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Latest reports for September 2014 

1st Lochdon:  Single Osprey observed for a good while fishing and bathing by the bridge at beginning of Grasspoint road. Also saw our first otter at Croggan being 'assisted' in its crab dinner by two hooded crows.
Thanks so much for producing the Mull bird report, it has been invaluable on our first holiday here, 
Matthew Midgley and Rachel Gartner
1st Lochdon: 3 Greenshank and 5 Redshank on the loch shore this morning. AS
 

Latest reports for August 2014
26th - Adult female peregrine stooping on a herring gull and feeding on it next to Tobermory harbour just after 7am. Ewan Ewans Blog
29th Fishnish woods: a Long eared Owl swooped down and landed on a branch just 6ft away from us, it stayed for about five minutes giving us excellent views. Laura Percy and Simon Bartle
27th   loch na keal  near fish hatchery, Golden Eagle, 28th Buzzard at loch scridain. Also 1 otter Nigel Dawber
27th -Quinish 3+ Greenshanks, five Redshanks and five Lapwings along coast and family party of seven Long-tailed Tits in estate woodlands. A single Painted Lady was observed at the coast today, only our second of the year. Ruth Fleming
26th A small flock of Mistle Thrush at Acharonich this morning along with a fair amount of Pied Wagtails. . Maybe as a result of the strong east winds we have just had? Martin.  White tailed Eagle boat trips
26th - Croig/Langamull Twelve Ringed Plovers, two Redshank and a Greenshank, Croig, where four fem./eclipse Goosanders; Willow Warbler in song at Croig; single Greenshank at Port na Ba; and two Whitethroats at Sunipol.Ruth Fleming  Magic Wildlife Walks
26th Walked up loch ba this morning White tailed eagle . Hen harrier female. 3 grey wagtail. Nigel Dawber
25th Mulls White tailed eagles have successfully fledged 15 chicks this year and Corncrake have also had a good year with 23+ calling males on Iona.
23rd We have been following your sight for a number of years and take a great deal of enjoyment from it. Think you might be interested in these Osprey photos. Taken Saturday 23/08/14 around 2.30pm on the grasspoint road, just after the cottages. Dave & Jan – St Helens, Merseyside

24th Loch na Keal: several hours side of loch, 40+ ring plover, 2 common sand piper, 2 red shank, all near camp site we where parked just up road from the mobile cafe, also towards fish hatchery 2 whimbrel, 15+oyster catcher, 6+ femal red breasted merganser, also 1 white tailed eagle. Nigel Dawber 
22nd Big flock of Manx Shearwaters in our area yesterday with small flocks even at the head of Loch Na Keal in the evening. Peregrine Falcon mobbing 3 sitting white tailed eagles on Inch Kenneth Weds sea eagle boat trips
21st Immature great northern diver and six storm petrels in waters between Mull and Coll today. Ewans Blog
20th - Torosay An eclipse gathering of 34 Red-breasted Mergansers in Duart Bay; an immature White-tailed Eagle causing mayhem among the ducks, geese and gulls; a pair of Crossbills (inc. a male); and a calling Sedge Warbler were the bird highlights of our wildlife walk today. Ruth Fleming.  Magic Wildlife Walks
19th Aug Pennyghael Estate 1 Carrion Crow.Wild About Mull
20th Aug Loch Beg 1 Peregrine, 2 Crossbill, 1 Whinchat. Fidden 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whinchat.
21st Aug Loch Beg 1 Knot. Bryan Rains Wild About Mull
18th - Gortenbuie Two Hen Harriers on shoulder of Ben Talaidh and a single Short-eared Owl on the Cannel River floodplain. Ruth Fleming
16th A Jay flew across the road in front of us on our way to work Fri 15th between Salen and Gruline junction near Torlochan turn off. Martin sea eagle boat trips
13th  - Up to 200 goldfinch feeding on knapweed next to the Island Bakery, Tobermory in the AM. Around 150 black-headed gulls and 50 odd kittiwakes at the head of Loch Na Keal on the evening. Ewan Ewans Blog
12th on tour today with a group and for the first time for me I saw a kingfisher. It was flying across the road along the long straight from Salen towards Knock. It was seen by several people in the minibus.Nigel Shannon  & Fiona Shannon
8th A massive flock of Manx Shearwaters this morning near Inch kenneth also 3 Bottlenose Dolphins. Family group of 3 White Tailed Eagles. Martin Keivers Martin sea eagle boat trips
9th - Quinish Two ad. White-tailed Eagles on a skerry at mouth of Loch Cuin; two Teal and ad. female Shelduck with single fledged juvenile; and a single Common Sandpiper were the bird highlights of our walk today.
Ruth Fleming 
6th - Croig Whilst watching the Dervaig juvenile White-tailed Eagle and one of its parents in the telescope from across Loch Cuin a female Peregrine flashed past heading towards Port na Ba.
Ruth Fleming Magic Wildlife Walks


This beautiful image was taken by Stuart Gibson

5th - Croig/Langamull A single juvenile Black-tailed Godwit at a tiny pool near Croig was viewed to within 15 metres without disturbance; four Ringed Plovers included at least one juvenile at Langamull, where three migrant Dunlin included two juveniles. The adult Dunlin was very long-billed and probably of the alpina race. One of the pairs of Ringed Plovers at Port na Ba has raised two juveniles. A juvenile Bullfinch was seen at Croig.
4th - Loch Ba Three Hen Harriers included two female/imm. types hunting the same area of hillside; three Wheatears and eight Sand Martins; a juvenile Bullfinch was also recorded here.  Ruth Fleming
1st August - Tobermory A female Peregrine was prowling around Tobermory this evening (20.00 hrs).
31st July - Tobermory The local Magpie has renewed our acquaintance after a spell of apparent inactivity.
Ruth Fleming   Magic Wildlife Walks

Mull Eagle Watch update – July 2014.  from David Sexton RSPB Oficer for Mull
For some years I’ve been doing email updates each season to a large number of people who have been involved in Mull Eagle Watch over the years. Over time emails have changed, people have moved and so on, so the list is probably now very out of date. So instead I’ll post updates on Mull Birds and the Mull Bird Club websites courtesy of Alan Spellman and Andy Oldacre and hope that this way the eagle news reaches the people who want to keep up to date. 
Mull Eagle Watch has evolved considerably over the years to keep pace with the growing white-tailed eagle population and the number of people from on and off the island who want to be involved. Some nests are now watched over by local residents, others by trusted volunteers and visitors, some by wildlife tours and for others their best protection is their remoteness. The threats too have changed from the early days of egg collectors (who haven’t completely gone away but the threat has slowly diminished) to irresponsible photographers who feel they are above the law and put a photo above the welfare of the bird. The last two prosecutions here have involved photographers disturbing nesting sea eagles and both incidents were spotted by volunteers and wildlife tours so the system is working.
The healthy population of white-tailed eagles on Mull shows that they are breeding successfully and that the current Mull Eagle Watch system is broadly effective with 20 territorial pairs now resident here. There are good years and bad years with natural failures and occasional incidents but overall the trend is encouraging. So how are things looking in 2014?
I am hopeful that 15 young sea eagles are currently on the verge of fledging and some have already done so. Some sites are well known and can be covered here. The pair known as Fingal and Iona at the Mull Eagle Hide has one chick in the nest which is about to fly any day now all being well. Trips to the Hide can be booked on 01680 812 556 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01680 812 556 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting and run Monday to Friday 10am and 1pm. They will continue even after the chick fledges as the birds will still be very visible. Please support this community run project if you’re coming to Mull. The rangers John Clare and Rachel French will  ensure you have a memorable trip. The pair which are widely watched from Killiechronan at the head of Loch na Keal (Territory 29) have fledged two chicks this year. Our old timers at Lochdon (T2) sadly failed for unknown reasons. We’ve thought before that this is the beginning of the end for these birds now in their early 30’s but then they bounce back and surprise us, so we’re not writing them off yet! At Craignure golf course (T27) this pair has one chick which is due to fledge shortly. They are best viewed from the layby a short way north of the golf club car park where a yellow Mull Eagle Watch sign is in place. Long time favourites Skye and Frisa (T18) have a single chick up and about already and the pair regularly seen on whale watch trips out of Tobermory (T51) also has a single chick. All the others are quietly getting on with things and I will give a final count on all the Mull fledged eaglets later in the autumn.
This year Mull Eagle Watch pioneered a UK first with a new webcam from a sea eagle nest with the male Cuin and the female Sula (wing tagged White 5 from the 2007 east coast release scheme). They were also filmed for this year’s BBC Springwatch and the webcam enabled us to reveal a remarkable event when an intruding one year old sea eagle forced this year’s chick out of the nest. The chick survived unharmed and was rescued before Forestry Commission Scotland rangers helped return her to the nest. She has recently fledged successfully – this time under her own steam! The webcam can be visited at www.carnyx.tv although the nest is now empty.
In other news, with BBC Springwatch we tracked down Skye and Frisa’s 2005 chick Itchy who is now a father himself and has one chick this year. It was the first time I’d seen him in 9 years and was quite a moment. It made all the effort of Mull Eagle Watch over the years worthwhile and seeing Itchy soaring out over the sea with his white tail gleaming in the sun was a sight to behold. PC Finlay Christine was there the day we ringed Itchy and his brother Scratchy in 2005. He is much missed and worked tirelessly for Mull’s eagles; he would have been very proud!
Dave Sexton      RSPB Scotland Mull Officer
david.sexton@rspb.org.uk     Tel: 01680 300 387    mobile  07818 803 382



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