Latest Reports for November 2014
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
21st A Jay flew across the road as I was driving
through Pennycross, also 2 whooper swans on Loch Staonaig, Iona
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
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
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
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
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.
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: October
The Melodious Warbler stayed at Scarinish
(until 4 Oct), whilst a juv / 1w female Lesser Scaup was at Loch
a’ Phuill all month (from 1st), where it was joined by a sinensis Cormorant
(13th – the first for Argyll if accepted) and two 1w female Ring-necked
Ducks (26th-28th). Other good autumn migrants included a Red-breasted
Flycatcher at Carnan Mor / Balephuil (8th-9th), a Common Rosefinch
at Balemartine (4th), at least 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Balephuil
(6th-9th), a Siberian Chiffchaff at Balephuil (21st), a Siberian
(blythii-type) Lesser Whitethroat at Balephuil (19th-25th), a juvenile
Starling at Meningie (25th-27th) and a 1w Mediterranean Gull at Loch
a’ Phuill (10th). Predominant easterly winds brought a nice selection of
scarce passerines including a peak of 15 NW Redpolls (8th), 5 Mealy
Redpolls (2nd-11th), a Greenland Redpoll at Balephuil (29th-30th),
a Bullfinch at Carnan Mor (8th), a Lesser Whitethroat at Cornaigbeg (16th),
a Garden Warbler at Balephuil (9th), a Great Tit at Mannal (9th), a Yellow
Wagtail at Barrapol (4th) and a Grey Wagtail at Balephuil (7th), plus a
Marsh Harrier heading SW off Balemartine (4th).
Commoner migrants included 18 Chiffchaffs with at
least 1 abietinus-type bird (8th), 3 Willow Warblers (to 29th), 24 Blackcaps,
20 Goldcrests, 23 Goldfinches, 25 Greenfinches, 15 Dunnocks,10 Wheatears
(to 26th) and 6 Snow Buntings. There were record influxes of 80+ Brambling
(12th-13th) and 300 Jackdaws (13th), although thrushes were in short supply
with just 9 Fieldfares (15th-17th) and a peak of 650 Redwing (28th). Scarcer
waders included up to 3 Ruff (to 13th),15 Black-tailed Godwits (to 13th),
14 Knot (to 5th) and a Woodcock (from 8th).
Sea-watching was limited by a lack of NW gales but
brought a record 26 Pomarine Skuas (5th-28th), plus 47 Bonxies, 33 Arctic
Skuas, 5 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 3 Little Gulls and 2 Grey Phalaropes.
Scarce wildfowl included 20 Pale-bellied Brent (to 17th), a Scaup at Loch
a’ Phuill (from 10th) with 2 there (from 29th), a drake Pochard at Loch
a’ Phuill (8th-15th), Long-tailed Ducks at Balephetrish Bay (14th) and
off Traigh Bhi (20th), 4 Gadwall at Loch a’ Phuill (5th-13th) with 6 at
Loch an Eilein (29th), a Coot at Loch a’ Phuill (19th), a Slavonian Grebe
at Gott Bay (3rd-7th) and 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (1st-13th).
Heavy Barnacle Goose and Whooper Swan passage was noted on 6th-21st with
Greenland White-fronts on the move from 12th. There was a peak of 284 Whooper
Swans at Loch a’ Phuill (23rd), whilst an all-island count (13th-14th)
found 1,065 Barnacle Geese, 46 Greenland White-fronts, 2,357 Greylags,
2,789 Golden Plovers and 2,325 Lapwing.
Dr John Bowler
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