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Latest sightings for July 2015

3rd Treshnish, 1 Swift over the wood. prasad. Prasads Blog
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 metal 
by Andy Fellows, Blacksmith, Dervaig

Latest sightings for June 2015
30thTreshnish: 1 Swift flying west at boathouse. prasad.  Prasads Blog
30th: Arthur Brown had a good day out today picking up a Jay by the 'old Byre' and a pair of Red Grouse and eight  large chicks on the hill road. In Calgary Bay was a fully summer plumaged Black throated Diver.
28th - Torosay: Two Crossbills high over the castle grounds; a nice find was a Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk moth in same area. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
28th - Tobermory: The local Magpie is still doing the rounds. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
29th Mull Orchids are now in bloom accross the island, check hereto know your orchids.  Mull  Orchids 
29th Sightings over the last couple of days have included Common Crossbill,Red-throated Diver, 5 Greenshank at Loch Beg, Small Pearl Bordered,Marsh and Dark Green Fritillaries at various locations. Bryan Wild About Mull
28th Salen: We have a pair of House Martins nestbuilding Debby Thorne
26th a Jay from the road across from Salen to loch na keal. Adrian & Glenis Bury. North Yorkshire
26th Grasspoint: Saw a party of up to 20 plus Swifts in the lochdon area from grass point this afternoon.
23rd 15 Common Scoters in flight heading north and 2 Storm-Petrels in waters between Mull and Coll this morning. Ewan Ewans Blog

young Whinchat
23rd Great view of Male and female whinchat down the Grasspoint Road.  Also family of willow warbler and a cuckoo calling in the same spot.  Our male redpoll is still visiting the garden at home. Debby
23rd - Tobermory: A bird showing characteristics of Common (Mealy) Redpoll was taking nyger seed in the Mull Magic garden this evening. Interesting that Prasad has had several doing likewise at Treshnish recently. We found a Mealy Redpoll on Ulva two years ago during the breeding season and had it confirmed that this species, as well as Lesser Redpoll, were likely to be nesting locally.
23rd - Aros Park: Singing Wood Warbler and Chiffchaff (Willow Warblers too busy with young to be singing) and four male Blackcaps in song. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
22nd Tobermory: The Aros Park male Wood Warbler is still in song; a Spotted Flycatcher was nearby.Stuart
17th Female Peregrine carrying large prey on the north shore. A non-breeding Great-northern Diver at Croig and a one in breeding plumage at Lochbuie. Ewan Ewans Blog
16th  Lady Jayne, Loch na Keal: We had great views of a group of 6 Red Throated divers  with 2 displaying and calling. Location, near Scarisdale Rocks Loch Na Keal. Martin Mull Charters
21st Glengorm A Solstice stunner! Nine male and three female Beautiful Demoiselles defying the showers
14th Croggan: A Bordered Straw moth. A migrant from the Mediterranean and North Africa. Previously unknown on the Isle of Mull or on mainland Argyll, this migrant moth is a Scottish rarity. Stuart Gibson

photos by Stuart Gibson
14th I saw what I am sure was a Ruff yesterday on the pools on the left entering dervaig from Calgary direction. I thought nothing of it, as they are common around us. It was a wader about the size of a redshank, but with spangled back, plain palish grey head, orange based beak with dark tip, shorter than a bar tailed godwit, which is the other wader with similar patterning on the back and I see is common.  visitor Janet Roberts
13th a whale watching tour gave us Red throated Diver in flight, Black Guillemot, Bonxies. visitor Rick
12th Loch Ba: an Osprey here, also White tailed Eagles,Hen Harrier (f),  visitor Rick
14th I've just returned from Holidaying on Mull. Unfortunately due to having no internet whatsoever while on Mull i couldn't find whom to report this sighting to. The Mink came past me on the river bank at Knock Bridge on Thursday 11th June. It was coming from Lock Na Keal & heading up stream towards Loch Bar. Paul Biggs
13th Treshnish: at leaste one common redpoll still present. Prasad
12th Burgh: a Magpie here. Carolyne Charrington.
12th June - single whooper swan on Loch Assapol  also one osprey still around .Felicity Pollard
12th Lochdon: Our Osprey is still hanging around (since early May now) and can often be seen fishing on the loch, usually around high tide or receding tide. Alan 
11th six common Crossbills high up in the spruce trees next to the Guthrie Memorial at Duart Bay, Craignure today. Angi Harrell
10th  a Red Grouse on the hill abouve Gribun tonight. Colin Moody
10th Fishnish Bay: a full summer plumaged red throated diver in Fishnish Bay. Pete Mull wildlife Tours
image by Sindri Skulason
10th Huge rafts of Manx Shearwaters from Ardmore lighthouse  out into tghe open sea beyween Isle of Mull and Coll, most rafts numbererd several hundred birds and there were at leats 5,000 birds in the area, also a Bonxie and three Puffins. Stuart Gibson
9th Treshnish: at least one Common Redpoll present. Prasad
8th - Loch Ba Four singing Tree Pipits and a single male Redstart still in song; three calling male Cuckoos; family party of Goldcrests calling in Spruce and Lesser Redpolls, including what was probably a family party of six birds; a pair of Grey Wagtails food carrying for young; Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin over loch; several Snipe, including a 'drumming' bird and a pair of Redshank with young out of the nest; a Red-throated Diver in flight and a female Goosander 
7th - Craignure Male Blackcap and Whitethroat singing; 200 Kittiwakes feeding and resting in Sound of Mull, off Craignure, where 50 feeding Common Terns (in three separate groups) heading NW up the Sound; also several Gannets and single adult s/p Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver. 
6th - Croig/Langamull Three (two male) Goosanders were at Croig, while the breeding Arctic Tern pair at Langamull are nesting on the sand in what looks a particularly vulnerable location. Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
5th - Tobermory  A Chiffchaff was in song on Prison Brae today. Stuart Gibson
5th excellent views of a male Merlin in Glen More, near to Craig. Also watched a short eared owl quartering over the field opposite the derelict farm near Loch Spelve, at  the Grasspoint turn 3 cuckoos together, and the Osprey made an appearance.Pete Mull wildlife Tours
4th - Tobermory: A calling Crossbill flew SE high over the bay towards Aros Park this morning. Stuart Gibson
5th: 1 Swift on Cruachan Treshnish (Graeme Hutchinson & Angie Craft) and at least 1 Tree Sparrow still present Prasads Blog
3rd: 1 pipit showing Scandinavian Rock Pipit features &  pair of breeding Arctic Terns, Langamull Prasads Blog
5th A Jay flew across the road in front of us this morning at Torlochan. Martin Mull Charters

a family of Stonechat along the Grasspoint road. 4th June 2015.   Alan Spellman
4th A Jay was calling loudly from woodland between Quinnish and Loch Torr. Phil & Carol Sharp
4th Salen: Just looked out office window to see fantastic male Hawfinch on lawn, flew into trees and not relocated. Bright breeding colours. Real surprise. David Sexton Mull Officer 
Hawfinch  (Coccothraustes  coccothraustes)  extremely scarce, only a few records  for Mull
2009 a female in garden at Calgary June. 2010 a female at Treshnish on a garden feeder April.2014 on 6th-7th May at Killiechronan. Jan Fuller 2015 a male in Dave Sextons garden at Salen 4th June 
3rd - Aros Park, Tobermory: All three Phylloscopus warblers singing (one Wood Warbler near Sput Dubh waterfall and a Chiffchaff near the main entrance); singing Spotted Flycatcher and several Blackcaps in song; male Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Bullfinch on today's Nature Ramble with guests from the Balmoral cruise ship.

Common Gull chick,  Colin Moody, Knock                      Barn Swallow, Lochdon, Alan Spellman
2nd - Craignure: An adult Summer-plumaged and an immature Great Northern Diver in the Sound of Mull, off Craignure.  Mull Magic Wildlife Walks
2nd Treshnish, at least 2 Tree Sparrows and several Common (Mealy) Redpolls, prasad. Prasads Blog
1st Pennyghael: Male Hen Harrier over fields, just west of post office. Two Golden Plover along shore of Loch na Keal near footpath to Ben More. Phil and Carol Sharp1st Martin reports a Little Gull seen from 'Lady Jayne' in Loch na Keal. Mull Charters

Corncrake Iona by Andy Bayes May 2015 
Tick infested Puffin pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: May 2015
Best birds were an adult Sabine’s Gull at Salum (23rd) and Gott Bay (27th), a Long-tailed Skua off Sorobaidh Bay (18th), a high total of 26 Pomarine Skuas (7th-21st), 12 Dotterel (4th-6th), a skulking Reed Warbler at Balephuil (15th), a late Lapland Bunting at Crossapol Point (1st) and a record influx of 15 Tree Sparrows with long-staying groups of 5 at Balephuil (from 3rd) and 10 at Milton (from 24th). Other good spring birds included a female Marsh Harrier at Moss (14th), a Red Kite at West Hynish (26th), up to 2 wandering adult Sea Eagles on several dates, a juvenile Iceland Gull at Gott Bay (6th), up to 4 juvenile Glaucous Gulls (to 23rd), a Green Sandpiper at Balephuil (3rd), Curlew Sandpipers at Loch a’ Phuill (3rd) and at Vaul (14th), a Redstart at Balephuil (6th), with a Tree Pipit there (9th), a Siskin (16th) and up to 2 Common Redpolls (1st-18th), plus a Snow Bunting at Kilmoluaig (20th). Island scarcities included a Little Grebe at Ruaig (6th-13th), up to 6 pairs of Gadwall, 3 pairs of Wigeon, a drake Scaup at Loch Bhasapol (4th-13th), a Sandwich Tern at Sorobaidh Bay (4th), 2 Woodpigeons, up to 3 calling Cuckoos, a Swift at Loch a’ Phuill (15th), some 45 White Wagtails (to 29th), a Whinchat at Meningie (16th), a late Dunnock (to 16th) and a late Robin (to 20th) at Balephuill, up to 4 Whitethroats, 7 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests (to 2nd), 7 Spotted Flycatchers (from 14th-15th), 4 Greenfinches and 5 Goldfinches.

There was moderate wader passage with hundreds of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling passing through although there were no really high counts, plus 10 Black-tailed Godwits (to 22nd) and 97 Whimbrel (to 31st). Great Northern Divers were widespread around the coast, a late Greenland White-fronted Goose was at Balevullin (17th and 23rd), a late Barnacle Goose was east of Salum (29th), a Pink-footed Goose was at Salum (6th) and a pair of Canada Geese were seen at The Reef (18th) and Milton (24th), whilst up to 10 Whooper Swans lingered through the month. Corncrakes returned in good numbers during the month with over a hundred calling males around the island by the month-end.

John Bowler

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