1st Gruline: Just been watching female hen
harrier in the field in front of our house that runs along the road side.
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
Latest sightings for July 2015
31st 23 Mistle thrush on wires just out of Salen
on road to Gruline 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 Brennan
30th Loch Buie: - 3 Red throated Divers, Guillemot
and juvenile, 2 juvenile Black Guillemots, 2 eider with 1 juvenile,
cuckoo being fed by pipit. 41+ Golden Plover at Garmony Bay together
with a whimbrel.
We have a very dark Hen Harrier down at airstrip
seen across bay every day together with what we believe to be a juvenile
male seen perched each day ad flying which was today chased by female.
White tailed Eagle taken from Lady Jayne by visitor
30th Killiechronan: a pair of Bullfinch and
lots of Siskin young fledged birds. Alan & Dave
27th Iona, I disturbed a Great Skua on the
moorland at Druim an Aoinidh on the way over to the cairn at Carn Cul ri
Eirinn. I assume she is nesting there. She came at me with great violence
so I abandoned my walk! Donald Gillies
26th - Loch Ba A Peregrine harassing a flock of
Lapwings near the Hunting Lodge, while a female Sparrowhawk was hunting
less sizeable prey nearby; all the area's Common Sandpipers appear to have
deserted their breeding territories and are now on their return migrations;
and a single Crossbill was seen and heard.
Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
26th Killiechronan: Summer Plumage Red Knot
at Killechronan Bay along with 2 Dunlin and a Greenshank and a WT Sea Eagle
on shingle bank.
Aros Bay - Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Dipper and
single Grey Wagtail from Aros Bridge.
Glen Forsa Bay from Airstrip - Whimbrel, 2 Sea
Eagle. 4 Golden Plover, Greenshank, Female Hen Harrier, Large finch flock
including linnet, Twite, Redpoll, Siskin and young Whinchat.
Scarisdale Rocks small wood area large family party
of Spotted Flycatchers together with Willow Warblers and Tree Creepers.
2 Red Throated Divers on sea together with single Black Guillemot
and pair of Shelduck with one young. Sylvia and Mick Brennan.
Lesser Redpoll photo by Mike & Silvia Brennan
25th Greenshank 1at Aros bay below castle; 11 Golden
plover at Loch Beag Dave Pierce
21th 2nd cal yr male Hen Harrier Loch Beag.
23rd two dipper, a Greenshank at Aros river mouth &
3harbour porpoise in Salen Bay; two dunlin at Killiechronan; three
wheatear Gribun; Dave Pierce
24th - Iona Still at least 3 or 4 calling male
24th - Aros Park Four Crossbills flew in direction
of Tobermory, where two birds were later seen flying over Breadalbane Street
in the town. Mull Magic Wildlife
Walks 22nd - Tobermory Male Blackcap still in song, Aros
Park. The local Magpie seen in Breadalbane Lane (at Telephone Exchange)
and a Magpie heard in woods opposite entrance to Aros Park (same bird or
different indvl?) Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks 21st An Leth Fhonn, Loch Beag. ten redshank,
adult golden eaglle, dipper and Grey wagtail Aros bridge, cuckoo 1, wheatear
2, WTE, hen harrier 1, kestrel 1, Ulva; wheatear 1, hen harrier 1 Gometra.
22nd 1 female summer plumage Knot at oyster
farm. Malcolm Ward
21st - Torosay: Three Black Guillemots together
in Sound of Mull, where two adult Gannets, single Kittiwake, a dozen feeding
Common Terns and two Arctic Terns; three Twite on rocks along coast; and
a superb male Hen Harrier in off the sea, which flew NW towards Craignure
campsite. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
Juvenile Redstart by visitor Jo Tomalin 22 July
21st 1 juvenile Redstart at Laggan Bay showing
very well. 2 Red-throated Divers Calgary Bay. 1 Peregrine Achnacraig, Dervaig/Aros
road. Pam & Arthur Brown Discover Mull Wildlife tours
18th Grey wagtail 1 & fledged Spotted flycatcher
family Aros bridge, 20th fledged part family of Hen harriers, 4
(male not seen) Glen Aros, 21st Greenshank
1, Dipper 1 River Aros mouth. Dave Pierce
18th Loch Cuin: a black tailed Godwit at
Dervaig tonight. Prasad
19th an Osprey flying over our house here
near Cuin/Quinish Estate at around 7pm this evening.Ailsa Morgan
19th Hen harrier hunting above Aros 0930, Also
at 2130 I had a short-eared owl hunting above Aros.
A whimbrel 1130 Lochdon/Grasspoint, with
kittiwakes & a red-throated diver off shore & at least 4 kestrel
(family/part family) over the land. Another whimbrel at Lochbuie 1530,
where 3 adult golden eagles & an adult white-tailed in the air for
long spells plus kestrels & at least 2 sparrow-hawks. Gannets diving
off shore. At Loch Spelve, an otter, probably a dog, which caught a good
size skate brought it ashore to feed on & was still munching on it
30 minutes later when I ceased observation. Also at Loch Spelve an adult
WTE & a female hen harrier. visitor Dave Pierce
Common Whitethroat photo by Alan Spellman
18th a single swift flew into Duart Bay
from the sea. Felicity Pollard
18th Craignure Golf Club coast: a summer plumaged
tailed Godwit. Jaquie Fereday Enjoy Mull
Tours 17th July 1 Swift flying (very fast in the
wind) over Reudle Pam Brown Discover Mull Wildlife tours
17th Lochdon: I saw the Osprey at Lochdon,
stood on the wall, eating a fish thismorning. Bryan Rains
17th for the second day running a Magpie
and it is not the Tobermory bird.
15th near Torloisk: I was crossing over to
Iona yesterday and there are some large rocks with grass on top, slightly
separate from the main island to the north of the ferry passage (~400m
or so) , and around these, from the ferry I saw 3 corvids which looked
very like Chough. They were tumbling and being quite “playful”
in the air, and landing on the grass. I’m familiar with the species.
Unfortunately I could not make out the beak, being quite far away, and
with the movement of the vessel. Knowing that they nest quite close
on other Hebridean islands, it seemed a distinct possibility, and so I
looked up “Iona Choughs” on google and found your website. Has anyone
else reported this? We did see ravens, hooded crows and jackdaws
on the island, but my impression was that the birds I saw were different.
15th Aros Park a Green Woodpecker
fly out from behind me, the bench on east side of the park, northwest,
in the direction of the car park. visitor Ryan Deal
15th Two Osprey flew over the Bellachroy
hotel (Dervaig) . visitor David Shaw
a female Whinchat, a lifetime tick for visitor
David Shaw 15th July 2015
A story worth telling
7th July: we parked in a disused gateway
on the Glen More Road half a mile south of the Grasspoint turn where we
watched a Short-eared Owl hunting successfully for voles in the
field opposite. A Hooded Crow tried to mug the owl which dropped
its prey, but before the crow could steal his prize the vole was grabbed
by a female Hen Harrier. The harrier was then subjected to several
dive bombings by both the owl and crow. The crow gave up and then
so did the owl but as the harrier flew off with the vole the owl tried
again to retrieve its prey. The owl was unsuccessful and the harrier
flew off with it. This episode lasted about 15 minutes.
We revisited the same spot on 11th July
and scanned the area, we found an Osprey sitting on the old wall
which flew off after 25 minutes. We then watched it fly around in
the distance, presumably over the loch, occasionally diving out of sight
behind a small mound. During one of the periods it was missing, a
male Hen Harrier flew across the field, quartering it as he went.
The Osprey appeared approx half an hour later with a fish. It landed
on a distant fence post and ate its prey. It then spent some time
flying from one fence post to another before eventually flying off as the
heavy rain began. This episode lasted from 1pm - 4pm.
Best wishes David Steeley
9th Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker seen on peanut
feeder in my garden at Knock. David Hegarty
8th Treshnish: very scarce summer visitor, a Turtle
Dove and 20 Rock Doves at Treshnish House today. Anand
Blog birds recorded each year:- 2006
at Treshnish 11th May. 2007 at Tobermory camp
site in June .
2008 at Glas
Eilean and Lochdon 5th May.and also Ardtun in August. 2009
Glen Bellart in June and at Bunessan in August, . 2011
one was found in a local garden at Gruline on 22nd June.
2012 September 8th
in the Salen-Aros area. (Ewan Miles).2015
8th July Treshnish: a Turtle Dove at Treshnish today. (Anand Prasad)
Nuthatch at Pennyghael July 2015 by Bryan Raines
8th I have had a Nuthatch feeding off nuts in
garden at Pennyghael for last few days, Also a Jay. Will send a picture
when I download from camera. Nigel Burch and Loki
8th I did have a Swift yesterday at Pennyghael
too. Bryan Rains
4th Grasspoint road: Spotted Flycatcher feeding
4th - Male and female Merlin mobbing a Male Hen
Harrier on the Glen road and a Greenshank at Croig. Ewan Ewans
Blog 3rd Treshnish, 1 Swift over the wood. prasad.
3rd Colin Moody reports on how the cold Spring
affected our Swallows, "First swallow egg laid this year was on the 6th
of June, last year it was on the 15th of May"
2nd Salen:A hobby just flew over Salen heading
south pursued by common gulls. Over my garden again. Think I’ll just stay
put and watch birds from here. David Sexton Mull Officer
1st Laggan Bay: 3 Swift flying past Laggan
Bay at around 1 pm Pam Brown. Discover
Mull Tours 1st A Swift at the head of Loch na Keal
last night. Ewans Blog
Crow at Dervaig. This beautiful life
size sculpture was created in hand forged metal
by Andy Fellows, Blacksmith, Dervaig.
Tiree Sightings: June 2015 Best bird by far was an adult Cedar Waxwing present
briefly at Scarinish (10th). In an otherwise poor June for rare migrants,
good birds included the adult Sabine’s Gull again at Loch a’ Phuill (2nd),
a lingering juv Iceland Gull and a juv Glaucous Gull at Traigh Bhi all
month, a drake Garganey in the Kilmoluaig area (9th-15th), an adult Curlew
Sandpiper on a pool near Heylipol Church (14th-17th), a female Marsh Harrier
at Vaul (10th), a Little Gull at Loch a’ Phuill (20th), at least 2 Common
Redpolls in the west of the island and most surprisingly a Treecreeper
at Balephuil (29th) – just the 4th record for Tiree! Scarce island birds
included 3 Storm Petrels off Hynish (1st), a Black-throated Diver at Gott
Bay (24th), a drake Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (5th-9th), up to 5 Sandwich
Terns (9th- 30th), a Woodpigeon at Crossapol (9th), a Cuckoo (to 15th),
12 Swifts at Balephuil (11th), up to 6 House Martins (to 27th), 9 Spotted
Flycatchers (to 19th), 2 Garden Warblers (5th-9th), 2 Blackcaps (to 5th)
and a Lesser Redpoll at The Glebe (11th). Up to 5 Whooper Swans and up
to half a dozen Whimbrel summered whilst the several Great Northern Divers
lingered around the coast.
The Corncrake census revealed some 330 calling males,
plus at least 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, 2 calling Quails and calling
Water Rails at 4 sites, whilst Chiffchaff nested for the fourth time on
Tiree at Balephuil. The seabird breeding season is looking encouraging
so far following a late start to nesting for most species. Numbers of nesting
Kittiwakes and Arctic Terns were a little up again on 2013-14 levels and
there were good numbers of Shag, Fulmar, Guillemot and Razorbill eggs and
chicks at the month-end.