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Latest Reports for October 2019

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.
17th Lochdon. A single Swift over the Telephone Exchange this morning, Andy  Oldacre 
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: September 2019


Best birds were a juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper at Vaul (3rd-7th) and nearby at Gott Bay (12th), a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (15th) and an adult American Golden Plover at Baugh (26th). Other good birds included a Yellow-browed Warbler at Carnan Mor / Balephuil (25th-26th) with another at Vaul (28th) and then 3 together at Balephuil (30th), a Reed Warbler and a Common Redstart at Balephuil (19th), a Wood Warbler at Balephuil (18th-20th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (16th), Pied Flycatchers at Balephuil (16th and 30th), late Spotted Flycatchers at Balephuil (24th-27th) and Caoles (25th), a Grey Wagtail at Balephuil (20th), an early Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (7th) with a Pochard there (26th-27th), up to 23 Common Redpolls in the Balephuil area all month, a Brambling at The Glebe (29th) and Lapland Buntings at Beinn Hough (5th) and West Hynish (7th). Sea-watching produced Pomarine Skuas off the Ringing Stone (16th) and off Balevullin (30th), a Grey Phalarope off Aird (4th), 6 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 8 Arctic Terns, 1 Common Tern (5th), 20 Arctic Skuas and 49 Great Skuas, plus 4,920 Manx Shearwaters in 1hr off Aird (5th).


Passerine migrants included 16 Blackcaps (from 1st), 2 Chiffchaffs (from 19th), 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers (to 2nd), 3 Dunnocks, some 18 Goldcrests and 12 White Wagtails. There were late Sand Martins (to 11th), House Martins (to 2nd), plus 8 Redwings (30th).


Wader passage was intermittent but included peaks of 338 Sanderling (3rd), 1,080 Golden Plover (18th), 14 Ruff, 12 Knot, 36 Bar-tailed Godwits and 31 Black-tailed Godwits, plus an early Woodcock at Sandaig (28th). Returning winter raptors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks and 5 Merlins. Wildfowl passage included some 1,520 Pink-footed Geese passing SSE over the island (29th-30th), plus 3 Pale-bellied Brent (from 26th).


Dr John Bowler


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