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Latest sightings for October 2015
8th A small group of Brent geese in mouth of burn at bridge in Bunessan. Chris, Craignure
8th - Tobermory. Three Redwings in the Mull Magic garden this am. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
7th Knock: 1 White Wagtail, 3 Slavonian Grebes at Killiechronan & 1 'Greenland' Wheatear at Knock outfalls .Prasads Blog.
There was a little grebe in the Ulva channel today.Martin. Mull Charters
7th Loch na Keal: 1 White Wagtail at Lagganulva, 3 Slavonian Grebes at Killiechronan & 1 'Greenland' Wheatear at Knock outfalls. prasad.Prasads Blog
3rd - Tobermory
. Five noisy Whooper Swans over Aros Park. Stuart
6th Redwings calling overhead at 20:45, Tobermory. 11 Whooper Swans in Loch Tuath at 15:00. Ewan 
5th - Loch na Keal (North shore: Killiechronan to Ulva Ferry)
Single Bar-tailed Godwit, Killiechronan; 10 Wigeon and three Teal on loch; four Yellowhammers, Kellan; with five Crossbills over apparently inappropriate habitat and a single juvenile Swallow towards Oskamull. Ewan and Stuart
5th Loch Frisa: a Red Kite high over Loch Frisa at 11:10hrs today. Mike Shepherd
4th Fidden: My husband Stephen & I were with Arthur Brown at Fidden when we saw the Little Egret.  I attach  the best of my photos in case it is useful for your website. Stephen & Meg Davies.

little egret at Fidden  by Meg Daves (Mull's third record)
4th Fidden: a Little Egret here today, Mulls third record, Martin McDerby, Arthur Brown. 
The first Mull record was 12th Oct 1969 four birds were seen at Lochdonhead. A single bird was seen at Loch Beg on 9th November 2011).

little egret at Fidden by Martin McDerby
3rd,  8 red breasted mergansers on the actual black beach . Great to see they went in the water and did that skimming across the water in a group. We left them at 3.15 pm in the water heading towards Treshnish. Cheryl. Callow Dervaig
2nd golf course : 3 red throated divers, 1 white tailed eagle, 3 black guillemots (winter plumage), 10+ ringed plover, 3 otters (1 female and 2 young) and one turnstone at Craignure golf course this morning. At Salen at lunchtime (estuary end) there was one male eider in full winter plumage. Anna Simpson
1st Treshnish: 2 Willow Warblers in Treshnish wood, prasad
1st  Dunlin at Lochdon this morning and one great northern diver at Loch Scridain (Pennyghael). Anna Simpson
1st White tailed eagle catching a rabbit on the airstrip at Glenforsa this morning. visitor William Arthur 

Nuthatch at Pennyghael September 2015, photo by Nigel Burch

Tick infested Puffin pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: September 2015
Best bird was a juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper at Hough Bay (29th-30th), whilst there was a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (12th), a Barred Warbler at Balephuil (6th-7th) and no fewer than 4 Yellow-browed Warblers in West Tiree (16th-20th) with another at Balephuil (30th). Other good birds included a Black-throated Diver at Balephetrish Bay (26th), a Long-eared Owl at Balephuil (18th), a wandering adult Sea Eagle (10th-18th), a Goshawk reported from Balephetrish Bay (18th), Pied Flycatchers  at The Glebe (1st) and Balinoe (19th-20th), Lapland Buntings at Upper Kenovay (21st) and Barrapol (26th) and a Crossbill at Meningie (12th). A Cuckoo at Balephuil (18th-19th) was the latest ever for Tiree. Sea-watching in southerlies off Hynish produced 2 juvenile Sabine’s Gulls (27th), a Balearic Shearwater (27th), 3 Pomarine Skuas (27th-28th), 2 Storm Petrels, 1 Grey Phalarope (12th) and 18 Sooty Shearwaters. 

Light easterly winds brought a good selection of commoner migrant passerines including  a Whitethroat (22nd), 2 Garden Warblers (15th and 17th), up to 6 Blackcaps (from 19th), 10 Chiffchaffs (from 1st), 11 Willow Warblers, 7 Sedge Warblers (to 26th), 13 Goldcrests (from 10th), 9 White Wagtails and 4 Dunnocks. There were up to 12 long-staying Mealy Redpolls, joined by at least 6 Lesser Redpolls (from 13th), 3 Goldfinches and 1 Snow Bunting at Balephuil (16th), whilst there were late Sand Martins (25th) and Corncrakes (to 30th). House Martins bred successfully for the first time ever on the island.

Wader passage was slow but included up to 55 Ruff, 8 Grey Plovers, 62 Knot, 4 Whimbrel, 45 Bar-tailed Godwits and some 105 Black-tailed Godwits. Returning winter visitors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks and 6 Merlins. Wildfowl passage included 39 Pale-bellied Brent (from 25th), and 2 new Whooper Swans (19th) with ten more (29th).

Dr John Bowler

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