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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.
te Salen Bay. visitor Joshua Toogood
 

 


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Latest sightings for July 2016

5th July 1 Iceland Gull at Treshnish lochan, Mull (NM3548)
3rd just spent an amazing 2 weeks at Hazelbank Cottage Lochdon.. Over the course of the fortnight we have seen:
Golden Eagles - 2 over Loch Spelve  at least 3 different days. White Tailed Eagle- over Loch Na Keal and Duart cemetery. Hen Harrier- male and female over Lochdon most days. Short Eared Owl Lochdon and Loch Spelve. Buzzard- daily. Peregrine. Kestrel. Merlin. Raven
Tawny Owl-garden of Hazelbank Cottage, Snipe-loch Spelve, Black Gulliemot Loch Spelve. Bonxie on Lunga
plus numerous Whinchat, Wheatear, Stonechat, Twite, Linnet, Redpoll, Willow Warblers, Treecreeper, Ringed Plover, Curlew, etc etc. the list goes on.
We saw our first ever Curlew juveniles as well as Oystercatcher chicks.
other sightings Red Deer, Fallow Deer, seals otters, rabbits, voles, shrews woodmice, bats, frogs, toads and palmate newt. Mull is a wonderful magical island and we love it.  Carol J Thorpe
1st Tobermory: , adult male Hen Harrier flying towards Tobermory from the Tiree ferryl. Martin Izzard Esq., B.E.M. 
 

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Latest sightings for June 2016
29th spent last week at tiny cottage at Croggan.It was our 8th visit to Mull and first time at Croggan mainly to hope to see Otters but only one sighting late on Sunday night! But had good views of both eagles from cottage garden.On a walk round to the mouth of loch shelve noticed what looked like a golden eagle sitting on the hill opposite side of the loch.It took off and was joined by 2 white tailed eagles, in the end there were 4 together. Dave Parsons
29th: We saw the Ring Ouzel on the 26th in a field that led up to a large White House, opposite the scallastle bay I am told. We also saw 4 female hen Harriers today, and a male hen harrier in the fields near loch beg. Another mention is the two black gullimots we saw in the waters between mull and ulva,  visitor Joshua Toogood
26th a single female Ring Ouzel in fields opposite Salen Bay. visitor Joshua Toogood
28th four Swifts crossing the Sound of Mull heading South. Ewan Miles.  Ewan Nature Scotland
27th Balmeanach by Fishnish: a report of a Yellow Wagtail from here, more information required please. Alex McFadyen.
22nd Treshnish: one Swift over Treshnish wood. Prasad   Prasads Blog
18th left Craignure and we were escourted all the way by a femail Hen Harrier which kept pace with the boat and made landfall to disappear beyond a hill to the south west of Oban. Stunning views all the way. Tina Stafford and Tony Nayager.
14th Staffa: three Great Skuas over Staffa. Mark W. www.mwphoto.co.uk
12th Treshnish, 1 Common (Mealy) Redpoll at boathouse showing signs of breeding behaviour.  Prasads Blog

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14th - NW Iona Two Great Skuas harassing gull colonies off NW Iona today; 47 Kittiwakes (mainly immatures) and five Arctic Terns. Stuart Gibson
14th Treshnish, 2 Swifts over the wood.  prasad  Prasads Blog
13th Cock Chiffchaff in song at Scallastle and a non-breeding Great-northern Diver at the head of Loch Na Keal. Ewan Miles Ewan Nature Scotland
9th Last night whilst looking for bats , the bird club members had excellent views of 2 separate woodcocks over our cottage. Today on my tour we had excellent views of a white wagtail on the north shore of Loch Scridain.
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6th Interested to read of the male Hen Harrier sighted 4th June. We saw the same yesterday heading out of the Sound of Mull just before the lighthouse. We were returning from Whalewatch boat trip with Sea Life Surveys around 5pm having seen 8 or 9 Minke, including young. Fab day!.  Wonderful website by the way? visitor Marion Criswell.
6th - Torosay Three Black Guillemots in the Sound of Mull; male Whitethroat in song; 'singing' Cuckoo; seven Oystercatcher and three Common Gull territories now with chicks or eggs on verge of hatching due to their resilience in the face of everyday disturbance from (dog)walkers; and three Marsh Fritillary, two Painted Lady and single Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and Small Heath butterflies noted in what was a rather subdued day for wildlife due to the continuing warm weather. Are we truly ever happy?. Stuart Gibson
!2nd June - Highlights for us viewed from Lochdon, w/t sea eagle 29th May - short eared owls (2) 28th May - hen harrier, cuckoo, tawny owl.  Elsewhere on the island we saw Gt. Northern Diver (29th May, off Calgary / Caliach), redstart (Loch Ba), golden eagle (Glen More), peregrine (Iona) and eider (Iona) plus many of the other species you associate with region. Many thanks and I will continue to enjoy reading your blog :) visitor Tim Preece
5th Marsh Fritillary, Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Green Hairstreak about now. Alan (mullbirds)
5th - Aros Park. Very few birds singing in the heat, but what were included a single Wood Warbler, several Willow Warblers and two Chiffchaffs. Stuart Gibson
4th - At sea, off NW Mull: An incredible sight of a male Hen Harrier far out at sea, heading towards Ardnamurchan from the Isle of Coll. Seen from the port side of boat, while a Minke Whale was showing on the starboard side. Now, that's not something that is seen everyday, is it?!!  Also, two Bonxies and raft of ca.200 Manx Shearwaters in same area.
Stuart Gibson
4th Just spent a glorious week here on mull,of all my sightings just thought you may be interested in was a calling Quail at the back of dobhran cottage at 4.55 this morning at Lochbuie. Great  blog by the way Thanks Brian Jones
3rd - Tobermory harbour. A 1st S. immature Glaucous Gull was an unseasonal find this evening. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Iona Calling Corncrakes at a premium until mid-afternoon, possibly due to cold wind; three calling, with two seen, including bird at the Fire Station; first brood of Eider (two ducks with eight ducklings) at the Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Stuart Gibson
2nd - Inverlussa Hunting female Hen Harrier, with a male over the main road near the Guline Dubh, on outskirts of Tobermory. Stuart Gibson
3rd two Dippers at Knock and a Golden Eagle from the Torloisk road lookinh East, found by Summer aged twelve.
2nd Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat family and Whinchat on Grasspoint road. Dipper at Knock and two male Hen Harriers again in Glen More. Andy Bayes
1st Lochdon Marsh Fritillaries and Small Heath out at Lochdon yesterday near parking area at gate at Gorsten Farm.  Arctic Skua harassing Gulls from Duart Castle. Mick and Sylvia Brennan

tick infested puffin  distressing pictures click here



Hawfinch:  Alan (mullbirds) 23rd April 2016 more pix here

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

Best bird by far was Tiree’s first White-throated Sparrow at Vaul (10th) but there was good back-up in the form of a singing Icterine Warbler at Scarinish (9th) and a singing Marsh Warbler at Scarinish (4th). Other good birds included a lingering juv Iceland Gull in West Tiree all month, an adult Curlew Sandpiper with an adult Little Stint at Loch a’ Phuill at Loch a’ Phuill (3rd), an immature male Marsh Harrier at Loch Bhasapol (5th), Turtle Doves at Hough (6th) and Balephuil (8th), a Tree Sparrow at Kirkapol (9th), a Barn Owl at Balephuil (23rd) and a Long-eared Owl at Baugh (25th).

Scarce island birds included the first 5 Storm Petrels in Gunna Sound (19th), 30 Knot, 5 passage Ruff, 13 Black-tailed Godwits through (to 23rd), up to 5 Sandwich Terns (4th- 18th), up to 6 Woodpigeons (to 26th), 4 Cuckoos (to 15th), 3 Swifts at Balephuil (6th-15th), a late Dunnock (5th-11th), a Whinchat at Meningie (12th), 4 Spotted Flycatchers (to 13th), a Garden Warbler (2nd), 2 Blackcaps (to 13th) and 5 Siskins (to 18th). Up to 5 Whooper Swans and up to half a dozen Whimbrel summered, whilst several Great Northern Divers lingered around the coast and the first returning Golden Plover was at Sandaig (24th). Unusually high numbers of non-breeding Kittiwakes were on the west coast including a flock of 1,200 birds off Greenhill (27th).

The Corncrake census revealed some 342 calling males, plus at least 3 reeling Grasshopper Warblers and calling Water Rails at 5 sites. The seabird breeding season is looking encouraging so far. Numbers of nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Black-headed Gulls are up on 2013-15 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 Whitethroats apparently breeding at one site and a pair of House Martins built a nest at Scarinish. A juvenile Robin at Heanish (8th) and then at Balephuil (from 24th) had presumably come from adjacent Coll as there were no breeding pairs on Tiree.
 

John Bowler



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