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15th Bunessan: I have received a late report and photo of  a Comon Rosefinch at the Baptist Church caravan on 30th November. George Newal (Dunoon Birdwatcher). This is a very scare bird for us on Mull.
6th  Loch na Keal: 4 Great northern Diver, Wigeon. Killiechronan: 3 WT Eagles, 6 Turnstone, 30+ Ringed Plover, Hen Harrier. 8th Golden Eagle, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, 9th Tobermory: little Grebe. Calgary: 5 Whimbrel, at Aros Bridge a pair of Goosander and Dipper. Somon and Tracy visiting.

8th  I am in Lancashire at the moment: I had a beautiful Kingfisher, no more than a few metres away Loch na eal;from me, and where was my camera ? At home of course.  Grrrr Alan

4th Lochdon: a flock of 19 Grey Herons flying over the loch, most mornings they fly to the coast to catch some 'rays' and warm up before returning to start feeding. Alan
3rd Calgary: 3 Purple Sandpipers & 1 Turnstonw at Lainne Sqeir, Prasad.  Prasads Blog
3rd Lochdon: male and female Blackcap in garden, male Hen Harrier at Gorten. Alan 



Latest Reports for November 2014 
27th - Beadoun, Tobermory. A Woodcock flushed from side of wall, while a Jay screamed in the trees above. Ruth Fleming
24th Calgary: adult Golden eagle, juvenile White tailed Eagle, Loch Cuin, 2 Greenshank, Alan & Arthur B
22nd - Harrison Loch, Scoor. Five Tufted Duck and three Teal. Loch Pottie. Seven Goldeneye and six Tufted Duck. Fidden. A single Golden Plover with Lapwings.Stuart Gibson Loch Scridain. A pair of Goosander close-in. Bunessan. Six Woodcock flushed by car lights at side of road between Bunessan and Pennyghael.Stuart Gibson
23rd Craignure:  2 female and 1 male Blackcap on our feeders!  Some years we don't see any in the garden so three together is very unusual for us.  We wonder if anyone else has seen groups in their gardens lately- perhaps there's been an influx as a result of the recent easterly winds?  Sian and Chris Scott
23rd Lochdon: a female Blackcap in our garden, plus Goldfinch. Aros lots of Wigeon. Killeichronan White tailed Eagle (yellow/black spot tag) Alan
22nd Lochdon: up to ten Goldfinches feeding on niger seed in my garden this morning. Alan
21st A Jay flew across the road as I was driving through Pennycross, also  2 whooper swans on Loch Staonaig, Iona  Emily Wilkins 
20th Caliach Point: Great Northern Diver, 11 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. 6 Kittewake, 4 Mistle Thrush and a Song Thrush. Calgary Bay: 4 Curlew, 10 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, 3 Great northern Diver and a Black throated Diver in partial summer plumage.Torloisk: Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush. Cuin: 14 Ringed Plover, 3 Green shank, 2 Redshank and Wigeon. Arthur Brown.
20th Loch Beg: a very late Sandpiper reported here on 10th, at Salen a Waterail and Yellowhammers  in a local garden. Debby Thortne.
19th Loch Cuin: a Kingfisher here (again) this morning by Arthur Brown, perhaps the same bird seen earlier in the year ?
17th Lochdon: Oh dear, a female Sparrowhawk has just taken a blue tit from my bird feeder. Several Goldfinch on the feeder yesterday. Lots of Wigeon on the loch now. Alan
17th Dervaig: First sighting we have had in 14 years of a Blackcap at Cuin, Dervaig. It is and has been enjoying the nuts since daylight. Ailsa Morgan
16th a male hen harrier hunting over moorland on the right, between grasspoint turn off and the mussel farm.
also a male sparrowhawk, on the " attack run " flying low and fast behind the Fishnish wildlife hide and hugging the coast, through the coniferous trees as it headed towards Galmory.....fantastic in the early morning sunshine today. Andy Paton.
9th Redwings on the field at Suidhe, Bunessan Tony Jefree
9th - Loch na Keal Four Slavonian Grebes while we were erecting the latest Mull Otter Group Information Board today. Ruth Fleming.  Magic Wildlife Walks
8th - Croggan 15 Long-tailed tits, 10 Redwings and six Fieldfares. Ruth Fleming
8th Ardrioch Farm Dervaig: a male Blackcap and Yellowhammer in the garden this morning. Arthur and Pam Brown. Discover Mull Tours
7th Tobermory, Glen Iosal: Michael Sheppherd reports seeing a Waterail from his kitchen window here.
5th Lochdon: Slavonian grebe, lochdon this morning, plus about 80 canada geese, 2 Mergansers, 1 snipe,
1 great Northern diver, Craignure golf course beach bay, a Female Blackcap on Monday 3rd November, Isle of Mull Hotel. Andy Paton.
4th: Golden Eagle high above Fishnish. Loch na Kaal on way to Ulva Ferry, 2 Slavonian grebes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Goosanders, 6 Mergansers, 100 Greylags, 2 Redshank, 20 Teal,50 widgeon. behind MICH @ 14:30 hrs 1 female hen harrier hunting. Andy Paton
3rd Lochdon: a male Brambling in my garden at Lochdon. Alan (and again briefly on 4th)
3rd Garmony: 5 Brightly coloured and large male Nothern Bullfinch. Laura Percy
2nd Fishnish hide:1 Black throated diver off coast. a pod of 5 bottlenose dolphins. Andy Paton
1 Nov Craignure beach/Golf course: 6 Mergansers, 3 Golden Plovers, 40 or so ringed plovers
40 widgeon.  Andy Paton
31st October:Fishnish:1 Dog Otter @ 10:30 am swimming left to right in front of hide away round towards Galmory.
Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: November 2014

Best birds were a 1st winter male Ring-necked Duck at Loch a Phuill (from 3rd) and a late juv Sabines Gull off Gunna Sound (11th). Other good birds included Siberian Chiffchaffs at Balephuil (3rd-6th and 30th) and Whitehouse (22nd), a Jack Snipe at Whitehouse (22nd), a juv Glaucous Gull at The Reef (26th), up to 2 Scaup at Loch a Phuill all month, a very late Woodpigeon at Balephuil (20th), a Barn Owl at Kirkapol (16th), imm Rooks at Loch a Phuill and Loch an Eilein (27th), 4 Jackdaws at Loch an Eilein (27th), up to 5 Blackcaps (to 20th), 4 Chiffchaffs (to 30th), 2 Goldcrests (4th), 2 late NW Redpolls at Balephuil (to 6th), a Lapland Bunting at Hough (18th) and a Snow Bunting at Hynish (18th). 

There was big influx of Fieldfares with 300 at Milton (8th) and 140 around the island (17th) plus 1,500 Redwing (17th). There was just 1 wintering Pied Wagtail, but also at least 7 Dunnocks all month, up to 21 Goldfinches, and a late Linnet at Balinoe (3rd). There were high numbers of Kittiwakes and Gannets offshore throughout with 4 Pomarine Skuas (to 15th). There were 3 late Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a Phuill (to 11th), a Grey Plover at Balephetrish Bay (22nd) and 9 scattered Woodcock (to 30th) including 4 at Milton (8th). Wintering raptors included up to 5 Hen Harriers, 4 Merlins, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel.

An all-island count (17th-17th) found 3,587 Barnacle Geese, 2,334 Greylags and 641 Greenland White-fronts plus 3 Pink-footed Geese and a lone Pale-bellied Brent at Salum, together with 134 Whooper Swans, 3,470 Golden Plovers and 4,540 Lapwings. Other waterfowl included 20 Great Northern Divers in Hynish Bay (16th), up to 3 Coot at Loch a Phuill (30th), up to 20 Shoveler, 1 Pintail, 2 Shelduck (from 23rd) and 11 Long-tailed Ducks. 

Dr John Bowler



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