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If anybody is up in the hills then please look out for Ring Ouzel,
would be nice to confirm breeding on Mull. A photo would be even better.
This years migrants arrivals:
Common Redstart
Spotted Flycatcher
Garden Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Wood Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Whinchat
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Corncrake
Sedge Warbler
House Martin
Tree Pipit
Common Cuckoo
Blackcap
Common Sandpiper
Willow Warbler
Puffin
Barn Swallow
Chiffchaff
Sand Martin
Wheatear

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3rd May
3rd May
1st May
30th April
30th April
7th May
8th May
29th April
22nd April
18th April
17th April
17th April
10th April
8th April
8th April
2nd April
29th March
27th March
26th March
18th March

Bryan Raiins
Bryan Rains
Peter and Sue Morrison
Bryan Rains
Bryan Rains
Rachel French, Mull Eagle Watch
David Sharp
Peter and Jan Daisy
Pete Hall
Sr Jean Lawson
Pam & Arthur Brown
Steve Hiscock
Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs
Steve Hiscock
Stuart Gibson
Bryan Rains
Bryan Rains
Steve Hiscock
Damian Jamrozik 
Pam & Arthur Brown
Bryan Rains.
Jan Daisy
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Latest sightings for May 2017


25th Light phase Arctic Skua off Caliach, 1 Corncrake and 6 Twite on Lunga. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
24th - Sea off Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Ten Storm Petrels and a Great Skua. Stuart Gibson
24th at least 3 Great Northern Divers on Loch Scridain, between Fionnphort and Fidden A couple of Whimbrel and a Whinchat also saw White-tailed eagle, Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl.  Christine George
24th Alan woke up to nine Goosesanders on the loch sitting in a large group on small island having a rest and clean up. The most we have seen in the last five years on the loch. Cheryl Callow 
23rd Short eared owls displaying & wing clapping at 3 lochs, male hen harrier at Pennyghael, juvenile white tailed eagle on rocks at loch scridain, pair of golden eagles at glen more & another male hen harrier there.  Finished off by an otter at craignure. Not a bad day!!! Rick
23rd Around 15 Storm Petrels, dark phase Arctic Skua and a solitary Basking Shark in waters to the north of Mull today. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
23rd We've been at Grasspoint today and had fantastic views of a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver from the point. It may not be unusual for Mull but 
iit was certainly interesting for us!. Christine George
23rd  sightings from our recent holiday 10-20th MAY: 2 x Short-eared Owl 3 lochs Glen More, 3 x Hen Harrier Glen More, 3 x WTSE Killiechronan inc 1 juv, 1 su adult, 2 x Golden Eagle Knock, 1 x calling Corncrake Iona, 5 x Bottlenose Dolphin Iona. 3 x Otter Loch Scridain, 1 x Otter Loch Na Keal, 2 x Otter Ulva Ferry, 1 x Whinchat road from Ulva-Dervaig, 4 x Redpoll Knockvologan Fm and on the beach, 36 apparently occupied Sand Martin holes, all holes with fresh sand deposited at the bottom with birds witnessed flying into/out of 5 of them.. 2 Redshank Loch Beg + 1 drumming Snipe, 11 Dunlin + 3 Redshank Dervaig. Mull Eagle Watch West Ardhu - 3 WTSE, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 1 Raven. 3 x Buzzard, 2 Raven Loch Uisg Simon Taylor
23rd Iona: Corn crake. On Iona. Seen by Pete Hall Oxford
22nd We have been watching a woodcock at Scallastle at 10pm.   2 wteagles at Craignure golf course and arctic tern Dipper, grey wagtail at Aros bridge Wood warbler in Arose park and ravens.  Barry York RSPB.
22nd  a great day with short eared owls today. Glen more grass point areas,  gorgeous. Jacqui  and Mike Murphy www.enjoymull.co.uk
22nd A single male tufted duck on the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan Tony Jefree
22nd One of my guests today reported to me a green woodpecker at Lochbuie yesterday. Pete Hall  Mull Wildlife Tours
22nd three short eared owls above the three lochs, and three separate male hen harriers, one opposite the derelict farm on Loch Spelve, and two 
at Pennyghael. Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
22nd Great northern diver in Loch Beg and Loch na keal, Ravens at Gribun cliffs. Go!den and wte just past road junction A849 and B8035. Barry 
21st Wte by craignure golf course. Black guillemot off Craignure pier. Two Short eared Owls  just past turning to duart castle. Male hen harrier in Glenmore. Barry Bishop York RSPB 
20th we had superb views of a beautiful male merlin in Glen More  not too far from the masts. Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
20th Iona: Corncrake singing in field past forestation on Iona. Cuckoo,twite,raven,wheatear,shelduck,ringed plover. Lochbeg. 2greenshank, red breasted merganser, ringed plover. White tailed eagle  and otter between Bunessan and Pennyghael York RSPB 
19th Thank you for the information about Knock Bridge. a walk up Scallastle gave us cuckoo, tree pipit, siskin, crossbill,  at Torosay  Castle spotted flycatcher, bullfinch. Otter in front of Isle of Mull hotel and common sandpiper woodcock roding at 10pm. Barry Bishop RSPB York Local Group.
19th - Aros Park Female Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young in nest; and male Wood Warbler singing in woods near Sput Dubh.
18th - NW of Sound of Mull Two Great Skuas harassing feeding Gannets. Stuart Gibson
19th Loch Frisa: a male Hen Harrier at the North end (Dervaig) also four Red thrioated Divers calling and flying round, (what a noise) a Short Eared Owl at Grasspoint. visitor Rick
17th Three Red-throated Divers on the Mishnish Lochs and six Twite at Caliach. Ewan 
18th - Loch Ba Single Crossbill, Benmore Lodge pines; a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on loch, male already in head moult; two Golden Plover; and a single Dunlin along loch shore. Ruth Fleming Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
17th - Craignure A roding Woodcock at 22.00 hrs over wooded crag behind Cal Mac ticket office/Visit Scotland. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
17th Iona  Wheatear close to Bailer mor, artic terns fishing close to ferry route. John Mather
17th Ospreyseen today between Craignure and Garmony. Have they been around for a while? Know they've been frequent visitors to the 
Lochdon area and wondered if there have been sightings there this year. Carolyn Whenman (28th-30th April last sighting)
15th  Spotted Flycatchers, One at knock bridge and saw 5 at far end of Croggan . Visitor Rex Earnshaw
14th Dervaig: Cuckoo calling, mid day and evening. Grasshopper Warbler near river. John Mather
14th Lochdon: a pair of Gooseander by the bridge poole. Alan
13th - At Sea off North Mull: A Great Skua was seen NW of Sound of Mull; and five Great Northern Divers (one immature) were off the coast at Glengorm
12th - Loch Ba: In addition: three calling Cuckoos between Knock and Gortenbuie, where very remote Willow Warbler in song at ruined farmhouse. Stuart Gibson
12th - Loch Ba: Six Crossbills (two adult males) feeding on Scots Pine, near Benmore Lodge; two singing Tree Pipits; two singing Redstarts in birch woods; and six (four drakes) Goosanders. Stuart Gibson
13th May Ardura First Common Redstart. Bryan Rains  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
12th  Nice to meet you this afternoon.  2 red throated diver at loch na keal knook camp end. Male and female whinchat at head of loch scridain. 4 greywagtails. Female Merlin from loch scidian half way around headed to loch na keal. Also a ringed dead ringed guillemot Lee Dutton (info passed on AS)

Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart photos from 2016  Alan Spellman
12th May Beach  First Spotted Flycatcher. Bryan Rains.   www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
12th  we had Snipe in the large field on the left after the Grasspoint Turn, also excellent view of a Jay in the wooded area at the start of Glen More. a male hen harrier at the far end of Glen More just after Craig. Pete Hall 
11th May Loch Pottie 1 Whooper Swan. Bunessan 1  drake Gadwall. Bryan Rains
12th Crossbills overhead at Gruline and Aros Mains, Solitary LBB Gull at Caliach and also 9 Whimbrels. Ewan Miles and Dave Shackleton 
11th Lochdon: Whimbrel and Redshank at lochdon. Ringed plover on golf course. 4 Short Eared Owls  at 3 lochs carpark. Also a nice close view of an overhead flight from a young WTE. visitor Lee Dutton.

Turtle Dove at Kintra 11th May 2017  , Jeremy and Margaret Roberts 
11th Kintra: a scarce summer visitor, A Turtle Dove  at Kintra at midday today. At Deargphort, the large house on the sharp right-bend before Kintra, the bird was visible from the road, feeding in the open courtyard of the house. No sign of it when we returned at 5 pm. Jeremy and Margaret Roberts from Carlisle.
Previous records: 2006 at Treshnish 11th May. 2007 at Tobermory camp site in June .2008 25th May at Glas Eilean and Lochdon. also at Ardtun in August.
2009 a single bird in Glen Bellart  in June & at Bunessan in August. 2011 in a local garden at Gruline on 22nd June and September 8th in the Salen-Aros area. (Ewan Miles). 2015 8th July Treshnish: (Anand Prasad). 2017 11th May at Kintra, Jeremy and Margaret Roberts 
11th Fidden: 7:19 AM  9 Black-tailed Godwit (6 in breeding plumage) 40+ Whimbrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 2 Redshank. visitor Martin Overy
9th  A Greenshank at Dervaig this morning, not seen one here for a couple of weeks, Dunlin still feeding up here as well and I had a Wood Warbler in 
Ardura wood Arthur Brown.  Discover Mull Wildlife tours
8th There was a Black-headed Gull in the bay at Tobermory (close in) - we don't see them here much (I can't remember seeing one here before).
Richard Airey - Harbour Guest House, Tobermory.
9th Ardmore: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (singing) 2 Tree Pipits, 1 White-tailed Eagle Martin Overy
9th Scoor: Grasshopper warbler and Sedge Warbler on the Scoor road. Rebecca Burton

Black Swan on Lochdon this evening 8th May 2017 - Alan
8th Calliach Point:  a large group of Terns, probably Arctic ??. They were quite distant even with the scope. Pete Hall 
8th We bought a copy of your Bird Report while waiting to board the ferry at Craignure and wished we'd bought it while planning our trip. 
28/4 to 5/4 Ardura: Goosander - every evening during our stay, a pair of Goosander on the river lussa, also two other pairs of which the males were not fully into breeding plumage. 3rd early morning: first Garden Warbler - singing at the junction of the A849 and the road to Duart Castle, also asinging  Blackcap singing and two Whitethroats beside the road to Duart Castle. 4th early morning  a flock of 30+ Whimbrel feeding on the grass near the farm at Fidden.  2nd Loch Scridain. two Greenshank in breeding plumage at Traigh Mhor. visitors Peter and Sue Morrison
7th Duart Castle Millennium woodland 10:00 1 Long-tailed Tit. Lochdon 11:30 a  Black Swan (escaped)  1 Greenshank1, 4 Whimbrel. Martin Overy
7th Garmony: 4 common terns between  Garmony and Fishnish on Friday 5th and 2 again today plus 2 WTSE on the shore between Salen pier and Glenforsa. Peter and Jan Daisy
6th Lochdon: 30+ Dunlin busy feeding at Gorten end, singing Whitethroat. Nuthatch made another appearance this morning. Alan

Nuthatch photo by June Saul 4th May 2017
4th Craignure: a Nuthatch feeding in a local garden. June Saul. Mull records in 2015 - 16 and now 2017
4th a Short-eared Owl near the Dervaig viewpoint (back towards Tobermory a little), a Whinchat singing near the road at the north end of Loch Frisa and a calling Reed Bunting at the Mishnish Lochs. Richard Airey.. Harbour Guest House, Tobermory.
4th Lochdon: two Grasshopper Warblers singing this morning outside 'Maridon' Alan Spellman
4th Wheatears, Stonechats, Whinchat and finally a Grasshopper Warbler just before Dervaig. visitor Doug Holden
3rd Treshnish, at least 1 Mealy Redpoll amongst the Lesser Redpolls (all  soon to become Common Redpolls again apparently) http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
1st - Lagganulva Flock of 22 Whimbrel feeding on pasture this evening. Stuart Gibson/Ewan Miles
3rd May Loch Beg 1 first Common Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat. Bryan Rains.
3rd Ardura Woods (Croggan Road) - Wood Warbler trilling beautifully. 10.15 a.m. Doug and Tina Holden (visitors)
1st Pennyghael 1 first Wood Warbler, 1 Blackcap. Ardness 1 Iceland Gull.
2nd Loch Scridain 4 Red-throated Diver displaying. Bryan Rains. www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
2nd a very late Brambling in the garden at Ardrioch Farm this morning. Pam Brown 
1st Treshnish, 1 Mealy Redpoll at Treshnish, prasad 
1st Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting Dervaig reed beds, Reed Bunting Reudle School, 2 Linnets, 4 Great Northern Divers, 3 Black Guillemots, 14 Whimbrel Lagganulva Bay, Manx Shearwater, Gannets, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and 2 Snipe Cailaich Point, Redpoll, Tree Pipit, Siskins in our garden and wood at Ardrioch on todays tour. Bullfinch and Blackcap West Ardhu this evening. Cheers Arthur Discover Mull Tours
1st : North Mull: Two White-tailed Eagles (adult and imm.), two immature Golden Eagles and a Buzzard all interacting in the air above Killiechronan this evening; male Sedge Warbler in song, Killiechronan; roding Woodcock at West Ardhu and Loch Frisa track (Dervaig end); and calling Cuckoo at Loch Frisa (Dervaig end) at 21.30 hrs. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles.  www.naturescotland.com

Little Egret at Ardtun today 1st May 2017. photo by David Holden
1st at Ardtun a Little Egret here, (probably the same bird that was at Scoor earlier) David Holden
1st Fidden: Jay & 2 pairs of Golden Eagles in Glen More. Female Common Scoter, 2 Black Guillemots, 5 Great Northern Divers & an Otter on Loch Scridain at Pennyghael Whooper Swan on Loch Pottie. 3 Great Northern Divers, immature Sea Eagle & at least 37 Whimbrel at Fidden. David Sharp
1st West Ardhu: Whinchat this morning at 09.55 West Ardhu , on the fence posts to the right of the Barn Owl box.. Arthur Discover Mull
30th  first Grasshopper Warbler at West Ardu yesterday. Rachel French, Mull Eagle Watch


Tiree Sightings: April 2017
Best birds were up to 8 juvenile Glaucous Gulls that lingered through the month and up to 9 Lapland Buntings including several males in full summer plumage (17th-29th). Other good birds included a female Scaup at Loch an Eilein (10th), a pair of Pochard at Barrapol (23rd), 2 Common Scoter off Sorobaidh Bay (19th), a Sea Eagle at Milton (19th), a Mealy Redpoll at Balephuil (22nd), a Siskin at Balephuil (22nd) and 3 Woodpigeons (from 9th).

Heavy passage in northerly winds including a record Scottish count of 2,270 Black-tailed Godwits (25th) with many hundreds more through (5th-30th), Golden Plover numbers peaked at 9,130 (15th) and some 350 Pale-bellied Brent passed through (2nd-27th). Corncrakes returned from 21st with at least a dozen back by the month-end. The Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse (10th-14th), with only small numbers of both thereafter. 12 Whooper Swans remained at the end of the month as did 8 Redwings, many now in sub-song. Further returning migrants included House Martin (1st), Sand Martin (1st), Great Skua (4th), Linnet (4th), Willow Warbler (8th), over 110 White Wagtails (from 9th), Whimbrel (12th), Blackcap (15th), Greenshank (18th), Little Tern (10th), Arctic Tern (23rd), Common Tern (24th) and Common Sandpiper (30th).

John Bowler



male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016
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