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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 September 2016
24 September: No sign of the Swainson’s Thrush at Balephuil today, 1f Blackcap, 2 juv Willow Warblers and 3 Goldcrests there. 1 m Common Redstart new at Carnan Mor. 1 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Lesser BB Gulls, 285 Snipe, 710 Golden Plover and 590 Lapwing at Barrapol / Sandaig / Middleton. 1 Whooper Swan new at Loch a’ Phuill plus 3 Lesser BB Gulls (John Bowler).
23 September: On Tiree: the Swainson’s Thrush still at Balephuil this morning but remaining very elusive and seen three times in flight only (Jim Dickson/ Darren + Chris from Staffordshire) also 5 Goldcrests, 12 Reed Buntings, 1f Blackcap and 1 juv Willow Warbler there (John Bowler). 1hr sea-watch in S8-9 with rain at Hynish produced: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull, 2 Storm Petrels, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 52 Manx Shearwaters, 29 Kittiwakes, 16 large auks, 251 Gannets and 61 Shags (John Bowler).
North Argyll: reports Nuthatches at Inverawe Smokery, Taynuilt on 19 Sep (Brian Wiley), and near Achnacone House, from the railway walk Kinlochlaich to Loch Creran on 21 Sep (Clive Davies).
22 September: On Tiree: A Swainson’s Thrush showed well but briefly in John Bower’s garden at Balephuil this morning and quite well again at lunch time but very elusive. This will be a new species for Argyll if accepted by the BBRC. A male Blackcap, a Sedge Warbler and 5+ Goldcrests were also present there (John Bowler).
21 September: On Islay: big increase in duck numbers on Loch Gorm (Bob Davison). From the Kennacraig- Islay ferry: 1 Storm Petrel (Bill Allan). On the road at Skerrols: 16 Red-legged Partridges (Bill Allan/Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: 6 Lapland Buntings at The Reef this morning. 1 juv Black-tailed Godwit at Sandaig. 490 Golden Plovers, 800 Lapwings and 170+ Snipe in the Barrapol/Sandaig area. A 1 hour sea-watch at Hynish in SSE7 with drizzle after work produced (all heading SW): 8 Storm Petrels, 48 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Kittiwakes, 30 large auks, 10 Fulmars and 310 Gannets. 1 Goldcrest and 1 juv Willow Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler).
20 September: On Islay: At the head of Loch Gruinart: 5 P-b Brent Geese, 1 Greenshank, a juv Peregrine, 35 Pied Wagtails, 3 Wheatears. At Gortanaoid: 4 Yellowhammers, 6 Reed Buntings, good Skylark and Meadow Pipit passage. At Rockside: an imm male Sparrowhawk. At Crag Mor/Kilchoman: 3 Peregrines, 1 Wheatear. At Loch Gorm: 120 Tufted Ducks, 1 Little Grebe. At Ballinaby: 70 Rock Doves, 250 Linnets. At An Dun Wood/Sanaigmore road: 60 Lesser Redpolls (Bob Davison/Jim Dickson).
Mid-Argyll: 2 possibly 3 Nuthatches at Inveraray castle gardens (Hugh Nicol). An adult White-tailed eagle, 11 Ravens and 4 Buzzards were circling high above Dunmore Cottage, Kilmichael Glen this afternoon (Blair Urquhart).
19 September: On Tiree: 3 single juv Ruff at Middleton, Kilmoluaig and Loch a’ Phuill. 2 single Little Grebes at Loch an Eilein and Loch Riaghain. 398 Sanderlings on the 4 main beaches today including 22% juveniles. 28 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill with another at The Reef. 1 juv Arctic Tern and 1 Great Northern Diver at Gott Bay. A leucistic House Sparrow, 1 Goldcrest and 2 Sedge Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler).
On Islay: At Bruichladdich: 6 Black Guillemots under the pier. Loch Indaal, off Uiskentuie: 4 Greater Scaup, 8 Slavonian Grebes, 1 sum/plum Great Northern Diver. Port Charlotte-Black rocks: tot. 65 Common Scoters. At Craigens/head of Loch Gruinart: juv Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, ad Greenland White-fronted Goose, 31 P-b Brent Geese (ad & juv with c/rings same on each bird: L= yellow R = red or white/red?….very distant), 38 Black-tailed Godwits, 116 Lapwings, 8 Golden Plovers, juv Peregrine. Off Bowmore: 12 P-b Brent Geese. Loch Gorm: 80 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe. Machir Bay reeds: Water Rail calling (Jim Dickson). At Kinnabus, The Oa: a flyover Lapland Bunting amongst a small group of Meadow Pipits (David Wood).
In Mid-Argyll: an adult and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ormsary this morning (Sean Jacques).
18 September: On Tiree: a fem Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Robin, 1 juv Willow Warbler and 1 leucistic House Sparrow in the garden at Balephuil. 2 Lapland Buntings south over Carnan Mor, also 1 Goldcrest and 2 Robin there (John Bowler).
On Colonsay: 2 P-b Brent Geese on Oronsay and a Chiffchaff at East Loch Fada (David Jardine).
On Islay: At Gruinart: 4 Shovelers, 2 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, more hirundine movement with 80+ Swallows and at least 8 House Martins, a f/imm Hen Harrier and an imm fem Sparrowhawk. The adult Greenland White-fronted Goose seen again with Greylags at Craigens. At Gleannagaoidh a single Grey Wagtail and a Goldcrest at Easter Ellister (Jim Dickson).
17 September: On Colonsay this morning: 1 Lapland Bunting at Turnigal and 2 later over the Strand (David Jardine).
On Islay: Loch Indaal: Off Uiskentuie: 3 Slavonian Grebes, 38 Common Scoters. Off Carnain: 3 juv Little Stints, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 1 juv Peregrine. Off Bowmore: 69 Bar-tailed Godwits, 44 Knot, 181 Wigeon. Loch Gruinart: 79 Lapwing, 71 Bar-tailed Godwits, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 17 Grey Herons, 2 Arctic Terns, 1 adult Greenland White-fronted Goose in with Greylag flock. At Coullabus: 2 f/imm Hen Harriers. At Loch Gorm: 81 Tufted Ducks. At Craigens: 1 Wheatear. At Claddach: 1 Wheatear (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: 1 Garden Warbler new in at Carnan Mor and 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Common Redpoll there. At Loch a’ Phuil: 28 juv Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Lesser Black Backed Gulls, 22 Wigeon, 43 Teal and 3 Shovelers (John Bowler).
On Luing at Black Mill Bay: 3 juv Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. On Seil Island the Magpie is still present at Balvicar (John Sedgewick).
16 September: On Islay, a walk around Ardnave Point produced: 40 Teal, 24 Wigeon, 41 Sanderlings, 3 Golden Plovers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 juv Peregrines (two had a tussle over a caught starling), 1 juv female Sparrowhawk, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua , 2 Arctic Skuas (pale ad + juv) landed on sandbar at mouth of Loch Gruinart, 5 Arctic Terns, 2 Wheatears, 600 + Starlings, 11 + 26 Choughs, flock of 22 Ravens. Also 2 Painted Lady butterflies (Bob Davison/Jim Dickson/Peter Roberts).
On Tiree: 2 juv Curlew Sandpiper and 1 juv Ruff at Middleton. 1 Chiffchaff new at Balephuil with 2 juv Willow Warblers and 2 Sedge Warblers (John Bowler).
15 September: On Islay: At Octofad Farm: 44 Collared Doves on the wires. At Loch Gorm: 103 Tufted Ducks, 1 Greater Scaup, 115 Teal. At Machir Bay 80+ alba wagtails (mostly Pieds) At Ballinaby: 11 Golden Plovers, a female Sparrowhawk. At Gruinart: an imm male Sparrowhawk, 300+ Swallows moving through, 60 Goldfinches. At Ardnave Loch: 8 juv Black-tailed Godwits, 2 juv Bar-tailed Godwits. At Loch Gruinart: 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 18 juv Black-tailed Godwits, 1 juv Little Stint, 1 juv Arctic Tern (Jim Dickson).
In Mid-Argyll: a White-tailed Eagle over Ardcastle Wood (Andy Craven).
14 September: On Islay: 41 Common Scoters, 6 Slavonian Grebes and 14 Red-throated Divers in Loch Indaal (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: a male Blackcap at Balephuil was first of the autumn there. At Loch a’ Phuill: 2 Pintails, a juv Ruff, 12 juv Black-tailed Godwits, 21 juv Bar-tailed Godwits, 65 Curlews and 8 Greenland Wheatears (John Bowler).
In Cowal, between Toward Quay and Ardyne Point: 4 juv Black-tailed Godwits with 1 juv Bar-tailed Gowit, 30 Ringed Plovers and a Wheatear (Alistair McGregor/George Newall).
13 September: On Islay: at Gartbreck: a juv Little Stint, a juv Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Red Knot, 70 Dunlins, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Greenland Wheatears, 5 White Wagtails. In Loch Indaal: 55 Common Scoters. At Uiskentuie: an Osprey (Bob Davison/Jim Dickson). At Loch Gruinart: 18 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 1 juv Little Stint, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Greenland Wheatears, 10 White Wagtails (Jim Dickson).
In Bridgend, Mid-Argyll: 50+ Meadow Pipits in the company of 25 Pied Wagtails and flying inland over the shinty pitch, Lochgilphead Mid-Argyll 2 Lapwings (Malcolm Chattwood).
On Mull: a report of a Turtle Dove on the shore at Craignure at 9.40am (per pagers/BirdGuides/Angus Murray).
At Strachur, Cowal: 2 Nuthatches at feeders today (Leif Brag).
On Tiree: 1 imm Pied Flycatcher and 1 Common Whiterthroat at Balephuil. 3 juv Curlew Sandpipers at Middleton. 1 Lapland Bunting at Greenhill and 15+ Greenland Wheatears in the Sandaig/Greenhill area (John Bowler).
12 September: On Tiree: a juvenile Common Rosefinch and an immature Dotterel new at Balephuil. 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 2 juv Ruff, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 17 Dunlin and 330+ Common Snipe at Greenhill/Middleton. 6 Whimbrels, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 12 Lesser Black Backed Gulls at Loch a’ Phuill. A sea-watch from Hynish 0720-0820hrs in S8 with rain produced (all heading SW): 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 15 Manx Shearwaters, 251 Gannets, 15 Kittiwakes, 238 large auks and 2 Fulmars (John Bowler).
Off Carradale, Kintyre: 2 Common Scoter headed south this morning, along with a Sandwich Tern and Manx Shearwaters (Adrian Hockey).
On Islay: 6 Greenland Wheatears between Portnahaven and Claddach (Jim Dickson).
11 September: On Islay: 14 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Loch Gruinart. At Loch Gorm: 65 Tufted Ducks and 1 Greater Scaup (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: The Pied Flycatcher still at Carnan Mor. A sea-watch from Hynish 1530-1630hrs in SSW8 gusting to 9 with rain produced (all heading SW): 1 Leach’s Petrel, 3 Storm Petrels, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 236 Manx Shearwaters, 188 Gannets, 23 Kittiwakes, 111 large auks and 51 Fulmars (John Bowler).
Off Carradale, Kintyre: 2 Arctic Skuas headed south early afternoon, along with 200+ Manx Shearwater (Adrian Hockey).
At Strachur, Cowal: A Nuthatch at feeders is the first time that I can recollect seeing one in Argyll in over 30 years of living here (Leif Brag).
Off Kirn, Dunoon, Cowal: 250 Manx Shearwaters (Nigel Scriven).
At Ulva Laggons, Mid-Argyll: the lone Whooper Swan has reappeared (from 2015) (Morag Rea).
10 September: Today on Islay: At Bruichladdich: 1 Arctic Tern. At Craigens: 12 Greenland Wheatears, 1 Whinchat. At Loch Gruinart: 2 Peregrine (juv + ad), 1 Osprey, at least 4 Little Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, 84 Redshanks, 4 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrels, 39 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenland Wheatears. At Ardnave Loch: 10 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe. At Octofad: 1 ad Peregrine (Jim Dickson).
On Luing, Mid-Argyll: at Blackmill Bay: 6 Bar-tailed Godwits (first record for Luing), 7 Turnstones, 10 Ringed Plovers, at the small ‘estuary’ south of Toberonochy: still 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Dunlins, 26 Ringed Plovers, 7 Turnstones and 1 Golden Plovers, at Aird Luing 45 Ringed Plovers, 30 Dunlins, at Bardrishaig: 1 Willow Warbler, Water Rail, at South Cuan: Blackcap. Totals of 3 Grey Wagtails, 100+ alba wagtails (including 3 White Wagtails) and 7 Wheatears. Slow and steady passage south of Lesser Black-backed Gulls over the island (David Jardine).
On Tiree: An imm Pied Flycatcher at Balephuil, also 2 Sedge Warblers there. A different imm Pied Flycatcher at Carnan Mor with 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrests and 1 juv Willow Warbler. 2 juv Curlew Sandpipers, 1 juv Ruff, 20 juv Bar-tailed Godwits, 90+ Common Snipe and 840 Golden Plovers at Sandaig / Middleton. Greenland-type Wheatears all over the place here for the last few days including 10 together today at Barrapol. 10 White Wagtails at Traigh nan Gilean. 15+ Lesser Black Backed Gulls mostly passing over south in small groups (John Bowler).
On Mull: A Juvenile Dotterel 1500 feet up Beinn a’ Ghraig this morning (Ewan Miles).
09 September: At Campbeltown Loch today: a single Wigeon and 14 Teal at Stinky Hole. And on the shore just south of there; 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, one Ruff and one Greenshank (Steve and Tracey Seal).
A Pomarine Skua seen from the Kennacraig to Islay ferry and on Islay today: 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Port Ellen and at Loch Gruinart, a further 53 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 29 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks as well as a probable Semipalmated Sandpiper but a bit too distant and blowing F8 out on the mud. Also good numbers of White Wagtails and at least 15 Greenland Wheatears counted (Jim Dickson).
Today on Tiree: 1 juvenile Ruff, 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 105 Common Snipe and 30 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on cut silage at Middleton; 2 juvenile Ruffs at Sandaig; 35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
08 September: In Campbeltown Harbour today: 4 Black Guillemots, 3 Razorbills and a single Greenland Wheatear. This Black Guillemot moulting into winter plumage, was photographed in Campbeltown Harbour, Kintyre today (Steve and Tracey Seal).
On Tiree: single juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Hynish and Balephetrish Bay; 1 Arctic Tern at Gott Bay (John Bowler) and 1 Grey Plover at Vaul (Graham Todd).
A 1 hr sea-watch from Hynish, Tiree in S6 with rain 07:30-08:30 hrs produced (all heading SW): 3 Wigeon, 1 Red-throated Diver, 66 Fulmars, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 390 Manx Shearwaters, 375 Gannets, 368 large auks, 17 Kittiwakes, and 2 Basking Sharks (John Bowler)
07 September: At Rhunahaorine Point, Kintyre today: one Red-throated Diver in breeding plumage, two Black-throated Divers (1 adult breeding plumage, 1 juvenile), 3 Slavonian Grebes, a raft of 172 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Greenland Wheatears on the beach (Steve and Tracey Seal).
At least 50 Barn Swallows, mainly juveniles, lined up on telephone wires in Minard, Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).
A juvenile Arctic Tern was at Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll this morning – an unusual species for this location (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper again on farm pool at Middleton at lunchtime; 190 Golden Plovers and 1 adult Black-tailed Godwit at Sandaig; a Goldfinch at Meningie (John Bowler).
06 September: At least 30 Ringed Plovers were at the crazy golf Dunoon today, as well as a single female Northern Wheatear. Also 20+ Turnstones at Cluniter, Innellen, nr Dunoon. The Grey Wagtail and female Common Stonechat were photographed at the top of Glen Massan, Cowal (Alistair McGregor).
On Tiree: a Common Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler), 8 juvenile Red Knot at Vaul (Graham Todd).
05 September: A Green Woodpecker was seen near Stonefield Farm, Glenmassan, Dunoon today – the first record for some time from this key area for the species in Argyll (Alistair McGregor).
A single Nuthatch on a bird feeder in a garden at Glenmassan, Dunoon returned several times during the day (Gordon Rothero).
An Osprey fishing at West Loch Tarbert, Kintyre, opposite the West Loch hotel at 12:30, circling and fishing for 20 minutes (Steven Herrington).
Today on Tiree: a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper again on the machair at Sandaig today with 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers (Graham Todd). Also the immature Turtle Dove at Main Road Farm, Balephuil; a second calendar year Iceland Gull at Barrapol (the summering bird); a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit and 3 juvenile Ruffs at Kilmoluaig; a flock of 22 juvenile Bar-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill was unusual but no sign of the 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers there. A 1hr sea-watch from Hynish in SSE7 with rain 07:50-08:50hrs produced (all heading SW): 26 Fulmars, 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 680 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 10 Common Snipe, 320 large auks, 1 Arctic Tern, 92 Kittiwakes (inc. 66 juveniles): also 1 juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Hynish first thing. Later; 2 House Martins at Balephuil and 220 Twite coming to roost there (John Bowler).
04 September: A solitary Magpie at Clachan Seil, Seil island, Mid-Argyll at 18:00 hrs was the first John had seen on Seil in 16 years (John Sedgwick).
An obvious fall of migrants on Tiree today (and last night) included: 4 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpipers together at Loch a’ Phuill; 1 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper still at Sandaig; an immature Turtle Dove, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Robins, and 1 Pied Flycatcher at Balephuil; a Goldcrest and a Lapland Bunting south over Carnan Mor; juvenile Mediterranean Gull headed north at Balemartine as well as 16+ Greenland Wheatears and 8+ White Wagtails (John Bowler).
And late on 03 Sep: a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler); a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Hynish and Brent Geese heard at night in flight at Scarinish (Keith Gillon).
03 September: A Marsh Harrier was seen on the south side of Loch Gorm, Islay today (Paul Graham per Ian Brooke): one seen earlier, at Kilchoman on 27 August, was presumably the same bird (Ian and Margaret Brooke).
Today at Frenchman’s Rocks, Islay 07:40 – 10:15 ( 4 x 30 min watches), wind SSW 16 – 18 mph, birds all flying SW: 2 Mallards, 1 Great Northern Diver, 126 Fulmars, 8 Sooty Shearwaters, 465 Manx Shearwaters, l Balearic Shearwater, 1,122 Northern Gannets (and ca 250 feeding around Frenchman’s rock in tidal race), 8 Great Cormorants, 8 Shags, 8 Turnstones, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Razorbill, 10 Common Guillemots (+ 11 large auks), 5 Kittiwakes, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 50 Twite feeding on short grass at the point. Also a Sparrowhawk on the croft area (Mike Peacock/Peter Roberts).
And on Tiree today: the juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper again – on the machair at Sandaig this am with 1 juvenile Black-tailed Godwit and 5 juvenile Red Knot. Also, 1 Corncrake, 2 Goldcrests, juvenile Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Common Redpoll at Balephuil/Carnan Mor
And second calendar year Iceland Gull at Traigh Ghrianal; 2 juvenile Red Knots, 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and a Common Tern at Clachan; 30+ Black-tailed Godwits at Kilmoluaig (Keith Gillon).
02 September: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper arrived at Middleton, Tiree this afternoon (Keith Gillon). Also 6 Ruff there but no sign yet of the Pacific Golden Plover (John Bowler).
Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters, Common Guillemots, Gannets, Shags and Kittiwakes seen in the Sound of Jura from the Islay ferry; also a Sooty Shearwater and 3 Great Skuas (Colin MacFarlane).
A Stock Dove this morning at Blarbuie farm, just NE of Lochgilphead golf course, Mid-Argyll It then flew NW towards Cnoc Mor. At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll mid-afternoon: 8 Ringed Plovers, 1 Red Knot, 1 Sanderling, 32 Dunlins and a group of 79 Common Redshanks had just arrived (Jim Dickson).
01 September: This colour-ringed Oystercatcher was seen at the head of Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today. We’re waiting to hear where it was ringed from the BTO and have asked Harry Scott….a bird ringed in Aberdeenshire last year appeared on the same rock and possibly another from there? (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree today: Adult Pacific Golden Plover again at Middleton; Hobby at Hynish at 14:20 hrs; 2 juvenile Red Knot and 2 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Clachan ( Keith Gillon).
12 Sooty Shearwaters in 2 hrs off Hynish late pm, as well as 1 European Storm Petrel, a juvenile Red Knot, 3 Great Skuas and a Basking Shark (John Bowler).
RECENT REPORTS August 2016
31 August: A sea-watch from the Oban to Barra ferry and return included 300+ Fulmars, 16 Sooty Shearwaters, ca 700 Manx Shearwaters, 140+ Storm Petrels, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 17 Great Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 1 Puffin, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 ‘commic’ terns, 300+ Kittiwakes (Jim Dickson, David Jardine et al.).
A sea-watch this morning at Frenchman’s Rocks, Islay 07:40 to 10:00 am, (4 x 30 min watches) in south westerly winds 17 to 20 mph, sunny intervals & showers found: 2 Tufted Ducks, 193 Fulmars, 35 Sooty Shearwaters, 3,023 Manx Shearwaters, 363 Northern Gannets (and ca 500 feeding around the rocks), 31 Shags, 8 Red Knots, 8 Turnstones, 2 Great Skuas, 8 Common Guillemots and 23 Kittiwakes – all flying SW (Mike Peacock/Peter Roberts).
The adult Pacific Golden Plover showed well again at Middleton, Tiree first thing, retreated to Loch a’ Phuill when flushed and then returned later; 3 Ruffs were also there and a Goldcrest was at Carnan Mor (John Bowler). A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was feeding on the sea off Aird, Tiree (Keith Gillon).
30 August: A late sea-watch off Hynish, Tiree in SSW6 18:30-20:00 produced: 17 Sooty Shearwaters heading SW in 90 mins. Also heading SW, in 1 hr (18:40-19:40): 52 Fulmars, 960 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Storm Petrel, 130 Northern Gannets, 315 large auks, 16 Kittiwakes, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and an Arctic Tern – also a Basking Shark. And 43 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits were on the beach there (Keith Gillon/John Bowler). An early Redwing photographed at Barrapol, Tiree (John Bowler).
On Tiree; the adult Pacific Golden Plover was seen again at Middleton this afternoon and juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at Gott Bay and Balephetrish Bay (Keith Gillon). Elsewhere on Tiree, singe Balearic Shearwaters were off West Hynish and Hynish early this morning and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were detected off Hynish among a steady W movement of ca 1,000 Manx Shearwaters per hour; a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Traigh Ghrianal and 77 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and 4 juvenile Ruffs were seen around West Tiree in scattered groups during the goose count (John Bowler).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
This Greenshank was one of two birds present at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today. Also there, a single Whimbrel flying S (Eddie Maguire).
18 August: The Tiree juvenile Spotted Sandpiper was seen at Ard Mor from mid-day today (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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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