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Latest reports for February 2019


20th Staying at Scridain View near Ardtun this week, been watching three short-eared owls hunting this afternoon near Achnahard turn off. Regards Iain Chapman
19th Ring Tail Hen Harrier at Ardnacross Farm between Tobermory and Salen, Bullfinch by the old boats at Salen, Dipper upstream from Aros bridge, 3 Black Guilliemots in varying plumage at Salen Pier. Andy Bayes
19th: Craignure - 2 GNDs, single greenshank.  Salen Forest (opposite Fishnish ferry turn-off) - sparrowhawk.
17th; Craignure - pair goosander, single GND, 5 long-tailed tits by coastal path. Nancy Somerville
17th Feb - Fanmore - pair of Kestrels; Eas Fors - a Merlin; Kellan - 14 Teal and 45 Mallard; Kellan Mill - GNDiver; Knock - Black Gilly and 2 m Goosanders; Laggan Ulva - 27 Curlew and 23 Oystercatchers (the latter clearly paired up); Lochdon - a Bar-tailed Godwit; Loch Spelve - a pair of Stonechats and a pair of Mistle Thrush. 
18th - Garmony - a Turnstone; Glenforsa- a GNDiver; Salen - a Greenshank and 95 Wigeon; Laganulva - 45 Lapwing, 47 Curlew, 14 RB Mergansers ( a lot of displaying) and a pair of Shelducks; Torloisk - a Rook just up the hill road; Dervaig -a Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Snipe and 8 Bar-tails; Fanmore a male Sparrowhawk and an adult Lesser BBG.
19th - Fanmore - an imm WT Eagle over the loch and 2 Golden Eagles (a pair?) over the garden; Dervaig - 2 Greenshank, 4 Redshank and 2 Little Grebes. Also a Mistle Thrush just up the hill road; Calgary - a GNDiver.   Tim Dixon, Helen Stace and Jamie Dixon.
19th 3 Bar-tailed Godwits in Salen Bay, Skylark on 'the Glen road' and a small group at the Ulva ferry, BT Diver in Calgary bay, Carrion Crow at Knock and a Carrion x Hooded hybrid nearby. Barn Owl and a Tawny seen at dusk to the south of Dervaig. Ewan + Feb Mull Bird Club field trip (43 species)
19th 3 Whooper Swans at Killiechronan, 2 Sea Eagles flew past the house at Salen Pier. Andy
18th Little Grebe at Grasspoint bridge, Stonechat at head of Loch Scridain, quite a few Goosander on Loch Na Keal.. Andy
17th, Black-throated Diver, just coming into breeding plumage in Calgary Bay, pair of Goosander in Aros Bay, Teal on Loch Na Keal, Greenshank and Wigeon at low tide in Loch Cuin, Dervaig. Andy Bayes

15th a Gannet off Cailaich this afternoon.  Pam & Arthur Brown   www.discovermull.co.uk


 15th February  a singing robin at Killechronan.    is Spring on the way ?

!4 th a single Purple Sandpiper on Lainne Sguere just before high tide this morning. Pam & Arthur Brown   www.discovermull.co.uk


winter plumaged great northern diver in Craignure bay by Nancy Somerville 13th Feb 2019
13th - Java: pair red-breasted mergansers
12th - Java: single curlew. Garmony: approx 15 turnstones, approx 12 black-headed gulls, pair great black-backed gulls, approx 6 curlew, whimbrel?4 ringed plovers, black guillemot, dipper, pipit?
11th - Craignure-Duart Bay:great northern divers, black guillemot.  Java: 3 red-breasted mergansers (2 males), long-tailed tits in trees by coastal path.   Nancy Somerville
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                                                    Gull Loch Scridain
                                                    Feb 2019 Bryan
                                                    Rains

3rd wnter Iceland Gull , Bryan Rains  12th Feb 2019  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk

12th I had a 3w Iceland Gull yesterday on Loch Scridain.   Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk

11th 4 whooper Swans on Loch Torr this afternoon.   Pam & Arthur Brown     www.discovermull.co.uk
10th: Craignure/Java/: single curlew, 3 red-breasted mergansers (2 males), single black guillemot (summer plumage), long-tailed tits in trees by coastal path.

8th - Java: 2 male goosander. (Can almost guarantee goosanders at Java when there's a strong wind from the East.)
6th - 2 WTEs over Java/Craignure  
  Nancy Somerville
5th - 2 WTEs over Java/Craignure     Nancy Somerville
10th Song Thrush in good voice this morning. 2 SE Owls south of Dervaig at dusk last night. 1 adult Whooper Swan on Loch Torr. 2 Red Grouse flushed from the heather near Loch Frisa and droppings seen in numerous places on the moors. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com

7th  Red Grouse at Reudle with at least 4 more calling and this evening good views of 2 Tawny Owls one near Loch Torr and the other just Tobermory side of the Mishnish Lochs. At least 8 Siskins in the garden with 3 lesser Redpolls and a probable Mealy and now regular Yellowhammers, Treecreepers, 2 Jays and2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers along with the zillions of Chaffinches, not seen the Brambling for a few days but probably still around if the Sparrowhawk hasnt got it.  8 ringed Plover on Lainne Sgueir  today and a single Kittiwake at Cailaich with the long staying Black Throated Diver at Calgary just starting to change into breeding plumage.  Finally 30+ snipe at Dervaig.Pam & Arthur Brown      www.discovermull.co.uk

4th Feb - Craignure: great northern diver . Java: pair goosander, pair of collared doves mating in my Java back garden!
2nd Feb, Java: single curlew.  Arle: 5 lapwings. Garmony: single dipper, approx 20 ringed plover, 6 dunlin, 4 turnstone, ringtail  harrier .
Nancy Somerville
1st at Killiechronan were a rooste of 56 Oystercatchers, also 12 Bar tailed Godwit, a pair of white tailed eagles in trees. On Scarisdale rock a pair of white tailed eagles and on the loch 5 slavonian grebe and I counted 9 Great northern divers. Alan Spellman

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female Stonechat on a winters day.   Alan Spellman
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Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree

Tiree Sightings: January 2019

 

Best birds were the Todds Canada Goose at Caoles, the second-winter Ring-billed Gull at Sandaig and the trio of Ring-necked Ducks at Loch a Phuill, which all remained all month, plus a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch a Phuill (2nd and 17th). Other scarcities included up to 2 Scaup at Loch a Phuill all month with a male Pochard there (2nd), a Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Heylipol (15th), adult Sea Eagles at Milton (1st) and at Loch a Phuill (17th), a Black-throated Diver off Traigh Bhi (8th), 3 Little Auks off Aird (7th), a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Loch a Phuill (11th), 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Woodcock, at least 25 wintering Goldfinches, a Fieldfare at Meningie (4th), 18 Jackdaws and a Rook at Heylipol all month, Moorhens at Sandaig (2nd) and Cornaigmore (7th), 2 Coots at Loch Bhasapol and up to 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain.

 

An all-island count (14th-15th) found 4,195 Barnacle Geese, 765 Greenland White-fronts and 1,863 Greylags, plus 182 Whooper Swans, 16 Pink-footed Geese, 2,290 Golden Plover, 2,485 Lapwing, 1,240 Common Gulls and 250 Redwing. Scarce waterbirds included a Long-tailed Duck at Loch Riaghain all month, 35 Shoveler (17th), 8 Gadwall at Loch a Phuill (28th-31st), 2 Pintail at Loch Rigahin and Shelduck returning around the coast. Raptors included at least 6 Hen Harriers, 5 Merlin, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and up to 6 Peregrine throughout. Higher shorebird counts included 320 Sanderling and 115 Dunlin at Sorobaidh Bay (25th), 95 Purple Sandpiper at Hough Bay (11th) and 180 Ringed Plover at Sorobaidh Bay (11th). Up to 10 Black-headed Gulls were present in the first half of the month (unusual) and at least one Pied Wagtail wintered.

 

John Bowler

 

RED NECKED GREBE

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