for August 2018
for August 2017
30th Adult male Peregrine harassing
Hooded Crows at Salen Bay. Ewan Miles
29th - Hills between Loch Ba and
Glen Forsa. A flock of (up to) 32 Golden Plovers were still 1,300 feet
up on Beinn Bhuidhe (between Loch Ba and Glen Forsa). Stuart Gibson
28th Juv Long-tailed Skua harassing
a Kittiwake, 2 dark phase Arctic Skuas, a solitary Puffin and 4 separate
pods of Common Dolphins in waters to the north of Mull. Ewan
28th 4 Ring Tails at Grasspoint
together near parking area early evening together with two buzzards
and a stonechat. Another Whitethroat along the road to Duart also
today. At least four terns still feeding off Gold Course at Craignure
although distant. 1 Shelduck, a widgeon and 6 Teal seen from
road near school at head of Lochdon. Mick and Sylvia Brennan.
17th Arctic Skua and Great Skua
scoped from Duart Castle. Lots of Golden Plover, 2 Bar Tailed
Godwits, dunlin and redshank and ringed plover in Duart bay. 2 porpoise
and kittiwake from Grasspoint with 3 Snipe, Stonechats, willow warbler
and a Whitethroat in bushes along road.
Sylvia and Mick Brennan.
27th There were 11 young grouse
crossing the road above Tostarie this morning. Colin Moody
26th Bay at Killechronan - 12 Golden
Plover, 5 Dunlin with lots of Ringed Plover, 4 Bar T Godwits, 4 Black Guillemots,
Mergansers, Eiders, 2 RT Divers and an otter showing wellalong with a large
flock of Long Tailed Tits and 2 Grey Wagtail and a Wheatear. 2 Sea
Eagle on Rocks further down Loch Na Keal. Male Sparrowhawk and over
+ rock doves in mown field just past Knock Farm.
Before we left Lochaline to cross
to Mull today an otter was showing superbly from behind the snack bar from
the jetty and there was also a common sandpiper there still together
with a family of whinchats and two Golden Eagle about two miles from the
Ferry. Sea Eagle in trees at Fishnish pier. Sylvia and Mick Brennan.
24th - Tobermory A Swift was
over the outskirts of Tobermory this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
22nd - Port na Ba A flock of 40
Linnets were here this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
21st Adult male Peregrine at Langamull,
Greenshank at Kellan and 46 Mallards flying east towards the head of Loch
na Keal. Ewan Miles
18th - Bloody Bay Larger numbers
of Kittiwakes in NW Sound of Mull, with one flock of 21 individuals (5
juveniles); most juvenile Guillemots are indiscernible from their moulting
adult parents now. Stuart Gibson
17th - Aros Park. Two Crossbills
over park centre, where a calling Blackcap was heard. Stuart Gibson
17th On the crossing to and from
Mull lots of Manx shearwaters, diving gannets, young and adult kittiwakes,
razorbills on the sea.
At Loch Torr hide last night, golden
eagle, grey heron,mallard,house and sand martins and a male sparrowhawk.
17th Crossbills seen and heard above
numerous Sitka Spruce plantations around Mull this week. Ewan
16th There was a sparrowhawk on the
road near Killicronan last night, I wasn’t going fast but had to slow down
to avoid hitting it. Colinj Moody
15th Best view ever on Mull of a
Merlin near Kellan Mill today. Martin
14th the highlights from a car ride
down this road included a sparrow hawk near the cheese farm, 56 ravens
at the landfill site and 9 mistle thrushes on the telegraph
wires. Barry Bishop
13th Buzzard, wheatear, sedge warbler,
swallow, house sparrow, starling, jackdaw, took, common and herring
gull, twite and hooded crow.
12th 2 wte at Lock na keal, Greenshank,
redshank, curlew, red breasted merganser at Aros estuary. visitorBarry
9th-11th August at Dervaig,
a Nightjar heard churring over three
nights. Felicity Hanson, David Crane. (probably a
migratng bird, as no earlier reports for the year. AS)
12th Just returned form a few days
on your wonderful island and I was fascinated with a brief close up meeting
with a Long eared owl. I was travelling back from Tobermory to Craignue
approximately 1900 when I disturbed a long eared owl retrieving some food
at the roadside on a grassy verge about 2-3 km short of Craigbure. I don’t
know who got the biggest fright , the bird or me but I was traveling at
around 45 mph and the bird suddenly rose up from the grass (very
well camouflaged) and almost flew in to my car. Thankfully it had its wits
about it and it pulled up just in time to avoid my car but what a beautiful
sight seeing this majestic bird of prey in full wing span about 8 feet
from my car.
On Thursday (10Tth) we had another
chance encounter in Glendoran with a white tailed eagle resting on a
telegraph post. Before i could get out of the car and get the camera
ready it took off again and it was shorty joined in the air by another
two birds. . A very humbling experience seeing this bird so close for such
a brief moment. viszitor James Lyons
3rd: Treshnish, an injured
juvenile Water Rail along farm track to Treshnish. Paul, Shirley
and Jess Vautrinot
2nd: Treshnish, 1 juvenile
Cuckoo at Treshnish Point. Paul, Shirley and Jess Vautrinot pp prasad
8th Lochdon-Grasspoint road: A
long eared owl sighting at approx 8pm .Sighting was just past cattle
grid on Lane 200m after hump backed bridge at Lochdon on the road to Grasspoint.
Nick Jones (Visitor from Derbyshire)
Long eared Owl photo by visitor Nick
Jones 8th August 2017
5th August - we passed through Pennyghael
on the way for the ferry at Craignure at around 8am. As with your other
report, Golden Plover present, and also a single
Wood Sandpiper (seen both on the ground and in flight, and heard
calling) Visitor Rob Strong
7th A steady flow of Manxies,
4 Whinchat (3 juv), large numbers of Kittiwake at Grasspoint this morning
- 14 Common Scoter on Loch Scridain this evening viewable from Pennyghael
Regards, Ben, Colin and Shelli Moyes
6th Salen: Single Swift over
the hill behind Salen today. David Poolard.
5th - Sound of Mull 40 Gannets
and 40 Manx Shearwaters feeding off Kilchoan this morning; around a
dozen Gannets still there five hours later.Stuart Gibson
5th Lochdon: 3 White-tailed
Eagle and 2 Greenshank, Loch Spelve Golden Eagle, 5 Goosander,
Black Guillemot and 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Loch Beg/Pennyghael area Golden
Eagle, White tailed Eagle, Golden Plover and 2 ringtail Hen Harrier, Loch
Scridain, 2 adult Red Throated Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (female
and 2 young) , Ben, Colin and Shelli Moyes (visiting from Suffolk)
5th A Carrion Crow and a Carrion
x Hooded Crow on the Glengorm road yesterday. Ewan
4th - Gribun: A male Peregrine was
near Gribun; an adult female Goosander with four well-grown ducklings were
at Loch Spelve; a calling Tree Pipit and a brood of Spotted Flycatchers
were at Croggan. Stuart Gibson
Ouzel (female) (am) and Snipe (pm) around the herd of cattle
in the Corr-airigh pass on the B8035. Hen Harrier (f) drifted down the
hillside near Ulva Ferry and headed off low over the water to Eorsa. Loch
Assapol, 8pm - Little Grebe x 2, Tufted Duck x 3 Visitor Rob Strong
3rd Ardalanish Bay. Golden
Eagle appearing be eating a snake, 1 Merlin chasing Starlings
and missing, 4 Red-throated Divers and 71 Common Gulls in stream running
through beach - never seen so many in one small area before
Between Ardalanish and Loch na Lathaich
- 1 White-tailed Eagle. Weather dependant I hope to go back to Ardalanish
and try and photo the Reed Warbler(s)
that are in the reeded area before submitting a bird report. A. J. (Tony)
Swann (this is a 'rare bird' for Mull, to
2nd Ardalanish beach - Ringed Plover
(8), Dunlin (3), Twite (mobile group of approx 20 at the western
end), Sedge Warbler along the path to the beach. Whitethroat by Ardalanish
Weavers. Common Sandpiper along the shoreline opposite the hotel in Bunessan.
Also this morning (3rd) Grey Wagtail along the north shore of Loch Beg
whilst otter-watching about 7am. Surprised that this species doesn't seem
more widespread here, this was the first I've seen. Visitor Rob Strong
3rd - Sea to NW of Mull. Six sightings
of Storm Petrel (two together at one point), several Puffins and a Great
Skua. Stuart Gibson
2nd A family group of 7 Red Grouse
at Treshnish this afternoon. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams
1st 7 Whimbrel at Craignure Golf
and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Salen Bay. Ewan MIles and Iolo Williams
1st - Sea NW of Mull. A single Storm
Petrel and 1 - 2 Great Skuas were today's highlights; three Redshank, two
Swallows and a single Rock Dove were seen flying over the Sound of Mull.
1st- White-tailed Sea Eagle over
the western end of Loch Ba, scared up a large flock of Greylags and was
then mobbed by Buzzards and crows.
Spotted Flycatcher along the Loch
Ba track from Knock, between the parking area and Benmore Lodge. 8pm -
two Red Throated Divers at the southern end of Loch Assapol. Flew off to
roost about 8.30pm. 9pm - male Hen Harrier hunting on Blar Mor. Visitor
31st July - Lunga Still large numbers
of Puffins present on the Puffin Plateau; all the Guillemots and most Razorbills
have now left their breeding colonies at or near Harp Rock; Juvenile Kittiwakes
are in the process of fledging and will be on the wing any day now, but
Fulmar chicks still with some way to go; a dark phase Arctic Skua was harassing
Kittiwakes; and up to four Great Skuas were seen. No Corncrakes were heard,
but six Twite were seen; and 12 Black Guillemots were counted together
on Cairn na Burgh More. Stuart Gibson
31st we had a comparative rarity
today, a Reed Warbler in the phragmites
near to Ardvergnish where you turn off to complete the scenic route to
Salen. Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours. (this
is a 'rare bird' for Mull, to be confirmed)
- Corncrake calling behind the graveyard next to the Abbey, and in several
places on the road across the island to the golf course.
Swift (x1) at the north end of
Considerable numbers of Ringed Plover,
Dunlin and Sanderling on beaches to the north and west. Western beach near
golf course also had 5+ Redshank, a single Little Stint and a juvenile
this morning - single Bonxie over the boat from Fhionnport and two on the
western edge of the island. Puffins flying around the boat and disturbed
off the water, plus a raft of 100+ on the water at the north end of Staffa.
Six Black-tailed Godwits feeding
with gulls, crows and Oystercatchers in a field opposite the farm at Tiraghoil
yesterday. Visitor Rob Strong
Mark Blake took this eagle photo,
check out his site here
for August 2016
31st Glen Forsa Airsfield: 31 Golden
Ploveron Glenforsa airfield, a family of Reed buntings and flock of Goldfinch
plus Twite here also. Juliet Vines.
30 Iona: on an Iona beach today Dunlin,
Sanderling and a lone Knot. (a scarce bird for Mull) Anna Simpson
29th Loch Buie: Just wanted to report
two summer plumaged Black throated Divers on Loch Buie today. Anna
a female Merlin here Ewan Miles.
24th 12 Golden
Plovers feeding at the head of Loch Na Keal on low water. Ewan Miles
Osprey fishing again this evening on the incoming tide, Alan Rosie
the Osprey still about, on post in field past te bridge. Alo Loch
na Keal: three
Red throated Diver today. Jacqui Fereday.
about 18:30hrs an Osprey fishing the incoming tide. Alan, Rosie
Salzman. hunting Hen Harrier
How lucky to live here. looking out of my lounge window over Lochdon this
morning I watched a pair of Hen Harriers hunting, a beaurtiful silver male
and a ringtail, for about ten minutes at about forty metres, and where
was my camera ? The lack of any photo's is the answer. Doh !!
Bay: 10 Black-tailed Godwits in Salen bay along with a solitary
17th - Baliscate:
Three very noisy Jays in the wooded area surrounding the Standing Stones
this pm. Stuart Gibson
16th Salen Bay:
6 Black tailed Godwit in summer plumage in Salen Bay along with a raft
of 9 Common Scoter further out to the East. Ewan Miles and Lolo
10th two Jays
in different areas around Craignure the last few days. Ross Lawford.
6th on the
journey to Oban I saw 3 black guillemots quite close to Craignure.
About 6 guillemots on the whole journey, no terns or kittiwakes. However
just past the lighthouse there were lots of gannets diving for fish
and I could hear manx shearwaters calling. When I went to the
other side of the ferry I saw about 50 of them flying low and then they
settled on the water. Between there and Oban I saw more single birds.
5th at the
hide at Loch Torr. Lots of willow warblers singing and flying about. A
pair of golden eagles soaring over the hillside. Some walkers appeared
on the ridge so the birds drifted over towards Glengorm.
I am hoping
to bring an RSPB group to Mull next May.Keep up the excellent work with
the mullbirds website. regular visitor Barry Bishop
6th A single
female goldeneye on our lochan yesterday and today. Looks like first year
plumage (no neck ring). Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
6th Garmony picnic area: an early Kingfisher
this morning, Jacqui Fereday Enjoy
24th July Treshnish, 1 Mealy (Common)
Redpoll near the wood. I strongly suspect they breed here (as they do on
Tiree) but I need more evidence. prasad. Prasads
3rd Aros Bay: an imature Great
northern Diver here, very close in. visitor Barry Bishop
a single Pinkfoot mixed in with Greylags
at Killiechronan. Michael Brennan July 2016
1st Loch na Keal: four Red throated Diver
and in Aros Bay an imature Great northern Diver. Arthur Brown
2nd Lochdon: an adult female Marsh
Harrier, put up by Male Hen Harrier, in the boggy field just
past the Grasspoint turnoff. David Woodhouse, http://scotlandwildlife.com
Jacqui Fereday Enjoy Mull Tours
Harrier Circus aeruginosus
passage migrant, usually between April-June. Occasional birds have been
recorded through Mull .
2006 An immature female flying along the coast at Salen, 7th May.
2007 a female flew in from the sea at Grasspoint, 27th April.
2009 a male at Dervaig, 13th April.
2011 a female over Grasspoint, 6th May.
2012 juvenile at Haunn/Treshnish 29th May & Fidden 30th May.
2016 Lochdon an adult female, photo by Jacqui Fereday, 2nd July. D Woodhouse,
Latest reports for August 2015
Croig: 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Greenshanks, prasad.
Sat 15th Lochdon 0845hrs –
1200hrs, mother and 2 young otters fishing the ebb tide middle of lochdon
then finally disappearing towards grasspoint, also single WTSE, greenshank,
usual other waders, female harrier hunting area opposite gorton parking
area and finally around 1130hrs an osprey swooping and taking a flatfish,
flying in from west and heading back that way. Later that at Croig gave
another WTSE plus a large pod of dolphins offshore, at least 10 observed
16th Calgary all before a late breakfast we had a basking shark
out in the mouth of the bay swimming back and forth, 2 RT divers, a WTSE
heading out towards Caliach and a golden eagle overhead all before 0900hrs.!
17th killiechronan, golden eagle crossing the loch towards
loch ba, 3 common sands, small numbers of tysties far out on loch
na keal rb mergansers, grey heron and 120 ringed plover on shingle
spit in front of campsite, sedge warbler in gorse, 2 sandwich terns
fishing and single guillemot offshore. Fidden, 3 ruff
gave good photos, small numbers of golden plover, lapwing, redshank,
oystercatchers, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew and whimbrel.
Ruff at Fidden in August 2015. photo by kind permission of
regular visitors Tony & Jan Jenkins
Tues 18th single male
hen harrier near loch pottie, stonechat, 3 ravens, buzzard, single swift,
kestrel, a couple of knot near fidden. , a WTSE observed flying in from
south of iona and heading over erraid
20th 0730 – 0815hrs 3 otters seen near Fidden – Erraid jetty,
fishing, later resting on rocks near jetty, mother and 2 young, Iona, wader
numbers picking up on north beach with bar t godwit, turnstone, dunlin,
ringed plover, curlew & ruff. Gannets fishing in sound, terns appearing
to be on passage through the sound
21st 2 more rt divers on loch scridain, gannets, terns
and kittiwakes on the crossing to lochalinne.
All in all one of our best trips
of the last 26 years. Kind regards. regular visitors, Tony & Jan Jenkins
26th Langamull: 13 Knot &
1 Sanderling. prasad
26th Loch Cuin: at least migrating
25 Dunlin busy feeding on the mud close to the roadside. Alan. Arthur Brown
26th Lochdon: we had excellent views
of the Osprey sitting on its regular post adjacent to the Grasspoint road.
25th Loch Cuin a Kingfisher
and a large flock of mixed Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Pam Brown.
25th - Baliscate. A migrating
Tree Pipit was heard flying around in the vicinity of the Standing Stones.24th
- Loch Ba. Still 6 Sand Martins present where River Clachaig meets the
loch.23rd - Tobermory What may have been the Ardmore White-tailed Eagle
juvenile was braving the local Herring Gull population over the town today.21st
- Sound of Mull. Four Bonxies (Great Skua) were marauding offshore
between the Isle of Mull and Coll, including two birds in the Sound of
Mull, off Ardmore-Glengorm; a single Redshank was heading South over open
sea between Mull and Coll.
25th Lochdon: Fishing Osprey again
at about one pm today. Alan, Steve Littlewood, & Geoff Small
24th I was on top of Beinn nan Gabhar
(570m) tonight, a flock of about 20 golden plover were flying just above
the ground. They turned round before they got to me, that was about 6m
from me. Colin Moody
18th Kintra .Linnet (approx. 100),
redpoll (approx. 15), whitethroat. Ardtun.Ring ouzel, flying north, positive
id Nathan Albias
Ardtun Ring ouzel, flying north, positive id Nathan Albias
23rd: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.00am
20th Loch Beg 10 Golden Plover, 12
Redshank, 1 male Hen Harrier. Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated Diver.
Beach 5 Black-tailed Godwit. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk.
19th had a lovely sight of a family
of 7 Kestrels together. They were above the Ease Force waterfall
. Osprey on the fence post in the field south of the Grasspoint
Kilfinichen bay .Grey wagtail, pied wagtail (approx. 40+), meadow pipit
(approx. 40+) Nathan Albias
19th Gribun: We saw a group of 4 adult
and juvenile Golden Eagles on the road south of Loch Na Keal, drifting
off different ways. Also yesterday driving the coastal road through Gribun,
we noticed 3 birds of prey flying high along the cliff edges, we stopped
to have a look what they were, 2 adult peregrine harassing an adult
Goshawk. We've been birding for 7 years now and have seen many Sparrowhawks
and Goshawks, this was definitely a Goshawk. We saw many other birds this
week, if you are interested on the places we saw the more interstingly
ones, please do contact and I'll send a list. Nathan Albias
18th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing the
loch at 17 30 hrs this evening.
18th Loch na Keal a great nothern
Diver in non summer plumage. Martin Kievers
16th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing
the loch at 11.45 hrs. Stephen Hiscock
13th Lainne Sgeir, Calgary, 1 Arctic
Skua and 1 'Greenland' Wheatear.
12th Croig, 4 Black-tailed Godwits.
8th Lochdon: An Osprey fishing
today at 3pm. Alan
7th Long-eared Owl perched
roadside north of Salen, Short-eared Owl and two Ospreys south
of Lochdon. 30 Golden Plover and 2 Turnstone (breeding plume) at
Craignure Golf Club. Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Bottlenose Dolphins at
Loch Mingary. Ewan and John Miles
7th Glenfors: Male hen harrier flying
up and down grass verges at Glenforsa airstrip William Arthur Eala
7th Killioechronan: an Osprey
fishing successfully here this morning by camp site. Arthur
6th Croig, 2 Knot & 1 Black-tailed
5th Croig, 13 Goosanders,
3 Black-tailed Godwits.
4th Langamull, 1 summer
plumaged Turnstone. prasad
4th a juv ( first-summer) Hobby
just south of Dervaig on the Torloisk road this afternoon!
Hobby photo's by Ewan
3rd - NW Mull waters: Hundreds of
Manx Shearwaters in Sound of Mull, off Kilchoan, being harassed by
a Bonxie; also several Kittiwakes, 20 Gannets and a single Puffin, off
Langamull, where several fishing Common Terns and three Black Guillemots.
Several male-juv. Guillemot combinations were seen, though a highlight
was a single migrant Swift at sea, off Ardmore. Stuart Gibson (for Mull
1st Gruline: Just been watching
female hen harrier in the field in front of our house that runs along the
road side. Sue Bebbington
31st 23 Mistle thrush on wires
Salen to Gruline road early evening today. 2 Crossbill seen
in confiers from hide at Fishnish also 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Black Guillemots
with 2 Gannets fishing earlier in the day. Michael & Silvia Brennan
Meadow Pipit feeding a young Cuckoo, photo by Michael
Brennan July 2015
Latest reports for August 2014
28th Killiechronan: Little
Stint in a flock of Ringed Plover Arthur Brown Discover Mull.
26th - Adult female peregrine stooping
on a herring gull and feeding on it next to Tobermory harbour just after
29th Fishnish woods: a Long
eared Owl swooped down and landed on a branch just 6ft away from
us, it stayed for about five minutes giving us excellent views. Laura Percy
and Simon Bartle
27th loch na keal
near fish hatchery, Golden Eagle, 28th Buzzard at loch scridain. Also 1
otter Nigel Dawber
27th -Quinish 3+ Greenshanks,
five Redshanks and five Lapwings along coast and family party of seven
Long-tailed Tits in estate woodlands. A single Painted Lady was observed
at the coast today, only our second of the year. Ruth Fleming
26th A small flock of Mistle Thrush
at Acharonich this morning along with a fair amount of Pied Wagtails.
. Maybe as a result of the strong east winds we have just had? Martin.
26th - Croig/Langamull Twelve Ringed
Plovers, two Redshank and a Greenshank, Croig, where four fem./eclipse
Goosanders; Willow Warbler in song at Croig; single Greenshank at Port
na Ba; and two Whitethroats at Sunipol.Ruth Fleming
26th Walked up loch ba this morning
White tailed eagle . Hen harrier female. 3 grey wagtail. Nigel Dawber
25th Mulls White tailed eagles have
successfully fledged 15 chicks this year and Corncrake have also had a
good year with 23+ calling males on Iona.
23rd We have been following your
sight for a number of years and take a great deal of enjoyment from it.
Think you might be interested in these Osprey photos. Taken Saturday 23/08/14
around 2.30pm on the grasspoint road, just after the cottages. Dave &
Jan – St Helens, Merseyside
24th Loch na Keal: several hours side
of loch, 40+ ring plover, 2 common sand piper, 2 red shank, all near camp
site we where parked just up road from the mobile cafe, also towards fish
hatchery 2 whimbrel, 15+oyster catcher, 6+ femal red breasted merganser,
also 1 white tailed eagle. Nigel Dawber
22nd Big flock of Manx Shearwaters
in our area yesterday with small flocks even at the head of Loch Na Keal
in the evening. Peregrine Falcon mobbing 3 sitting white tailed eagles
on Inch Kenneth Weds
21st Immature great northern diver
and six storm petrels in waters between Mull and Coll today.
20th - Torosay An eclipse gathering
of 34 Red-breasted Mergansers in Duart Bay; an immature White-tailed Eagle
causing mayhem among the ducks, geese and gulls; a pair of Crossbills (inc.
a male); and a calling Sedge Warbler were the bird highlights of our wildlife
walk today. Ruth Fleming.
19th Aug Pennyghael Estate 1 Carrion
20th Aug Loch Beg 1 Peregrine, 2
Crossbill, 1 Whinchat. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whinchat.
21st Aug Loch Beg 1 Knot. Bryan Rains
18th - Gortenbuie Two Hen Harriers
on shoulder of Ben Talaidh and a single Short-eared Owl on the Cannel River
floodplain. Ruth Fleming
16th A Jay flew across the road in
front of us on our way to work Fri 15th between Salen and Gruline junction
near Torlochan turn off.
13th - Up to 200 goldfinch
feeding on knapweed next to the Island Bakery, Tobermory in the AM. Around
150 black-headed gulls and 50 odd kittiwakes at the head of Loch Na Keal
on the evening. Ewan
12th on tour today with a group and
for the first time for me I saw a kingfisher. It was flying across
the road along the long straight from Salen towards Knock. It was seen
by several people in the minibus.Nigel Shannon & Fiona Shannon
8th A massive flock of Manx Shearwaters
this morning near Inch kenneth also 3 Bottlenose Dolphins. Family group
of 3 White Tailed Eagles. Martin Keivers
9th - Quinish Two ad. White-tailed
Eagles on a skerry at mouth of Loch Cuin; two Teal and ad. female Shelduck
with single fledged juvenile; and a single Common Sandpiper were the bird
highlights of our walk today.Ruth Fleming
6th - Croig Whilst watching the Dervaig
juvenile White-tailed Eagle and one of its parents in the telescope from
across Loch Cuin a female Peregrine flashed past heading towards Port na
5th - Croig/Langamull A single juvenile
Black-tailed Godwit at a tiny pool near Croig was viewed to within
15 metres without disturbance; four Ringed Plovers included at least one
juvenile at Langamull, where three migrant Dunlin included two juveniles.
The adult Dunlin was very long-billed and probably of the alpina race.
One of the pairs of Ringed Plovers at Port na Ba has raised two juveniles.
A juvenile Bullfinch was seen at Croig.
This beautiful image was taken by
4th - Loch Ba Three Hen Harriers
included two female/imm. types hunting the same area of hillside; three
Wheatears and eight Sand Martins; a juvenile Bullfinch was also recorded
here. Ruth Fleming
1st August - Tobermory A female Peregrine
was prowling around Tobermory this evening (20.00 hrs).
31st July - Tobermory The local Magpie
has renewed our acquaintance after a spell of apparent inactivity.
Latest reports for August 2013
31st Thanks for holiday sightings
report from Alan and Deb Bright
28th The Dipper showing well in Tobermory
just up from the flats opposite the distillery and a female Reed Bunting
on the waterworks fencing by the Tobermory tip. Arthur. Discover
29th - Tobermory The lonely Magpie
is still hanging around in the vicinity of the Mull Magic garden.
28th - Baliscate Two Crossbills (one
male) over the Standing Stones forest. Magic Wildlife Walks
28th Sooty Shearwater off Glengorm
heading down the sound. Ewan Ewans Blog
28th a Whimbrel showing very
well at Salen bay near the old boats. Loch na Keal a pair of
full summer plumaged red throated divers and unusually a great skua which
was initially harassing one of the sea eagles.
27th - Langamull Eight Kittiwakes
on rocks with other gulls and group of five migrant waders comprising two
juv. Sanderling, two juv. Dunlin and single juv. Ringed Plover. Ruth Fleming
26th Aug. Small flock of golden plover,
plus dunlin, redshank, greenshank, and ringed plover at Loch Beg. Felicity
26th 2 Red Throated Divers Loch Na
Keal, 6 Twite and a Great Skua Cailaich Point, Whimbrel Lagganulva. Arthur
24th Kniock: a sparrow-hawk
in one of the fish farm buildings near a swallow nest. Colin Moody
24th - Loch Spelve 'Ringtail' Hen
Harrier and two Whitethroats in bracken hillside.
23rd - Craignure Chiffchaff calling
in Torosay woods and 'Ringtail' Hen Harrier hunting grassland near Aros
Mains. Ruth Fleming.
23rd 30 plus Ringed Plover heading
south off the fishing bank. 10-15 Dunlin heading south off Loch Cuin. White
wagtail Treshnish, Spotted Flycatcher Aros Mains. Ewan
22nd - Langamull: Ten Ringed Plovers,
nine Redshank, six Twite, two Common Terns and two Grey Wagtails were among
the usual suspects. Ruth Fleming
23rd Lochdon: Wader movement starting
as small parties of Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, ringed Plover and Redshank
are arriving at Lochdon feeding station. Alan Spellman
19th Lochdon: a returning Osprey
fishing successfully for about 15 mins over Lochdon. Alan
21st Craignure Single Dunlin,
two Red-throated Divers, several Spotted Flycatchers and two Whitethroats,
plus flock of 10 Meadow Pipits.
20th CraignureTwo Common Terns and
two Red-throated Divers.
18th A flock of 50+ Whimbrel in Aros
Bay this morning.
20th A flock of 15 Knot seen from
Cailaich this afternoon flying south. Arthur
19th - Loch Ba What looked like a
family party of Spotted Flycatchers, two Grey Wagtails and two Crossbills
(one male) were among our highlights today. Salen Bay, A Greenshank at
high tide. Loch Ba, Six Sand Martins still at their breeding colony
16th Croig, 10 Goosanders, 1 Bar-tailed
6th We had 2 black throated divers
on Loch Na Keal today.
16th Tobermory The long-staying local
Magpie put in another appearance in the Mull Magic garden earlier today.
16th Treshnish Flock of six Twite
(probably a family party) at the Treshnish headland earlier today.
15th Juvenile Great Northern Diver
off Caliach today.
15th Lochdon: a flock of twenty Long
tailed tits briefly in the garden this morning. two Greenshank on the loch.
13th - Glengome: Stunning male Crossbill
perched on top of Pine giving prolonged views. Ruth
11th Croig, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit,
11th - Torosay Hunting Peregrine,
two Red-throated Divers and eclipse flock of 40 Red-breasted Mergansers
in Duart bay. Ruth Fleming
11th Lochdon: four Whimbrel dropped
into Lochdon this evening. Alan
10th Tobermory: we’ve had a magpie
visiting here in Tobermory (behind the Doctors Surgery) for the last couple
of weeks. Mrs Charlesworth
8th Langamull, male White Wagtail
still present prasad
6th Adult Mediterranean
Gull (breeding plumage) off Port Langnamull heading west yesterday
6th - Beinn Talaidh. A single Tree
Pipit was seen in the young forestry at the foot of the mountain this afternoon.
5th Two Black throated Divers flying
over loch Mingery and two Orcas in waters between Mull and Coll. Ewan
4th - Duart Bay Two Red-throated
Divers calling and feeding in Duart Bay at mid-day; and 40 Kittiwakes NW
up Sound of Mull. Ruth Fleming.
3rd Craignure Pier: a moulting
adult Mediterranean Gull at the Craignure ferry terminal.
It had completely white wing tips, and bright red bill but the black head
was heavily speckled with white so I guess it was beginning to moult into
winter plumage already. Roy Atkins
3rd Tobermory.The 'Tobermory Magpie'
has finally paid a visit to the Mull Magic garden, a first for us here
on the island! Ruth Fleming.
Latest reports for August 2012
31st 2 Bonxies harrying a Gannet
yesterday in Loch Na Keal Martin Keivers Mull Charters
30th Fab summer plumaged Great Northern
Diver diver on loch Spelve this evening, near old Ardura wooden mussel
farm building. Very close in, preening. Suspect been here all summer as
v early to be back from Iceland? Dave Sexton
30th – Croig/Langamull Six Redshank,
Croig harbour; five juv. Sanderling, a single Knot and 20 Kittiwakes, Langamull
were among the highlights of our walk today. Ruth Fleming
30th: 10 Brent Geese at Loch Mingery
heading south-west. Also a dark Morph Arctic Skua off Glengorm and a Peregrine
at Calf island. Ewan
26th - Glen Cannel: Two Grey Wagtails,
Knock and a further three at Fish Farm on Loch Ba; 35 Lapwings and 20 late
Sand Martins, Glen Cannel were among the highlights of our walk today.
21st Fishnish: a Leucistic Blue
tit was at the Bird table at Balmeanach by Fishnish. Alec & Cynthia
28th August A Sanderling with 2 Ringed
Plovers on Calgary Beach. Pam & Arthur,
26th 3 Orcas (2 Bulls) in between
Mull and Coll on the 24th and a Long Tailed Skua on the 23rd again in the
middle grounds. Ewan
25th - Tobermory A female Blackcap
was feasting on Leycesteria formosa berries in the Mull Magic garden today.Ruth
23rd - Craignure - Oban 300+ Kittiwakes
and four Manx Shearwaters off the Lady Rock this morning. Ruth Fleming
21st - Craignure/Torosay Single Sandwich
Tern screeching in Craignure Bay pm, where there was a Grey Wagtail also;
two late Common Sandpipers along the Torosay shore; single migrant Whimbrel;
and two calling Red-throated Divers, which flew from Sound of Mull into
Duart Bay. Ruth Fleming
19th - Tobermory.A Blackcap was calling
in the Mull Magic garden today, Ruth Fleming
7th August Fionnphort 1 Green
17th August Loch Beg 1 Knot. Fidden
6 Sanderling, 20 Ringed PLover, 20 Dunlin, 6 Twite, 1
Little Stint. Glen Seilisdeir
1 Swift. Bryan Rains
Little Stint at Loch Beg taken by
17th - Craignure/Torosay Late Common
Sandpiper, Craignure Bay, where five Redshanks flew East along coast; two
cackling Red-throated Divers high up over Sound of Mull heading in direction
of Duart Bay; two passage Whimbrels; 200 Kittiwakes flew NW into Sound
of Mull pm, where around 20 Common Terns were feeding; and a single Grey
Wagtail along shore at Torosay were among the bird highlights of our walk
today. Ruth Fleming
15th Lovely marked Red Throated Diver
in Ulva Sound yesterday. 75 to 100 manx Shearwaters seen from Killchoan
ferry today. Martin
14th - Iona. A Great Skua was pirating
a Gannet in the Sound of Iona at 11.50am; migrant flock of waders at the
Bay at the Back of the Ocean comprised 17 (ads + juvs) Ringed Plover, 13
(ads + juvs) Dunlin and 10 (ads + juvs) Sanderling; 30 Twite feeding on
golf course machair; 60 Rock Doves resting on shed roof and 200 - 300 Kittiwakes
with a few Manx Shearwaters feeding in Sound of Iona pm. Two Basking Sharks
were observed off the West coast of Iona. Ruth Fleming
13th Flock of 15 Twite at Cailaich,
also Manx Shearwaters, Gannets and 2 Great Skuas. A Lapwing and Greenshank
at Dervaig and a Red Throated Diver at Lagganulva. Arthur
10th - Mishnish Lochs Four ad. Red-throated
Divers here at 09.00 hrs this morning and a calling Tree Pipit seen at
Croig Ruth Fleming s
10th White Tailed Sea Eagle both
adults and young Peregrine Falcon, hundereds of Manx Shearwaters Gannets
2 Basking Sharks 3 Porpoise and 1 Minke Whale on yesterdays trips. Martin
29th-3rd We had our first ever sighting
of a jay when travelling from Dervaig to Calgary, flew across the road
into some low bushes just before the start of the confier plantation at
Langamull. 29th July.
Merlin not far from Calliach Point
also Sea Eagle over here. 29th July.
Grasshopper warbler heard at the
start of the Grasspoint road not far from the bridge. 25th July.
Five Spotted Flycatcher feeding in
the field from fence near the forestry commission building just up from
Aros bridge. 3rd August.
Whitethroat down in bushes below
Duart Castle also Grayling butterfly and Dark Gr. Fritillery here.
Also porpoise close in. 3rd August.
Excellent views of Golden Eagle whilst
walking to Loch Ba between track entrance and loch as you look up on the
right. 2nd August. Yellowhammer not far from Ulva Ferry. –
Very large flock of small birds including
lots of warblers, tits, siskin and some stunning Redpoll, feeding in bushes
and trees by seashore at Scallastle Bay. 31st July.
2 Red Throated Diver in same bay
on 3rd August. Also Common Blue butterfly on forest walk here.
2 Red Throated Diver flew into Loch
Buie whilst we were sitting early evening on 2nd August.
2 Curlew chicks with parents outside
cottage daily. Also Barn Owl and Male and Female Hen Harrier hunting
around cottage most days. 2 Sea Eagle sitting on crags opposite cottage
2 Ringed Plover chicks along shore
at airstrip. 3rd August.
Arctic Tern on rocks at Garmony.
Mick and Sylvia Brennan.
7th Treshnish, 1 Basking Shark breaching
off north shore, Prasad
4th - Croig/Langamull Single Greenshank
and 3 (two juvs) Redshank, Croig; Red-throated Diver on sea off Port na
Ba and flock of 9 Crossbills in Langamull forest. Good to see juv. Oystercatcher,
Ringed Plover and Redshank on today's walk. Recommencement of Willow Warbler
song in area first noted 3rd.
3rd A Treecreeper in our garden on
the tour this afternoon and a family of Whinchats at Reudle. Heard but
did not see a Red Grouse here. Arthur
2nd Treshnish, 1 Swift at 9.45am.
1st - Loch Spelve/Firth of Lorne.
Several Kittiwakes (inc. juv) feeding at entrance to Loch Spelve; large
groups of Kittiwakes, with smaller nos of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets
flying South down the Firth of Lorne; Spotted Flycatchers at Croggan; seven
Ringed Plovers at Portfield; two cackling Red-throated Divers very high
and travelling South-east over Portfield to Firth of Lorne; and two separate
female/ringtail Hen Harriers hunting hillside at Loch Spelve were among
the highlights of today's walk.
1st Reudle moor: six Red Grouse here,
(a very scarce bird for mull) Arthur Brown
1st Two Black throated Divers in
Ardmore Bay. Ewan
Latest reports for August 2011
Tobermory:I just thought i would drop you a quick email to let you know
that while i was on my usual holiday in Mull this summer i managed to get
some good shots of the Peregrine in Tobermory. I recently entered one of
these into Bird Watching magazines "Bird Photo of the Year 2011" competition
and won the Garden/Urban birds category. (photo above) Keith Edmunds
28th Torloisk Hill road: up to 6 Red
Grouse in a family group.(a scarce mull bird) Arthur Brown
25th Loch na Keal: I know it is not
a bird but we had a Sunfish surface next to the boat today. Martin.
22nd Lochdon: an Osprey fishing
over Lochdon at 2.30pm. Alan
21st Lochdon: Osprey fishing over
Lochdon, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat and flock of Long tailed tits
20th : Haunn. 3 Black-tailed Godwits
overflew hamlet and alighted on rocky shore
17th : Iona. Migrant flock of 40
Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin and 12 Sanderling at the Bay at the Back of the
Ocean, where a single Great Skua flew South
17th : The Gribun. Pair of Peregrines
performing high over the cliff-face
17th : Tobermory. A noisy
male Blackcap has been a regular in the Mull Magic garden, feasting on
berries of Leycesteria formosa. Ruth and Stuart. Mull
19th Salen: an Osprey over Salen
at 1000 this morning. Martin
18th Lochdon: a Common Whitethroat
on my maple tree picking off ants this morning. Alan
15th a MEGA
was a Wryneck (the last Mull record was in May 2001 & before
that in 1991) seen and photographed at Haunn by Anand Prasad
15th Scallastle: Knot at Scallastle
will send photograph for confirmation. David and Mick Brennan
14th Glen Bellart: a Goshawk flew
directly in front and over our moving vehicle, strong slow & powerful
wing beats, larger than a Sparrowhawk, long tail with end bar, rounded
wings. (and then it was gone) Alan & Judith
13th Loch Cuin this evening
12 Curlews, 5 Goosanders, 6 Greenshanks and 4 Redshanks. Arthur Brown Discover
10th of Iona: 5 Great Skua off Iona.
Glen & Jane Stamp
9th Calliach: the largest flock of
Mistle Thrush I have ever seen with at least 60 birds here today. Also
Sea eagle and Golden eagles. Alan
5th Aug - Three Ptarmigan very close
to the summit of Ben Buie – also one Golden Plover. Attached couple of
photo's. Ruth and Stuart.
Ruth writes: "The three Ptarmigan on Ben Buie appear to be youngsters (two
male and one female, by our reckoning), which makes the record even more
exciting and significant. Ptarmigan continue to breed on Mull despite the
attentions of our blossoming eagle populations!"
4th: 99% sure of male Snow Bunting
sighting in small trees alongside the B8073 just south of Eas Fos Falls.
Approx 13.30pm Weather showery, bird flitting about in
the trees, approx 20m away. Oliver Woodman
4th Loch Scridain: 3 RT Diver, 4
Black Guillemot, 20 Eider. Fidden, 4 Dunlin, 1 Tree Sparrow. Bryan Rains
3rd Graignure golf course: a single
Pink foot Goose with Greylags here. Jim Hurles
2nd Grasspoint: an Osprey flew over
Lochdon. Jim & Linda Hurles
4th: Notice there is a Goshawk reported
at Glen Bellart – we have had 4 separate reported sightings in the last
week at Loch Frisa – fingers crossed!. Debby Thorne. Loch Frisa Hide
28th July Glen Bellart: a Goshawk
flying through, about half way through the glen. Ralph Thompson & Jimmy
Latest reports for August 2010
28th during strongish
NNW winds and drizzle decided upon a seawatch on the tip of Caliach point
just below the Trig point 4-5PM. Manx Shearwater 10 to SW, Bonxie
2 to SW round the headland. Whilst on drive there between Sunnipol and
the croft at the end of the road, Hen Harrier 1 male, Wheatear 2, Whitethroat
1, Twite 15, in small groups around the point, WT sea-eagle 2.
Basking Shark 30 plus in view over
the sea from the point. Dervaig WTS eagle 1, flying around saltmarsh and
landed on the rocks, until I decided to put up my scope whereupon it flew
off ! Peregrine 1 mobbing the eagle.
29th .Dervaig Crossbill 2 regularly
landing on top of highest spruce in the garden stopping off, as they commute
between Quinish and forest to the west.
30th 4 hr Sea trip from Tobermory
to a position of Caliach Pt and back in fine calm conditions. Manx Shearwater
10 Bonxie 1,
Guillemot c 20 some still with young.
Gannet c 25 Kittiwake 10. Basking Shark c 20 (2 Risso's
Dolphins seen this morning but not by me !) Dervaig evening, Sand
Martin 1 at least in the swallow flock. Swallow 80 (evening roost flock
dropping in size) House Martin (10 around village during day) Bullfinch
2 in garden Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 in garden.
31st Loch na Keal nr Dhiseig, Willow
Warbler 1 still calling beside loch at Dhiseig. Black Guillemot 5
winter plum on the loch. no divers or anything else ! Lochdon Greenshank
8, Redshank 7, Ringed Plover 6, Curlew 15. Dervaig WTSeagle 1,
Cossbill 3, Greenshank 3. Sandy Aitken
30th Tobermory: by the distillery
burn, a pair of Dipper and young and a pair of Grey Wagtails. Alan
27th Grasspoint: an Osprey flew over
Lochdon at Grasspoint. John Craig
26th Loch Frisa Hide: a flock of
about 12 long tailed tits near the hide today. pair of Black throated
diver. Debby Thorne
22nd Sound of Mull: two Wigeon on
the Sound of Mull near the Golf Course Pete Hall
23rd Calgary: Black Tailed Godwit
– unexpected, 11 flew south past Calgary Bay on the 20th again. Greg Pepper
19th Treshnish Point: a Knot
at Treshnish Point on the 19th of August, a new bird for our 10x10 square,Andrew
23rd Lochdon: a single Greenshank on
the loch shore today.also a single Goldeneye.10 Cananda geese at Inverlussa.
Common Dolphins in Loch Scridain
on 15th. one of the dolphins is missing a dorsal fin. Dave Mansell
There is a report of an ablino hooded
crow regularly seen at Balmeanach (camp site) by Fishnish
A sad report, but very interesting
is a Long-eared owl (dead - road casualty) by the side of the A849 near
Loch Spelve on saturday 7th August. It appeared to be a full adult
bird. I can also confirm that I saw one knot at Ardalanish on 11th August
amongst a group of eight dunlin. John Clare
16th Loch Scridain: 2 common
dolpins in Loch Scridain yesterday (and at least one the day previous)
- showing fairly well opposite Pennyghael Hotel - I'll email some shots
at the weekend when I'm back home. Dave Mansell
14th Glen Gorm: 3 Crossbills
with others heard nearby in conifers at the Glen Gorm end of the cycle
Loch Frisa. 15th juvenile
Redstart on fence post in St Columba Hotel tea garden Iona. Gill &
15th Craignure, Bob from the Spar
Shop reports a Hummingbird Hawk moth in his garden this afternoon. Bob
9th Loch Frisa: We had a single Jay
at the hide this morning - flew across the field, straight in front of
the hide and sat on one of the conifer trees for a couple of minutes before
disappearing. Our visitors must have thought I was mad because I
was so excited "we have loads of them at home2, one of them said.
Had to explain how rare they are on Mull Debby Thorne
4th Loch na Keal: the Velvet Scoter
was still here today, could only find one bird. Alan
3rd Glen Forsa: Nightjar heard 11.35Ppm
Kilbeg Cottage David & Sylvia Brennan
3rd Loch na Keal: two Red throated
Diver by the Boathouse (Killiechronan). Greenshank at Lagganulva. Arthur
3rd Loch na Keal: 5 Velvet Scoter
(moulting drakes as far as I could tell) between Inch Kenneth-Griburn.
Liz & Richard Hallam
2nd We saw recently fledged Buzzards,
Kestrel, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle and Sparrowhawk on todays tour.
2nd Loch Beg 4 Canada Goose, 3 RB
Merg + 5 small young, 1 Greenshank. Loch Assapol 4 adult Red-throated Diver,
1 f Hen Harrier. Uisken A mixed flock (approx 10 birds) of juv Stonechat
and Whinchat. Fidden 1 Common Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 male Hen Harrier. LochPottie
1 Whooper Swan. also Slow Worm, Adder and Mountain Hare. Bryan Rains
Wed 14th July. Ardalanish beach,
two Red Knot in summer plumage and six Sanderling with Dunlin again some
in summer plumage.
Friday 16th. Whooper swan on the
boggy ground on the eastern side of the Ardtun peninsular.
Saturday 17th. Ardalanish beach one
Sunday 18th. Lochbuie two red throated
divers, family of red-breasted mergansers, 20 golden plover on the accessible
island near Moy Castle some adults in summer plumage.
Monday 19th. Corncrake heard and
seen flying from the track leading across to the golf course; one other
heard near the fire station.
Wednesday 21st. from Knockvologan
through the nature reserve to Traigh Gheal, one male and three ring-tail
hen harriers plus a peregrine.
Thursday 22nd. On the Callach Point,
two great skuas landing and perching short of the trig point. On approach
they both dive-bombed furiously which I took as evidence of nesting.
for August 2009
30th Aros Estuary: first returning
Wigeon (4 birds) and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits; Crossbill heard over plantation
near Aros Castle
Loch na Keal:5 Bar-tailed Godwits,
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 75 Ringed Plovers and 7 Dunlin at High Tide
near Killiechronan camp site; single late Common Sandpiper along south
shore of loch and 24 Kittiwakes roosting and bathing at burn near car park
for ascent of Ben More - Dhiseig. Ruth Fleming, Stuart Gibson, Tom
& Barbara Bettley
16th 2 Woodcock and 1 Tawny Owl near
Kilbeg Cottage Glenforsa. Sparrowhawk seen daily hunting around cottage
and 28th Killbeg Cottage: 2 crossbill in conifer in garden of cottage .
Male Hen Harrier hunting during a dry spell on 23rd
17th - Family of spotted flycatcher
on walk from Craignure to Torosay through forest. Razorbill, Guillemot
and 2 Black Guillemot close inshore near pump house at Duart. Also
excellent views of a whole family of lizards on corrigated sheets near
pump house - very reliable place to go and see lizards as they were there
each day we looked (If the sun was out)
22nd - 60+ dunlin came in to land
along with 16+ ringed plovers in estuary opposite Aros Castle. Also
23rd - 2 Golden Eagle and 2 Sea Eagle
feeding on a sheep in a field opposite Pennyghael stores heading around
loch just before turn off to Tirroran House. Sylvia Brennan
24th - Single swift at Loch Buie
flying over cottages also a Dunlin here. Sylvia Brennan
Otters - Salen Bay - single.
Craignure pier - 3 together one evening. Tobermory - Single in bay.
Basking shark - 1 very close inshore
at Craignure Pier at high tide one evening.
27th Glengorm Minke Whale seen when
sea watching from Glengorm Castle Sylvia Brennan
27th Dervaig: An excited Pam Brown
phoned to tell me that she had just watched an Osprey from her kitchen
window, her first Osprey on Mull. Pam Brown Discover Mull Tours
25th Lochdon: two Osprey fishing
successfully in the loch and feeding at the Gorsten end on a dead tree
by the side of the loch which is used regularly. Rosie & Rod Salzman.(neighbours)
15th - 22nd : 1 immature white
tailed eagle over Glen Bellart, Tail was brown and the bird looked
like a young immature. it was this years chick from Loch Frisa just over
the ridge, birds not tagged this year. Peter Smith
16th - 1 corncrake!! - Was just walking
down the road (just above Killiemor on north side of Loch na Keal)
On view for about 30 seconds before it crossed the road and disappeared
into bracken. Peter Smith
17th - 1 adult white tailed eagle
sitting on ridge of "A Mhaol" (460327) as viewed from the B8035 at about
4pm. After about 15 mins took flight and was chased by 2 golden eagles
for about 1 minute! The white tailed eagle had a blue tag on its
right wing, but none on the left wing. Unfortunately I could not
read the number. Peter Smith
19th - 1 Bonxie chased a Herring
Gull and then carried on south past the North West end of Iona, Peter
22nd Ben Buie: 3
Ptarmigan just below the north summit of Ben Buie. Fidden - Approx
20 Bar T Godwits, several Greenshank amongst good numbers of Curlew,
Redshank, Oystercatcher and a few Dunlin - Mike Wagemakers
lochs: at least 10 Little Grebe on the loch including 2 juveniles. Andy
Twite feeding young in the middle of the road under Gribun cliffs
10 (pure bred) Rock Dove plus 4 Twite.
Mill: Golden Eagle - 2 adults together plus a Hen Harrier - 1 ringtail
over Kellen Mill. Arctic Skua - 1 dark phase off Duart point
5th Loch na
Keal: 25 Red breasted Merganser
two golden eagles on the road to Loch Buie. Adan Hartley
6th Glen Aros:
Hen Harrier - 1ad male, Great Northern Diver - summer plumage adult
at Laggan Bay
- 1 over hills above Laggan Bay. White tailed Eagle - adult over Kellen
Mill in morning, another adult high over Torosay heading towards
Grasspoint, Salen Bay: Greenshank, Whimbrel
basking shark at Grasspoint in the morning , Great Skua soaring high over
Iona, Bay at the Back of the Ocean: ~20 ringed plover, ~10 dunlin, 1 turnstone.
Good numbers of porpoises and dolphins in the Sound of Iona. AH
7th Loch na
Keal: Red throated Diver - 1 ad summer, Laggan Bay Golden Eagle - 2 together
over hills. Ian Hartley
last week: 4 Peregrines hunting over Tobermory Bay. Basking shark on the
sealife adventure tour plus manx shearwater guillemots, razorbills , gannets.
Otter on 3 occasions in Tobermory harbour.Sea Eagles on loch Frisa, absolutely
amazingplus a bonus of Golden Eagle.flock of Common Scoter from Calgary.
Common Sandpiper at Dervaig, at Craignure: Common Tern, Black Guilleomot
plus White throat from train. The Harber Family
this afternoon I had a juv.Golden Eagle in my garden for over an hour..it
sat on a large tree stump, preened itself, relieved itself (I have the
evidence!), flew to another perch, back to the stump then swooped into
my wild bit, then back to devour ts catch then away. 8.00p.m a White Tail
flew low over the garden. Friday a Merlin and ...I kid you not, Wednesday
a juv.Peregrine harassed my bird table for about 10 mins. Could it be my
Chanel No.5 attracting them? or my surname? Cheers, Sylvia
Griburn: Colin Moody saw a Swift here : Grasspoint Adam Hartley found
a Whinchat: at Loch Assapol Bob Hastie found an early drake Golden Eye
plus Yellowhammers, Adults and juveniles.
out a nest box today I discovered a second nest containging 3 eggs underneath
the one that had been used successfully this year. ALan
Last week an
injured juvenile Hobby was found at Glen Forsa, it was taken to 'wings
over mull' but late died.
Red throated Diver, 2 Porpoise and 1 Dolphin. Adam Hartley
5th Iona: Perigrine
falcon, 6 Twite, 10 Rock Doves Andy Bayers
Twite, female Hen Harrier and Arctic Skua out at sea from Grasspoint.
a male Hen Harrier and 2 Short eared Owls. Jim & Linda Hurles
3rd Loch Beg:
Greenshank, 10 Golden Plover & 6 black bellied Dunlin Andy Bayers
Bay: At least 5 Twite in a mixed Finch flock including Linnets, Greenfinch
and Goldfinches Arthur Brown
3rd Loch Scridain:
Common Scoter. 4 Porpoise at Grasspoint this evening. Adam Hartley
road: 2 Greenshank in the bay above the bridge. Jenny Smith
2nd Glen Forsa:
a male Hen Harrier Andy Bayers
2 Knot there this evening. Adam Hartley
juvenile peregrine screeching at its mum from tall spruce tree in our garden
(Viewmount). Very, very noisy - could hear it through double glazing!
Last Saturday: whitethroats (possibly feeding young in brackeny area as
there was a lot of noise and activity), Bloody Bay. Sheila Barnard
2 Black tailed Godwits, 6 Bar tailed Godwits, 8 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 4
Curlews and a Redshank at Dervaig this morning also 9 goosanders here.
for August 2008
30th Loch Frisa:
The Osprey still hanging around the loch having spent most of the summer
in the area
a Magpie was heard but not seen this evening. John suckley from Bradford.
Salen Bay, mid afternoon, flying past the view point towards the fishing
5 Teal - North shore Loch na Keal Mike Wagemakers
27th 300+ Greylag
Geese at Killiechronan 50 more at various spots, 6 dunlin flew over Aros
Bay, 20 Ringed Plover at killiechronan with 10 Redshank. Ring Tailed Hen
Harrier at Lagganulva and Linnets and Meadow Pipits here in good numbers.
A Whinbrel flew over Salen calling and the dipper are back at Aros
seen regularly at Cailaich this week. Arthur and Pam Brown
25th Loch Scridain
1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 20 Common Tern, 30 Kittiwake, 100 Manx Shearwater,
1 Balearic Shearwater. Bryan Rains
24th Loch Beg
4 Turnstone. Uisken 40 Manx Shearwater, 1 Basking Shark. Fidden 10 Twite,
1 Tree Pipit in a field looking a bit lost! Wild About Mull.
20th Aug Uisken
1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Yellowhammer. Loch Scridain 20 Manx Shearwater, 3 Porpoise,
1 Minke Whale. Loch Beg 50 Redshank, 40 Dunlin, 50 Golden Plover, 6 Sanderling,
1 Greenshank, 1 Knot, 15 Turnstone. Wild About Mull.
19th Aug Loch
Beg 2 Little Grebe. Loch Scridain 11 Red-throated Diver,2 Guillemot, 30
Common Tern. Fidden 3 Whinchat, 8 Ringed Plover. Bryan Rains
21st Loch Frisa:
an Osprey flew over Loch Frisa. Caroline Davies
18th Loch Cuin:
12 dunlin & 2 Greenshank on Loch Cuin. Pam Brown
The Nuthatch was seen again this morning in Phil McDermotts garden at "Twlelve
Phil also reports
a Turtle Dove in the garden earlier in May. AS
The Nuthatch has again been seen in Pete Hall's garden this morning, it
was seen here in June. Presuming it to be the same bird, it was first seen
at Calgary in April and was the first ever record for Mull and then in
Dervaig a few days later.
a summer plumaged Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and Redshank. Arthur
a Rose Coloured Starling at Mill Bray, just N of Bunessan village, has
been feeding in a local garden since 4th. Jack Degnan. Alan Spellman. Bryan
Rains, Andy & Diana Oldacre
4th Loch Assapol:
1 Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck.
: 10 Dunlin, 4 Twite. Uisken 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Basking
4 Basking Shark. Bunessan 4 Black Guillemot, 200 Manxies offshore. Loch
Beg 4 Greenshank. Loch Scridain 6 Goosander. Wild About Mull Bryan Rains
Richard Atkinson reports a male Pied Flycatcher on the wires at Killiechronan
a Turtle Dove photographed in a local garden a mile outside Bunessan. Pauline
An Osprey fishing in the loch. Dokie Bennettt
24 Dunlin, 70 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose. Loch Beg 60 Golden Plover,
1 Hen Harrier, SE Owl, 4 Greenshank. Glen More 1 juv Sparrowhawk. Lots
of Lesser Redpoll in various places showing well.Also had 8 Basking Shark
and 6 Bottle-nosed Dolphin today! Wild About Mull. Bryan Rains
Beg 1 Knot, 16 Dunlin, 70 Golden Plover. Killunaig 6 Goosander (1 fem,
5 juv). Fidden 70 Greylag Goose, 6 Canada Goose. Bryan Rains Wild about
A single Common Swift seen here. Alao at Caliiach Point: 50+ Manx
Shearwaters in a 30 minute sea watch. Red Throted Divers and lots of Black
Guillemots. Finally Kestrels with young at several spots on the tour at
the moment. Arthur Discover Mull Tours.
for August 2007
bridge poo:l a Kingfisher by the bridge on the grasspoint road, and
a second bird was at Aros 28th. Peter Hall, Andy & Diana Oldacre
& visitors Mr & Mrs No Name
9th to present
Loch Beg 1 Black throated Diver and 1 juv Black Guillemot. Also up to 6
Crossbills seen in trees behind the shop. Barn Owl has been seen or heard
most evenings this month.
Plover flock has been between 70 and 100 birds most of the month. 6 Greenshank
all month. Up to 3 Turnstone during the month. 14th Loch Beg 1 Swift. 17th
to present Loch Beg 1 Knot. 24th Fionnphort 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. Bryan
had c130 Golden Plover, along with a solitary Turnstone, as well as about
10 each of Redshanks, Greenshanks, Ringed Plover. Finniphort ? had c200
Shags, which impressed me. Sam Forest
23rd Oban foreshore:
a Ring billed Gull was on the George Street foreshore this evening
A Black Redstart was spotted in Tobermory in the Ledaig car park area.
this is only the third record for Mull. Vaughan Evans
17th Loch Cuin:
3 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Shaun Mccullagh.
Ferry 50+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase) and 1 Storm Petrel
9th Ulva, House
Martin/Swallow Hybrid just behind café. Dr Martin Fowlie
Bay: up to 8 Common Scoter in the Bay David Stafford.
15th Loch Tuath:
a very scarce Velvet Scoter drake seen very close in shore by David
'Erraid Estuary', Fidden - 2 Juvenile Knot East of Erraid Log
Pile - Carol Marshall
Castle: sea watching at Dun Ara close to Glengorm Castle .I was watching
a gannet fishing just off the shore when a Great Skua briefly attacked
the gannet before flying out to sea.
Point: about a mile inland from Caliach Point a peregrine falcon flew over
us. Trevor Walker
Rocks area: a 'probable' Goshawk Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours
13th Loch Buuie:3
WTSE at Gull Point ( south side) Lochbuie Bay. I adult plus two juveniles.
feedingover Oban at 21.00 hrs Stuart Gibson
9th Oban: 4
Swifts feeding over Campbell Crescent/Oban High school Stuart Gibson
5 Twite at Gribun on 8th also saw the B.T. Dive. Arthur Brown
(dark phase) seen daily on Loch Scridain chasing the CommonTerns. Bryan
8th Aug - 2
Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-throated Diver and 30+ Golden Plover on Loch
6th Aug - 1
Peregrine, 1 Sanderling at Fidden. 2 Great Northern Diver at Uisken. Bryan
Na Keal: 4 Whimbrel on the south shore, also a Red Throated Diver the Usual
Gannets Kittirwakes and guillemots and a black guillemot. Arthur
Brown Discover Mull Tours
5th Aug - 2
RT Diver on Loch Scridain. 1 Sanderling at Fidden.
Probable Goshawk gliding from Quinish Woods south across Loch Cuin.Shaun
- 3 Peregrine and 1 Hen Harrier at Loch Pottie.
6th July: late
report of a Nightjar at Dervaig by the Heritage Centre. P A Robinson
for August 2006
Point. one Great Skua at Treshnish Point and about 6 Common Scoter
flying around the Point. Anand Prasad
Black throated Diver at Dhisaig on Loch Na Keal Also
Slavonian Grebe by outfall from hatchery at knock Arthur & Pam
point. 8 Arctic Skua were seen off the point today. Anad Prasad
21st Loch na
Keal. A Slavonian grebe from the boathouse also a Great Skua at Croig
and 20 Kittiewakes at Lagganulva. Yesterday 20th 150 Golden Plover Loch
Beg Arthur & Pam Brown
Scridain. Great Northern Diver (2nd summer) between Pennycross and Killunaig.
crossing. c 200 Manx Shearwater 5th Aug,
9th Loch na
Keal Arctic Skua - single dark phase adult plus 3 adults on Loch
Scridain opposite Killunaig (1 dark , 2 light) and one there on 12th Aug.
8th & 11th
Loch Scridain/Loch Beg opposite the hotel at NM5328, single Greenshank
a single Merlin - 1 fem/juv and Hen Harrier Ad male on 6th and 9th
11th over Killunaig.
Red Kite - (blue wing tags) comes from the Black Isles population: 1 was
seen over Killunaig 18:30h, heading slowly west.
2 Twite, flock of 40 Siskin at Killunaig on 11th Aug .
flock of 50+ Rock Doves on Iona (8th) Ian Hartley
16th Ross of
Mull 'Ormsaig' a Merlin from the window of the bungalow. Tony Jeffree
5 Wheatear near to Fionnphort, 11th, Actic Skua in the Sound of Mull. Martin
was confirmed breeding this year on Mull at Garmony/Scallastle. At least
one pair. Brood of at least 3 seen. Dave Sexton
10th Loch Beg.
30 Golden Plover along with 6 Dunlin flew into Loch Beg Arthur Brown
9th Oban Ferry.
200 Arctic Terns around Ladyrock, also 5 Gannets.3 Shearwaters. Alan
8th Oban Ferry.
3 Manx Shearwater, 1, Black Guillemot, 4 Little Tern, Diana &
Andy Oldacre/Pam Brown. also a Little Gull briefly at Lochdon. (circa 12.00hrs)
6th Loch na
Keal. Black throated Diver in summer plumage, Pam Brown. 17 Whimbrel, Gannet,
Guillemot, 100+ Greylag, Eider. Alan
a single Goldeneye, this is very early for this 'winter species' Arthur
2nd. Ben Buie.
a covey of eight ptarmigan, in summer plummage, just below the summit of
Ben Buie, put up by the dog below us. Also Sea Eagle across Loch Buie.
1st Loch na
Keal. 5 Whimbrel along south shore. Alan
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