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This lovely image of a male Ring Ouzel is by A9 Photo's
It reminds me to ask for all reports of Ring Ouzel from anyone walking on the hills to help further confirm the status of this species on Mull. Photographes of any Mull birds would be appreciated.

Latest sightings for May 2016

3rd Barn owl hunting opposite the Rugby ground near garmony tonight at 21.30  Ross Lawford
3rd Peregrine at Ulva ferry, 30 or so Gannet dive bombing off of Langamull beach, 20 plus Golden Plover at killiechronan  Martin Clay
3rd Lochdon: saw an Osprey fly over close to the nest pursued by gulls. Obviously back in the Lochdon area again.   Carolyn Whenman
3rd Loch Beg First Wood Warbler singing behind the shop.  Wild About Mull

2nd  Loch Beg 1 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. Bryan Rains.  Wild About Mull
2nd: Black tailed godwit - 2 on the road to Lochbuie at end of Loch spelve,  Gannet - half a dozen at Lochbuie 
Hen Harrier - ringtails at Loch spelve and on top Road from Glen sheildeir. Males either side of killiechronan
Golden Plover - circa 40-45 In flight behind Fidden Farm. Also Lapwing with chick Ringed Plover - 2 at Garmony 
visitor Martin Clay
1st:  an Iceland Gull on the N shore of Loch na Keal. from c11:00 am until at least 2:00 pm. Richard and Lynda Popplewell South visiting from Yorkshire
1st: Checked a nest today and found three dead Song Thrush chicks, possibly deserted because of the thick snow last week, parent was sitting on Tuesday. Colin Moody

1st:  1st year Iceland Gull at Kellan. 4 Whimbrel near Ulva. A diurnal hunting Barn Owl on the Glen road this afternoon. Ewan   Natures Scotland
1st: Few from today Glen More. Golden Eagle being harassed by 2 Buzzard. Loch Na Keal. Osprey over north. Salen 2 displaying Drake Goldeneye. Martin 
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Photo by Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

White tailed eagle photo by Sindri Skullason

White tailed                            eagle and young Sindri Skullason

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

Best birds were the 2 Magpies near Scarinish (2nd) – just the second record for Tiree, a Great Tit at Balephuil (11th-12th) and the long-staying juv Kumlien’s Gull in the Loch an Eilein area (to 26th).Other good spring birds included a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Loch a’ Phuill (14th-19th), a female Scaup at Loch an Eilein (26th-30th), a wandering adult Sea Eagle (19th and 22nd), a Tree Sparrow at Baugh (28th), a Lapland Bunting at Hynish (15th), a Snow Bunting at Balephetrish (25th), 2 Mealy Redpolls (from 15th) and 3 Woodpigeons (from 12th).

Obvious passage including some 300 Black-tailed Godwits through from 3rd, Golden Plover numbers peaked at 5,500 (18th) and 54 Pale-bellied Brent passed through (from 20th April). Corncrakes returned from 19th but less than 20 were back by the month-end. The Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronts departed en masse (10th-11th), with only small numbers of both thereafter. 10 Whooper Swans remained at the end of the month as did a handful of Redwings, many now in sub-song. Further returning migrants included Chiffchaff (14th March), Sand Martin (2nd), Wheatear (5th), Great Skua (7th), Swallow (8th), Linnet (8th), Blackcap (10th), Willow Warbler (10th), Greenshank (14th), Whimbrel (17th), Little Tern (20th) and Sandwich Tern (20th), over 70 White Wagtails (from 21st) and Common Sandpiper (28th).

John Bowler

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