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                    species list
The species list includes Mull, Iona, Treshnish Isles and Lismore.
a species list is in the bird report which is on sale at local shops in Craignure, Fionnphort & Tobermory.  


     Mull & Iona Species List  prepared by Alan Spellman (mullbirds)

Red throated Diver
scarce breeding, winter/passage migrant
Black throated Diver                  
occasional birds in summer and winter.
Great Northern Diver
overwintering & passage, all sea lochs
White billed Diver vagrant, occasionally off coast in sea lochs
Little Grebe  breeds small numbers,  Mishnish lochs, Lochdon,
Great Crested Grebe no mull records
Red necked Grebe               
very scarce passage, March,April
Slavonian Grebe                  winter visitor on Loch na Keal & Loch Ba
Black-necked Grebe          
very scarce. 1 record  Sept 2005  Loch na Keal
Pied billed Grebe                 vagrant, 1998 Mishnish. 2011 Salen Bay April
common breeding. reduced numbers.             
Cory’s Shearwater              
very scarce, best areas Caliach &Treshnish 
Great Shearwater              
occasionally west of Coll.  Calliach point
Sooty Shearwater              
passage vagrant in July/Oct off headlands
Manx Shearwater              
breeding on Rhum. Cailiach, Treshnish point
Storm Petrel                      
summer visitor, breed on Treshnesh Isles
Northern Gannet                  coast April-Oct. breeding at Ailsa Craig.
Cormorant                            resident breeding, less numerous that Shag
very common resident breeding on islands
no mull records. best area reed bed at Dervaig
Black Stork                                   
vagrant. first  Mull record  Dervaig  May 2013
Snowy Egret                     
accidental. Balvica (Oban) Oct 2001 1st UK
Little Egret                        
2011 first confirmed record, at Loch Beg.
Great white Egret               2017 Dec Loch Cuin. first record. also Fishnish
Cattle Egret                      
first record  2011, a single bird at Croig. 2018
Grey Heron                      
widespread resident breeding in all areas
v rare passage 2 birds at Lochdon July 2010, 
Mute Swan                      
few pairs breed in sheltered areas sea lochs
Whooper Swan                   
passage winter/spring
Pink-footed goose                             
scarce winter/spring, most fly over Mull
White-fronted goose             winter usually at Fidden in small flocks
Greylag Goose                  
resident breeding around the coast
Snow Goose                      
occasional birds have been found in Autumn
Canada Goose                  
2007 established as a breeding species now.
Barnacle Goose                 
350+ regularly over winter on  Inch Kenneth
Brent Goose                        v scarce winter passage bird,  Fidden area
small breeding population.
Eurasian Wigeon               
scarce breeding, widespread winter visitor
American Wigeon               
no Mull Records
very scarce, few records usually in winter.
Eurasian Teal                     
widespread winter visitor on all lochs.
Blue winged Teal                single record  Loch na Keal in May 2010
resident breeding most lochs around coast
very scarce birds. no recent records
scarce. Kintra April 2011, Craignure May 2019
Northern Shoveler            
rare, Bunessan April 2018, Loch na Keal 2020
no recent records,
Tufted Duck                      
scarce resident breeding on Loch Pottie
Greater Scaup                  
scarce winter visitor & passage migrant.
Lesser Scaup                     no Mull Records
Common Eider                 
resident breeding, declined over the years.
King Eider                       
vagrant one recordTobermory March 2000
Long-tailed Duck             
uncommon winter occasional large sea lochs,
Common Scoter               
scarce winter, occasional Sound and sea lochs
Surf Scoter                         
vagrant. three records, 2 female and one male
Velvet Scoter                      
scarce winter birds. Loch na Keal and Scridain
scarce winter visitor, over winter. Loch na Keal, 
red head at Loch Pottie iMay 2004, only record.
Red breasted Merganser              
very common and numerous resident breeding
 scarce breeding. Loch Cuin, Aros, Lochdon
Red Kite                                              
scarce passage migrant  mostly spring time.
White-tailed Eagle            
resident breeding species  22 pairs in 2019
Pallid Harrier                    
Vagrant. Sept 2011 first record over Pennyghael
Hen Harrier                        
breeding species, a stronghold for this species.
Marsh Harrier                    
rare passage, last over Grasspoint   May 2011 
few confirmed sightings,  description &  photo please
widespread resident breeding.
resident most common breeding raptor
Rough legged Buzzard    
Occasionally reported, description & photo please 
Golden Eagle                    
resident breeding species, up to 30 pairs
regular spring passage, no breeding records
resident breeding species.
scarce breeding, passage birds in winter
Peregrine Falcon                        
scarce breeding, can be seen all year
Black Grouse                    
April 1990 2 males  Reudle. May 1993  Aros
Red Grouse                     
a few resident breeding birds. Torloisk hill road
few records of calling birds, fewer sightings
resident breeding,distribution above 2000 ft
Common Pheasant           
very common widespread breeding species
Golden Pheasant                                   
no records for several years.
Water Rail                        
breeding, Dervaig, Aros Park lochan reed bed
Spotted Crake                  
very scarce. report from Ross & Dervaig  2005
Corn Crake                       
scarce breeding summer visitor. Iona
very scarce, first bred on 2019 Loch Harrison
regular passage migrant Spring/Autumn,
widespread resident breeding species
Spotted Redshank             
rare passage migrant with no Mull records
common breeding, passage  & wintering
passage migrant, first  bred on Mull 2000
Green Sandpiper               
scarce passage, last  Sept Grasspoint 2005,
Wood Sandpiper               
scarce passage , at Lochdon in spring 2000.
Common Sandpiper           
common summer visitor breeding
common passage migrant, all coastal areas.
Stone Curlew                      
vagrant, one record Adalanish   April 2020
Grey Phalarope                  
pass migrant. April 2007, Loch na Keal
Red necked Phalarope      
May 2011 Killiechronan, 2012 Pennyghael.
very scarce,recordedDervaig in March 2009
Oystercatcher                     .
resident breeding widespread
Ringed Plover                    
breeding. winter flocks on mud flats.
scarce passage  no breeding records, Ben More
American Golden Plover     vagrant. first record Loch Beg 6th Sept 2002
Golden Plover                     few breeding birds winter/spring passage
Grey Plover                         few records, occasional autumn/spring passage
Lapwing                               localised resident breeding species.
Knot (Red Knot)                  uncommon passage migrant, very few records
passage Spring/Autumn, Ross & Calgary Beaches
Little Stint                            very scarce. last record April 2003 Lochdon
Temminck's Stint              
very scarce passage migrant. no Mull records
  very scarce migrant. few records
Pectoral Sandpiper              rare N American visitor, a few records
Curlew Sandpiper              
scarce passage migrant, check out wader flocks
Purple Sandpiper                  
spring/winter passage winter at Lainne Sgeir
Dunlin Common                 
spring & winter passage probable bred in 2004
Buff-breasted S'dpiper       
only one Mull record 27th May 2011 at Fidden,
Jack Snipe                               
scarce,  passage migrant. Calliach is best site.
widespread & locally common breeding
Woodcock                           widespread & under recorded resident breeding
Black-tailed Godwit             scarce spring passage, Lochdon and Fidden.
Bar-tailed Godwit              
recorded throughout the year, passage migrant
Pomarine Skua                
scarce passage May 2011, 20  off Oban Ferry
Arctic Skua                                 
scarce but most common Skua off shore north
Long-tailed Skua                occasional birds seen out at sea to the north 
Great Skua                     
passage & summer visitor, breeds on Treshnish
Little Gull                        
occasional  records. possibly under reported
Sabine’s Gull                  
vagrant, 1st summer   Killiechronan May 2011
Black-headed Gull          
resident with patchy localised breeding areas
Ring-billed Gull                . vagrant,  Mishnish Lochs & Tobermory
Common Gull                   widespread and common resident breeding
Herring Gull                      widespread breeding species
Iceland Gull                        scarce regular winter visitor
Glaucous Gull                   
scarce but regular winter visitor
Great Black-back Gull         common & widespread resident breeding
Lesser Black-back Gull     
summer visitor breeds around island (Calgary)
Ross's Gull                        
rare, single bird at Fidden 6th Oct 2004,
breeding on Treshnish Isles,
Sandwich Tern                   
uncommon passage migrant
Common Tern                   
breeding  locally common summer visitor
Arctic Tern                 
Summer visitor breeding usually with Common Terns
Forsters Tern            
single bird Oban Harbour Jan 2003. 1st for Argyll
Little Tern                   
very scarce passage , breeding confined to Coll/Tiree
common, breeding, rafts of mixed birds in August      
locally common breeding species
Black Guillemot          
breeds coast & islands. Oban pier has breeding colony
Little Auk                    
irregular storm bound winter visitor,
Puffin                           localised breeding species, breeding on Treshnish
Rock Dove                     
resident breeding, at Fidden & the Ross area
Stock Dove                 very scarce & local resident, few records
common resident breeding
Collared Dove                
widespread population of resident breeding birds
Turtle Dove                   
very scarce ocasional summer visitor
Common Cuckoo         
summer visitor breeding, main host Meadow Pipit
Great Spotted Cuckoo  
Iona 23rd June 2019, (Mega rare), first record for Mull 
Barn Owl                     
resident breeding, probably under recorded
Tawny Owl                     
widespread resident breeding
Long eared Owl          
scarce resident breeding certainly under recorded
Short-eared Owl          
breeding visitor, fluctuates dependant on vole pop 
European Nightjar
May 2006-7-8 Fishnish. 2020 6th May Mishnish 8th Salen 
Common Swift  scarce passage migrants in May, no breeding records
not breeding. very scarce occasional birds in winter 
Bee-eater rare passage migrant  two at Calgary in May 2010.
Hoopoe rare passage. last 2020 13th May at Gorsten-Lochdon
very scarce passage migrant only two records 
Eurpopean Roller
Mega Rare,16th June 2011, Glen Aros  only record
Green Woodpecker
rare, 2007 Aros Park. Lochdon, Frisa, Garmony.
Great Spotted Woopecker resident, breeding, our only  woodpecker
widespread breeding, many emigrate in winter
Sand Martin 
regular summer visitor breeding
Barn Swallow 
widespread summer visitor breeding
House Martin    less numerous summer visitor breeding
Tree Pipit common summer visitor breeding
Meadow Pipit 
abundant summer visitor, main host for Cuckoo 
Rock Pipit 
common resident breeding
Grey Wagtail
common resident breeding species
Pied Wagtail
widespread and common resident species
Yellow Wagtail single at Kintra in May 2010, first record for Mull
Blue headed Wagtail
very rare. one on 24th April 2013 at Craignure 
Bohemen Waxwing 
irruptive winter visitor,  flocks on berried trees
white throated Dipper 
resident breeding species 
Winter Wren 
common resident breeding species
Dunnock abundant resident breeding species
widespread resident breeding
Black Redstart
Rare visitor, 5 records, last April 2018 Killiechronan.
Common Redstart 
localised summer visitor breeding in oak woodlands
common summer visitor breeding
Stonechat widespread resident breeding
abundant summer visitor breeding
Ring Ouzel 
very scarce summer visitor no confirmed breeding, 
abundant common resident breeding 
Fieldfare  passage winter migrant often huge flocks 
Song Thrush
common resident breeding species
passage winter migrant, large flocks on berried trees
Mistle Thrush 
widespread but thinly distributed resident breeding
Grasshopper Warbler summer visitor breeding locally in suitable areas
Sedge Warbler 
summer visitor breeding locally in most areas
Lesser Whitethroat
very scarce. 2009 at Loch Buie June, Ulva Ferry 2016
Common Whitethroat 
summer visitor & common breeding species
Garden Warbler 
scarce summer visitor breeding numbers fluctuate 
Blackcap summer  breeding. migrant birds often over winter.
Wood Warbler 
summer visitor breeding species. 
Common Chiffchaff
'Northern'  Chiffchaff
summer visitor breeding common in suitable woodland
sub-species abietinus, showing, grey colouring, 2020 May
Willow Warbler 
abundant summer visitor breeding species
Goldcrest common breeding species and passage migrant
very rare; 2012, 2015, 2016 Knock all in November.
Yellow  browed Warbler
scare passage. Nov 2016. a first record for mull.
Spotted Flycatcher 
Usually an abundant summer visitor breeding 
Pied Flycatcher occasionally passage in the spring. last April 2020
Long-tailed Tit
common resident breeding, large flocks in winter
Northern Long tailed tit
3 birds at Salen Nov 2010. (not accepted by ARBC))
Coal Tit 
abundant common resident breeding species
Blue Tit 
abundant common resident breeding species
Great Tit abundant common resident breeding species
Crested Tit
very record Oct-Nov 2002 in Tobermory
common resident breeding species
Scarce 2008 April at Calgary, first Mull record.
Golden Oriole rare, adult male found dead June 1989 at Burgh 
Red-backed Shrike 
rare passage migrant last June 2013 Glen Bellart
Lesser Grey Shrike 
rare passage migrant, an old record from 1974
Great Grey Shrike
rare,  last on 16th October 2018 Grasspoint road:
Woodchat  Shrike No Mull records
Eurasian Jay 
now breeding, good numbers throughout the island.
Eurasian Magpie 
scarce single birds seen most years,
Red billed Chough
no longer on Mull, Scoor not seen for many years
Jackdaw uncommon resident, on Iona around the Abbey
Breeding, a  rookery at Assapol and on Iona
Carrion Crow 
occasional birds have been seen briefly on Mull
Hooded Crow 
abundant common resident breeding species
common resident breeding species
Common Starling common resident breeding species
Rose-coloured Starling
very scarce,Tobs/Dervaig 2009 & Bunessan in 2008 
House Sparrow
abundant resident breeding species    
Tree Sparrow 
very scarce. very few records
Common Chaffinch abundant resident breeding species
uncommon winter visitor, with flocks of other finches
common resident breeding species
scarce. 2009-10-14-16. May 2020 Tobs & Salen
common resident breeding species, winter flocks
Siskin common resident breeding, visits gardens in winter
resident breeds, Ross of Mull and Iona are best areas.
small localised resident breeding species,
Lesser Redpoll 
localised  breeding, numbers fluctuate each year
Common Crossbill
Two Barred Crossbill
locally common resident breeding species
Mulls first record 24th August 2020  photographed
Common Rosefinch
Vagrant. records, 2009  2011.nd 2013 at Lochdon 
Common Bullfinch 
locally common resident breeding species
Snow Bunting
winter visitor, in colder weather,  Glen More tops 
common resident breeding, emigration in autumn
Reed Bunting resident breeding species
Lapland Bunting
scarce Autumn passage occasionally on beaches. 
Ortolan Bunting
vagrant.Craignure May 2009. first-only record for Mull 
Corn Bunting
extremely scarce. Ardalanish farm area is best.
Rustic Bunting This is a Mega rare bird, on Iona  on 27th May 2014
Common Crane
One recorded and photographed in May 2021

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