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SPRING MIGRANTS: arrival of spring migrants is well under way now, so, time for you all to be looking out for them. Please let Jim know of any migrants you see (or hear), even if the species has already been reported.
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For comparison, a table of arrivals reported in 2015 is at the link below:
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RECENT REPORTS May 2016
27 May: This Iceland Gull was caught flying around with the Herring Gulls in Oban, Mid-Argyll today (Derek Pretswell).
On Tiree today: a Pectoral Sandpiper arrived at Sorobaidh Bay; a Spotted Flycatcher was at Balephuil; a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Common Redpolls at The Manse; 6 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Canada Goose x Greylag hybrid at Salum; a Whimbrel near the Ringing Stone (John Bowler).
26 May: Two Corn Crakes were heard calling on Easdale Island, Mid-Argyll today. According to the ferryman there the first record of one there this year was about 10 days ago (Rob Lightfoot). There have been two other reports of calling Corn Crakes on Easdale Island recently (Jenny Smith and Andrew Sandeman per Andy Robinson)
On Tiree today: a Black-tailed Godwit at Loch an Eilein; a Common Sandpiper at Traigh Bhagh (John Bowler).
25 May: This evening an Iceland Gull was seen at Bellochantuy, Kintyre; feeding on kelp on the beach with other gulls (Graeme Garner).
24 May: Nine Whinchat territories were counted around the Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll today, as seen from the roads. There appears to be a big increase in House Martin numbers over the last week (Jim Dickson).
A newly arrived Spotted Flycatcher was at Balephuil, Tiree (John Bowler).
23 May: On Tiree today: 3 immature Common Goldeneye at Loch Riaghain – very late for here; 1,600 Dunlins at Vaul Bay included 2 colour-ringed birds from Galicia, NW Spain; 770 Ringed Plovers at Vaul/Ruaig; 8 Black-tailed Godwits at The Reef; a Common Whitethroat at Balephuil (John Bowler).
22 May: A Water Rail with 7 or 8 tiny black chicks was seen crossing the road that cuts through the Moine Mhor towards Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll today. A lucky sighting as young Water Rails are rarely seen. Also a male Hen Harrier has been seen twice in the area during the last week (Mary John).
On Tiree today: 2 House Martins and 2 male Common Whitethroats at Carnan Mor; a White Wagtail at Sorobaidh Bay; a female Blackcap and a Cuckoo (Common sadly!) at Balephuil (John Bowler).
Reported on Mull: a group of 15-20 Black Terns at Garmony, Mull. A tight group feeding off shore by the fish farm there (Jacqui Murphy per Alan Spellman). An exceptional record for a species that has not been reported in Argyll since 2010.
21 May: On Tiree today: a White Wagtail at Traigh nan Gilean and 5,000+ Manx Shearwaters feeding offshore there in enormous rafts; a dark-morph Arctic Skua at Loch a’ Phuill and 26 Common Scoters in Gott Bay (unusual here) (John Bowler).
20 May: Three Black-tailed Godwits at Vaul, Tiree today (John Bowler).
19 May: A single Pale-bellied Brent Goose was on the river at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this morning and 300+ Ringed Plover and Dunlin were still there (Jim Dickson).
18 May: A Common Quail was on the bridge along the Aros Moss road (nr. Machrihanish), Kintyre tonight. It was at side of the road and Neil got within a meter of it before it flew off (Neil Brown).
A female type Marsh Harrier was at Tayinloan ferry terminal, Kintyre flying along the beach looking for prey (Phil and Tammy Holgate per Eddie Maguire).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this morning there were 158 Ringed Plovers and 239 Dunlins: also 24 Dunlins at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
17 May: No sign of the Western Subalpine Warbler at Kinnabus, Islay, today
A Tree Sparrow was on feeders at a garden in Ardtun, Mull (Rebecca Burton, per Alan Spellman).
This Spotted Flycatcher was photographed at RSPB Gruinart reserve woods, Islay today (Jim Dickson).
These photos of the Kinnabus, Islay ‘Western’ Subalpine Warbler were taken on the evening of 16 May by Jim Dickson:
16 May: A suspected ‘Western’ Subalpine Warbler was found at Kinnabus, Islay, today (David Wood). This is potentially a new sub-species for Argyll. One previous record of the ‘Eastern’ race was on Tiree on 28 May 2012.
These photos from David Wood, who says it’s thought to be a 1st summer bird.
On Tiree today: a juvenile Iceland Gull and a Wood Pigeon at Heylipol Church loch; a Wood Sandpiper at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler) and a Wood Warbler at Sandaig (Trevor Wright).
A Ring-billed Gull was at Dervaig, Mull today (Andy Hitchcock, per Alan Spellman).
Waders at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll had increased this morning, with 53 Ringed Plovers, 97 Dunlins and 2 Sanderlings (Jim Dickson).
15 May: A ringing ‘first’ for Neil Brown: a Common Cuckoo – caught on the Aros Moss CES (nr Campbeltown), Argyll today. He’s never caught one before in over twenty years of ringing!
A Green Woodpecker was seen at Killiechronan, Mull this morning (Arthur Brown per Alan Spellman). There were odd reports of Green Woodpeckers in this general area in 2014 and 2015.
On Tiree today: 3 Wood Pigeons and a newly arrived Chaffinch at Balephuil; 550 Ringed Plovers at Ruaig/Vaul (but no sign of the Dotterel) (John Bowler).
14 May: An Arctic Skua was on Lunga in the Treshnish Isles today and a Dunnock was singing there (John Bowler).
Photographed on Tiree 12-14 May 2016:
13 May: A female Shoveler with a brood of 8 young seen at Westport Marsh (nr Campbeltown), Kintyre today (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
On Tiree today: a male and a female Ruff on a pool near Heylipol church; a female Dotterel on Vaul golf course this evening with 120 Ringed Plovers (Jim Dickson). Four Minke Whales were seen in Gunna Sound (John Bowler).
A singing Lesser Whitethroat was reported from Loch Buie, Mull today (Ian Burgess per Alan Spellman).
12 May: Two Magpies were at Southend, Kintyre today (Sandra McIntosh per Eddie Maguire). Very tempting to suspect they could be from Northern Ireland…
Very quiet at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today, apart from 70 Dunlins flying by (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
11 May: An elusive Reed Warbler singing at Balephuil, Tiree this morning was only the 4th record for Tiree. Also at Balephuil: a male and 2 female Blackcaps, a Common Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatchers, and at Carnan Mor; 2 Wood Pigeons and a female Blackcap. A Wood Warbler was at Meningie late in the day (John Bowler).
10 May: A Garden Warbler found at Balephuil, Tiree late this afternoon was the first for Tiree this spring (John Bowler).
A male Hawfinch was seen on feeders at Octofad Farm (Rhinns), Islay today (Tony & Irene Miller per Ian Brooke).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre; fly-by waders today included a summer-plumaged Grey Plover, 7 Red Knots, 40 Dunlins and 3 Ruddy Turnstones: a Whimbrel was on the shore (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
The first Common Swifts (6) were over Campbeltown, Kintyre today (Eddie Maguire).
A Little Ringed Plover was found at Loch Kinnabus, Islay this morning. Also, Spotted Flycatchers finally made it to the Oa peninsula, with 2 around Kinnabus this morning (David Wood). Little Ringed Plovers are still rare birds in Argyll with only four previous records; the last on Islay in 2013.
09 May: Lots of arrivals on Tiree today: a Common Cuckoo, 2 female Blackcaps, a male Common Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Robin and 2 Common Redpolls at Balephuil; a Wood Pigeon, a male Common Whitethroat, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Robin, a Chaffinch and 2 Common Redpolls at Carnan Mor; a Rook and a Spotted Flycatcher at Meningie; 2 Cuckoos, a Grasshopper Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher at the Glebe, a male and female Blackcap at Cornaigmore and a juvenile Iceland Gull at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today: a Green Sandpiper flew N (too close to photograph!), a Black-tailed Godwit was nearby and 3 White Wagtails were on the shore (Eddie Maguire).
The Magpie is still at Southend, Kintyre : also seen on 3rd May (Grant Edmonson).
Surveying near Loch Awe, Argyll last week Clive McKay had 7 singing Grasshopper Warblers in one morning. There seemed to be a bird in every patch of suitable habitat. Any comments from other areas? (Clive McKay).
08 May: Three Greater Scaup (2 males + female) and a male Tufted Duck were in Loch Gilp, off Ardrishaig, Mid-Argyll today (David Jardine/Jim Dickson).
A single Common Tern was seen at Loch Gilp later (David Jardine).
An adult White-tailed Eagle flew N well offshore at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre early afternoon and a Coot was a new arrival at Westport Marsh. Also at the marsh, a Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, a Wigeon, 4 male and 2 female Shovelers and 4 Little Grebes: lots of Mallard ducklings too (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
A female Ring Ouzel was seen at 15:00 today, north of Croig, Mull (Dave and Helen Tanner – York per Alan Spellman).
An adult White-tailed Eagle flew N well offshore at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre early afternoon and a Coot was a new arrival at Westport Marsh. Also at the marsh, a Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, a Wigeon, 4 male and 2 female Shovelers and 4 Little Grebes: lots of Mallard ducklings too (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
Near Dalvore, Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll today: singing Common Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Sedge Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Whinchats, Grey Wagtail, among other species and a Peregrine Falcon over the wood. No surprises on the Add Estuary/L Crinan WeBS other than 7 Whimbrels and 9 Dunlins. Canada Geese now with chicks…..also at least 80 Barn Swallows over one field at Barsloisnoch, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
07 May: On Tiree today: a male Pied Flycatcher at Scarinish; male & female Blackcap, Grasshopper Warbler and Robin at Balephuil; 3 Goldcrests at Carnan Mor; 95 Ringed Plover, 290 Dunlin and 4 Whimbrel at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).
Migrants still trickling in to Taynish NNR, Mid-Argyll with Spotted Flycatcher today and arrival of Common Whitethroat, and Sedge Warbler in the last few days but still no Garden Warbler. Still no Wood Warbler in woodland CBC plot. An Osprey on Lochan Taynish early this morning was new here (John Halliday).
The drake Garganey is still at Westport Marsh, Kintyre along with 5 Shovelers (4 drakes) (Angus Murray).
06 May: A Green Woodpecker was heard calling at Innellan, Cowal for about 30 mins today: it was first heard there on 22 Mar (Alan Reid).
Two very obliging Whimbrel in a field beside the road at Ballimeanoch, Loch Awe, Mid-Argyll today provided the opportunity for this photo (Roger Broad). Roger has been monitoring Osprey nests and found ‘very few incubating yet and many sites either unoccupied or just a single bird seen. Unless things change for the better it is going to be a very poor year for Ospreys in Argyll’.
A visit to Luing, Mid-Argyll today found: Great Northern Diver, 5 Ringed Plovers, 8 Dunlins, a Common Cuckoo, Common Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Lesser Redpoll (Linda & David Gibson).
A second winter Iceland Gull was at the top of Loch Fyne, opposite the Tree Shop this morning (Jonathan Platt).
An obvious arrival of migrants today on Tiree with the warmer weather: a Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Doves, 2 Common Chiffchaffs, male and female Blackcaps, 2 newly arrived Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Common Redpolls and 2 Goldfinches at Balephuil. Also the first Green-veined Whites here; groups of Dunlin and Ringed Plover all over the island including 800 Dunlin and 300 Ringed Plover at Ruaig machair and 1,050 Dunlin and 150 Ringed Plover at Balephetrish Bay; a Common Cuckoo showed well at Baugh; scattered Corn Crakes calling in many places; a Common Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warblers at The Glebe; a flock of 65 Arctic Terns west of Miodar; 2 Whimbrel at Vaul (John Bowler).
A Wood Pigeon on the Oa, Islay was the first reserve record for 9 yrs, despite them breeding a few miles up the road. Also there today: Common Chiffchaff and male Blackcap. A Great Skua was seen offshore and a good number of Red-throated Divers moving past NW, with 48 in total from )8:30-09:30, in groups of between 4 and 13. Common Cuckoos Grasshopper Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Barn Swallows seemingly arriving over last couple of days (David Wood).
Three Common Swifts were soaring around Glassary Primary school, Kilmichael Glassary, Mid-Argyll this morning and one definitely entered the roof space, so hopefully they’ll be nesting there again (Lynsey Gibson).
A Garden Warbler was singing near Woodhouse, Minard, Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).
Another Garden Warbler was heard at Ardkinglas Woodland, Mid-Argyll, where a Nuthatch was also recorded (David Jardine).
A Marsh Harrier was reported ‘over Jura’ today (Louise Muir per Ian Brooke).
05 May: On Tiree today: a Sedge Warbler singing at Balephuil; 25 Arctic Terns and 2 Goldfinches at Loch a’ Phuill; 2 Whimbrel at West Hynish; one Black-tailed Godwit at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).
A Wood Warbler was singing in the wood by the car park at Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll this morning (Jonathan Platt).
04 May: Good views of the Lesser Yellowlegs at the N. Hide at Loch Gruinart, Islay again today. From the south hide there were 29 Black-tailed Godwits, one with colour rings: Right Leg: Orange over Green plus BTO/metal ring on lower tarsus. Left Leg: Yellow over Green (Peter Roberts).
A 30 minute sea-watch (11:15-11:45) from just south of Ardrishaig, Mid-Argyll into Loch Fyne gave: 3 Fulmars, 36 Manx Shearwaters, 65 Northern Gannets, 270 Kittiwakes, 78 large auks (mainly Guillemots), 1 Black Guillemot and 3 Puffins, with 14 Kittiwakes seen flying N over Lochgilphead at 10:30. Also, in fields around Drimvore to Barsloisnoch, Moine Mhor area: 4 Pink-footed Geese still present and 16 White Wagtails (Jim Dickson).
At least 32 Siskins around garden bird feeders at Carsaig (Tayvallich), Mid-Argyll, mostly males. Maybe on their way further North? (Jon Close).
On Tiree today: a Sedge Warbler (1st of year here), a House Martin and 2 Goldfinches at Balephuil: 2 Coal Tits reported from a garden at Kenovay (1st seen there on 3 May), 3 Puffins off Hynish; 40 Black-tailed Godwits at Heylipol (John Bowler).
03 May: An immature Pomarine Skua was photographed flying S at MSBO this morning and the male Garganey over Westport Marsh, (nr Campbeltown), Kintyre this afternoon (Eddie Maguire).
At Heylipol, Tiree this morning: 98 Black-tailed Godwits, a juvenile Iceland Gull and a Greenland Wheatear. Elsewhere on Tiree: female Greater Scaup still at Loch an Eilein; 4 Arctic Terns and 3 Greenland Wheatears at Sandaig; a Siskin at Balephuil in the evening (John Bowler).
02 May: A Lesser Yellowlegs was in front of the North Hide at Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve, Islay this evening (James How).
A drake Gadwall flew S at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre this morning and a drake Garganey and a Black-tailed Godwit were at nearby Westport Marsh in the afternoon (Eddie Maguire).
100+ Black Tailed Godwits still around and now 5 Whimbrel, at 08:00 this morning, on the shinty pitch at Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll (Jon Close).
Black-tailed Godwits galore on Tiree today. A female Greater Scaup, 78 Black-tailed Godwits and a House Martin at Loch an Eilein; 180 Black-tailed Godwits (inc. a French leg-flagged bird) and 5 Arctic Terns at Loch Bhasapol (but no sign of the Green-winged Teal); 135 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill, as well as 220 Ringed Plovers, 75 Dunlin and 4 Arctic Terns (John Bowler).
01 May: On Tiree today: a newly arrived drake Green-winged Teal, 6 Gadwall and 2 male and a female Greater Scaup at Loch Bhasapol; 84 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Balephetrish Bay; a female Greater Scaup at Loch an Eilein; a Common Cuckoo (1st of year on Tiree), a Common Chiffchaff and 2 Common Redpolls at Carnan Mor (John Bowler).
At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning; a new ‘batch’ of Black-tailed Godwits, with 189 birds on the mud and grassy banks including 3 colour-ringed birds too distant to read. Also 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 4 Common Sandpipers. A total of 55 Northern Wheatears counted from Dunadd round to Drimvore/Dalvore/Barsloisnoch and the Add Estuary. Also 4 singing Whinchats, a singing Wood Warbler at Dalvore wood and 2 more singing between Bellanoch and Cairnbaan. And around Barsloisnoch Farm area, a total of 16 Whimbrels, 14 White Wagtails, and 4 Pink-footed Geese, including a very pale bird.
A first-winter Glaucous Gull was photographed by Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today (Eddie Maguire).
RECENT REPORTS April 2016
30 April: Five Dotterel on Oronsay, Colonsay this evening. The first Lapwing brood there was seen on 28 April! (Morgan Vaughan).
On Mull today: first Spotted Flycatcher of the year reported at Garmony and 4 separate male Hen Harriers at various parts of the island (Peter Hall per Alan Spellman). Also a female Common Redstart seen on the Lochbuie road (Ewan Miles per Alan Spellman).
Birds at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today included; a Great Northern Diver flying south, the leucistic adult Herring Gull, 20+ Sandwich Terns, a Little Tern, 30+ White Wagtails, 18 Goldfinches, a Linnet and 6 Twite (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
Still 18 Black-tailed Godwits remaining from the flock at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today (Jim Dickson). Simon Lawrence managed to detect colour rings on 3 of yesterday’s birds (one probably from France) and is waiting to hear about their origins.
29 April: A drake Ring-necked Duck was at Loch Finlaggan, Islay today (David Shallcross/ Leigh birders per Ian Brooke).
A Glaucous Gull was seen from the SW car park at Arrochar, Cowal with six Greenshanks on the shore opposite The Tree Shop. Two White-tailed Eagles seen in Mid-Argyll (Jonathan Platt).
At Westport Marsh (nr Campbeltown), Kintyre this afternoon there were 6 Shoveler, 5 Little Grebes and 2 Moorhens. At least four pairs of Northern Lapwings are nesting with one bird incubating by the track (Eddie Maguire).
Meanwhile, on Tiree today, the first Northern Lapwing chicks at The Reef had clearly survived yesterday’s snow: also there were 3,600 Golden Plover. Elsewhere on the island:
52 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch Bhasapol; 8 Black-tailed Godwits, juvenile Glaucous Gull and 6 White Wagtails at Loch a’ Phuill; 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Common Sandpiper, 30 Sand Martins, 5 Barn Swallows and 5 White Wagtails at Sorobaidh Bay; 22 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler).
In the Keills area of Loch Sween today: several Northern Wheatears and Common Stonechats and a pair of House Martins by Coshandrochaid; a few Barn Swallows and Sand Martins hawking below Keills chapel; a Great Northern Diver on Loch na Cille; six more Great Northern Divers and a Black Guillemot off Keillmore. A few more Northern Gannets than of late over the Sound of Jura with Common Guillemots passing south occasionally and 3 Curlews at the head of Loch na Cille. Later from Coshandrochaid: an Osprey passed down Loch Sween at 17:15, returning at 18:00 and three Black-tailed Godwits appeared briefly at The Puddle at 20:15 (Kevin & Sue Richardson).
After yesterday’s appalling weather improving conditions today brought in some migrants – especially Northern Wheatears. At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning 110 Black-tailed Godwits remained from yesterday’s large flock at 06:15 (Jon Close): they were still there at 09:30 (Jim Dickson). Also 4 Northern Wheatears and 35 Meadow Pipits on the shinty pitch. In fields at Moine Mhor, from Drimvore around to the Add Estuary, a minimum of 41 Northern Wheatears, 180 Meadow Pipits and 8 White Wagtails counted. Also 7 Whimbrels, 2 Common Cuckoos, a Whinchat, 6 Linnets and 3 Grey Wagtails. At Cairnbaan: 25 Chaffinches, 11 Siskins, 2 Goldfinches and 2 Bullfinches in the garden (Jim Dickson).
28 April: A flock of ca 300 Black-tailed Godwits were grounded on the shinty pitch at Lochgilphead Academy, Mid-Argyll at 17:15 this afternoon (Dougie Menzies).
They were still there at 18:00, when Jim took these photos, together with 2 Whimbrel and 20+ Meadow Pipits (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree today, where it snowed all-day (12 cm): a single Tree Sparrow newly arrived at Baugh (Bill Welstead); a female Greater Scaup, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 12 White Wagtails at Loch an Eilein; a Dunnock, 2 Goldfinches, 16 Linnets and a Common Redpoll at Balephuil (John Bowler).
27 April: Six White Wagtails today in a field near Barsloisnoch (Moine Mhor), Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
In the Keills area of Loch Sween today: Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Snipe at Coshandrochaid; 6 Great Northern Divers off Keillmore; another Great Northern Diver in Loch na Cille with 5 Curlews, single Common Guillemot and Black Guillemot, occasional Gannets and Shags; pair of Common Sandpipers, quite a few Barn Swallows and Sand Martins as well as first House Martin of the week; Treecreepers and Goldcrests by Keills House and Common Whitethroat by road to Danna. In the evening an Osprey flew over mobbed by a Hooded Crow followed by a White-tailed Eagle. Aside from birds, an Otter was seen off Telford’s pier, a Sand Lizard basking nearby and a mass migration of Marsh Fritillary caterpillars crossing road from salt-marsh to pasture (Kevin & Sue Richardson).
At least 4 Wood Warblers singing at Taynish NNR, Mid-Argyll this morning (Jon Close).
At last – first Barn Swallow seen in Minard, Mid-Argyll this morning. Also first Blackcaps heard singing locally; at Crarae Gardens and Tullochgorm (Paul Daw).
26 April: On Tiree today: a newly arrived Greater Scaup at Loch an Eilein; juvenile Kumlien’s Gull again at Crossapol Farm; a Red Knot and 19 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill; Collared Dove, Dunnock and Common Redpoll at Balephuil (John Bowler).
A single Whimbrel at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning and a single male Whinchat at Dalvore was the only one seen in the Moine Mhor area this afternoon. Cold winds must be holding up migration… (Jim Dickson).
A single dark morph Arctic Skua off Lagavulin, Islay this morning (Alasdair Paterson).
A description has been received for a Water Pipit seen on the east side of Loch Gruinart, Islay on 11 Apr by Elaine and Eddie Prince (only one previous Argyll record).
25 April: A Common Cuckoo heard for a couple of hours mid afternoon near Loch Mhic Mhairtein, Craignish peninsula, Mid-Argyll today (Phil Dickinson).
Six Gadwall on the Loch Gruinart Floods, Islay today (James How per Angus Murray).
On Tiree today: 6 Whooper Swans and 35 White Wagtails grounded at Loch an Eilein and the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull still there; Wood Pigeon, 2 Redwings, Robin, Dunnock and Common Redpoll at Balephuil; a Snow Bunting at Balephetrish Bay; a Red Knot at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler).
This single Red Knot was by Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre all morning (Eddie Maguire).
In the Keills area of Loch Sween today: Yellowhammers by Barrahormid; male Common Cuckoo flying around above Dun Mhurrich; flock of Linnets; small flock of Redpolls below Lower Fearnoch where a Tree Pipit was in song flight; Sedge Warbler and male Whinchat between Coshandrochaid and Barrahormid. (Kevin & Sue Richardson).
24 April: Later reports. A walk as far as the ponds at Glen Strae (nr. Dalmally), North Argyll 12:00 – 13:00 produced: at least 11 singing Willow Warblers and a Common Buzzard overhead; a female Mandarin Duck on the ponds [we assume these Mandarins are free-flying here – clearly there is every intention of encouraging breeding by the number of artificial nests there now are set up on poles!]. About a dozen male Mallards and at least three females (one with five very small ducklings); 3 male and two female Teal and single Grey and White Wagtails (Mike Anderson).
And in the Keills area of Loch Sween today. A walk from Telford’s Pier at Keillmore produced: a Common Cuckoo calling, Willow Warblers singing at regular intervals, several Northern Wheatears, singing Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat (first in Argyll so far) nr. Coshandrochaid, Grasshopper Warbler and Blackcap singing at Keills Chapel, Great Northern Diver and 10 Whimbrel at Loch na Cille, a pair of Common Sandpipers at Keills jetty , 4 Black-throated Divers, a Black Guillemot and few passing Eiders and Gannets off Keillmore. Later: pairs of Lesser Redpoll and Twite at Coshandrochaid and an Osprey over ‘the Puddle’ for 30 mins. (Kevin & Sue Richardson).
On Colonsay today; a second calendar year Glaucous Gull flew past Pig’s Paradise and the Common Pochard was still on East Loch Fada, Colonsay (David Jardine).
24 April: Some satisfactory photo opportunities at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today including a pair of Gadwall, Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel (11) and Twite. Also, 22 Sandwich Terns in the area (Eddie Maguire).
Jim managed to get these photos of the male Hawfinch at Lochdon, Mull today. It seems this is a third bird as the male & female were seen a few miles away at Loch Uisg yesterday just shortly before this bird was found (Jim Dickson). There have been reports of Hawfinches turning up elsewhere in Scotland recently (Angus Murray).
On Tiree today: 19 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein (1 colour-ringed bird); single Corn Crake, Wood Pigeon, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Redwing, Common Redpoll and 2 Common Chiffchaffs at Balephuil (John Bowler).
Two Grasshopper Warblers singing near Nursery Cottages, Minard this morning and two seen Bullfinches at Tullochgorm (Paul Daw).
23 April: At ca 18:30 a White-tailed Eagle glided across ‘the Puddle’ (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll and flew west (Kevin & Sue Richardson).
On Mull, a male and female Hawfinch were in a garden at Loch Uisg today (Chris Philo) and a male Hawfinch in a garden at Lochdon (Alan Spellman).
Today at Taynish NNR, Mid-Argyll a juvenile Whooper Swan with a pair of Mute Swans and a Grasshopper Warbler singing (John Halliday).
A Blackcap was singing in the centre of Connel, Mid-Argyll this morning (Mike Harrison).
A Common Pochard and a Sedge Warbler were at East Loch Fada, Colonsay today (David Jardine)
First confirmed House Martins at Bridgend, Mid-Argyll today with three around the house this morning. Also, a bit of a surprise last night for Malcolm: a Common Snipe drumming over the top of his house (Malcolm Chattwood).
A total of 67 Common Eiders (inc. 49 adult males) were by Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre this morning. Also 40 Whimbrels resting (Eddie Maguire).
On Tiree today: 5 Pink-footed Geese and a White Wagtail at Loch a’ Phuill; 2 Gadwall, 37 Black-tailed Godwits, a leucistic Common Gull, 35 Sand Martins and one Barn Swallow at Loch Bhasapol; 2 Barn Swallows at Sorobaidh Bay creek; a Wood Pigeon, a Robin and 2 Goldfinches at Balephuil (John Bowler).
BUFFLEHEAD – Thanks to Bryan Rains we have now received a photo of the adult male Bufflehead found by Richard Turner in Oban Bay on 15 April. A description is being supplied and if accepted by BBRC, this will be a new species for Argyll. As Buffleheads are very popular in wildfowl collections there can sometimes be questions over the origins of such individuals.
22 April: An Osprey at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this afternoon was being mobbed by Black-headed Gulls and Hooded Crows (Blair Urquhart).
On Tiree, today: a Corn Crake at Kilkenneth (one was also reported from Balinoe on 19th April); a juvenile Glaucous Gull and 16 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Loch a’ Phuill;
33 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein (including a colour-ringed bird); 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Sorobaidh Bay. Nine more Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at The Green on 20th April (John Bowler).
A Grasshopper Warbler was singing at Fernoch (Kilmichael Glen), Mid-Argyll this morning and a Common Sandpiper on Loch Leathan (John Halliday).
Six Sandwich Terns were at the mouth of West Loch Tarbert, Kintyre (Alasdair Paterson).
21 April: An adult dark Honey Buzzard was reported over Eleraig, nr Kilmelford, Mid-Argyll today (Bob Grove).
A male and female Pied Flycatcher were seen at Knock, Mull today (Martin & Stella Jones).
Corn Crake heard calling this morning on Iona, Mull (Mike Hogan per Alan Spellman).
A Common Cuckoo was calling at the caravan site Carsaig (Tayvallich), Mid-Argyll early this morning. Several (ca 10) Tree Pipits around Taynish NNR and a Common Sandpiper at Danna (Loch Sween) (Dougie Menzies).
A Tree Pipit singing was at Clachaig (nr Dunoon), Cowal today with 2 Grasshopper Warblers nearby at Stronafian (Neil Hammatt).
Present at Kilmory Woods, Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll today: Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common Redstart, Common Crossbill, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting (Blair Urquhart).
On Tiree today: 7 White Wagtails at The Reef this morning were the first of the spring here. Also, 2 White Wagtails at Balephetrish Bay; 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a Peregrine Falcon at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).
Two Common Sandpipers calling along the shore at Minard, Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).
An apparent pair of House Martins (my first of year) prospecting nest sites around the house at Otter Ferry, Cowal this morning (Tom Callan).
20 April: Spring migrants arriving thick and fast now.
Six male and a female Northern Wheatears in Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll and Barn Swallow, House Martin, Common Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler , Common Redstart and Tree Pipit as well as a Common Kestrel in nearby Rhudle Glen (Blair Urquhart).
A Common Sandpiper was at Scalasaig Pier, Colonsay today (Alasdair Paterson).
First Whinchat; at Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll today (David Jardine) and a Ring Ouzel was seen at Cruach Mhor, Mid-Argyll (Blair Urquhart).
On Tiree today: 5 Little Terns at Traigh Bhagh this morning; one Little Tern, one Sandwich Tern and 15 Whimbrel in the Sorobaidh Bay area; 6 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein and 15 more at Loch a’ Phuill; 2 Goldcrests, 2 Common Chiffchaffs, and 4 Willow Warblers at Balephuil (John Bowler).
First Grasshopper Warbler reported today, on the canal bank beyond the Riverside Garage, Lochgilphead. Lots of Common Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers singing nearby (Colin MacFarlane).
A glorious day at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre: birds included a Whimbrel on the point all morning, 15 Sandwich Terns loitering and 18 White Wagtails flying N (Eddie Maguire).
Finally heard first Common Cuckoo at Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw). They seem to be arriving in numbers now.
A male Common Redstart and a Tree Pipit reported at Taynish NNR, Mid-Argyll today (Stan Philips per Colin MacFarlane).
19 April: Three White-tailed Eagles over Loch Leathan, Mid-Argyll today (1 adult and 2 immatures) – like vultures circling overhead! (John Halliday).
First Common Cuckoo heard at Tayvallich, Mid-Argyll this afternoon – calling from south of Carsaig Bay (Lottie Goodlet). Lottie has been monitoring a pair of Whooper Swans on a small loch south of Tayvallich. Until last Friday there were two of them but since then only one.
Pleased to hear his first Common Cuckoo this evening at 19:45 on Ardmarnoch Estate, Cowal (Dave Warden).
A male Hen Harrier seen crossing low over main road (A816) about 1km south of the Moleigh Dump entrance near Oban at 18:45 hrs this evening (John Sedgwick).
On Tiree today: an adult White-tailed Eagle circling over Balinoe; 28 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill; 2 Goldcrests, 2 Common Chiffchaffs, a male Blackcap and a Willow Warbler at Balephuil (John Bowler).
18 April: More Whimbrels at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, with 20 flying S this morning (wind – NW f5). Also 3 Bar-tailed Godwits flying S (Eddie Maguire/Iomhar McMillan).
On Tiree today: 5,500 Golden Plover at The Reef – highest count so far this spring; 45 Sand Martins and a single Barn Swallow at Loch an Eilein; a male Blackcap and a male Merlin at Balephuil (John Bowler).
17 April: First Wood Warbler heard singing today; in Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll (Blair Urquhart).
12 Whimbrel flying south at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today were the first recorded there this spring – also the first for Argyll (Eddie Maguire).
In the Tullochgorm, Minard area of Mid-Argyll at 08:30 this morning: 5 Willow Warblers and two Tree Pipits singing and 5 Jays seen together (Paul Daw).
Osprey seen fishing in West Loch Tarbert, Kintyre today (Colin MacFarlane).
On Tiree today: the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull again at Crossapol Point; 50 Redwings at Balephuil (John Bowler) Also 3 Whimbrel at Milton – the first of the spring on Tiree (Martin Finnigan per John Bowler).
16 April: The first Corn Crake was reported at Friesland, Coll today (Ben Jones per John Bowler).
Spring arrivals at Taynish NNR today included: one Blackcap, 6 Common Redstarts and 2 Tree Pipits (John Halliday).
This morning a Common Cuckoo was calling at Durran, Loch Awe, Mid-Argyll, where 3 Mandarin Ducks have been visiting bird feeders regularly (Mary Stewart).
Female Pied Wagtail with a beak full of nesting material in the garden at Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll this morning (Paul Daw).
Nine Red Knot were on the beach at Otter Ferry, Cowal this morning (Tom Callan).
On Tiree: 2 Goldcrests, 2 Common Chiffchaffs and 2 Greenfinches at Balephuil (John Bowler).
15 April: A single Barn Swallow, several Willow Warblers and a male Northern Wheatear in Kilmichael Glen, Mid-Argyll today. Also, 2 Common Cuckoos and several Willow Warblers nearby, in Rhudle Glen (Blair Urquhart).
A Blackcap was singing at Arduaine Gardens, Mid-Argyll today and a drake Mandarin Duck on (nr. Lochgilphead), Mid-Argyll (John Halliday).
A Blackcap also singing at Kilmory (Lochgilphead), Mid-Argyll (Malcolm Chattwood).
A Greater Scaup was reported at Glenfinnart, nr, Ardentinny, Cowal at noon today (Gerry McGinty).
On Tiree: a Common Redpoll newly arrived at Balephuil today; 2 Goldcrests and 2 Common Chiffchaffs also there. And at Happy Valley, Hynish this morning a Lapland Bunting with 70 Meadow Pipits (John Bowler).
14 April: Eight Barn Swallows in flight together out of the back window at Bridgend at 18:50. As Malcolm says – “summer’s here – just seen the weather forecast, snow tomorrow up north!” (Malcolm Chattwood).
Another Common Cuckoo was seen at Duart, Mull this afternoon (Debby Thorne per Alan Spellman).
A first of the year Common Sandpiper at Otter Ferry, Cowal today (Tom Callan).
A Common Cuckoo was heard near Lochan Add (Kilmichael Glen), Mid-Argyll today, probably the earliest ever here says John (John Halliday).
Four Common Chiffchaffs and 9 Willow Warblers singing in Kilmory Woods (behind council offices in Lochgilphead) and a male Northern Wheatear at Bridgend, Mid-Argyll (Blair Urquhart).
On Tiree: a juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Greenshank at Loch a’ Phuill; 3 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch an Eilein and a Wood Pigeon, 2 Goldcrests, a male Blackcap, 2 Common Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldfinches at Balephuil (John Bowler).
Two House Martins seen at Killiemore House, Kilfinichen, Mull today (Paul Thomas per Alan Spellman).
13 April: 13 April: First Cuckoo of spring. A Common Cuckoo was calling at Kilmartin, Mid-Argyll this evening, where a Blackbird was collecting food for young – the first evidence of hatching David’s seen so far. (David Jardine).
Two Common Chiffchaffs and a Tawny Owl at Daltote (nr Achnamara), Mid-Argyll today and a male Northern Wheatear at Lochgilphead Joint Campus (Blair Urquhart).
Two Sandwich Terns and a Greenshank at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today. Also, 2nd winter Iceland Gull at head of Loch Fyne and the 1st winter Glaucous Gull still at the head of Loch Long (Jim Dickson).
At Balephuil, Tiree today: a Collared Dove, 2 Goldcrests, a male Blackcap and 2 Greenfinches but no further sign of the Great Tit (John Bowler).
12 April: A Wood Pigeon was newly arrived, in the drizzle, at Balephuil, Tiree today where it joined the Great Tit (both are scarce species on Tiree). And the second calendar year Kumlien’s Gull was near Loch an Eilein again this morning (John Bowler).
On Islay today, a House Martin was at a pool at head of Loch Indaal and a Cackling Goose with Barnacle Geese N or Port Ellen (Bob Swann per Ian Brooke).
11 April: A single Barn Swallow at the hump-backed bridge at Bridgend nr. Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll this morning (Blair Urquhart).
On Tiree today: a Great Tit at Balephuil this afternoon was a big surprise: also there were 2 Goldcrests, 2 Common Chiffchaffs and 2 Goldfinches. A second calendar year Kumlien’s Gull in the gull roost at Loch an Eilein has been on Tiree since mid-January. Elsewhere on Tiree: 2 Canada Geese, 2 Gadwall and 6 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch a’ Phuill, Lesser Redpoll flying north over Ceann a’ Mhara at 07:00 during the Black Guillemot survey (25 birds present). Scattered Northern Wheatears and Linnets around the island, plus around 5,000 Golden Plovers and several Sand Martins now on the lochs. Just one Barnacle Goose remaining at Balephetrish but still scattered flocks of Greenland White-fronts about and small numbers of Manx Shearwaters offshore (West Hynish and Gunna Sound) (John Bowler).
10 April: An obvious arrival of migrants on Tiree today included: a female Blackcap, a male Willow Warbler, 2 Common Chiffchaffs and 2 Northern Wheatears at Balephuil, together with 12 Redwings, a Dunnock and 2 Goldcrests there. Elsewhere on Tiree: a Willow Warbler at Meningie; 3 male Goldeneyes and 35 Wigeon at Loch a’ Phuill; 2 Northern Wheatears and 2 Canada Geese at West Hynish and 22 Barnacle Geese flying N at Sorobaidh Bay at 08:30hrs (John Bowler).
During a WeBS Count at Loch Creran, North Argyll today, 3 Red-throated Divers were out on the loch calling and 2 Greenshanks at the head of the loch. Also a Common Chiffchaff heard singing at South Shian (Robin Harvey).
Several Willow Warblers at Taynish today: also of interest 15 Greenland White fronted Geese and a single Redwing – a first for the CBC plot! (John Halliday).
An Osprey was seen at Holy Loch, Cowal at 12:15.today. It dived successfully, coming up with a mackerel, approx 25 cm. It was harassed for a moment by a gull but did not lose its catch, settled with the fish held as torpedo and flew north westward to hillside forest (Geoff Evans).
Found during the WeBS Count at Loch Sween, Mid-Argyll today were single Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver (in partial breeding plumage) – both located initially by Morag Rea. Also a flock of at least 200-250 geese flying over Danna Island – too far away to identify but at this time of the year possibly Pink-footed Goose? – and 5 Sand Martins at Achnamara (Paul Daw).
09 April: This Common Scoter was seen twice in the harbour at Bowmore, Islay (George Newall).
At 17:00 today: a solitary Barn Swallow at Dail, Glen Etive, North Argyll and an hour later, at 18:00, a solitary House Martin, both moving NE towards the head of the glen (John Sedgwick).
On Tiree today: 4 Northern Wheatears at Ceann a’ Mhara; 6 Sand Martins at Loch a’ Phuill and a Common Chiffchaff and 10 Redwings at Balephuil (John Bowler).
First Willow Warbler at Ormsary, Mid-Argyll heard this morning (Stuart Crutchfield) and on Mull, a Willow Warbler was heard in scrub next to the path between Garmony and Fishnish this afternoon (Juliet Vines per Alan Spellman).
An Osprey was at Carradale Bay, Kintyre this morning (Alasdair Paterson).
Highlights of the Loch Crinan/Add Estuary WeBS count at this morning were 7 Whooper Swans and 2 Pink-footed Geese. Also single Common Chiffchaffs singing at Bellanoch and Kilmartin, Mid-Argyll, a pair of Yellowhammers near Kilmartin gravel pits and small numbers of Sand Martins around (Jim Dickson).
08 April: This Nuthatch was photographed feeding at a bird table in garden at The Old Smiddy, Toward, Cowal today (Jan Ferguson).
On Tiree today: 6 Linnets at Balephuil as well as 2 Goldcrests, a Common Chiffchaff and 2 Goldfinches; 2 Linnets at Mannal and 2 more at The Reef; 6 Sand Martins at Loch an Eilein and 425 Sanderling, 8 Purple Sandpipers, 230 Turnstones and 95 Black-headed Gulls at Balephetrish Bay (John Bowler).
An adult White-tailed Eagle, being mobbed by gulls, was on the shore by Putechan, nr Bellochantuy, Kintyre today (Davie Robertson / Michael Sim per Eddie Maguire).
A Sparrowhawk was photographed eating a Starling at MSBO (that’s not lipstick its wearing) and 2 Magpies were seen again in Campbeltown (per John Martin) (Eddie Maguire).
07 April: Two more migrants north of Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll today: a Common Chiffchaff in Rhudle Glen and a Northern Wheatear in Kilmichael Glen (Blair Urquhart).
Also a 100% convincing report of a Magpie watched feeding and then flying across the road at Croche in East Tiree last Wednesday (30 March) seen by Mark and Jo Vale (per John Bowler). John says “Mull seems like a reasonable set off point for the Tiree Magpie. I guess it’s even possible it could have hitched a ride on a boat from there. It would have found more suitable habitat had it gone to Coll. Will see if I can relocate it this weekend”. The only other Tiree Magpie record was one seen in January 1986 (see Magpies in Argyll under the Publications tab). NB. We’ve since heard that two Magpies were seen near Scarinish, Tiree on 02 April (John Hughes).
A Magpie was also seen on the track to Carradale Bay, Kintyre today (James Mckinven).
A first-winter Iceland Gull this evening by the A83 at Kilmichael (nr. Campbeltown), Kintyre and a Willow Warbler at Barr Glen, Kintyre (Angus Murray).
A 10min watch at Westport Marsh, nr. Campbeltown, Kintyre revealed that Shoveler numbers had increased to 6 (3 pairs): however, there appears to have been a major decrease in numbers of Little Grebes (from 6 to 3) and Moorhens (from 7 to 1) in just a few days (Eddie Maguire).
Flock of 45 Meadow Pipits on the shinty pitch at Lochgilphead High school, Mid-Argyll this afternoon (Jim Dickson).
Common Chiffchaff singing today in the garden, Bullwood Road between Dunoon and Innellan, Cowal. Small group (10 max) of Northern Gannets passing through again today – flocks of up to ca 70 over the last 2 weeks (Cherry Cook).
The flock of about 60 Redwings first seen in Connel, Mid-Argyll, on 30 March was feeding on rough pasture today close to where the birds were seen last time. A Lesser Back-backed Gull seen on Loch Etive today is the of the spring in this area (Mike Harrison).
On Tiree today: one Great Skua at Loch a’ Phuill and a Common Chiffchaff at Main Road Farm, Balephuil (John Bowler).
06 April: A Common Chiffchaff and 20 Redwings at Balephuil, Tiree today (John Bowler) and four Greenshanks were at Holy Loch (Nigel Scriven).
No spring migrants seen at Carradale, Kintyre yet but a second winter Iceland Gull at Portrigh Bay this morning, and a pair of Stonechats. Peak numbers so far this year of Goldfinches (17) and Siskins (22) at our niger seed feeders today (Alasdair Paterson).
A 6hr sea-watch at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre in a NW F6 / squalls: species flying S included a drake Tufted Duck, 33 Northern Gannets, 2 Northern Fulmar (normally scarce here), an immature Red-throated Diver, 30 Ringed Plover, 7 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Black-legged Kittiwakes and a first-winter Iceland Gull.
05 April: At Ardtur, North Argyll a pair of Gadwall and Sand Martin, also a Common Chiffchaff near Oban, Mid-Argyll (David Jardine).
04 April: In Dunoon this morning, 30 Purple Sandpipers were at the Crazy Golf and at least 4 Lesser Redpolls on the niger feeders in George’s garden (George Newall).
Three Barn Swallows at the Caravan site, Carsaig Bay (Tayvallich), Mid-Argyll today (Dougie Menzies -Bute).
03 April: A single Barn Swallow was seen at Tiretigan, south of Kilberry (Knapdale), Mid-Argyll this lunch-time (Errol Crutchfield).
During a sea-watch at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre there was a light passage of Barn Swallows going N over the sea with 12 singles / 6hrs. Also logged were a Grey Plover flying north, and a White Wagtail and 2 Northern Wheatears on the shore (Eddie Maguire / Iomhar McMillan).
Sand Martins were flying over the lochan at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan, Mull and Barn Swallows were also present at Bunessan (Tony Jeffree per Alan Spellman).
Common Chiffchaffs were singing this morning at Ormsary, Mid-Argyll (Stuart Crutchfield) and near Minard Castle and at Tullochgorm, Mid-Argyll (Paul Daw).
Most of the Argyll WeBS Counts for March 2016 are now in and have been added to the website. The full tables of counts for March 2016 can be found under the WeBS Count tab.
02 April: Highlights from the Argyll Bird Club field trip to the Sound of Gigha, Kintyre, enjoyed both fine weather and fine birds today. Three Sandwich Terns at Ronachan Point were the first of three summer migrant species, followed by five Sand Martins at West Coast Salmon and two Northern Wheatears at Tayinloan ferry pier. Winter visitors were still present, of course, with good numbers of Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, a single Red-throated Diver, three Slavonian Grebes, about eight Long-tailed Duck, and good numbers of Common Scoter. A low flying Merlin was seen at West Coast Salmon by two members who arrived earlier. The birds were less spectacular onshore but included two Bar-tailed Godwits and two Redshank at Tayinloan and a pair of Bullfinches and a Treecreeper on Gigha prospecting what looked like a suitable crack in a tree for a nesting site. A full report will appear in the next edition of The Eider (Malcolm Chattwood/Mike Harrison).
Westport Marsh, nr. Campbeltown, Kintyre was bustling with wetland species today, including: 18 Greylag Geese, 11 Greater Canada Geese, 4 Shoveler (2 pairs), 140 Teal, 125 Wigeon, 2 Mallard (drakes), 7 Little Grebes (continuous display), 6 Moorhens, 12 Lapwings (many displaying) and 16 Curlews (Eddie Maguire).
A Common Chiffchaff was singing in Dunoon this morning and then one seen this afternoon (George Newall) and another Common Chiffchaff was singing in the garden Pennyghael, Mull this evening (Bryan Rains per Alan Spellman).
Single Barn Swallow at the Caravan site, Carsaig Bay (Tayvallich), Mid-Argyll today (Dougie Menzies – Bute).
01 April: Miserable day with small group (maybe 30+) of Kittiwakes blown into Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning and small numbers of Gannets seen from Ardrishaig out in Loch Fyne. In the garden at Cairnbaan a female Brambling, 6 Siskins, 4 Greenfinches, 35 Chaffinches and a pair of Bullfinches (Jim Dickson).
After the flock of about 60 Redwings near Connel, Mid-Argyll, on Wednesday one turned up in the garden this morning (Mike Harrison).
RECENT REPORTS March 2016
31 March: Rooks are sometimes thought of as ugly birds but this individual at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today was looking at its best in fresh breeding plumage (Jim Dickson).
A drake Mandarin Duck has been seen on the River Sorn at the Woollen Mill (near Bridgend), Islay (per Ian Brooke). As far as we know this is a first for the island. Presumably introduced by someone, although there are past records from Orkney and Shetland of individuals that one assumes were wandering birds that had arrived ‘under their own steam’. Most likely from the UK mainland, although one was found that had been ringed in The Netherlands.
The first Sandwich Tern of the year at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre appeared offshore early this afternoon (Eddie Maguire /Iomhar McMillan/Rab Morton).
30 March: A Greenshank and a breeding plumaged Black-tailed Godwit were at Loch Gruinart, RSPB Reserve today (Roger Broad).
A flock of about 60 Redwings drew attention to themselves by their chattering as they perched in trees near Connel, Mid-Argyll, this morning (Mike Harrison).
A Sandwich Tern was at Bruichladdich, Islay today and the first winter Glaucous Gull is still at Machir Bay (Val Wilson/David Clugston per Ian Brooke).
29 March: A male Ring Ouzel landed on crag beside John, near Lochan Add (nr. Loch Leathan), Mid-Argyll this morning, then took off quickly, alarming (John Halliday).
Black-tailed Godwit in full breeding plumage in front of old hide at Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve, Islay this evening (‘Islay Birders’). Also 3 Snow Buntings seen by a visitor on the shoreline/strand at Uiskentuie, Loch Indaal (Wayne Hall per Ian Brooke).
34 Pale-bellied Brent Geese feeding close to the shoreline at Keils, Jura today, included a small group feeding closely around a pair of feeding Mute Swans (Roger Broad).
First Sand Martins reported at Killiechronan, Mull this morning (Arthur Brown per Alan Spellman).
A couple of images from Poltalloch Farm (Barsloisnoch – Moine Mhor). The Starling was giving a very distinct Tawny Owl ‘kewick’ call!
28 March: A Barn Swallow was at Balvicar, Seil Island, Mid-Argyll today and a Common Chiffchaff at Bardrishaig, Luing (David Jardine).
From the ferry in West Loch Tarbert heading to Islay today: 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver and one Slavonian Grebe (Roger Broad).
On Islay today: an Osprey at Loch nan Cadhan (Gary Turnbull per Ian Brooke) and a Barn Swallow at Blackrock (Peter Gill per Ian Brooke).
A Barn Swallow was at Oyster farm, Gruinart, Islay and a Richardson’s Canada Goose at Carnain (Val Wilson/David Clugston). And six Sand Martins were at Loch Leathan (nr. Lochgilphead), Mid-Argyll (John Halliday).
A Common Kingfisher was seen at Loch Cuin, Dervaig, Mull today and twelve Purple Sandpipers on Staffa (Arthur Brown per Alan Spellman).
Two Whooper Swans and a single Greenshank at the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll this morning (Jim Dickson).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today: 10 Purple Sandpipers and 2 White Wagtails (Eddie Maguire).
27 March: A Common Chiffchaff was singing near Minard Castle, Mid-Argyll at 09:00 this morning (Paul Daw) and a Sand Martin was at Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve today (James How per Ian Brooke). Four Sand Martins over Loch Leathan, (nr. Lochgilphead), Mid-Argyll in the evening (Blair Urquhart).
A Northern Wheatear was at Caravan site, Carsaig Bay (Tayvallich) today (Dougie Menzies – Bute)
This Reed Bunting has been coming to bird feeders in Oban, Mid-Argyll recently (Linda Kerr per Richard Wesley). Mike Harrison had up to three Reed Buntings feeding on the ground below the bird table in his garden at Connel, Mid-Argyll in Jan. Maybe they’ll become garden bird regulars in future?
26 March: Two Magpies have been seen together in Furnace, Mid-Argyll during the past week (Mike & Sybil Masters) and a Magpie appeared in a garden at Southend, Kintyre today at 16:00hrs (Grant/Georgie Edmondson). Per Eddie Maguire, who says, “This reinforces my long held belief that this species moves between N Ireland and Scotland in the early spring”. It looks as though the customary spring wandering of Magpies in Argyll is underway (see Magpies in Argyll under the ‘Publications’ tab) – do let us know of any further Magpies seen in Argyll.
In Kintyre today: the first-winter Iceland Gull was hanging around the Old lifeboat station by Machrihanish Seabird Observatory and geese at West Parkfergus, The Laggan included 300+ Greylag Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a single Pink-footed Goose (Eddie Maguire / Iomhar McMillan).
This Muscovy Duck photographed from the lay by at Furnace, Mid-Argyll this morning was possibly the same individual as one seen there on 08 Jun 2015 (Andy Craven).
25 March: On Islay today, a male Northern Wheatear was seen at Kilchiaran this morning (Bob Davison per Ian Brooke) and another at Wheatear at Risabus on the Oa (Dave Robinson per Ian Brooke).
24 March: At last… a bit of westerly and a wee bit of action at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre 09:00-15:00hrs (SE force 4 am / W force 4 pm). A drake Velvet Scoter flying S with 4 Common Scoters (10:58) and a first-winter Iceland Gull (14:45-15:00) were the stars of the day. Also, a flock of ca 60 Sanderlings flying S, 2 White Wagtails on the point and 360 Greylag Geese on pasture at West Machrihanish (Eddie Maguire).
A Northern Wheatear was seen near Loch Spelve, Mull this afternoon, along with 5 Common Eider (Joe Margetts per Alan Spellman).
First Lesser Black-backed Gull on Oronsay, Colonsay today (Morgan Vaughan).
A Lesser Redpoll at feeders in Ormsary, Mid-Argyll today (Errol Crutchfield).
Around the Moine Mhor/Add Estuary today: 8 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 12 Lesser-black backed Gulls, 4 Goosanders and 20 Redwings (Andy Craven) and now 2 Greenshanks at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
23 March: A Northern Wheatear was reported from The Ross of Mull today – first in Argyll so far (Tony Jeffree per Alan Spellman).
At the Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll today a single Greenshank, a male Hen Harrier and a ‘probable’ (distant) Scandinavian Rock Pipit (Jim Dickson).
Members of the tit family looking their best at Cairnbaan today:
22 March: In Dunoon today: 26 Purple Sandpipers at the Crazy Golf (George Newall).
There has been a report of a Common Cuckoo calling at Springbank (between Bridgend and Bowmore), Islay today… (Alistair Hutchison per Ian Brooke).
21 March: At Poltalloch/Barsloisnoch (Moine Mhor), Mid-Argyll this morning: 3 Barnacle Geese and 2 Pink-footed Geese in with the Greylag/Canada flock (Jim Dickson).
19 March: 27 Whooper Swans on the mud at head of Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning. Counted at Westport marsh (nr Campbeltown), Kintyre this afternoon: 6 Common Shelducks, 110 Wigeon, 142 Teal, a pair of Tufted Ducks, 4 Little Grebes, 6 Moorhens, 39 Lapwings and 42 Curlews (Jim Dickson).
A Blue Tit that keeps picking a fight with his reflection in a car window and wing mirror at St Catherine’s, Cowal (Graham Thomas).
18 March: A Black-throated Diver photographed off Machrihanish SBO, Kintyre today appeared to show some features of Pacific Diver (Gavia pacifica), however in difficult light conditions only one reasonable photograph was obtained (Eddie Maguire).
A n/br winter-plumage Red-necked Grebe today (12 noon) at Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll NR 785 955 (first seen from the road at NR 808 952 ca 1.5 miles away) and last seen swimming N past Eilean nan Coinean at 13:00: always 250-300 metres off-shore. Also 51 Whooper Swans on mud at Loch Crinan and another 20 flying over heading NW (Jim Dickson).
Message from Harry Scott : “Just a quick note to say that the yellow T82 darvic ringed Oystercatcher you sighted near Lochgilphead on 14th Dec 2015 has arrived back safely here in Deeside. It was sighted last night at our spring roost site.” (per Jim Dickson).
17 March: A flock of 39 Whooper Swans over Lochgilphead, Mid-Argyll at 10:40 in low cloud were later seen again grounded nearby at Loch Crinan (Jim Dickson).
16 March: An amazing number of White Wagtails arrived at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre today. A total of 10-12 were around the point all morning: this is unprecedented for mid March and would be more normal for passage numbers here during mid-late April. This early passage is obviously influenced by high pressure over the UK. In addition, at least 10 Purple Sandpipers were nearby and ca. 40 Common Eiders by the old Lifeboat Station (Eddie Maguire / Iomhar McMillan).
The Red-necked Grebe off Bowmore at Loch Indaal, Islay was seen again today, also 6 Slavonian Grebes (Peter Roberts per Ian Brooke).
A Grey Wagtail was seen visiting a garden pond in Connel (Mid-Argyll), the first in 25 years. A male Blackbird wearing a metal ring has been around the same garden for the last few days. Photographs of the ring show that it is not the Norwegian bird which was here earlier in the winter (see 27 December 2015 below) but more photos will be needed before the ring can be identified. A male Yellowhammer has been singing nearby on the recent sunny mornings (Mike Harrison).
15 March: A single Greenshank at the head of Loch Feochan, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
With high pressure firmly in charge, a 6hr sea-watch at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre delivered an early migrant – an immaculate male White Wagtail that fled N a few seconds after we identified it! Also flying north were 7 Curlews and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Ringed Plovers were displaying continuously in the sunshine and the first 2 Twite (including an MSBO autumn 2014 colour ringed bird) appeared at the feeding station (Eddie Maguire / Iomhar McMillan).
14 March: A Common Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests were at Balephuil, Tiree today (Janet Bowler).
At Loch Caolisport, Mid-Argyll today: 2 Red-throated Divers, 13 Black-throated Divers, and an immature Golden Eagle. In the Skipness area, Kintyre: 2 Black-throated Divers, 6 Great Northern Divers, 4 Ringed Plovers, a Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 75 Fieldfares, 3 Long-tailed Tits and 35 House Sparrows (Jim Dickson).
A Red-throated Diver heard flying over Tullochgorm (Minard), Mid-Argyll calling this morning (Paul Daw).
13 March: Highlight of today’s WeBS counts were: a Great Crested Grebe at Airds Bay, Taynuilt on Loch Etive, Mid-Argyll (Mike Harrison), a Greenshank at Loch Scotnish (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll (Paul Daw) and a new juvenile Glaucous Gull at Add Estuary/Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
A Goldcrest at Balephuil, Tiree was first of spring (Janet Bowler).
At Machrihanish Seabird Observatory, Kintyre the only significant observations during a 2 hr watch this afternoon were a female Long-tailed Duck and a first-winter female Merlin (Eddie Maguire).
Lots of song and activity around Duntrune, Loch Crinan, Mid-Argyll today, including two pairs of Yellowhammers, 8+ singing Song Thrushes, 4 Mistle Thrushes, a pair of Bullfinches, 4 Greenfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Pied Wagtails (Jim Dickson).
12 March: Panicking Barnacle Geese alerted Ewan to the presence of an Osprey flying north over Danna, Loch Sween, Mid-Argyll at 08:00this morning. Another was seen doing the same at 12:00 (Ewan Halley). Our first report this spring.
Jim found no Ospreys at Loch Gilp or the Add Estuary this afternoon but he got these nice photos, despite the poor light:
11 March: Caught while photographing a Common Gull in unusual plumage at Campbeltown Loch 13:00-14:00hrs this afternoon, the leucistic adult Herring Gull appeared on the screen!0 Also, 32 Wigeon and 11 Teal by the entrance of the loch (S bank) (Eddie Maguire).
09 March: Most of the Argyll WeBS Counts for February 2016 are now in and have been added to the website. We are happy to say the Islay counts have been posted promptly on the BTO WeBS Count website. This means we are now able to include the counts for Loch Indaal, Loch Gruinart and Loch Gruinart Floods in the table, which increases its value and interest considerably. To accommodate them we have temporarily deleted columns for some sites that have not been counted recently. These will be reinstated should counts for them recommence. We are also hoping to include counts for The Strand, Colonsay shortly.
The full tables of counts for February 2016 can be found under the WeBS Count tab.
In Kintyre: 7 Whooper Swans (including a first-winter) were by the east pool at The Strath, The Laggan, Campbeltown this afternoon. Also, 18 Wigeon were feeding on the south bank at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch along with Common Shelducks, 2 Little Grebes, 70 Oystercatchers and 11 Turnstones (Eddie Maguire).
08 March: An adult Mediterranean Gull coming into summer plumage was seen at Lochgilphead at 08:45 today (Jon Close).
07 March: In Dunoon this morning: 24 Purple Sandpipers and 38 Turnstones at the Crazy Golf (George Newall).
06 March: The Red-necked Grebe was seen on Loch na Cille at Keills (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll again this morning, in exactly the same spot as it was on 17th January (Morag & Norman Rea).
The following were counted on Loch Indaal, Islay this morning, in flat calm conditions: 12 Red-throated Divers, 33 Great Northern Divers, 45 Common Eiders, 76 Common Scoters (two flocks, 54 and 22), a Razorbill and 2 Black Guillemots (Mike Peacock).
Four Yellowhammers (2 m, 2 f) were in a garden at Fearnoch Crescent, Lochgilphead this afternoon (Jim Dickson).
05 March: Three different Richardson’s Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii) on Islay today. One at Kintra, then two different birds in with a large flock of 3-4 000 Barnacle Geese in a field near Ballygrant (John Nadin/ Colin Bushell/Jimmy Steele).
A credible report of a Snowy Owl had been received: seen at a distance, twice in the Ben Udlaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath area of the hills above Glen Orchy, North Argyll on 27 February. Although only a distant photo could be obtained it certainly looks very like a Snowy Owl and a description has been supplied. If accepted it would be the first in Argyll since two different birds were seen, on Coll and Tiree, in Jan 2005.
04 March:First winter Glaucous and Iceland Gulls just south of the Oyster Bar (Loch Fyne), Mid-Argyll today (Colin Bushell per John Nadin).
Today at Loch Sween, Mid-Argyll: Yellowhammers/Reed Buntings still in the Barrahormid as well as the first Long-tailed Tits of the week and a single Redwing; a female Great Spotted Woodpecker turned up in the garden. The highlight of the day was the warm sunshine which had bumble bees out enjoying the crocuses. (Sue and Kevin Richardson).
03 March: A female Blackcap at Hunters Quay, Dunoon today would most likely have been an overwintering bird (Callum Satchel).
Today at Loch Sween: 2 Great Northern Divers seen from Taynish Mill, a mixed flock Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings and the odd Goldfinch between Barrahormid and Kilmory. Five male and 3 female Common Goldeneyes at the Puddle mid-afternoon and the 5 Whooper Swans appeared to depart (Sue and Kevin Richardson).
A pair of Dippers on the Lusragan Burn in Connel, Mid-Argyll this morning looked as if they were prospecting for a nest site and the Rooks were noisily repairing nests in the rookery at North Connel, North Argyll. Two Skylarks were on the grass at Oban Airport, North Argyll and 22 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone and 10 Oystercatchers were nearby on Ledaig Beach. Offshore in Ardmucknish Bay were 4 Slavonian Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Goldeneye and about a dozen Eider. A Grey Wagtail was on the beach at Benderloch, North Argyll (Mike Harrison).
02 March: Five Whooper Swans still present at the Puddle (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll this morning. Also, a pair of Treecreepers were in woods by Keills house and a Common Snipe was flushed from the salt-marsh below Keills chapel. A single male Bullfinch was again in the hawthorn in the garden at Coshandrochaid as were a host of Chaffinches, until a female Sparrowhawk dived in and caused a starburst of birds to evacuate immediately. The day’s highlight occurred at ca 14:00, when an adult White-tailed Eagle passed over the Puddle and away over Taynish (Sue and Kevin Richardson).
RECENT REPORTS February 2016
29 February: At Loch Sween, Mid-Argyll today: at 07:00 there were 95 Greenland White-fronted Geese leaving their roost at ‘The Puddle’; ca 10:00 eight Whooper Swans arrived and upwards of 120 Greenland White-fronted Geese gathered in field beside The Puddle in the evening. Throughout the day ca 300 Barnacle Geese were feeding at Danna and other highlights on a stormy day included Common Eider off Telford’s pier and a pair of Treecreepers in the garden at Coshandrochaid (Sue and Kevin Richardson).
28 February: During a walk from Walked from Coshandrochaid to Telford’s pier Keills (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll 50+ Greenland White-fronted Geese were feeding in an adjacent field. Further sightings included: Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Common Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, 3 male Common Eider, pair Common Goldeneyes, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe, Common Guillemots, Common Snipe, Woodcock, Common Stonechats and Rock Pipits (Sue and Kevin Richardson).
26 February: Three Red Knot seen at Keillmore (Loch Sween) today (Andy Craven per Richard Wesley).
Also photographed there by Andy Craven:
A Lesser Canada Goose (hutchinsii ) on the Oa, Islay this afternoon is first David has seen on the Oa reserve (David Wood).
25 February: In the field adjacent to Deer Park, Glen Massan (nr Dunoon), Cowal today, there were 10 Magpies, 24 Fieldfares and a single Mistle Thrush. And a pair of Common Shelducks were at the head of the Holy Loch (Alistair McGregor).
24 February: No less than 10 White-tailed Eagles (2 adults + 8 immatures) were counted together at the head of Loch na Keal, Mull and 4 Golden Eagles were seen on the way there from Salen (Tom Callan).
At the head of Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll the 1w Glaucous Gull still present, also 36 Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Dunlin, 5 Shelducks and an adult Lesser Black Backed Gull (Jim Dickson).
23 February: 24 Purple Sandpipers at the Crazy Golf, Dunoon today with a Red-throated Diver and a Black Guillemot offshore (George Newall).
22 February: Mixed flock of nearly 250 geese near Ulva Lagoons (Loch Sween) during WeBS Count comprised: 194 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 39 Greylag Geese and 36 Greater Canada Geese (Paul Daw).
21 February: Despite the rain, WeBS Count was good at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning and included: first winter Glaucous Gull still present – first record for this species on WeBS Count ; 33 Common Eiders (best count here for a few years); 2 Great Northern Divers; one Slavonian Grebe; 7 Red Knot and 30 Turnstones. Also a Dipper on the shore at Ardrishaig and 2 or more Water Rails at Loch Ederline (best count for a few years) (David Jardine).
At Ardrishaig, Mid-Argyll today: a Little Grebe on the canal at Linnet Court has been there for the last 3 days. And in the garden today at Columba Court (Ardrishaig ) around 26 Siskins: there have been up to 16 but today was the most present at one time. Lynsey can’t keep up with rate they’re going through the Niger and sunflower seeds! (Lynsey Gibson).
20 February: Some highlights on Lismore today while completing the NEWS section down by the lighthouse,: Port Ramsay – 5 Lapwings, 2 Red Knot; Loch Fiart – 135 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 1 Grey Wagtail; Kilcheran Loch – I Grey Wagtail; Achnacroish – 1 Water Rail and at Oban, the first winter Iceland Gull was still there (David Jardine).
A few sightings from South Kintyre today: 3 Whooper Swans on floods at Kilmichael Farm, near Campbeltown this morning, 40 Redwings and 60 Fieldfares at Peninver and 120 Fieldfares at Gobagrennan (Chris Bradshaw & Andy Mckee).
19 February: A juvenile Iceland Gull in Oban harbour today was also present on 18 Feb (John Bowler).
18 February: At Drimvore (Moine Mhor), Mid-Argyll a male Brambling and also a female seen later at Cairnbaan in with ca 190 Chaffinches. At Loch Gilp the near adult (third-winter) Little Gull again as well as the juv/first-winter Glaucous Gull (Jim Dickson).
17 February: The second leg of goose count around West Tiree today found: a drake Green-winged Teal at Loch a’ Phuill – busy displaying with Teal; a juvenile Iceland Gull at Moss; a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Traigh Ghrianal, a male Pied Wagtail at Meningie; 3 newly arrived Common Stonechats at Balephuil; 2 Fieldfares at Hynish and a Goldfinch at Greenhill (John Bowler).
The juvenile/first winter Glaucous Gull is still in Oban, at Oban Times pier (Anne-Lise Dickie).
16 February: A Twite (L586147) colour-ringed code 5E at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory on 08 October 2014 was photographed on 14 Feb 2016 at Whitehead, Co. Antrim (Sandy McWilliams per Eddie Maguire).
The juvenile/first winter Glaucous Gull is still at the head of Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll (Jim Dickson).
15 February: On Tiree, the first leg of the goose count found: a first winter American Herring Gull at Crossapol Farm, the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull at Crossapol Point with 320 Common Gulls, first winter Black-headed Gull at Ruaig, 5 Pintails, 18 Shovelers and 2 Little Grebes at Loch Riaghain and a juvenile White-tailed Eagle flying west from Gunna to Urvaig and later seen circling with a second juvenile White-tailed Eagle at Balephetrish (John Bowler).
14 February: There were 30+ Yellowhammers by Kilmory Ross / Barrahormid (Loch Sween), Mid-Argyll today. Also a juvenile male Hen Harrier (second year) at Danna and a male Goosander in Tayvallich Harbour, where there have been up to 4 (2 pairs) occasionally throughout this winter (Morag Rea).
On Iona today: at least 42 Golden Plover were about midway between the road and the shore, East of Clachanach, and nearby 200 plus Barnacle Geese feeding up to the Columba Hotel, on the East side (Robin MacCormick).
A juvenile White-tailed Eagle was soaring around over Ceann a’ Mhara and Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree this morning. Also male and female Hen Harriers and 4 Chaffinches at Balephuil and a Short-eared Owl at Balinoe at 01:30hrs (John Bowler).
13 February: On Tiree today: the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull again at Crossapol Farm and a Mistle Thrush and 55 Twite at West Hynish (John Bowler).
The first winter Glaucous Gull was still at Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll this morning (Jim Dickson). Video clip of Glaucous Gull:
12 February: Gulls galore. A first-winter Glaucous Gull and an adult Lesser Black Backed Gull were at the head of Loch Gilp this morning as well as the adult Little Gull (Stu Crutchfield).
A new first winter Glaucous Gull in Oban Bay, Mid-Argyll today (Bill Allan/ Anne-Lise Dickie).
A first winter Iceland Gull was at Taynuilt, Loch Etive this afternoon (Andy Robinson).
On Islay: an Iceland Gull at Kinnabus today (David Wood).
On Tiree: 2 adult Black-headed Gulls at Crossapol Farm (John Bowler).
And on Mull a Common Sandpiper was reported between Glenforsa and Pennygown (Debbie Thorn per Alan Spellman).
11 February: Jays have been widely reported from gardens this winter and up to 4 Jays have been coming to a garden at Scammadale (nr. Oban), Mid-Argyll recently (Anne-Lise Dickie/Bill Allan).
On Islay: Common Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the Oa, today were the first of the year on the reserve (David Wood).
10 February: On Tiree: the juvenile Kumlien’s Gull was at Crossapol Bay this afternoon; a Pied Wagtail at The Maze and a single Pink-footed Goose flew south over Balephuil with Greylags (John Bowler).
A first-winter Glaucous Gull again at the head of Loch Fyne (opposite the Oyster bar), Mid-Argyll and the long staying juvenile Glaucous Gull again at Arrochar, Cowal/Clyde. (Bill Allan).
Two Lesser Redpolls on the niger seeds in George Newall’s garden in Dunoon. Also in the area: a few Eider, Mallard, Wigeon and a pair of Common Shelducks just beyond Innellan. And at Ardyne (near Toward Point): a few Mallard, Eiders, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and a pair of Common Shelducks on the sea, ca 50 Oystercatchers and 54 Ringed Plovers on the shore with 4 Mallards and a handsome drake Goosander on Ardyne burn. A huge mixed flock was on the fields nearby, frequently taking the air and moving from one side of the field or to a different field making accurate counting was impossible. However, there were at least 1,000 birds, over 75% being gulls (by far the majority Common, then Herring with probably about 30 Black-headed at least two in full breeding plumage). There was a minimum of 150 Oystercatchers, about 50 Curlews, a scatter of Corvids (mainly Rooks and Jackdaws ) and a flock of about 70-80 Starlings. A Common Kestrel was hunting above Castle Toward grounds (George Newall).
An adult Little Gull was at the head of Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll again this morning.
09 February: On Tiree today: a juvenile Glaucous Gull at Sandaig and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose with Barnacle Geese at Middleton (John Bowler).
Up to 2 Magpies have been visiting a garden at Kinloch near Benderloch, North Argyll in the past week (per Robin Harvey).
Five Siskins together at Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll were the first of the year there (Jim Dickson).
08 February: At Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll today: 2 Goosanders, 9 Red Knot, 20 Dunlin, 39 Bar-tailed Godwits and 26 Curlews (Jim Dickson).
The Tiree juvenile Kumlien’s Gull was back at Crossapol this afternoon, with a juvenile Iceland Gull (John Bowler).
34 White-fronted Geese (one with neck-collar) and a Woodcock seen during 2 NEWS count sectors at Loch Creran, North Argyll today (Robin Harvey).
06 February: 71 Barnacle Geese counted at Maol, Baile Mor, Iona, Mull today (Robertson MacCormick).
Three juvenile White-tailed Eagles seen heading north over Carsaig, near Tayvallich, Mid-Argyll today (Lottie Goodlet/Duggie Chirnside).
04 February: Two Magpies have been visiting gardens in the vicinity of the Grammar School, Campbeltown regularly (Archie Houston per Eddie Maguire).
This is the time of year at which Magpies begin to appear in various parts of Argyll outwith the core breeding area round Dunoon, reaching a peak in April. We are interested in all such records – please report to Jim Dickson at the e-mail address above.
For discussion of the pattern of past records see ‘Magpies in Argyll’ under the Publications tab.
A partly leucistic Barnacle Goose was at Balephetrish, Tiree today (John Bowler).
03 February: A Barn Owl flew across the road at Balemartine, Tiree at dusk (John Bowler).
First winter Glaucous Gull at Lossit Bay, Islay today feeding on a dead Gannet, also 67 Common Scoter in Loch Indaal, off Port Charlotte – Mike’s highest count so far this winter (Mike Peacock).
At least 3 Woodcock flying over Corra, Otter Ferry, Cowal, then going inland, in around 20 mins from very first light this morning (Tom Callan).
02 February: A hectic 1hr sea-watch from 08:15hrs, off Aird, Tiree in NW8 wind saw a very large movement of seabirds heading west out of the Minch including: 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 7 Great Northern Divers, 225 Fulmars, 1 “Blue” Fulmar (of the darkest type “DD”), a single Manx Shearwater (the earliest on record here), 62 Northern Gannets, 3,650 Kittiwakes, 6,400 large auks (mix of Guillemots and Razorbills), 5 Black Guillemots and 9 Little Auks. 5 Fieldfares were at Druimbuidhe, Cornaigmore, Tiree (John Bowler).
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