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20th This morning at Lochdon, 1 female Hen Harrier as before on the west side of the estuary, hunting from Lochdon towards grasspoint. 9:00am 3 Greater Black Backed Gulls at Castle Duart bay 30 Redwing close to Castle Duart track.50 Redwing flying close to Craignure Golf Course. 1 otter fishing in front of new Fishnish hide @ 10:30 am. Andy Paton

19th At Port Na Ba today, three skeins of Barnacle Geese flew west along the coastline, around 100 in total, a couple of smart Wheatears have been around for a few days as has a Mistle Thrush, three Whimbrel busy feeding up and an immature Peregrine that flew along the coast and down Loch Cuin. Roger Craven
19th 1 Male Hen Harrier hunting over rough grazing, near to farm track at lochdon,  this morning.1 Female Hen Harrier in usual position towards grasspoint, again flying/hunting over rough grazing.Andy Paton
17th Female Hen Harrier in front of Scoor house today am, 6 Crossbill on forest track near Scoor house 
Bob Redmond& Laurence Potter
17th Sea Eagle walking around on Craignure Golf course. Female Sparrowhawk, sitting in conifers in Craignure golf course, watching finches. Female Hen Harrier, Loch Don 9:00am flying in same place as before, heading right to left (towards grasspoint).4 Greenshank.Andy Paton
16th I superimposed a grid on the largest flock of Jackdaws from the 13th. An accurate count of that flock was 370 Jackdaw Today  there were c60 near Frachadil. prasad   Prasads Blog
16th - Loch Ba Single Grey Wagtail at Knock and another two at loch side; several small parties of Redwings, totalling around 30 birds; 40 Lapwings on Glen Cannel floodplain; and 11 Wigeon on loch; two Stonechats and small numbers of Meadow Pipits still in area.Magic Wildlife Walks

16th - Tobermory A single Jay overflew the main road on outskirts of town. Ruth Fleming
16th lochdon: flock of about 50 Redwings over Lochdon looking for berried trees. Alan
16th Craignure: Two White Tailed Eagles flying over hospital at 08:30 this morning, flying o towards Craignure Golf Course. Andy Paton
16th A short-eared owl east of Dervaig at 2am this morning and small group of whooper swans overhead at Croig. Ewan Ewans Blog
15th a dozen Teal at Knock outfalls and a solitary golden plover in field between Knock and Killiechronan. Juliet
15th - Isle of Ulva Excellent views of juv. White-tailed Eagle, fem./imm. Hen Harrier, along with Buzzard and Kestrel. Single Greenshank, with three Snipe, one Dunlin and 22 Ringed Plovers at head of Loch Cuin (Dervaig). Ruth Fleming 
14th Lochdon: 3 Greenshank at Lochdon,  Eastern side, close to where farm track starts
15th Hen Harrier Lochdon, at 13:00 hrs hunting over rough pasture near to Loch to the left of Iona Road. 
42 Ringed Plovers,  1 Turnstone, 25 Greylag Geese, numerous wigeon, Craignure Golf Club beach. Kestrel just outside Tobermory plus 7 Ravens. Andy Paton
15th at about 15:30 hrs 3 Sea Eagles sitting on wee Islands/Rocks off Craignure beach (2 adults and 1 immature) in front of about 50 Greylags and 17 Herons..
14th Treshnish: c150 Jackdaws still present and 1 Teal on the lochan prasad 
14th Langamull: 13 Whooper Swans flying south over Langamull, 2 Great Northern Divers off Port Na Ba and 2 Common Snipe, 2 Mergansers and an immature Hen Harrier (also seen yesterday at the junction of the Calgary and Torloisk roads at Dervaig) at Port Na Ba. Roger Craven
13th Croggan: 1 Female hen harrier 1 golden eagle 20 eider croggan cracking views of otter loch Buie 25 dolphins performing wonderfully views Laurence Potter 
13th 7 sea eagles, 5 adults and two immature soaring in a group over Torosay towards Glen More, plus two Golden Eagles over Ben More , and also about 3pm this afternoon....
a pair of Golden Eagles near to the Mussel Farm on way back towards Lochdon, at about 4pm. Sparrowhawk over Craignure (near to hospital) 17:00 hrs today Superb day. Andy Paton.
13th: Treshnish, c200 Jackdaws flying from Treshnish Point towards Frachadil. Presumably the same birds which were seen earlier by another observer amongst the sheep at Treshnish Point (some of which were on the 
sheep's backs). prasad 
12th Fishnish:  Two Male Bramblings in a flock of 8 finches (6 chaffinches).
Today at 12:30 hrs just 3 miles North of Fishnish on the beach at a picnic area, also two snipe on that beach. Andy Paton
12th Scoor peregrine and merlin 1 twite Scoor house 
11th Whooper Swan  Scoor on shoreline/sea 3sea Eagles 2 adult 1 juv. Laurence Potter 
11th Craignure: Peter Hall reports this morning, not one, not two but three Magpies in his garden.
9th A small flock of brent geese over the Mishish lochs at midnight. Ewan 
9th Craignure:  ad winter Mediterranean Gull in Sound of Mull from ferry this afternoon roughly off Craignure -Oriole Birding
9th I was told stalkers saw Ptarmigan on Ben More and Beinn Fhada. Colin Moody
9th Salen: Lovely start to the day; greylags gliding gracefully across The Sound. Female yellowhammer in garden Debbie Thorne
A single redwing on the wires at Treshnish yesterday. Ewan 
8th - Torosay: 1 - 2 Crossbills feeding on ripening Sitka Spruce cones and 2 - 3 Red-throated Divers in Sound of Mull and Duart Bay.Ruth Fleming
8th: Treshnish, 2 Swallows & 1 Peregrine over the wood. Calgary, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still on the beach.
7th: Treshnish, 1 Bottle-nosed Skate(?) washed up dead at the boathouse (this species Critically Endangered in the NE Atlantic so i'm doubtful of my identification) prasad  Prasads Blog
6th A small skein of white-fronted geese overhead Lochdon at 2am this morning, whooper swans calling over Loch Na Keal at 11pm. Ewan 
6th - Aros Park: 2 very noisy Jays drawing attention to themselves, but if the Kingfisher was still around, it didn't want to be found! Ruth Fleming 
5th - Tobermory. The Mull Magpie was in the Mull Magic garden this morning. Ruth Fleming
3rd Grey wagtail foraging by the lochan at Suidhe, Bunessan. Tony Jefree
2nd - Tobermory: Another group of Barnacle Geese overhead at around 01.30 hrs this morning. Ruth Fleming
2nd Aros Park: a Goshawk causing havoc amongst the wood pigeons and hoodies gave Selwyn excellent views of this magestic bird. Selwyn Pope. pp Arthur Brown
2nd Aros Park: a Kingfisher here this morning. Selwyn Pope
1st  Tobermory: A skein of Barnacle Geese calling overhead in rain as they headed SE over Tobermory at 03.20 hrs this morning.
1st  Torosay: Two Red-throated Divers in Sound of Mull this pm. Ruth Fleming

Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Latest Tiree Sightings: September 2014 from Dr John Bowler

Westerly winds at the start of the month brought several American waders including a White-rumped Sandpiper at Gott Bay (1st), a 2CY American Golden Plover (3rd-30th), 1-2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Loch a’ Phuill (4th-27th), 2-3 Pectoral Sandpipers (4th-27th) at Loch a’ Phuil and a Grey Phalarope in Gunna Sound (6th). A Melodious Warbler at The Glebe, Scarinsh (18th-28th) was the first for Tiree. There was a record showing of 4 different Barred Warblers (6th-21st), the island’s fifth Red-breasted Flycatcher at Greenhill (30th) and a juv Common Rosefinch at Balephuil (12th). Other good birds included a juvenile Marsh Harrier passing down the west coast (15th), a wandering Osprey (26th), a Sandwich Tern at Sorobaidh Bay (17th), a Turtle Dove at Kilkenneth (25th),  a Long-eared Owl at Balephuil (14th), with a Short-eared Owl there (28th), a Grey Wagtail at Balevullin (30th), a late House Martin at West Hynish (21st), a Pied Flycatcher at The Glebe (22nd) and 2 Crossbills south over Carnan Mor (30th).

Easterly winds for much of the month brought a good selection of commoner migrant passerines including 4 Lesser Whitethroats (3rd-8th), 3 Garden Warblers (6th-30th), 14 Blackcaps (from 5th), 10 Chiffchaffs (from 15th), 18 Willow Warblers, 5 Sedge Warblers (to 19th), 12 Goldcrests (from 2nd), 3 Spotted Flycatchers (from 1st) and 4 Dunnocks. There were 12 long-staying Mealy Redpolls, joined by at least 3 NW Redpolls (from 21st), 6 Lesser Redpolls (1st-10th), 9 Goldfinches, 5 early Chaffinches (from 17th), 1 Snow Bunting at Carnan Mor (28th) and 1 Lapland Bunting there (20th) whilst there were late Sand Martins (11th) and Corncrakes (to 30th). 

Wader passage included 2 juvenile Little Stints (14th-27th), 5 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers (1st- 5th), up to 17 Ruff, 42 Whimbrel (to 10th),6 Greenshank (to 12th), 5 Grey Plovers, 40 Knot, a Jack Snipe at The Reef (22nd) and some 50 Black-tailed Godwits (5th). Returning winter visitors included up to 6 Hen Harriers, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawks and 6 Merlin Wildfowl passage included 4 Pale-bellied Brent (from 17th), 145 Pinkfeet overhead (20th and 23rd), a lone Greenland White-front (14th-16th) and 13 Whooper Swans (from 21st). 

Dr John Bowler

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