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A common sense appeal
Ground nesting birds have enough to content with on the Isle of Mull this Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend without we humans adding to their stress. The end of May is a critical time for birds, like Common Gulls, Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers that are nesting on the beaches of the island. The cold start to Spring has meant that their breeding has been delayed this year and most have full clutches of eggs waiting to hatch. These birds, along with Arctic and Common Terns, have to contend daily with cattle and sheep, as well as dog walkers and holidaymakers oblivious to their presence and distress on the island's beaches and upper shores. The current heatwave that the island is enjoying is likely to make things worse for these birds as people flock to beaches on Mull to enjoy the sunshine. If you become aware of the distress calls of birds anywhere you visit, please move away from those areas and allow incubating birds to return to their nests. As with lambs and calves, please keep dogs on a close leash when walking in areas where you suspect there may be ground birds nesting. Let's all enjoy the good weather and give our nesting shorebirds a helping hand to raise their broods successfully.

Latest reports for June  2018

 21st Quite a few Long-Tailed Tits along the Java - Craignure path. Grey wagtail at Java beach. Pair of Canada Geese with about three goslings at Garmony. Two pairs of Greylag geese with around seven goslings at Aros.
afternoon, Tobermory: Greenfinch just beside the car park, where the rivers comes out. with House Sparrows and Goldfinch. 
evening, Garmony: Flock of seven Redpolls. Five immature Eider drakes, Four Eider ducks with about ten ducklings, Juvenile Dipper. Nancy Somerville

19th - Tobermory. The 1st S imm. Iceland Gull was seen a 12.30pm and again at 8.15pm (the evening sighting was at the new sandy beach, on which this gull was completely camouflaged!) Stuart Gibson

18th Loch na Keal.  a Slavonian grebe in partial summer plumage at the head of the loch. Also had a white fronted goose in Salen bay. Wasn’t sure if that had been reported before. visitor Sally Nowell
18th - Tobermory. A 1st Summer immature Iceland Gull  in Tobermory harbour (near car park) this early afternoon. Stuart Gibson
18th - Fishnish. Six Crossbills over forest this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
18th Craignure. For the first time ever we have just had a beautiful Jay on our feeders in the garden. Pete and Jan.  www.mullwildlifetours.co.uk
17th Salen Bay 4 great northern divers together at Salen Bay. Andrew Blagden on holiday.

White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex today 17th June 2018. pix by Alan Spellman

White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex (Mull Charters)  today 17th June 2018
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Common Sandpiper chick at Craignure by Nancy Somerville
14th Loch na Keal. I have a report of a Black Tern flying down Loch na Keal any more information would be appreciated. A full detailed description is required for this 'rare' bird. Alan  (pp) Pam Brown and visitors
8th - Tobermory. The Glaucous Gull is still in the harbour and looking very much at home. Stuart Gibson
Rose coloured
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7th Ross of Mull (undisclosed site) an adult Rose coloured starling briefly here. Alan (sorry but I cant be more specific)
Slavonian grebe
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Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage at the head of Lock na Keal June 2018
6th - Tobermory. 1st S immature Glaucous Gull still around today. Stuart Gibson
6th Dark phase Arctic Skua and 60 plus Storm Petrels in waters between Mull and Coll. Corncrake on Lunga. Otter hunting Greylag goslings on the river Aros outflow. Latest seabird census counts from NM Mull discovered occupied Fulmar sites and at least 6  incubating Razorbills. Still seabird coverage needed for some sites on Mull, get in touch if of interest. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
5th - Tobermory. The 1st S imm. Iceland Gull was in the harbour at 10.00 am this morning, while the 1st S Glaucous Gull was there at 6.00 pm.      Stuart Gibson
5th We went down to Croggan today, and on the way four young Woodcock crossed over the road in front of our car. We were about half way down the hill, going towards Loch Spelve, in Ardura Woods. Too quick to get a photo unfortunately!  Andrew Oldacre
4th We saw a male whinchat on a walk through Knockvologan nature reserve, singing and flitting about on Monday 4th June, and another male whinchat at Grass Point on Tuesday 5th June afternoon. Helen Lumley, visitor to Mull
6th Loch na Keal: a trip round the loch produced three Golden Eagles and four white tailed Eagles plus a real prize being a Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage at the head of the Loch. Alan, Anna Carey, Ewan Mile and his group. www.naturescotland.com
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Glaucous Gull at Tobermory in June 2018 by Stuart Gibson
4th - Tobermory. Somewhat ironical that in our current heatwave Tobermory should play host to two Winter visitors : Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull. Like the immature Iceland previously, this Glaucous Gull appears to be a 1st Summer immature (it was an egg this time last year!)
juvenilke dipper at Tobermory
                                      Stuaet Gibson
Juvenile dipper at Tobermory distillery burn  June 2018 Stuart Gibson
1st Summer immature Glaucous Gull present in Tobermory harbour this afternoon (4th) Stuart Gibson
3rd  we saw a male hen harrier fly overhead this morning carrying food, at a beach (Traig na Margaidh)  a female and later a male hen harrier  plus a spotted flycatcher at Camas Tuath. Helen Lumley, visitor to Mull.
1st Loch na Keal.  Summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe on Loch Na Keal at Kellan viewpoint. Andy Beevers (Visitor)
Iceland Gull Tobermory bay
                                      Stuart Gibson
1st - Tobermory. 1st Summer immature Iceland Gull again at confluence of Tobermory river and bay. Striking and unmissable bird!. Stuart Gibson
1st we had a pair of Red Throated Divers from Craignure Golf Course. Pete and Jan.

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                                          Killiechronan april 2018                                                          male Black Redstart at Killiechronan in April 2018                                                                 
Red throated Diver 2018Black throated Diver 2018
summer plumage Red throated Diver in Sound of Mull 31st March 2018 photo by visitor Agnes Thompson
summer plumaged Black throated Diver in Calgary Bay 3rd April 2018 photio by visitor Dianne Russell

Tiree Sightings: May 2018


Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: May 2018


Stand-out birds were a 2CY Bonaparte’s Gull at Barrapol (31st) and a 2CY male Common Rosefinch at the Balephuil (28th), whilst other island rarities included 2 female Hawfinches at Balephuil (10th-14th), with the same garden producing a Tree Sparrow (15th-16th), a male Common Redstart (27th) and a Garden Warbler (28th), whilst there was a Wood Warbler at Carnan Mor (6th) and a Pied Flycatcher at Hynish (28th). Other good spring birds included an adult Sea Eagle at Mannal (16th), a calling Quail at Balephuil (31st), 8 Pomarine Skuas (4th), a 3CY Glaucous Gull at The Green (3rd-4th) and Kenovay (27th), up to 3 lingering immature Iceland Gulls (22nd-30th), 3 Little Gulls (30th-31st), an adult Little Stint at Gott Bay (27th-28th) with others at Vaul (30th-31st) and Loch a’ Phuill (31st), up to 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Sorobaidh Bay (25th-31st) with 2 more at Loch a’ Phuill (31st), a Swift at Carnan Mor (14th), a Whinchat at Balephuil (9th) with a very late Fieldfare there (3rd), 2 Siskins at Balinoe (1st) with another at Hynish (30th) and up to 9 Common Redpolls plus 1 Lesser Redpoll. Island scarcities included a Black-throated Diver (30th), 3 Canada Geese (13th), up to 4 pairs of Gadwall, 3 pairs of Wigeon, a record count of 12 Woodpigeons (29th), up to 8 Cuckoos, a Jackdaw at Balephuil (22nd), some 23 White Wagtails (to 30th), 8 House Martins, a late Redwing (to 31st), a potential breeding pair of Dunnocks, a breeding pair of Whitethroats, 13 Blackcaps including a breeding pair, 9 Chiffchaffs including a breeding pair, 3 Goldcrests (to 23rd), a peak of 16 Spotted Flycatchers (30th), a Chaffinch (13th-14th), 3 Goldfinches including a breeding pair and a Snow Bunting at Traigh Bhagh (4th).


Wader passage was intermittent and weak with modest peaks of 475 Dunlin at Gott Bay (7th), 340 Ringed Plover at Loch a’ Phuill (6th) and 370 Sanderling (7th), plus some 49 Whimbrel (to 28th), 22 Black-tailed Godwits (to 29th) and 16 Knot (22nd-31st). Great Northern Divers were widespread around the coast, the first Storm Petrels returned (from 27th), a Pink-footed Goose was at Kilkenneth (29th) and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Traigh Bhagh (10th), whilst up to 10 Whooper Swans lingered through the month. Corncrakes returned in good numbers during the month with 200+ calling males around the island by the month-end.




John Bowler


red necked grebe bryan rains

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