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Latest sightings for February 2016
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12th a very very early Common Sandpiper - between Glenforsa and Pennygown. Debby (now trying to get photo)

10th at Dun Ara (Glengorm) upon an offshore skerry there were eight Eagles sitting in the sun plus two more on the Mingarry headland. Is this very unusual and what would the gathering be for? Steve and Cindy Haynes. (Tobermory
8th We had good views of a red throated diver from the golf course. Also watched a Barn Owl quartering around the road to loch na keal  as you drop to the mosses from Salen. just past the two bungalows. Jacqui  and Mike Murphy


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10th Knock: a Glaucous gull and an Iceland gull both at Knock outfall today. visitors Tony and Tim Clark
8th A single Red Grouse flew across the road in front of us at Reudle this afternoon, also a Whimbrel and 2 Bar Tailed Godwits roosting with Curlews and Oystercatchers at high tide from pull off at Aros nearest the Castle. Arthur and Pam. Discover Mull Tours
7th Approximately 25 goldem plover and 60 ringed plover on Glen Forsa airstrip. Juliet
5th A Little Auk washed up on Calgary beach this week. Ewan Miles. www.sharenature.co.uk
4th at Dervaig this morning I saw a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and at last I saw the Kingfisher. Arthur & Pam
2nd 17 Crossbills overhead at Loch Tor with a drake Goosander, and 2 Dippers on the water. Ewan Miles
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1st Loch Cuin: the Kingfisher is still at Loch Cuin, Cheryl Callow,  (now becoming a regular overwintering area having had birds here at this time of year for the last three years. AS).

Thanks for the photo Cheryl
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White tailed                            eagle and young Sindri Skullason

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

Best bird was the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull at Balinoe/Sorobaidh Bay (18th-21st), in amongst an influx of 4 juvenile Iceland Gulls (from 11th) and 2 juvenile Glaucous Gulls (from 20th). Other scarcities included a Slavonian Grebe at Loch a’ Phuill (10th-20th), 2 Little Auks and a Puffin west off Aird (12th) with another Little Auk off Traigh Bhi (10th), a Black-throated Diver in amongst 55 Great Northern Divers off Hynish (31st), a Barn Owl at Cornaigmore (21st), a Jack Snipe at Heylipol (22nd), 2 early Black-headed Gulls at Sorobaidh Bays (21st), a very early Lesser Black-backed Gull at Sandaig (20th), a Snow Bunting at Gott Tip (19th), up to 8 wintering Goldfinches and 20 wintering Fieldfares, odd Water Rails and a Woodcock at Balephuil (24th).

An all-island count (19th-20th) found 3,893 Barnacle Geese, 707 Greenland White-fronts and 2,0147 Greylags, plus 106 Whooper Swans, a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, a Canada Goose, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 3,655 Lapwing, 3,020 Golden Plover and a record total of 1,870 Common Gulls. Scarce waterbirds included up to 10 Long-tailed Duck around the coast, at least 10 Shoveler (20th), 3 Pintail at Loch Riaghain (20th), 2 Gadwall at Loch a’ Phuill (10th-26th), 2 Moorhen (5th and 30th) and a Little Grebe at Loch Riaghain (19th). Raptors included at least 4 Hen Harriers, 4 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and 2 Peregrine throughout. High wader counts included 38 Purple Sandpipers at Hynish (31st), 85 Curlew at Crossapol (19th), 80 Turnstone at Ruaig (19th), 43 Redshank at Loch a’ Phuill (1st), 100 Ringed Plovers at Sorobaidh Bay (25th), 175 Sanderling at Balephetrish Bay (27th), 125 Dunlin at Sorobaidh Bay (27th) and 22 Bar-tailed Godwits at Sorobaidh Bay (20th).

John Bowler



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