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Latest sightings for July 2017 


19th Night rafting Red throated Divers in waters between Calliach and Ardnamurchan, song duet heard at dusk. Ewan Miles, www.naturescotland.com 
18th Treshnish, 2 Swifts at 5.45pm and 1 about 2 hours earlier prasad. http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
18th - Sea to NW of Mull. Two Great Skuas harassing other seabirds; and visible migration of 8 adult Black-headed Gulls flying South past Ardnamurchan Point towards the Isle of Mull. Stuart Gibson 
16th - Loch Mingarry. Two Red-throated Divers this afternoon. Stuart Gibson 
18th 2 Swifts over Caliach this morning and a female Sparrowhawk hunting hirundines. Ewan Miles www.naturescotland.com 

Willow Warbler busy feeding up before it starts its long migration South. Alan Spellman 18th July 2017
15th a sighting of 4 adult Black-tailed Godwits in grazing pastures beside the road between Fellonmore and Kinlochspelve on the north shore of Loch Spelve . Jacqui  and Mike Murphy
13th - Lunga. One Corncrake calling intermittently near the Puffin Plateau this morning/early afternoon. Stuart Gibson 
12th - Sea to NW of Mull. Two Storm Petrels were the first for some time; and two Great Skuas. Stuart Gibson
11th  today at Loch na keal there was a Great northern diver. (juvenile plumage) Lino Ambrosini
11th Knock: two+ Crossbills at Loch Ba parking area this late afternoon.Stuart Gibson
8th - Loch Ba. Two adult Cuckoos flew from Gruline to Benmore Lodge this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
9th a Common Scoter seen at Lagganulva bay and a Goosander with very young ducklings at the mouth of the river Ba as it goes into Loch na Keal.
Cheers Arthur  Brown  Discover Mull Wildlife tours
9th Spotted flycatcher feeding frantically here just now - think they are feeding young. One caught a wasp - didn't think anything ate wasps! What a bird! Chris Austick Craignure
9th - Sound of Mull. 300 Manx Shearwaters (150 off Kilchoan) and a Great Skua at NW entrance/exit to Sound of Mull.
8th - Loch Ba. Eight Crossbills (at least three males); two calling Tree Pipits at Benmore Lodge; two Summer-plumaged adult Black-headed Gulls (interesting as this species is not believed to breed on Mull); and a Spotted Flycatcher in Glen Cannel woodland. Stuart Gibson
9th Heard a Yellowhammer approaching ulva ferry area coming from Calgary way this afternoon. Not seen one on Mull before?
Family of Goldcrests on Glengorm Estate headed to hide. My first visit in July, and lovely to see so many Greylag families all over the Island.  Lee Dutton
9th This morning 2 short-eared owls hunting Lochdon. Also a Back Swan on Loch Don. Roughly halfway between Lochdon & Grasspoint. Dave Pierce
9th Ardtun: a Magpie has been hanging around the Ardtun area for about ten days Now. photo by David Holden
9th just had 2 sandwich terns at craignure golf club and had 2 bullfinch at garmony on Friday  Simon Duckworth
9th: Treshnish, 71 Black-tailed Godwits flying south over lochan, also forgot to tell you about Mealy Redpoll on 21st June sent to ABRC 
(Jim thinks it 'looks good') prasad http://treshnishbirdlog.co.uk
7th a Greenshank and a Redshank at Loch Beag today. Dave Piece
6th At least 3 minke whales between Ardmore Point & Ardnamurchan Point yesterday,  Plus one floating dead young ( c5 metres long ). Dave Pierce
7th 6 Greenshank, this morning Salen Bay ( behind public toilets). Dave Pierce
7th Just coming to the end of an excellent fortnight on Mull. We found your Report extremely useful. One query: why so few Jackdaws? It breeds in every county in the UK, it is omnivorous, adaptable and hardy. Competition from Hoodies and Ravens? Climate? A bit of a puzzle! Looking forward to our next visit. Steve and Irene Wood.
7th Aros: a Sandwhich Tern here today at the back of the castle. Arthur Brown
6th This morning a summer plumage bar-tailed godwit at Garmony. 7th at least 3 storm petrels between  N Mull & Cairns of Coll. Dave Pierce
6th - Lunga A Corncrake was calling on Sgeir a Chaisteil this pm; two Twite were seen on Lunga.
6th - Ardmore, N. Mull A Minke Whale surfaced beside 100+ Manx Shearwaters this morning.
5th - Ardmore, N. Mull The local White-tailed Eagle chick has fledged, the first on the Isle of Mull for season 2017! Stuart Gibson,
4th a greenshank today in  Craignure bay, summer plumaged Slavonian grebehead of Loch na Keal where there was also 4 goosanders, a pink footed goose with greylags Loch Beag. Dave Pierce.
4th late news: a Corncrake was at Grasspoint for a few days in May before it moved on. 
3rd - Glengorm. Two Crossbills (at least one of which was a female) overhead this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Lunga. A calling Corncrake on Lunga (between Puffin plateau and Harp Rock) and another heard on nearby Sgeir a Chaisteil. Stuart Gibson
Iceland Gull Loch na Keal Nov 2007
1st  We are on holiday from Kent, staying at Ardtun. Great birding every day so far. We found an Iceland Gull, just north of Knockvologan. At first it was difficult  to see the bill, but it then flew a few dozen yards and landed near a Common Gull, showing itself to be obviously larger, but probably smaller and more slender than a Herring Gull. Bill was dark flesh-coloured with a dark tip. Iris also dark. Legs flesh-coloured. No black flight feathers, or spotting on body. Steve and Irene Wood, Anthea Skiffington, Bob Dewire

Latest sightings for June 2017

30th - Sound of Mull/Staffa. A Great Skua attacked and drowned an unfortunate Herring Gull, near Ardmore in the Sound of Mull; another two Great Skuas ganged up on a more fortunate Herring Gull (it got away with its life), off Staffa. Stuart Gibson

Short eared Owl showing its remarkable agility when hunting photo by  http://www.martinbassonwildlifephotography.co.uk/
30th I am a regular visitor to the island. I enjoy and refer to your website very often, the information on ‘Latest Reports’ is always helpful.
You may be interested in my sighting of two Short Eared Owls together in Glen More this morning, one hunting close to the road. I attach a photograph of this bird in action. Martin Basson
30th Lagganulvaq. a Long tailed duck here but far out, difficult to see. Arthur Brown
29th - Sea to West of Mull . First Razorbill and chick on sea today, along with (yesterday's) Guillemot and chick; good nos of both Gannet and Kittiwake feeding along East side of Coll, where two Arctic Skuas and three Great Skuas seen; two Red-throated Divers flying off sea towards Isle of Coll.
Stuart Gibson
28th June. A male Marsh Harrier photographed at Ardtun in the south of the island 27th-28th June  David Holden

28th - Sea to the West of Mull. A dark-phase Arctic Skua harassing a Kittiwake; a Great Skua annoying a flock of Manx Shearwaters; another Great Skua menacing a Gannet; a dozen Gannets feeding off Glengorm; first father and son Guillemot and chick on the sea; several Puffins and a single Storm Petrel. A dozen Manx Shearwaters were in the Sound of Mull, off Kilchoan. Stuart Gibson
28th Golden Eagle over Ben More, Adult Great Northern Diver opposite car park at Dhiseig, Male and Female Hen Harriers hunting near Beinnaird, White Tailed Eagle opposite holiday cottage near Cnoc Moine. 4 calling Corncrake on Iona   Graham Sigworth
28th Thought we'd let you know we have had two sightings of a single Jay between, Kilsyth & Corry Meadows, Fishnish.. Jean & Neil Wilkinson
27th - Tobermory A single Crossbill over Baliscate Standing Stones a.m; and, two Crossbills flew out of trees at Baliscate House, Tobermory p.m.
Stuart Gibson
27th Was delighted this morning to see a male (more russet-pink than the llustration in my bird book so maybe immature male?) crossbill on the 
drive this morning, feeding with a siskin (half the size!) and a sparrow.  Not sure what it was digging out of the stones but we have 
European Larch and spruce so maybe fallen seeds.  It had a small red band on its right leg and a large white band (or two small ones??) on 
the left.  That's the first one I've seen but maybe you can explain the leg bands?  Sheila Barnard, Viewmount, Tobermory
23rd We had good views of an Arctic Skua (Dark Phased) from the Craignure to Oban ferry today. Pete Hall and Stuart Gibson.
23rd I have received a report of a leucistic House martin flying around Tobermory caravan park  via facebook David Crane
23rd Red necked Phalarope one at sea from boat between Iona and Staffa this morning, then flew towards Loch Scridain. pp Jim Dickson
22nd - Sea from Sound of Mull to Treshnish Isles Three Great Skuas at sea between Ardmore, Mull and Lunga, Treshnish Isles; single dark morph Arctic Skua North of Treshnish Isles; 12 Gannets in Sound of Mull, near Ardmore; and two calling Corncrakes and several Twite on Lunga,
21st - at sea NW of Mull 9+ Storm Petrels in a feeding frenzy that also included Gannets and Manx Shearwaters and a Minke Whale. Stuart Gibson
20th - Sea to NW of Mull. 720 Manx Shearwaters in one raft, two Great Skuas and a single Red-throated Diver this afternoon. Stuart Gibson
20th Great-northern Diver in breeding plumage on Loch na Keal yesterday. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
18th A cock Crossbill in the middle of the road feeding from Larch cones half way up Eas Brae, Tobermory, this morning at 8am! Ewan www.naturescotland.com
On holiday our Mull we saw a long eared owl,  travelling past Lochdon we saw it on the right hand side of the road. visitors Jacky & John Reynolds 
12th Whilst carrying out my bat survey on Sunday evening, (47 Pipistrelles), I had a woodcock roding over the cottage. Yesterday we had 4 short eared owls. 2 in the large field after the Grasspoint turn, and 2 separate owls above the three lochs. Pete Hall Mull Wildlife Tours
12th Loch na Keal: a summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe close to the camp site. Arthur Brown
11th Carrion x Hooded Crow Hybrid at the Mishnish Lochs. Ewan www.naturescotland.com
8th - At sea N of Mull (towards Isle of Muck) Six Storm Petrels, a single Great Skua and several hundred Manx Shearwaters. Stuart Gibson
8th Splendid few hours in Glen More today; several Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier, male and female. One female Hen Harrier was particularly obliging; image attached; taken about half a mile West of three lochs car park. Dave Derrick (Visitor)
7th - At sea off NW Mull: It's beginning to sound like a stuck record, but there were three Storm Petrels and a Great Skua harassing feeding Gannets today. Stuart Gibson

male Bullfinch  by Andy Fellows Dervaig
5th Loch Spelve today. two Black throated divers  across from the fish farm, just up from the first old cottage. Jacqui Murphy www.enjoymull.co.uk
5th - At sea NW of Mull Three Storm Petrels.
4th - At sea NW of Mull Up to five Storm Petrels and three Great Skuas; a late Great Northern Diver was off Glengorm. Stuart Gibson
3rd  Hen Harrier - 2 fem type Blar Mor, Ardtun. Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs. White Tailed Eagle - 2 Craignure Golf Course. Brian Howe, Norwich, 
2nd a Short Eared Owl on hillside Glen More from the A849 2nd June. Ron Cordeiro
1st Female Peregrine over Laggan Bay. Ewan Ewans Blog
1st Treshnish, 1 Mealy Redpoll in Treshnish wood showing signs of breeding. prasad. Prasads Blog 
1st  Hen Harrier - female Blar Mor.Brian Howe, Norwich, Norfolk
May 2017
2nd 6 Black Guillemot - from Ardtun penninsula.  3Otter here too and an amazing Orchid covered headland.  Hen Harrier - Pennyghael. White Tailed Eagle - Adult, Loch na Keal, Dhiseig. White Taile Eagle - imm Loch Ba
Crossbill 2 Loch Ba. Golden Eagle - Adult Knock/Loch na Keal. Peregrine - Gribun Cliffs. Arctic Skua - nr Bunessan School, flew from Loch Scridian towards Loch Assapol in evening.
Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs, Glenmore.Hen Harrier - Male Pennyghael near Loch Beg. Hen Harrier - female Blar Mor/Ardtun (a female hunting here regularly from cottage near Bunessan).
4 Corncrake Iona at end of Argyll Hotel lane. (1 showed very well and was joined by a second bird presumed female before skulking off into Irises).
Short Eared Owl - Three Lochs. 2 Adult White Tailed Eagle - Craignure Golf Course. 2 Dipper - Ears Fors Waterfall. Woodcock roding and Snipe displaying Blar Mor/Ardtun at dusk.
30/05/2017 - a cracking afternoon when rain cleared! Hen Harrier - Male and Female hunting over Blar Mor/Ardtun.3 White Tailed Eagle (2 adults and immature) just west of Three Lochs, Glenmore. Hen Harrier - Male displaying entrance to Glen Forsa, Glenmore. White Tailed Eagle - adult Loch Spelve.
Short Eared Owl - mobbing Buzzard over marshy area Lochdon. 2 Golden Eagle - Adult and immature around Bheinn Chorsaig, from Carsaig Road.
Wood Warbler singing in woods at entrance to Carsaig Road, Pehhyghael. Grasshopper Warbler - Blar Mor at dusk.
2 Twite Staffa - and the amazing Puffins! 50 Manx Shearwater on crosssing to Staffa from Fionnphort.
Corncrake Iona - one in flight over Iris beds at end of Argyll Hotel Lane as we passed through kissing gate (a surprising but useful sighting as my daughter had somehow not been able to find the one calling in the open through the binoculars earlier in the week!). Merlin Iona - one chasing Skylarks over hill behind Firestation. White Tailed Eagle - Blar Mor/Ardtun. towards Loch Scridian in the evening.


Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll: June 2017
Best bird was an adult Rose-coloured Starling at The Green (3rd). Other good birds included a lingering immature Glaucous Gull in West Tiree all month, a Pectoral Sandpiper with a Little Stint at Loch a’ Phuill (1st) with another Little Stint there (5th) and adult Curlew Sandpipers at Gott Bay (2nd) and Loch a’ Phuill (5th and 22nd). Scarce island birds included 40 Storm Petrels (1st-15th), a Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain (28th), a late Pale-bellied Brent at Crossapol (8th), a Pink-footed Goose at Loch Bhirceapol (9th), a Sparrowhawk at Balephuil (8th), 2 Knot at Loch a’ Phuill (5th), 5 passage Ruff, an Arctic Skua at Cnu Lochanan (16th), 2 Sandwich Terns (1st-18th), a Woodpigeon at Balephuil (22nd-24th), 2 Cuckoos (to 15th), single Swifts at Carnan Mor (8th) and Scarinish (11th), a Whitethroat at Carnan Mor (5th) and a Siskin at Balephuil (27th). At least 3 Whooper Swans summered, whilst several Great Northern Divers lingered around the coast and the first 5 returning Golden Plovers were at Sandaig (25th). Unusually high numbers of 2CY Arctic Terns included 170 at The Green (28th) and 600 at Gott Bay (29th).The Corncrake census revealed some 313 calling males, plus at least 3 reeling Grasshopper Warblers and calling Water Rails at 3 sites. The seabird breeding season islooking encouraging so far. Numbers of nesting Kittiwakes and Fulmars are up on 2013-16 levels and there were good numbers of Shag, Fulmar, Guillemot and Razorbill eggs and chicks at the month-end, although nesting numbers of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls continue to dwindle. Scarce breeders included a pair of Greenfinches which fledged one young, a pair of Common Redpolls with 2+ fledged young and a pair of House Martins built a nest at Crossapol, although a summering Robin at Balephuil failed to attract a mate
John Bowler

male Hawfinch at Lochdon 23rd April 2016


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