as well as a solitary juv. 'Commic' Tern; two House Martins flying across the NW entrance/exit to the Sound of Mull may have been early migrants. Stuart Gibson 

'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/

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


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

Best birds were an early Pectoral Sandpiper at Loch a Phuill (20th) and an adult European White-fronted Goose at Ruaig (28th). Other highlights included a Wood Sandpiper at Loch Bhasapol (28th), a Common Redstart at The Reef (29th), 2 Black-throated Divers off Mannal (20th) and a summering Pale-bellied Brent at Loch a Phuill. At least 5 Robins were back by 31st, an early Goldcrest was at Balephuil (28th-31st) and a trickle of Willow Warblers, Greenland Wheatears (from 22nd) and White Wagtails (from 12th). Passage waders included some 18 Ruff (from 13th), 2 Knot (from 9th), 16 Whimbrel, 13 Greenshanks, 300 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and flocks of up to 70 Redshanks, plus a peak of 404 Sanderling (21st) and up to 5 Sandwich Terns around the coast.

Summering birds included 5 Whooper Swans, a Robin and a Red-throated Diver plus up to 3 breeding pairs of Moorhen, whilst returning raptors included up to 2 Sparrowhawks, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel and at least 8 different Hen Harriers all month. The all-island goose count (28th-29th) found 2,039 Greylags and 4,060 Lapwing. Sea-watching was patchy but included 1 Balearic Shearwater and 3 Sooty Shearwaters off Hynish (16th), plus 12 Storm Petrels, 25 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas and 56 Common Terns (14th).

Dr John Bowler



male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016

This is the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull. PA64   6AP