I’m pretty sure this is a female long tailed duck. I’ve never seen one on Mull before. It was at Lochbuie, about 1 mile along the Carsaig path, seen on our walk there on Thursday. An otter is fiing next to it, just out of camera shot, a real treat. Best wishes,  Mark Bamford, visitor.Thisin Spellman 'Maridon' Lochdon, Isle of 

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Latest sightings for January 2017

16th Aros, 300m down track from Apermore entrance, group of at least 7 Bullfinch, having seen 2 males and then a pair shortly before.  Mike Wagemakers
15th Merlin from main road Loch Don side of Loch Spelve. Single Pink footed Goose with Greylags in field by the church at Gruline. Arthur & Pam  Discover Mull Tours
14th Black-throated Diver, Calgary Bay also Long-tail Tits and Goldcrest by the toilets. 100+ Golden Plover at Killiechronan, Bar-tail Godwit here as well. Kingfisher at Dervaig. Fieldfares 2 miles from Dervaig down the glen road. Iceland Gull opposite new water Hydro south shore Loch na Keal. Siskin in our garden at Ardrioch.Arthur & Pam
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14th A single Greenshank was at the Aros estuary, with two others seen at the head of Loch Cuin; 12 Fieldfare were in Glen Bellart, near Dervaig; 12 Redwing were feeding in a field near Arle, with another 35 in a mixed thrush flock at Gruline that also contained three Mistle Thrushes and several Song Thrush and Blackbird; a pair of Dippers were on the River Ba at Knock; and a 2nd Winter immature Iceland Gull was seen along the south shore of Loch na Keal.
Stuart Gibson, Mike Wagemakers and Carol Marshall
14th There was a dead gull on the shore at Knock yesterday, Bryan Rains has looked at my photos and thinks 
Glaucous. Colin Moody
11th A couple of white winged gulls have been through our neck of the woods... Loch Beg 1cy Glaucous Gull
13th Jan Loch Beg 2cy Iceland Gull . Bryan Rains.  www.wildaboutmull.co.uk
10th A pair of goldeneye (duck and drake) on the lochan this morning. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan. Tony
8th - Loch na Keal: Four drakes and two female Goosanders on south side of loch, where two immature (1st W-type) Iceland Gulls present on washed up blubber on beach. Stuart Gibson, Steve and Linda Littlewood 
8th Red Grouse on hill road about half way between Dervaig end and Torloisk, Carrion Crow at Knock outfalls
Shelduck at Lagganulva and 4 at Killiechronan. Arthur and Pam
7th A single goldeneye drake on the lochan this morning. Suidhe Farm, Bunessan.Tony Jeffree
5th Iceland gull seen flying near porpoise carcass on shore of loch Na Keal. Rebecca Burton
5th Salen – a single Whimbrel and a small party of Long Tailed Tits. South shore of Loch Na Keal – Iceland Gull by the Fank on a Greylag Goose carcase and a large flock of Barnacle Geese on Inch Kenneth. Killiechronan – 6 Bar Tailed Godwits and several Golden Plover from the food van parking space at high tide. Arthur and Pam
3rd We have 5 Mallard that seem to be regular visitors to our lochan, and they all (2 drake, 3 duck) seem to dive for food. Is this behaviour seen elsewhere on Mull? Tony Jeffree
1st January 2017- i Alan, Happy New Year. a male Brambling, spotted near the Dun at Glengorm. Ken Wycherley
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Latest sightings for December 2016
Happy New Year,
We're just back from a Christmas holiday on Mull, very enjoyable but no internet connection so wasn't able to pass on any records whilst we were there. Saw lots of good birds for us but the only noteworthy ones (I think) were two iceland gulls and a glaucous gull (all first-winter) at a dead porpoise on Loch Na Keal at about NM500 362 on 27th Dec. Nearby 5 goosander, 1 black-throated diver, 1 slavonian grebe. Definitely worth a look if the corpse is still there.  Also 210 barnacle geese at Fidden on 23rd. I'll put the more routine stuff on birdtrack unless you prefer 
otherwise. Rupert Higgins
28th, we had very clear views of a solitary pink foot goose among a large gathering of greylags and canadas at Killiechronan fields. Pete Mull Wildlife Tours
19th : Knock Hatchery area.  A Carrion Crow was feeding with Hooded Crows and an assortment of ducks and gulls at the hatchery this afternoon. It had previously been seen at Kellan by others. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
26th.  Female GoldenEye loch Uisg.  Jay at Strathcoil. Mrs Rebecca J Burton
25th Dipper on shore at Pennyghael, opposite junction the Carsaig. Seasons Greetings. Rebecca
19th - Loch na Keal Diver Roost Count: Great Northern Diver roost, East of Eorsa, counted this late afternoon, but fewer than anticipated number of birds recorded: build up from two individuals at 16.00 hrs to a maximum of 45 at 16.35 hrs, when light levels prohibited further counting. Twice as many birds were anticipated, but there does seem to have been fewer birds throughout the island this Autumn and early Winter. Two Slavonian Grebes were counted on the sea and a further two flying West during the diver count.
Elsewhere: 23 Teal on North shore of loch at Kellan; a further 20 were present at the Knock Hatchery. A total of 104 Mallard and 24 Goldeneye were also at the latter site, but no sign of the Gadwall pair previously reported; Twenty-three (23) Turnstone, 24 Curlew, 56 Oystercatcher and 15 Ringed Plover at high-tide at head of Loch na Keal, but no sign of either Golden Plover or Bar-tailed Godwits that were expected; three drake Goosanders were feeding at the confluence of the River Ba and Loch na Keal; single Greenshank at both Aros estuary and Inverlussa, where there were 19 Wigeon; five Razorbills were in the Sound of Mull, near Craignure Golf course, where there was a flock of 12 Redwing. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Mile
11th Hope you are enjoying Oz. Male blackcap feeding on apple and peanuts 2 days running now in the garden. Debby
8th. 3 Whooper Swans on Loch Cuin.  We hope you are having a great time down under.
10th. 2 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Ringed Plover, Lainne Sguier, 4 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver, Calgary Bay. Arthur & Pam Brown. Discover Mull
6th Dec - Loch na Keal/Lagganulva. Thirty (30) Golden Plovers and five Bar-tailed Godwits at Killiechronan and 11 Lapwing at Lagganulva. Stuart Gibson and Ewan Miles
4th Female Merlin at Caliach this morning. 15 Woodcock counted at dusk between Tobermory and Calgary last night. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
Dec 1st  Knock Hatchery Outfall -  Amongst all the usual a pair of Gadwall although no ‘white-winged’ gulls on this occasion. Good numbers of Turnstone, Goldeneye and Black-headed gulls.  Mike Wagemakers Carol Marshall

Hawfinch:  Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

December Tiree Sightings:  2016
In a largely benign month weather-wise, best birds were a drake Green-winged 
Teal at Loch Bhasapol (2nd), a Siberian Chiffchaff at Balephuil (2nd-9th), the long-staying 2CY Iceland Gull in West Tiree (all month), plus juvenile Glaucous Gullsat Hough Bay (2nd), Balephetrish Bay (8th) and Loch Bhasapol (19th). Islandscarcities included a CarrionCrow at Kilkenneth (14th), and our latest everGoldcrest at The Glebe (19th). There were 4 Long-tailed Ducks at Hough Bay(2
nd), a long-staying Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (all month), at least 3 Water Rails allmonth at Balephuil, a Coot at Loch Bhasapol (from 5th), 4 Little Grebes at LochRiaghain (19th), 2 Woodcocks at Balephuil (2ndand 13th), a Pied Wagtail at HoughBay (2nd), up to 7 Fieldfares (14th), 400 Redwing (14th) and up to 19 scattered Goldfinches. Winter raptors included at least 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks, 4 Merlin, 5 Hen Harrier and 4 Peregrines.An all-island count (13th-14th) found 4,510 Barnacle Geese, 687 Greenland White-fronts, 2,026 Greylags plus a lone Pink-footed Goose, as well as 135 Whooper Swans and 2,860 Lapwing.
John Bowler

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