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Latest sightings for September 2016

23rd Aros Castle: At least two dozen swallows plus youngsters being fed at Aros Castle Ann Hinson. 
23rd Loch Scridain: White-tailed Eagle - adult briefly on rocks on south side of Loch Scridian @ c13.00
Craignure: House Martin,Taigh Forse, Kintra, 2 White Wagtail  Julian Wyllie.
23rd Hi Alan, just to let you know I saw a common scoter in Salen bay today. Jacquie

22nd Lochdon: 3 Hen Harriers in 'the field of dreams' between Lochdon and Inverlussa. Alan Spellman 
21st: a juvenile hen harrier In Kintra bay this evening. Andy Gibson.
20th - Torosay Two Red-throated Divers in the Sound of Mull and another two in Duart Bay; two Greenshank along the Torosay shore also; three House Martins over Craignure Village Hall.Stuart
20th: Croig, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2-3 House Martins. Calgary,  2 Swallows. prasad.  Prasads Blog
19th: Langamull, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits. prasad. Prasads Blog
18th: Langamull, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Turnstones & 1 Wheatear, c90 Greylag Geese at Langamull / Bennan
Calgary, 2 Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir. prasad.  Prasads Blog
20th Two sightings of ringtail hen harriers over the fields at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jeffree
19th Just had a flock of fieldfares over West Ardhu.  Debby Thorne
18th we had 6 Red Throated divers between Craignure Golf Course and the Small islets beyond. Also a pair of Whooper Swans at Fishnish. Pete Mull wildlife Tours
16th - Langamull. Six Bar-tailed Godwits consorting with Oystercatchers here this afternoon. Stuart
16th Langamull, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 'White Wagtail' & at least 3 
'Greenland Wheatears'. Calgary, 2 Sanderlings at Lainne Sgeir.  prasad
16th GN Diver numbers starting to build on major sea lochs. A Rook at Loch Scridain. Ewan Nature Scotland
14th Torosay: four Greenshank there this afternoon Stuart
13th.  A kingfisher near Garmony.  Juliet Vines
14th Langamull, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 juv Common Tern, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Whimbrel and 4+ 'Greenland Wheatears' Calgary, 1 Sanderling at Lainne Sgeir prasad.  Prasads Blog

14th  I know that there have been various sightings of Kingfishers over the last few days (Garmony and Torloisk) as well as Dervaig (Loch Cuin).  I can verify the Dervaig sighting. Photo above by Martin Jones
14th A skein of 15 Brent Geese heading south at 11am. Risso's Dolphins north of Mull Ewan Nature Scotland
14th Uisken: Just to let you know there was a single pale bellied brent goose at Uisken on Saturday 10th September. Emily Wilkins
13th Langamull, 8+ Greenland Wheatears, 1+ White Wagtail, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Sanderling & 4 Knots.
Treshnish, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (my latest date) Also a medium size gull with white wing tips at Port Ensay which i 
presume was a Med Gull and a possible Curlew Sandpiper in flight with flock of Dunlin at Langamull. Prasads Blog
12th Croig, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Calgary, 1 Common Scoter near the pier prasad  Prasads Blog
12th Slavonian Grebe on Loch ne Keal. Juv female Peregrine hunting Ringed Plovers at Lochbuie. Bar-tailed Godwit at Calgary. 23 Dunlin at the head of Loch Cuin. 12 Golden Plovers at the head of Loch Na Keal along with 6 Dunlin. Adult and juv RT Diver on Loch Tuath. Ewan Ewan Nature Scotland
10th Langamull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits & 7+ 'Greenland' Wheatears, Ensay Fort, 7+ 'Greenland' Wheatears, 1 Black-throated Diver at Langamull. 
11th Juvenile Dotterel 1500 feet up Beinn a' Ghraig this morning. Ewan Miles   Ewan Nature Scotland

4th to 6th Summary over the 3 days: 13 Sea Eagle sightings across the island including some truly amazing views on the Mull Charters trip, 7 Golden Eagle at various locations, 10 Hen Harrier (all ring tails seen from Grasspoint to Pennyghael) and at one point on 4th just along from Lochdon, 2 harriers up with 3 buzzard, 2 kestrel, a merlin and lastly a peregrine all in the air together! Black Throated Diver off Grasspoint, numerous shearwaters. 56 species in total...A magic island!!! Rich and Mike
Manx shearwater numerous (75+off Grasspoint and 30+ on the ferry crossing back) visitors Rich and Mike Payne
8th In the mist and murk at Glenforsa late afternoon, had 50 plus golden plover feeding on the airfield quite a sight.  Greenshank .Then the exciting thing yesterday was sure I heard wigeon yesterday but dismissed it as thought to early and didnt have any binoculars with me today took binos and camera and captured these wigeon in eclipse! About 30 of them. Also pair of red breasted mergansers, small flock ringed plover, small flock turnstones. Debby Thorne
8th Langamull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5+ Wheatears (at least 2 of which were 'Greenland') prasad
6th Loch Cuin: We heard a report that someone saw the Kingfisher back on Loch Cuin. Arthur and Pam Brown
8th Single common swift seen over the garden with swallows in Salen at 19.30. Pete and Jan Daisy
7th Great northern diver this morning on Loch Na Keal  Anna Simpson
7th On my tour, we had a pair of red throated divers still in summer plumage, towards the islands off Craignure golf course. Pete Hall. 

7th a single Pale Bellied Brent Goose with Greylags in field north of Arle. Enjoy Mull Tours
5th Croig, 1 Sandwich Tern flew towards Dervaig and 1 Knot at harbour (and presumably same over oyster-beds)
prasad  Prasads Blog

Hummingbird Hawk moth at Craignure August 2010 (Bob Boswick)
4th Treshinsh, Old School House: a Hummingbird Hawkmoth here. Anand Prasad.  Prasads Blog
3rd Loch na Keal; Red throated diver at Loch na Keal. Seen from the south shore. Anna Simpson
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Hawfinch:  Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll
Tiree Sightings: August 2016

Best birds were a very early juv Spotted Sandpiper at Balephetrish Bay (14th-22nd) and a smart adult Pacific Golden Plover at Middleton (29th-31st). Other highlights included an Osprey at Milton (4th) and at Loch a Phuill (5th), a juv Hobby at Barrapol (28th), a juv Mediterranean Gull at The Green (19th), a Pied Flycatcher at Carnan Mor (24th), a Black-throated Diver off Soa (11th) and a very early Redwing at Barrapol (30th). A juvenile Golden Eagle was reported from Ruaig (11th), at least 2 Robins were back by 31st, an early Goldcrest was at Balephuil (24th), there were 3 juv Cuckoos (12th-18th) and a trickle of Willow Warblers, Greenland Wheatears (from 29th) and White Wagtails (from 15th). Passage waders included a bumper 42 Curlew Sandpipers (from 19th) including a flock of 23, some 17 Ruff (from 13th), 18 Knot (from 9th), just 4 Whimbrel, 9 Greenshanks, 195 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plovers and a Green Sandpiper at Loch a Phuill (14th), plus peaks of 350 Ringed Plover (24th) and 411 Sanderling (24th).

Summering birds included 2 Whooper Swans, a Woodpigeon, a Dunnock and a Great Northern Diver plus at least 2 breeding pairs of Moorhen and Tirees second-ever successful pair of House Martins, whilst returning raptors included up to 3 Sparrowhawks, 4 Merlin and at least 4 different Hen Harriers all month. The all-island goose count (29th-30th) found 2,357 Greylags and 3,135 Lapwing, plus 650 Golden Plovers. Sea-watching was patchy but included a record count of 23,530 Manx Shearwaters in 2 hrs off Aird (8th), movements per hour of up to 395 Gannets, 380 Fulmars, 82 Kittiwakes and 234 Puffins, plus 27 Sooty Shearwaters, 20 Storm Petrels, 18 Bonxies, 10 Arctic Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua (8th) and 8 Common Terns (15th).

Dr John Bowler

tick infested puffin  distressing pictures click here

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