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Latest sightings for August
24th 12 Golden Plovers feeding
at the head of Loch Na Keal on low water. Ewan Miles Ewan
Nature Scotland 24th Lochdon: Osprey fishing
again this evening on the incoming tide, Alan Rosie Salzman
23rd Lochdon: the Osprey
still about, on post in field past te bridge. Alo Loch na Keal: three
throated Diver today. Jacqui Fereday. Enjoy
Mull Tours 22nd Lochdon: about 18:30hrs
an Osprey fishing the incoming tide. Alan, Rosie Salzman. hunting
21st Lochdon: How lucky to
live here. looking out of my lounge window over Lochdon this morning I
watched a pair of Hen Harriers hunting, a beaurtiful silver male and a
ringtail, for about ten minutes at about forty metres, and where was my
camera ? The lack of any photo's is the answer. Doh !! Alan
20th Salen Bay: 10 Black-tailed
Godwits in Salen bay along with a solitary Greenshank. Ewan
Nature Scotland 17th - Baliscate: Three very
noisy Jays in the wooded area surrounding the Standing Stones this pm.
16th Salen Bay: 6 Black tailed
Godwit in summer plumage in Salen Bay along with a raft of 9 Common
Scoter further out to the East. Ewan Miles and Lolo Williams. Ewan
Nature Scotland 10th two Jays in different
areas around Craignure the last few days. Ross Lawford.
6th on the journey to Oban
I saw 3 black guillemots quite close to Craignure. About 6 guillemots
on the whole journey, no terns or kittiwakes. However just past the lighthouse
there were lots of gannets diving for fish and I could hear manx
shearwaters calling. When I went to the other side of the ferry I saw
about 50 of them flying low and then they settled on the water. Between
there and Oban I saw more single birds.
5th at the hide at Loch Torr.
Lots of willow warblers singing and flying about. A pair of golden eagles
soaring over the hillside. Some walkers appeared on the ridge so the birds
drifted over towards Glengorm.
I am hoping to bring an RSPB
group to Mull next May.Keep up the excellent work with the mullbirds website.
regular visitor Barry Bishop
6th A single female goldeneye
on our lochan yesterday and today. Looks like first year plumage (no neck
ring). Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
6th Garmony picnic area: an early Kingfisher
this morning, Jacqui Fereday Enjoy
Mull Tours 24th July Treshnish, 1 Mealy (Common) Redpoll near
the wood. I strongly suspect they breed here (as they do on Tiree) but
I need more evidence. prasad. Prasads
Blog 3rd Aros Bay: an imature Great northern Diver
here, very close in. visitor Barry Bishop
a single Pinkfoot mixed in with Greylags at Killiechronan.
Michael Brennan July 2016
1st Loch na Keal: four Red throated Diver and in Aros
Bay an imature Great northern Diver. Arthur Brown
2nd Lochdon: an adult female Marsh Harrier,
put up by Male Hen Harrier, in the boggy field just past the Grasspoint
turnoff. David Woodhouse, http://scotlandwildlife.com
Jacqui Fereday Enjoy Mull Tours
Circus aeruginosus very scarce passage migrant,
usually between April-June. Occasional birds have been recorded through
2006 An immature female flying along the coast at Salen, 7th May.
2007 a female flew in from the sea at Grasspoint, 27th April.
2009 a male at Dervaig, 13th April.
2011 a female over Grasspoint, 6th May.
2012 juvenile at Haunn/Treshnish 29th May & Fidden 30th May.
2016 Lochdon an adult female, photo by Jacqui Fereday, 2nd July. D Woodhouse,
Best birds were the long-staying 2CY Iceland Gull
lingering at Kilkenneth (to at least 18th) and a 3CY Glaucous Gull at Meningie
(5th-10th). Island scarcities included Little Grebes at Loch an Eilein
(18th) and Milton (27th), the first Sooty Shearwater (16th) and Storm Petrel
(20th) offshore, a very early juv Robin all month at Balephuil and a very
late Woodpigeon there (6th). A pair of House Martins bred at Scarinish,
a male Whitethroat sang intermittently at Balephuil all month and juv Grasshopper
Warblers at Balephuil (9th and 27th) had been reared locally. Return wader
passage was intermittent but there were up to 300 Golden Plovers at Sandaig
(30th), 21 adult Black-tailed Godwits (7th-18th), 11 Greenshanks (from
4th), a Ruff at Loch an Eilein (18th) and 192 Sanderling at Gott Bay (31st).
Up to 7 Whooper Swans, at least 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Hen Harriers
The final total of calling male Corncrakes was 346,
a little up on the 2015 figure of 333. Little Terns produced good numbers
of young from one colony, whilst broods were noted of Shoveler, Gadwall,
Teal and Tufted Duck. The other seabirds also had a good breeding year:
dozens of Arctic Terns fledged from 315 pairs, 223 pairs of Kittiwakes
fledged some 280 chicks, 81 pairs of Shag fledged some 140 chicks, whilst
Guillemots, Razorbills and Fulmars all produced moderate to good numbers
of chicks. Offshore there were large movements of Manx Shearwaters and