Latest reports for July 2014
28th Aros Bridge: a Kingfisher here today.
24th Male hen harrier flying over Suidhe, Bunessan
23rd - Treshnish Isles. Two Swifts, three Great
Skuas and two Arctic Skuas (one pale morph) among the thousands of Puffins
on Lunga today.Ruth Fleming
23rd Aros: a Red Kite at Forrestry at Aros.
22nd Glengorm: three Swifts competing for
airspace with a pair of white tailed eagles and a brood of Spotted Flycatchers.
18th - Loch Ba A juvenile Cuckoo being fed
by two Meadow Pipit parents out of the nest was a real highlight today.
Very few Common Sandpipers remain on territory, most having already set
out on their return migratory journeys south to West Africa. Magic
18th Lochdon: an Osprey briefly fishing
over Lochdon. Rosie Salzman
17th Leucistic puffin north of Mull today.
Ewan. Ewans Blog
puffin by Ewan
cuckoo by Stuart
17th: Kilninian, 3 Turnstonesd at black beach (Treshnish
guest) Prasads Blog
18th: Treshnish, 1 Swift prasad Prasads
11th - Grasspoint. 150 Kittiwakes in the Firth
of Lorne at entrance to Lochdon; four Black Guillemots; and a hunting male
Hen Harrier; two Kestrels at opposite area of the loch at Gorsten.
10th - Torosay. Three Grey Wagtails, near camp
site, as well as still singing male Blackcap and Sedge Warbler.
It is feasible that the Ulva
Mealy Redpoll may, in fact, be hybridising with a Lesser Redpoll, further
muddying the waters of Redpoll taxonomy Ruth Fleming
8th - Isle of Ulva A Common (Mealy) Redpoll (Carduelis
flammea) was seen and photographed on the Isle of Ulva this afternoon.
Given the high Summer date, it may be that this species is breeding on
the Isles of Mull and Ulva. Pairs have, apparently, been breeding on the
neighbouring island of Tiree in recent years. It may be worth checking
those seemingly Lesser Redpolls that nest on Mull in future.
A Cuckoo was seen at Killiemor, on the North side
of Loch na Keal on the drive home from our walk.
6th Three orcas heading north, east of Coll. 15
common scoters north of Loch Cuin and first fledged razorbill chick seen.
Ewan Ewans Blog
30th June along the southern shores of Loch Ba,
plenty of lapwing, common sands, redshank and curlew. Then at the
eastern end, where the Glen Cannel enters the loch, we came across a calling
common quail calling in the classic 'wet-my-lips' fashion, just across
the river mouth (grid ref approx NM590362). I hear these quite often in
and around Dorset, so I'm in no doubt of the record. It wasn't a one-off
as it called a number of times.
Near to the lodges (approx NM575372), we saw 2
Wood Sandpiper. ID, they had a medium-length straight dark bill
(as opposed to plover-length for example), with an obvious eye-stripe.
They were more upright than the common sandpipers which we'd seen everywhere,
and had a fluty kind of call. There were only the 2 but I suspect that
if they are a pair they should be around that area for a while.
A female hen harrier 4th July from the parking
area on the north east of Loch Scridain (NM519298), and on the 5th, a family
of whinchat on the road to Grasspoint (NM738302) Neil Gibson
6th - Croig - Langamull Two ad. White-tailed Eagles,
one of which was repeatedly mobbed by a male Hen Harrier, as seen from
Croig; another male Hen Harrier being mobbed by a Buzzard at Langamull;
Oystercatcher with single chick, a pair of Ringed Plovers with two fledged
juveniles and three juvenile Common Gulls at Port na Ba; a single sleeping
Dunlin at Port na Ba was unexpected - migrant or local?; the Arctic and
Common Terns are still on course to raise young at Langamull this year
- against all odds? Ruth Fleming
1st 2 Storm Petrels from the boat yesterday between
Mull and Coll. Continuing excellent views of white tailed eagles. Martin
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30th June: a report of a Green Woodpecker
heard in the woods along the Graspoint road.
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