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Latest reports for August 2019

16th Just to mention the Osprey. We watched it over Loch Don for about 40 minutes. lovely. Jacquie and Mike Murphy                                                          14th Juv female Peregrine in Laggan bay. 3 RT Divers on Loch Spelve. Single Dunlin at Croggan. 16 Redshank on Loch Cuin. Swallow roost building to 60 plus birds at Dervaig reed bed. Ewan Miles                                                                                                                                                                                       14th t 30 Golden Plover with 3 Turnstones from Garmony parking area on shingle beach. Black Throated Diver with a juv bird in Duart Bay and 1 Whimbrel.  Osprey sat on Boulder along the edge of Lochdon viewed from parking area along Gorten Road before farm entrance.  Flew when Sea Eagle went over and headed in direction of Duart.  About half an hour later when looking from road towards river after Grasspoint turning an Osprey sitting on top of a small tree.  Same bird?? Mick and Sylvia Brennan.

14th  70+ Ring Plovers at Killiechronan this morning with a few Dunlin amongst them. Pam & Arthur Brown                                                                           13th Single Black Throated Diver in full summer plumage at the far end of Mishnish Lochs this afternoon. Very distant record shot. Whinchat along Dervaig to Salen Glen road. Sylvia and Mick Brennan                                                                                                                                                                                                                       12th: Craignure/Java - 5 swallows. Scallastle Bay - red-breasted merganser, 3 curlew, 11 eider, juvenile black guillemot, 1 adult and 1 juvenile kittiwake, gannet flying along the Sound, single tern, approx 8 turnstones and other waders (see photos). Garmony - 7 curlews, 5 golden plover, gannet flying along the Sound, a few house martins flying.  Nancy Somerville

12th a stunning Merlin chasing the birds on the Tiroran estuary .  It continually chased the crows and waders and sat on the beach for at least half an hour, also two Greenshank there. At Pennyghael, three Knot and six Dunlin plus a Greenshank.  Six porpoise at Grasspoint in the evening with lots of Gannets.  A Ringtail  Harrier at Lochdon and two Ringtail Hen Harriers with Stonechat, Redpoll, whitethroat. Sylvia and Mick Brennan
11th - 2 adult  WTE at Loch na Keal; c200 Manx Shearwater from Craignure to Oban Ferry (2 large flocks plus several small ones)10th - 3 WTE (2ad + 1imm) Loch na Keal; 14 Sanderling & 1 Ruff Ardalanish beach; Hen Harrier Fidden. visitor  Deryck Iving
12th, "so for my first retirement report".  A flock of approx. 20 Twite at Calaich  this morning 10 Kittiwakes on the rocks there as well with Meadow Pipits everywhere.Pam & Arthur Brown
10th A family of 6 Jays viewed in wood from White tailed Eagle view point on Loch Na Keal and 2 Whitethroat feeding young at the parking area.   Also 40 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin on shingle beach from Campsite and 15 Red Breasted Mergansers on Loch. Mick and Sylvia Brennan - visitors.
11th: Craignure Java - Red-throated diver Nancy Somervil
10th: Craignure/Java - 10 swallows. Scallastle forest path - tawny owl alarm call (late morning) 
Nancy Somervile.
8th:Craignure/Java - family of 6 grey wagtails (2 adults with 4 juvs), 2 juvenile black guillemots.
9th Dervaig, 1 Greenshank,  Male Hen Harrier by the satellite station at Glengorm,  Flock of 20 Goldfinch by Druimnachroish , 1 Red Throated Diver on the Mishnish Lochs,  Tawny Owl heard  and Barn owl seen from our cottage Cnoc Fuan on Glengorm. White tailed Eagle at Druimnachroish and one flying over the Glengorm Castle area.  visitor Peter Shearer


                            Heron fishingred breasted Merganser juvenile
                     Grey Heron fishing.                                                              Red breasted Merganser juvenile.  Alan Spellman
6th Lochdon, morning, 1 little grebe,  3 greenshank, 12 redshank, 1 whimbrel, male hen harrier. Garmony, 1  goosander.  Gribon,  8 dunlin, twite, and 1 red-throated diver. Loch Scridain by Killiemore,  a great northern diver. Lochdon, pm, 4 greenshank,  6 bar-tailed godwit,  2 whimbrel  flying high along north side, male hen harrier,  an Osprey  (caught fish & went off over over plantation west of estuary). Dave Pierce
6th Lochdon  an Osprey fishing over the loch Steve Hiscock
5th 3 Golden Plovers overhead near Gribun. House Martins on the wing up on nearby coastal cliffs, possible breeding sites? Arctic Skua in waters north of Mull. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.
5th Lochdon, 4 Golden Plover,  2 Turnstone,  7 Redshank,  3 Greenshank, 4  Bar-tailed Godwit, 1  Whimbrel, 1 Redstart  juvenile,  Croggan. 3 Spotted Flycatcher  (adult & 2 recently fledged),  1 Red-throated Diver. Loch Buie  2  Red-throated Diver, Hen Harrier grey male over Lochdon.Also fledged and unfledged young White-tailed and Golden Eagles  Dave Pierce

5th: Craignure/Java - Black Guillemot. Scallastle Bay - Black-headed Gull, 19 Eider, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails, 2 Kittiwakes, Black Guillemot, 9 Ringed Plover. Garmony - 3 Golden Plover Nancy                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3rd: Craignure/Java - 2 Black Guillemots, Black-headed Gul  Nancy Somerville
4th Lochdon. 3 Greenshank,  c65Curlew, Scoor on the Ross, 30+  Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Whinchat including recently fledged, 2 Twite. Dave Pierce

Black-throated diver                                                                                          Red-throated diver
3rd Adult Black-throated Divers on the Mishnish Lochs and Loch na Keal. Red-throated Divers on Loch Torr and Loch na Keal. non-breeding Great-northern Diver still on Loch Scridain.
Eaglet nestlings turning into fledglings around the isle!  Willow Warblers, Great Tits etc in great song this morning after moult. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.   

3rd Porpoise 1 from Lochaline/Fishnish ferry. c40 Golden plover, 1 redshank 1, dunlin. Garmomy,
6 Turnstone,   Lochdon. 5 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 turnstone, 1 lapwing, 16 golden plover,  c52 curlew. 4 Redshanks.  2 greenshank, 8  heron.  Dave Pierce
2nd: Scallastle Bay - 19 Eider, 2 Curlews,3 Black-headed Gulls, Wheatear, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails.
1st Aug: Scallastle Bay - 4 Redshank, 3 Curlews
31st: Craignure/Java - Gannet (adult) flying along the Sound, Willow Warbler. Nancy Somerville


    Tiree Sightings July 2019


Best birds were 2 Wood Sandpipers at the Reef (30th) with an adult Spotted Redshank there (30th), which later flew to Loch a Phuill, and a Green Sandpiper at Loch a Phuill (28th). Island scarcities included Swifts at Milton (9th), Baugh (9th) and Ruaig (27th), a Sandwich Tern at Gott Bay (1st), a very early Goldcrest at Gott (28th), a late Blackcap at Balephuil (1st) and single Spotted Flycatchers at Balephuil (8th and 19th). Return wader passage was intermittent but there were up to 75 Golden Plover (24th), 11 Whimbrel, 50 Black-tailed Godwit (2nd-27th), 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Greenshank (from 12th), 4 adult Knot, 470 Dunlin (24th) and 585 Sanderling (25th). At least 6 Whooper Swans, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Hen Harriers summered. Up to 4 pairs of House Martin bred and a pair of Whitethroats fledged 2+ young at Scarinish.


The final total of calling male Corncrakes was 298, a little down on the 2018 figure. Little Terns fledged 21 young from 30 pairs, whilst broods were noted of Red-breasted Merganser, Shoveler, Teal and Tufted Duck. Most seabirds had a reasonably good breeding year: 333 pairs of Arctic Tern fledged 150 young, 280 pairs of Kittiwakes fledged some 480 young, 74 pairs of Shag fledged some 114 young, whilst Razorbills and Fulmars produced moderate numbers of chicks. Offshore there were large movements of Manx Shearwaters and Puffins, plus 11 Storm Petrels off Hynish (17th).


Dr John Bowler


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