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It is with sadness that Alan Spellman's family announce his death
after a short illness.This web site is his legacy and will remain for some
time for all to enjoy However as of 18th Augus 2021 it is no longer active.

Alan Spellman
Rest in Peace
12-04-38  - 19-08-21


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Latest  reports for August

17th A flock of c27 Twite on the summit of Benbuie. Female Peregrine over Dervaig. Ewan Miles
16th Today, above the bridge on the Grasspoint Road:Two Greenshank - several days now. An Osprey - Flying in the direction of the hillside overlooking Lochdon.AndyOldacre
14th Lochdon Bridge.I spotting a Kingfisher perched on some gorse over a small tidal pool. What was even more surprising was a Sparrow hawk failing three times in an attempt to capture it as it flew out across the pool.
Paul Davies
14th Dervaig: A Greenshank.Calgary: Six Spotted Flycatchers.Fanmore: Red-throated Divers calling again at dusk, a juvenile Kittiwake, a Spotted Flycatcher. Tim Dixon
14th I have received a report from Lochbuie this afternoon of an adult firecrest
and juvenile  near the Old Post Office. There may be photographs.   please get in touch if you can help to confirm this sighting. {pp} Nancy Somerville

14th 22 Black-tailed Godwits at Croig yesterday. A male Osprey over Torosay hill estate. Ewan Miles
13th A juv male Peregrine on the Hill Road above Torloisk today.Tim Dixon
12th today we had a pair of Red Throated Divers in full summer plumage at Fishnish Bay. Peter T Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours
10th Grasspoint road.A small family party of Yellowhammer at Ardnadrochet Farm today.Andy & Diana
9th Loch na Keal at Knock: An adult Great Northern Diver, 5 Gannets,20 Oystercatchers, 12 Curlews, a Whimbrel, 38 Ringed Plovers, 12 Common Sandpipers, 150 Rock Doves and 2 Hooded x Carrion row hybrids. Also 51 plants of Oyster Plant.
Fanmore: Two Red-throated Divers close inshore in evening. Tim Dixon

8th Treshnish Farm: Two juvenile Whinchats and a Golden Plover.5th Fanmore: A Red-throated Diver calling again.
7th An Osprey over Loch Cuin and another bird soaring with a WT Eagle over Kellan. 2 Peregrines at Laggan bay. A single Dunlin at the head of L Cuin along with 2 Greenshanks and 3 Snipe. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams
6th Grasspoimt We saw a female Hen Harrier (Ringtail) today along the Grasspoint Road.,Andy Oldacre

6th Bunessan, The Little Grebe pair have now left, but their chick is still here and now fending for itself. The Moorhen is still around. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.Tony Jefree

4th North coast of Mull.  2 Sooty Shearwaters off the north coast of Mull yesterday. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams
Ewan writes: “These seabirds cross the Atlantic twice a year in the search for an endless summer and sooty shearwaters can fly 39,000 miles in a round trip journey. It is one the longest animal migration!”
2nd Fanmore: A Red-throated Diver calling on the loch.
Latest  reports for July  2021
7th Four Red Throated Divers on the Mishnish Lochs (one closest to Tobermory). Adults as I could see breeding plumage on all. Large numbers of Common Sandpiper with juvenile Redshank on river estuary at Dervaig. Ron Corderio

5th  3 adult Ptarmigan (2 cocks and 1 hen) plus 2 chicks in the mountains of Mull yesterday! Also an adult male Peregrine, 2 occupied Golden Plover territories and Red-throated Divers and chick. Ewan Miles, Indy Greene and Conor Ryan   
3rd An Osprey flying north from Loch Scridain, up Glen Seilisdeir .Quail calling at the north end of Iona today too Ashley Saunders Oriole Birding

2nd a Rosey Starling was seen between Salen and Tobermory today,This fine photgraph by Francesca Winspeare
2nd The Little Grebes are still feeding their chick on the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. The moorhen is still in the vicinity too.Tony Jefree

1st An Osprey fishing at Loch Torr and a Carrion Crow at Kellan. Ewan Miles & Indy Greene
Latest  reports for June  2021
29th: Craignure - Black-headed Gull, White Wagtail.27th: Craignure - Red-breasted Merganser24th: Craignure - 2 Goosander.Nancy Somerville
28th Female Hen Harrier quartering from minor road out to Grasspoint south of Lochdon .At Grasspoint itself Raven, Lesser Redpoll, Willow Warbler and lots of Stonechats.Michael Cook

24th A Water Rail was in our garden pond this afternoon . I have never seen one on Mull before . Took some pics . Not great quality through triple glazing . Lots of Jay around Loch Ba today.  Richard Atkinson
24th  A couple of evening  ago we had a Pine Marten looking through the patio doors at us . Unfortunately it did not hang around long enough to get a photo.  Richard Atkinson
24th A group of 5 adult greenfinch and a pair of bullfinch’s seen at the lighthouse at Rubha nan Gall, Tobermory.Dr & Mrs Stuart J. Andrews
23rd A pair of Little Grebe have reared a single chick on the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. .The moorhen is still with us but hasn't attracted a partner this year unfortunately. Tony Jefree
18th Osprey spotted over Loch Carnain  visitor Laura Gascoigne

21st  Dervaig from Glen Aros situated high up the hillside, I had a view of Loch na Cuilce that would be impossible from the road. On the evening of 4th June, saw an adult Moorhen, the only sighting of our week on Mull. The same evening, a calling Water Rail was also heard, again the only time I heard one calling the whole week.
7th June, walking from the small car park at Grass Point towards the quay, I heard a Garden Warbler singing from the copse on the right-hand side of the road. Despite waiting several minutes, I didn't see it as the singing continued. I am very familiar with the Garden Warbler song as we have a healthy population in Beds, Bucks & Herts.
Greenfinch seen (and heard) several times daily around our cottage, usually the male in song flight.
Bullfinch - male seen 6th June along the Dervaig to Cuin road, with a female gathering food in the 'garden' of our cottage 10th June.Linnet - heard calling over the cottage 10th June. Not seen.Black Guillemot - 5 seen from Grass Point 7th June, 1 at Calgary Bay on both 9th & 10th June.Nigel Webber
20th On my tour today, we had 3 Tufted Ducks on Loch Pottie, and a Carrion Crow at Fionnphort with Rooks. Pete Hall
19th Had a male Reed Bunting at Caliach Point in the fragmites, a beautiful male Yellowhammer above Loch Tuath, a female Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher at Aros Bridge.Pete Mull Wildlife Tours
18th: Scallastle forest path - 2 Buzzards (1 displaying), Spotted Flycatcher, family of 6 Coal Tits.
17th: Java - 4 Canada geese with 8 goslings, Meadow Pipit, Siskin.
16th: Java - 3 Red-breasted Merganser (2m, 1f), Ring-tail Harrier, Curlew, Siskin (male).
15th: Java - Siskin (male). Scallastle forest path - 3 Whitethroat. Nancy Somerville
18th Holidaying in beautiful Mull and saw 3 oystercatchers in Dervaig today- .Caroline O’ Hara
18th 1 Great Northern Diver in Loch na Keal .Richard Lamb
16th June: Two female eiders with six chicks. Scallastle Bay. Gary Wiltshire

15th Loch Ba. a Red throated diver here today. visitor Richard Lamb.
14th: Craignure - Pair of Canada Geese with gosling, Oystercatcher with chick, Common Sandpiper with chick, Tern fishing in the bay, (juvenile) Pied Wagtail, Siskin (male) in my garden.
Nancy Somerville
13th: Craignure - Spotted Flycatcher.
12th: Craignure - Juvenile Cormorant, Red-breasted Merganser (male), Black Guillemot.
11th: Craignure - Pair of Canada geese with 7 goslings, Juvenile Robin, Spotted Flycatcher.
10th: Scallastle Bay - Pair of Greylag Geese with 4 goslings, Snipe, approx 90 'Comic' Terns, 11 Starlings.Nancy Somerville

Rose coloured starling. photographed by Steve Hiscock
14th-15th-16th Lochdon. A Rosey Starling visited a Lochdon garden today. John and Angela Preston

12th Bunessan a Rosey Starling came visiting our garden today. Tony Jefree (a few birds have been reported in Argyll recently)
12th Grasspoint road Short Eared Owl again today, plus Whinchat.
Andrew Oldacre
12th-13th Iona Rose-coloured Starling on Iona  – Jim & Lynda Coyle and Stephen Bowie (visitors).

11th Grasspoint road Just had the male Hen Harrier again, plus an Osprey. Andrew Oldacre
11th Grasspoint road We saw a male Hen Harrier this afternoon, and watched it for several minutes.Later we saw a Short-eared Owl, and then an interaction between the SEO and a female Hen Harrier!Not too shady for a brief walk …
Andrew Oldacre
9th Male Merlin flew past our holiday cottage situated above the Dervaig to Salen Road in appalling weather this morning.
2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Black Guillemots, Calgary Bay this evening.I purchased your Mull Bird Report in Tobermory yesterday. Very good read. If you need further details on the Moorhen (seen) and Garden Warbler (heard) earlier this week, then happy to do so. Nigel Webber
9th We had a sighting of a male pied flycatcher in Dervaig on 7th.  we are staying in Burn Cottage just outside Dervaig on the road to Calgary.    OS ref NM421516. Will send you record shot but it will not be for another week until we get home. 
visitors Angela and Adrian Chambers
8th out with Turus Mara today,  two Great Skuas on Lunga which may be nesting. Pete Hall
9th Moorhen still in residence on the lochan, also two Little Grebes, occasionally 3. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.Tony Jefree
7th  Hen Harrier (male) along minor road between Dervaig and Achleck, 2 Golden Eagle - Loch na Keal (north side), Great Northern Diver and White-tailed Eagle - Loch na Keal (south side) 2 Golden Eagle,, 3 Peregrine - Gribun Cliffs nr BalmeanachGolden Eagle and male Hen Harrier - Glen More from main parking area White-tailed Eagle, Redstart, 2 Gannet, Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler - Grass Point Nigel Webber
6th June full adult WTSE Viewed from Croggan
7th Great Northern Diver summer Lochbuie
8th heard 4 Corncrake on Iona
10th 2 short eared  owl on A849 just E of Loch Beg. 1 WTSE flew high over Golden Eagle nest on A849.
11th Ringtail on hills above Lochbuie viewed from Lagan Beach visitor Richard Lamb
6th Have just returned from a week on Mull. 21/5 Great Northern Diver 1 1S Uisken 17/5-22/5 Cuckoo 14  at various locations.25/5 Long-eared Owl. 1 hunting nr. Pennygown, 2020hrs, .
Short-eared Owl - 3 regularly nr. Pennygown, Hen Harrier 4 regularly inc. 2 ad. m above Pennygown, Golden Eagle 2 imms. regularly above Pennygown , 21/5 a Whinchat and Twite 1 east of Uisken visitor Neil Osborne
6th Male Teal - Loch na Cuilce, Dervaig Wood Warbler - singing just north of Cuin, Dervaig.. Could not see though.
2 Ospreys over estuary at Dervaig  8 Goosander roosting on rocks opposite Cuin, Dervaig. Dipper, Dervaig. From Bridge. Nigel Webber
6th Grasspoint road. Nice singing Sedge Warbler at the farm this morning. Andrew Oldacre
6th A Black-throated Diver in breeding plumage on Loch na Keal. Osprey low over our house in Dervaig (thanks to Moira for the shout out!) Ewan Miles 
5th Duart castle Bay a Red throated diver, 3 gannets Janet and Peter Roberts
5th White-tailed Eagle  high over valley a mile east of Dervaig. Immature. Up to 3 Cuckoos over reedbed in the sun this morning. Spotted Flycatcher perched on the sign for the Am Birlinn restaurant. Rock Dove (very smart) along path between Croig and Port na Ba. Nigel Webber

4th Moorhen in Loch na Cuilce. Your website says these are very scarce. Water Rail also calling from reedbed, but not seen.

Great northern diver photograph by
Martin Kaye
6th  June Calgary Bay  2 Red-throated Divers
4th June Loch an Keal  Great Northern Diver, Tobermory  2 Swifts Martin Kaye and Carole Nelson
3rd June Ardachoil Farm (Loch Don) 3 Male and 3 Female Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owl
3rd June: Arctic terns are nesting on the beach at Scallastle Bay very close to golf course. Please  be careful  walking with dogs.
(on leads please) Gary Wiltshire

3rd: Java - 2 Common Sandpiper chicks. Scallastle Bay - pair Mallard with ducklings.
1st June: Craignure-Torosay coastline - Sparrowhawk carrying prey, Black Guillemot, Mistle Thrush, 2 Whitethroat.
31st May: Scallastle forest path - Dipper flying along river.Nancy Somerville
2nd An adult Rose Coloured Starling was reported at Pennyghael, check out Starling flocks. pp Jim Dickson
2nd Dervaig/Quinish I had an osprey flying up and down the estuary at Dervaig.Tim Rowlands
1st Mike and I were out watching today and  briefly saw a Sandwich Tern on the shore by Craignure golf course. Sadly we only saw it for a few minutes before it flew off. Carol Wagemakers.

31st May Loch Spelve  Wood Warbler
29th May Pennyghael  Short-eared Owl  Martin Kaye and Carole Nelson 



Our bird of the year 2020 the two barred crossbill at Ardrioch by Dervaig 24th - 27th August 2020,

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