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This lovely image of a male Ring Ouzel is by A9
It reminds me to ask for all
reports of Ring Ouzel from anyone walking on the hills to help
further confirm the status of this species on Mull. Photographes of any
Mull birds would be appreciated.
31st May 2013
a Ring Ouzel seen carrying food. NM 648.293 high
in the hills around Creach Beinn, excellent news and confirms probable
breeding birds. Lin
Farrell, Alan Spellman
8th May 2016:
About 3.00pm at NM 3954 we sighted a female
Ring Ouzel on the track that goes out to the point. This was north
of Croig and before you get to the turn off for Port na ban. Dave and Helen
Tanner. visitors from York.
Latest sightings for May 2016
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male Redstart at Ardura Oak Woods 27th May 2016
27th Croig: some 20 Common Scoter off Croig
today. Jeremy Wailsh.
27th Love your website and I've been on holiday
on Mull since Saturday. A few things that might be of interest,
4 wood warblers singing in woods at Pennyghael
by Carsaig road. Twite singing by road at north entrance to Calgary beach.
Redstart and Tree pipits on the Loch Ba track. 3 families of Stonechats
by the road near the Grasspoint viewpoint car park. Lots of cuckoos,
4 male hen harriers (wow - I've been stunned, excited and at the same time
shamed as I'm from Yorkshire - the raptor crime centre of the country,
both Eagles, Shorties performing at end of loch Scridain, and plenty of
otters, stunning GN Divers around. They've gradually been getting scarcer
each day we've been here.
Paul Wheatley. (see Pauls GNG pic in visitors page.
26th a trip out with Arthur and Pam, Lochdon and
Croggan: Redstart, Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Cuckoo, Meadow Pipit.
Cuckoo at Lochdon 26th May 2016 Alan (mullbirds)
26th - Loch Ba: Six House Martins were at Knock; a
brood of Grey Wagtails were seen near the Old Hunting Lodge; several calling
Cuckoo's may have been one or two mobile birds; two singing Tree Pipits;
and, interestingly, a single Dunlin was seen in the area where this species
successfully bred in 2014. Watch this space!. Stuart Gibson
22nd Sound of Mull at Garmoney:
Black Terns, I am used to seeing them at Leighton moss, and
it was good visibility. I did verify with another birder close by. I was
delighted to see them, they are such lovely birds
We were at Garmony looking towards the small islands
to the left of the fish farm, on a level with it. The group of birds feeding
drew my attention as they were in a tight group and darker in colour. although
the birds were a little distance off shore through the scope it was clear
that they had darker heads and lighter grey backs. one of them was slightly
paler than the others.It was quite a contrast to the larger pale grey common
terns above the islands behind. They were diving amongst three great northern
divers.It was a group of 15-20 black terns.
Their behaviour was quite frantic while feeding . We watched the group
for around 10 minutes as they moved slowly further away as they fed.
Jacqui Fereday. Note
please, will the 'other birder' please get in touch. email@example.com
20th - Craignure. A Summer-plumaged Great Northern
Diver was close inshore as a Cuckoo was seen and heard in a tree near
the camp site; two House Martins were at the Village Hall. Stuart Gibson
21st Treshnish, 1 Swift over the wood
1 Peregrine over the Point prasad. Prasads
Blog 20th A wet night in Dervaig yesterday, Tawny
Owls around Glenview very vocal. As well as the usual hoots and ki-wiks
one bird was making the less common (so called) 'sewing machine' call,
a rhythmic, soft trill. In the last 40 years I've only heard this twice
before. David Hatfield
20th Killiechronan 1 imm White tailed
Eagle drifting over Loch Na Keal. Adult Sea Eagle in tree watching,
made no attempt to see off the young bird. 2 ringed Plover. Loch Ba 2 White
tailed Eagles, 1 whimbrel over, calling. Simon and Tracey Cornwall.
19th 1 Dabchick Loch Harrissons small loch next
to Assapoll seen by B Harrington
20th Strathcoil (Loch Buie Crossroads) 1 Jay flew
across road at Strathcoil seen by C Place L Potter
White tailed Eagle Frank Burns taken from Lady
Jayne May 2016
18th Killiechronan: Sea Eagle carrying fish,
being mobbed by a Buzzardt. 2nd Sea Eagle from Loch Ba, circled over
Loch na Keal before heading back to Loch Ba. Simon and Tracey Cornwall
18th A pair of Whinchat were next to the road at
the north end of Loch Frisa yesterday.Richard & Liz Airey
18th 1 adult male Tree Sparrow Scoor stunning
brown/chestnut cap white collar B Harrington, L Potter
18th Loch Scridain: (from
the sub station) 2 GN Diver's. 2 RT Diver's. 1 Slave Grebe. 1 Black Gillimot.
Glen More , 1 male Hen Harrier. A pair of Golden Eagles and a pair of Perrigrine
with 1 Perrigrine mobbing one of the eagles.Loch Na Keal, 8 GN Diver's,
1 Black Gillimot , 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, Plus drumming snipe Simon and Tracey
18th Torosay: Three
singing Blackcaps, two singing Wood Warblers and single singing Sedge Warbler
and Whitethroat; a Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was in Duart Bay.
18th Glengorm: a single
Jay in Glengorm Forest this afternoon. I'm not sure about the status
of this species for Mull so I thought I'd let you know. David Hatfield,
glandarius, a scarce breeding species, numbers have increased, Recently confirmed as a breeding
species for Mull, numbers and sightings have increased over
the last few years at Lochdon,
Torosay and Quinnish, Dervaig area and now almost anywhere in suitable
18th Numbers dropping as expected
in the Great-northern Diver roost at Loch na Keal. 12 in the main raft
and two splinter groups nearby of 8 and 5 birds at dusk. Ewan Ewan
Nature Scotland 17th Loch Scridain: Viewed
from the sub station today were 4 GN Diver's, 3 RT Diver's, 1 Black
Throated Diver. Simon and Tracey Taylor visitors
17th Ardtun: 1 Tree Sparrow
on feeders and in tree in my front garden at Ardtun. Managed
to get this photo before it flew off. Spotted about 5pm as the rain
eased off. Rebecca
16th the Iceland Gull still
in the area above Kellan Farm sitting with other gulls on the skerries..
Arthur out on tour.
16th Black-Tailed Godwits, seen
at Ardalanish bay this evening. photo by Rebecca Burton
16th Dervaig: Ring billed
gull, (also reported in April by Arthur Brown) Loch Ba 2 goldeneye.
visitor Andy Hitchcock
16th - Oban. A 1st Summer
immature Iceland Gull was among the flock of Herring Gulls competing for
fish supper scraps opposite WH Smith earlier today. Stuart
Busy feeding Sanderling on an Iona beach, photo
by Stuart Gibson 15th May 2016
15th Iona Eight calling Corncrakes (with
five either walking across the road or giving fabulous views); five
or six pairs of Linnets; two broods of newly hatched Shelduck totalling
19 ducklings (two ads with four and two ads with 15); seven drake Eider
and five females; 30+ Dunlin, 30 Sanderling and 12 Ringed Plover.
15th an Iceland Gull whilst I was
on a boat trip ( May 10th ) from Ulva. It was with a group of Herring Gulls.
During the same week I was delighted to watch a Great Northern Diver in
summer plumage fishing outside the Pennyghael Hotel. Rod Sheppard
15th Killiechronan: a Green
Woodpecker flew into woodland at crossroads to Killiechronan.
15tg the highlights of our week from a total
of 96 species seen.
On the bird feeders and below at our cottage in
Dervaig we had the following:
Siskin, Redpoll, Blue tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird,
Dunnock and Collared Dove, Green Finch and Chaffinch.
In and around the village: Song Thrush, Sedge Warbler,
Common Whitethroat, GS Woodpecker,
GN DIver, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank,
RB Merganser, Heron, Cuckoo, Curlew, Common Gull, Hooded Crows and a pair
(daily) of Golden Eagles and WTS Eagles.
Lochdon: Female Merlin and Osprey ( 9th May) Calgary
Bay: 400 plus Shags which came into the bay following a shoal of fish (10th)
Staffa: A pair of Great Skuas (11th) Iona: 8 calling Corncrakes - one seen
(12th) Ulva: 1 calling Corncrake and 1 Wood Warbler (13th).
Dave and Helen Tanner.
13th Unsure of status of Lesser
(please see below)
To inform you of Lesser
Whitethroat sighting at Loch Buie on 13th May 2016, the bird
was observed at close quarters by myself and my partner 3 times, also heard
singing from hawthorn. The bird ranged from the Old Post Office to
The Chapel on the path to Castle Moy, in the hawthorn and gorse. Ian Burgess
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca a ‘rare’ passage
2009 June at Loch Frisa, also at Loch Buie and Ulva in June.
2011 3rd May a single bird was reported at Kilfinichen.
2016 13th May a single bird at close quarters at Loch Buie. Ian Burgess
Please report all
14th 1 male merlin, 1 female hen harrier, pair golden
eagle, 5 golden plover, spotted flycatcher. Shiaba grey wagtail at waterfall,
12 dolphins offshore. L Potter, C Plaice ,B Harrington and K Smith all
13th We had an unusual flypast of a female Hen
Harrier yesterday. We see them quite often but this one was flying
very low over the water straight up the middle of Loch Na Keal from
13th Uisken Bay: 20 Dunlin in full summer plummage
along with 12 Ringed Plovers feeding at Uisken Bay, this afternoon. Beck
13th We heard a Grasshopper Warbler
is backed by the Old Byre. A cuckoo was in the tree behind
our house I could see it today and it was just so loud . I am looking out
for the sedge warblers in the reed on the Belart ..
12th Loch Cuin, Dervaig: , great norther
diver Loch Cuin this morning. Female WTE flew over again most mornings
about 9.30 am . The cuckoo is out the back of us in Penmorebeg sitting
in a tree making a lot of noise .
The female hen Harriet most afternoons . The barn
owl is sitting on the traffic pole by the bridge near to the gorse
bush on the loch most nights . Linnet
on our patio two days ago that's a first . Cheryl Callow
11th Knock: osprey flying over Knock,
towards Loch Ba about 9.15 am. visitor Jackie Stanley
11th Loch Frisa: Grasshopper Warbler in song near
Loch Frisa. Ewan
11th Iona. 7 Corncrake In various areas, one showing
at the Hostel. Great Northern diver off beach northern end Iona.
Greenshank at Loch Ba. Great Northern Diver sum
plum Off Grass point + Black Guillemot Brian Bolton (Visiting)
11th Killiechronan: Osprey seen fishing over
Loch Na Keal . Mobbed by hoodies, flew over from direction of
campsite. visitor .Jon Goddard
10th - Iona: Five calling Corncrakes (three in
vicinity of the Bishop's House); several pairs of Linnet and two pairs
of Twite feeding on grass seeds on machair; two singing Sedge Warblers
and a calling Cuckoo; seven pairs of Eider at the Bay at the Back of the
Ocean, alongside a pair of Shelduck and two Great Northern Divers; and
a large flock of migrant waders, comprising 60+ Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plover,
four Sanderling, four Turnstone and a single Knot.
9th Craignure: 2 Spotted Flycatchers in Craignure.
visitor Ross Lawford
9th Treshnish, 1 Spotted Flycatcher & 1 Common
(Mealy) Redpoll in Treshnish wood, prasad
9th - Tobermory: A Peregrine (probable male) was
over Upper Tobermory this mid-afternoon. Stuart Gibson
Redpoll visited Jaquie Feradays garden
in my garden. Alan (mullbirds)
more pix here
8th - Loch Ba: Singing Mistle
Thrush, single House Martin, a pair Grey Wagtails feeding young in nest,
singing male Whinchat, two displaying Tree Pipits, two calling Cuckoos,
seven Golden Plover and a hunting Short-eared Owl.
(and a Partridge in a pear tree)
7th Killiechronan: a pair
of Gooseander here. Mike Coupe
7th Treshnish: 1 Common Redpoll
at Old Schoolhose, Last years submission 31st May was accepted as a Mealy
by Argyll Birds Rarities Committee. Prasad.
5th we had some 30
Arctic Terns at Garmony, (first)
my first of the year. Pete. Mull Wildlife Tours
6th Calgary Bay 2
Common Terns , 2
Sedge Warblers (first) Dervaig Reed Beds,
a Reed bunting here as well. A firstWhitethroat
Loch Frisa track Dervaig end and a self-catering guest saw a Lesser
Whitethroat at similar spot.
Grasshopper warbler heard but not seen by Loch Frisa car park. Arthur Brown
6th Salen: Grasshopper Warbler
Pier Road Salen. Juliet
5th May: Long eared Owl
just south of Lochdon at dusk. Ross Lawford
5th Croig, 3 Whimbrel, at
least 2 White Wagtails Langamull, 10 Whimbrel, at least 3 White Wagtails,
5th Just to let you know
there was the first Grasshopper Warbler
reeling at the back of our house in Salen tonight.
5th Jay at Torness this morning.
flying over Moy castle, Loch Buie this afternoon. Beck and Wayne
3rd Barn owl hunting
opposite the Rugby ground near garmony tonight at 21.30 Ross Lawford
3rd Peregrine at Ulva ferry,
30 or so Gannet dive bombing off of Langamull beach, 20 plus Golden Plover
at killiechronan Martin Clay
3rd Lochdon: saw an Osprey
fly over close to the nest pursued by gulls. Obviously back in the
Lochdon area again. Carolyn Whenman
3rd Loch Beg
First Wood Warbler singing behind the
1st - Tobermory Three species of Phylloscopus
warbler singing in Aros Park today (Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and newly
arrived Wood Warbler overlooking Harbour building)
2nd Loch Beg 1 Sanderling,
10 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. Bryan Rains.
2nd: Black tailed godwit
- 2 on the road to Lochbuie at end of Loch spelve, Gannet - half
a dozen at Lochbuie
Hen Harrier - ringtails at
Loch spelve and on top Road from Glen sheildeir. Males either side of killiechronan
Golden Plover - circa 40-45
In flight behind Fidden Farm. Also Lapwing with chick Ringed Plover - 2
visitor Martin Clay
1st: an Iceland
Gull on the N shore of Loch na Keal. from c11:00 am until at least
2:00 pm. Richard and Lynda Popplewell South visiting from Yorkshire
1st: Checked a nest today
and found three dead Song Thrush chicks, possibly deserted because
of the thick snow last week, parent was sitting on Tuesday. Colin Moody
29th April - Torosay Five White Wagtails,
five migrant Wheatears and three Whimbrel along this stretch of coastline
today. Stuart Gibson
1st: 1st year Iceland
Gull at Kellan. 4 Whimbrel near Ulva. A diurnal hunting Barn Owl
on the Glen road this afternoon. Ewan
1st: Few from today Glen
More. Golden Eagle being harassed by 2 Buzzard. Loch Na Keal. Osprey
over north. Salen 2 displaying Drake Goldeneye. Martin
Best birds were the 2 Magpies near Scarinish (2nd)
– just the second record for Tiree, a Great Tit at Balephuil (11th-12th)
and the long-staying juv Kumlien’s Gull in the Loch an Eilein area (to
26th).Other good spring birds included a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Loch
a’ Phuill (14th-19th), a female Scaup at Loch an Eilein (26th-30th), a
wandering adult Sea Eagle (19th and 22nd), a Tree Sparrow at Baugh (28th),
a Lapland Bunting at Hynish (15th), a Snow Bunting at Balephetrish (25th),
2 Mealy Redpolls (from 15th) and 3 Woodpigeons (from 12th).
Obvious passage including some 300 Black-tailed
Godwits through from 3rd, Golden Plover numbers peaked at 5,500 (18th)
and 54 Pale-bellied Brent passed through (from 20th April). Corncrakes
returned from 19th but less than 20 were back by the month-end. The Barnacle
Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse (10th-11th), with only
small numbers of both thereafter. 10 Whooper Swans remained at the end
of the month as did a handful of Redwings, many now in sub-song. Further
returning migrants included Chiffchaff (14th March), Sand Martin (2nd),
Wheatear (5th), Great Skua (7th), Swallow (8th), Linnet (8th), Blackcap
(10th), Willow Warbler (10th), Greenshank (14th), Whimbrel (17th), Little
Tern (20th) and Sandwich Tern (20th), over 70 White Wagtails (from 21st)
and Common Sandpiper (28th).
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