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Latest reports for June  2020

 
Rock Dove 3rd May  2020 AS
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male Stonechat 2nd June 2020 AS

female stonechat  AS                                  common sandpiper  AS
2nd  an Osprey was flying above the old school house at Gribon heading towards Loch Scridian. Nigel Shannon
1st Dervaig. We had a Nuthatch on our feeder yesterday afternoon. It came twice.  Sheelagh Still, Glen Bellart House, 
Cuckoo and meadow pipit encounter
                                May 2020 Ewan Miles
This amazing encounter between a cuckoo and meadow pipit was taken by Ewan Miles. May 2020
2nd Its good to be able to report Barn Owl success, boxes across the island now have good numbers of young. AS
  1st June. a Turtle dove at a Lochdon garden this morning, photographed by Steve James.
Turtle Dove records  Streptopelia turtur   A scarce Summer visitor. 2006 - 09: a single birds recorded at Treshnish, Tobermory, Lochdon, Glen Bellart and Bunnesan. During May to August. 2011: one at Gruline on 22nd June; 2012. a single was in the Salen-Aros area on 8th Sep. 2015: one at Treshnish on 8th July. 2017 11th May at Kintra on the Ross of Mull. 2020 1st June one at Lochdon, photographed by Steve James.
juvenile
                                                          stonechat May
                                                          2020 at
                                                          Inverlussa
Juvenile Stonechat at
Inverlussa 28th May 2020  AS
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Latest reports for May  2020
30th  Fidden. Out this afternoon without camera and spotted a Little Stint with 13 Dunlin feeding at Fidden Nigel Shannon
Little Stint records.  Calidris minuta. Very scarce passage migrant, in both Spring and Autumn.
2006 May, 3 at Loch na Keal; 2007 June, 4 on Ardalanish beach.2009 April, a single was at Fidden. 2012 August, a single at Loch Beg & at Calgary on. 2014 Aug one was at Killiechronan.I suspect that this miniscule wader may often be overlooked
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29th Bunessan, a Nuthatch in a local garden this morning. Charley Streather

28th Bunessan.  I was watching a solitary Swift feeding high up yesterday afternoon for over an hour above Bunessan. 
No sign of it today. Nigel Shannon (so few swifts about these days)

The male of a pair of Lesser Redpoll visiting Nancy Somerville's feeders
28th: Java - Spotted Flycatcher.. 27th: Java - Spotted Flycatcher. Scallastle Bay - 2 Shelduck, approx 20 Terns., 25th: Java - male and female Tawny Owls calling at night., 23rd: Java - 2 Sand Martins by the hotel (road side). At my Java garden feeders all week - Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Chaffinches, Siskins (adults and juveniles), pair Greenfinches, Goldfinches, pair  Lesser Redpoll, plus Starling and House Sparrow fledglings being fed. Nancy Somerville
28th Grasspoint road. female Redstart, Wood warbler, Whitethroat, two Cuckoos interacting, Pair of Stonechat. AS,

28th Dervaig. an Osprey fishing over Loch Cuin at 14:40hrs today. Pam and Arthur Brown (photo by Arthur)
27th Lochdon. The 'Wee Free'  Wood Warbler (male) currently residing next to the Free church at Lochdon and singing all day long. photographed today. AS

Wood Warbler taken at Lochdon May
                                2020 AS
25th/26th Grasspoint road. Lots of Whitethroat, two families of Stonechat feeding young, Garden Warbler and by the church a singing Wood Warbler. Pam & Arthur Brown, Andy & Diana Oldacre. Alan Spellman. (separately and each keeping a social distance). 
25th Iona. we have not heard much about Corcrakes during this lock down but I am reliably told that they are back as usual and have been seen and heard at the usual places, back of the fire station and the gardens of the hostel. Thanks to Mark Scholefield (pp Nancy Summerfiled)
14th May. Pair passage Whimbrel  back of Little Laggan beach. 2 Drake Shelduck Little Laggan beach. 21 May, 3 drake Shelduck Portfield beach. Woodcock, Portfield. 23rd May. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Ardura wood. 24th May up to 12 Gannets fishing Lochbuie bay. 25th May Great Northern Diver, Lochbuie bay. Sandpipers everywhere Alastair Gossage

Male Stonechat  Grasspoint road. 21st May 2020 AS

Blackbird  male 21st April 2020 AS
21st Salen.  Hawfinch made another appearance this morning in Jacquie's garden. Jacquie Murphy
21st  Wood Warbler still present by the ‘Wee Free’. Along the Grasspoint road, beyond Ardnadrochet Farm, we found a singing Garden Warbler.  I was about to dismiss it as another Blackcap, but then it showed itself, clearly a Garden Warbler.
Andrew Oldacre
19th: Java - 2 Mallard drakes, Gannet flying up the Sound off Java Point. Scallastle forest path - Cuckoo calling.

15th: approx 20 Gannets off Java Point. Cuckoo calling from Scallastle forest.
14th: Java - Mallard drake, 1st Summer Black-headed Gull, Heron flying over - first one I've seen for a while (I assume they're at heronries), Whitethroat. Kittiwake and approx 12 Gannets circling and diving on the Sound of Mull off Java Point. Woodpecker drumming from Scallastle forest. Nancy Somerville
Nancy Somerville  13th: Java - 6 Gannets off Java Point. Woodpecker drumming from Scallastle forest. Scallastle Bay - 2 Gannets, 20 Terns, Cuckoo calling, Woodpecker drumming, 4 House Martins. Nancy Somerville 
19th We had Wood Warbler singing by the ‘Wee Free’ this morning.by Ardnadrochet Farm there was a pair of Stonechat with at least two fledged youngsters. Andrew Oldacre
16th Grasspoint. Stonechat and Whitethroat and watched two Cucloo's pairing up. Interesting to hear the many other sounds they make other than just Cuckoo..Cuckoo that we all hear. Alan S

15th Lochdon a small party (11) of Dunlin in the pools above the bridge in Lochdon  Diana & Andrew Oldacre
14th Garmony. just had an Osprey fly over from Dun da Ghaoithe with corvids in battle. Jenny Jackson

hOOPOE AT
                                                          gORTEN 13TH
                                                          mAY 2020
13th Lochdon/Gorten Hoopoe Great excitement for me it has been a bird I have wanted to see since I was about 7 years old and first saw a picture of one. It spent about 3 hours on our lawn pecking and feeding on insects from the grass.I have attached a photo of the many I have taken.It’ll be interesting to see if it comes back at some stage or whether that was my ‘once in a lifetime’ view of a Hoopoe. Jen.Swift 
Very scarce overshoot migrant in Spring (May - June). 2008:28th May on Ulva  and at Loch Buie in June, were probably the same bird. 2010 3rd May  at the Garmony picnic area..
Northern Chiffchaff
13th A probable 'Northern' Chiffchaff of the sub-species abietinus, showing cold, grey colouring, was feeding in willows and birches near Apper Mor today. This sub-species breeds in northern Scandinavia.Stuart Gibson
13th Aros Park Four singing Spotted flycatchers could be seen and heard in the park today, another Chiffchaff territory was picked up today,  Willow warblers are everywhere. Blackcaps, however, have been a revelation this Spring, although it is not known whether this represents a genuine increase in their numbers or people being around more to see and hear them around their homes. I have recorded singing males in up to 16 different territories in Aros Park.No Garden warblers, but a Blackcap mimicing its close congener along the main driveway into the park was interesting, if not surprising; another was heard to commence its warble with the manic chatter of a Sedge warbler, too! A real Sedge warbler chattered in atypical habitat one morning and wasn't seen or heard since. Likewise, a lone male Whitethroat was singing at Apper Mor and may still be around. Extra-limital Whitethroats have been heard at the 'Welcome to Tobermory' sign on the main road into town and at Baliscate, where there has been two displaying Tree pipits. A further two Tree pipits have been recorded on my songbird census of Aros Park this Spring.
Stuart Gibson
13th At the point on the Grasspoint road where the trees come over the road from both sides, we saw a fine male Redpoll and two Spotted Flycatcher. I hesitate to say a pair of flycatchers, but at one point both were perched side by side on the same small twig, without interaction; could just have been good mates? Lots of Whitethroat about, still Cuckoo singing, and more Barn Swallow at the farm. Song and Mistle Thrush present, and numbers of Meadow and Tree Pipit. Andy Oldacre

10th A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at West Ardhu today, early evening. Pam & Arthur Brown
9th a family of Greenfinch in our garden; at least two youngsters being fed. Along the Grasspoint road a pair of Red-Breasted Merganser were mating; she almost drowned. Lots of Whitethroat singing; Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit and Mistle Thrush about; and growing numbers of Barn Swallow at Ardnadrochet Farm. Andy Oldacre
9th Lots of Sand Martin in and out of a good number of holes at Torosay Sand quarry.(private) Jacquie Murphy

Hawfinch
                                                          at Salen May
                                                          2020Hawfinch at Salen May
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9th Salen. a male Hawfinch in a Salen garden this morning.  Jacquie and Mike Murphy.  Photographs by Mike
8th May at Salen. a Nightjar heard  "Churring" 10:30 -11:00 hours. Jacquie and Mike Murphy
8th back from a long walk by the golf course at Craignure, and saw that the arctic terns have appeared. Peter Hall
6th About a dozen distant Comic Terns in the Sound of Mull. Steve & Linda Littlewood
5th: Craignure/Java - Pair Mallard, Common (Mealy )Redpoll. Scallastle Bay - 3 Mallard, 11 Shelduck flying along the Sound of Mull, 2 Ringed Plover.
Nancy Somerville
4th: Craignure/Java - 2 Common Guillemots, Black Guillemot. Scallastle forest path - 2 Cuckoos, Woodpecker drumming.
6th Nightjar sighting
This sighting was broad daylight 15:30. Near the Mishnish Lochs. then a second flew past, I was above it and about 15ft away. I could clearly see the brown camouflage pattern long taped wings almost falcon like, head like a grouse short beak, and long tail..This was for 30 seconds at most, but long enough and close enough to say they were definitely Nightjars. Steve Wilburn. 
6th
Evening Alan, just a quick note of a sighting of a feeding Swift flying around the trees at Java tonight, thought you maybe interested as we don't get to many.  Andy & Sian
5th Another very good species for the garden list this evening - sitting on top of our gate - a Peregrine Falcon
A very brief view, without binoculars. During our exercise walk along the Grasspoint road today, another siting of Greenshank; lots of singing Whitethroat too. Andrew Oldacre


3rd With regards to the Magpie this bird arrived in my garden on March 30th and has been hanging around most days.
Took this photo last week in my garden and the bird was with me again today. It is spending time pulling the tadpoles out of my pond N
igel Shannon

2nd: Craignure/Java - Great Northern Diver, pair Mallard, male Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Common Sandpipers, Rock Pipit, Chiffchaff, male Siskin. Nancy Somerville
2nd we saw our first Whitethroat of the year today.  Pam & Arthur Brown
1st: Java - Great Northern Diver (summer plumage), Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, Chiffchaff, female Siskin (first Siskin  I've seen for a while) .Nancy Somerville
 
1st Iona, Bunessan and Kintra. There has been several reports of Magpie on the Ross of Mull, even one attempting to build a nest. Magpie is, so far, not a breeding species on the island albeit observations have been reported over the years. Please report any sightings to help establish the status of this bird. many thanks Alan


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