for February 2019
for February 2018
beautiful day here 40 lapwings just flown onto the frozen Loch Cuin...
we dont usually get them here Cheryl
25th fish farm Knock ,
crow, good numbers of turnstone. 2 male goosander on Loch Na Keal.
Also 5 Razorbill, at least 10 slavonian grebe between the pontoon and Scarisdale
rocks. a couple of folk just coming off Ben
More 3 Ptarmigan. Of interest, from our feeders all siskins
and a lot of chaffinches have disappeared. other things on their mind I
26th Two bull Orcas off Caliach Point
this afternoon. Also a small number of adult Gannets and a RT Diver. Common
Scoter in Loch Spelve last Friday. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com
24th - Loch Buie Two littoralis (waterside)
Scandinavian Rock Pipits with two local petrosus (rocky)
Rock Pipits feeding on wet pasture in front of Lochbuie House. Great comparison
with both races in the same field of view: blue/grey head and upperparts
and peach colour of throat being particularly prominent. How many of these
Scandinavian birds do we have on the Isle of Mull? The next month is the
time to seek them out, as littoralis birds begin to colour up prior to
their return migration, so give those Rock Pipits a second glance!
Stuart Gibson (Isle of Mull Bird Club field trip)
24th Cailaich Jack
Snipe, in a field between Bennan Farm and Sunipol 6 Golden Plovers,
at Dervaig a Lesser Black Backed Gull and a lot of Common Snipe, At Calgary
Great Northern Divers and a single Black Throated Diver which has been
there for a few days now. At Ardrioch 2 Brambling every day occasionally
3. Pam & Arthur Brown www.discovermull.co.uk
23rd A 2 hr 30min walk along a cold
and windy Loch Na Keal was rewarded with the following today.
13 Golden eye, 9M & 3F
Ringed plover with 3 turnstone 2 separate Red Throated divers
C 10 GND 7 Slav Grebes 2WT Eagle & 1G Eagle
9 or 10 little auk 4 Razorbills 1Glacous gull 1
Kittiwake 1Little gull. Can't
wait to cone back in May. Lee Dutton. Somerset.
22nd Feb Knock 1 Iceland Gull and
1 Glaucous Gull. Bryan Rains
22nd Feb Knock 1 Iceland Gull and 1 Glaucous
Gull. Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
Dun da Ghaoithe one of six Snow Buntings
seen here photograph by Stuart Gibson
21st. Inch Kenneth: 250-300 Barnacle
geese in field north of abbey on Iona. C150 Barnacle geese on inch Kenneth.
3 Razorbills on Loch Na Keal. Lee Dutton, Somerset.
Displaying drake Goldeney, photograph
by Tony Jefree Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.
22nd Bunessan: Lots of goldeneye action
today. We've had a pair visiting the lochan on and off for a few
weeks now; today a second pair showed up. Plenty of displaying from the
drakes and the new pair were chased off to the lochan across the
road. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.
19th Feb. Single White fronted goose,
seen from camp site at head of loch na keal, mixed in with greylags and
Canada geese. Single Red throated diver on loch Scridain. Lee Dutton.
Regular visitor from Somerset.
We had a chilly few days on Mull last
week and thought you might be interested in this brute of a Glaucous
Gull on the beach at Calgary Bay, pm 15th and am 16th. Dave
19th Loch na Keal: This young Kittewake
was on Loch Na Keal today. Lee Dutton. Regular visitor from Somerset.
13th Dervaig garden; a Brambling
among Chaffinches and Goldfinches at feeding staion today. Donald Smith
13th Loch Ba: Flock of 17 snow
buntings at cattle feeding area up loch Ba today Martin Keivers
10th Loch Scridain: a Glaucous Gull
here today. Bryan Raynes www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
9th Feb Glen More 1 Snow Bunting.
6th Feb Loch Scridain 2 Black-throated
Diver. Bryan Rains www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
31st Jan During our drive around
the island today we saw:
1 glaucous gull, 2 common loon, 1
red necked grebe on Loch Spelve A couple of european goldfinch,
A flock of greater Canada goose in a field, A couple of eurasian wigeon,
1 red breasted merganser and a common merganser , A couple of common cormorant
and european shags, A couple of common gull and herring gull as well as
a great black backed gull, A great number of eurasian oystercatchers ,
A couple of eurasian curlews and common redshanks
1 common ringed plover, A couple
of buzzards, 1 black guillemot , A couple of common teal. Hope the info
is of use and that we got all the translations right. Arthur-Bernard and
Gaëtan D'hoest from Damme, Belgium.
for February 2017
28th Iceland Gull and Glaucous
Gull at the salmon hatchery outflow. Also some 60 skylarks at Killiechronan.
5 Whooper Swans on Loch Sguabain. The Barnacle geese are still showing
well on Inch Kenneth. Also a red throated diver in front of Inch Kenneth.
Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
28th - Four immature White-tailed
Eagles together in air at Grasspoint; five Whooper Swans on Loch Sgubain
(Three Lochs); and a Woodcock overflew the hill road between Torloisk and
Dervaig at 18.30 hrs. Stuart Gibson, Martin Jones and Stella Clifford-Jones
28th Five whooper swans on 3 lochs.
28th - Great Northern Diver roost
count, Loch na Keal, East of Eorsa: A total of 78 Great Northern Divers
and 10 Slavonian Grebes were recorded at the roost location this evening;
a single Red-throated Diver was seen on the loch at this time also, but
played no part in the roost. Stuart Gibson, Martin Jones and Stella Clifford-Jones
28th -Tobermory. Magpie still
around, briefly at our house and in field opposite this morning.
27th - Loch na Keal: Thirty (30)
Golden Plover were on the foreshore at Killiechronan, with 11 Slavonian
Grebes at the head of the loch between Killiechronan and Knock.
27th - Tobermory: A 2nd W/S immature
Gull was with Herring Gulls in the bay this morning. Stuart Gibson
25th Juliet and I saw 6 bullfinches
from the hide at Loch Tor. They certainly seemed very chunky and brightly
coloured - even the females, so wondered if they might be Scandinavian
ones you once told me about. Felicity Pollard & Juliet Vines. (sounds
very much like they were northern Bullfinches)
22nd - North Mull: A 1st W/S immature
Iceland Gull was at Killiechronan and 30 Lapwings were present at Lagganulva.
Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
Reply Reply to All Forward More24th
Large number Turnstone at Killiechronan from car park of Loch na Keal meals,
4 Bar Tailed godwits here as well and Ringed Plover. 30 Lapwing and 29
Curlew at Lagganulva. Arthur
23rd Between 45 and 50 Skylarks in
field opposite Killninian church this afternoon. Arthur and Pam
23rd - Loch na Keal: A pair of Goosanders
were on the south shore of the loch, near Dhiseag; 40 (exact count) Golden
Plovers, with 21 Ringed Plovers and four Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan,
where two pairs of Mistle Thrushes, included a male in song. Stuart Gibson
and Steve Littlewood
21st a photo of a few of the
Snipe that have been so prominent recently at Dervaig. Stuart Gibson.
21st Quick up date the Kingfisher
is seen regularly seen last on Saturday it flew in front of Moira's
van ! As she left the house .
On Monday this week about 10.30 am
I saw a Merlin
flying across the loch . There are still about 25
snipe on the loch all the time . There are four WTE visiting the loch regularly
and two juveniles .
Yesterday there were 17 curlew in
the fields opposite Calgary Bay and about 45 oystercatchers on a very windy
wet beach. Cheryl
20th Approx 30 rooks flew over the
house at Ardtun this morning.(these will have come over from Iona) Rebecca
14th An update on the white-winged
gulls... Knock 1 1st winter Glaucous Gull, 1 1st winter Iceland Gull and
1 2nd winter Iceland Gull. Loch na Keal 4 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Goosander.Bryan
16th The Kingfisher was at Dervaig
this evening seen just before 4pm. Arthur and Pam
15th The solitary Pink-footed
Goose continues to enjoy life with Greylags at Killiechronan. Steve
15th - North Mull: A drake Goosander
was in Salen Bay; 30 Redwings, Killiechronan; 21 Lapwings at Lagganulva;
no fewer than
34 Common Snipe at the head of Loch Cuin (Dervaig);
and, 3 Whooper Swans on the Mishnish lochs; a first returning Little Grebe
to a freshwater breeding site was recorded at this last site. Stuart Gibson,
Ewan Miles and Andy Tait
15th Lochdon: a Treecreeper,2 Yellowhammers
and a flock of 12 Long tailed tits visited my garden today. Alan
I noticed two 'friendly' Robins,
normally aggresive and territorial.....Spring is in the air. Alan
13th Two male Goldcrests in full
song in Aros Park earlier today. Stuart Gibson
13th 2 Jays visited the garden at
Ardrioch this morning, there was a count of 25 Snipe at Dervaig
along with 26 Wigeon an unusually high count for them at Dervaig and a
Throated Diver near Lainne Sgeir at Calgary.Arthur and Pam
12th - Mishnish lochs: Two separate
hunting Barn Owls by roadside (one at Dervaig end and another near
Tobermory) at 21.15 hrs. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles.
12th Mishnish Lochs: a pair
of Long eared Owls. Fish Farm a Glaucous gull amongs other gulls.
12th Loch Cuin: 12 Redshank. 15 Common
Snipe here today. Alan
9th Goldeneyes have been regularly
visiting the lochan over the past few days, sometimes two pairs at the
same time - with plenty of courtship behaviour on display. Shame there
aren't many hollow trees nearby! Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
9th 18 Skylarks, 700+ Starlings,
Rooks and Jackdaws in good numbers at Fidden today and the 3 Common Scoters
still on Loch Scridain from Electric sub station. Cheers Arthur and Pam
with Helen and Andy Mortley.
7th A spectacular 140+ Great Northern
Divers on the Loch Na Keal roost this evening. Steve Littlewood, Jacqui
and Mike Murphy
7th Lochdon seven Yellowhammers in
my garden this morning. Alan
7th three whooper swans on the Mishnish
7 Common Scoter at Kiiliechronan on Loch na Keal, still
small flocks of Redwing and Fieldfare about. Arthur Brown.
5th Gull at Knock last week
4th A group of 15 Slavonian Grebes at
the head of Loch na Keal and Black-throated Diver in Loch Tuath. Ewan
for February 2016
24th Loch Torr: Great to see five
Whooper swans on Loch Torr this morning. Stella Clifford Jones & Cheryll
24th Loch na Keal: just counted 10
White tailed eagles together (2 adults and 8 immatures) at the head of
Loch na Keal, also 4 Golden Eagles on the way there from Salen, visitor
15th Loch na Keal: two groups
of equal size and totalling approx 100 Great northern Divers were
congregating to roost on the loch to the East end of Eorsa at 17.00 hrs.
22nd Oban: 16 Black
Guillemots on Oban esplanade this morning. Linda Kerr
21st Loch na
Keal; 5 Slavonian grebe, a drake Gooseander, Iceland gull, several distant
Great northern diver. Alan
Hen Harrier, White tailed eagle from Grasspoint road, Female sparrowhawk,
Hen Harrier, south shore Loch Na Keal. White tailed eagle sat on shore
line at Knock eating dead sheep,
all together, south shore Loch Na Keal. Andy & Sarah, visitors from
17th Male kestrel,
Ring tail Hen Harrier, Adult Peregrine all at Glen Gorm, Golden eagle,
buzzard on moorland road over to Dervaig. 1 x Tawny owl on road over to
Loch Scridain from Loch Na Keal, 1 x Tawny owl and 1 x Barn owl through
16th 2 x Golden
eagles on south shore Loch Na Keal. Andy & Sarah, visitors from
Hen Harrier, Lochdon, Golden eagle x 2 Glen More, 3 x Otters (Mother and
two very small cubs), south shore Loch Na Keal
14th Pair of
displaying Golden eagles, south shore Loch Na Keal. White tailed eagle,
south shore Loch Na Keal
owl perched on rocks on south shore Loch Na Keal (Also found
Long Eared owl pellet along same shore line). Andy & Sarah, visitors
15th 2 x Golden
eagles, south shore Loch Na Keal, Ringtail Hen Harrier, far end of Loch
Ba, Tree creeper at Loch Ba car park. Approx. 15 Hen Harriers coming in
to roost at Pennyghael (Mostly Ringtails but at least 2 males as well)
eagle in failed hunting attempt at Pennyghael. Andy & Sarah, visitors
18th on the
road up towards grasspoint but on area to between that road and the main
road to craignure. In the air together had 2 x Adult white tailed eagles,
1 x Adult Golden eagle, 1 peregrine (2cy as had streaked front but mix
of grey and brown plumage) 2 x male Hen Harriers and 1 x ringtail Hen Harrier
. visitor Jon middleton
20th - Loch
Buie: A dead Little Auk was blown up on to the path above high tide mark
by recent storms; also, two live Black-throated Divers were on the loch.
Stuart Gibson (with Isle of Mull Bird Club)
18th Loch na
Keal, 2+ Glaucous Gulls, and at least 1 Iceland Gull, 50+ Turnstones at
Knock, 6 Golden Plovers at Killiechronan, prasad.
1st sighting this year of a Peregrine at Gribun, carrying prey. Felicity
and David Pollard
Short eared Owl photo by Andy
17th a walk along the Grasspoint road
and had a Short eared owl displaying. Andy Oldacre
15th at Knock yesterday there
was both a
1st Winter and 1st Summer Glaucous gull, as well as a
1st Winter Iceland gull. Also Woodcock have been extremely plentiful
with at least 25+ along the road sides between the junction of the road
to Grass point and Loch Buie last night. visitor Darren Woodhead
12th Pied wagtail and grey wagtail
feeding on the edge of the lochan at - Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
12th a very very early Common
Sandpiper - between Glenforsa and Pennygown. Debby (now trying to get
10th at Dun
Ara (Glengorm) upon an offshore skerry there were eight Eagles sitting
in the sun plus two more on the Mingarry headland. Is this very unusual
and what would the gathering be for? Steve and Cindy Haynes. (Tobermory
8th We had
good views of a red throated diver from the golf course. Also watched a
Owl quartering around the road to loch na keal as you drop to
the mosses from Salen. just past the two bungalows. Jacqui and Mike
10th Knock: a Glaucous
gull and an Iceland gull both at Knock outfall today. visitors Tony and
8th A single
Red Grouse flew across the road in front of us at Reudle this afternoon,
also a Whimbrel and 2 Bar Tailed Godwits roosting with Curlews and Oystercatchers
at high tide from pull off at Aros nearest the Castle. Arthur and Pam.
25 goldem plover and 60 ringed plover on Glen Forsa airstrip. Juliet
5th A Little
Auk washed up on Calgary beach this week. Ewan Miles.
4th at Dervaig
this morning I saw a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and at last I saw the Kingfisher.
Arthur & Pam
2nd 17 Crossbills
overhead at Loch Tor with a drake Goosander, and 2 Dippers on the water.
1st Loch Cuin:
the Kingfisher is still at Loch Cuin, Cheryl Callow, (now becoming
a regular overwintering area having had birds here at this time of year
for the last three years. AS).
Thanks for the photo Cheryl
for February 2015
28th Loch na Keal: Arthur Brown reports
a drake Gadwall on the south side of the loch. Arthur
26th Loch na Keal: two pairs of Gooseander
20 Whimbrel at Killiechronan. 6 Slavonian Grebe, a pair of
Shelduck, large flock of Black headed gulls and Eagles. Dave & Alan
25th Loch na Keal, 3 Greenland White-fronted
Geese and 1+ Slavonian Grebe at Killiechronan, 14 Turnstones at Knock outfalls,
1 Jay between Kellan and Kellan Mill, and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at
winter red throated diver by Neil
21st Simon saw a Red Grouse about
100m below the mast, above Lochdon. Laura Percy (granddaughter)
19th Spring songsters: We had
our first Blackbird singing and a 'Sneezing' Chaffinch today (during the
sunny spells!).Also a leucistic Great Tit trying to get on the feeders
but being badly bullied. Sian and Chris
20th Knock:There was a pair of Dippers
at the fish farm today, taking turns at flying into the spate surface down
stream and the flying back to the same spot. Colin Moody
17th Loch Ba: Approx 130 wigeon,
lapwing, pair of golden eagles and white-tailed eagles and 2 pairs
of stonechat, at far end of Loch Ba. A small flock of redwing by Gruline
Church and a pair of dipper on the River Ba. Juliet Vine
17th Feb Red Grouse seen at
Reudle Arthur Brown Discover
Mull Tours. picture below by Arthur Brown
15th 15 Snipe on the mud
at the end of Loch Cuin, 2 Goosander male and female 3 miles up the Aros
river from Aros Bay and a Merlin flew from the shore in front of
the car on the Ulva side of Kellan Mill cottage.Arthur and Pam Discover
15th A beautiful day at Lochbuie
and some good sightings! Goldcrest, pair of skylark, tree creeper, golden
eagle, white-tailed eagle, kestrel, sparrowhawk, black guillemot and great
northern diver. Juliet, Felicity and David
11th Reudle: 2 red grouse at
Reudle. Juliet and David
10th Bunessan: Large flock of redwings
on our field - Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
9th Killiecjronan: a single white
front with Greylags in fields down to camp site. Jackie & Mike
7th Killiechronan: A pair of shell
duck at Killichronan today, a flock of Turnstone, pair of white tailed
eagles and 2 gt northern divers Martin
4th Lochdon: a party of up to 15
Long tailed tits on her garden feeder. Jenny Smith (Old
for February 2014
1st March: Knock. An oystercatcher
with a broken wing at Knock for the last few days. Colin Moody
Note: The gull
that I saw at the Tobermory Treatment Works on the 24th shows strong characteristics
of Azorean Gull, a very rare vagrant race of Yellow-legged Gull, which
breeds in the Azores. This opinion has been backed up by several other
gull enthusiasts, who are more familiar with this race than I am. However,
if we can't get a better idea of it's wing pattern, then this mega rarity
for the Isle of Mull will never have been seen, as far as the record books
this bird hadn't had a gob-full of detritus and had kept it's legs clean,
then we might have been able to convince the SBRBC! :-)
Never give up on a good thing!. Stuart
27th Killiechronan a 3rd year Iceland
Gull. Reudle a Red Grouse, Arthur Brown
27th Glen More to Fidden: 5 Ringtail
Harriers, Fidden, 175 Barnacle Geese, 50+ Skylarks, 16 Reed Buntings, 6
Twite, 24 Lapwing. Loch Pottie, Drake Scaup and 20 Tufted Duck plus
2 Goldeneye, at Inverlussa a pair of Goosander. Edwina & David Sharp,
24th Barnacle geese 175 at Fidden
Skylarks 36 in field next to Ardalamish Bay left side of track
Drake Scaup loch Pottie White-fronted
Geese 4 in Field over Loch Assapol single Kittiwake on Loch Scridain. Arthur
and Pam Discover Mull Tours
23rd Sparrrow Hawk perched
briefly at Lochdon, Hen Harrier (ringtail) hunting at Ulva Ferry, several
Great Northern Divers in the Sound of Mull & Loch Scridan, 24th a BlackThroat
Diver in Loch Scridan ; 2 Jays in Aros Park, 2 pairs of WTSE
& a pair of Golden Eagles seen from the Mishnish Lochs/entry to the
old eagle hide area & a male & ringtail Harrier hunting at Loch
Cuin. David & Edwina Sharp
24th Ardmore. Four Crossbills in
Sitka spruce plantations, where there appears to be a poor cone crop.
24th Tobermory Sewage Works Single
dark-backed 'argentatus' Herring Gull (Scandinavian) feeding alongside
paler British sub-species Herring Gulls at Tobermory Sewage Works. Magic
22nd - Tobermory The local Magpie
again, in the vicinity of the Mull Magic garden this morning.
Ruth Fleming Magic
20th Female hen harrier hunting over
the fields - Suidhe, Bunessan Tony Jefree
20th Feb Loch Beg 3 Crossbill feeding
on the shore. Bryan Rains. Wild
18th Feb Loch Beg 6 Crossbill, 1
Lapwing. 16th Feb Pennyghael 1 Grey Wagtail.
Common Crossbill (female) photo by
Bryan Raines 20th Feb 2014
17th Loch Pottie. Numbers of duck
on loch varying a lot, up to 32 Tufted and 18 Goldeneye a few days ago.
Just 18 Tufted today but drake Scaup and half dozen Goldeneye still
with us and showing well. Also female Red-breasted Merganser and
local male otter visiting regularly. Mike Wagemakers
17th Killiechronan: a Brambling
near Killichronan. Also Peregrine falcon in the same area. We also
had excellent viewings of all three Divers opposite Inch Kenneth. Pete
17th Lochdon: drew back the curtains
this morning and what do I see ? Two stunning male Goldeneye, Teal and
Wigeon and an Otter trundling along. I now know where its holt is. Alan
Loch na Keal Otters 16th Feb
16th Loch na Keal: a good day for otters
with seven seen, one observed taking a Shag, killing and eating it, also
12 Slavonian Grebes, 6 Great northern and one Red throated
Divers. 36 Goldeneye, lots of Red Breasted Mergansers. Alan mullbirds
15th we had excellent viewing
of several crossbills both male and female at the picnic site at Fishnish,
as 2 white tailed sea eagles flew over our heads!. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife
14th Calgary: a Common Scoter in
the bay Arthur Brown
14th Loch na Keal: a pair of
falcons today. a single golden eagle at the far end of Glen More.
three great northern divers on Loch na Keal and two more in Loch Beg. David
and Felicity Pollard.
12th Tobermory: The local Magpie
resurfaced in the Glen Iosal area. Ruth
12th Glen Bellart: a party of 20
Crossbill, crimson coloured males and beautiful green females. Richard
Atkinson and Johnathan
11th Feb Loch Beg 1 Whooper Swan,
10 Crossbill, 1 Greenfinch.Bryan Rains.
10th Feb Ardness 6 Meadow Pipit,
4 Reed Bunting, 1 Pied Wagtail. Loch Pottie 1 drake Scaup, 18 Tufted
Duck. Fidden 20 Lapwing, 300 Starling,
20 Skylark.Bryan Rains.
7th Feb Loch Beg 12 Golden Plover, Bryan
9th kIlliechronan: a flock of 36
Meadow Pipits in field and large flock of mixed Tits on ground due
to strong winds. Arthur and Pam Brown
8th Grasspoint: a Short eared Owl
here today. Nigel Shannon, also a male Hen Harrier, Alan
8th several Jays (pairs) reported
over last few days; at Aros Park, Croig and Dervaig. Arthur Brown
8th Calgary: 5 Purple Sandpipers
at Lainne Sgeir. Arthur Brown.
6th Loch Assapol: we had some
pairs of Tufted ducks on Loch Assapol. Pete
8th Bunessan: Pair of Stonechats,
Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
6th Feb Loch Scridain 1 juvenile Sabine's
5th Feb Loch Scridain 1 Slavonian
Grebe, 1 Black Guillemot. Bryan Rains.
5th Lochdon: 2 Greenshank on the
shoreline plus 5 Redshank. Alan
4th Feb Loch Beg 10 Crossbill, 1
Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare. Loch Scridain, 1 Black Guillemot, 10 Kittiwake.
4th - Loch Ba: A flock of 16 Golden
Plovers and 25 Redpoll spp. were among the highlights of our walk today.
4th on my tour we had sight
of some 200 barnacle geese still showing very well on Inch Kenneth.
1st Knock fish farm: a Merlin seen
at Knock. David Hegarty
for February 2013
28th Lochdon.a male Yellowhammer
in the garden brighten up an dull day. Alan
27th A group of 5 Black Throated
Divers on Loch Tuath today seen from Tostary.
A total of 11 Great Northern Divers
seen 3 at Calaich Point 6 in and around Calgary Bay an 2 in Loch Tuath
from Tostary.breeding plumaged Black Guillemot at Calgary and a ring-tailed
Hen Harrier at Reudle. Arthur.
25th - Loch na Keal: A count of 41
Slavonian Grebes was made this afternoon in excellent conditions, reaffirming
this area's national importance for this overwintering species on the island.
22nd 1 golden eagle displaying at
bottom of Glen More; 2 over descent towards Pennyghael, male displaying.
Three immature/sub-adult WTSE at Carsaig along with 5 seals & 2GN Diver.
Flock of 15 reed buntings on fence by black bales on way to Grasspoint
22nd A common Scoter in Loch
Na keal today seen from boathouse pull off. 6 Purple Sandpipers
on Eilean Rainich on Loch Tuath. Arthur and Pam,
20th - Glen Cannel 4 Golden Plovers
were among the Lapwings recently returned to their upland breeding ground.
19th - Tobermory A Dipper was actively
nest-building at its traditional site underneath the bridge at the Old
Bond Store in Tobermory this morning. Ruth Fleming
20th There was a hooded crow at Knock
today with a dark back, hooded carrion hybrid?
20th Loch na Keal: 6 Goosander (4f+2m),
5 Slav Grebes, GN Divers. Edwina & David Sharp & me
19th There was a pair of SEO in Glen
More this evening - at approx. 18.00 hrs.
Opposite the three lochs/car park.
They were calling to each other. Andy Oldacre
Short eared Owl by Andy Oldacre 19th
19th Loch na Keal: circa 24 Great
northern Diver on the loch, 3 Slavonian Grebe.
18th Kilninian, adult Iceland Gull
still present at Tostary-Kilninian,Prasad
18th Ring-tail Hen Harrier quartering
the fields between the car park and Grasspoint; Stonechat & 9 Fieldfare
by car park. Golden Eagle seen from 3 lochs car park in morning & a
pair above the hills on the descent just past there toward Pennyghael in
the afternoon. Skylarks & twite at Fidden.
Edwina & David Sharp
17th - Craignure A Black-throated
Diver was close-in at Craignure Bay (opposite Castaways) this pm. The
white 'blocking' on this bird's back indicates that it has already started
to moult into its breeding plumage; a single Greenshank was another nice
find here. Ruth Fleming.
15th - Loch na Keal. Min. 36 Great
Northern Divers in loose flock opposite Kellan in late afternoon. We also
saw a Skylark today flying North high over Loch na Keal, our first of the
15th Adult Iceland Gull still in
Kilninian - Tostary area (also yesterday)
15th 2 Short Eared Owls and a male
Hen Harrier on hill road from Dervaig to Torloisk at first light this morning.
Iceland Gull following fishing boat
in Loch Tuath seen from Tostary.
Short Eared Owl hunting Hill Road
again this evening. David and Kathryn
14th All seen from our Boathouse
window over the Sound of Mull.3 Great Northern divers flying close in from
Aros Mains and landing landing 1 mile up the sound.1 Slavonian Grebe
fishing making way north. 4 male 2 female Mergansers displaying making
12th A freezing cold, windy day but
dry so as it was the only dry day forecast this week we went to the Ross
of Mull. At Fidden we saw 200+ Barnacle Geese, 34 Golden Plover, 2 Pied
Wagtails my first this year, 40 Ringed Plover and 28 Rooks. Bird of the
day ay Fidden was a Peregrine Falcon and we also had good views of a Ring-tailed
Hen Harrier. Tufted Ducks were on Loch Assapol and a pair of Reed Buntings
at Ardalanish, near the car park. On our way home there were 24 White-fronted
Geese in a field between Fionnphort and Bunnessan. Arthur, Pam, David and
13th Two adult goldies calling
and displaying just before Tostarie at 16:15 watched for 15 minutes,
very close. Jack
12th Arrived yesterday with 2 Sea
Eagles flying north above road at Fishnish, 3 Northern Divers now off Aros
bay White House. Jack
11th Pam and I saw the Iceland
Gull near the Black Beach at Kilninian today.
11th Kilninian, adult Iceland Gull
10th - Tobermory Male Hen Harrier
hunting around the Standing Stones at Baliscate pm, where it may have over-wintered.
9th A male Merlin at Knock south
shore of Loch Na Keal. David Mitchell and kathryn Davison staying with
us at Ardrioch.
!0th A male Hen Harrier at Kellen
old Farm and another on Cailaich Point road Cailiach side of Bennen Farm.
Goosander on Loch na Keal near Kellan Farm. Arthur, David and Kathryn
9th Kilninian, 1 adult Iceland Gull
(it was most probably an adult yesterday too)
Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull
8th: Calgary, 4 Purple Sandpipers at
Lainne Sgeir, Prasad Prasads
7th Reudle: 1 Iceland Gull
behind lobster boat Prasad--
7th Loch na Keal 15-20 Slavonian
Grebe, 21 Great northern Diver, 2 pairs Goosander, (no sign of the
Glaucous gull today) 3 Common Snipe at Caliach point. Alan
6th Loch Buie 4 hen harriers,
6 great northern divers, 2 female goosander, a guillemot in summer plumage
and a golden eagle being mobbed by a buzzard. During the course of the
day, we saw 6 golden eagles, 2 of which appeared to be displaying. Juliet,
Felicity and David
5th In spite of it being a pretty
horrible day (weather wise) Arthur had some good birds: 22
Curlews, 14 Lapwings
8 Turnstones Lagganulva Bay. A Glaucous Gull
opposite Kellan Farm on north shore of Loch Na Keal. (see pix). 40+ Black
Headed Gulls at Killiechronan with more at the sewage outfalls. A single
Bar-tailed Godwit at Killiechronan. 20 Curlews at Knock. 16 Lapwings,
43 Wood Pigeons, 8 Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes in field with Greylag
Geese at Killiechronan. A Stonechat at Eas Force and another at Lagganulva
Bay and finally a Male Hen Harrier over felled plantation on Dervaig side
of Glen Bellert past Achnacraig. Arthur Discover Mull Tours
5th Loch na Keal: an Glaucous
Gull on a carcass opposite Kellen Farm, should hang around as long
as there is food on the carcass. Alan pp Arthur Brown
2nd Feb - Loch Spelve: Female
Velvet Scoter, on Firth of Lorne, north of entrance to Loch Spelve;
female/ringtail Hen Harrier and single Short-eared Owl hunting at dusk.
Ruth Fleming. Mull Magic
Latest reports for February 2012
Later on 29th Loch Tuath, at least
4 white-winged gulls, at least 1 was a Glaucous, behind lobster boat Jessica
Louise, BM237. The boat went towards Ulva ferry with gulls following.and
with Pam and Arthur Reudle Schoolhouse, at least 5 Short-eared Owls, Prasad.
29th Caliach Point, at least 13 Gannets
flying north around (my first of the year) Caliach, 1 RookTreshnish, 2
Iceland Gulls behind lobster boat. Prasad.
26th At least 2 Iceland Gulls
behind lobster boat in Loch Tuath (from Kilninian). The boat headed towards
Ulva ferry. Prasad.
26th Loch Ba: 2 1st W Iceland
Gulls, two Golden Plovers and single w/p Slavonian Grebe
24th Tobermory: 3 Iceland Gulls
(2 ads., single 1st W), 10 returning Meadow Pipits, 5 returning
Pied Wagtails and one Grey Wagtail in field at Sgriob Ruadh Cheese farm.
25th: 8 Short-eared Owls in the air
at the same time below Reudle Schoolhouse on Calgary-Burg road. Prasad.
23rd Lochbuie: sad circumstances
to find one, but we've got a long-eared
owl which has apparently hit a power line and damaged its wing badly.
I found it just behind our house here in Lochbuie......presumably this
still counts as a 'sighting'. We're waiting to hear back from the
usual suspects with regards to upload and hopefully someone can help it.
Beautiful bird, quite stunning. Sacha Christine
23rd Croggan: Party of 15 waders
feeding on beach near Portfield consisted of 10 Dunlin,
3 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone and 1 Redshank. Ruth Fleming.
23rd At least 4 Short-eared Owls
on Ensay-burg rd between Reudle Schoolhouse and the summit.
Fantastic views even though it was
low cloud, Prasad.
21st Knock Hatchery: 6
Iceland Gulls today. Colin Moody
21st Killiechronan:- 34 goldeneye,
pair of sea eagles, 2 great northern divers in winter plumage, 2 shelduck,
small flock of ringed plover. Knock hatchery outfall:- 2 iceland gulls,
large numbers of herring, common and black headed gulls in variety of young/adult
- winter/summer plumage. Also, small flock of teal, 2 shelduck and single
Flypast at eye level by sea eagle put everything up - a great sight. David
and Felicity Pollard
19th Sunipol rd, 27 Golden
18th Sunipol rd: 1 2nd winter Iceland
Gull, 11 Golden Plovers, Prasad.
18th Caliach marsh:1 (possibly 2)
Jack Snipe walked-up from small marsh at Caliach Farm
18th Tobermory:5 Iceland Gulls (1
1st W., 2 2nd W., 1 3rd W. and 1 adult bird) in pasture on Dervaig Road,
at Sgriob Ruadh Cheese farm, provided fantastic views and were very instructive
re. this Arctic species moult sequence and associated plumages. Stuart
16thTwo adult sea eagles came from
direction of Glengorm castle, flew over Loch Torr and circled over north
end of Loch Frisa. One bird had blue wing tag under left wing. David Pollard
16th Lochdon circa 20 Bar-tailed
Godwit on Lochdon. Dai Roberts
15th mouth of Lochdon: four Juv Sea
Eagles on spit + an adult on rocks at Lochdon. David Sharpe
15th Lochdon: My friend David Sharpe
had a Barn Owl in the front of 'Maridon' last night & a Greenshank
this morning (16th) Alan
15th: Tobermory, 5 Iceland Gulls
and 1 Glaucous Gull at Cheese factory and another Iceland Gull at water
Treatment works Mishnish: pair of Goosander at Loch Meadhoin Prasad.
15th Calgary beach spotted
four Iceland gulls on the grass that is just behind the beach. Patrick
15th: 20 Whitefront 6 Canada
and Greylags plus 2 Iceland Gulls north of Fionnaphort, 20 Lapwing
at Fidden. AS/ES/DS
15th Lochdon: 6 Goldeneye on the
loch this morning. Alan
13th Killiechronan: 2 Iceland Gulls
at outfall at the salmon hatchery at the end of Loch na Keal. Pete Hall
14th: 3 immature WTSEs on mud out
in Lochdon; 3 other adult WTSEs seen, 2 flew
over by TLS entrance & one one Aros -Dervaig road. Edwina & David
13th: 4 adult WTSEs in air together
at Mishnish Lochs. Edwina & David Sharp
12th: Single Hooper Swan on Loch
Sguabain in Glen More; Drake Goosander in Scalcastle Bay by golfcourse
& also one in Loch Spelve; Single Pinkfooted
Goose with Greylags on golf course; Ringtail Hen Harrier mobbing two
Golden Eagles at east end of Glen More
10th: Little and large. Around 30
Ringed Plover at port nan Cruilach (end of track past Croggan) and at same
time could see 4 Sea Eagles to west, one having flown over from Grasspoint
area. Gary Wiltshire
10th Croig, 1 3rd winter Iceland
Gull behind the red lobster boat (the fisherman said it has been with them
all week). This is obviously the same bird I saw on 6th, which was trailing
the same boat. Prasad.
9th Two golden eagles flying over
Suidhe, Bunessan this morning. Tony Jefree
9th Feb: 2groups (3 and 4) Common
Scoters flying south down Sound of Mull near Arle. Gary Wiltshire
9th At least 3 Iceland Gulls at Tobermory
cheese factory (1 1st winter, 1 2nd winter & 1 adult). Prasad
9th a Pair of Gadwall at Calliach
Point (a scarce Mull bird) 2 Great northern Diver at Calgary,male Hen Harrier.
8th at Tiroran yesterday and on the
way round spotted a Sea Eagle on the shore.
Before I could get my camera out it flew off made my day! Carol MacDougall.
Estate Agent, MacArthur Stewart
7th Feb Knock 5 Iceland Gull.
6th Feb Fidden 14 Twite, 120 Barnacle Goose. Loch Scridain 1. Bryan Rains.
Black-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe. Bryan Rains.
5th Feb Carsaig 3 Wigeon (they seem
scarce this winter)
7th Feb: Sea Eagle very low
and hanging in wind for 15 mins over Ardnacross. Gary Wiltshire
7th Aros: a pair of Dippers on territory
along the river Aros in Glen Bellart today. Alan
7th I hear that 4 white winged gulls
have been seen at Fishnish and more white winged gulls at Loch na
Keal (pp) Prasad
6th 1 male gooseander
and 1 male red breasted merganser together at aros estuary. Gary Wiltshire
6thGlaucous Gull still at Tràigh
na Cille, Kilninian. There was another white winged gull at Port na Bà,
Croig. It was behind a lobster boat. I think it was an *Iceland Gull,*
but I was 2km away. Prasad
5th,Whilst on holiday. 4 male and
3 female widgeon at aros estuary. Gary Wiltshire
6th:Walking today on the hill (the
low grassy part) above Traighmor and Sandeels Bay this afternoon I saw
an Iceland gull. Having read in Round
and About about them made me take note. Joyce Watson.
5th The Glaucous Gull still at Kilninian
beach and another white winged gull off of Burg which flew close to Ulva
and was there 10 minutes before I saw the Glaucous at Kilninian beach.
4th: Calgary 1 Redshank, 1 Turnstone
and Lainne Sgeir, 2 Purple Sandpipers. Prasad
3rd Lochdon: 14 Shelduck
overwintering on the loch. Alan
2nd:Treshnish, 1 Whooper Swan flying
E Lainne Sgeir, Calgary 1 Purple Sandiper & 5 Turnstones. Prasad
1st 2 male Goosander on Aros Estuary,
8 Ringed Plover on machair at Calgary and 1 Rook in the field at Ulva.
1st Feb: Tràigh na Cille,
Kilninian, 1 1st winter Glaucous Gull.
Latest reports for February 2011
28th Sound of Mull: 5 Great northern
Diver, 1 Black throated Diver, a pair of Goosander and Red brteasted
28th 3 Lochs through FGlen More:
Whooper Swans here. Crossbill at Pennyghael.
26th Loch Scridain: 9 Mute Swans
(5 adults, 4 juv),
30 Golden Plover. Loch
Beg 4 Little Grebe,
24 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank.
Lapwing. Bryan Rains
we had a Pipistrelle Bat flying
around in daylight at Pennyghael on Thursday 24th Feb. Bryan Rains
25th Calgary Bay: the first
Gannets (3) of the year were seen at the mouth of Calgary bay. This
is the earliest date I have, the previous being on 8th March 2008; I consider
it a migrant. Prasad
24th Killiechronan: 3 bar-tailed
godwits One was in summer plumage - a first for me!
22nd: 22 Great northernDivers
1 Red throated diver in the two lochs Scridain and Loch
na Keal. Also Slavonian Grebe, Black Guillemot, Shags
& a Cormorant, R B Merganser, 2 drake Goosander, Goldeneye,
Wigeon, Mallard Teal, Greenshank, Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher,
Sea Eagle, Raven, Hooded Crow, Herons to hang your hat on, some cracking
gulls but no white winged & a couple of Otters. About
on Inch Kenneth & 3 Canada Geese on the sea. Alan Spellman/Arthur
21st a White billed
diver on Loch na keal (by Gribun rocks) David Woodhouse
21st the Pink-footed Goose
was with 21 Greylags near Calgary cemetery.There was a Goodsander
at Loch Carnain an Amais, Mishnish.Prasad
20th: 6 Turnstones and at
least 2 Purple Sandpipers at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. Prasad.
20th very lucky to spot two Ptarmigan
on Beinn a' Ghraig near Knock (about 470m up at NM 536 376) - we were
by the coast watching a pair of Golden Eagles and just as they disappeared
over the ridge Jonathan noticed a couple of white birds fly into rocks
at the snow line. Jonathan Keefe & Moira McKelvie
19th Glen Bellart & River Aros:
a male Hen Harrier ,on the river a pair of displaying an singing
Dippers.Alan & Judith Spellman
19th Arle: we've had 4 yellowhammer
in the garden this morning. Jonathan Keefe & Moira McKelvie
18th Lochdon: This beautiful male
Bullfinch visited my garden to steal my honeysuckle buds. Alan S
17th Calgary/Calliach point: 5
Purple Sandpiper at Lainne Sgeir, Pink Foot, Jack Snipe and
Common Snipe at Calliach and 3 Brambling in Arthurs garden.
Alan S & Arthur Brown
16th: 3 Purple Sandpipers
at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary, Prasad
16th Calgary: A male Bullfinch
in the garden that used to be Calgary Farmhouse Hotel this morning. Took
a good photo of the
Pink Foot and some Mergansers
14th: 5 Purple Sandpipers
on Lainne Sgeir, Calgary and 1 Pinkfoot with the flock of Greylags
in front the cemetery which all flew to the stream at the beach.
14th Ardrioch: : Still pretty quiet
but 3 very nice
Goosanders on Mishnish Lochs this morning 2 males
and a female.
2 Brambling with over 150 Chaffinches regularly in
the garden at Ardrioch which attract Sparrowhawks several times a day.
The tree with the Barn Owl box in has fallen down, we are on the case.
Arthur and Pam Discover Mull
13th Knock: Saw a dipper at Loch
Ba this morning.There were two sea eagles on the shore in front of the
fish farm this afternoon. One took off and dropped it's prey in the sea,
the other took off and picked up the prey, I took a picture of it later.There
was also a sparrowhawk at the fish farm this afternoon. Colin Moody
10th Calgary: a first winter
female Reed Bunting in the Calgary beach Marram grass today.Prasad
10th Dervaig: a male and a female
Brambling in Arthur Browns garden today.
9th Fidden: Bryan reports 140
here. Bryan Raines
9th Calgary: Today the lone Pinkfoot
still with Greylags in field surrounding Calgary cemetery,Prasad .
7th Lainne Sgeir, Calgary: at least
2 Purple Sandpipers Arthur Brown. Discover Mull Tours
7th Bunessan: a male Brambling
at feeder eating peanuts/nyjer seeds along with 12/18 goldfinches, Bob
7th Lochdon: Teal,
Wigeon, Shelduck, Mallard, Curlew, Oystecatcher, Bar tailed Godwit, Ringed
Plover, Lapwing. all a bit quiet on Lochdon Alan
for February 2010
28th At Torosay down near the greenhouses,
there were 3 treecreepers, 2 goldcrests and 2 wrens - great to see
the small birds managed to survive the harsh winter. Also barn owl
back in Salen. Debby Thorne
27th Garmony: I found a dead tawny
owl on the road at Garmony this afternoon. Colin Moody
27th Treshnish: A first for our 10x10km
square today . 2 Common Crossbills in Treshnish wood also 1 male
Bullfinch, which we have seen for the first time at Treshnish this year
(4 records in total).Aand Prasad
27th Lochdon: a male Hen Harrrier
in the fi3eld opposite. Alan Spellman
26th Glen More Bryan Rains was delighted
10 Snow Buntings in the glen this morning. Bryan Rains
24th-25th Salen: A lone Waxwing
at Dunvegan, Salen in garden. Dave Sexton. photos
24th Salen Bay: a Peregrine here
this afternoon Felicity Pollard
23rd Salen: A single Waxwing
and first of the year, reported by Martin Keivers from his garden Martin
22nd Salen: a single Brambling
in a local garden here. (where are all the Bramblings this year ?) Felicity
to the Red legged Partridge (15th) report below, now have information
that they were introduced to the island over the last couple of years for
18th 5 Bullfinch & 2 Crossbill
near to the meeting point for the Sea Eagle hide at Aros.
Woodcock flew over the main road just coming into Salen from Craignure.
16th Yellowhammer Loch Buie
15th 1 Red Legged Partridge, Kentallen
Farm on the main Salen to Tobermory road.
Woodcock Aros bridge.
19th Dipper Knock bridge
14th, Turnstone on the beach by
Craignure golf course., Dipper pair up stream frpm Aros bridge, present
all week, Greenshank Lochdon pool & Loch Na Keal, Shelduck
Tiroran beach, Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder on the main road
at Lochdon Andy Bayes & family
17th a female hen harrier
was "quartering " over the end of the mountain road/Loch Cuin. A
regular place for the species but the first of this year. Regular
sightings of ringed plover, greenshank, teal, wigeon and Snipe at low
tide on Cuin. Rod & Gill Little
17th 20 Otters seen around the
north of the island during one day, all of them separate Otters, quite
a few mothers with 2 cubs. 18 Great-northern Divers on Loch na Keal
& Loch Tuath plus 1 black-throated Diver near Inch Keneth.
18th Feb Quinish Point - Merlin,
Bullfinch & Great-spotted Woodpecker & 4 Skylarks. Tree Creeper
in our garden. also 5 Snipe on Loch Cuin Pam & Arthur Discover
17th Loch Ba: 1 male & 1 female
Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 6 oystercatchers. 1 heron (juvenile)
16th Langamull beach:,2
Shelduck,1 Otter (presume male due to size) fab views for 10 min as it
climbed up and down the shoreline,1 Ringed Plover. Rose Day. Ranger, Peak
District National Park
16th Croig inlet (near fishing boat
trip pier): 3 Redshank,1 Curlew. Rose Day. Ranger, Peak District National
15th Loch Torr: 1 male, 1 female
Goldeneye. Rose Day. Ranger, Peak District National Park
16th 2 Reed Buntings in our garden
this morning. We also saw the Ringed billed Gull in Oban harbour yesterday.
Thanks for the phone call yesterday. Pam & Arthur of Discover Mull,
15th Craignure: Gilbert the postie
tells me he has a dozen Bullfinches at his cherry tree today. Alan
13th Bird Club Field trip down to
the Ross of Mull:
2 White-tailed eagles, an adult & a juvenile
feeding on a carcass being mobbed by Crows and Ravens 2 more WT Eagles
were seen during the day. Great Northern, Red & Black Throated Divers
were seen during the day on Loch Scriden and some Guillemots. Fantastic
views of a flying adult Golden Eagle and a hunting male Hen Harrier close
by the vehicles two more female Hen Harriers were seen during the
day. Ringed Plover on Ardalanish Beach and 2 Grey Plover &
1 Bar-tail Godwit at Fidden. Pam Brown, Secretary, Isle of Mull Bird
12th: a single Ptarmigan on Corra
Bheinn (NM53R), not far from Ben More seen by Emily Wilkins
12th Lochdon: On Owen Tysons bird
table, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and later a beautiful male Sparrow
Hawk. Owen Tyson
11th Lochdon whilst doing a webs
count Andy Oldacre found 4 Red Knot, a scarce bird for Mull. Andy
10th - Ardalanish Bay: 38 Golden
Plover, 24 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover and 12 Fieldfare and a solitary Skylark
back on the nearby moor Ruth Fleming, Robbie Fleming and Stuart Gibson
9th Tobermory: A male Goldcrest was
in full song in a local garden this morning
8th Lochdon: 28 Dunlin at
the end of Gorten road. 2 Greenshank. & Water Rail in the
8th Quinish Gardens: Nick Read reports
Jays (2 pairs seen at the same time) in his "garden". A pair
were seen there last year. also has his first Bullfinch of the year
going for early apple and cherry buds. Nick Read (pp Rod Little)
8th Dunaros: saw my first Goldcrest
the year. At Lochdon a male Blackcap. Alan Spellman
8th Loch Scridain: Bryan Rains reports
Great northern diver in the loch this evening. Bryan Rains
6th: 60 Fulmar at Cailiach
this morning and 2 Common Crossbills on Loch Frisa BTO square. Arthur &
6th Calgary, Calliach, Dervvaig:
Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Sea Eagle (pair), 5 GND in Sound of Mull. Alan
5th Calliach: A Black throated
Diver, 3 Fulmars, 3 Guillemots, a pair of Common Scoter off
Caliach Arthur Brown
1st-3rd Lochdon: Water Rail
back again this morning in the garden
1st: Bryan Rains reports a Pinkfoot
Greylags at Killiechronan .
for February 2009
29th Glen Gorm:
A drake Long tailed duck at Glen Gorm today, also a few Redwing about Arthur
mail from Shaun Mccullagh: "My next door neighbour Brian Abnett was
here today to repair our central heating flue. He does contract gardening
and tree surgery amongst other things. He had an interesting story
to tell. He was recently doing some tree surgery in a garden opposite
Dervaig reed bed. About 20 feet up a tree he came upon a typical
Shrike larder. Three small birds impaled on thorns - a chaffinch
& coal tit were still recognisable. He estimates that the corpses
had been there 3-4 weeks. At this time of year a Great Grey is the
most likely. Have there been any possible sightings anywhere within a reasonable
distance? Cheers - Shaun ."I have not received any sighting reports"
a trip round Loch na Keal to Loch Scridain highlights were: 300 Barnacle
Geese on Inch Kenneth. a male Merlin at Griburn, four Great northern Divers,
2 Common Scoter on Loch Scridain, 3 WTSE at Killiechronan, 2 Golden Eagles,
Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Ravens, at Glen Sielisdeir. Arthur Bown/Alan
23rd a male
Tawny Owl singing at Salen Stuart Gibson
18th Glen Forsa
Hotel: two male Mistle Thrush singing & at bAros were 4 singing birds.
16th At Glenforsa
shoreline: 23 Oystercatcher, 24 Turnstone, 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Rock Pipit,
Aros: 2 Teal
Harbour: a Glaucous Gull was in the harbour today with other mixed gull
by the distillary outflow burn. Alan (see image above) 21 Wigeon in Salen
Bay. Stuart Gibson
19th at Salen
Bay, an overwintering Wimbrel from 30/1/09
two Dippers carrying next material under the old bridge at Aros . Felicity
the 14/15 February 4 male Goosander at the mouth of the Aros river, 8 Goldeneye
(one female) on loch Uisg and two Golden eagles soaring together about
1km before the Dervaig end of the plantation on the Salen to Dervaig road.
We also watched
8 bottle nosed dolphins giving a fantastic performance near the Craignure
jetty over the same weekend. Apparently they were there for most of the
16th Aros :
a pair of Goosander plus on 18th a dead male Goosander at Aros
Bay: 34 Wigeon, 4 Goldeneye. Stuart Gibson
We had a Mull rarity at Calgary today a Coot on a private pond , Arthur
Brown 5 Woodcock at Salen Woods, Stuart Gibson.
9th Salen Bay:
4 Black Guillemot here today. Stuart Gibson
field opposite the Craignure Golf course: 14 Canada Geese with Greylags.
1st Loch na
Keal: a very scarce, Red necked Grebe, also Great northern Diver and Slavonian
Grebe, 7 Barnacle geese. Dafydd Roberts. visitor from Wales
1st Loch na
Keal: by the fish farm ouitfall pipe were lots of Goldeneye, Teal, Mallard
plus a Shellduck and Red breasted Mergansers, a few Wigeon. Herring Gull,
Black headed Gull, Mew Gull. GBB Gull, Oystercatcher Turnstone, Ringed
Plover, Redshank, A single Whimbrel and Curlew, Grey Heron. Alan Spellman
31st Jan Salen
Bay & Aros estuary: a single drake Goosander. Stuart Gibson
Bay: Iceland Gull (1st winter) Stuart Gibson
for February 2008
of 50 Skylarks at crannich Sue & Duncan Hall
Crow Ardalanish - Mike Wagemakers
was a Kingfisher on the fish farm cages at Loch Arienas near Lochaline
Jenny Reddaway reports a Tree Sparrow amongst her House Sparrows in the
24th Golf course:
at least 5 Canada geese in fields opposite the golf course. These birds
have been here on and off throughout the winter Alan Spellman
80 Greylags in field by Killiechronan and four pink-footed geese
3 Great Northern
divers further up Loch na Keal.2 red throated divers near Aros estuary.Jenny
Ross of Mull Pair of Golden Eagle soaring over the deserted township
and mobbed by a Merlin - Mike Wagemakers/Carol Marshall
: two Glaucous Gulls around a lobster boat at Port Haunn, Anand Prasad
16th The Bird
Club had an excellent trip on Saturday, the highlight of the day being
the crossbills. There were some 1/2 doz or so at Fishnish and another three
at Loch Frisa (in a broadleaved tree!).Pete Hall
Had a stunning male Merlin fly in front of the shop yesterday (15th Feb).
Lots of Redwing around (biggest flock was 18 birds) with birds seen at
Uisken, Killunaig, Ardchrishnish and Beach. The male Gadwall is showing
well in Bunessan. 1 turnstone with 5 Ringed Plover and a Snipe on Uisken
beach. Bryan Rains
mentions that he has seen lots of Adders about enjoying this last period
of warm sunshine.
6 Grey Plover Fidden, Male Gadwall Bunessan - Mike Wagemakers/Carol Marshall
three Jack Snipe at mouth of Aros River today, also female Hen Harrier
from the back of our garden. Helen and Iain King Seaview Salen
camp site: 3 Bar tailed Godwit, 70 Greylags. Duncan & Sue Hall.
Loch Scridain. 3 Hen Harrier at Loch Beg. 8 GN Diver, 2 RT Diver and 10
Guillemot Bryan Rains
8th Feb - Male
Hen Harrier hunting on moor behind house. 6 Rock doves. Callum Entwistle
7th Feb 1 Hen
Harrier, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon at Loch Beg.Bryan Rains
5th Feb 14
Common Crossbill behind the shop.(Pennyghael stores) Bryan Rains
5th Feb - two
Great Northern Divers, 2 Curlew, Flotilla of Mergansers. Callum Entwistle
Bay and around our house on Ardtun Road - lonely drake Goldeneye
2nd Feb 1 Merlin
at Loch Beg. Bryan Rains
for February 2007
Mast Hill: (Dun da Ghaoithe) : A colleague climbing the hills above Loch
Don had 6 snow buntings on the top. Dave Sexton.
21st Loch Pottie:
2 overwintering Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck. Loch Assapol 2 Pochard .Loch
Beg has 4 Little Grebe, 15-20 Ringed Plover, 30 Lapwing, 15 Turnstone,
1 Dunlin, 2 Glaucous Gull(1st winter) and 4 Greenshank.
Bryan Rains (Wild about Mull WildlifeTours)
Five Greenshank and a pair of RB Mergansers in the pools above the bridge
in Lochdon this afternoon. Andy Oldacre (Wild Cottage B&B)
The Ring billed Gull is still around and can be seen (if you're lucky
!) alongside the adult Iceland Gullon the George Street foreshore in the
afternoon. However, with increasing daylength, the Ring-billed Gull
may be arriving later to the foreshore area, but always worth checking
at any time.
ad. Iceland Gull, Oban harbour at HT (09.30 hrs); 16 Black Guillemots,
Oban Bay; 27 Turnstone, George Street foreshore (at High tide).Stuart Gibson
a Dipper by the bridge over the Lussa at Ardura Alan Spellman
Ad. Iceland Gull (down to 10 m.), George Street foreshore, also present
was a winter plumaged Red throated Diver, actively feeding, less than 10
m. from tide-line. No need for binoculars Stuart Gibson
Inch Kenneth: 190+ Barnacle Geese, Scoor Golden Plover. Dave Shackleton
Angus and Eileen Slorach had a single waxwing in their garden today
14th Glen Gorm:
saw several small groups of crossbills today in the glen gorm forest. Susan
& Duncan Hall
up to 7 Shelduck near the camp site Tim & Rebecca Barnard
a male Blackcap reported in local garden Bob (Craignure Stores)
forestry walk. a Eurasian Jay seen on two occasions Shawn (slaughterhouse
: 3 Snipe for the first time this winter, a single Greenshank and unusually
100 Rock Doves. In Aros Bay there was a single Black Throated Diver and
a Dipper by Knock Bridge, On Loch na Keal there was a Slavonian Grebe and
4 Great-northern Divers & at least 18 Goldeneye Ducks &35+ Red-breasted
Mergansers many were displaying. Pam & Arthur Brown. (Discover Mull
forestry walk: A Eurasian Jay reported here .Martin Keivers
7th Aros Park:
Possible Green woodpecker at Aros on the grass near the car park.
Also 4 goldeneye there and 3 little grebe and 2 mallard. 6th at Calgary:
15 ringed plover and 2 redshank. Shaum Mccullagh
have a lone Brambling also Female sparrowhawk, a flock of about
60 Barnacle geese - very dark with white underbellies and darker
legs flew over Tobermory. Jenny Reddaway.
4th Loch Ba:
Grey wagtail, 2 sea eagles, golden eagle, meadow pipit, 20+ curlews and
20+ lapwings, Sue & Duncan Hall.
4th Loch Scridain:
a beautifu adult Glaucous Gull on the north shore of Loch Scridain today
feeding on a seal carcass. Alan Spelman
Also on Loch
Scridain,a 1st winter Iceland Gull present Colin Moody
: 9 Reed Buntings Campbell Crescent garden, OBAN.
crossbills again at Garmony on Saturday.Dave Sexton
1st OBAN: an
adult Iceland Gull at the George Street foreshore. Stuart Gibson
the drake Gadwall has returned to Bunessan Bay Arthur & Pam Brown/Alan
for February 2006
a Yellowhammer feeding on corn under the seed feeders with the Chaffinches
27th 7 White
tailed Sea Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles. Discover Mull Tour
27th pair of
Common Scoter in Loch Scridain,plus Black Throated Diver, G N Divers
Loch Na Keal and Loch Scridain, a single slavonian grebe Loch Na Keal and
a Little Gull at Loch Scridain at the Loch Beg
brodge pool. female Kingfisher showing well mid afternoon today. AS et
27th Loch Beg.
a Little Gull present here. Arthur & Pam Brown & tour group
Glen Seilisdeir a Merlin chasing a Snipe one of the guests said it
was like watching Top Gun.!
flocks of Long tailed tits feeding on peanuts in local gardens. John Preston/Owen
5 Canada Geese (park geese) with 70+ Greylags in field opposite Golf Club.
a single Pinkfoot amongst 60+ Greylags. field on right at crossroads. AS
a Brambling in a local garden and a treecreeper has appeared briefly. collared
dove killed by female sparrowhawk, and pair tawny owls on adjacent trees
in garden late last night Jenny Reddaway
Moorhen seen flying across Ardtun road near Knockan Thursday afternoon
- Carol Marshall
not too far from Assapol - could it be the same bird as 22nd ??
Redwing, Fieldfare, Misstle Thrush, Song Thrush in small scattered flocks.
AS et al
22nd Loch Scridain.
2 Great northern diver, A Spellman/A Brown/A & D Oldacre
80+ Skylarks feeding on the shore. 50+ Lapwings. Goldeneye, Shelduck.
22nd Loch Harrison/Loch
Assapol. a single Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Teal, Mallard, single Pinkfoot
with Greylags. Loch Pottie, Tufted Duck, 2 Whooper Swan, A Spellman/A Brown/A
& D Oldacre
Two pairs of goosanders on Aros estuary. This morning. Duncan Hall
female Kingfisher still present near the bridge in Lochdon. Andy
& Diana Oldacre
30+ Bar-Tailed Godwit plus a Male Merlin flew by. Andy & Diana
2nd W. Ring billed Gull bathing and preening on George street foreshore,
Oban at 15.40 hrs today (20th Feb.), having arrived at 15.30 hrs. Stuart
20th Loch Scridain/Loch
na Keal. 3 Great northern diver, Red throated diver.AS
19th Loch Assapol.
pair of Pochard on loch Assapol.(a very scarce bird for Mull) Susan
& Allan Parker
17th Loch Buie.
Peregrine Falcon, 6 Black throated divers together,1 R/T Diver,1 Grey Wagtail
Spleve, 1 Pair of displaying Goldeneye,1 Summer plumage Black Guillimot
16th Aros Estuary.
3 Goldeneye, 2 female 1 Male Displaying ,1 Pair Merganser1 Woodcock 6pm
1/4 mile up the Dervaig road form Aros Bridge Andrew Kirkham
15th Port Langamull
(GR 379539). Possible Chough, heard the bird calling and it didn't
come to me straight away, much more fluid and melodic than a 'Hoodie' checked
on my Birds of Europe DVD and sounds very much like it. Unable to spot
bird, may be worth checking if anybody goes to that area.
males Andrew Kirkham
Loch Na Keal by Killichronan. Sea Eagle on shore at, no tag on bird, 30+
Greylag's in fields by the loch. Andrew Kirkham
13th Loch Scridain.
2 Black throated diver, 1 Pair of Goosander Andrew Kirkham
12th Aros Castle,
Sea Eagle flying down Aros estuary and round the castle out to sea.10+
Song Thrushes fields by Castle, 8-10 Rock Pipit on shore line Aros
Estuary (most days) 1 Pair of Dippers Aros Bridge
15th Feb OBAN
The 2nd W. RING-BILLED GULL was with Common Gulls at Cockleshell Bay, nr.
Ganavan on morning of 16th Feb. (SG/Jim Dickson), and on Oban foreshore
at 16.00 hrs same day. Today (17th), it was seen on George Street
foreshore (with Herring Gulls) at 16.00 hrs and, again, at 16.45 hrs. It
has now been in the Oban area for a full 5 months since it's relocation
on 12th September 2005. During this time, it has been reported from
four separate locations : George Street foreshore (where it roosts); Corran
esplanade (feeding with Common Gulls); Cockleshell Bay (ca. 2 miles north
of Oban, on Ganavan Road); and, Dunstaffnage Bay (3.5 miles east of Oban).
15th Loch Spelve
Black throated Diver and Red throated Diver in the loch today plus Goldeneye.
a male Merlin sighted along the Grasspoint road between the bridge and
first cottages and a 2nd bird near Dervaig along Glen Bellart road. Lynda
and Michael Hadow
A single male Goosander in splendid plumage was busy feeding in the estuary.
a single Magpie at Calgary nr the phone box. Dave Sexton
43 Turnstones roosting on George Street foreshore at 18.00 hrs on 12th,
coincided with high tide. This is largest tally I've ever had of
this species at this location, ever ! Stuart Gibson
9th OBAN Ring
billed Gull : 2nd W. 'running with the pack' of local Herring Gulls,
Oban harbour at 14.50 hrs today Peregrine : Hunting bird, Oban esplanade
at 14.30 hrs (9 Feb.) (Stuart Gibson/Bill Allan)
2 Red Knot, 20+ Ruddy Turnstone, Greenshank, Redshank. Andy &
6th Eat Brae.
a pair of dippers on the Eas Brae waterfall today at noon, and a grey wagtail
on the roadside cliff opposite Aros Park entrance. Duncan & Susan Hall
2nd OBAN 2nd
Winter Ring billed Gull still at the Esplanade shore. (Woolworths area)
1st - 28th
Lochdon. Kingfisher still present at the bridge pool
Crossbills and a Jay was heard. Dave Sexton
Snipe at Dervaig Bridge with a greenshank. Calgary about 20
Ringed Plovers.Song Thrush singing lustily in the garden this afternoon
- spring is coming. Shaun Mccullagh
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