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Latest reports for April 2019

Spring migrants arrivals on Mull 2019
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 Matin at Pennyghael. Bryan Rains
10th April Willow Warbler at Croig Ewan Miles
9th April a first Blackcap singing at the back of Harbour Hotel Tobermory
26th March first Chiff Chaff near the boats at Jarva 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


28th Loch na Keal 1 white wagtail, pied wagtail, 1 snipe, 5 curlew,, common sandpiper. Grasspoint - heard cuckoo,  willow warbler, skylark  wheatear      Road to Croggan/Loch Buie - pair of red breasted merganser. Salen - female redpoll on garden feeder visitor Karen Miller
Common Sandpiper
27th Common Sandpiper, White wagtail, great views of a  White tailed Eagle locally at Lochdon Alan Spellman and Carole Percy
25th roadside by Loch Frisa turn, a pair of Whinchats visitor Tim Dixon
25th Dervaig, 12 Dunlins, a Sedge Warbler singing, a Cuckoo and a singing Wood Pigeon.  Tim Dixon
24th Dervaig, 3 Dunlins and a Black-tailed Godwit  visitor Tim Dixon
24th Croig, 2 Whimbrel.  25th Dervaig, a Tawny Owl.  25th Tostary, a Woodcock Tim Dixon
24th  walk to the Fossil Tree on Ardmeanach..In addition to regulars (Hooded Crow, Raven, pipits, buzzard, oystercatchers, wheater) I saw a White Breasted Dipper on the stream near Tavool House (Abhainn Beal ath an Tairbh) and a Bullfinch in the Scobull Woods. visitor  Matt Morden
24th: Java - common sandpiper, 2 willow warblers singing, male pied wagtail.  Scallastle forest walk - swallow in flight, cuckoo heard calling, woodpecker heard drumming, at least 3 willow warblers singing, pair blackcaps.Nancy Somerville
24th Grasspoint. three Cuckoos, Stonechat pair, Wheatear, Swallows, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Alan Spellman
23rd: Craignure/Java  - 3 swallows,  3 common sandpipers, 2 willow warblers singing, immature white-tailed eagle flying over.  Scallastle forest path - cuckoo calling, willow warblers singing, siskins, redpoll.Nancy Somerville
22nd Killiechronan, 2 male White Wagtails and a Bar-tailed Godwit. visitor Tim Dixon
23rd  first Common Whitethroat south of Dervaig. Ewan Miles
23rd Loch na Keal. Wheatears abundant and very obligeing along Loch na Keal shore line. Alan Spellman 


22nd - Craignure. A single House Martin was seen at the Village Hall and two Whimbrel were on the shore near the camp site, as was a single migrant Wheatear; Three singing Willow warblers at the camp site; Continued movement of Razorbills noted in the Sound of Mull, with flocks of 10, 7 and 6 counted on the sea off Craignure, with two Gannets also seen. Stuart Gibson
22nd - Near Lochdon. A Short-eared owl crossed the main road at 18.35 hrs.
21st - Loch Ba. Three drake and one female Goosander were on the loch at the Hunting lodge, where there was also a single drake Red-breasted Merganser and two Common Sandpipers; Several Goldcrests were singing in the Spruces near the car park.Stuart Gibson
21st - Loch na Keal. Five Great Northern Divers (mainly in Summer plumage) from Knock at the head of the loch, 2 - 3 non-breeding plumaged Red-throated Divers, a single Slavonian Grebe in immaculate breeding plumage and two groups of four Razorbills feeding high up the loch.
21st - Lagganulva. Two Lapwings and four Curlews on shore with three Great Northern Divers offshore and two Linnets on overhead wires.
21st - Loch Cuin. Single Greenshank with two Redshank and two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Stuart Gibson
22nd A merlin yesterday Loch na Keal.Turnstones and vocal cuckoo at Croggan today. Pam Bennett
22nd:  Scallastle forest path - willow warbler singing, cuckoo calling. Craignure/Java - 3 swallows, great northern diver.  Sound of Mull at Craignure Bay - more than 35 razorbills, 10 gannets.Nancy Somerville
21st: first Wood Warbler singing at Quinish, prasad 
21st: Craignure/Java - great northern diver, 3 common sandpipers, 3 swallows.Nancy Somerville
20th: Craignure/Java - great northern diver, male red-breasted merganser, 3 common sandpipers, pair pied wagtails, woodpigeon. Scallastle forest path - meadow pipit.Nancy Somerville
19th: Craignure/Java - great northern diver, skein of 50 pink-footed geese flying north, male red-breasted merganser, peregrine falcon, 3 common sandpipers, black guillemot (transitioning to summer plumage), woodpigeon.Nancy Somerville
14th Started surveys for heronries and sea birds for Ewan. {any known sights with breeding sea birds and heronries contact Ewan for BTO census   
Large numbers of Shags, Black GUillemots and fewer Razorbills round the corner south of Loch na Keal. Different sites for GBB and HG nesting. Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtails and Wheatears in good numbers along the coast. Redstart in woodland near fish farm on Loch na Keal
15th Hen Harriers at various locations in the south of the island.
16th Uisken White Wagtails on grassland With meadow Pipits and Wheatears. Flock of Golden Plover 49, Cnoc Mor lochan Moorhen, 3 prs of Teal, Adult [British] Cormorant, Little Grebe.
17th Cuckoo opposite Croggan, Good fish ball with Porpoise, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes. 150 + 30 Pink footed Geese heading north. Goshawk hunting over potential woodland near by, 1/1 Woodcock out of bracken.
18th Amazing eagles on one of Ewan's tours. Evening tour 4+ Short eared Owls + Barn owl in upland areas.
19th Lochdon Whimbrel, 60+ Ringed Plover 10+ Dunlin, 2 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 6  Curlew. Most flew off as if migrating in late afternoon.
20th Out with Sealife Surveys - 2 Great Skuas, 1 dark phase Arctic, Sand Martins and Meadow Pipits over the sea. Mass sea birds + Minke Whale, Common Dolphins bow riding and lots of Porpoise + eagles
4 Snipe drumming at Dervaig. I have found 2 dead Barn Owls + 1 Short eared and all look like predation by birds of prey John Miles  
22nd Lochdon: two (very late) Whooper Swans on the loch this morning. Alan

21st   2 newly arrived Dunlin  with Ringed Plover at West Ardhu this afternoon.  Pam & Arthur Brown.

21st Lagganulva - Cuckoo, 2 G N Divers, 3 sum plum Black Guillemots, 14 Common Guillemots (surprised to see them so far up the Loch), 3 male White Wagtails and a Golden Eagle. Killiechronan - a W T Eagle Oskamull - a Golden Eagle Ballygown - a female Merlin and a Golden Eagle.Kellan Mill - 3 G N Divers Tim Dixon

21st Craignure Bay a Large flock  of gannets & some dolphins too! Chris Ausrick20th  at Fanmore - a Golden Eagle, a Sparrowhawk and a drumming Snipe.below Ballygown - a pair of Snipe Dervaig - 17 Redshanks and the Grasshopper Warbler still reeling in the reed-bed.Tim Dixon20th Male cuckoo yesterday (sat 20th) at grasspoint. Jeff Weston19th  At Fanmore - a Golden Eagle, a Greenshank, a Tree Pipit  and a House Martin. At Lagganulva - a Bar-tailed Godwit and a pair of Shelducks plus a single. At Knock - 3 pairs of Teal. At Killiechronan - 2m and a f Goldeneye. At Gribun beach - 7 Wheatears, 2 White Wagtails, a pair of Shelducks and 2 Ringed Plovers. Along the length of Loch na Keil - 27 Great Northern Divers - one an adult in full summer plumage and all the others seemingly 1st Summer/2nd cal spring birds. Tim Dixon

19th Treshnish today,'Raptors  day' White tailed eagle ,Golden eagle, Peregrine Falcon, ,Sparrow Hawk, and Corvids ,Ravens and a Jay at Gruline. Pam Bennett

18th Grasspoint Road:  Cuckoo calling.  Beaten to it again!, Andrew Oldacre 18th April - 3 Snipe including a chipping bird, a G N Diver, an adult W T Eagle and a winter plumaged Black Guillemot at Fanmore; a pair of Goosanders, 18 Redshanks, a Common Sandpiper and a S E Owl at Dervaig, a pair of Ringed Plovers on 17th at Knock.  .Tim Dixon

18th A single Magpie drinking out of my garden pond in Salen this morning. Dave Sexton.

18th: Java - sparrowhawk took a pigeon and was chased off by hoodies, 2 swallows in evening.  Scallastle forest path - pair wheatear.Nancy Somerville 18th Craignure:  roding Woodcock along the crag at Craignure this evening, Chris Austick18th Heard and saw a cuckoo at Croggan today.  Pam Bennett.

18th there was a first grasshopper warbler calling at the edge of the Dervaig reed bed.  Andrew Scott

17th Moorhen on lochan south of loch Assapol, Goshawk at undisclosed site, Cuckoo calling at Croggan. First Redstart in mixed woodland alongside the River Ba. White Wagtail at Uisken beach. . John Miles.

16th April - a G N Diver at Fanmore and clearly a major overnight arrival of Willow Warblers with birds singing everywhere.17th April - 3 pairs of displaying Lapwings and a drumming Snipe at Fanmore; 4 G N Divers and 2 pairs of Teal at Kellan Mill; 2 G N Divers, 2 full summer plumaged Slavonian Grebes, 2 pairs of Teal, 9 Shelducks, a pair of Goldeneyes, a f Eider, 10+ Redshanks, a flock of 35 Oystercatchers, a pair of Common Sandpipers, a flock of 9 Curlews with a Whimbrel in tow, 5+ Wheatears and a great flock of 85 Rock Doves which all looked pure plus a couple of obvious Feral Pigeons with them - all between Knock and Killiechronan. Flocks of 9, 15 and 25 at Knock; a Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank at Kellen Old Farm and 2 pairs of Shelducks and 3 Greenshanks at Lagganulva. Tim Dixon

14th April - an adult Gannet battling up Loch Tuath into the wind at Fanmore; a Wheatear at Torloisk; a singing Redstart, a pair of Goosanders and a pair of R B Mergansers at Aros Bridge; a G N Diver and 8 Sand Martins at Killiechronan; a pair of Shelducks at Lagganulva ; a flock of 35 Oystercatchers at Calgary; a flock of 60+  M Pipits at Kilninian.

18th Loch na Keal- Loch Spelve: still plenty of Great northern divers about, many changing into summer plumage. Alan Spellman
17th: Scallastle Bay - skein of more than 90 geese flying north, white-tailed eagle on nest and one in flight, pair wigeon, great northern diver transitioning to summer plumage, single common sandpiper. Craignure - great northern diver transitioning to summer plumage, single common sandpiper.
16th: Fishnish - great northern diver in summer plumage. Craignure - pair long-tailed tits, hooded crow dipping food (bread?) in puddle, white-tailed eagle over field by the hospital. Nancy Somerville
15th: Calgary - pair meadow pipits, pair rock pipits, pair pied wagtails, Mornish - 6 curlews in field, Kilmore - 2 lesser black-backed gulls.
12th: Craignure - white-tailed eagle over field by the hospital. Nancy Somerville
a smart male wheatear along Loch na Keal shore line 18th April 2019 AS
17th. Just heard first cuckoo at killiechronan this evening. regular visitor Pam Bennett (2016 14th, 2017 17th, 2018 19th)
17th 5 raptor morning today - Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard & WTSE mobbed by a Peregrine.Also Wheatear, Skylark, full summer plumage Great Northern Diver. Richard Greenwood  
17th Over 100 golden plovers at Fidden this afternoon and Slavonian grebes on Loch na Keal. Pam Bennett regular visitor.
16th Now there’s a sight I’ve never seen on Loch Cuin - 5 Black headed Gullsl keeping the Commons company right now, Moira A Owers
Here are notes of my sightings for today around Loch Buie & Croggan areas 
16th Loch Buie - Sand Martins, Wheatear, Golden Eagle, Raven eating stillborn lamb (def. still born - ewe had given birth to twin lambs, but one was dead. Ewe was still trying to pass afterbirth). White Tailed Sea Eagle. Eider & Great Northern Diver. Richard Greenwood (holidaying from Ilkley)
16th Croggan - Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper (x2), Great Northern Diver (x4), big raft of Eider. Also Otter by pier
14th pair of golden plover on south side of Loch na Keal this morning. Also 3 gannets at Loch Buie this afternoon. Pam Bennett  regular visitor. 14th  a pair of summer plumage Golden Plover on the south shore of Loch Na Keal this afternoon - they looked fantastic!. Richard & Liz Airey  
13th - Croggan/Gruline. A Carrion Crow was seen on the track to Portfield; and a flock of 40 Curlews were feeding in pasture at Gruline. Stuart Gibson and Steve Littlewood

Nuthatch photographes taken by June Saul 
13th We have had sighting of Nuthatch plus Greenfinch and Swallow  at Garmony.  Jenny Jackson. 
13th - 14th  Nuthatch active again in a Craignure garden this afternoon. Alan Spellman
12th Loch na Keal, head of loch, south side, summer plumage Slavonian grebe.  Mike Wagemakers
12th Ardmeanach View, Bunessan   a male crossbill perched on top of a gorse bush just outside my living room window. Emily Wilkins. Ranger - South Mull, Iona, Burg and Staffa NNR
11th Croggan - Tree Pipit in song, Willow Warblers signing and a lone Crossbill overhead (my first on Mull for 13 months!). Also a skein of around 200 Pink-footed Geese heading north. Ewan Miles
10th - Tobermory The Blackcap heard singing behind the Harbour Garage may well be the same as reported the previous day  Stuart Gibson11th: Craignure - 3 red-breasted merganser (2 males), at least 9 razorbills in the Sound, single common sandpiper, pair ringed-plover,  3 meadow pipits, grey wagtail, pair pied wagtails, pair long-tailed tits. Nancy Somerville 11th Grasspoint road, this evening, a pair of Gooseander by the bridge and this lovely Short eared Owl posed for me. Alan Spellman  (photograph below)

Short eared Owl
                                                    at Grasspoint April
                                                    2019 AS
11th Willow Warbler heard along the Grasspoint Road this afternoon; just beyond Ardnadrochet Farm.I see Ewan beat me to it!. Andrew Oldacre
10th Pennygghael Our first House Martin seen by Bryan Rains
10th: Craignure - two huge skeins of (probably pink-footed) geese flying north. First skein at least  157), 2nd skein 175.  Aros estuary - 5 goosander (3 males). Fishnish - 3 eider (2 males) Nancy Somerville
10th -  Swallow at Fidden Beach, 10  Golden Plover at Fidden Beach. visitor Simon Evans
10th - between Mull & Coll.  Three Common Scoters flying SW between Mull and North Coll. Stuart Gibson
10th first Willow Warbler at Croig. Ewan
9th - 200+ Pink-Footed Geese, heading N over Ardtun. visitor Simon Evans
9th Lovely to see a family of Whooper Swans on Loch Scridain..Jacqui and Mike Murphy.

9th: Craignure - common sandpiper.  Sound of Mull at Scallastle Bay, big raft of at least 50 auks feeding with gulls plus a few great northern 

divers and shags.Nancy Somerville
9th There was a Blackcap singing at the back of the Guest House this morning.Richard Airey..
8th - 24 x Whooper Swans, heading N over Loch Scridain.  Swallow at Pennyghael.  visitor Simon Evans
8th: Craignure  red-breasted merganser, white-tailed eagle flying over Scallastle path.Nancy Somerville
7th: Craignure - single red-breasted merganser (male), high over Craignure - skein of more than 100 geese flying northwards.
8th Craignure. A Nuthatch in a local private garden in Craignure.  Alan Spellman
taken from:-  The Isle of Mull Bird Report   Nuthatch. (sitta europaea) A scarce visitor; reports are increasing as this species moves northwards. 2008 10th April. Mull’s first ever Nuthatch was in a garden at Calgary, presumably the same bird was seen in Dervaig in June. Also in Craignure on 30th June and August,  2011 October, one reported on Ulva. 2013 14th May, one  at Lochdon garden . 2015 19th April  at Pennygowanl. 2016 8th July: one was feeding in a garden at Pennyghael on 8th July and again on 21st September. 2017 4th May at Craignure one photographed feeding in a local garden and on the same day one was recorded at Lochbuie. 27th April at Garmony: one was photographed in a local garden.

a pair of Gooseander by the bridge at Lochdon 7th April 2019
6th: Craignure - newly arrived common sandpiper, photo by Nancy Somerville
5th: Craignure - pair ringed plover.  Scallastle Bay - 2 curlew, Great northern diver, White tailed eagle on nest, female goosander, wigeon (heard).  White tailed eagle over Scallastle hill path.
4th: Craignure - pair red-breasted mergansers, pair mallard.
3rd: Craignure - pair grey wagtails.
2nd: Craignure - chiff chaff, buzzard.  Scallastle - raven, buzzard. Nancy Somerville
5th Ardrioch Farm Dervaig. a peregrine taking a small bird or mamal from the field at the bottom my garden. Arthur Brown
5th an adult female Merlin near Dervaig. Ewan Miles
4th Long-eared Owl flying across the road and into a spruce woodland at 7:15 this morning on the glen road!  5 Whooper Swans at Scallastle and 3 overhead in Craignure. 60 plus Redwings in Salen and around 90 at Duart. Ewan Miles
4th  Today a breeding plumaged Slavonian grebe head of L na Keal. Adult male hen harrier hunting N side of L na Keal.Dave Pierce
4th A trip to the Ross gave us brilliant views of a male Hen Harrier, Tufted duck and 27 Whooopers on Loch Pottie, a flock of Golden Plover with the sun shinning on them at Fdden, Lots and lots of Redwing on their way North, a Mistle Thrush, Jackdws, Rooks, Ravens. But most of all a pair of Red legged Partridge just South of Pennyghael, my first ever record, (perhaps escapees ?) Pam and Arthur Brown, Meg and Stewart and myself Alan. 
3rd 17 Great Northern Divers on Loch Tuath and a Slavonian Grebe near Killiechronan - almost in summer plumage. Tim Dixon
3rd Large flock of approx 40 Redwing in upper Tobermory. Ron Corderio, (many other reports of large flocks of Redwimgs passing through)
3rd  One Hen Harrier (male) hunting at Derryguaig in very strong winds!  Liz Shrewsbury2nd Slavonian Grebe (looking stunning in breeding plumage), Loch na Keal in the vicinity of the pontoon on the south shore.  A GND tried to steal an eel from it. White-tailed Eagle, flew across Loch na Keal towards Loch Ba. Black Guillemot, Sound of Ulva  Liz Shrewsbury 2nd  Lagganulva - pair of Shelducks (they've been there for a while), a lone winter plumaged Bar-tail and Lapwings still on territory, Killiechronan - a flock of 70 Oystercatchers and 15 Swallows, Salen Bay - pair Mute Swans, 6 Goldeneye and 13 Wigeon, Druimnachroish - a pair of Lapwings displaying. Tim Dixon
1st  20+ Wigeon, Aros estuary, 6 Goldeneye at the mouth of the Aros estuary, Black Guillemot, Tobermory Lighthouse 
1st Gannet off Quinish Point yesterday. Chris Austick
Ist April - a Wheatear at Torloisk. Tim Dixon


Latest reports for April 2018
First Spring migrants arrivals April - May 2018
15th Knock Bridge first spotted flycatcher. Pete and Jan Hall.
7th May - Loch Ba. a female Redstart in Birch woodland south side of the loch. Stuart Gibson
6th May  Common Whitethroat off Loch Frisa track Dervaig .Pam & Arthur Brown
5th May  Wood Warbler in Aros Wood near the wrecked boats. Pam & Arthur Brown. 
4th May  Iona 15  Common Tern Visitors Ross and Ray Facer
1st May Loch na Keal. A first Sedge Warbler singing in reed bed Stuart Gibson
25th April  2 Whimbrel at Treshnish and 2 at Lagganulva. Ewan
23rd first Corncrake  on Iona at Iona hostel   Debie Thorne
25th April  Three Grasshopper Warblers reeling  nr Aros . visitor  Trevor Merrington
21st April Inverlussa fist Whinchat.  Bryan Rains    
19th first Cuckoo heard from our garden in Salen this morning. Helen and Iain King
16th April Garmony. first House Martin recorded. Peter and Janet Leather
12th April first Common Sandpiper,  south shore of Loch Na Keal,  Pete and Jan
8th April Ulva. a Chiffchaff. visitors Peter and Janet Daisy  
7th April Tree Pipit at Gribun. Jim & Linda Hurles.
7th April Loch Beg 1 Barn Swallow, Bryan Rains 
5th April Lochdon. an Osprey was fishing over Lochdon late afternoon today. Alan
5th April, Blackcap male singing before moving through westwards.  Dave Grant
5th Sea to W/NW of Mull. First Puffins (2) seen. .visitors Peter and Janet Daisy
5th April Carsaig First Willow Warbler, a White Wagtail and Blackcap visitor David Grant
2nd April Sand Martin, Kellan. Ewan Miles    
25th March At least one Manx Shearwater in the mouth of Loch Scridain. Dave Shackleton
20th March  Lochdon: We had a first  Short-eared owl on hills behind lochdon Spike Webb
14th March first Wheatear 1 male at Calgary by the churchyard. Visitor Ian Hartley

30th On my tour today we had good views of a solitary whooper swan on Loch Sguabain near Ishriff. Pete and Jan. Mull Wildlife Tours 30th Just in the space of about 10 minutes we have had 2 goldfinch, one male blackcap and a goldcrest in our garden. Pete and Jan 29th - Loch Buie. Three Twite and six Golden Plovers near the Mausoleum, with a Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing in the woods near Lochbuie House.
25th - Tobermory. A male Chiffchaff in song, Rockfield area. Stuart Gibson
28th , we had good views of a perched Lapland Bbunting near to Ardvergnish where we also had a whinchat. Pete and Jan. Mull Wildlife Tours
28th Loch Ba: a pair of displaying summer plumaged Slavonian grebes and three Red throated Diver on ther loch, also a  Carrion Crow.
28th  a Red Kite above Tiroran Community Forest today around 2pm  It was flying around the tops of the trees then got higher and more distant before disappearing off towards Tiroran House. Meryl Varty Community Information and Tourism Officer, Mull Eagle Watch
28th 2 Short eared owls in the hills behind Lochdon yesterday 27th April about 5pm,, Felicity & David
25th Lochdon. two male Blackcaps visiting the garden today Alan Spellman and neighbour Rosie Saltzman
25th 2 Whimbrel at Treshnish and 2 at Lagganulva. Ewan
 23rd first Corncrake has arrived on Ionaat Iona hostel (must be staying for the summer) pp Debie Thorne
22nd Ardtun. A pair of Hawfinch, the male looking a little bit pinker on the chest. Came to a fat ball feeder which was busy with a gang of House Sparrows,in our holiday cottage at Ardtun on the Ross of Mull. Others of interest. First dramatic fall out of willow warblers overnight on Tuesday 17th. Wednesday 18th 2 Sandwich Terns crossing to Iona and male Blackcap at Ardtun in the garden. Thursday 19th first swallow back at  ‘our’ barn, Monday 23rd first local Cuckoo.  visitor Jon Lloyd
21st Two excellent local records. (Shoveler and Black Redstart) Thanks for sharing with me, although I've just seen your e-mail, as I've been away in the Cairngorms watching Capercaillie (the grouse not the Gaelic folk band!). Hope all is good in your octogenarian world!. Stuart
21st 26 golden plover at Fidden today. Also a reed bunting on the shore at Loch Beg. Pam Bennett visitor
21st  Ardura 2 Cuckoo, 3 Tree Pipit. Inverlussa 1 Whinchat. Grasspoint area 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Cuckoo and a Mink. Bryan   
20th Carrion Crow with Hooded Crows at Caliach and also a lone Barnacle Goose. 22 Golden Plovers in nearby field. Short-eared Owls in north Mull   Ewan Miles  
20th Today there was a single whooper swan at Seanvaile Loch Spelve and another on Loch Uisg. Also a green shank at Loch beg.visitor Pam Bennett.
19th Cuckoo calling on 19th near Laggan Sands. 8 golden plover in same location. Great Northern Divers Loch Buie....saw what looked to me like 5 little auk Loch Buie ?  Was through scope at distance but can't think what else they were..Sea Eagle, common sandpiper, shellduck same location.Peter Jones visitor
Black Redstarrt
                                              Killiechronan april 2018
19th  at Killiechronan today he photographed this bird from the window of the cottage. Is it a first summer male Black Redstart visitors Paul and Carole Moore. this ecxcellent  photo by visitor Paul Moore
19th First cuckoo at Killiechronan today. visitor  Pam Bennett
19th Crogan first  cuckoo calling near Croggan today. Best wishes and thanks for a great website. Kevin Tubby
19th first  Cuckoo heard from our garden in Salen this morning. Helen and Iain King
18th A solitary Shoveller drake on our lochan this morning - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree (Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Very scarce passage migrant or winter visitor. There have been only five records since 1995. 1995: April in Salen Bay, 1996: September on Loch na Keal. 2003: April a pair were seen briefly at Pennyghael. Loch Scridain 2010: Jan a single was at Fidden. 2013: two were at Loch na Keal on 2nd December                                                           
Shoveler drake  photo by Tony Jefree
Shoveler drake
                                                    Bunessan April 2018
16th Garmony. first House Martin recorded. Peter and Janet Daisy
14th - Sea to North of Mull.  A Great Skua was on the lookout for an easy meal among Manx Shearwaters and a 1st S/2nd W-type Iceland Gull was attending a local fishing boat off West Ardnamurchan during today's Sea Life Surveys trip which had four Bottlenose dolphins at the NW entrance/exit to the Sound of Mull for the second consecutive day. Stuart Gibson
9th A pair of dippers at the bridge on the River Aros by Achadh nan Each. A male hen harrier was also seen here. Louise McDowell
13th - Sound of Mull (off Ardnamurchan Point) Four Common Scoters flying NW low over the open sea were probably migrating. Stuart Gibson
12th Common Sandpiper at Pennyghael this morning.  Jim & Linda Hurles
12th On my tour today, we had our first Common Sandpiper, on the south shore of Loch Na Keal, opposite Eorsa. Pete and Jan Mull Wildlife Tours
11th Lochdon. an Osprey was fishing over Lochdon late afternoon today. Alan

Lapland bunting Bryan Rainsfemale Gadwal at Knock
                                        outfalls April 2018
Lapland Bunting                                                       Gadwall    

8th - Sea to W/NW Mull. Three Shelducks in off the sea towards Ardmore; at the same time four distant black ducks that were most probably Common Scoters were seen flying towards North Mull; several Meadow Pipits at sea during the period 5th - 8th were migrants. Stuart Gibson
8th Sand Marin at Croig, fisrt  Chiffchaff at Ulva and finally a Swallow at Killiechonan.visitors Peter and Janet Daisy
7th : Big Redwing day today – flocks of 20+ at  Glen Forsa, Glen More and Pennyghael dwarfed by flock of 1000+ at Killifiniken also Tree Pipit at Gribun.  regular Mull visitors Jim & Linda Hurles.
7th Salen-Fishnish: 2 RT Diver & ringtail Hen Harrier near Sgeir Ghlas. Garmony: male Hen Harrier. Scallastle Bay: 6 RT Diver, 8 GN Diver, 100+ Eider, 4 Black Guillemot. Craignure Golf Club: 2 Sea Eagle, 2 Otter (female with youngster). Ardachoil Farm: 3 Hen Harrier (2 male, 1 female). Torness: female Hen Harrier. Pennyghael: adult summer Red-necked Grebe c300metres west of sub station.  visitor  Paul Thomas
7th Loch na Keal. a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe on the north side and at least five Great northern Diver. a female Gadwall at the head of the loch. Alan Spellman. Edwina and David Sharp                                                                                                  red necked grebe bryan
                                        rains 7th Loch Beg 1 Barn Swallow, 3 Northern Wheatear, at least 1000 Redwing. Loch Scridain long staying  Red-necked Grebe. Bryan Rains        
 6th Salen Bay: Greenshank, 4 Eider. Glen Aros: female Hen Harrier at Tenga. Glen Bellart: male Hen Harrier near Kengharair Farm.Calgary: 6 GN Diver (3 in summer plumage), no sign of summer BT Diver in 4 hours, 65+ Manx Shearwater & 8+ Gannet mostly heading south with some blogging off Rubha nan Oirean. Loch na Keal: Beinn Bheag: 2 Golden Eagle, Otter near Scarisdale Rocks .Paul Thomas                                                     
 6th There was a Glaucous gull yesterday at the Geasgills . Martin Mull Charters
6th Lochdon 'Maridon' a male Blackcap visiting my garden today. Alan
5th   Knock water outfall 1 Iceland Gull and female Gadwall we have not seen the male Gadwall for some time. Also at Gruline 4 Bullfinches. Pam & Arthur Discover Mull tours

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Iceland Gull photo by Arthur Brown                                                          Mulls first Swallow of 20-18 Bryan Rains
5th Ulva Ferry area: 5 Sea Eagle visiting the Lady Jane, 1w Glaucous Gull, 4 Guillemot, 2 Black Guillemot. Laggan Bay: adult male Golden Eagle 
Calgary Bay: 4 GN Diver, Red-throated Diver, ringtail Hen Harrier, 6 Razorbill. Carn Beag: Golden Eagle.
Torloisk-Dervaig road: Beinn nan Clach-corra: Golden Eagle, Loch a Ghail: pair Hen Harrier
Mishnish Lochs: Loch Carnain an Amais: adult winter Red-throated Diver, 5 Little Grebe, Loch Meadhoin: 2 Little Grebe, female Goosander, pair Goldeneye, Loch Peallach: imm male Goldeneye. Paul Thomas.
5th By substation at Penygael. Red necked Grebe showing sunmmer plunmage. visitor  Michael Smith
5th  3 sandwich terns at Craignure Golf Course on the end of the closest island, so very clear to identify. Pete and Jan, Mull Wildlife Tours
5th - Sea to NW of Mull. ca. 300 (in various sized groups,inc. one of 120 birds) Manx Shearwaters on the water between Mull/Coll/Rum; 18 migrating Gannets travelling NW in a tight flock off Ardnamurchan, with another six headed North off the Cairns of Coll. Stuart Gibson

5th (morning)  at Carsaig today,quite productive (and sunny) with some summer migrants finally appearing; 1 Willow Warbler singing
1 White Wagtail male on the pier briefly before moving on. 1 Gannet flew by, 1 Slavonian Grebe in bay. At least five singing Goldcrest. 5 Great Northern Diver in bay. 1 Red-throated Diver in summer plumage in bay. 2 Coal Tit. 2 Treecreeper
(afternoon)1 Blackcap male  briefly singing and appearing before moving through westwards. 1 Grey Wagtail. Dave Grant
5th Killiecronan: 3rd year Sea Eagle on shore off campsite. Loch na Keal: Beinn Bheag: Golden Eagle. Fishnish Bay: 2 Red-throated Diver
Craignure: adult Sea Eagle from Golf Course pull-in. Lochdon: Greenshank. An Cairealach: 3 Sea Eagle. Ardachoil Farm area: 4 Hen Harrier (1m,3f)
Glen More road: Braigh an Fririch: Golden Eagle displaying. Torness: pair Hen Harrier. Beinn Fhada: Golden Eagle displaying
Beinn Bheag: Golden Eagle displaying. Torr a Ghoai: 2 Golden Eagle. Beinn na Crouse: 2 Golden Eagle (one displaying), 3rd year Sea Eagle
Scenic route junction: 3 Hen Harrier over plantations to the east (adult male skydancing, female, immature male). An Leth Fhonn: 2 Greenshank flew west
A good one, even by Mull standards and the fresh snow on peaks, blue sky and bright sunshine showing off Glen More at its best. visitor Paul Thomas
4th Loch Assapol Pair of Goosander present and displaying.. Fidden Single Redwing on beach by burn 41 White-fronted geese flew over heading north at 1415hr.  Dave Grant
2nd Flock of 70+ Pink-footed Geese flew north-west over Bunessan at 0810hr
1st A: Pair Great Northern Diver displaying at Bunessan  Dave Grant
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summer plumage Red throated Diver in Sound of Mull 31st March 2018 photo by visitor Agnes Thompson
summer plumaged Black throated Diver in Calgary Bay 3rd April 2018 photio by visitor Dianne Russell
3rd Kellen: adult male Sea Eagle. Knock: 2w Iceland Gull at the Fish Hatchery outflow. Beinn Bheag: pair Golden Eagle, pair Raven, pair Grey Wagtail Scarisdale Point: Otter, drake Goosander. visitor Paul Thomas 
3rd Had a real close-up view of a goldcrest in our garden today.  Pete and Jan  Mull Wildlife Tours
3rd Glenn Aros: 3 ringtail Hen Harrier & 3 Sea Eagle near Tenga. Loch an Torr: female Merlin over. Loch Frisa: 4 Hen Harrier (1 male & 3 ringtails) from North Car Park track. Mishnish Lochs: pair Goldeneye on Loch Peallach.Glengorm Castle: female Hen Harrier. Lochan na Guailne Duibhe: 4 Sea Eagle with adult male & young female talon locking & spiralling Paul Thomas
2nd April Sand Martin, Kellan. Ewan Miles   
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female Sparrowhawk flying over Iona photo by Dave Grant 1st April 2018
Great northern Diver on Loch na Keal. 'getting ready for summer' 1st April Alan Spellman
1st Loch na Keal: Adult Sea Eagle on north shore at Sgeir Maldaig, sub adult & 3rd year Sea Eagle on south shore at Scarisdale Rocks after visiting the Lady Jane, 1 Red-throated Diver, 20+ Slav Grebe including group of nine off Kellen Mill. Uluvalt: female Hen Harrier, male Hen Harrier skydancing over scenic route road junction Craig: 3 Golden Eagle. Beinn Bhearnach: displaying Golden Eagle. Loch Spelve: dog Otter in NE corner. Ardachoil Farm 4 Hen Harrier (2m, 2f), 3 Short-eared Owl, Woodcock. visitor Paul Thomas
1st Three stonechats (male) at various points on the walk to Langamull. a single wheatear (female) north shore of Loch na Keal. 20+ teal Loch na Keal (mixture of male & female) visitor Liz Shrewsbury
1st - Beinn nan Lus area (between Glen Forsa and Loch Ba) Flock of 22 Golden Plovers back on upland breeding territory, but not separated into pairs. Stuart Gibson
 

Latest sightings for April 2017
Hi Alan Apologies for not posting last week whilst on Mull but was having issues with my email. Here are a few interesting sightings that might be worthy of note taken throughout the week.
22nd April 2017 Fishnish Hide – 6pm 2 x Whimbrel on rocks to right of hide 23rd April 2017 Fishnish Hide – 5pm A lone Razorbill with a couple of Black Guilliemot from Hide on Water looking out towards Fish Farm 24th April 2017 Mishnish Lochs – 1pm 2 x Pairs of Goldeneye on Middle Lochan Loch Na Keal – 5pm Full summer plumaged Red Throated Diver near Killiechronan Campsite 4 x Pairs of Teal Hundreds of Sand Martin feeding along the shoreline with a dozen or so House Martin 25th April 2017 Glen More – 10am 1 x Male Common Crossbill at the first pull in as you cross the cattle grid Fidden Beach – 1pm 3/4 x Pairs of Ringed Plover with a lone Turnstone Gannets hunting off shore Loch Pottie – 2pm Lone Whooper Swan on water near road  Loch Spelve – 5pm Single Greenshank near the Mussle farm entrance Lochdon/Grasspoint Bridge – 5.15pm Single Greenshank on flooded ground just past bridge Duart Castle – 6.45pm 2 x Ring-tailed Hen Harriers, 1 either side of Cemetry hunting 26th April 2017 Killiechronan Campsite – 10am 1 x Pink Footed Goose, with 5 Greylags in Pools on edge of campsite Langamull Beach – 2pm 19 x Great Northern Diver with 3 x Red Throated Diver off beach 20-30 Razorbill in raft out towards Coll Loch Na Keal – 5pm 3 x summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe flying towars Eorsa from Knock Hatchery 27th April 2017 Loch Beg – 10.30am 3 x juvenile White Tailed Eagle scavaging on shoreline Loch Ba – 2.30pm 7 x White Tailed Eagle circling high either side of the Loch 2 x Golden Eagle spotted fairly low flying parallel to the track.  Martin Clay30th April Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 50 Golden Plover. Ardness 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull.. Bryan Rains 
30th Golden Plovers in full plumage in fields opposite Cragnure golf club and great northern diver just offshore (seen tonight together with the male Hen Harrier on road to Duart Castle) Andy Blagden holiday on Mull
30th Tobermory: We had a brief visit from a Whimbrel next to the burn in Tobermory this afternoon. Richard Airey. Harbour Guest House.30th Croggan:Mulls first Whinchat of the year along the road to Croggan. David Sharp
30th April: Loch Frisa, 1 Osprey at north end of Loch flying towards Loch na Torr. Dervaig, 1 White Wagtail. prasad. 
30th Lochdon: an Osprey over the loch again today (10:30hrs) Alan Spellman, David Sharp
29th Iona: First Corncrake heard on Iona, a little later than last year. Sr Jean Lawson
28th Lochdon: an Osprey flew over the loch at 19:30hrs this evening, heading NW. visitor David Sharp and Alan Spellman
27th - North Mull: Pair of hunting Hen Harriers at West end Loch Frisa; single male Wheatear, Calgary machair; pair of Stonechats, pair of Shelduck, single Lapwing, single Linnet, 1 - 2 White Wagtails, 14 Whimbrel and single Kestrel all at Lagganulva; two male Yellowhammers near Torloisk; single White Wagtail, two Great Northern Divers displaying and calling, single Red-throated Diver in non-breeding plumage, three Teal (two drakes) and two pairs of Shelduck at Killiechronan. Stuart Gibson 
26th - Sea W. of Mull: Three Great Northern Divers off Glengorm; ca. 10 Gannets several hundred Manx Shearwaters, two Puffins and several small rafts of both Guillemot and Razorbill; single Red-throated Diver flying West towards Isle of Coll; two Great Skuas; and first confirmed sighting of a Minke Whale for 2017.
Stuart Gibson 
27th Now twelve wigeon on Sound of Mull off Salen.  Mick Smith
27th WTSea Eagle fest today with two showing well at Loch na Keal and another at top of Glen Aros. Gannet off-shore at Calgary Bay and a redwing at 
Killiemor on the road to Ulva Ferry. Mick Smith
27th Garmony: a Nuthatch  reported and photographed  in a local garden. Pete Dyson.  Records for Mull now in years 2015 - 16 and now 2017
26th  Glengorm castle to Dun Ara : another pair of stonechats, also GN Diver. However about a mile back towards Tobermory we had good views of a pair of golden eagles. in Salen this evening noticed four wigeon on the Sound, Mick Smith
19th a Kingfisher flew upstream under the bridge by the carpark of Tiroran Forest Eagle Watch NM 478 303 Weds 19/Apr/2017 Circa 12:00. visitor Steve Philpott
25th Peregrine on salen to dervaig road by waterfall seen by visitor Terry hargreaves 
25th Lochdon:  at least five black-tailed godwits at Loch Don today and a pair of stonchats. Also a greenshank in Kilfinichen Bay on Loch Scridain 
this afternoon. visitor Mick Smith
24th Mishnish Lochs:   a pair of Goldeneye on loch mishnish today.  Mike and Lorraine Cantrell.
22nd  Calgary Bay:  good views of a large flock of Manx Shearwaters above Calgary Bay. Pete Hall. 
23rd Male Merlin at Aros Mains. Ewan 
23rd Ardtun. Female redpoll on feeders this afternoon. Rebecca Burton
21st April- 9/10 summer plumaged Golden Plover seen in sheep fields on Iona.
19th April- 4 Common Scoter (3 males and 1 female) dropped into Loch Scridain early morning and remained until late the next day. Chris North
22nd Dervaig: a First Sedge Warbler at Dervaig reed beds this morning. Pam and Arthur Brown

Black tailed Godwits in summer plumage at Lochdon 22nd April 2017
22nd Lochdon. Black tailed Godwits again at Lochdon, about 100 birds 2:00pm. Alan Spellman
21st Lochdon 5:00pm, a flock of about 100 Black tailed Godwit flew in and landed to feed for about 30 minutes before flying off North again, most were in summer plumage and a site to behold. Alan Spellman, Rosie Saltzman
21st Tobermory: Blackap singing begind Harbour Guest House this morning. first time we've heard it this year. Richard and Liz Airley
20th A single velvet scoter flew past us yesterday in Loch Tuath heading west. Martin
20th Hybrid: Hooded x Carrion Crow at the Mishnish Lochs. Female Peregrine travelling east in waters north of Mull. Ewan
17th report 3 twite on the Benmore side of Loch Na Keal and a single on the north side of Loch Spelvey, also house martin at Croggan.  approx 100 Eider of mixed gender at the fish farm on Loch Spelve today there were 2 pairs at the far end of the loch and a despondant huddle of about 20 males in the centre of the loch perhaps making a big target for any overflying females.regular visitor  Linda Hurles
8th - 15th April:  Loch Buie: female Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, male Merlin, pair Red-throated Diver Lochdon: Male and Female Hen Harrier, Adult Sea Eagle and 2 Short-eared Owl, male Goosander. Between Lochdon and Loch Spelve: 4+ Hen Harrier (2 females, juv male ringtail + "Sky-dancing" adult male), 4 Short-eared Owl, Adult Sea Eagle, 3rd year Sea Eagle, 2 Golden Eagle (adult and sub-adult, appeared to be a pair).Glen More: 3 Golden Eagle, max of 7 Sea Eagle up together south of Beinn Tallaigh, male Merlin (mobbing Adult Sea Eagle at one point!) Three Lochs car park: 3 Short-eared Owl (2 males displaying and talon grappling) Pennyghail: Pair Hen Harrier hillside south of Hotel, Adult Sea Eagle through. Scarisdale Rocks, Loch na Keal: 2 sub-adult Sea Eagle, female Otter with well grown cubL och na Keal, head: Pair Golden Eagle, 4 young Sea Eagle up together over Loch Ba, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, pair Red-throated Diver (summer plumage), max count of 17 Slavonian Grebe, female Otter. Killiecronan, Loch na Keal: Adult male Sea Eagle, dog Otter, 2 Swallow through north with 40+ Sand Martins. Laggan Bay: Golden Eagle, male Merlin, Red-throated Diver (winter plumage), 2 Greenshank, Ringed Plover, 2 pairs Buzzard, 2 pairs Kestrel
Paul Thomas, Sheffield, S. Yorks (South Peak Raptor Study Group)
18th - Loch Cuin/Lagganulva: Eight Redshanks feeding at head of Loch Cuin and two Swallows seen at Lagganulva; a pair of Grey Wagtails and two pairs of Shelduck were at Killiechronan, Loch na Keal. Stuart Gibson
16th - Entrance to Sound of Mull: A Great Skua was harassing a flock of Manx Shearwaters at the NW entrance/exit of the Sound of Mull this afternoon.Stuart Gibson
18th April. First House Martin seen this morning at Croggan. Steve Hiscock
17th I heard a cuckoo in the forest behind lochdon yesterday morning and a redwing feeding in the same place. .
Really  enjoying reading your site. Thanks for the hard work in keeping it updated, it's great. Andrea Mackenzie (on holiday)
17th We had first Tree Pipit singing at Glen Aros (2) this morning. Ten+  Great Northern Divers in Loch Na Keal this afternoon, and 7 off Grasspoint. Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
17th April 11.15  Mulls first Cuckoo of the year  calling at Croggan Steve Hiscock

Common Cuckoo April 2016 -  Alan Spellman
13th An Eurasian Jay at Lochdon/Torosay area.11th Hen Harrier ringtails at Loch Buie, Ulva, and Loch Spelve. also at Loch Buie on 14th were Peregrine, five Yellowhammers.   Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
9th Loch Buie two Great northern divers, 2 Red throated divers.  Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday
8th April first Whinchat at loch spelve, Loch Buie  Woodcock roding. Paul and Dawn Leatherland on holiday 
16th Calgary - both eagle types feeding on a carcass at various times early in the week, Peregrine over, Redwing still in wood at start of week. Male Merlin off a nearby road. Black throated Diver off Croig on Monday, Great Northern at Calgary. Yesterday 7 Barnacle Geese left Iona and Male Hen Harriers one at either end of Glen More.  visitor Marvin Muxlow
14th - Loch na Keal: A Slavonian Grebe  on Loch na Keal, opposite Kellan this afternoon. Stuart Gibson,Ewan Miles 
13th - Bloody Bay Several Gannets, eight Razorbills and 10 Kittiwakes in the vicinity of the fish farm. Stuart Gibson
12th - Lochdon marshes/Three Lochs Single Short-eared Owls at the Three Lochs and Lochdon marshes; two Woodcock at dusk, near Aros Park entrance. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles.
12h Glen More: Short eared Owls at Glenmore three lochs this evening. Jim and Linda Hurles
10th - Ardnacross: Six summer-plumaged Golden Plover on the moss near An-Sean Chaistiel, where there were two pairs of Lapwing, also; a pair of Ringed Plovers were present in suitable breeding habitat at the Broch, where a single Common Sandpiper was also present. Stuart Gibson and Chris Austick
10th Tobermory: a slightly earlier than usual first male Blackcap has been singing this morning in Prison Bray. Stuart Gibson.
9th Tiercel Peregrine and WIllow Warbler at Caliach with Manx Shearwaters off shore. 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 40 plus Golden Plovers at the head of Loch na Keal.   Ewan
8th Torosay :Two Chiffchaffs in song on the estate this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
8th Loch Cuin: four beautiful summer plunmaged Black tailed Godwit here. Arthur Brown
8th  Beach: First Willow Warbler. Loch Beg 1 Common Sandpiper. Bryan Rains. 
8th  15.00 Loch Beg:  First Common Sandpiper. Steve Hiscock
4th  Three red throated divers on loch Scridain, 6 razorbill, great northern divers and red breasted merganser. 
Jacqui and Mike Murphy.

female Wheatear at Loch na Keal. 4th April 2017. Alan Spellman
4th April 3 chiffchaff and a single swallow between Garmony and Fishnish, Jan Daisy
4th 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 5 Golden Plovers at Caliach. Ewan  
3rd  At fishnish. Gannets and big raft of guillimots. At least  300 more further round corner. Jacquie Murphy.  
2nd Torosay: a Eurasian Jay here flying over the road. John Preston.
2nd An hour and half sea watching at Cailaich Point this morning brought first 2 Puffins, several small rafts of Razorbills, larger rafts of Guillemots, 5 Black Guillemots, 4 Gannets, 4 Fulmar, several Kittiwakes, 2 Great Northern Divers and shags. At Dervaig 2 Lesser Black Backed Gulls with Common Gulls. Arthur and Pam Brown
1st In the three days of counting I counted 501 Great Northern Divers off about 68% of the Mull coastline. 357 of these were in the four big sea lochs where densities always seem to be higher than around the more open coast, but I would think an entire Mull population between 23rd and 25th March of around 600 would be not unreasonable. Dave Shackleton.


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