October 2006

Turtle Dove: 1 at Croig in October (www.mullbirds.com)

October 1
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 by Haunn cottage, 1 between Treshnish and Haunn cottages
Fox Moth caterpillar: 1 at Toechtamhor
October 3
Gannet: several out from between Crackaig and Haunn
Grey Heron: 2 between Crackaig and Haunn
Curlew: 5 at Port Haunn
Whimbrel: 1 between Crackaig and Port Haunn
Rock Pipit: 1+ at Crackaig
Fox moth caterpillar: 1 by Treshnish Lochan, 1 by pond above, 1 on ridge towards Glac Gugairidh ‘Cookery’, 1 at Crackaig
Beautiful Golden Y moth: 1 between Treshnish Lochan and Glac Gugairidh ‘Cookery’
Grey Scalloped Bar moth caterpillar: 1 near Glac Gugairidh ‘Cookery’
Common Hawker dragonfly: 1 at Glac Gugairidh ‘Cookery’
Highland Darter: 2+ at pond above Treshnish Lochan
Black Darter: 2+ on pool above Treshnish Lochan, 2+ on bog west of Glac Gugairidh ‘Cookery’
October 4
Golden Eagle: 2 at Calgary
Buzzard: 1 at Treshnish Graveyard
Rock Pipit: 5 at Ensay Burn mouth
October 5
Golden Eagle: 1 skydiving below Treshnish House, flew towards Haunn
Goldfinch: flock of 50+ at Treshnish Graveyard
October 7
[Green Sandpiper: 1 caught in the headlights just before Toechtamhor cottage]
October 8
Goshawk: 1 where the track crosses Ensay Burn hunting along the burn
Kestrel: 1 at Glengorm
Sparrowhawk: 1 by Mishnish Lochs
October 9
Gannet: several out from Port Haunn
Twite: several with mixed flock of Meadow Pipits and Goldfinch between Treshnish and Haunn cottages
Gannet: several out from Port Haunn
Sparrowhawk: 1 at Treshnish Point
Fox Moth caterpillar: 1 at Haunn
October 10
Twite: 3 at Port Haunn
Ruby Tiger Moth caterpillar: 1 by Toechtamhor cottage
October 12
Kittiwake: about 300 in Calgary Bay
Thrush sp.: flock of about 20 at Ensay Burn
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 at Haunn cottages
Fox Moth caterpillar: 1 at Toechtamhor cottage
October 14
Buzzard: 1 in morning, 1 in evening between Treshnish and Haunn cottages
[Song Thrush: flock of about 10 between Treshnish and Haunn cottages]
October 15
White-tailed Eagle: 1 juvenile inland from Fishnish Bay at NM6340, no wing tags visible although only bins, no scope
Golden Eagle: 2 above Treshnish Lochan
Buzzard: 1 by Ensay Burn
Snipe: 1 above Treshnish Lochan
Black-headed Gull: 61 west of Fishnish Bay
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 by Treshnish House
Fox Moth caterpillar: 5 spread out above Treshnish Lochan at NM3548
Black Darter dragonfly: 2 by Treshnish Lochan
Highland Darter dragonfly: 3 by Treshnish Lochan
October 16
Red-throated Diver: 1 from below Treshnish House
Grey Heron: 2 below Treshnish House
Otter: 2 past Port Haunn (guests at middle cottage)
Mink: 1 past Port Haunn (guests at middle cottage)
Angle Shades moth: 3-4 at Treshnish House
Feathered Thorn moth: 2 at Treshnish House
Dark Sword-grass moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Autumnal Moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Pale November Moth: 1 at Treshnish House
October 17
Golden Eagle: 1 at Lochan na h-Earba north of Torloisk House
White-tailed Eagle: 1 juvenile, possibly second winter, with peach or dull orange coloured wing tag on right wing, north of Torloisk House, flying eastwards from Carn Mòr to Beinn na Cille at 16.30 (NM4048-4148). Binoculars only
[Lapwing: birds thought to be this species heard north of Lochan na h-Earba]
Common Hawker dragonfly: 1 at Lochan na h-Earba
Red Sword-grass moth: 2 at Treshnish House
Dark Sword-grass moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Antler Moth: 3-4 at Treshnish House
Silver Y moth: 1 at Treshnish House
The Chestnut moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Common Marbled Carpet moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Fox Moth caterpillar: 4 above at Kilninian at NM4046, 3 at NM4047, 6 at NM4048
October 18
Gannet: none seen on this calm cloudy day
Red throated Diver: 2 at mouth of Calgary Bay
Grey Heron: 2 in Calgary Bay, 1 below Treshnish House
Pink-footed Goose: 3 flocks totalling 145 flying east over Calgary Bay
Buzzard: 1 by Calgary beach, 1 below Treshnish House
Arctic Skua: 1 dark phase at 16.00 near Calgary beach
Kittiwake: 2 at mouth of Calgary Bay
Guillemot: 4+ at mouth of Calgary Bay
Curlew: 3 on south side of Calgary Bay
Angle Shades moth: 2 at Treshnish house
Yellow-line Quaker moth: 1 at Treshnish House
Autumn Green Carpet moth: 1 at Treshnish House
[November Moth: 1 at Treshnish House]
October 19
Unidentified Goose sp.: 6 flying west over Treshnish Point
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 at Haunn cottages, 1 between Treshnish and Haunn cottages, 1 Treshnish house (possibly all the same individual)
Silver Y moth: 1 by Treshnish house
The Drinker moth caterpillar: 1 at East cottage Haunn
October 20
Goose sp.: flock of 6 flying west
Buzzard: 1 below Treshnish House
Thrush sp.: flock of about 25 and a flock of about 30 at dusk
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 seen several times around Treshnish House
Turnip Moth: 1 by Treshnish House
Yellow-line Quaker moth: 1 in caravan by Treshnish House (this could be the same individual caught on 18 Oct)
Angle Shades moth: 3 at Treshnish House
Autumn Green Carpet moth: 1 by Treshnish House
[November Moth: 1 by Treshnish House]
Black Darter dragonfly: 1 by Treshnish House
October 21
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 seen several times around Treshnish House
Highland Darter dragonfly: 1 by Treshnish House
October 22
Red-throated Diver: 1 out from Ensay Burn
Buzzard: 2 by Ensay Burn mouth
Redwing: at least one in a flock of about 30 thrushes by Ensay Burn in Treshnish Wood. The whole flock could have been Redwing and flocks seen from October 12 onwards probably contained this species
Northern Wheatear: 1 at Langamull (Barry Prater & Barbara Rodgers on http://www.mullbirds.com)
Treecreeper: 1 in Treshnish Wood
Curlew: 1 by Ensay Burn mouth
Red Admiral butterfly: 1 by Treshnish House
Silver Y moth: 6 were disturbed from the greenhouse at Treshnish House
October 23
Gannet: 1 in mouth of Calgary Bay (the first for several days)
Grey Heron: 1 by Treshnish Boathouse
Starling: about 10 roosting in the low-lying area below Haunn cottages about 15 minutes after sunset. There were also some in the roost cave at Treshnish Point, the twittering of birds inside the cave could be heard
October 24
Diver sp.: 1 in mouth of Calgary; too rainy to use bins for long but looked like a Great Northern
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 in Calgary Bay
Grey Heron: 1 by Ensay Burn mouth
Buzzard: 1 by Ensay Burn
November Moth: 2 by Treshnish House
October 25
Grey Heron: 2 by Ensay Burn mouth
Mountain Hare: 1 below Duill cottage
Angle Shades moth: 1 by Ensay Burn mouth
October 27
Common Gull: several inland near Treshnish cottages
October 28
Hen Harrier: 1 male at 17.15 near Toechtamhor cottage
Common Gull: flock of about 20 inland near Treshnish cottages
Stonechat: 2 males and a female at Haunn cottages looked like they were holding territory!
October 30
Buzzard: 1 around Haunn cottages
Sparrowhawk: 1 between Haunn and Treshnish cottages
Common Gull: flock of 10 near the cow-barn
Mistle Thrush: 1 at Haunn cottages, the first seen here since the spring
October 31
Little Grebe: 1 at Loch Meadhoin (Mishnish Lochs)
Whooper Swan: 1 at Loch Peallach (Mishnish Lochs)
Goldeneye: 3 at Loch Peallach (Mishnish Lochs)
Red-breasted Merganser: 1 near Calgary beach
Golden Eagle: 1 over Treshnish schoolhouse
Common Ringed Plover: 26 at Calgary beach
Ruddy Turnstone: 1 at Calgary beach

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