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MIGRANTS: autumn migration of waders is now underway. It will soon be time to  report late dates for passerine and other migrants! Please let Jim know of any autumn migrants you see (or hear).
Click on the link below for a list Spring migrants recorded during in 2016:
SPRING MIGRANTS 2016 to 15 June

For comparison, a table of arrivals reported in 2015 is at the link below:
0 SPRING MIGRANTS 2015

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RECENT REPORTS August 2016

29 August: On Tiree today: An adult Pacific Golden Plover and 8 juvenile Ruffs at Middleton / Sandaig this afternoon. Also a Balearic Shearwater flying west past Hynish (Keith Gillon). 8 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Ruff at Caoles; 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Ruaig (John Bowler).

Pacific Golden Plover Middleton/Sandaig, Tiree 29 Aug (John Bowler).

Pacific Golden Plover – Middleton/Sandaig, Tiree 29 Aug (John Bowler).

Today at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll there were 49 Teal, 8 Goosanders, an Osprey and 2 juvenile Whinchats (Jim Dickson).

28 August: At midday today, a juvenile Hobby at Barrapol, Tiree flew south towards Balephuil: a Merlin was also there (John Bowler).

27 August: The Kingfisher was seen again at Kennacraig, Kintyre today and a group of about 100 Manx Shearwaters seen from the ferry off Islay (David Jardine).
On Tiree today: a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 2 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and 3 juvenile Red Knot at Clachan (John Bowler); a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Vaul (Keith Gillon).

Red Knot - Clachan, Tiree 27 Aug (John Bowler).

Red Knot – Clachan, Tiree 27 Aug (John Bowler).

26 August: On Tiree today: 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper with 115 Ringed Plovers, 144 Sanderlings and 30 Dunlin at Sorobaidh Bay; 7 juvenile Ruff on cut silage at Heylipol; 3 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein; 6 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill; 1 Goldcrest still at Balephuil (John Bowler). Also 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers still at The Green and a Balearic Shearwater flew west off The Green (Dante Shepherd).

25 August: A noisy Whimbrel flying around the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this morning and a Blackcap was in the garden at Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson).
Two Ruffs and 10 Black-tailed Godwits on Luing, Mid-Argyll today (David Jardine).

24 August: The Green Sandpiper reappeared briefly Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today (Eddie Maguire/ Miriam Lord). Also there, a Greenshank and a total of 10 Curlew Sandpipers flying S with groups of Dunlins (80) throughout the day and 4 were photographed on the shore. The first-winter Mediterranean Gull is still present.

Dunlins & Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 24 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Dunlins & Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 24 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 24 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 24 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

On Tiree today: a Pied Flycatcher at Carnan Mor and a Goldcrest at Balephuil; 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Miodar; 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at The Green; 411 Sanderlings on the 4 main beaches including 3 leg-flagged birds; 1 Greenshank at Loch a’ Phuill; 3 Wigeon at Loch Bhasapol; 6 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Ruaig (John Bowler).
NB see also updates for Tiree sightings 19 – 23 Aug just added.

Pied Flycatcher - Carnan Mor, Tiree 24 Aug (John Bowler).

Pied Flycatcher – Carnan Mor, Tiree 24 Aug (John Bowler).

A Kingfisher was at Kennacraig, Kintyre today (Alasdair Paterson).
A late single Common Swift was seen flying high among the martins over Kilmichael Glassary, Mid-Argyll this afternoon (Malcolm Chattwood).

23 August: Bill was surprised to see this Nuthatch on his bird feeder at Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll this evening – a first there in 20 years (Bill Alexander).

Nuthatch - Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll 23 Aug (Bill Alexander).

Nuthatch – Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll 23 Aug (Bill Alexander).

Nuthatch - Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll 23 Aug (Bill Alexander).

Nuthatch – Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll 23 Aug (Bill Alexander).

On Tiree today: a roost of 260 Pied Wagtails at Balephuil (John Bowler); 2 Curlew Sandpipers at The Green; 2 Ruffs and 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Caoles (Dante Shepherd). Also, 1 Balearic Shearwater, and 3,500 Manx Shearwaters as well as 30 Common Dolphins, 14 Porpoises and 6 Basking Sharks between Coll and Tiree and, at the E end of the Sound of Mull, 1 Arctic Skua, 1,250 Kittiwakes and 13 Porpoises (John Bowler).
A Nuthatch has been regularly visiting a bird feeder at Strone (Holy Loch), Cowal – latest sighting 10:00 today (John Black).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today: a Great Northern Diver (immature) flying S, 17 Curlew Sandpipers flying S (+ 4 on the shore) along with a Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruddy Turnstones, 10 Red Knot, 10 Sanderlings, 51 Dunlins and 17 Common Redshanks. Also a very vocal Green Sandpiper came in off the sea (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlins – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlins – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Knot & Turnstone – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Knot & Turnstone – MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

 

22 August: On Tiree today: the juvenile Spotted Sandpiper still at Balephetrish Bay (also on 19 Aug); 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at the Green; 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and 1 Ruff at Caoles (Dante Shepherd).
Another record breaking day at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre, with a total of ca 70+ Curlew Sandpipers flying south + 8 on the shore: other waders included 30 Ringed Plover, 65 Red Knot, 90 Sanderling, 10 Ruddy Turnstones, 33 Common Redshanks and 40 Dunlin (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers– MSBO, Kintyre 23 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers etc.– MSBO, Kintyre 22 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

21 August: A red letter day for passage waders at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre, with a total of 39 Curlew Sandpipers flying S + 16 birds off-passage (total 55) – the most Curlew Sandpipers so far recorded in Argyll in a single day. Other waders moving south were: 28 Ringed Plovers, 12 Ruddy Turnstones, 33 Red Knots, 170 Sanderlings, 400+ Dunlins and 60 Common Redshanks (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 21 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 21 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

A short visit to Gigha, Kintyre this afternoon produced; at Ardminish Bay – 71 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Red Knot, 9 Common Redshanks, 31 Sandwich Terns, 8 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 40 Kittiwakes; at Caolas Gigalum – 3 Common Sandpipers, 14 Common Redshanks, 17 Sandwich Terns and at Drumyeonmore – a fledged brood of Bullfinches. Later off Rhunahaorine Point: 50+ Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Slavonian Grebes (David Jardine).
An Osprey was at Bun an Uilt, Loch Gruinart, Islay (Mike Peacock).

20 August: Two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree today (Dante Shepherd).
A single Common Swift was with a group of 30 or more passage Barn Swallows and House Martins over Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll at 08:00 this morning (Paul Daw).

Three Greenshanks at north end of Caol Scotnish (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll this afternoon (Dougie Menzies).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this afternoon: 6 Wigeon, 8 Ringed Plovers, 52 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Red Knot, 1 Ruff (reeve), 44 Dunlins, 24 Common Redshanks, 4 Whinchats, 16 Stonechats, 4 Northern Wheatears and 1 White Wagtail (Jim Dickson).
Highlights of a WeBS Count at Loch Gilp: 2 Wigeon, 3 Red Knot, 1 Little Stint, 4 Greenshanks and at Loch a’ Chroisg, Ford, Mid-Argyll – 2 Mandarin Duck (female & 1 immature) (David Jardine).
In a strong easterly wind / continuous rain at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today, waders in off the sea all morning included: 50 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 22 Dunlins, at least 18 Curlew Sandpipers, 31 Red Knot, 40 Ruddy Turnstones, 290 Common Redshanks, Also, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull for its second day, 2 adult Sandwich Terns and a juvenile Arctic Tern  (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpipers – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Curlew Sandpiper – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Black-tailed Godwit – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Black-tailed Godwit – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Mediterranean Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Mediterranean Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 20 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

 

19 August: On Tiree today: a juvenile Mediterranean Gull at The Green – also 24 Curlew Sandpipers there; a flock of 23 that flew east and 1 juvenile on the shore (Dante Shepherd) Five European Storm Petrels seen between Tiree and Coll – (John Bowler/ Jim Dickson).

juvenile Mediterranean Gull – The Green, Tiree 19 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

juvenile Mediterranean Gull – The Green, Tiree 19 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Curlew Sandpipers – The Green, Tiree 19 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Curlew Sandpipers – The Green, Tiree 19 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

 

 

This Greenshank was one of two birds present at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today. Also there, a single Whimbrel flying S (Eddie Maguire).

Greenshank – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Greenshank – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

18 August: The Tiree juvenile Spotted Sandpiper was seen at Ard Mor from mid-day today (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 18 Aug (Jim Dickson).

 

The juvenile Spotted Sandpiper showing again nicely this evening at Ard Mor, Tiree – also a juvenile Common Cuckoo at Balephuil (John Bowler). Eight juvenile Red Knot in East Tiree today (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (John Bowler).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (John Bowler).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (John Bowler).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (John Bowler).

 

17 August: An adult Green Sandpiper was at Teddy’s Pond, Balvicar, Seil , Mid-Argyll at 16:00 today (John Sedgwick).
The juvenile Spotted Sandpiper was found again, west of Ard Mor, Tiree this morning (John Bowler/Dante Shepherd): it was seen back at Balephetrish Bay this evening (Dante Shepherd).
Also Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and juvenile Red Knot singles at Balephetrish Bay this morning (John Bowler).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Ard Mor, Tiree 17 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

 

16 August: Four Common Swifts over Kilmartin, Mid-Argyll today – flying around the church tower (Jim Dickson).

15 August: Hirundine and swift passage noted high in the sky over Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll from 18:00 (although may have been going on all day??). At least 100+ Barn Swallows, 10+ House Martins and 14+ Common Swifts in 1 hour (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree today: 8 Common Terns including 2 juveniles at Gott Bay; a juvenile Red Knot and a Greenshank at Balephetrish Bay; 2 Greenshanks at Loch an Eilein, a White Wagtail at Vaul, a juvenile Common Cuckoo, a Robin and a Common Redpoll at Balephuil; an adult Moorhen at Kilkenneth. But sadly no sign of yesterday’s Spotted Sandpiper (John Bowler).

Juvenile Common Cuckoo – Balephuil, Tiree 15 Aug (John Bowler).

Juvenile Common Cuckoo – Balephuil, Tiree 15 Aug (John Bowler).

14 August: A juvenile Spotted Sandpiper was found at Balephetrish Bay, Tiree this evening (Dante Shepherd per John Bowler). Only two previous Argyll records and this is possibly the earliest ever juvenile in the UK? Thanks to Dante Shepherd for the photographs.

Spotted Sandpiper - Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 14 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 14 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper - Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 14 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Spotted Sandpiper – Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 14 Aug (Dante Shepherd).

Also also Tiree today: 41 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Green Sandpiper, 7 juvenile Ruff and at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today: 177 Oystercatchers, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Red Knot (including a red adult), 1 Dunlin, 3 Greenshanks and 41 Common Redshanks. At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll: 3 Wigeon, 4 Goosanders, 14 Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Dunlins, 5 Common Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Carrion Crows and at Crinan Ferry, a Spotted Flycatcher (Jim Dickson).

Whimbrel – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 14 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Whimbrel – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 14 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Whimbrel – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 14 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Whimbrel – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 14 Aug (Jim Dickson).

13 August: On Coll today: a short evening sea-watch at Arinagour pier 18:30-19:00 hrs found 1,000 Manx Shearwaters and a single European Storm Petrel. Also single Whimbrel on the Golf Course, 6 Sand Martins at machair near Breachacha, 3 Goldfinches at Ballyhaugh and proof of breeding for Wood Pigeon at the Lodge, Arinagour (David Jardine).
On Tiree today: a Hen Harrier and a Common Cuckoo at Balinoe; a Whimbrel at Sandaig: 2 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 61 Turnstones, 1 juvenile Red Knot, 42 Dunlin, and 2 Arctic Terns at Clachan / Balephetrish Bay; 1 Sparrowhawk and a Robin at Balephuil (John Bowler).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today: a second calendar year Hen Harrier, 11 Ringed Plovers, 4 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Red Knot, 1 Sanderling, 17 Dunlins, 2 Greenshanks, 3 Common Swifts, 48 Barn Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Blackcap and 2 Common Whitethroats. At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll: 15 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, and 1 Grey Wagtail. And at Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll: 1 Blackcap (Jim Dickson).

Later at Loch Gilp: 7 Red Knot and 3 Greenshanks, and at the Add Estuary: 3 Common Sandpipers (John Halliday).
A Jay in a garden at Bullwood Road, Dunoon today was the first they’d seen there (Cherry Cook).
Today a flock of at least 70 Goldfinches flew west over Strone Farm, Otter Ferry, Cowal (Tom Callan).
A single Greenshank was at the Holy Loch, Dunoon this morning (George Newall).

Greenshank – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 13 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Greenshank – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 13 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Common Whitethroat – Crinan Ferry, Mid-Argyll 13 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Common Whitethroat – Crinan Ferry, Mid-Argyll 13 Aug (Jim Dickson).

 

12 August: A sea-watch at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre, 07:30-14:30 hrs., with poor visibility / WSW, f4. Northern Gannets were again inshore on a narrow-front, on passage south. A total of 2,208 had passed south by 10:30hrs (largest loose flock was 48). Also a juvenile Little Gull dip-feeding offshore and 3 adult Sandwich Terns and 22 adult Black Guillemots flew south (best passage of the latter there for many years) (Eddie Maguire).
At the Add Estuary/Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll: 1 Little Grebe,  6 Golden Plover, 6 Ringed Plovers, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Red Knot, 21 Dunlins,  1 Greenshank,  12 Common Snipe,and 1 Osprey. At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll: 5 Turnstones, 6 Red Knot, 1 Greenshank, 65 Common Redshanks,  and 8 juvenile Common Terns (Jim Dickson).
A single Common Cuckoo was at Balephuil, Tiree today (John Bowler).

11 August: Today 1,800 Northern Gannets were noted passing the Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre in 3 hrs ( one very early juvenile seen) (Eddie Maguire).
At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning: 3 Whimbrels, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Turnstones, 2 Red Knot, 1 Sanderling and 185 Oystercatchers. At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll: 3 Goosanders, 2 Ringed Plovers, 3 Red Knot, 1 Sanderling, 4 Dunlins, and 4 Common Sandpipers (Jim Dickson).
A juvenile Ruff was along the Arileod Straight, Coll today (Neil Cowie).

10 August: Two Grasshopper Warblers reeling at Stronafian, near Colintraive, Cowal today and a Tree Pipit in Clachaig, nr. Dunoon. Also a juvenile Little Gull on Holy Loch (Neil Hammatt).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today: 2 Common Terns and a Kittiwake – both very unusual there (Jim Dickson).
A juvenile Ruff was near Little Feall Bay, Coll today (Ben Jones/Neil Cowie). There are very few records of this species from Coll, although they’ve perhaps gone under-reported in the past (John Bowler).

08 August: Northern Gannet: overland passage in S Kintyre.
On 08 August, a large number of Northern Gannets were plunge-diving for fish immediately inshore of MSBO all day: suspiciously, single birds were occasionally noted flying from the east. Gannets are known to fly 9 km across The Laggan from Campbeltown Loch to Machrihanish to join any large foraging activity. 
A coordinated watch was organised at MSBO (Eddie Maguire / Iomhar McMillan) and at Campbeltown Loch (Rab Morton).
At 13:52 hrs Eddie’s mobile rang: Rab announced from his vantage point at Dalintober Pier (Campbeltown) that a high-flying adult was on its way over the peninsula and, that it had disappeared rapidly, to the west, over the town.
At 14:01 hrs 4 adults were seen flying west towards the Atlantic over the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish village and another adult arrived from the east via The Laggan at 14:10 hrs. 100% evidence indeed!
Overland passage in Scotland from Forth to Clyde has been assumed but never proven like this (Eddie Maguire). See Maguire, E. (2015): Westerly overland passage of Northern Gannets in south Argyll 2007-2015: The Eider, December 2015 (No. 114).

08 August: A hectic sea-watch this morning 05:45-07:45 hrs off Aird, Tiree in NW7 produced: a blizzard of 23,530 Manx Shearwaters (20,710 in the first hour!), 89 Fulmars, one European Storm-petrel, 272 Northern Gannets, 1 Pomarine Skua, 8 Great Skuas, 1 Puffin, 1 Black Guillemot, 12 large auks, 2 Little Terns and 22 Kittiwakes. Also, a juvenile Ruff with Lapwings at Hough, an adult Moorhen at Kilkenneth and the Wood Pigeon again at Balephuil (John Bowler).
A blustery 7 hr sea-watch (NW f5 bright n’ breezy – no squalls) at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre 07:30-14:30 hrs today produced: 7 European Storm-petrels flying S (singles, all a.m.), a female Sparrowhawk, 140 Oystercatchers along with 44 Dunlins and 16 Sanderlings flying S; 165 of 414 Black-legged Kittiwakes flying S on narrow front inshore passage were juveniles (40%) and 4 Sandwich Terns were sheltering, including a juvenile (Eddie Maguire).

Female Sparrowhawk - MSBO, Kintyre 08 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

Female Sparrowhawk – MSBO, Kintyre 08 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

 

European Storm-petrel - MSBO, Kintyre 08 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

European Storm-petrel – MSBO, Kintyre 08 Aug (Eddie Maguire).

 

At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this afternoon: 22 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were newly arrived. Also there were 6 Ringed Plovers, 9 Dunlins, 4 Common Sandpipers, an Osprey and 3 juvenile Whinchats. An Arctic Skua was out in the Sound of Jura and a female/immature Common Redstart was near Dalvore (Moine Mhor), Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).

Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 08 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 08 Aug (Jim Dickson).

07 August: A sea-watch from Crinan harbour, Mid-Argyll looking into the sound of Jura produced 66 Manx Shearwaters and 3,500+ Kittiwakes and in one hour this morning. By Slockavullin school, Mid-Argyll; a family of 6 Spotted Flycatchers with 2 Northern Wheatears and 18 Pied Wagtails nearby. At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll; 1 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Greenshanks (Jim Dickson).

Northern Wheatear – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Northern Wheatear – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Flycatcher – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Spotted Flycatcher – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher – Slockavullin, Mid-Argyll 07 Aug (Jim Dickson).

The pick of a 7hr sea-watch at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre, SW – W f5 (6 at times), was a pair of Gadwall, ca. 200 Manx Shearwaters, a Whimbrel, a pale adult Arctic Skua, the first juvenile Black-legged Kittiwakes of the year (2) and 3 Sandwich Terns including a squeaking juvenile (Eddie Maguire).

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 07 Aug (Eddie Maguire)

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 07 Aug (Eddie Maguire)

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 07 Aug (Eddie Maguire)

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 07 Aug (Eddie Maguire)

 

06 August: Two Spotted Flycatchers this morning near Duntrune gardens, Mid-Argyll Also, 3 White Wagtails accompanying ca 10 Pied Wagtails at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
A rewarding sea-watch in SSE7, with the odd shower, off Hynish, Tiree at 16:30-17:30 hrs found: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 2,750 Manx Shearwaters, 12 European Storm-petrels, 392 Northern Gannets, 1 Arctic Skua, 26 large auks (Common Guillemot/Razorbill), 2 Black Guillemots, 234 Puffins and 82 Kittiwakes (all birds heading SW). Also 1 Wood Pigeon at Balephuil – it probably summered here which is most unusual (John Bowler).

05 August: This afternoon there were 5 Greenshanks at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll and 2 at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree today: an Osprey briefly at Loch a’ Phuill this morning was probably the same as one heading west past Milton last night. Also a Greenshank at Loch an Eilein, a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling at Balephuil and an immature Moorhen at Moss (John Bowler).
A single Common Kingfisher was seen at Garmony, Mull today, on a burn running into the Sound of Mull. Also a Common Goldeneye at Bunessan (Alan Spellman).
This juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker was photographed at Poltalloch (nr Kilmartin), Mid-Argyll today (Fiorna Cairns Smith).

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Poltalloch, Mid-Argyll 05 Aug (Fiorna Cairns Smith).

Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker – Poltalloch, Mid-Argyll 05 Aug (Fiorna Cairns Smith).

04 August: At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this morning a notable increase in Common Redshanks with 71 birds (mostly juveniles), also 3 Dunlins, 4 Common Sandpipers and still 3 Greenshanks. Nearby 2 juvenile Whinchats and good numbers of Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails (Jim Dickson).
An Osprey was heading west past Milton, Tiree this evening –a Great Northern Diver, a Common Sandpiper, an Arctic Skua and a Great Skua were also there (John Bowler).

03 August: At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning; 3 Bar-tailed Godwits (including 2 ‘reddish’ adults) and 24 Common Redshanks. At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll, an Osprey, 16 Common Redshanks and a Greenshank (Jim Dickson).

02 August: an adult female Marsh Harrier was put up by a male Hen Harrier, in the boggy field at Lochdon, Mull, just past the Grasspoint turnoff (per Alan Spellman).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today were 2 Hen Harriers (a second calendar year male and ring-tail) and a single Greenshank was on the river (Jim Dickson).

Later at the Add Estuary, 3 Greenshanks and 3 Ospreys fishing and, at the head of Loch Sween, 2 Northern Gannets (John Halliday).
8 Moorhens (6 adults, 2 immature) and a Water Rail at Ardencaple, Seil Island, Mid-Argyll this evening (David Jardine).

01 August: A Sooty Shearwater and 3 Great Skuas off Gunna Sound at midday from the Tiree-Coll ferry: also 10 Basking Sharks and a Minke Whale there (John Bowler).

RECENT REPORTS July 2016

31 July: Totals of 243 Common Scoters and 355 Red-breasted Mergansers counted at the Sound of Gigha late morning today (all between West Coast Salmon and Ronachan Point). And at Loch Gilp there was obviously good feeding for the Common Terns with a count of 160+ between the tideline and a large mass of them over Duncuan Island. Also 6 Ringed Plovers, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 8 Common Redshanks there (Jim Dickson).
Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling in short bursts at Nursery Cottages (Minard), Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).

On Tiree today: 1 Greenshank at Loch a’ Phuill; 190 Arctic Terns including 25+ fledged juveniles at Soa; 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 192 Sanderlings at Gott Bay; 5 Bar-tailed Godwits including a breeding plumage adult at Hynish; 2 House Martins still with an active nest at Scarinish, a fledged Moorhen at Kilkenneth with 2 new chicks there. Also 8 Basking Sharks between Salum and Gunna Sound – with 15 there on 29 July (John Bowler).

29 July: On Tiree today: 7 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank at Loch an Eilein and 1 Greenshank at The Reef (John Bowler).
Turnstones counted in the Dunoon, Cowal area today: Cluniter 8; Crazy Golf 3; Kirn 30 (Tom Callan).

28 July: On Tiree today: a Grasshopper Warbler was still reeling at Balephuil and the juvenile Robin was still there (John Bowler).
5 Turnstones at Otter Ferry Spit, Cowal today and 9 at Otter Ferry Fish Farm (Tom Callan).

27 July: Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling in bracken west of Largiebaan (S of Machrihanish), Kintyre today (Sue Holland).
37 Curlews at Otter Ferry Spit, Cowal today (Tom Callan).
On Tiree today: 46 European Storm-petrels between Barra and Tiree as well as a Minke Whale breaching and 8 Common Dolphins; 820 Shags and 10 Basking Sharks and in Gunna Sound; a Little Grebe at Milton; 2 Arctic Skuas at Balevullin and a juvenile Grasshopper Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler).

26 July: Nine Common Swifts spiralling high over the large car park in Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll at lunchtime today (Jim Dickson).

25 July: A Nuthatch seen in a garden at Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll today was also present yesterday (Faye and Bob Henderson).

24 July: A lot more waders around at Loch Gilp/Loch Crinan/Add Estuary today.
At 09:40: 187 Dunlin and 2 Sanderling at extreme low tide edge at Loch Gilp and 2 adult Black-tailed Godwits, 1 juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit and 132 Dunlin (all adults) at Loch Crinan. Three juvenile Greenshanks still at the Add Estuary (no sign of the 2 adults from yesterday) and a Common Swift flying over.
At 11:00 an adult Curlew Sandpiper took off from Loch Gilp with around 70 or so Dunlin and headed towards Otter Ferry direction leaving about 110 Dunlin at the tide edge which soon also flew off toward Otter Ferry. Also 2 Whimbrels on the mussel bed (Jim Dickson).

23 July: Highlights of Jim’s WeBS count at Loch Crinan/Add Estuary today were a breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Greenshanks together (2 adults and 3 juveniles) (Jim Dickson).

22 July: An account from Neil Brown of a remarkable ‘fall’ of migrants at the CES (Constant Effort Sites) ringing site at Aros Moss, Machrihanish. He was late in opening the nets due to a heavy mist but as he walked around the moss opening the nets, the mist cleared and sun came out and so did the Willow Warblers. He says: “I think the weather conditions created classic ‘fall’ conditions as sometimes seen at Coastal sites, Willow Warblers just seemed to be dripping from the vegetation and their constant calling and singing was simply awesome. I tried counting sections and at one point got to 73 before losing count, I found it hard to estimate numbers but 300-500 may be conservative!. The visit total of 101 birds maybe a record catch for the site with 59 being Willow Warbler plus a further 36 Willow Warblers caught in a couple of quickly erected ‘extra’ nets. The number caught certainly wasn’t representative of the amount present.” Neil Brown.

We’ve just received an excellent video clip of a Black Kite seen near Machrihanish, Kintyre on 11 May. Many thanks to Aidan Maccormick for supplying the video – here are some stills from it:

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

Black Kite – nr Machrihanish, Kintyre 11 May (Aidan Maccormick).

 

21 July: This Common Sandpiper family group was photographed at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning (Jim Dickson).

Common Sandpipers - Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 21 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Common Sandpipers – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 21 Jul (Jim Dickson).

20 July:  At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today there were; 182 Oystercatchers, 2 Whimbrel, a juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 adult Sanderlings, 8 Dunlin, 11 Common Redshanks, 3 Common Sandpipers and 2 Greenshank. And at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll: 9 adult Sanderlings, 21 Dunlin, 18 Common Redshanks and 5 Common Sandpipers. Nearby a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling. An Osprey was there yesterday. (Jim Dickson).
At least twelve Common Swifts tearing around and swooping in under the eaves at the Primary School in Dunoon, Cowal today (Tom Callan).

19 July: Among other waders on the point at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory today, a cracking male Ruff still partly in breeding plumage (Eddie Maguire).

Ruff – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Ruff – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Ruff – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Ruff – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

 

 

18 July: The WeBS Count tables for April to June have now been added to the website – click on the WeBS Count tab to see them. Records include: 5 Wigeon at Loch Tulla in June, 2 Garganey at Loch Gruinart in May, 3 Greater Scaup at Loch Gilp in May (a new species here), 16 Great Northern Divers at Loch Indaal in June, 2 Water Rails at Loch Ederline (detected using a tape lure), 3,024 Dunlin at Loch Gruinart in May and 7 Greenshank at Loch Tulla in June.
Katie our regular counter for the Sound of Gigha has been unable to carry out counts recently because of other commitments. We are anxious to cover this important site if possible and if anyone thinks they might be interested please contact Paul Daw at monedulaatglobalnetdotcodotuk. The counts involve a once a month visit from September through to March with the spring/summer months as an optional extra. As an inducement – the site regularly produces a wide range of species including: Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, all 3 species of diver, Slavonian Grebe, Whimbrel, etc.!
A flock of 60+ juvenile (delinquent!) Common Starlings have been flying around demolishing fat balls and terrorising the local birds at Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll. Previous records of Starlings there have been of just the odd bird over the last few years. Perhaps a very good breeding season? (Jim Dickson).
A rather unexpected find this afternoon was this Short-eared Owl near Otter Ferry, Cowal.
Also the first brood of very small young Red-breasted Mergansers at Otter Ferry this afternoon (Tom Callan).

Short-eared Owl – nr Otter Ferry, Cowal 18 Jul (Tom Callan).

Short-eared Owl – nr Otter Ferry, Cowal 18 Jul (Tom Callan).

On Tiree today: an adult Little Grebe, a moulting adult Bar-tailed Godwit, a male Ruff and 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein; a Black-tailed Godwit at Kenovay; a juvenile Iceland Gull again at Kilkenneth (Toby Green); 2 Arctic Skuas at Gott Bay and increasing numbers of Sanderlings on the beaches. Also a male Common Whitethroat, a male Grasshopper Warbler, a Robin and a Common Redpoll at Balephuil (John Bowler).

17 July: A Nuthatch was seen in the garden at Corra, Otter Ferry, Cowal this morning (Tom Callan).
Today at Portrigh, Carradale, at least 50 Goldfinches (adult & juvenile) were present, being relentlessly persuade by a female Sparrowhawk (Alasdair Paterson).
On Tiree today: 5 adult Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein; a breeding plumage Bar-tailed Godwit and 7 Sanderlings at Sorobaidh Bay and a dead Harbour Porpoise there; a Great Skua over Balinoe; a juvenile Robin and new fledged brood of Barn Swallows at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Newly fledged Swallows – Balephuil, Tiree 17 Jul (John Bowler).

Newly fledged Swallows – Balephuil, Tiree 17 Jul (John Bowler).

16 July: A Nuthatch was seen visiting a peanut feeder at Glenview, Dalmally, Mid-Argyll today (Scott Paterson).
On Tiree today: 76 Curlews and Grasshopper Warbler and Common Whitethroat singing at Balephuil (John Bowler).
Two juvenile Greenshanks and 11 Common Sandpipers at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).

At Portrigh, Carradale, Kintyre at least 100 Twite were in the as yet uncut silage fields (Alasdair Paterson).
A Lesser Redpoll was with Siskins and Goldfinches at bird feeders at Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll (Paul Daw).

Greenshanks - Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 15-16 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Greenshanks – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 15-16 Jul (Jim Dickson).

15 July: A total of 22 Black Guillemots in Oban Harbour at 05:15 hrs today and, on Tiree, 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein and a female Gadwall with a brood of 2 young at Loch na Faing (John Bowler).
Two juvenile Greenshanks, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpipers at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).

14 July: ca. 180 juvenile Starlings gathered at the Islandadd bridge, Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll (John Halliday).
Single Sandwich Tern seen and heard calling at Kirn, Dunoon at 13:00 (Paul Daw).

13 July: A Sandwich Tern feeding at Loch Indaal, Islay today was there most mornings this week (Mike Peacock).

12 July: These fascinating photos taken by Blair Urquhart’s young son Struan depict an interaction between a White-tailed Eagle and a Golden Eagle over Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll today. The first shows the White-tailed Eagle and despite the blurring, in the second the Golden Eagle can be seen escorting it away, while they are talon grappling in the third (Struan Urquhart per Blair Urquhart).

White-tailed and Golden Eagle - Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

White-tailed and Golden Eagle – Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

White-tailed Eagle - Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

White-tailed Eagle – Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

White-tailed and Golden Eagle - Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

White-tailed and Golden Eagle – Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll 12 Jul (Struan Urquhart).

 

On Tiree today: a female Tufted Duck with b/3 at Loch an Eilein and the juvenile Robin still at Balephuil (John Bowler).

11 July: An adult male Common Rosefinch was seen and heard singing at a Forestry Commission site at Ballochgair (north of Peninver), Kintyre at 11:30 today (Bob Relph).
As well as the adult Greenshank, a single Whimbrel is at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree, a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Balephuil and there were lots of juvenile birds about, including Twite and Wheatear (John Bowler).

Juvenile Northern Wheatear – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Jul (John Bowler).

Juvenile Northern Wheatear – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Jul (John Bowler).

Juvenile Twite – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Jul (John Bowler).

Juvenile Twite – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Jul (John Bowler).

 

10 July: An adult Greenshank at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning as well as a lot of very wet looking birds around the Crinan Ferry road, Moine Mhor (Jim Dickson).

Sedge Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Sedge Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Barn Swallow – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Barn Swallow – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Grasshopper Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

Grasshopper Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 10 Jul (Jim Dickson).

 

On Tiree today: a female Hen Harrier, 12 adult Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Dunlin at Loch a’ Phuill. The third calendar year Glaucous Gull still present to south of loch but very weak and moved off track by hand as vulnerable to being run over (John Bowler).

9th July: New developments on the male Bufflehead seen in Oban Bay in April. We’ve just received photos taken by Przemek Wronski in late afternoon of 21 of April, opposite St. Columba’s Cathedral, Oban. Although recently accepted by BBRC as a genuine vagrant, one of the photos shows a yellow colour ring on the right leg and it now seems clear that this should be treated as a likely escape. A male Bufflehead reported in Cumbria over last winter and occasionally to 6 June also had a yellow colour ring (still to find out which leg…) and perhaps could even be the same individual having moved north a bit in April and then traveled back to Cumbria? Many thanks to Przemek for the new photographs.

male Bufflehead - Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

male Bufflehead – Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

male Bufflehead showing yellow ring - Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

male Bufflehead showing yellow ring – Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

male Bufflehead with Eiders - Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

male Bufflehead with Eiders – Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll 21 Apr (Przemek Wronski).

 

 

 

 

 

A jaunt from Moine Mhor (Drimvore) via Loch Crinan to Crinan Ferry, Mid-Argyll today, before the rain set in, produced the following totals of selected species: 65 Greylag Geese, 105 Canada Geese, a female Teal, a male Wigeon, 3 Red-throated Divers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers, 19 Common Redshanks, 4 Common Swifts, 75+ Barn Swallows, 1 Jay, 12 Sky Larks, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warblers, 65 Common Starlings, 6 Whinchats, 16 Common Stonechats, 25 Pied Wagtails, 80+ Meadow Pipits, 45 Linnets, 6 Lesser Redpolls, 35 Goldfinches, 60+ Siskins, 50 + Common Chaffinches, 3 Reed Buntings. Also a family of Spotted Flycatchers at Cairnbaan and the loads of finches (mainly juveniles) about is surely a sign of a very good breeding season for them (Jim Dickson).
Adult and juvenile Grasshopper Warbler at Balephuil, Tiree (John Bowler).

8th July: Today on Tiree: 26 Sanderlings, 27 Dunlin and 11 Bar-tailed Godwits at east end of Gott Bay Also there, a late brood of Common Shelducks and some 750 Arctic Terns, including 600+ second calendar year birds (John Bowler).

Sanderlings – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

Sanderlings – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

Arctic Terns – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

Arctic Terns – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

Arctic Terns – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

Arctic Terns – Gott Bay, Tiree 08 Jul (John Bowler).

 

7th July: On Tiree today: a presumed bleached / worn third calendar year Glaucous Gull at Loch a’ Phuill also present on 6 July (see photos, comments welcome – to JohndotBowleratrspbdotorgdotuk.) A Greenshank was there too. Also a Black-tailed Godwit at The Reef and a male Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull - Loch a' Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull - Loch a' Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull - Loch a' Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

Glaucous Gull – Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 07 Jul (John Bowler).

 

5th July: Seems to have been a good year for Spotted Flycatchers in Argyll. A family of Spotted Flycatchers and a male Yellowhammer were at Kilmartin, Mid Argyll today. At the Add Estuary a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and three families of Whinchats (Jim Dickson).
A Spotted Flycatcher at Keills (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll was catching flies outside John’s kitchen window this morning. Also a family of Common Pheasants just up the hill are the first John has seen there in 22 years. Another Spotted Flycatcher, was seen at Carsaig (nr Tayvallich) yesterday (John Aitchison).

Spotted Flycatcher - Kilmartin, Mid Argyll 05 Jul (Jim Dickson)

Spotted Flycatcher – Kilmartin, Mid Argyll 05 Jul (Jim Dickson)

A second calendar year Iceland Gull was at Greenhill, Tiree today (John Bowler) and an Iceland Gull was seen at Treshnish lochan, Mull (Anand Prasad).

4th July: At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today a flock of ca. 50 Common Scoters (all males) flew S at 11:05hrs and 20+ Sandwich Terns in the area included their earliest ever juvenile for the second day running. The juvenile was standing by the small Arctic Tern colony at Big Scone Island off the village: the very early date suggests that it may be locally bred! (Eddie Maguire).

Common Scoters – MSBO, Kintyre – 04 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Common Scoters – MSBO, Kintyre – 04 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Juvenile Sandwich Tern – MSBO, Kintyre – 04 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

Juvenile Sandwich Tern – MSBO, Kintyre – 04 Jul (Eddie Maguire).

 

A third-year Mediterranean Gull at the Add Estuary today. Also 2 adult Greenshanks, 5 Common Sandpipers and a male Hen Harrier there (Jim Dickson).

Mediterranean Gull – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 04 Jul (Jim Dickson)

Mediterranean Gull – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 04 Jul (Jim Dickson)

On Tiree today: 3 Whooper Swans at Loch Bhasapol and Greenshanks at both Loch Bhasapol and The Green; a male Common Whitethroat, a male Grasshopper Warbler and a Robin at Balephuil. And a group of ca 45 Risso’s Dolphins were feeding off the Green for 3 hrs this morning (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

Risso’s Dolphins – off The Green, Tiree 04 Jul (John Bowler).

 

03 July: Juvenile White-tailed Eagle seen near Newton, Cowal today; also a Common Cuckoo nearby at Barr Mor (Nigel Scriven).

Juvenile White-tailed Eagle – nr. Newton, Cowal 03 Jul (Nigel Scriven).

Juvenile White-tailed Eagle – nr. Newton, Cowal 03 Jul (Nigel Scriven).

A Great Northern Diver in breeding plumage was seen about half a mile up Loch Fyne from Otter Ferry, Cowal today and this first House Martin out the nest at Otter Ferry appeared in the rain this morning (Tom Callan).

Juvenile House Martin - Otter Ferry, Cowal 03 Jul (Tom Callan).

Juvenile House Martin – Otter Ferry, Cowal 03 Jul (Tom Callan).

01 July: Three Greenshanks were at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today. Also a juvenile Black-headed Gull there – the first juvenile B-h Gull was at Loch Gilp on 29 June (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree, 80 Pied Wagtails were roosting at Balephuil (John Bowler).
These beautiful Corn Crake photos are three of a series taken on Oronsay, Colonsay this morning. Morgan caught it as it came out to preen after a rain shower (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake - Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake – Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake - Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake – Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake - Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

Corn Crake – Oronsay, Colonsay 01 Jul (Morgan Vaughan).

RECENT REPORTS June 2016

30 June: A Nuthatch at Stronafian, near Colintraive, Cowal with up to three birds there over the spring (Karen McMillan per George Newall). Also, a Greenshank still at Loch Gilp (was there on 28 Jun) (Jim Dickson).

29 June: On Tiree today: a Greenshank and 2 Great Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill; a female Hen Harrier at Heylipol; juvenile Robin and reeling Grasshopper Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler).

28 June: A single Nuthatch was at the bird table in our garden at Barcaldine, North Argyll on 20 Sep 2015; and another one yesterday (27 June) which I managed to photograph. It appeared again this morning so may become a regular! (Clive Craik).

Nuthatch - Barcaldine, North Argyll 28 Jun (Clive Craik).

Nuthatch – Barcaldine, North Argyll 28 Jun (Clive Craik).

27 June: At Linne Mhuirich (nr. Tayvallich), Mid-Argyll, Chris saw a Common Swift last week – the first he’s seen there in 17 years! (Chris Purslow).
On Tiree today: a second calendar year Iceland Gull headed north at Traigh Ghrianal this afternoon and 1,200 Kittiwakes were on the rocks there (mostly second calendar year birds). The juvenile Robin is still at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Kittiwakes - Traigh Ghrianal, Tiree 27 Jun (John Bowler).

Kittiwakes – Traigh Ghrianal, Tiree 27 Jun (John Bowler).

26 June: On Tiree today: a Wood Pigeon, a male Common Whitethroat and a juvenile Robin (from Coll? as none breed on Tiree) at Balephuil as well as the first brood of fledged Barn Swallows there and 4 recently fledged young Willow Warblers (first seen on 17 Jun); 2 Great Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

Juvenile Robin – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

Juvenile Robin – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

Juvenile Barn Swallows – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

Juvenile Barn Swallows – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

Juvenile Willow Warblers – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

Juvenile Willow Warblers – Balephuil, Tiree 26 Jun (John Bowler).

 

25 June: The female Long-tailed Duck was still on Loch Gilp first thing and associating with some female Eiders and their chicks. Today it was out in the middle of the loch and a bit more towards Lochgilphead (Jim Dickson).

Long-tailed Duck – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).

Long-tailed Duck – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 25 Jun (Jim Dickson).

 

On Tiree today: a Long-eared Owl in a garden at Baugh; 2 Whimbrel at Sandaig; a Wood Pigeon, a male Grasshopper Warbler and a juvenile Robin at Balephuil (John Bowler).

24 June: A female Long-tailed Duck was found among the female Common Eiders with chicks on the front at Ardrishaig, Mid-Argyll today (Stuart Witts).
On Tiree today: a single Golden Plover at Sandaig and a juvenile Robin at Balephuil (John Bowler).

23 June: On Tiree today: a Barn Owl at Balephuil at 23:50 hrs – a very rare mid-summer record form Tiree. Also 2 Whooper Swans and 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).

22 June: An Odd Couple. The photos of this ‘pair’ of Scoters were taken by Kevin West at the lochan at Easter Ellister on 15 June. The male is clearly a Velvet Scoter but the female is a Common Scoter. The same mixed pair was reported at this location last year. Malcolm Ogilvie comments “Jane Dawson kept, and bred, both Common and Velvet Scoters and although it is now several years ago since she gave up, both species are pretty long-lived and I refuse to believe it is a coincidence that they are on one of her duck breeding ponds. But don’t ask me where they are when they’re not on that pond, i.e. in winter.” (Kevin West per Ian Brooke/Jim Dickson).

Velvet Scoter & Common Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

Velvet Scoter & Common Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

Velvet Scoter & Common Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

Velvet Scoter & Common Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

Velvet Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

Velvet Scoter – Easter Ellister, Islay 15 Jun (Kevin West).

 

Today on Tiree; 260 Kittiwakes at Loch a’ Phuill including ca 200 second calendar year birds – 3 Great Skuas and 35 second calendar year Arctic Terns were also there (John Bowler).
This immature White-tailed Eagle, in heavy moult, was photographed at Port Ellen, Islay today (Mike Peacock).

White-tailed Eagle - Port Ellen, Islay 22 Jun (Mike Peacock).

White-tailed Eagle – Port Ellen, Islay 22 Jun (Mike Peacock).

White-tailed Eagle - Port Ellen, Islay 22 Jun (Mike Peacock).

White-tailed Eagle – Port Ellen, Islay 22 Jun (Mike Peacock).

 

 

21 June: Today ca 3,000 Manx Shearwaters were seen between Coll and Tiree; also an Arctic Skua, a Great Skua and 30 Puffins. And 2 Orcas 2/3 the way between Mull and Coll – John’s first in 15 years of looking here (John Bowler).
At the Sound of Gigha, Kintyre today: 90+ Common Scoter (mostly males) and a group of 3 (non-breeding plumage) Black-throated Divers. Good numbers of Northern Gannet in Loch Fyne at present including a group of 100+ on the water off Inverneill, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).

Black-throated Diver – Sound of Gigha 21 Jun (Jim Dickson).

Black-throated Diver – Sound of Gigha 21 Jun (Jim Dickson).

Black-throated Divers – Sound of Gigha 21 Jun (Jim Dickson).

Black-throated Divers – Sound of Gigha 21 Jun (Jim Dickson).

 

 

19 June: Five European Storm-petrels were seen between Tiree and Coll today (John Bowler).
Jim has just found that the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) have accepted the record of the adult male Bufflehead found by Richard Turner in Oban Bay on 15 April 2016. It has not been placed in Category E (escapes etc.) so, as a genuine vagrant, it becomes a new species for Argyll . The Snowy Owl found in Glen Orchy on 27 Feb was also accepted by BBRC.

This Lesser Redpoll photographed at Poltalloch (nr. Kilmartin), Mid-Argyll today is a new visitor to the garden there (Fiorna).

Lesser Redpoll - Poltalloch, Mid-Argyll 19 Jun (Fiorna).

Lesser Redpoll – Poltalloch, Mid-Argyll 19 Jun (Fiorna).

A Eurasian Jay flew across the road in front of Margaret’s car south of Inveraray this morning at around 08:30 (Margaret Owens-Smith)
This juvenile Common Whitethroat was photographed on Coll (per Davie Rutherford).

Common Whitethroat – Coll 19 Jun (per Davie Rutherford).

Common Whitethroat – Coll 19 Jun (per Davie Rutherford).

18 June: three Spotted Flycatchers (2 adult, one juvenile) flitting around a Tayvallich, Mid-Argyll garden today have been there for most of June (Morag Rea).

Spotted Flycatcher - Tayvallich, Mid-Argyll 18 Jun (Morag Rea).

Spotted Flycatcher – Tayvallich, Mid-Argyll 18 Jun (Morag Rea).

Today on Tiree; 15 Collared Doves and a Siskin at Balephuil; 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 Sandwich Terns at Sorobaidh Bay; a Black-tailed Godwit at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

17 June: 5 Great Skuas at Ceann a’ Mhara, Tiree today (John Bowler).
This exotic visitor to a garden in Bullwood Road, Dunoon today is thought to be a Rose-ringed (Ring-necked) Parakeet (Michael Kent). The white patch at the base of the bill is not typical and could be due to feather loss. Probably an escaped cage bird: there was a previous Argyll record of a Rose-ringed Parakeet at Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon on 2nd Oct 2009.

Rose-ringed Parakeet – Dunoon, Cowal 17 Jun (Michael Kent).

Rose-ringed Parakeet – Dunoon, Cowal 17 Jun (Michael Kent).

16 June: two Red Knot at Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree today (John Bowler).

15 June: a Turtle Dove was found at Kinnabus, Islay today (Phill Catton per David Wood) and on Tiree a Wood Pigeon was at Carnan Mor (John Bowler).

14 June: today on Tiree; 2 House Martins with a partially built nest at Scarinish; 2 Whimbrel over the Glebe as well as 4 Greenfinches (2 male, 1 female and 1 juvenile) and a Common Redpoll there (John Bowler).

13 June: on Tiree today; a Common Cuckoo, a male Blackcap, a male Common Whitethroat and a Spotted Flycatcher at Balephuil; a Common Swift over Carnan Mor (John Bowler).

Spotted Flycatcher – Balephuil, Tiree 13 Jun (John Bowler).

Spotted Flycatcher – Balephuil, Tiree 13 Jun (John Bowler).

12 June: on Tiree today: 2 Greenshanks, a Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skuas at Loch a’ Phuill; a Whinchat at Meningie; a Common Cuckoo and a male Common Whitethroat at Carnan Mor (John Bowler).

11 June: three Ptarmigans were seen on Meall nan Gobhar (Glen Etive) North Argyll today (Alan Gibson).
On Tiree today: a Spotted Flycatcher and a Dunnock at The Glebe; 3 Greenshanks and a House Martin at Loch a’ Phuill (Keith Gillon per John Bowler).

10 June: a White-throated Sparrow was found at Vaul this morning by Keith Gillon. Seen again at 20:00 but not since. Argyll’s second record of this North American species, following the bird at Otter Ferry, Cowal in 2014. No sign / sound of yesterday’s Icterine Warbler at the Glebe (John Bowler). Also on Tiree, an Arctic Skua at Loch a’ Phuill (Keith Gillon).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler). Also on Tiree, an Arctic Skua at Loch a’ Phuill (Keith Gillon).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

White-throated Sparrow – Vaul, Tiree 10 Jun (John Bowler).

More reports of Painted Lady butterflies: near Loch Clachaig, south of Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll on 08 Jun (Roger Broad) and in a garden at Bullwood (nr Dunoon ), Cowal on 08 and 09 Jun (Cherry Cook).

09 June: an Icterine Warbler found by Keith Gillon was singing and showing occasionally at the Glebe, Tiree this morning. Six 1st summer Black-tailed Godwits were at Baugh and a Common Swift was at the Glebe (John Bowler). Also on Tiree, a single Tree Sparrow at Kirkapol this morning (Alison Morgan).
A Common Quail was heard calling briefly at Ford, Mid-Argyll today (Roger Broad).
The Mute Swans on Loch Etive, Mid-Argyll, still had 4 young this morning and a female Common Eider was leading a flotilla of 7 downy young. In Oban, Mid-Argyll, at least 5 Common Swifts were flying around the usual nest site on High Street (Mike Harrison).

08 June: four Common Swifts were flying around Connel bridge, Mid-Argyll. One was seen entering the hole in a bridge girder which is thought to have been used as a nest site in previous years. At the mouth of the Lusragan Burn on Loch Etive a pair of Mute Swans were accompanied by 4 downy young. A pair of Song Thrushes have been collecting food and depositing faecal sacs in my garden in Connel, the first for many years (Mike Harrison).
A Turtle Dove was briefly at Balephuil, Tiree in the fog late morning before heading off north and the male Common Whitethroat was still there. A single Whimbrel was at Gott Bay (John Bowler).
Also on Tiree, a juvenile Robin at Heanish (Alison Morgan). The last Robin breeding record on Tiree was in 2007 (John Bowler).

07 June: on Tiree today: a single Red Knot at Traigh Bhagh; a Whimbrel, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits and an Irish colour-ringed Oystercatcher at Soa; 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Sandwich Terns at Gott Bay; a Common Redpoll near Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler). Also on Tiree a single Bar-tailed Godwit was feeding with a group of Oystercatchers at the top of the beach at Balemartine and a Great Northern Diver off Cornaig beach in the evening (Alison Morgan) and a Wood Pigeon was at the Manse (Keith Gillon).

06 June: on Tiree today: a Turtle Dove at Beinn Hough flew towards Greenhill; a Common Swift was over Vaul (Keith Gillon). A Common Cuckoo, a male Blackcap, a male Common Whitethroat and a singing Grasshopper Warbler were at Balephuil, and Grasshopper Warblers were singing at Balemartine last night (05 Jun) and at Vaul on Saturday night (04 Jun). Also 2 Goldfinches at Balephuil and 2 Common Sandpipers at Happy Valley late pm (John Bowler).

05 June: on Tiree today: immature male Marsh Harrier at Loch Bhasapol and a Common Whitethroat and 2 Siskins at Vaul (Keith Gillon); a Blackcap, a male Common Whitethroat and 2 Siskins at Balephuil and a pair of House Martins nesting at Scarinish will, if successful, be only the 2nd breeding record for Tiree. But no sign of the elusive song-bird at The Glebe… Also a Barn Swallow on Lunga, Treshnish Isles (John Bowler).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today; a summer-plumaged Ruddy Turnstone still hanging around the point and at least 2 Painted Lady Butterflies (Eddie Maguire).

Ruddy Turnstone – MSBO, Kintyre 05 Jun (Eddie Maguire).

Ruddy Turnstone – MSBO, Kintyre 05 Jun (Eddie Maguire).

Painted Lady butterfly at Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).

04 June: a late audio-taping of more complete song and brief flight views, suggest the mystery songster lurking all day at the Glebe was actually a Thrush Nightingale – rather than a Marsh Warbler frequently mimicking a luscinia…. (Keith Gillon).
On Tiree, today: a probable Marsh Warbler at The Glebe found at 13:00 by Keith Gillon – giving occasional bursts of mimic-full song and sub-song on and off all afternoon but essentially not showing yet… Also at The Glebe: a Whimbrel, 3 Wood Pigeons, a Spotted Flycatcher, a male Greenfinch and 2 Common Redpolls, with 2 Sandwich Terns nearby at Gott Bay (Keith Gillon per John Bowler). At Carnan Mor; 2 Common Whitethroats and 4 Common Redpolls and a new Chiffchaff at Balephuil with persistent stuttering “chif, chif, chif-o-chif, chif, chi-of-chif, chif, chif” call (see photo). An obvious arrival of Painted Lady butterflies today (John Bowler).

Chiffchaff – Balephuil, Tiree 05 Jun (John Bowler).

Chiffchaff – Balephuil, Tiree 05 Jun (John Bowler).

Two Common Swifts seen over Kirn, Dunoon, Cowal today (Andrew Webster).
A Common Quail was heard calling at Lochbuie, Mull at 04:55 this morning (Brian Jones per Alan Spellman).

03 June: briefly, in front of the hide at Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree this morning: an adult Little Stint, adult Curlew Sandpiper, male Ruff and ca 90 Dunlin (all headed off NW) and a male Common Whitethroat at Balephuil (John Bowler).
Small numbers of waders at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today included 25 Sanderlings, a Dunlin and 2 Whimbrels (Eddie Maguire).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today: four pairs of Common Shelducks each with large broods. 11 female Common Eiders with a total of 41 tiny ducklings now in one group. Also there, a male Hen Harrier hunting and a single Grey Wagtail (Jim Dickson).

02 June: On Tiree today: 2 Wood Pigeons, a male Common Cuckoo, a male Common Whitethroat and a singing Garden Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler) and 4 Red Knot at Traigh Bhi (Graham Todd).

01 June: A Corn Crake was calling today in the field opposite Machrihanish Airbase guardroom (MACC: ex RAF / Defence Estates). Apparently this bird has been present since at least mid-May (Davie McPherson / Stuart McGougan per Eddie Maguire).
On Tiree today: 4 Red Knot at Balephetrish Bay included 1 red bird and 130 Sanderling there included leg-flagged birds from Ghana and Mauritania. A Common Cuckoo still at Balephuil and a male Common Chiffchaff at The Glebe (John Bowler). Also on Tiree: a ringtail Hen Harrier at Ruaig (Traigh Mhor) this afternoon; a pair of Sand Martins at Caolas and a Common Eider with 2 young in a bay on the SE coast (Alison Morgan).
A juvenile Iceland Gull was at Heylipol Church Loch, Tiree (Keith Rainford) and a House Martin was at Balephuil in the evening (John Bowler).

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