A great area for wood­land birds and sea­watch­ing

Bird Watching (UK) - - September Id Challenge - JOHN MILES

SO MANY AR­EAS of Mull can pro­duce the birds, but this sin­gle-track road pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to find the ones you have missed. With Loch Don be­ing such a draw for waders, there are var­i­ous view­points along this road from which to scan the loch and the river en­ter­ing into it. Green­shank win­ter in the area and species like Black-tailed Godwit, Whim­brel and Ruff can be found in spring. Even then you have a chance of both Hen Har­rier and Short-eared Owl fly­ing into view over the grass­land. Evening may well bring you a Barn Owl. The wood­land adds the chance of Red­start, Wood War­bler and Tree Pipit, with White-tailed Ea­gle al­ways close-by. The grass­land is good for both Stonechat and Whin­chat with Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit and Sky Lark also pos­si­ble. A Great Grey Shrike was a good find in 2016, so it is al­ways worth scan­ning the tops of bushes and trees for the un­ex­pected, with Mer­lin al­ways a hard one to get on your Mull list. The Point it­self is a great lo­ca­tion to look out for sea pas­sage, with plenty of Gan­nets, Kit­ti­wakes, Arc­tic Terns and even skuas pos­si­ble. Golden Ea­gle is also a pos­si­bil­ity along this coast along with Raven and the odd Pere­grine. Great North­ern Diver is a great win­ter bird last­ing well into May.


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