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Latest Reports for November 2014 

24th Calgary: adult Golden eagle, juvenile White tailed Eagle, Loch Cuin, 2 Greenshank, Alan & Arthur B
22nd - Harrison Loch, Scoor. Five Tufted Duck and three Teal. Loch Pottie. Seven Goldeneye and six Tufted Duck. Fidden. A single Golden Plover with Lapwings.Stuart Gibson Loch Scridain. A pair of Goosander close-in. Bunessan. Six Woodcock flushed by car lights at side of road between Bunessan and Pennyghael.Stuart Gibson

23rd Craignure:  2 female and 1 male Blackcap on our feeders!  Some years we don't see any in the garden so three together is very unusual for us.  We wonder if anyone else has seen groups in their gardens lately- perhaps there's been an influx as a result of the recent easterly winds?  Sian and Chris Scott
23rd Lochdon: a female Blackcap in our garden, plus Goldfinch. Aros lots of Wigeon. Killeichronan White tailed Eagle (yellow/black spot tag) Alan
22nd Lochdon: up to ten Goldfinches feeding on niger seed in my garden this morning. Alan

21st A Jay flew across the road as I was driving through Pennycross, also  2 whooper swans on Loch Staonaig, Iona  Emily Wilkins 
20th Caliach Point: Great Northern Diver, 11 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. 6 Kittewake, 4 Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush. Calgary Bay: 4 Curlew, 10 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Great northern Diver and a Black throated Diver in partial summer plumage.Torloisk: Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Cuin: 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Green shank, 2 Redshank and Wigeon. Arthur Brown.
20th Loch Beg: a very late Sandpiper reported here on 10th, at Salen a Waterail and Yellowhammers  in a local garden. Debby Thortne.
19th Loch Cuin: a Kingfisher here (again) this morning by Arthur Brown, perhaps the same bird seen earlier in the year ?
17th Lochdon: Oh dear, a female Sparrowhawk has just taken a blue tit from my bird feeder. Several Goldfinch on the feeder yesterday. Lots of Wigeon on the loch now. Alan
17th Dervaig: First sighting we have had in 14 years of a Blackcap at Cuin, Dervaig. It is and has been enjoying the nuts since daylight. Ailsa Morgan
16th a male hen harrier hunting over moorland on the right, between grasspoint turn off and the mussel farm.
also a male sparrowhawk, on the " attack run " flying low and fast behind the Fishnish wildlife hide and hugging the coast, through the coniferous trees as it headed towards Galmory.....fantastic in the early morning sunshine today. Andy Paton.
9th Redwings on the field at Suidhe, Bunessan Tony Jefree
9th - Loch na Keal Four Slavonian Grebes while we were erecting the latest Mull Otter Group Information Board today. Ruth Fleming.  Magic Wildlife Walks
8th - Croggan 15 Long-tailed tits, 10 Redwings and six Fieldfares. Ruth Fleming
8th Ardrioch Farm Dervaig: a male Blackcap and Yellowhammer in the garden this morning. Arthur and Pam Brown. Discover Mull Tours
7th Tobermory, Glen Iosal: Michael Sheppherd reports seeing a Waterail from his kitchen window here.
5th Lochdon: Slavonian grebe, lochdon this morning, plus about 80 canada geese, 2 Mergansers, 1 snipe,
1 great Northern diver, Craignure golf course beach bay, a Female Blackcap on Monday 3rd November, Isle of Mull Hotel. Andy Paton.
4th: Golden Eagle high above Fishnish. Loch na Kaal on way to Ulva Ferry, 2 Slavonian grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Goosanders, 6 Mergansers, 100 Greylags, 2 Redshank, 20 Teal,50 widgeon. behind MICH @ 14:30 hrs 1 female hen harrier hunting. Andy Paton
3rd Lochdon: a male Brambling in my garden at Lochdon. Alan (and again briefly on 4th)
3rd Garmony: 5 Brightly coloured and large male Nothern Bullfinch. Laura Percy
2nd Fishnish hide:1 Black throated diver off coast. a pod of 5 bottlenose dolphins. Andy Paton
1 Nov Craignure beach/Golf course: 6 Mergansers, 3 Golden Plovers, 40 or so ringed plovers
40 widgeon.  Andy Paton
31st October:Fishnish:1 Dog Otter @ 10:30 am swimming left to right in front of hide away round towards Galmory.
Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: October 2014

The Melodious Warbler stayed at Scarinish (until 4 Oct), whilst a juv / 1w female Lesser Scaup was at Loch a Phuill all month (from 1st), where it was joined by a sinensis Cormorant (13th the first for Argyll if accepted) and two 1w female Ring-necked Ducks (26th-28th). Other good autumn migrants included a Red-breasted Flycatcher at Carnan Mor / Balephuil (8th-9th), a Common Rosefinch at Balemartine (4th), at least 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Balephuil (6th-9th), a Siberian Chiffchaff at Balephuil (21st), a Siberian (blythii-type) Lesser Whitethroat at Balephuil (19th-25th), a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Meningie (25th-27th) and a 1w Mediterranean Gull at Loch a Phuill (10th). Predominant easterly winds brought a nice selection of scarce passerines including a peak of 15 NW Redpolls (8th), 5 Mealy Redpolls (2nd-11th), a Greenland Redpoll at Balephuil (29th-30th), a Bullfinch at Carnan Mor (8th), a Lesser Whitethroat at Cornaigbeg (16th), a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (9th), a Great Tit at Mannal (9th), a Yellow Wagtail at Barrapol (4th) and a Grey Wagtail at Balephuil (7th), plus a Marsh Harrier heading SW off Balemartine (4th).

Commoner migrants included 18 Chiffchaffs with at least 1 abietinus-type bird (8th), 3 Willow Warblers (to 29th), 24 Blackcaps, 20 Goldcrests, 23 Goldfinches, 25 Greenfinches, 15 Dunnocks,10 Wheatears (to 26th) and 6 Snow Buntings. There were record influxes of 80+ Brambling (12th-13th) and 300 Jackdaws (13th), although thrushes were in short supply with just 9 Fieldfares (15th-17th) and a peak of 650 Redwing (28th). Scarcer waders included up to 3 Ruff (to 13th),15 Black-tailed Godwits (to 13th), 14 Knot (to 5th) and a Woodcock (from 8th). 

Sea-watching was limited by a lack of NW gales but brought a record 26 Pomarine Skuas (5th-28th), plus 47 Bonxies, 33 Arctic Skuas, 5 Leachs Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 3 Little Gulls and 2 Grey Phalaropes. Scarce wildfowl included 20 Pale-bellied Brent (to 17th), a Scaup at Loch a Phuill (from 10th) with 2 there (from 29th), a drake Pochard at Loch a Phuill (8th-15th), Long-tailed Ducks at Balephetrish Bay (14th) and off Traigh Bhi (20th), 4 Gadwall at Loch a Phuill (5th-13th) with 6 at Loch an Eilein (29th), a Coot at Loch a Phuill (19th), a Slavonian Grebe at Gott Bay (3rd-7th) and 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (1st-13th). Heavy Barnacle Goose and Whooper Swan passage was noted on 6th-21st with Greenland White-fronts on the move from 12th. There was a peak of 284 Whooper Swans at Loch a Phuill (23rd), whilst an all-island count (13th-14th) found 1,065 Barnacle Geese, 46 Greenland White-fronts, 2,357 Greylags, 2,789 Golden Plovers and 2,325 Lapwing.

Dr John Bowler

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