26th Ardura:2 possibly 3 singing Wood Warblers ,
2Cuckoos near the turn to Grasspoint. Andy Bayes
25th Loch Spelve: Ringtail harrier & golden
eagle this morning. Edwina Sharp
25th Lochdon: Osprey carrying fish, Grasspoint
road, just up from the bridge. Andy Bayes
25th - Iona Corncrakes: calling birds in meadow
outside Heritage Centre, in Abbey gardens, Martyr's Bay and Fire Station
(2); birds seen reasonably well despite vegetation providing better cover
than of late; Rooks with fledged juvs away from Heritage Centre Rookery;
several pairs of Linnet and Goldfinches and a solitary Twite near Fire
Station; two Whimbrel, 15 Sanderling, six Dunlin and a few Ringed Plovers
at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean, where also 16 Eiders; very bleached
1st S imm Iceland Gull; and another pair of Linnets at Fionnphort. Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks 25th Lochdon: fishing Osprey again this morning.
24th Iona: A first summer iceland gull on
beach on west side of iona. Chris Northwood, visitor.
24th Tobermory: In the garden, siskin, collared
dove, wren, chaffinch, greenfinch, house sparrow, great tit, blue tit,
blackbird, starling, great spotted woodpecker ,swallow. Road to Glengorm;
cuckoo on wire, kept returning to same spot. Golden eagle just past Kilninian.
Tobermory lighthouse walk. song thrush, willow warbler, chiffchaff, raven,
shag, 2 gannets, 4 oystercatchers. Barry Bishop regular visitor.
24th Tobermory: Male Chiffchaff in song at Aros
Park and the local Magpie was in the Mull Magic garden this afternoon.
Magic Wildlife Walks 23rd -Fanmore/Knock: Male Yellowhammer, calling
Cuckoo & 2 Wood Pigeons near Fanmore, a small, but noisy group of Crossbills
were heard whilst photographing the Bluebells at Knock. Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks 24th Grasspoint Road: Wood Warbler near
the cattle grid before the uphill bends. Andy Bayes
24th 2 Pomarine Skuas and 2 Arctic Skuas
north of Mull. Whimbrel at entrance to Loch Sunart Ewans
Blog 24th Lochdon: a fishing Osprey, a single
Swan and an Otter in front of 'Maridon' Edwina & David
Sharp. guests a Maridon self catering.
17th - Ardmore. Woodcock with 2 young
and 10+ Crossbill Simon Taylor
18th - Loch Buie. 1 GN Diver, 1 Yellowhammer singing.
Croggan - 1 WTSE and Dipper darting down the foreshore, Common Sandpiper
nest with 4 eggs. Loch Ba 2 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Simon Taylor
20th Lochan Tor - 2 Whinchat, 1 Treecreeper and
a Raven tumble diving. Simon Taylor
22nd 49 Eider on Loch Spelve (35 male),male Hen
Harrier and 2 x SEO on the left between Strathcoil and Lochdon.
The HH and one of the SEO interacted. 1 male Reed Bunting in gorse
in the ditch while we were watching the SEO and HH. Love
your website - it makes up for not being there! Liz Shrewsbury
22nd - Lochdon - Morning session brought 2 x SE
Owl, 1 Osprey, 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 WTSE.
22nd evening - 8 GN Diver at Killiechronan. Simon
Taylor5th-23rd - Killiechronan - 1 Wood Warbler singing, 2 Ringed Plover
+ GN Divers on the loch Simon Taylor
20th. Loch Beg. Fantastic view of Short Eared Owl
sitting and hunting on the edge of the loch. Gary Dyson
22nd. Short eared owl again just above Drervaig.
Hunting. Gary Dyson
23rd Haun: a Magpie here. Prasads
Blog (this bird seems to be moving round the north of the
23rd Ardrioch, Dervaig: a Garden Warbler
seen by Arthur Brown. (very few records of this warbler) AS
21st Loch Cuin (Dervaig) twp summer plumaged
tailed Godwits here. Arthur Brown
21st Gribun: excellent view of Snipe by the roadside.
Black tailed Godwit by kind permission of Sindri
20th Lochdon: a Osprey with a very large fish
flew overhead, Short eared Owls interacting and a female Hen Harrier. Liz
20th North Mull waters: Pomarine Skua and
four Long tailed Skua. Ewan Miles. Ewans
Blog 20th Tostary: a Magpie in the garden of
the last house as you go up the hill. Pam Brown. Discover
Mull Tours 20th Torosay: 2 migrant Whimbrel along shore with
3 calling Crossbills overhead.
19th Grasspoint road just after cattle grid on
R/h side osprey sat on fence posts being attacked by short eared
owl which then turned its attack onto a white tailed eagle that
flew over, stunning entertainment for 15 mins. Also seen from same viewpoint
male hen harrier hunting towards lochdon. Di Earnshaw
19th - Garmony: Female Eider with five recently
19th - Tobermory: The local Magpie was inside
the bird table this evening helping itself to food put out for sparrows
19th Lochdon: a Long eared Owl on a post
near Lochdon at 10.00pm. Marcus Conway http://ebirder.net/ 19th Tobermory: 2cy Glaucous Gull Ewan
19th Tobermory Harbour: a Glaucous gull
here today at 14:30hrs. Norman Greatholder
19th Lochdon: The Osprey was fishing successfully
again this afternoon. Alan
18th Knock: a Spotted Flycatcher Norman
18th a Great Northern Diver at the Ulva ferry
crossing. Ormaig a Short Eared Owl on the open moorland, also a cuckoo
flying overhead and male and female Stonechat. Liz Shrewsbury
18th Pomarine Skua and 2 Arctic Skuas (all
light phase) on passage, north of Mull. Tiercel Peregrine on the north-east
coast. Ewan Ewans Blog 18th - Garmony 20 Turnstones at High Tide roost;
several migrant Ringed Plover with six Dunlin (two groups of three), at
least one of which belonged to the short-billed, grey-backed 'arctica'
subspecies which breeds in Greenland; two creches of Canada Geese each
with three goslings, although one was taken by a Herring Gull as we watched;
a pair of Goosander; song-flighting Whitethroat; and single Crossbill were
among the bird highlights of our walk today.
16th - Tobermory Immature (prob. 1st S) Iceland
Gull flying SW over Eas Brae at 09.45 hrs; unusually several Sand Martins
hawking insects with Swallows over Tobermory River at foot of Eas Brae
18th Lochdon: Our local
White tailed Eagles arrived here in
1984 are now 35-36 years old, are still together and have produced one
chick this year, quite a feat for this old couple. Alan
18th Martin reports a Little Gull seen from
'Lady Jayne' in Loch na Keal. Mull
Charters 18th Treshnish, 1 juvenile (2CY) Glaucous Gull
Treshnish wood. prasad. Prasads
male Hen Harrier by Garry Hird
17th Just come back from Mull and thought you might
be interested in some of our sightings last week.
2 Little Gulls fishing on Loch Ba, 2
pr of Redstarts in the same area, Great Skua flew over near Glengorm
Castle, a male Hen Harrier hunting over the fields, Buzzard
flying over Glen More and a Short Eared Owl chased it off, Corncrakes
everywhere on Iona, as well as the usual Eagles and other fantastic
Garry Hird & Brian.
17th Dervaig to Acileck: golden eagle, white tailed
sea eagle, buzzard , several wheatear. Kevin & Patricia Taylor from
17th Lochdon: Osprey fishing over Lochdon
at 0930hrs today. Edwina & David Sharp & Alan Spellman
17th - Iona: Seven Corncrakes, including two pairs
and single male giving prolonged views out in the open; two small groups
of migratory waders, totalling 12 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and one
Sanderling; nine Whimbrel; four pairs of Eider and one pair of Shelduck;
and several pairs of Linnets. Mull
Magic Wildlife Walks 16th - Langamull: A small group of migratory Ringed
Plover and Dunlin; a breeding pair of injury feigning Ringed Plover with
c/3; several Gannets feeding offshore; two Arctic Terns and two Bonxies
patrolling the coastline.
16th Loch Scridain: a single male Northern
Diver. We were able to see it swallow a crab, surprisingly easily!
Also saw the male Loch Na Keal WTE near the Knock
fish farm, being mobbed by assorted gulls. It returned to the nest
area "empty taloned", Liz Shrewsbury
16th Ardura Oak Woodland: a male Redstart singing.
Willow Warbler. Arthur Brown & Alan Spellman
15th The Grasshopper Warbler is still reeling this
evening, 10pm, best heard from the recycling bins at Baliscate. Not in
a very viewable area unfortunately, an Osprey at Lochdon this afternoon,
also female Merlin there. Ian Ellis
taken this evening along the Grasspoint road 14th
May 2015 Alan
14th Lochdon: two Ospreys over the loch this
morning Rosie and Rod Salzman (my neighbours)
Taken by Andy Oldacre today 14th May 2015
13th - Isle of Ulva: One singing Wood Warbler,
two singing Blackcaps, male Whitethroat, singing Goldcrest
and displaying Tree Pipit; two singing Goldfinches and three Linnets
(inc. resplendent male); a male Cuckoo with a triple note call; a pair
of Shelduck, plus two Whimbrel on shore. Also, small numMagic
Wildlife Walks 13th Loch na Keal: a adult male surf scoter
on back road to Ben Moore Estate. John Dowson
13th Loch na Keal: a male Surf Scoter on the
loch, west of Eorsa. reported by Martin Keivers on 'Lady Jayne'
male Surf Scoter by Marcus Conway (copywrite) e
birder from 'Lady Jayne'
12th Duart Castle: 3 White Wagtail at Duart
Castle. Ian Ellis
11th Fidden: 64 Golden Plover and 19+ Barnacle
Geese at Fidden. Female Goshawk at Glen More (I will submit a full
description after I get home if required; I'm familiar with this species
from Wyre Forest, Breckland, and foreign birding trips). Ian Ellis
10th May - Solitary light phase pomarine skua
in waters north of Mull. Ewan Ewans
Blog 10th Male short-eared owl in song, north side of
Ben More. 2 Arctic skuas (1 light, 1 dark phase) harassing shearwaters
north of loch Cuin. Ewan Ewans
Blog 11th Killiechronan: Colin Moody reports a pair
of Canada Geese and goslings here. Colin
12th - Loch Ba: Two Redstarts singing despite heavy
rain; a Carrion Crow among several Hooded Crows near Hunting Lodge;
a pair of Goosanders and three (two drakes) Red-breasted Mergansers; a
pair of Ringed Plover with chicks; and 10 Golden Plover were among the
highlights of our walk in challenging conditions today. Mull 9th - Loch Ba: Several song-flighting Lesser Redpoll,
3 - 4 singing Tree Pipits and one calling bird on the ground, two singing
male Redstarts (one in Scots Pines near old Hunting Lodge and another in
birchwood further along track), three (one male) Golden Plover, pair of
breeding Ringed Plover, pair of Red-breasted Merganser, four immature White-tailed
Eagles over Beinn Talaidh, two calling Cuckoos and two birds seen together,
as well as three Red-throated Divers on loch in late afternoon during
today's walk. Mull Magic Wildlife
Walks 12th Lochdon: two Whimbrel on shore this morning
9th A walk to Loch Ba on Friday evening produced
snipe, golden plover, lots of lapwing, and tree pipit.There was a male
redstart in the cottage garden next to the car park at Knock. Mick Smith
Sedge Warbler by Michael Booth (south Yorkshire)
A brief résumé of my sightings for the
week: David Hatfield
1/5: Langamull – 2 WTSE; 14 whimbrel; 6 dunlin;
20 rock pipit; 2 ringed plover; 2 white wagtail; hunting sparrowhawk (seen
twice during the day); 1 arctic tern; 3 twite. Calgary – female merlin;
2 or 3 calling cuckoo.
3/5: Loch Cuin – 1 goosander; 15 dunlin; 6 or 7
pairs of redshank and common sandpiper; 1 whimbrel. Quinish woods: 1 male
hen harrier hunting close to 'Pond Cottage'; 4 crossbill in Cuin pines.
4/5: Quinish Estate - 3 singing wood warblers (on
main track from Cuin gates to Pond Cottage bridge); also a small troop
of mixed passerines bathing in the sunshine:- 2 long-tailed tit, 2 blackcap,
wood warbler, willow warbler, chiffchaff, tree creeper, and a 'trumpeting'
bullfinch (?); 1 WTSE on headland; tree pipit parachuting from beeches
past Quinish House; on headland pasture large flocks of pipits and some
white wagtails passing through; at sea:- lots of manxies; kittiwake; auks;
and 1 bonxie, plus 2 distant skuas (Arctic?). Dervaig:- house martins have
6/5: Glengorm Estate – 3 pairs of winchat; 4 pairs
of stonechat along the track to Ballimeanoch; small numbers of breeding
lapwing and curlew.
7/5: Langamull – 21 whimbrel; 1 golden plover;
1 WTSE; 1 bonxie and 2 possible arctic skua (distant). Dervaig – 2 whitethroat;
6 drumming snipe and 2 calling water rail at 10pm (the reed bed). Loch
Cuin – 21 dunlin.
Best wishes for the summer, David Hatfield.
9th Lochdon: an Osprey at 8.00pm at Lochdon
13th The osprey photographed
at Loch Don recently with the blue leg ring TF was ringed at Loch Lomond
in 2012. David Sexton Mull Officer
9th Salen: Just to let you out sedge warbler returned
4th May along with Grasshopper warbler. We are also now seeing
2 reed buntings. Debby Thorne
8th Lochdon: 3 Whimbrel here all day.
(no sign of any Osprey) Alan
8th Comon Terns with a couple of the Arctic variety
busy with sand eel courtship at Langamull. Upwards of a dozen Whimbrel
and six golden plover between Port Na Ba and Langamull, also a similar
number of Golden Plover seen yesterday by the river Clachaig at Loch Ba.
8th - Sound of Mull: A Great Skua at entrance/exit
of Sound of Mull, flying towards Ardnamurchan Lighthouse this pm.Stuart
7th Loch Ba Redstart singing. Garmony
picnic site -at least 4 Great Northern Divers, 8 Arctic Skuas harassing
the terns (7 dark phase and 1 pale phase). Loch na Keal 1 WTE and 1 Golden
Eagle from s side.
Richard and Lynda Popplewell
7th Fidden: 25 Barnacle Geese at Fidden
this morning with one Brent Goose amongst the flock. Emily Wilkins
Ranger - South Mull, Iona, Burg and Staffa NNR
7th Croig, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Whimbrel and
1 White Wagtail at Port na Bà and at least 11 Comtic Terns around
Croig (both species present). prasad Prasads
Blog 7th Male Reed bunting and a pair of sandpipers
foraging on the edges of our lochan. Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree. male
Reed Bunting at Pennyghaels, Alan
6th Lochdon 2 Osprey at Lochdon this morning,
so they are still around. Felicity Pollard
6th Osprey flying along the ridge above
Scarisdale Woods, Pam Brown Discover
Mull Tours 6th Loch Ba: An osprey fishing over Loch
Ba. Juliet Vines
6th Ardura Woods - two Wood warbler
plus Tree Pipit (photo attached). Loch na Keal- WTE sitting
in tree from pull in at N side of loch and Golden Eagle on S side. Loch
Scridain nr turnoff to Tiroran - mixed flock of c40 linets and
twite. Richard and Lynda Popplewell
6th Craignure: Just had the biggest Magpie on
our Trellis trying to get some nuts but he is obviously too big to go on
the feeders. First one I have seen up here. Jan Hall
6th - Isle of Mull Bird Club 'Dawn Chorus',
Tobermory, A terrific couple of hours in Aros Park from 4.30
this morning, wakening up to the sounds of resident and migrant birds.
A Robin started the chorus, followed by Blackbird and Song Thrush. Highlights
included a Woodcock roding at 4.20 am; a male Tawny Owl; a drumming Great
Spotted Woodpecker; several Blackcaps singing, a male Chiffchaff, two Goldcrests
in song, several male Treecreepers singing and the throaty coo-ing of a
Wood Pigeon. Well worth the early morning alarm call. Stuart Gibson
5th Osprey flying high above Lochdon at.
17:05hrs Lee Dutton
Also had Woodcock at Grasspoint
5th Osprey hovering over Lochdon just
outside our cottage window at 5:00 pm in the pouring rain ?
a pair of stonechats , tree pipit and summer
plumage Great Northern Diver at Grasspoint. Later we had c8 Dunlin and
2 ringed plover at Garmony picnic site and a grey wagtail at Craignure
harbour.Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South Yorkshire
5th Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling from
the cottage in Salen at 09.00. Loch na Keal i, six RB Mergansers and three
GN Divers and a pair of Twite on the camping area which has
made my day!
4th Wood Warbler singing Tobermory end of
Aros Park Mike Wagemakers
Cuckoo at Lochdon photo by Lee Dutton 5th May 2015
4th Lochdon Cuckoo at Lochdon also one along
the Grasspoint Road Lee Dutton visitor, Alan
4th Glengorm to Dun Ara produced 35 species inc
stonechats and cuckoo. From Dun Ara we had views of gannets diving, guillemots,
black guillemots, a great northern diver and a single common tern.Mick
4th - Loch Ba Male Redstart singing and prospecting
in 'new' area of birch wood, but unknown if one or two pairs present; 3
- 4 displaying Tree Pipits; drake Goosander; five immature White-tailed
Eagles in air together over Gruline; and a male Hen Harrier high above
summit of Beinn Talaidh at estimated height of 2,800 ft +.
4th Iona: 10 Corncrakes on Iona today and summer
plumage Great Northern Diver off the ferry ramp. In Glenmore we had
a pair of Golden Eagles and at the North end of Loch Spelve a pair of Short
Eared Owls were harassing a male and female Hen Harrier. Richard and Lynda
Popplewell, South Yorkshire
3rd lots of wheatears,rock and meadow pipits and
whimbrel on the N shore of Loch na Keal j Also 1 adult WTE being mobbed
by corvids. Richard and Lynda Popplewell, South Yorkshire
3rd a female hen harrier from the cottage
at Salen. seven eider duck and two red- breasted merganser in Aros
Bay. Glen Bellart produced the male Hen Harrier and two sightings
of a white tailed sea eagle and a pair of stonechats. Mick Smith
3rd Grasspoint: at least two Grasshopper Warblers
reeling along the Grasspoint Road. LeeDutton.
2nd Lochdon: an Osprey fishing in Lochdon
at 1:45pm noted in our wildlife diary. Carol, Craignure VIC V
2nd Redstart by track to Loch Ba and pair of Goosander
on loch. Sedge warbler singing at campsite north end of Loch na
Keal. Whinchat, Hen Harrier and 16 Golden Plover along Glen Bellart Mick
2nd - Treshnish Three Whimbrel and a solitary Twite
at Port Haunn. Mull Magic Wildlife
Walks 1st Increasing numbers of gannets west of Inch
Kenneth, 2 separate groups of 4 each white tailed eagles, golden eagle
being mobbed by ravens, hen harrier over Ulva and a redstart on the way
Charters 1st Light Bellied Brent Goose at Fidden
this evening. Mick Smith
1st - Loch na Keal Male Sedge Warbler in song at
same time as a male Linnet singing near WTE pull-in on North shore.
1st - Bloody Bay, Tobermory Two immaculate Summer
plumage Great Northern Divers were in the vicinity of the Fish Farm am.
Stuart Gibson and Ruth Fleming
1st was pleased to see a Tree Sparrow today
on the feeder, and then I looked at your list to see it was quite rare,
so thought I’d let you know. I live near Tiroran, PA69 6ET. Marie
1st W T Eagle loch na Keal sat in conifer, also
one at Craignure golf course sat in tree,short eared owl at Ben more Simon
1st Lochdon: Lochdon Osprey fishing 11.15am
Best birds were a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch
an Eilein (13th-14th), a Red Kite at Cornaigmore (6th), a female Marsh
Harrier at Balephuil (19th) and a pair of Garganey at Loch Garradh nan
Capull (17th), although rarer for Tiree was a Stock Dove at Balephuil (28th)
- the first here since 1999.Other good spring birds included juvenile Iceland
Gulls at Loch an Eilein (2nd-9th) and Ruaig (9th), plus up to 3 juvenile
Glaucous Gulls (to 23rd). Island scarcities included a Jack Snipe at The
Reef (2nd), a Mistle Thrush at Balemartine (2nd), 3 Mealy Redpolls (from
17th) and 2 Woodpigeons (from 19th).
Northerly winds at the end of the month caused a
build-up of passage waders including 425 Black-tailed Godwits (28th) and
up to 4,750 Golden Plovers, although only 9 Pale-bellied Brent were seen.
Corncrakes returned from 21st but only 8 were back by the month-end. The
Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse (17th), with
only small numbers of both thereafter. 11 Whooper Swans remained at the
end of the month and 43 Great Northern Divers were at Gott Bay (24th).
Further returning migrants included over 200 White Wagtails (from 8th),
Chiffchaff (5th), House Martin (7th), Greenshank (8th), Blackcap (9th),
Swallow (10th), Sand Martin (11th), Willow Warbler (16th), Little Tern
(16th), Whimbrel (16th), Arctic Tern (23rd), Sedge Warbler (24th), Arctic
Skua (24th) and Common Tern (28th).