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                              Alan PHOTOS LINK TO  MY VISIT TO AUSTRALIA  - Nov 2017-Jan 2018

The latest  Isle of Mull Bird Report
is now available

 the price is £6.95
available from local Mull shops

Tackle and Books Tobermory
Spar shop and Post office Craignure
Ferry Shop and Post office Fionnphort
Spar shop and Post office Salen
Post Office Pennyghael

you can buy a copy (£8.50)
     online through payapal 


Spring migrants arrivals on Mull 2019

10th Salen 2 arctic terns in the sound yesterday from Garmony.Peter and Jan Daisy
1st May. Iona First Corncrake and first Common Tern. Arthur and Pam Brown

25th roadside by Loch Frisa turn, a pair of Whinchats
visitor Tim Dixon
25th Dervaig. first Sedge Warbler singing, visitor Tim Dixon
23rd April first Common Whitethroat south of Dervaig. Ewan Miles

 21st April:first  Wood Warbler singing at Quinish, prasad   
18th April  there was a first Grasshopper Warbler calling at the edge of the Dervaig reed bed around 5.45 today.  Andrew Scott
14th April first
Redstart at at Torloisk  visitor Tim Dixon
17th April.
Just heard first Cuckoo at killiechronan this evening. reglar visitor  Pam Bennett
11th April - Tree Pipit in song at Croggan,  Ewan Miles 
10th April Our first House Martin recorded at Pennyghael. Bryan Rains
10th April Willow Warbler at Croig. Ewan
9th April  a first Blackcap singing at the back of the Harour Guest House Tobermory this morning. Richard Airey 
26th March  a first Swallow north at Salen this afternoon.  Richard Dale
25th March first Chiff Chaff - near the boats at the Java end of the coastal path. Nancy Somerville
24th March  first Sand Martin recorded at Kellan. Ewan Miles 
23rd March  first Common Sandpiper at Dervaig. John Miles
21st March
Our first Wheatear along the shoreline at Loch Spelve this morning. Alan Spellman

The award winning Mull Eagle Watch is based again at Craignure Golf Course, helping to raise funds for both community projects and others, and helping to show visitors sea eagles at their nest in a responsible way. This is the only VisitScotland 5 star rated wildlife experience on Mull and won the ‘Working Together for Tourism’ award at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in 2018.
 Call 01680 812 556 to book a 2 hour trip Sunday to Friday at 1100 and 1400. £10 adults/£5 children/£25 family of 4    Free to island residents.
Hen Harriers and Short eared Owls Survey.  Both species are in serious decline, please, when reporting sightings, give a grid reference where ever possible (this will not be published)  or a full site description, and specify male or female bird.
There is an app which records OS grid references for those who use a smart phone which is very useful.  (named GPS OS)
 Your help is very much appreciated
      Latest reports for May 2019

16th Recent sequence of uncommon events: Scallastle Forest. In the heat of a brilliant cloudless sunny afternoon (4.15pm) watching a cuckoo but listening to a tawny owl hooting. Steve Littlewood

Song Thrush
  This Song Thrush presented itself to me saying ....  'look at me, look at me'  Alan Spellman

15th: Craignure golf course - approx 25 Common Terns, pair ringed plover, pair white-tailed eagles and chick
13th: Scallastle forest path - whitethroat Nancy Somerville

Osprey ay Loch Beg
                                                    May 2019 Bryan
14th Loch Beg. an Osprey here today, the first report of the year. Bryan Raines. (photo by Bryan)                                                                         6th Merlin (female) - fidden Ringtail harrier - fidden, grasspoint area, Male harrier - Pennyghael, grasspoint area, Loch Frisa North end Whooper swan - flying towards uisken,Red throated diver - loch assapol ,Tree pipit - Carsaig Bottle nose dolphins (2) - Loch Scridain Both eagles at the usual places. Rick Thornton                                                                                                                                                                                                 12th a Merlin apparently hunting bats in deep dusk, south Loch Na Keal.  Steve Littlewood                                                                                   12th Loch na Keal. Great northern diver rooste continues to show goodish numbers, 38 birds rafting together yesterday. Steve Littlewood.                 12th In over 50 years of frequent visits have seen very few barn owls on Mull -- and wonder why -- or maybe we should we be booking in to Specsavers  -- but on Friday evening had a great sight of one hunting near the head of Loch na Keal on the south side.Malcolm & Cathe Hartley.                         10th: Craignure/Java - (male) red-breasted merganser, great northern diver, 3 common sandpipers, single whimbrel.                                                11th: Garmony - common sandpiper, eider drake, three groups of Canada geese with goslings (13 adults, 8 goslings in total), cuckoo calling, black guillemot on the Sound between Garmony and Morvern. 3 terns flying between Mull and Lady's Rock (spotted from ferry) Nancy Somerville              12th Killiechronan, I returned today, to get a better photograph of a singing Sedge Warbler, (and here it is). AS
  11th Killiechronan Singing Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroat at the campsite. Alan Spellman
10th Iona  a great skua (menacing the oystercatchers) and a merlin at Camus Cuil an t-Saimh on Iona (Friday 10th May).Kevin Tubby
10th Salen 2 arctic terns in the sound yesterday from Garmony.Peter and Jan Daisy
9th   3rd May we watched a pair of Treecreepers that were nesting in a crack in a wall of the ruined homestead at Balnahard, we watched the male bringing in food and passing to the bird that was on the nest in the crack,. On the 28th April at Killiechronan we counted 21 Great Northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers and a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe.  2nd May from the same spot we counted 22 Great Northern Divers, Dick and Mandy Walden

Loch Spelve today 7th May 2019. Wheatear and Eider drake. Alan Spellman
7th Fidden.we saw 40+ Whimbrel and a White Wagtail. visitors David and Edwina Sharp
6th: Craignure/Java - 3 common sandpipers, great northern diver, 2 whimbrel, mallard drake, heron flying over.  Scallastle forest path - cuckoo calling. Nancy Somerville
5th  2 days into a 2 week stay on Mull Spotted this at Porth na Ba this morning  would I be right in thinking it's a Twite? photo by Frank Burns5th: Craignure/Java - 3 common sandpipers, great northern diver, 3 red-breasted mergansers (2 males), heron (first one I've seen at Java for a few weeks).Nancy Somerville
5th a small flock of 12 Whinbrel came in to roost for the night. Alan Spellman
5th Caliach. An 1st year Iceland gull here today. Arthur Brown. (white winged gulls have been very scarce to find this year)
4th A single wigeon drake on the lochan this afternoon at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan Tony Jeffree
4th: Scallastle forest path - chiff chaff,  willow warbler, 2 cuckoos, 2 woodpeckers (one heard drumming, one seen in flight), treecreeper. Craignure/Java - curlew, 8 swallows,  3 common sandpipers.Nancy Somerville3rd: Craignure/Java - adult white-tailed eagle flying over, 3 common sandpipers.Nancy Somerville
3rd Bay at the back of the Ocean, Iona: a Merlin and Sanderling plus 4 Dunlin, 29 Whimbrel,30 Ringed plover 30,Three Great Northern Diver,7 Eider,
3 Shelduck and 2 Fulmar. Amy Robjohns
2nd Iona - 3+ Corncrake, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Chiffs, 8 Willow Warblers, 2 Mallard, 5 Whimbrel. Amy Robjohns 
2nd: Craignure/Java - 3 common sandpipers, pair herring gulls copulating on the beach, 2 male red-breasted mergansers, at least 2 willow warblers.  Nancy Somerville1st May Loch Beg 6 Black-headed Gull, 4 Dunlin., 4 Ringed Plover. Loch Assapol 3 Red-throated Diver. Fidden 6 Whimbrel, 2 Golden Plover.
1st Iona - 2 Corncrakes calling from garden of Langandorain next to Iona Hostel. Mike Wilkinson and Wendy Ambler
1st Some reports from Iona today: 2 Corncrake near the hostel. 1 White Wagtail on beach - Port Chlacha Geal. 2 Great Northern Diver in the Sound of Iona & 1 off Port Chlacha Geal. 1+ Lapwing. 5+ Sand Martin. 5+ Swallows. Amy Robjohns
1st: Craignure/Java - 3 common sandpipers, great northern diver, male red-breasted merganser, 3 swallows.  Scallastle forest path - cuckoo 
calling, peregrine, 4 ravens, lots of willow warblers seen and heard.Nancy Somerville
Gargany paor at
                                                    Craignure Golf
                                                    course May 2019
1st Cgraignure Golf course> a pair of Gargany here mid afternoon, Lizzy Grieve Mull Ranger  (Photograph by Lizzy Grieve)
Garganey. Anas querquedula. Very rare passage migrant. The first record  for the Isle of Mull was is 18th April 2011: when a pair were observed and photographed at Kintra (South Mull). This pair at Craignure Golf course today is only the second record for the island.
1st . Iona First Corncrake and first Common Tern. plus a Merlin. Arthur and Pam Brown 
30 April Mull, Kilpatrick - 1 male Hen Harrier 3pm flew NW-SE . Mike Wilkinson and Wendy Ambler
30th April Loch Scridain 2 Common Tern, 2 Red-throated Diver. Loch Beg 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover.
29th April Loch Scridain 4 Common Tern. Glen More 2 Cuckoo, 3 Whinchat.Bryan Rains
singing blackcap
Singing male Blackcap  Scallastle Crainure May 2019 Nancy Somerville
Tiree Sightings April 2019

Best birds by far were the 2CY male Black-winged Stilt at Heylipol Church pool (16th-18th) - the first for Argyll and a real Scottish rarity, followed by a flighty adult Greater Yellowlegs at Loch a’ Phuill (28th) – the first for Tiree. A female Mandarin Duck in a roadside ditch at Cornaigmore (20th) was yet another first for Tiree, whilst the pair of Ring-necked Ducks remained at Loch Bhasapol until at least 27th. Other good birds included a lingering Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (to 11th), an Osprey at Loch a’ Phuill (19th), an adult Sea Eagle at Balevullin (5th) and an immature Sea Eagle at Hough (21st), a late Coot at Loch Bhasapol (27th), a Tree Pipit at Balephuil (23rd), an early Redstart at Balevullin (11th), a Whinchat at Balephuil (20th), a Rook at Balephuil (15th-16th), 2 Mealy Redpolls at Scarinish (22nd) and Balephuil (23rd), a Brambling at Balephuil (9th), a Siskin at Carnan Mor (24th), a Great Tit at Balephuil (4th), Woodpigeons at Scarinish (8th) and Heylipol (29th), and a Greenland Wheatear at Balephuil (23rd), plus a good scattering of Goldcrests and White Wagtails,


Wader passage was modest in the persistent SE winds resulting in low peaks of 165 Black-tailed Godwits (20th), 4,350 Golden Plovers (18th), 4 Knot (23rd) and just a handful of Pale-bellied Brent. Corncrakes returned from 20th with at least 20 back by the month-end. The Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse earlier than normal (6th-7th), with very small numbers of either thereafter. There was an unusual influx of 26 Pinkfeet to Loch an Eiein (9th-11th) with 20 more at Kilkenneth (26th) and of up to 14 Canada Geese around the island. 14 Whooper Swans remained at the end of the month as did singing Dunnocks at the Manse and Balephuil and a singing Robin at Balephuil. Further returning migrants included Manx Shearwater (2nd), Lesser Redpoll (3rd), Chiffchaff (4th), Blackcap, White Wagtail and Great Skua (5th), Sand Martin and Linnet (6th), Whimbrel, Little Tern, Swallow, House Martin and Willow Warbler (11th), Greenshank (13th), Grasshopper Warbler and Arctic Tern (20th), Common Sandpiper (21st) Sandwich Tern (22nd), Common Tern, Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat (23rd).


John Bowler


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