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Latest Reports for January 2015

26th a trip down Loch Spelve gave us 1W and 2W Iceland gulls and a pair of Bullfinch at Lochdon. Alan & Arthur Brown.

4th I flushed 6 Woodcock on a walk around our land at Ardrioch Farm this afternoon. Arthur
24th Knock fishfarm: 1 1st winter Iceland Gull, 1 pair of Gadwall, Gruline: 1 White-fronted Goose with Greylags, Loch Tuath: About 45 Great Northern Diver (roost) Dave Shackleton
22nd Sound of Mull: Salen Bay to Duart Bay: 27 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver. Loch Buie: 15 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 3 Snow Bunting. Loch Scridain inner: 50 Great Northern Diver (roost). Inch Kenneth: 137 Barnacle Geese. Dave Shackleton
21st Loch na Keal: 51 Slavonian Grebe, 60 Great Northern Diver (roost), 2 Common Scoter Port Langamull to outer Loch Cuin: 24 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-thraoted Diver, Also Loch Tuath: 1 Black-throated Diver. Gruline: 1 Woodcock. Dave Shackleton
19th Loch na Keal: Black throated diver Inch Kenneth, Juv Black Guillemot, Slavonians Grebe. Alan
19th Lainne Sgeir:  2 Purple Sandpipers with a single Turnstone this afternoon 7 Snipe, 16 Ringed Plovers, 4 Greenshank and 6 Redshank at Loch Cuin this morning.
16th Loch Meadhoin - 2 Goldeneye (both Female), Langamull - Hen Harrier (Adult Male), WT Eagle being mobbed by Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine. Dervaig Area - Jay
15th Ardmore Bay - Black Throated Diver, 5 GN Diver, 2 WT Eagle (both adults), 6 Bullfinch, Hen Harrier (Ringtail) Ian and Michelle Walker
14th Cruach Torr - Golden Eagle, Cnoc Maol Mhucaig Near Salen - Goldcrest, Salen Bay - Stonechat (Male) Slav Grebe, 3 GN Diver, 2 Eider (Female) Hen Harrier (Ringtail) 1 Little Grebe
There was a healthy flock of Chaffinch, with Siskin and Goldfinch at Salen that looked good for a brambling however we never heard one. Ian and Michelle Walker
We were amazed at the amount of felling in the North. It was in a felled area that we saw the male Hen Harrier so perhaps this 'newly' created habitat will provide good nesting sites for harriers next Spring? I know historically that Harriers have used this type of habitat in the past.  Ian and Michelle Walker
18th Loch Na Keal:  Black Throated Diver  by Inch Kenneth, Black Guillemot in the same area both seen with Jaquie and Mike. Cheers Arthur and Pam.
19th Flock of redwing and flock of lapwing between Bunessan and Fionnphort. Tony Jefree
18th Tobermory: Whilst scanning through the small assembly of gulls (predominantly argenteus Herring Gulls) in Tobermory, I noticed three individuals (two 2nd W and one 3rd W immatures) that appeared to have noticeably darker grey colouring to their mantles.
Close inspection of the largest bird (probably male) seemed to confirm my thoughts that this was a 4th calendar year Herring Gull of the nominate argentatus race, which overwinter in Scotland from their Fenno-Scandian breeding grounds.
By comparing the size, grey tone of mantle colour and the streaky or dirty head markings with the paler and largely now clean-headed British race argenteus birds in the photographs also assists. The moult sequence of gulls breeding at more northern latitudes is retarded compared to those in Britain.
Stuart Gibson

18th Loch na Keal: Golden Eagle, White tailed Eagle, a pair of Gooseander, 5 Slavonian Grebe and Great northern Diver and a male Stonechat made for an interesting day out. Alan
17th Loch na Keal: Barnacle Geese flying onto Inch Kenneth. I would estimate in excess of 150.  Better still, we had a wonderful view of a winter plumaged snow bunting just along the road opposite Inch Kenneth. Photo to follow in due course when my customers get home . Pete Hall  Mull wildlife Tours

15th Salen: a Jay flew across the road by the boat wrecks at Salen. Juliet Vines
13th Knock: At Knock outfalls, approx 35 pair of goldeneye, 21 pair of teal, 60 pair of mallard, a goosander, 11 turnstone and 3 redshank amongst usual herring, great black-backed and black-headed gulls. Juliet
12th Lochbuie: glaucous gull, pair of goosander, great northern diver and a small flock of twite Juliet Vines
12th Lochdon: 36 Herons here this morning sheltering from the wind on W side of loch,. Alan
10th Lochdon: 13 Shelduck and a Goldeney on the loch this morning, also 19 Grey Heron sheltering from the wind on the lee side, like a group of 'old men' complaining, about the weather most likely. Alan
9th Knock & Loch Ba: 5 dippers (2 singing) between the bridge at Knock and Loch Ba and a further singing dipper on Loch Ba below Benmore Lodge.  A large flock of wigeon (approx 45) on Loch Ba with approx 35 mallard.  Juliet Vines
8th a pair of Gooseander in sound of mull at golf course and another at Aros estuary. Alan
5th excellent views of some 100+ overwintering Barnacle Geese on Inch Kenneth. Pete Mull wildlife Tours

moorhens at Gruline                                                          A windy Heron
3rd Gruline: finally managed to take a picture of the pair of Moorhen. The birds are very illusive and don't seem to be used to human contact.They appear however to have settled in with us and are taking full advantage of any spare chicken food, quite often coming up on to the grass to feed if no-one is about. Norman Adamson
3rd  Barn owl, Kilfinichen bay to Pennyghael. Three Tawny Owls through Glen More. Andy Bailey 
3rd 1 Female Hen Harrier, hunting from Craignure to Golf course. 2 White tailed Eagles feeding on a carcass, on the wee Islands, off Craignure Golf Course. 6 great northern divers off Golf Course also Turnstones and an otter hunting about 3 pm off Golf course, 1 commoon snipe at Mull and Iona Hotel
Andy Paton
2nd White tailed eagle over Kilfinichen bay.  Very low Golden eagle, south shore of Loch Na Keal. Three Great Northern Divers, Loch Na Keal. Dipper, Killiechronan.  Kestrel, south shore of Loch Na Keal.  White tailed eagle, Killiechronan. Andy Bailey 
2nd Aros Park:  highlights were a Kingfisher and 5 Goldeneye (3m/2f) at the lochan. We also have a pair of over-wintering Blackcaps behind our guest house (Harbour GH)  Tobermory.Richard & Liz Airey
1st  Male Hen Harrier, Road to Bunessan. White tailed eagle, Kilfinichen bay Andy Bailey 

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Bird Sightings from the Isle of Tiree, Argyll

Tiree Sightings: December 2014

Best birds were the long-staying 1st-winter male Ring-necked Duck and Slavonian Grebe which both remained at Loch a Phuill all month. They were joined there from 8th by a male Pochard  and 2 Coot.  A late Chiffchaff was at Heylipol (5th), a Snow Bunting was at Traigh nan Gilean (14th) and a Lapland Bunting at Gott Tip (15th). Winter gales produced 6 Little Auks off Aird (5th-8th), late movements of Kittiwakes and Gannets, a Black-headed Gull at Salum (12th) and the first juvenile Glaucous Gulls at Hynish (7th), Traigh Bhagh (17th) and Baugh (26th). Other winter scarcities included at least 4 scattered Woodcock, 15 Long-tailed Duck at Hough Bay (28th), up to 2 Moorhens at Loch Bhasapol (16th), at least 3 Water Rails all month at Balephuil, 3 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain (15th), lone Pied Wagtails at Traigh Bhagh (5th) and Gott Bay (29th), up to 9 Goldfinches, a lone Rook and up to 15 Jackdaws all month at Loch an Eilein. Waders included 3 Grey Plovers along the north coast, 310 Sanderling at Balephetrish Bay (8th) and 61 Purple Sandpipers at Hough Bay (28th), whilst  winter raptors included at least 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Merlin, 5 Hen Harrier and 4 Peregrine.

An all-island count (15th-16th) found 4,124 Barnacle Geese, 521 Greenland White-fronts, 2,249 Greylags plus 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent and a Greylag x Canada Goose hybrid, as well as 400 Redwing, 51 Fieldfare, 176 Whooper Swans, 4,045 Lapwing and 4,090 Golden Plover.              John Bowler



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