RECENT REPORTS 2016
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More detailed species reports for Islay, Kintyre and Mull can be viewed at the following websites:
Islay: (Ian Brooke): http://islaybirds.blogspot.co.uk/
Kintyre: (Eddie Maguire): http://www.machrihanishbirdobservatory.org.uk/reports.htm
Mull: (Alan Spellman) http://www.mullbirds.com/
06 December: Mid-Argyll: A Kingfisher on the Lusragan Burn brightened up a dreich morning in Connel (Mike Harrison).
05 December: Tiree a single Coot was new at Loch Bhasapol today, becoming increasingly rare. A Dunnock at the Glebe and a Caerlaverock-ringed Barnacle Goose at Sandaig (John Bowler).
Mid-Argyll: 3 Snow Buntings near the windfarm east of Ormsary (Errol Crutchfield).
04 December: Mid-Argyll: a single Pink-footed Goose at Barsloisnoch Farm (David Jardine).
Cowal: 10-14 Waxwings at Benmore Botanic Gardens today (Sybil Baldwin).
03 December: Tiree: a ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff in the garden at Balephuil today, plus 1 Fieldfare and 3 Water Rails (John Bowler).
Islay: the Isabelline Wheatear is still nr. Machir Bay (Stu Crutchfield).
02 December: Tiree: a male Green-winged Teal at Loch Bhassapol (presumably the same as Clachan on 15 Nov). Also a juv Glaucous Gull off Hough Bay plus 4 Long-tailed Duck, 65 Purple Sandpiper and 2 legged-flagged Sanderling there. A Norwegian leg-flagged Bar-tailed Godwit was at Balephetrish Bay (John Bowler).
01 December: Islay: managed to get confirmatory ID photos of the tail and under-wing coverts of the first-winter Isabelline Wheatear at Machir Bay (Jim Dickson). Only five previous Scottish records with the last in 2005. This autumn has seen seven arrive in the UK including this first for Argyll and another in Shetland.
North Argyll: a late WeBS count at Loch Creran included 9 Goldeneye and a record 6 drake Goosander (Robin Harvey).
30 November: Islay: the pale wheatear on Islay after further study of photographs from Mike Peacock has been identified as an Isabelline Wheatear subject to acceptance by the BBRC. It is hoped to get confirmatory photos of the tail and underwing detail if it continues hangs around…(Jim Dickson).
27 November: Islay: a very pale wheatear was seen at Machir Bay (Mike Peacock/Ian Brooke/Peter Roberts) and was probably the same bird seen there on 23 Nov. It required close study to rule out Isabelline Wheatear however in the end it was considered to be a very late, pallid Northern Wheatear and perhaps the latest ever in Argyll by a few days.
26 November: Mid-Argyll: On the ABC trip to Loch Gilp & the Add Estuary today the highlights were a Kingfisher and 2 Long-tailed Ducks at Loch Gilp and a Waxwing in Ardrishaig in the morning and then a Peregrine carrying off a wader at Loch Gilp in the afternoon (Jim Dickson). Mike Harrison spotted 3 m Black Grouse as he headed back north across the Moine Mhor.
Kintyre: A Little Egret near Kennacraig, West Loch Tarbert around mid-day (Toby Green).
Tiree: a juv Glaucous Gull was at Loch a’ Phuill this afternoon (John Bowler).
25 November: Mid-Argyll: now 51 Dunlins at Loch Gilp. 82 Barnacle Geese in the Canada Goose flock at Barsloisnoch are new. A single ad Lesser Black- backed Gull at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson). As I drove past the head of Loch Fyne today I saw a white-winged gull (maybe the long staying Glaucous from last winter)– prob 2CY, maybe 3CY. ID still to be confirmed (David Jardine). Got a message from Jo Markland in Oban to say her neighbours had a Hawfinch in their garden.
Tiree: 1 Woodcock in our garden at Balephuil this am also 1 abietinus-type Chiffchaff at Mannal (John Bowler).
24 November: Mid-Argyll: A flock of around 30 Waxwings this afternoon in the grounds of the Argyll & Bute Hospital, Lochgilphead (Christine Urquhart) and later 18 birds nearby at Manse Brae, probably part of the same group (Jim Dickson). Kingfisher again at Loch Gilp pier (David Jardine).
Tiree: 1 Coal Tit again at the Glebe, where also 1 Pink-footed Goose in with 2,400 Barnacle Geese (3 ringed birds). 3 Little Grebe at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
22 November: Islay: A m Green-winged Teal with 150+ Teal from the viewing platform overlooking Gruinart floods/scrapes this afternoon (Toby Green per Angus Murray).
21 November: Mid-Argyll: A Kingfisher at Furnace, Loch Fyne around mid-day. At Loch Gilp: 32 Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plover and 2 Red Knot plus a Grey Wagtail, however counts disrupted by presence of a hovercraft! Also at Cairnbaan 8 Long-tailed Tits on feeders (Jim Dickson).
Islay: A Red Kite over Kinnabus and a Long-tailed Duck on the loch this afternoon – both firsts on the reserve for me (David Wood).
20 November: Islay: A Little Egret was reported from Machir Bay this afternoon (Toby Green per Angus Murray).
Tiree: 2CY Iceland Gull at Kilkenneth – quite likely the bird that over-summered there. 1 m Blackcap at Balephuil (John Bowler).
19 November: Tiree: 1f Blackcap at Balephuil,1 imm/f Greater Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
18 November: Mid-Argyll: Whooper Swans heard over Cairnbaan at 01:50 hrs (Jim Dickson).
Cowal: a m Blackcap in my garden at Corra farm, 2 Dippers at the mouth of the Killail burn and a f Merlin on the wall at Killail. Also, throughout the day hundreds of gulls and auks (mainly Razorbills) actively feeding from Loch Gair through the Otter Ferry narrows (Tom Callan).
17 November: Cowal: 33 Turnstones, 16 Ringed Plovers, and 2 Redshanks at Cluniter, Dunoon. Also 11 Purple Sandpipers at Crazy Golf, Dunoon (Tom Callan).
16 November: Mid-Argyll: The WeBS count of 67 Eider on Loch Etive today was the highest since March 2007 (Mike Harrison).
15 November: Tiree: a drake Green-winged Teal new at Clachan – very distant in with 190 Teal, also 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Sorobaidh Bay and 1 imm/f Greater Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
13 November: Mid-Argyll: A Kingfisher on shore at Ardrishaig today during WEBS count and 3 Black-throated Divers out from the harbour (David Jardine).
Kintyre: Katie Pendreigh noted a Barn Swallow at Tayinloan on 9 Nov.
11 November: Mid-Argyll: Andy Paton got in touch to say he saw 3 Black Grouse together in the central forested part of the Moine Mhor on 30 Oct and has had two sightings of m Hen Harrier there. He also reported 50 Lesser Redpolls and 4 Woodcock near Rhudle Mill on 4 Nov.
A flock of 155 Woodpigeons flew over Cairnbaan this morning heading S towards Knapdale forest (Jim Dickson).
Tiree: 1 Waxwing briefly and a 1m Blackcap at Balephuil this morning (John Bowler).
10 November: Mid-Argyll: The Connel Waxwing flock appears to be 28 strong when they all stick together. This morning they were dispersed over an area of perhaps 400m square feeding on various bushes or perching in tree tops. They were also flycatching on flights from or between the perch trees (Mike Harrison).
09 November: Tiree: 1 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 30 Redwings and 2 Dunnocks at the Glebe. 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Black-headed Gulls at Gott Bay (John Bowler).
Mid-Argyll: 1 f Kingfisher and 1 Dipper at the head of Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson).
08 November: Mid-Argyll: A Brambling in the garden at Connel this morning (Mike Harrison).
Tiree: A 1 hour sea-watch from Hynish in SE7 with rain produced (all heading SW): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 224 Gannets, 26 Kittiwakes, 16 large auks, 24 Shag, 4 Fulmars and 1 Great Northern Diver (John Bowler).
07 November: Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Balephuil (has been seen here daily since 31 October), also 1 Fieldfare and 10 Goldfinch. An immature Sea-Eagle at Loch a’ Phuill – also 1 Slavonian Grebe new there, 2 imm /f Greater Scaup, 48 Goldeneye, 92 Tufted Duck, 3 Pintail and 1 Jackdaw – no sign of the Ring-necked Duck but many ducks on far side of loch (John Bowler).
Mull: Photographing Otters on Loch Beg today and a flock of 10 Long-tailed Tits came flashing past – at least two of the birds were the ‘Northern’ variety! (Bryan Rains/Stephen Hiscock). Note: if accepted by the BBRC this would become the first record in Argyll of this race from Scandinavia and European Russia through to northern Asia and is noted as rare on the east coast and northern isles of the UK. (Jim Dickson).
06 November: Cowal: a report of a Nuthatch at Glendaruel caravan park on 25 Sep (Allister Hamilton). A male Hen Harrier at Kilfinan (Yvonne McCrone).
05 November: Mid-Argyll: A report of 6 Waxwings seen today in Connel (Mike Harrison).
Dunoon: A hirundine was observed in Kirn (Dunoon) this afternoon. Initially thought to be a late House Martin the bird showed a fanned/rounded tail, brownish wings and brown wash on the underparts so identity is still unknown….hopefully will be seen again (Sybil Baldwin).
Tiree: An immature male Ring-necked Duck at Loch a’ Phuill plus 2m Pochard and 1 imm/f Greater Scaup (John Bowler).
04 November: Cowal: 4 Common Crossbills, plus lots of Goldfinch, Redpolls and Chaffinch as well as various thrushes in Dunoon garden today (George Newall).
Mid-Argyll: 8 Woodpigeons, first here for a while, and 2 Jays in the Cairnbaan area with m Blackcap again there. Also 2 Moorhens on the Crinan canal at Crinan wood. (Jim Dickson).
03 November: Mid-Argyll: Morag Rea kindly sent some thrush photos taken at Tayvallich recently.
02 November: Islay: In calm conditions this afternoon a count of divers between Port Charlotte and Gartbreck/Laggan Point produced 48 Great Northern Divers, 9 Red-throated Divers and 87 Common Scoters (Mike Peacock).
Tiree: 1 Waxwing, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Blackcaps at Balephuil (John Austin). 2 Snow Buntings at Sandaig (Janet Hunter).
Cowal: About 10 Purple Sandpipers new in at Dunoon crazy golf area and a mixed flock of about 30 on far end of breakwater evenly split with Turnstones (George Newall).
Mid-Argyll: 12 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Loch na Cille, just before you go onto the Isle of Danna (Peter Douglas).
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