Oct 072016

I tried Photobucket which I liked for its simplicity but it was agonizingly slow, often taking me over an hour to upload one photo, so I’m afraid for my heart-rate’s sake I’m having to use Flickr for now. Just don’t put your curser over a photo.
Google bought and then trashed Picasa and replaced it with something inferior with no embed code. I tried Canon’s Irista but it was also slow and doesn’t have an embed code.

26th: 1 male Blackcap, 4+ Reed Buntings, 1 Grey Wagtail at cowbarn, 2 Reed Buntings & 1 Willow Warbler in wood just below the cowbarn, 1 Golden Plover,
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2 White-tailed Eagles (one carrying bird prey eastwards) at Haunn, 50+ Redwings & c10 Blackbirds in Treshnish wood.
This un-cropped Robin at Treshnish House was presumably another migrant. It came to my feet.
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1 female Otter at Ensay Burn mouth (on 24th 1 dog Otter along north Treshnish coast). Today guests saw 2 Otters below Crackaig.
25th: 11+ Reed Buntings (9+ in Black park and 2+ at Haunn)

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and 5+ very tame Wrens presumably on migration (local?).
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This was at my feet.
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24th: at least 2 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 female Blackcap, 1 possible Common Redpoll,
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200-320+ Fieldfares,  50+ Redwings, 6+ Blackbirds,  80+ Jackdaws passing through and 1 staying around at Treshnish House & Long-tailed Tit heard.
1 presumed Common Hawker at Ensay Burn cattle-grid & 1 Red Admiral around.
23rd: 10+ Fieldfares, 10+ Redwings, 1 Willow Warbler & Long-tailed Tit (latter heard only) in Treshnish wood.
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1 Common Hawker and 1 Common Darter, 1 Red Admiral around every warm day and small numbers of White-tailed Bumblebee complex still in garden.
21st: 1 Jackdaw and 100+ Fieldfares over Treshnish wood. Jackdaws are scarce on Mull although occasionally occur in large flocks.
20th: 130+ Fieldfares in Treshnish wood.
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19th: 8+ Greenland White-fronted Geese flying south in the morning and 3 at mid-day (my first of the season) and 1 Merlin ,

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16+ Long-tailed Tits
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all in and over the wood.
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18th: 2 hrs seawatch in first wind from north-west for weeks: 1 Barnacle Goose, 1-2 Great Skua, 2 smaller skuas at Caliach Point.
16th: 1 Grey Wagtail along shore below Treshnish House and 1 probable Peregrine around Duill/Shian cottages.
13th: 2 Common Scoters at Treshnish boathouse (3rd record for Treshnish)
Pair of White-tailed Eagles at Croig
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12th: 1 Wigeon (scarce in Treshnish-Langamull area) and 1 Wheatear at Langamull. At least 5 Long-tailed Tits at Treshnish House, 1 Grey Wagtail at burn below Ensay farmhouse. no sign of Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Calgary beach. 6+ Redwings and 1 Fieldfare over Treshnish wood (my first of the season).
Still 1 Painted Lady
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and at least 2 Red Admirals and many Silver Y moths at Old Schoolhouse.
11th: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Calgary beach, 1 Wheatear at Langamull, 1 Dipper singing at mouth of Allt Crossapol and 1+ Long-tailed Tits in Treshnish wood.
1 Painted Lady at least 2 Red Admirals and many Silver Y moths at Old Schoolhouse.
10th: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Calgary beach and 1+ Long-tailed Tits in Treshnish wood.
1 Painted Lady at least 2 Red Admirals and many Silver Y moths at Old Schoolhouse.
9th: Two White-tailed Eagles were calling over Beinn Bhuidhe. I’ve only heard them calling in our area once before. It was a call similar to a Kestrel.
At least 6 Long-tailed Tits in Treshnish wood (my first of the season).
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Got some face shots of what is presumably the same hoverfly as the 6th. Pretty sure it is Helophilus pendulus.
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At least 1 Painted Lady around along with large numbers of Silver Y moth and at least 2 Red Admirals.
Yellow Dung-fly Scathophaga stercoraria on Ivy at Ensay Burn cattle-grid
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6th: Met Carolyne on the way to Langamull who told us about a Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Calgary.
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The strong south-east winds have brought loads of Silver Y moths to our garden and today at least 1 Painted Lady.
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Also at least 3 Red Admirals.
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A new hoverfly for me. I think it is Helophilus pendulus or a closely related species. Unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of the face to rule out Helophilus trivitattus.
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1st: At least 2 Fieldfares in Treshnish wood, the first of the season at Treshnish.

 October 7, 2016