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Latest Reports for February 2015

28th Loch na Keal: Arthur Brown reports a drake Gadwall on the south side of the loch. Arthur

26th Loch na Keal: two pairs of Gooseander & 20 Whimbrel at Killiechronan. 6 Slavonian Grebe, a pair of Shelduck, large flock of Black headed gulls and Eagles. Dave & Alan Spellman
25th Loch na Keal, 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 1+ Slavonian Grebe at Killiechronan, 14 Turnstones at Knock outfalls, 1 Jay between Kellan and Kellan Mill,  and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Killiechronan. Prasads Blog


winter red throated diver by Neil Prendergast
21st Simon saw a Red Grouse about 100m below the mast, above Lochdon. Laura Percy (granddaughter)
19th Spring songsters:  We had our first Blackbird singing and a 'Sneezing' Chaffinch today (during the sunny spells!).Also a leucistic Great Tit trying to get on the feeders but being badly bullied. Sian and Chris 
20th Knock:There was a pair of Dippers at the fish farm today, taking turns at flying into the spate surface down stream and the flying back to the same spot. Colin Moody 
17th Loch Ba: Approx 130 wigeon, 45 lapwing, pair of golden eagles and white-tailed eagles and 2 pairs of stonechat, at far end of Loch Ba. A small flock of redwing by Gruline Church and a pair of dipper on the River Ba. Juliet Vine
17th Feb Red Grouse seen at Reudle Arthur Brown Discover Mull Tours. picture below  by Arthur Brown
15th  15 Snipe on the mud at the end of Loch Cuin, 2 Goosander male and female 3 miles up the Aros river from Aros Bay and a Merlin flew from the shore in front of the car on the Ulva side of Kellan Mill cottage.Arthur and Pam Discover Mull Tours.
15th A beautiful day at Lochbuie and some good sightings! Goldcrest, pair of skylark, tree creeper, golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, kestrel, sparrowhawk, black guillemot and great northern diver. Juliet, Felicity and David
11th Reudle:  2 red grouse at Reudle. Juliet and David
10th Bunessan: Large flock of redwings on our field - Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
9th Killiecjronan: a single white front with Greylags in fields down to camp site. Jackie & Mike
7th Killiechronan: A pair of shell duck at Killichronan today, a flock of Turnstone, pair of white tailed eagles and 2 gt northern divers Martin
4th Lochdon: a party of up to 15 Long tailed tits on her garden feeder.  Jenny Smith  (Old Mill)



 
Play your part in the Golden Eagle Survey 2015
In 2015 there will be a full Golden Eagle Survey across Scotland. The last time this was carried out was in 2003 when 440 pairs were recorded. Here on Mull in conjunction with the RSPB, SNH and the BTO, RSPB Mull Officer Dave Sexton with help from Matt Wilson and Dr Paul Haworth will be pulling together all the data gathered to get a complete picture of how the island’s golden eagles are faring this year and since the last survey. 
In January and February we are into the first phase of the survey which means we are looking at simply trying to confirm territory occupancy and this is where any additional volunteer help and sightings would be invaluable. During January and February if you are out and about birding on Mull or simply heading for the ferry or shopping in Tobermory and see golden eagles en route, Dave would be very interested to hear from you. We’re looking at whether they are adults or immatures, how many and if there’s any display involved. Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure of the identification or you think we probably know about them anyway, various sightings and information will all be followed up and will help to complete the complicated jigsaw puzzle of Mull’s many golden eagle territories. This work doesn’t involve tramping the hills in search of eagles, it’s simply what may be visible from public roads and accessible forestry tracks if open. Your help with this national survey will be greatly appreciated and we’ll keep you posted on the final results in due course. If you have any relevant golden eagle sightings 
please email Dave Sexton at david.sexton@rspb.org.uk  Many thanks.
mullbirds self catering book now  for 2015
Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: January 2015
Best birds were the long-staying 1w male Ring-necked Duck, which remained all month at Loch a’ Phuill and a good candidate 1w American Herring Gull at Sorobaidh Bay (21st). Other good birds included an influx of 11+ Glaucous Gulls (from 17th) involving one 2w bird and at least 10 juveniles, a juv Iceland Gull off West Hynish (30th), a 1w Pomarine Skua off West Hynish (11th) - the first mid-winter record for Tiree and a Greenland Redpoll at Hynish (14th). Other scarcities included a Slavonian Grebe at Loch a’ Phuill (6th), a Jack Snipe at Balemartine (24th), a Black-headed Gull at Loch an Eilein (23rd), a Pied Wagtail at Balephetrish Bay (19th), 2 Snow Buntings at The Reef (21st), up to 30 wintering Goldfinches and 50 wintering Fieldfares, odd Water Rails and a Woodcock at Balephuil (9th), plus the long-staying 15 Jackdaws and lone Rook at Loch an Eilein all month.

An all-island count (13th-14th) found 4,173 Barnacle Geese, 639 Greenland White-fronts and 2,216 Greylags, plus 119 Whooper Swans, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and a Pink-footed Goose, whilst numbers of Lapwing remained high in the relatively mild conditions at 3,045 and Golden Plover at 3,280. Scarce waterbirds included up to 15 Long-tailed Ducks and a Common Scoter around the coast, a high count of 32 Shoveler (19th), an imm Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (14th), 2 Pintail at Loch Riaghain (19th), 2 Coot and a male Pochard at Loch a’ Phuill (6th), 2 Gadwall at Sandaig (14th-19th), a Moorhen at Crossapol (21st) and 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (19th), whilst a Great Northern Diver inland at Loch Bhasapol (19th) was unusual. Raptors included at least 4 Hen Harriers, 5 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Peregrine throughout. High wader counts included 60 Purple Sandpipers at Hough Bay (3rd), 75 Curlew at Crossapol (22nd), 160 Turnstone at Ruaig (13th), 180 Ringed Plovers at Ruaig (13th), 320 Sanderling at Balephetrish Bay (8th), 150 Dunlin at Ruaig (13th) and 17 Bar-tailed Godwits at Sorobaidh Bay (17th).
John Bowler



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