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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 birdsLin 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.


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Latest sightings for June 2016
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This next week 18th-25th, I will be away and so will not be ablle to regularly update the site. I will bring it up to date as soon as I return.  thanks Alan (mullbirds)

12th Treshnish, 1 Common (Mealy) Redpoll at boathouse showing signs of breeding behaviour.  Prasads Blog


Northern Marsh Orchid
14th - NW Iona Two Great Skuas harassing gull colonies off NW Iona today; 47 Kittiwakes (mainly immatures) and five Arctic Terns. Stuart Gibson
14th Treshnish, 2 Swifts over the wood.  prasad  Prasads Blog
13th Cock Chiffchaff in song at Scallastle and a non-breeding Great-northern Diver at the head of Loch Na Keal. Ewan Miles Ewan Nature Scotland
9th Last night whilst looking for bats , the bird club members had excellent views of 2 separate woodcocks over our cottage. Today on my tour we had excellent views of a white wagtail on the north shore of Loch Scridain.
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6th Interested to read of the male Hen Harrier sighted 4th June. We saw the same yesterday heading out of the Sound of Mull just before the lighthouse. We were returning from Whalewatch boat trip with Sea Life Surveys around 5pm having seen 8 or 9 Minke, including young. Fab day!.  Wonderful website by the way? visitor Marion Criswell.
6th - Torosay Three Black Guillemots in the Sound of Mull; male Whitethroat in song; 'singing' Cuckoo; seven Oystercatcher and three Common Gull territories now with chicks or eggs on verge of hatching due to their resilience in the face of everyday disturbance from (dog)walkers; and three Marsh Fritillary, two Painted Lady and single Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and Small Heath butterflies noted in what was a rather subdued day for wildlife due to the continuing warm weather. Are we truly ever happy?. Stuart Gibson
!2nd June - Highlights for us viewed from Lochdon, w/t sea eagle 29th May - short eared owls (2) 28th May - hen harrier, cuckoo, tawny owl.  Elsewhere on the island we saw Gt. Northern Diver (29th May, off Calgary / Caliach), redstart (Loch Ba), golden eagle (Glen More), peregrine (Iona) and eider (Iona) plus many of the other species you associate with region. Many thanks and I will continue to enjoy reading your blog :) visitor Tim Preece
5th Marsh Fritillary, Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Green Hairstreak about now. Alan (mullbirds)
5th - Aros Park. Very few birds singing in the heat, but what were included a single Wood Warbler, several Willow Warblers and two Chiffchaffs. Stuart Gibson
4th - At sea, off NW Mull: An incredible sight of a male Hen Harrier far out at sea, heading towards Ardnamurchan from the Isle of Coll. Seen from the port side of boat, while a Minke Whale was showing on the starboard side. Now, that's not something that is seen everyday, is it?!!  Also, two Bonxies and raft of ca.200 Manx Shearwaters in same area.
Stuart Gibson
4th Just spent a glorious week here on mull,of all my sightings just thought you may be interested in was a calling Quail at the back of dobhran cottage at 4.55 this morning at Lochbuie. Great  blog by the way Thanks Brian Jones
3rd - Tobermory harbour. A 1st S. immature Glaucous Gull was an unseasonal find this evening. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Iona Calling Corncrakes at a premium until mid-afternoon, possibly due to cold wind; three calling, with two seen, including bird at the Fire Station; first brood of Eider (two ducks with eight ducklings) at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Inverlussa Hunting female Hen Harrier, with a male over the main road near the Guline Dubh, on outskirts of Tobermory. Stuart Gibson
3rd two Dippers at Knock and a Golden Eagle from the Torloisk road lookinh East, found by Summer aged twelve.
2nd Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat family and Whinchat on Grasspoint road. Dipper at Knock and two male Hen Harriers again in Glen More. Andy Bayes
1st Lochdon Marsh Fritillaries and Small Heath out at Lochdon yesterday near parking area at gate at Gorsten Farm.  Arctic Skua harassing Gulls from Duart Castle. Mick and Sylvia Brennan
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Marsh Frittillary, Lochdon, June 2016. Sylvia and Mike Brennan
tick infested puffin  distressing pictures click here


male Redstart at Ardura Oak Woods 28th May 2016 Alan (mullbirds)

Hawfinch:  Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

Look hard enough and there is always some good news.

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll
Tiree Sightings: May 2016

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: May 2016

Best birds were a Pectoral Sandpiper at Sorobaidh Bay (27th), a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch Bhasapol (1st), a Dotterel at Vaul (13th), a singing Reed Warbler at Balephuil (11th) and a Tree Sparrow at Baugh (to 2nd). Other good spring birds included a juvenile Iceland Gull all month in the west of the island, a Wood Sandpiper at Loch a Phuill (16th), 2 Coal Tits at Kenovay (3rd-4th), a Rook at Meningie (9th), single Wood Warblers at Meningie (11th) and Sandaig (16th), a Pied Flycatcher at Scarinish (7th), 3 Siskins (4th and 29th) and up to 8 Common Redpolls. Island scarcities included up to 6 pairs of Gadwall, 4 pairs of Wigeon, 3 Scaup at Loch Bhasapol (1st) and 1 Scaup at Loch an Eilein (1st), 26 Common Scoter at Gott Bay (21st), 8 Woodpigeons, up to 5 calling Cuckoos, some 14 White Wagtails (to 22nd), 3 House Martins, 2 late Redwing (to 4th) and a late Robin (to 9th) at Balephuil, up to 6 Whitethroats, 20 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests (to 19th), 12 Spotted Flycatchers (from 9th), 3 Chaffinches, 1 Greenfinch (13th) and 6 Goldfinches.

There was strong wader passage with peaks of 1,600 Dunlin at Vaul (23rd), 815 Ringed Plover (23rd), 404 Black-tailed Godwits (3rd) and 350 Sanderling (6th), plus some 22 Whimbrel (to 30th). Great Northern Divers were widespread around the coast, 3 late Goldeneye were at Loch Riaghain (23rd) and there were 84 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Balephetrish Bay (1st), whilst up to 11 Whooper Swans lingered through the month. Corncrakes returned in good numbers during the month with 200+ calling males around the island by the month-end.

John Bowler



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