Friday, 18 May 2012


I appear to have found the 4th Curlew Sandpiper for Mull this afternoon. I assume it is massively under recorded as all records are in the last 10 years. Not a particularly smart individual - it is just turning pink. Alongside it were a much smarter band of 40 tundrae Ringed Plovers and 46 Dunlin of at least 2 races. 21 Whimbrel were also present on the beach. This was all going down at Duart Bay in the south east. I tried my luck at Grasspoint round the corner with limited success. This time I just managed a couple of spanking summer plumage Great Northern Divers and twos of Whimbrel and sum plum Turnstone.

Marcus managed to twitch the Curlew Sand so Im not bothering with my record shots for now but will pop his bad boys on tomorrow. A couple of White Wagtails were a bonus as was a singing Sedge Warbler. This morning we had Garden Warbler singing in the garden and a male Hen Harrier hunting the moor above us. Lovely! 


Bryan Rains said...

Hi James - Not sure where you got your C Sand info. Probably annual on the island and I had four together last Sept present for 4 days.

James said...

Hi Bryan,

I was just going by the most recent Mull bird report. I assumed it was massively under recorded. I went out with the intention of finding Curlew or Pec sand and just went for the sandy beaches in the south east.

Bryan Rains said...

A cracking find either way. Hopefully you will find a Pec too!!

James said...

Cheers Bryan - just a Knot yesterday which I understand is a pretty decent island bird. Are you getting many waders down at the west end?

Bryan Rains said...

Plenty of waders but nothing out of the ordinary - Dunlin, RPlover, Whimbrel, Turnstone. Plenty of time yet!

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