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for September 2017
21st a Wryneck
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
19th Great to see Slavonian grebe
returning for the winter. 5 on Loch na Keal. Mike Wagemakers and Carol
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
Mark Blake took this eagle photo,
check out his site here
'Mairie' has already left the Isle
of Mull and you will be able to follow her updates on this link very
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
the web site of Alan Spellman, Maridon, Lochdon, Isle of Mull. PA64