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Latest sightings for August 2015
 
27th Croig: 2 Black-tailed Godwits and 7 Greenshanks, prasad.  Prasads Blog
Sat 15th Lochdon 0845hrs 1200hrs, mother and 2 young otters fishing the ebb tide middle of lochdon then finally disappearing towards grasspoint, also single WTSE, greenshank, usual other waders, female harrier hunting area opposite gorton parking area and finally around 1130hrs an osprey swooping and taking a flatfish, flying in from west and heading back that way. Later that at Croig gave another WTSE plus a large pod of dolphins offshore, at least 10 observed on surface                                                                                                                                                                                              Sun 16th Calgary all before a late breakfast we had a basking shark out in the mouth of the bay swimming back and forth, 2 RT divers, a WTSE heading out towards Caliach and a golden eagle overhead all before 0900hrs.! sand martins still present.                                                                                                                                                                                      Mon 17th  killiechronan, golden eagle crossing the loch towards loch ba, 3 common sands, small numbers of tysties far out  on loch na keal  rb mergansers, grey heron and 120 ringed plover on shingle spit in front of campsite, sedge warbler in gorse, 2 sandwich terns fishing and single guillemot offshore.  Fidden, 3 ruff gave good photos,  small numbers of golden plover, lapwing, redshank, oystercatchers, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew and whimbrel.
                                  Ruff at Fidden in August 2015. photo by kind permission of regular visitors Tony & Jan Jenkins 
Tues 18th single male hen harrier near loch pottie, stonechat, 3 ravens, buzzard, single swift, kestrel, a couple of knot near fidden. , a WTSE observed flying in from south of iona and heading over erraid                                                                                                                                                                                          Thurs 20th 0730 0815hrs 3 otters seen near Fidden Erraid jetty,  fishing, later resting on rocks near jetty, mother and 2 young, Iona, wader numbers picking up on north beach with bar t godwit, turnstone, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew & ruff. Gannets fishing in sound, terns appearing to be on passage through the sound                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday 21st  2 more rt divers on loch scridain, gannets, terns and kittiwakes on the crossing to lochalinne. 
All in all one of our best trips of the last 26 years. Kind regards. regular visitors, Tony & Jan Jenkins
26th Langamull: 13 Knot & 1 Sanderling. prasad
26th Loch Cuin: at least migrating 25 Dunlin busy feeding on the mud close to the roadside. Alan. Arthur Brown
26th Lochdon: we had excellent views of the Osprey sitting on its regular post adjacent to the Grasspoint road. Pete Hall
25th Loch Cuin a Kingfisher and a large flock of mixed Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Pam Brown. Discover Mull Tours
25th - Baliscate. A migrating Tree Pipit was heard flying around in the vicinity of the Standing Stones.24th - Loch Ba. Still 6 Sand Martins present where River Clachaig meets the loch.23rd - Tobermory What may have been the Ardmore White-tailed Eagle juvenile was braving the local Herring Gull population over the town today.21st - Sound of Mull. Four Bonxies (Great Skua) were marauding offshore between the Isle of Mull and Coll, including two birds in the Sound of Mull, off Ardmore-Glengorm; a single Redshank was heading South over open sea between Mull and Coll.Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
25th Lochdon: Fishing Osprey again at about one pm today. Alan, Steve Littlewood, & Geoff Small
24th I was on top of Beinn nan Gabhar (570m) tonight, a flock of about 20 golden plover were flying just above the ground. They turned round before they got to me, that was about 6m from me. Colin Moody
18th Kintra .Linnet (approx. 100), redpoll (approx. 15), whitethroat. Ardtun.Ring ouzel, flying north, positive id Nathan Albias 
19th Ardtun Ring ouzel, flying north, positive id Nathan Albias
23rd: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.00am Steve Hiscock. 
20th Loch Beg 10 Golden Plover, 12 Redshank, 1 male Hen Harrier. Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated Diver. Beach 5 Black-tailed Godwit. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Sparrowhawk. Bryan Rains.  Wild About Mull
19th had a lovely sight of a family of 7 Kestrels together. They were above the Ease Force waterfall . Osprey on the fence post in the field south of the Grasspoint turn. Jacqui. Enjoy Mull Tours
19th Kilfinichen bay .Grey wagtail, pied wagtail (approx. 40+), meadow pipit (approx. 40+) Nathan Albias 
19th Gribun: We saw a group of 4 adult and juvenile Golden Eagles on the road south of Loch Na Keal, drifting off different ways. Also yesterday driving the coastal road through Gribun, we noticed 3 birds of prey flying high along the cliff edges, we stopped to have a look what they were, 2 adult peregrine harassing an adult Goshawk. We've been birding for 7 years now and have seen many Sparrowhawks and Goshawks, this was definitely a Goshawk. We saw many other birds this week, if you are interested on the places we saw the more interstingly ones, please do contact and I'll send a list.  Nathan Albias 
18th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing the loch at 17 30 hrs this evening.
18th Loch na Keal a great nothern Diver in non summer plumage. Martin Kievers
16th Lochdon: an Osprey fishing the loch at 11.45 hrs. Stephen Hiscock
13th Lainne Sgeir, Calgary, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 'Greenland' Wheatear. Prasads Blog
12th Croig, 4 Black-tailed Godwits. 
8th Lochdon: An Osprey fishing over Lochdon today at 3pm.  Alan 
7th Long-eared Owl perched roadside north of Salen, Short-eared Owl and two Ospreys south of Lochdon. 30 Golden Plover and 2 Turnstone (breeding plume) at Craignure Golf Club. Black-tailed Godwit and 10 Bottlenose Dolphins at Loch Mingary. Ewan and John Miles  Ewan's blog
7th Glenfors: Male hen harrier flying up and down grass verges at Glenforsa airstrip William Arthur  Eala Bhan
7th Killioechronan: an Osprey fishing successfully here this morning by camp site. Arthur Discover Mull Tours
6th Croig, 2 Knot & 1 Black-tailed Godwit. prasad. 
5th Croig, 13 Goosanders, 3 Black-tailed Godwits.  Prasads Blog
4th Langamull,  1 summer plumaged Turnstone. prasad
4th a juv ( first-summer) Hobby just south of Dervaig on the Torloisk road this afternoon! Ewan's blog

Hobby photo's by Ewan Miles. 
3rd - NW Mull waters: Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters in Sound of Mull, off Kilchoan, being harassed by a Bonxie; also several Kittiwakes, 20 Gannets and a single Puffin, off Langamull, where several fishing Common Terns and three Black Guillemots. Several male-juv. Guillemot combinations were seen, though a highlight was a single migrant Swift at sea, off Ardmore. Stuart Gibson (for Mull Otter Group)
1st Gruline:  Just been watching female hen harrier in the field in front of our house that runs along the road side. Sue Bebbington
31st 23 Mistle thrush on wires Salen  to Gruline road early evening today.  2 Crossbill seen in confiers from hide at Fishnish also 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Black Guillemots with 2 Gannets fishing earlier in the day. Michael & Silvia Brennan

Meadow Pipit feeding a young Cuckoo, photo by Michael Brennan July 2015


 
Tick infested Puffin pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: July 2015

Best bird was an adult Pectoral Sandpiper at An Fhaodhail (10th). Other good birds included the Quail calling again at Balephuil (5th), an Osprey heading NE off Milton (28th), the 2CY Iceland Gull lingering at Loch a Phuill (to 13th) and the 2CY Glaucous Gull there (to 20th). Island scarcities included a Red-throated Diver at Loch a Phuill (to 11th), a Sooty Shearwater off Gunna Sound (31st), 3 Common Scoter off Milton (28th), a breeding pair of Greenfinches at Milton and Ruaig (26th), a Short-eared Owl, a Barnacle Goose and a Canada Goose on Gunna (9th), a handful of apparently summering Sandwich Terns, a Swift at Ruaig (26th), a very early Robin (15th), a Lesser Redpoll at Balephul (25th) and 2 House Martins at Loch a Phuill throughout. A juv Cuckoo at Balephuil (20th) and a juv Grasshopper Warbler there (18th-19th) had been reared locally, whilst a fledged brood of Chiffchaffs there (17th) was just the third for Tiree. Return wader passage was intermittent but included 36 Golden Plover at Loch a Phuill (11th), 13 adult Knot at Loch a Phuill (17th),137 adult Black-tailed Godwits (18th) and 237 Sanderling (20th). Up to 7 Whooper Swans, at least 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Hen Harriers summered.

The final total of calling male Corncrakes was 333, somewhat down on the 2014 figure of 396. The Little Terns all failed in the cold wet weather but ducks did better with broods noted of Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal and Tufted Duck. The other seabirds had a mixed breeding year: dozens of Arctic Terns fledged from 390 pairs, 246 pairs of Kittiwakes fledged some 250 chicks, 89 pairs of Shag fledged some 170 chicks, whilst Guillemots, Razorbills and Fulmars all produced moderate numbers of chicks. Offshore there were large movements of Manx Shearwaters and Puffins, whilst 8 Storm Petrels passed Hynish (17th).
 
 

Dr John Bowler



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