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First Spring migrants arrivals 2018

15th Knock Bridge first spotted flycatcher. Pete and Jan.  www.mullwildlifetours.co.uk
7th May - Loch Ba. a female Redstart in Birch woodland along the track south side of the loch. Stuart Gibson
6th May  Common Whitethroat off Loch Frisa track Dervaig .Pam & Arthur Brown.  www.discovermull.co.uk
5th May  Wood Warbler in Aros Wood near the wrecked boats.
Pam & Arthur Brown. www.discovermull.co.uk 
4th May  Iona 15  Common Tern regular visitors Ross and Ray Facer
1st May Loch na Keal. A first Sedge Warbler singing in reed bed near former WTE pull-in Stuart Gibson
25th April  2 Whimbrel at Treshnish and 2 at Lagganulva. Ewan www.naturescotland.com

23rd April first Corncrake has arrived on Ionaat Iona hostel (must be staying for the summer) pp Debie Thorne
25th April  Three Grasshopper Warblers reeling  nr Aros this morning. visitor  Trevor Merrington

21st April Inverlussa fist WhinchatBryan Rains     www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
19th April first Cuckoo heard from our garden in Salen this morning. Helen and Iain King

16th April Garmony. first House Martin recorded. Peter and Janet Leather
12th April first Common Sandpiper,  south shore of Loch Na Keal,  Pete and Jan
8th April Ulva. a Chiffchaff. visitors Peter and Janet Daisy  
7th April Tree Pipit at Gribun. regular visitors Jim & Linda Hurles.

7th April Loch Beg 1 Barn Swallow, Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk 
5th April Lochdon. an Osprey was fishing over Lochdon late afternoon today. Alan
5th April,
Blackcap male  briefly singing and appearing before moving through westwards.  Dave Grant
5th April
Sea to W/NW of Mull. First Puffins (2) seen. .visitors Peter and Janet Daisy
5th April Carsaig First Willow Warbler (singing), a White Wagtail and Blackcap (singing) visitor David Grant
2nd April Sand Martin, Kellan. Ewan Miles    
25th March At least one Manx Shearwater in the mouth of Loch Scridain today. Dave Shackleton
20th March  Lochdon: We had a first  Short-eared owl on hills behind lochdon Spike Webb
14th March first Wheatear 1 male at Calgary by the churchyard. Visitor Ian Hartley

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Latest reports for May 2018

23rd: Treshnish, 1 Corncrake at Haunn at 11pm (Trevor Evans)
24th: 1 Mealy Redpoll at Treshnish House.     Prasad    http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
24th - Sea to North of Caliach Point  An adult Little Gull with Kittiwakes and Manx Shearwaters at rest on sea; also two Storm Petrels near Cairns of Coll.
23rd - Lunga, Treshnish Isles. No Corncrakes calling where two males were heard rasping in Spring 2017; two Twite on 'Puffin Plateau'; and a single Great Skua with a Puffin kill. Stuart Gibson
24th there were 28 male eider on Loch Spelve today. Felicity & David Pollard
23rd Loch Assapol (Ross of Mull) a Red throated diver here this morning. Rick
21st  we had a brilliant view of a beautiful Jack Snipe  about 4 feet away from the vehicle for about 5 minutes near the parking area for Ben More.
Pete and Jan et al.  www.mullwildlifetours.co.uk 
21st Lochdon Short eared owl and male Hen Harrier at Lochdon.visitor Clare Smith
18th Dervaig. This morning have seen 2 Jays  one of which was juvenile. scarce on Mull. The cottage we are staying in overlooks Loch Cuin so plenty to see. Saturday mornig gave us an adult female Hen Harrier which was food passing to 2 juvenile female birds . Lots of common Sand around. Also saw White Tailed Sea Eagle  and Golden Eagle over hills to NE of village. Hope to see Otters but none yet. Kevin Taylor  
18th a very late staying male Slavonian Grebe in full breeding plumage on Loch Na Keal, visitor Dean Reeves, Somerset 
18th May. Dean Reeves, Somerset.18th an Iceland gull taken from Mull Charters trip today. David Mercer

18th An Iceland Gull was in Tobermory Harbour at 1700 tonight. Appeared to be an adult bird. Seen by Ted Roberts, Tom Keeper, Steve Pomeroy, Colin Smeeton, Pete Dwyer, and Eric Marshall.
18th Male Peregrine over Loch Tor and non-breeding Black-throated Diver on Loch Cuin. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
16th 2 Tree Sparrows and 2 Mealy Redpolls at Treshnish House, prasad -- http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
16th  watching two white tailed eagles on Scarisdale Rocks, when an Osprey flew above us for several minutes. Pete and Jan Hall.                             
16th an Osprey flying over Aros Bay towards Loch Na Keal at 13:15 today. Cian Burke- Brown. Seasonal Sea Eagle Hide Ranger
15th Treshnish, 2 Tree Sparrows at Treshnish house, prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
15th Lochdon: sightings over lochdon this eve. From Grass point road. Female Hen Harrier , white tailed Eagle and osprey fishing. visitor Jon Goddard. Alan Spellman, Rosie Saltzman
15th Knock Bridge were 3 dippers (nesting elsewhere), A grey wagtail, and my first spotted flycatcher. Pete and Jan.  www.mullwildlifetours.co.u        14th Loch Scridain:  4 Common Tern on Loch Scridain yesterday. Simon and Tracey Taylor                           
13th Glen Aros 1 Treecreeper and 2+ Crossbill, Aros Park 1 singing Wood Warbler, 1 Treecreeper and a Dipper carrying f
13th Lochdon 75+ Dunlin,
41 Ringed Plover and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit at high tide. Also Grasshopper Warbler reeling
12th Golden Eagle on show for an hour in Glenmore, Tawny Owl calling at Pennyghael at 2pm, Hen Harrier and SEO at Ardachoil Fm near dusk. Simon and Tracey Taylor (Cornwall)                                                                                                                                                                            11th  2 brent geese at Fidden this morning.Also on Monday 7th grasshopper warbler, sedge warbler and whitethroat singing from scrub along the old road just east of Bunessan.
Emily Wilkins Ranger - South Mull, Iona, Burg and Staffa NNR 

11th Male Hen Harrier over the loch and across the Gorton Fm track tonight. Simon and Tracey Taylor (Cornwall)                                                     11th  I saw this Oystercatcher which may be of interest to someone. Note the green ring above the knee above the T9 ring.
Would be good to know where he was rung. Lee Dutton.  ( I willl find out and let you know)
11th Lochdon.
a pair of shoveler here Tracey and Simon
11th Lochdon, Tawny Owl calling from the Gorton Rd during the early hours. Simon and Tracey Taylor (Cornwall)                                                        10th This evening Osprey fishing, at least 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Pink-footed Geese.
. Peter and Sue Morrison (visitors)                                                  10th Lochdon 125 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whinchat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, and 5 godwit sp thought to be Bar-tailed but difficult to see clearly at distance in the heavy rain. visitors Simon and Tracey (Cornwall)                                                                                                                    9th 1 female Hen Harrier hunting at 8.15pm Lochdon viewed from the Grasspoint road. Simon and Tracey Taylor (Cornwall)                                           7th sighting of a singing Whitethroat behind the bird hide at Loch an Torr. visitors Terry and Chris Pawson                                                                    8th  White tailed eagle,  a pair taking fish from the surface at Ardmore Bay. Also Sedge Warbler calling Loch na Culcie today in the rain! Martin Izzard.  7th Loch Cumbain 14 Dunlin, also Cuckoo, female bubbling calling at Loch Ba far end and 3 males flew overhead. 

6th Whimbrel flock of 9 flying over Dervaig. Martin Izzard.

8th 5 Purple sandpiper at mouth of Loch Spelve. Tim Stenton Shetland Wildlife                                                                                                         8th Many thanks for our new book report which came in time for our annual trip to Mull. Greenfinch seen this morning at the feeder in our garden which is Sithean at Croig. Lesser Black backed gull on the rocks in front of Sithean Monday evening. Reed Bunting in Dervaig on Monday morning.  a small pod of 4 dolphins yesterday evening putting on a wonderful show just beyond the point at Croig. David and Jane Alesbrook                                                        8th Today's birds of note were a Peregrine at NM 456 356. 11 Crossbills driving through Forest towards loch Scridain.  Red throated and Black throated divers not quite in sum plum on the sound of Mull, along with an awfull lot of Arctic Terns. Well over 20. Little gull also in the Sound. Goldcrest, Edier, greenshank redshank as well.  Lee Dutton, Somerset.                                                                                                                                             8th May: Calgary beach - 1 sanderling. Langamull beach 8 white wagtail; 2 arctic tern. Croig 1 adult WTSE (soaring over) David Hatfiel                   8th 2 calling Corncrake in vicinity of fire station on Iona with another a few hundred metres down the road adjacent to Ardbeg Holiday Home and another calling in iris at NM2723. Tawny Owl calling from behind sub station at Pennyghael, Whooper Swan on Loch sguabain and pair of Hen Harrier nearby. Simon and Tracey Taylor, visitors from Cornwall                                                                                                                                   8th Osprey fishing over Lochdon at 7am mobbed by a Kestrel, Oystercatcher and Gulls. 40 Dunlin at Lochdon, WTE over at 6.45am.  visitors Simon and Tracey Taylor                                                                                                                                                                                                          7th Sedge Warbler returned to Dervaig Reedbeds also a Linnet here and there were at least 12 Pied Wagtails coming into Roost. At Reudle this evening  least 6 Short Eared Owls, a male Hen Harrier and  Cuckoos. Pam & Arthur Brown.  www.discovermull.co.uk   7th Birds of note today were 2 twite jumping from fence to field on r/h/s driving away from loch na keal located at NM 452 346, by Iona sign. Single Whooper swan on loch sguabain. 4 Whimbrel flew over head of Loch naKeal. Lee Dutton, Somerset                                                                                                                                                    7th 1 Whinchat Lochdon, 4 Bonxie from Staffa Tours trip to Lunga. Simon and Tracey Taylor                                                                                      7th May: Loch Cuin 34 dunlin; 1 greenshank. Quinish (forestry): 13 common crossbill; 3 (drumming) great spotted woodpecker; 1 jay; 2 whitethroat Quinish Point: 4 whimbrel; 1 (adult) white-tailed sea eagle; 12 Manx shearwater; 1 great skua; 2 whitethroat; 8 northern wheatear Quinish Estate woodland: 2 (drumming) great spotted woodpecker; 2 wood warbler (singing); 1 tree pipit David Hatfield (visitor).                                                     7th - Loch Ba. Three+ Crossbills (inc. one male and a female) feeding on Larch at Knock (near car parking area); and a female Redstart in Birch woodland along the track that runs along the south side of the loch. Stuart Gibson

male Yellow Hammer looking very smart. Alan 7th May 2018
7th Lochdon an Osprey fishing in the loch and also a pair of Shoveler. Alan Spellman
7th a first Arctic Tern over the islands by Craignure golf club.Pete and Jan 

6th A Common Whitethroat off Loch Frisa track Dervaig end and Linnet at Cailaich.Pam & Arthur Brown.  www.discovermull.co.uk
6th - Torosay A Wood Warbler delivering its ecstatic trill here this late afternoon. Stuart Gibson                                                                            5th May   A Wood Warbler in Aros Wood this morning just up from the wrecked boatPam & Arthur Brown. www.discovermull.co.uk                            5th Common Tern at Langamull along with 16 Dunlin and 3 Whimbrel. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com                                                            4th May Lochdon 1 fem Hen Harrier                                                                                                                                                                  5th May 2 reeling Grasshopper Warbler and a singing Whitethroat at Craignure, 4 Golden Eagle in Glen More with a male being mobbed by a pair of Hen Harrier, pair of Hen Harrier nr Ardachoil Farm in Glen More and also 1 Black-throated Diver and 3 Otter at Pennyghael. visitors Simon and Tracey Taylor,Cornwall                                                                                                                                                                                                 5th - Torosay. Singing Sedge Warbler and reeling Grasshopper Warbler near Craignure Camp site; two Great Northern Divers, two Black Guillemots and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers offshore; and three Whimbrel on the rocks. Stuart Gibson
Whimbrel by Nancy Somerville shows diagnostic features of bill shape and eye stripe, (although most whimbrel have two legs)

4th Treshnish, 11 Black-tailed Godwits ssp. islandica near Treshnish House. prasad  http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
3rd - Loch Ba. Four Goosanders (one pair and two ff); a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers; and four Golden Plover were the highlights of a rain-lashed trip. Stuart Gibson
3rd - Tobermory. Chiffchaff still singing in woodland on Prison Brae.
2nd - Iona. Only one Corncrake heard (and seen) in reeds at Fire Station and reports of two others; a single White Wagtail and one Whimbrel; with a lone Whooper Swan on Loch Pottie. Stuart Gibson
1st Corncrakes. Heard Male calling then  viewed  Male on  bank by water course at left hand edge of fence at Fire Station for about 15 mins foraging , he then called....and female appeared . We then viewed both Male and female Corncrakes for approx 30 mins , foraging along water course and drain next to Fire station . Weather appalling rain and strong winds !  visitor Val Vile
1st - Loch na Keal. A first Sedge Warbler singing in reed bed near former WTE pull-in; a Woodcock roding over Kellan Woods; and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Killiechronan, where two Blackcaps were also in song. Stuart Gibson
1st Further Whimbrel sightings at Caliach, Kellan and Laggan Bay. Carrion Crow at Killiechronan. Red-throated Divers at Caliach and Loch Tuath. Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and Tawny Owl on last nights evening tour. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
5th May: Craignure Golf Course: Sea Eagle. 3 x Golden Plover.
4th May. Lochdon: pair Shoveler from Swan point at 7.30 pm. (?)  5 Bar-tailed Godwit. Up to 3 Greenshank over the past 3 days, along with 3 Goosander. Pair Teal. Woodcock. Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl. Whimbrel. 
Iona: 2 Corncrake. Twite.  Sedge Warbler. West Beach Iona: pair Whooper Swan on pools before onward migration North, Whimbrel, White  Wagtail, 3+ Great northern Diver. Great Skua in Iona Sound along with 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 15 Common Tern.
Dart Castle: Sea Eagle and Cuckoo. Loch Beg: Greenshank. Pennyghael: 15+ Great northern Diver,  1 Black throated Diver  (winter plumage).
Gorton : Whinchat, Woodcock. Loch Pottie: Whooper Swan 3rd May: Loch Buie: Sea Eagle, 5+ Great northern Diver, 2 Red throated Diver.
Carsaig: 3+ Great northern Diver,  2 Red throated Diver. Loch Beg: Greenshank.  2 Golden Plover
Knock: Hen Harrier, drumming Snipe Killiechronan : several House Martin  Garmony: Hen Harrier Gen More: Stonechat
2nd May: Glen More 3 Lochs.  Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier Lochdon/Loch Spelve area: 2 Jay, 3 Goosander, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Whinchat, 3+ Cuckoo, drumming Snipe. Numerous Wheatears,  Willow Warblers, Swallow,  Sand Martins, Tree Pipits and Black Guillemots. 
Visitors Ross and Ray Facer
30th - Tobermory. A Chiffchaff was singing outside my living room window in Tobermory this morning. Stuart Gibson

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                                          Killiechronan april 2018                                                          male Black Redstart at Killiechronan in April 2018                                                                 
Red throated Diver 2018Black throated Diver 2018
summer plumage Red throated Diver in Sound of Mull 31st March 2018 photo by visitor Agnes Thompson
summer plumaged Black throated Diver in Calgary Bay 3rd April 2018 photio by visitor Dianne Russell

Tiree Sightings: April 2018


Best birds were a brief Cackling Goose at Ruaig (5th), the long-staying Glossy Ibis at Kilmoluaig (to 19th), up to 4 Iceland Gulls and 6 immature Glaucous Gulls that lingered through the month, a stunning male Black Redstart at Carnan Mor (11th) and a Lapland Bunting at Sorobaidh Bay (17th). Other good birds included up to 4 Scaup at Loch a Phuill (to 18th), a pair of Garganey at Barrapol (26th-28th), 3 Common Scoter off Hynish (6th), an adult Sea Eagle at Loch an Eilein (27th), Jackdaws at Loch a Phuill and Sorobaidh Bay (9th), a Pied Flycatcher at Scarinish (30th), a female Brambling at Balephuil (11th-17th), 2 Mealy Redpolls at Balephuil (20th), up to 4 Siskins at Balephuil (from 8th), 2 Woodpigeons (from 7th), a Greenland Wheatear (24th), some 60 Goldcrests and over 70 White Wagtails,


Wader passage was lighter than in 2017, with mostly southerly winds resulting in more modest peaks of 338 Black-tailed Godwits (19th), 6,500 Golden Plovers (24th) and 412 Pale-bellied Brent including 16 different ringed birds (24th). Corncrakes returned from 24th with at least 15 back by the month-end. The Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse (10th-11th), with very small numbers of both thereafter. 15 Whooper Swans remained at the end of the month as did 2 Redwings, a late Fieldfare at Balephuil (27th), a singing Dunnock at the Manse and a singing Robin at Balephuil. Further returning migrants included Chiffchaff and Greenshank (7th), Blackcap (8th), Great Skua and Little Tern (9th), Willow Warbler (10th), Sandwich Tern (14th), Sand Martin and Arctic Skua (16th), Whimbrel (19th), Swallow (20th), Greenshank (18th), Arctic Tern (20th), Common Sandpiper and Cuckoo (28th) Grasshopper Warbler (27th), Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat (30th)


John Bowler


red necked grebe bryan rains

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