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30th a big skein of pink footed geese incoming high over Loch Cuin this morning around 7-30am. c100 birds I Andy Blagden- Regular visitor to Mull
29th Torloisk. First Brambling here on Mull also today at Torloisk, Tim Dixon
29th Craignure. A Kingfisher flew north at Craignure bay today around 8am Ross Lawson
29th: Java - mixed group of 10 sawbills (at least 2 RB Mergansers and at least 5 Goosander). Scallastle Bay - 5 Teal, 9 Mallard, 7 Red-Breasted Mergansers, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit?(check photo), 10 Curlew. Nancy Somerville
27th at Dervaig. a Green Sandpiper here today, photographed by Mike Pearson.
Previous records. 2011 singles were at Treshnish-Haunn on 29th April, at Loch Beg in May, at Knock and Loch na Keal in May. (probably the same bird)
2012. August 7th one was observed at Fionnphort.
2019 a single bird was at Dervaig, Loch Cuin on September 27th. Mike Pearson
27th Lochdon. I noticed about 15 Wigeon back on Lochdon today..
27th at Dervaig. a Green Sandpiper here today, photographed by Mike Pearson.Alan
2012. August 7th one was observed at Fionnphort.
2019 a single bird was at Dervaig, Loch Cuin on September 27th. Mike Pearson
27th Lochdon. I noticed about 15 Wigeon back on Lochdon today.....Autumn has arrived. Alan
28th: Java - 4 Red-Breasted Mergansers. Scallastle Bay - 3 Eider, at least 26 Ringed Plover. Nancy Somervill27th: Java - Greenshank, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers. 26th: Java - Red-throated Diver. Nancy Somerville
Isabelline wheatear 27th September 2019 photos by David Hatfield
27th On my tour today we had the most excellent views of a male common crossbill, feeding on lichen on the rocks right in front of the hide at Fishnish. Also 5 Slavonian Grebes, one still in full summer plumage on Loch Na Keal. Pete Mull Wildlife Tours 26th Pennyghael, a Great White Egret here again today. Peter Hall. Mull Wildlife Tours
24th Sept Great white egret at Pennyghael this morning . visitor Carrie Wright
Great White Egret Photo by David Holden 25th September 201925th Pennyghael, a Great White Egret here this morning. regular visitor Pam Bennet and others
Previous Mull records Great White Egret
This Greenshank photo by Mick Booth24th we saw a black-tailed godwit on the water at Aros Mains, and three juvenile black guillemot on Loch a Keal. We were keeping eyes open for pectoral sandpiper along there, but nothing seen.John Wallace et al
23rd Kinloch, a Greenshank, White Wagtails at Fidden, a raft of Eider duck on Loch Scridain. Alan Spellman and Kevin Boothroyd
20th Iona. at the bay at the back of the ocean on Iona today. Two black tailed godwits and a juvenile Brent goose plus a flock of twite, Felicity Pollard
17th Lochdon bridge. The Kingfisher is still there - Andy Oldacre
19th September 2019. Little Egret at Bunessan photos by David Holden
16th Lochdon, Kingfisher at Lochdon bridge on the Grasspoint road. visitor Mr & Mrs Graham Henderson. also Mike and Jen Swift, Diana & Andy Oldacre and later Alan Spellman
Kingfisher at Lochdon bridge, phoro by Jen Swift
The Pectoral Sandpiper was again at Loch na Keal today (16th) photo by Andrew M. Allport15th and 16th Loch na Keal .Pectoral Sandpiper was again at Loch na Keal today it had moved a little further west. If you continue past the parking area with the stones (250 'Yorkshire Yards' past the Pontoon) there is a small stone bridge after about another 50 yards where a stream flows to the loch. 50 yards west of the stream is a small promontory sticking out into the loch and the Pectoral Sandpiper was feeding here with a Redshank, right on the grassy shoreline on the east side of the promontory at high tide. It is very approachable within a few feet. It was there until dusk. Andrew M. Allport
15th Killiechrionan. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, lots of Ringed Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Oystercather. lots of Meadow Pipits and smaller numbers of Pied Wagtails along Loch na Keal shore line
15th Dervaig.Just had an Osprey flying north over Dervaig at 10:10 am. visitor Greg Baker
14th David Jardine saw the Pectoral Sand again today at 11am t the same location. pp Jim Dickson
13th Port na Ba Beach, Croig: 1 juv Knot with 14 Ringed Plover plus Arctic Tern offshore and c30 Twite in the area. Greg Bake
12th Killiechronan: 84 Ringed Plover, 19 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 1 Peregrine. Kellan: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 White-tailed Eagle. Loch Scridain: 1 Black-throated Diver, 28 Common Eider (all males).. Lochdon (Lethfhonn): 5 Hen Harrier, 2 White-tailed Eagles. Glen More: 3 White-tailed Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle. Greg Baker
11th About 100 pale-bellied geese seen flying past Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and over us at Caliach Point. Heading south and they seemed to have no intention of landing. About 5pm. Tina Stafford and Tony Nayager
12th Loch na Keal.First post for us, yesterday at Loch na Keal a very rare. juvenile pectoral sandpiper. it was about 250 yards from the pontoon on the south side. Mel and Mike Ricketts
a rare Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was at Loch na Keal on 12th September11th a little egret south shore of Loch na Keal flying west. about a mile east of Dhiseig, Tony Nayager and Tina Stafford
11th a little egret today. Flew between Ben more car park and the track just after the river. Mike and Jacquie Murphy
11th: Craignure/Java - 3 red-breasted mergansers, curlew. Aros estuary - 2 curlews.
10th: Craignure/Java - 3 red-breasted mergansers, 2 curlews.Nancy Somerville
11th Lochdon: 1 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank, 3 Wigeon and 1 Little Grebe. Lochbuie: 3 Golden Plover. visitor Greg Baker
10th For today: 2 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Goosander and 6 Red-breasted Mergansers at Aros Estuary. Also 6 White-tailed Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles at Loch na Keal.Greg Baker
9th Quinish point 25 Lapwings here this morning. Laura Percy
9th Whimbrel at Croig. GN Diver on Loch Tuath and LN Keal. 4 Slavonian Grebes on LN Keal. Ewan Miles (and Steve Chapman)
9th a young Barn owl being ringed yesterday, one of four, lets hope they make it through the winter months. Alan
6th Staying at Aros for a week and had a walk down to the estuary early morning. Sightings included 3 Common Crossbills in the conifers by Aros Castle, 2 Greenshanks and a pair of Goosanders. Also 2 Willow Warblers and a Blackcap. Greg Baker
7th Glen Bellart: 3 Golden Eagle and male Merlin. Loch na Keal: 27 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Golden Eagle, 1 White-tailed Eagle. Dervaig: 128 Pied Wagtails on wires at dusk. Greg Baker
5th Black-tailed Godwit on the north side of Salen bay and a Greenshank on the south end. c25 Bar-tailed Godwits over the Sound of Mull heading south. 7 Turnstones at Kellan on the Loch na Keal shore. RT Diver on Mishnish lochs. Ewan Miles
5th 1 peregrine Quinish coast/point-stalling into the wind, 2spotted flycatcher near Quinish house.Roadside Loch on south side of b873 held a red throated diver yesterday. Richard Whitley.
3rd Iona. 2 Golden Plover dropped onto the golf course Amy Robjohns.
3rd Ardmore shore. 1 white wagtail -ardmore shore Richard Whitley.
3rd Iona. Fog eventually cleared here in Iona. Red-throated Diver & Red-breasted Merganser off the golf course. 5 Eider in the Sound. There’s been a Peregrine handing around on the west of the island too. 3+ Wheatear across the island & 2+ Willow Warblers Amy Robjohns. Enjoyed the seawatch so much, I forgot to add Tree Pipit - at least 1 flew over the Village this morning & Wood Warbler in the Argyll Hotel gardens. 3rd Iona. Evening seawatch from the Bay at the Back of the Ocean yielded: Manx Shearwaters 362+, Sooty Shearwater 1, Great Northern Diver 1, Kittiwake 24, Bonxie 2, Fulmar 6, Gannet 20+ Amy Robjohns
2nd Iona. a short look at the golf course highlights of one Ruff, (a very scarce bird for Mull) a single Snipe and Redshank. Amy Robjohns
2nd: Craignure - peregrine in flight, 8 swallows. From ferry (Sound of Mull/Loch Linnhe) - approx 50 gannets, 50 kittiwakes, 12 manx shearwaters, a few common guillemots. Nancy Somerville
1st: Scallastle forest path - ringtail harrier, quite a few great and coal tits, robins, dunnocks and goldcrests seen and heard. 6 ravens at summit of Dun Da Ghaoithe. Java - 2 male tawny owls calling in the evening.Nancy Somerville1st Calgary beach late afternoon, 8 sanderlings in late summer plumage.Richard Whitley
1st Iona. Highlights include 15 plus Kittiwakes, Bonxie, Reed Bunting, Whimbrel, Curlew, Turnstone and Ringed Plover at the back of the ocean Amy Robjohns
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31st - Dervaig - 11 Red-breasted Mergansers. Fanmore - 2 more Whitethroats caught and ringed. Tim Dixon
30th - Langamulll - 35 Oystercatchers, 3 Curlews and 4 Stonechats. Fanmoor - 2 Whitethroats and a Blackcap caught and ringed.
29th - Tobermory Tip - 35 Ravens
29th A Whimbrel at Croig. A couple of Sparrowhawk sightings on the moors, potential migrants. Ewan Miles
29th: Craignure/Java - 2 juvenile goosander, peregrine chasing a flock of feral pigeons. Nancy Somerville29th Hill road above Torloisk: A Wheatear and 2 Twite. Tim Dixon
28th: Java - 2 juvenile goosander (showing facial stripes), six swallows on swimming pool roof. Scallastle forest path - kestrel, approx 20 swallows high overhead.Nancy Somerville
27th: Garmony-Fishnish coastline - 13 mallard, 10 curlew, 8 turnstone, snipe calling, merlin chasing small bird. Nancy Somerville
27th Fanmore: Three juvenile Whitethroats caught and ringed presumably the offspring of a pair that was on territory in the spring
26th Very surprised to see what must have been a male Common Rosefinch in with the House Sparrows at Fanmore on the feeders at 18.30 today. Seen very briefly, literally for a few seconds before it flew off with the sparrow flock, but noted size just a bit smaller than House Sparrow, sparrow like, blunt conical bill, streaky back, distinct double wig bar and significant amount of red on throat and upper breast. No red seen on head but may have missed it given the extremely brief view. Suggest anyone out birding in the area checks out all sparrow flocks! Tim Dixon
26th I write to report the sighting of an Osprey The sighting was from the window of the cottage where we are staying at Torloisk, David Pickering26th Croig: A juvenile Cormorant, 2 adult and a juvenile Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel and a juvenile Wheatear,Glenforssa Airfield: A Crossbill flying over. Tim Dixon
25th Fanmore: 60+ Swallows feeding on flying ants.,Croig: a Whimbrel and a juvenile Wheatear, Glenforssa Airfield: 15 Oystercatchers and a Blackcap.Tim Dixon
23rd Fanmore - Five adult Gannets fishing in the Loch, 120 Greylag Geese and 3 Wood Pigeons.Tim Dixon
24th Fanmore: Three adult Gannets fishing in the Loch and a Whitethroat Tim Dixon.26th: Craignure/Java - 3 black-headed gulls, 6 turnstones. Nancy Somerville
25th: Craignure/Java - turnstone, two juvenile blackcaps.
24th: Glen Aros - peregrine. Salen - approx 10 curlews flying along coast. Craignure/Java - flock of approx 30 adult and juvenile goldfinches.
23rd: Hazelbank - ringtail harrier. Nancy Somerville
25th 4 Red Grouse on Glengorm . I hear them most times I check the moore on the estate. Ewan Miles.23rd A single Sanderling with Dunlin opposite the Kinloch this morning, Crossbills in the trees here as well.Pam & Arthur Brown
21st - Red Throated Diver close to shore at Mishnish Lochs. Ron Cordeiro, Liz and Richard Airey
16th Just to mention the Osprey. We watched it over Lochdon for about 40 minutes. lovely. Jacquie and Mike
14th Juv female Peregrine in Laggan bay. 3 RT Divers on Loch Spelve. Single Dunlin at Croggan. 16 Redshank on Loch Cuin. Swallow roost building to 60 plus birds at Dervaig reed bed. Ewan Miles 14th 30 Golden Plover with 3 Turnstones from Garmony parking area on shingle beach. Black Throated Diver with a juv bird in Duart Bay and 1 Whimbrel. Osprey sat on Boulder along the edge of Lochdon viewed from parking area along Gorten Road before farm entrance. Flew when Sea Eagle went over and headed in direction of Duart. About half an hour later when looking from road towards river after Grasspoint turning an Osprey sitting on top of a small tree Mick and Sylvia Brennan. 14th 70+ Ring Plovers at Killiechronan this morning with a few Dunlin amongst them. Pam & Arthur Brown
13th Single Black Throated Diver in full summer plumage at the far end of Mishnish Lochs this afternoon. Very distant record shot. Whinchat along Dervaig to Salen Glen road. Sylvia and Mick Brennan 12th: Craignure/Java - 5 swallows. Scallastle Bay - red-breasted merganser, 3 curlew, 11 eider, juvenile black guillemot, 1 adult and 1 juvenile kittiwake, gannet flying along the Sound, single tern, approx 8 turnstones and other waders (see photos). Garmony - 7 curlews, 5 golden plover, gannet flying along the Sound, a few house martins flying. Nancy Somerville.
12th a stunning Merlin chasing the birds on the Tiroran estuary . It continually chased the crows and waders and sat on the beach for at least half an hour, also two Greenshank there. At Pennyghael, three Knot and six Dunlin plus a Greenshank. Six porpoise at Grasspoint in the evening with lots of Gannets. A Ringtail Harrier at Lochdon and two Ringtail Hen Harriers with Stonechat, Redpoll, whitethroat. Sylvia and Mick Brennan
14th Juv female Peregrine in Laggan bay. 3 RT Divers on Loch Spelve. Single Dunlin at Croggan. 16 Redshank on Loch Cuin. Swallow roost building to 60 plus birds at Dervaig reed bed. Ewan Miles
14th t 30 Golden Plover with 3 Turnstones from Garmony parking area on shingle beach. Black Throated Diver with a juv bird in Duart Bay and 1 Whimbrel. Osprey sat on Boulder along the edge of Lochdon viewed from parking area along Gorten Road before farm entrance. Flew when Sea Eagle went over and headed in direction of Duart. About half an hour later when looking from road towards river after Grasspoint turning an Osprey sitting on top of a small tree Mick and Sylvia Brennan.n
11th - 2 adult WTE at Loch na Keal; c200 Manx Shearwater from Craignure to Oban Ferry (2 large flocks plus several small ones)10th - 3 WTE (2ad + 1imm) Loch na Keal; 14 Sanderling & 1 Ruff Ardalanish beach; Hen Harrier Fidden. visitor Deryck Iving
12th, "so for my first retirement report". A flock of approx. 20 Twite at Calaich this morning 10 Kittiwakes on the rocks there as well with Meadow Pipits everywhere.Pam & Arthur Brown
10th A family of 6 Jays viewed in wood from White tailed Eagle view point on Loch Na Keal and 2 Whitethroat feeding young at the parking area. Also 40 Ringed Plovers and 2 Dunlin on shingle beach from Campsite and 15 Red Breasted Mergansers on Loch. Mick and Sylvia Brennan - visitors.
11th: Craignure Java - Red-throated diver Nancy Somervile.
10th: Craignure/Java - 10 swallows. Scallastle forest path - tawny owl alarm call (late morning) Nancy Somervile.
8th:Craignure/Java - family of 6 grey wagtails (2 adults with 4 juvs), 2 juvenile black guillemots.
9th Dervaig, 1 Greenshank, Male Hen Harrier by the satellite station at Glengorm, Flock of 20 Goldfinch by Druimnachroish , 1 Red Throated Diver on the Mishnish Lochs, Tawny Owl heard and Barn owl seen from our cottage Cnoc Fuan on Glengorm. White tailed Eagle at Druimnachroish and one flying over the Glengorm Castle area. visitor Peter Shearer
Grey Heron fishing. Red breasted Merganser juvenile. Alan Spellman
6th Lochdon, morning, 1 little grebe, 3 greenshank, 12 redshank, 1 whimbrel, male hen harrier. Garmony, 1 goosander. Gribon, 8 dunlin, twite, and 1 red-throated diver. Loch Scridain by Killiemore, a great northern diver. Lochdon, pm, 4 greenshank, 6 bar-tailed godwit, 2 whimbrel flying high along north side, male hen harrier, an Osprey (caught fish & went off over over plantation west of estuary). Dave Pierce
6th Lochdon an Osprey fishing over the loch Steve Hiscock
5th 3 Golden Plovers overhead near Gribun. House Martins on the wing up on nearby coastal cliffs, possible breeding sites? Arctic Skua in waters north of Mull. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.
5th Lochdon, 4 Golden Plover, 2 Turnstone, 7 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redstart juvenile, Croggan. 3 Spotted Flycatcher (adult & 2 recently fledged), 1 Red-throated Diver. Loch Buie 2 Red-throated Diver, Hen Harrier grey male over Lochdon.Also fledged and unfledged young White-tailed and Golden Eagles Dave Pierce
5th: Craignure/Java - Black Guillemot. Scallastle Bay - Black-headed Gull, 19 Eider, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails, 2 Kittiwakes, Black Guillemot, 9 Ringed Plover. Garmony - 3 Golden Plover Nancy 3rd: Craignure/Java - 2 Black Guillemots, Black-headed Gul Nancy Somerville4th Lochdon. 3 Greenshank, c65Curlew, Scoor on the Ross, 30+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Whinchat including recently fledged, 2 Twite. Dave Pierce
Black-throated diver Red-throated diver3rd Adult Black-throated Divers on the Mishnish Lochs and Loch na Keal. Red-throated Divers on Loch Torr and Loch na Keal. non-breeding Great-northern Diver still on Loch Scridain.
Eaglet nestlings turning into fledglings around the isle! Willow Warblers, Great Tits etc in great song this morning after moult. Ewan Miles & Iolo Williams.
3rd Porpoise 1 from Lochaline/Fishnish ferry. c40 Golden plover, 1 redshank 1, dunlin. Garmomy, 6 Turnstone, Lochdon. 5 Bar-tailed godwit, 1 turnstone, 1 lapwing, 16 golden plover, c52 curlew. 4 Redshanks. 2 greenshank, 8 heron. Dave Pierce
2nd: Scallastle Bay - 19 Eider, 2 Curlews,3 Black-headed Gulls, Wheatear, 4 juvenile Pied Wagtails.
1st Aug: Scallastle Bay - 4 Redshank, 3 Curlews
31st: Craignure/Java - Gannet (adult) flying along the Sound, Willow Warbler. Nancy Somervill
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28th I was treated with the sight of up to four Goldcrest foraging together in a willow tree in my garden this morning. Andy Oldacre
27th Great-northern Diver in breeding plumage, Loch Tuath. 25 Manx Shearwaters in seas north of Mull. 12 Swallows left at Dervaig reed bed roost! Ewan Miles
23rd Eurasian Jay on one of my guided walks on Monday around 12:15 at Laorin Bay, Glengorm. Kerry. Glengorm Ranger
20th - Tobermory. Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese flying together SE over Tobermory totally 175 birds (90, 85). Stuart Gibson
22nd Shrike around again this morning at Treshnish Old Schoolhouse .Good photos this time but i'm late for work. Prasad
first winter red backed shrike at Treshnish woods 22nd September 2018. Anand Prasad
21st A skein of 67 Pink-footed Geese overhead. 3 Whimbrel in Laggan bay. A raft of 28 RB Mergansers at the head of LN Keal. 4 Sparrowhawks around the moors today, likely on passage. Ewan Miles
21st Treshnish woods, 1 Red-backed Shrike at 9am this morning on south side of Treshnish wood beside farm road.
Only got a terrible shot through a window and when i tried to open it, it disappeared.I have tried to re-locate it for past 30m but no luck and i have to go to work.Hopefully it will be around this afternoon, prasad
19th Iona golf course Pectoral Sandpiper will send photos when back home. found by group of visiting birdwatchers from Suffolk L Potter,K Smith,C Plaice,B Harrington
Pectoral Sandpiper Iona 19th Sept 2018 visiting birdwatchers from Suffolk L Potter,K Smith,C Plaice,B Harrington
16th Salen/Aros: 6 RB mergansers, 1 greenshank, Craignure Golf Course: 2 turnstones, 1 Red throated diver, 1 greenshank, 10+ ringed plover. visitor Anna Simpson 15th Craignure Golf Course: 2 turnstones, 6 rock doves, 1 white tailed eagle, 1 grey wagtail, 1 wigeon, 4 goosanders Grasspoint: 2 stonechats (m and f), 2 ravens. Fishnish forestry commission: 10 goldcrests, 20+ coal tits Anna Simpson
14th Bar-tailed Godwit (Laggan bay) and 2 BT Diver, Loch Tuath. BT Diver Loch na Keal. Carrion Crow on the Glen road. Adult male Peregrine, Ulva ferry. A big movement of Sparrowhawks continues the last few weeks. Ewan Miles4th, Garmony, 6 wigeon, 1 ringed plover, 4 turnstone, 5 curlew, 1 drake eider. Nancy Somerville
11th Sept, Java: 2 goosander, single whimbrel.
3rd - 9th Sept, Java: numbers ranging from 5 to 13 red-breasted merganser. Nancy Somerville
1st - Sea to NW of Mull. Manx Shearwater counts now in tens, rather than hundreds or thousands; four Puffins, including three flying together; 5 or 6 Great Skuas (with three seen together); eight to ten sightings of Storm Petrels, including two seen together; and two Grey Herons flying over the sea from the Isle of Coll in the direction of Muck. Stuart Gibson12th August; a visitor, Michelle Hay recently reported an Osprey hunting over Lochdon just after 11am and again on 18th August around the same time. Meryl Vart
22nd, Torosay: 1 curlew, a female whinchat, and Ringed plover Maybe 30 at least. Mingling with turnstones.23rd, over Tobermory: sparrowhawk, long-tailed skua (definite!) white-tailed eagle. No camera (!) but got a good, clear look through bins. Long-tailed skua was being chased by 2 gulls, WTE being chased by a hoodie. Nancy
22nd 6 Red Grouse 8:30am today on moors near high point on Torloisk to Dervaig road. 19th 2 Great Northern Diver on sea at Black Beach.
1 Mink at Tobermory on. 20th 1 possible Goshawk (unfortunately no photo so unlikely to be accepted by arbc) and 1 Peregrine at Calgary Beach. Matt Francis21st Loch Beg 5 Greenshank, 1 Little Grebe. From Carsaig Pier 5 Turnstone, 3 Golden Plover, c20 Shag and 1 adult White-tailed Eagle (all on Gamhnach Mhôr rocks). Hedley Wright
20th A walk in the Kilvickeon area produced 1 pair adult Golden Eagles, 1 pair adult White-tailed Eagles, Sparrowhawk, ringtail Hen Harrier.
1 Moorhen (Harrison’s Loch), Sand Martins (nesting Kilvickeon beach) plus common species. Peregrine and ringtail Hen Harrier past our cottage in Lower Ardtun. Hedley wright
18th - 20th - Sea to NW Mull. Thousands of feeding Manx Shearwaters throughout area, particularly off Ardnamurchan Point, where joined by up to 80 Gannets, five Great Skuas and 6+ Storm Petrels. Stuart Gibson19th Aug at Salen: 12 arctic terns, 1 black guillemot, 1 greenshank, two ringed plover, 1 rock pipit. Nancy
19th Single Greenshank at river estuary Dervaig. Ron Corderiio
17th Just arrived on Mull for a week in Bunessan area. Eleven Black-tailed Godwit from Lower Ardtun this evening. Hedley Wright.15th Aug: At least 70 starlings near Inverlussa
16th Aug: male hen harrier, Craignure - over field by hospital.- greenshank, Salen- around 50 Canada geese, Garmony - plus an odd looking gull!)- whimbrel (I think) Garmony - 4 female eider, Garmony- 8+ turnstones, Garmony, ringed plover, Garmony 14th: whimbrel at Java/ Craignure. Nancy
13th 2 Swifts over Dervaig. Carrion x Hooded Crow hybrid on the glen road. Ewan Miles
12th - Torosay. Two adult Black Guillemots in Sound of Mull; two Whimbrels; and a single Common Sandpiper; the Wheatear seen was a migrant
11th - Sea to NW of Mull. The now obligatory single Storm Petrel was again seen, as was a Peregrine at sea flying East towards Ardnamurchan; several Puffins; and 800+ Manx Shearwaters in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore Point. Stuart Gibson
8th a few fields along from
the abbey there were two black tailed godwits actively
feeding at far end of field in amongst the geese –
great to see so many sparrows and starlings as well!.
8th - Sea to NW of Mull. A dark phase Arctic Skua was seen in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore; and the customary single Storm Petrel was seen at sea between Mull and Coll. Stuart Gibson7th Whimbrel at Fishnish, Coot calling at the Dervaig reeds, female Peregrine over Craignure, Black-tailed Godwit at Lochdon, A swallow roost of 80 plus at Dervaig reeds and a Pied-wagtail roost of 90 plus. Ewan Miles and Iolo Williams
6th - Sea to NW of Mull. 500+ Manx Shearwaters and 300 Kittiwakes (a higher than usual count) off Ardmore/Glengorm area of the Sound of Mull; several Great Skuas; numerous small flights of Puffins; Guillemot with chicks and a Razorbill with chick; and a single Storm Petrel on the sea between Mull and Coll. Stuart Gibson
4th - Sea to NW of Mull. A single Red-throated Diver flying down (SE) the Sound of Mull past Ardmore was presumably the same bird that was seen flying West soon after; multiple sightings of Great Skuas; a single pale morph Arctic Skua was seen harassing a Kittiwake; and a solitary Storm Petrel.
23rd July 6-8 Risso’s Dolphins north up channel between Iona and Fidden 1 Otter, 1 Mink
25th Ardalanish Bay. hundreds if not thousands of by the wind sailors, m Hen Harrier, 2 Red-t Diver, Bunessan, Otter
26th Iona. 3 Black-tailed Godwits on newly mown hayfield
27th Bunessan, ringtail Hen Harrier, Calgary Bay. Tawny Owl 2 hooting, one squeaky young, Eider 2 females each with 2 young
28th Calgary Bay. ad White-t Eagle, later an imm joined 2 imm Golden Eagles, 2 Otter. Croig, Ad White-t Eagle on rock in bay, another distantly on cliff, Whimbrel 1. Richard Allen
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30th Black-throated Diver in Loch Tuath and solitary Whimbrel in Laggan Bay. 25 Golden Plovers over Lochdon, 12 Wigeon and 2 Dunlin at Garmony. A cloud of 200 + Gannets feeding hard in Lochbuie along with 3 juv WT Eagles. Ewan Miles
30th 15 fieldfare seen at Derryguaig this afternoon (the first arrivels of the autumn). Rebecca Burton
28th - Sea to NW Mull Two Brent Geese migrating South over the sea between Mull and Coll; and single Red-throated Diver flying East towards Adnamurchan; but only three Manx Shearwaters recorded among large numbers of feeding Gannets and Kittiwakes. Stuart Gibson
25th Calgary Bay. two Ruff here in the bay today with Oystercatchers and Gulls. visitor Doogie Mccoll. A scarce passage migrant for Mull with only these few records:- 2004 : Oct 6th a single bird at Fidden. Jan 8th four birds at Lochdon. July 23rd 2 birds at Ardalanish. 2012 Sept three birds at Lainne Sgeir, Calgary. 2015 Aug 17th 3 birds at Killiechronan and 20th two at Fidden
2017 September 25th two birds at Calgary Bay. visitor Doogie Mccoll 28th Aros Estuary. a Greenshank here this morning Alan
25th - Sound of Mull/Sea to North of Mull. A count of 220/10 Guillemots and Razorbills seen NW Sound of Mull; two late adult Puffins; only a solitary Manx Shearwater seen; a single Great Skua; and two pale-phase Arctic Skuas harassing Kittiwakes. Large 'hurries' of feeding auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes off Ardnamurchan captured the attention of five lunge-feeding Minke Whales. Stuart Gibson
24th Dervaig, Loch Cuin. Cheryl reports that the Kingfisher is back at Loch Cuin. Cheryl Callow
19th - Sea to North of Mull Localised frenzies of Gannets, Kittiwakes, ca. 20 Manx Shearwaters and auks with Minke Whales and large pods of Common Dolphins; ca. 50 Gannets, 1-2 Great Skuas, with one consorting with boat and single dark phase Arctic Skua harassing Kittiwakes; two Rock Pipits at sea off Glengorm; a Minke Whale with 'sawn-off' dorsal fin resembling individual seen in 1999 - 18 years ago! Stuart Gibson
19th Craignure Golf course pair of summer plumage Red throated divers. Loch na keal, diving Gannets and Slavonian grebe. Alan
19th Great to see Slavonian grebe returning for the winter. 5 on Loch na Keal. Mike Wagemakers and Carol Marshall
19th Gribun rocks. we had the most magnificent views of a Red Kite, just before the Gribun Rocks coming from Glen Seilisdeir. This is my first ever on Mull. Brilliant ! Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
18th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW Mull. Around a dozen Manx Shearwaters in flat calm sea, where hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills; three Black Guillemots far out to sea, with very late single juv Puffin, two Great Skuas and an unidentified juv 'Commic' Tern; six (four ads. and two juvs) White-tailed Eagles were in Bloody Bay. Stuart Gibson
18th 40 plus Pink-footed Geese heading south last night at 9pm and a skein of 25 this morning, 11am at Caliach. A male Merlin grouping up Starlings at Langamull yesterday afternoon. 2 Black-throated Divers in breeding plumage at Lochbuie today. Crossbills at numerous sites across the isle. Ewan Miles
17th - Tobermory lighthouse A Carrion Crow was consorting with a Hooded Crow here this early afternoon. Stuart Gibson17th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull Feeding birds on a flat calm sea included upwards of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets, but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters; a female/imm. Hen Harrier was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
17th - Sound of Mull/Sea to NW of Mull. Feeding birds on a flat calm sea included upwards of 200 Guillemots and 50 Gannets, but only very small numbers of Manx Shearwaters; a female/imm. Hen Harrier was soaring over the sea off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
15th Small flock ~12 Mistle Thrush north of Salen on Dervaig road about 5pm this afternoon. Richard Price (Visiting)
15th Treshnish, 1 Turtle Dove nr farm building at 10.45. prasad
13th a Wigeon at Craignure golf course, this is my first winter visitor. Also at Killiechronan, two bar-tailed godwits and five female goosanders. Also a huge raft of Eider ducks on Loch Scridain. Pete Hall. Mull Wildlife Tours.
13th - N. W. Sound of Mull Several sightings of dark-phase Arctic Skuas, including four birds (inc. one pale morph) harassing Kittiwakes. This group of skuas were presumed to be migrants; also 2 Great Skuas seen in this area. Stuart Gibson
12th - NW Sound of Mull. A count of at least 100 Razorbills (in four groups) flying West out of the Sound of Mull, where there was a 'hurry' of gulls, Gannets, and auks, a Basking Shark and a Minke Whale! Elsewhere, in the sea to the NW of Mull, were two Arctic Skuas, 2-3 Great Skuas and two Storm Petrels. Stuart Gibson
10th male hen Harrier along track from Achnadrich disappearing over hill. About 5.30 pm today. Also a golden eagles by Ulva ferry.
7th a male Hen Harrier at the disused farm near Loch Spelve, at Pennyghael a ringtail, also one at Grasspoint and Knockvolage (Ross). Golden Eagle and White tailed Eagle in the Pennyghael area and again at Grasspoint were two ringtail harriers. Rick
6th There were 3 Greenshank at Loch Cuin this evening. Richard Airey .
5th Fidden a single Pink-footed Goose. Loch Assapol a Magpie, 3 Tufted Duck and 1 Red-throated Diver. Bryan Rains
5th a male Hen Harrier around 4.30 seen from A849 south of Lochdon towards Inverlussa. Stuart Foster
4th Dervaig, Loch Cuuin. 6 Red breasted Mergansers, one Greenshank, a Little Grebe at Calgary Bay: two White tailed Eagles, a diving Gannet , a Common Kestrel hunting above the rocks, and a couple of Stonechat near the beach plus several Raven - including one feasting on a seal carcass Roy Cunningham (visiting)
4th I'm visiting Mull this week. Some sightings. A golden eagle was over Lochdon heading. Two white tailed Eagles were over Lochdon on Sunday morning. A pair of red throated divers divers were on Loch Spelvie, also a group of Goosanders and a couple of black guillemots. Stuart Foster
2nd I saw a flock of 8-10 of Twite flitting between Glenforsa airstrip and the shoreline. Roy Cunningham (visiting).
2nd - Sea to NW of Mull. Only small nos of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets in area today; but, 1-2 Great Skuas, a single dark-morph Arctic Skua harassing an unfortunate Kittiwake, a single Storm Petrel, two ad./juv combos of Razorbill, but many more Guillemots, as well as a solitary juv. 'Commic' Tern; two House Martins flying across the NW entrance/exit to the Sound of Mull may have been early migrants. Stuart Gibson
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Latest sightings for September 2016
29th Croig, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 12 Swallows Langamull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 2 ‘Greenland Wheatears’, 1 Whooper Swan (flying south-west), 114 Pink-footed Geese (flying south) Bennan, 19 Pink-footed Geese (flying south) prasad. 29th 4 Brent Geese at Salen Bay and a cock Red Grouse on the Torloisk road feeding on grit.
28th F Merlin on the Torloisk hill road, Adult Iceland Gull head of Loch na Keal, juv Common Tern at Salen Bay. Ewan Miles
27th - Aros Park A Blackcap was heard calling near the centre of the park and a male Tawny Owl was 'singing' at 2 o'clock in the afternoon! Stuart
28th Just to confirm a Buzzard sighting this morning, probably adult, on telegraph pole about 100 yards west of Bunessan primary school. Craig G
27th Calgary, 2 Balearic Shearwaters at Fort Ensay at 4.30 prasad
from visitor Julian Wyllie. Greylag Goose - 22, Iona, 24/09/16; many small groups (<10) between Kintra & Tobermory, 25/10/16 (c100 birds in total) Golden Eagle - 1 sub-adult, east end of Glen More, 26/09/16 Ringed Plover - 32, Fionnphort, 24/09/16 Woodcock – 3, between Salen & Bunessan, 25/09/16 (8-9.30pm) Greenshank – 1, Loch Scridian, 25/09/16 Kestrel - 1, Kintra, 24-26/09/16; 1, Pennyghael, 25/09/16; 1, Glen More, 26/09/16 Merlin - 1, Kintra, 24/09/16 Short-eared Owl - Glen More, 25/09/16 (c8.45pm) Jackdaw - c30, Iona, 24/09/16 Raven – up to four present Kintra, 23-26/10 Swallow - 13, Iona, 24/09/16 House Sparrow – ‘resident’ =ock of c35 at Taigh Foise, Kintra Pied Wagtail - 26, Iona golf course, 24/09/16 Rock Pipit - 7, Bay At The Back Of The Ocean, Iona, 24/09/16 Twite – at least two present in Linnet flock, Iona, 24/09/16 visitor Julian Wyllie.
26th Hi alan, just to let you know the kingfisher i spotted was on the 19th september just after first light. I was at the layby at WTE nest site at loch na keal and it flew past heading up the loch hugging the shoreline. Mike
26th At last I've seen it ! today we had fantastic views of the kingfisher at Dervaig. Pete
23rd Aros Castle: At least two dozen swallows plus youngsters being fed at Aros Castle Ann Hinson.
23rd Loch Scridain: White-tailed Eagle - adult briefly on rocks on south side of Loch Scridian
Craignure: House Martin,Taigh Forse, Kintra, 2 White Wagtail Julian Wyllie.
23rd Hi Alan, just to let you know I saw a common scoter in Salen bay today. Jacquie
22nd Lochdon: 3 Hen Harriers in 'the field of dreams' between Lochdon and Inverlussa. Alan Spellman
21st: a juvenile hen harrier In Kintra bay this evening. Andy Gibson.
20th - Torosay Two Red-throated Divers in the Sound of Mull and another two in Duart Bay; two Greenshank along the Torosay shore also; three House Martins over Craignure Village Hall.Stuart
20th: Croig, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2-3 House Martins. Calgary, 2 Swallows. prasad.
19th: Langamull, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits. prasad.
18th: Langamull, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Turnstones & 1 Wheatear, c90 Greylag Geese at Langamull / Bennan
Calgary, 2 Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir. prasad.
20th Two sightings of ringtail hen harriers over the fields at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jeffree
19th Just had a flock of fieldfares over West Ardhu. Debby Thorne
18th 6 Red Throated divers Craignure Golf Course. Also a pair of Whooper Swans at Fishnish. Pete
16th - Langamull. Six Bar-tailed Godwits consorting with Oystercatchers here this afternoon. Stuart
16th Langamull, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 'White Wagtail' & at least 3
'Greenland Wheatears'. Calgary, 2 Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir. prasad
16th GN Diver numbers starting to build on major sea lochs. A Rook at Loch Scridain.
14th Torosay: four Greenshank there this afternoon Stuart
13th. A kingfisher near Garmony. Juliet Vines
14th Langamull, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 juv Common Tern, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Whimbrel and 4+ 'Greenland Wheatears' Calgary, 1 Sanderling at Lainne Sgeir prasa
14th I know that there have been various sightings of Kingfishers over the last few days (Garmony and Torloisk) as well as Dervaig (Loch Cuin). I can verify the Dervaig sighting. Photo above by Martin Jones
14th A skein of 15 Brent Geese heading south at 11am. Risso's Dolphins north of Mull
14th Uisken: Just to let you know there was a single pale bellied brent goose at Uisken on Saturday 10th September. Emily Wilkins
13th Langamull, 8+ Greenland Wheatears, 1+ White Wagtail, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Sanderling & 4 Knots.
Treshnish, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (my latest date) Also a medium size gull with white wing tips at Port Ensay which i
presume was a Med Gull and a possible Curlew Sandpiper in flight with flock of Dunlin at Langamull.
12th Croig, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Calgary, 1 Common Scoter near the pier prasad
12th Slavonian Grebe on Loch ne Keal. Juv female Peregrine hunting Ringed Plovers at Lochbuie. Bar-tailed Godwit at Calgary. 23 Dunlin at the head of Loch Cuin. 12 Golden Plovers at the head of Loch Na Keal along with 6 Dunlin. Adult and juv RT Diver on Loch Tuath. Ewan
10th Langamull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits & 7+ 'Greenland' Wheatears, Ensay Fort, 7+ 'Greenland' Wheatears, 1 Black-throated Diver
11th Juvenile Dotterel 1500 feet up Beinn a' Ghraig this morning. Ewan Miles
4th to 6th Summary over the 3 days: 13 Sea Eagle sightings across the island including some truly amazing views on the Mull Charters trip, 7 Golden Eagle at various locations, 10 Hen Harrier (all ring tails seen from Grasspoint to Pennyghael) and at one point on 4th just along from Lochdon, 2 harriers up with 3 buzzard, 2 kestrel, a merlin and lastly a peregrine all in the air together! Black Throated Diver off Grasspoint, numerous shearwaters. 56 species in total...A magic island!!! Rich and Mike
Manx shearwater numerous (75+off Grasspoint and 30+ on the ferry crossing back) visitors Rich and Mike Payne
8th In the mist and murk at Glenforsa late afternoon, had 50 plus golden plover feeding on the airfield – quite a sight. Greenshank Then the exciting thing – yesterday was sure I heard wigeon yesterday but dismissed it as thought to early and didn’t have any binoculars with me – today took binos and camera and captured these wigeon in eclipse! About 30 of them. Also pair of red breasted mergansers, small flock ringed plover, small flock turnstones. Debby Thorne
8th Langamull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5+ Wheatears (at least 2 of which were 'Greenland') prasad
6th Loch Cuin: We heard a report that someone saw the Kingfisher back on Loch Cuin. Arthur and Pam Brown
8th Single common swift seen over the garden with swallows in Salen at 19.30. Pete and Jan Daisy
7th Great northern diver this morning on Loch Na Keal Anna Simpson
7th a pair of red throated divers still in summer plumage, towards the islands off Craignure golf course. Pete Hall.
7th a single Pale Bellied Brent Goose with Greylags in field north of Arle.
5th Croig, 1 Sandwich Tern flew towards Dervaig and 1 Knot at harbour (and presumably same over oyster-beds) prasad
Hummingbird Hawk moth at Craignure August 2010 (Bob Boswick)
3rd Loch na Keal; Red throated diver at Loch na Keal. Seen from the south shore. Anna Simpson