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Latest Reports for March 2015             mullbirds@btinternet.com
 

25th Oban Esplanade: a 2nd winter Iceland gull amongst others here today. Fr Paul Hacket
24th Lochdon/Inverlussa:  a male Hen Harrier hunting over the open hillside. Alan
22nd - Mishnish Lochs. A pair of Hen Harriers were hunting along the fringe of the lochs (Dervaig end) this afternoon. Stuart Gibson. Magic Wildlife Walks
21st - Loch na Keal: Seven Golden Eagles (one immature) from three territories in the air at same time over the head of the loch.; 1st W/S imm. Iceland Gull at Killiechronan; a fly-past Peregrine at Killiechronan and two Wheatears along the South shore of the loch were some of the highlights on the latest Isle of Mull Bird Club field trip. Stuart Gibson
21st First day out on the boat today, good rafts of razorbill and shag  feeding on sand eels. Black guillemot eider and white tailed eagle all seen too. Martin. white tailed eagle boat trips
19th Dervaig:  Stella and I saw a wheatear  just outside Dervaig, on the Glen Road. Martin Jones


Mull Magpie at Tobermory. Mike Shepherd

2015 Wheatear at Loch na Keal. Martin Jones

21st Loch Beg: a scarce  Ring-billed Gull, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Northern Wheatear.Loch Scridain 50 Razorbill, 1 RT Diver.Bryan Rains Wild About Mull
20th Loch Spelve: a male Hen Harrier gave excellent views at the north end of the loch. Alan
20th Glen More: the first Northern Wheatear recorded through the glen, (is spring really here?)
19th Loch Spelve: 2 Whimbrel;. 4 Lapwings, 1 Black Guillemot, singing Skylarks. Alan 
19th Yellowhammer and skylarks - Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
17th Laggan Bay, 1 Slavonian Grebe (a more distant grebe was thought to be a Little Grebe. Prassad

male Stonechat Grasspoint road on 15th March 2015
15th Tobermory:  for interest , the  Magpie is collecting nest material again. Mike Shephers
14th Knock: There was a polecat at Knock today. I used to see them fairly often but haven't seen one for a few years. Colin Moody, (much scarcer than it was a few years ago. AS)
13th River Ba bridge - dippe, Loch Ba - 4 golden eagles, 1 adult and 2 juvenile white tailed eagles, raven, buzzard, merlin, blue tit, great tit, song thrush, mistle thrush, 10 skylarks, 20 lapwings, pied wagtail, greater black backed gull, black headed gull, little grebe, slavonian grebe moulting into summer plumage.
Felicity & David Pollard &, Monica Frith. 
13th Reudle: 1 Iceland Gull with lobster boat off Reudle. Prasad
13th from Mull ferry: a Little Auk between Lismore and Mull from the Tiree ferry (and just avoided being run over by it!). 1w Iceland Gull off Glengorm, Mull feeding with Herring Gulls around a creeling boat John Bowler
13th Loch na Keal: a flock of circa 35 Goldeneye, 3 Slavonian Grebe, two pair of Shelduck, 6 Great northern Diver. Alan
10th Tobermory:  an Iceland Gull in Tobermory harbour. pix by Stuart Gibson

8th March there was a single knot in a field with some greylags at Torloisk - blown in by gales?
Juliet, David & Felicity
6th Aros: Saw my first pied wagtail of the year on the bank at the mouth of the Aros River. Also, one male and two female goosander at the river mouth; a dipper from the old Aros bridge and in Salen bay -  little grebe, widgeon, a pair of merganser and our regular pair of mute swans. David Pollard
3rd Lochdon: a nice suprise for a grey wet day, a male Bullfinch visited my garden, picture taken through the window. Alan Spellman

2nd Glen More: a 'rare'  first winter Ring billed Gull in Glen More today. Bryan Rains Wild About Mull

Robin enjoying the warmth of the sun at Ledaig car park 1st March 2015
2nd Tobermory: an Iceland gull at Tobermory harbour. Mike Shepherd

 
 
 

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Play your part in the Golden Eagle Survey 2015
In 2015 there will be a full Golden Eagle Survey across Scotland. The last time this was carried out was in 2003 when 440 pairs were recorded. Here on Mull in conjunction with the RSPB, SNH and the BTO, RSPB Mull Officer Dave Sexton with help from Matt Wilson and Dr Paul Haworth will be pulling together all the data gathered to get a complete picture of how the island’s golden eagles are faring this year and since the last survey. 
In January and February we are into the first phase of the survey which means we are looking at simply trying to confirm territory occupancy and this is where any additional volunteer help and sightings would be invaluable. During January and February if you are out and about birding on Mull or simply heading for the ferry or shopping in Tobermory and see golden eagles en route, Dave would be very interested to hear from you. We’re looking at whether they are adults or immatures, how many and if there’s any display involved. Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure of the identification or you think we probably know about them anyway, various sightings and information will all be followed up and will help to complete the complicated jigsaw puzzle of Mull’s many golden eagle territories. This work doesn’t involve tramping the hills in search of eagles, it’s simply what may be visible from public roads and accessible forestry tracks if open. Your help with this national survey will be greatly appreciated and we’ll keep you posted on the final results in due course. If you have any relevant golden eagle sightings 
please email Dave Sexton at david.sexton@rspb.org.uk  Many thanks.
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Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll
Tiree Sightings: January 2015
Best birds were the long-staying 1w male Ring-necked Duck, which remained all month at Loch a’ Phuill and a good candidate 1w American Herring Gull at Sorobaidh Bay (21st). Other good birds included an influx of 11+ Glaucous Gulls (from 17th) involving one 2w bird and at least 10 juveniles, a juv Iceland Gull off West Hynish (30th), a 1w Pomarine Skua off West Hynish (11th) - the first mid-winter record for Tiree and a Greenland Redpoll at Hynish (14th). Other scarcities included a Slavonian Grebe at Loch a’ Phuill (6th), a Jack Snipe at Balemartine (24th), a Black-headed Gull at Loch an Eilein (23rd), a Pied Wagtail at Balephetrish Bay (19th), 2 Snow Buntings at The Reef (21st), up to 30 wintering Goldfinches and 50 wintering Fieldfares, odd Water Rails and a Woodcock at Balephuil (9th), plus the long-staying 15 Jackdaws and lone Rook at Loch an Eilein all month.

An all-island count (13th-14th) found 4,173 Barnacle Geese, 639 Greenland White-fronts and 2,216 Greylags, plus 119 Whooper Swans, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Pink-footed Goose, whilst numbers of Lapwing remained high in the relatively mild conditions at 3,045 and Golden Plover at 3,280. Scarce waterbirds included up to 15 Long-tailed Ducks and a Common Scoter around the coast, a high count of 32 Shoveler (19th), an imm Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (14th), 2 Pintail at Loch Riaghain (19th), 2 Coot and a male Pochard at Loch a’ Phuill (6th), 2 Gadwall at Sandaig (14th-19th), a Moorhen at Crossapol (21st) and 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (19th), whilst a Great Northern Diver inland at Loch Bhasapol (19th) was unusual. Raptors included at least 4 Hen Harriers, 5 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Peregrine throughout. High wader counts included 60 Purple Sandpipers at Hough Bay (3rd), 75 Curlew at Crossapol (22nd), 160 Turnstone at Ruaig (13th), 180 Ringed Plovers at Ruaig (13th), 320 Sanderling at Balephetrish Bay (8th), 150 Dunlin at Ruaig (13th) and 17 Bar-tailed Godwits at Sorobaidh Bay (17th).
John Bowler



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