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PHOTOS FROM MY  AUSTRALIA VISIT - Nov 2017-Jan 2018 





The latest  Isle of Mull Bird Report
is now available

 the price is 6.95
available from local Mull shops

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Latest December reports for 2018


15th, Java, field by the hospital: 5 curlews. Single greenshank and single curlew at Java beach most days. Nancy
8th, Java: female goosander
 
5th, Craignure: golden eagle
4th, Java: 3 red-breasted merganser.  Craignure, Minister's Point: three adult white-tailed eagles
 3rd, Java: sparrowhawk; greenshank; redshank; curlew.  Lochdon: 6 wigeon
December Mull Bird Club Field Trip - 1st winter Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Teal, Wigeon, Greenshank, Redshank, Ringed Plover and Curlew feeding on the mudflats at Lochdon.
A low flying Golden Eagle flushing Oystercatchers and Common Gulls at Croggan. Ringtail Hen Harrier working the distant skyline. Little Grebes and GN Divers on the coast along with 3/4 Otters. Ewan Miles
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                                              TAILED EAGLE
White tailed Eagles from a trip on 'Lady Jayne' with Martin & Alex (Mull Charters)  today 17th June 2018.  Alan Spellman

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree 2018

Tiree Sightings: November 2018

Best birds were a group of 3 Ring-necked Ducks at Loch Bhasapol (from 12th) including a drake, a female and an immature male, a 2nd-winter Ring-billed Gull at Sandaig (from 11th), a Todds Canada Goose at Caoles (from 15th) and a lingering late Dotterel at Scarinish (to 19th). Other good birds included a Little Egret at Balephetrish (12th), 2 Long-eared Owls at Balephuil (5th-6th), 16 Jackdaws at Heylipol (12th-15th), a Rook at Crossapol (10th), 5 Blackcaps (to 18th), a Siberian Chiffchaff at Balephuil (2nd), 2 abietinus-type Chiffchaffs (to 10th), 2 Bramblings (to 17th) and 10 Snow Buntings (10th-18th).

Winter thrushes included some 1,200 Redwings and 200 Blackbirds around the island (17th) but only 3 Fieldfares. There were 3 wintering Pied Wagtails, 2 Dunnocks, 4 Goldfinches, a lone Greenfinch and 2 late Goldcrests (to 2nd). Wintering raptors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 5 Merlins, 6 Peregrines, 3 Kestrels and 3 Sparrowhawks.

An all-island count (15th-16th) found 2,963 Barnacle Geese, 2,363 Greylags and 812 Greenland White-fronts, plus 10 Pink-footed Geese, 2,935 Golden Plovers, 2,845 Lapwings and 132 Whooper Swans. Other waterfowl included an immature Scaup at Loch a Phuill (1st-12th), a drake Pochard at Loch a Phuill (to 18th), 18 Shoveler and 2 Coots. Scarce waders included 2 Grey Plovers at Miodar (1st), a Jack Snipe at the Reef (1st), a Woodcock at Balephuil (17th-19th) and 5 late Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a Phuill (12th).

Dr John Bowler

RED NECKED GREBE

This is the web site of Alan Spellman, 'Maridon' Lochdon, Isle of Mull. PA64  6AP