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Latest sightings for August 2016

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 Red throated Diver today. Jacqui Fereday. Enjoy Mull Tours
22nd Lochdon: about 18:30hrs an Osprey fishing the incoming tide. Alan, Rosie Salzman. hunting Hen Harrier 
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 Spellman
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. Stuart Gibson

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 here 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,  Jacqui Fereday  Enjoy Mull Tours and Alan Spellman 
     Marsh Harrier    Circus aeruginosus
     very scarce passage migrant, usually between April-June. Occasional birds have been recorded through Mull .
               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, A Spellman 
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Hawfinch:  Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll
Tiree Sightings: July 2016

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 summered.

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 Puffins.

Dr John Bowler

tick infested puffin  distressing pictures click here

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