RECENT REPORTS 2016
Please send your sightings to Jim Dickson (Argyll Bird Recorder) to
More detailed species reports for Islay, Kintyre and Mull can be viewed at the following websites:
Islay: (Ian Brooke): http://islaybirds.blogspot.co.uk/
Kintyre: (Eddie Maguire): http://www.machrihanishbirdobservatory.org.uk/reports.htm
Mull: (Alan Spellman) http://www.mullbirds.com/
27 October: Mid-Argyll: 1,250 Fieldfares and 300 Redwings in Knapdale forest opposite the Cairnbaan hotel (Jim Dickson).
Kintyre: A juvenile Surf Scoter was photographed flying past Machrihanish Seabird Observatory this morning (Eddie Maguire).
Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Balephuil, also 10 Goldfinch there. A Barn Owl last night at Crossapol (John Bowler).
26 October: Mid-Argyll: widespread reports of hundreds of Fieldfares and Redwings from Keills/Carsaig/Cairnbaan/Craignish (Jon Close/Jim Dickson/Alan White).
Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1m Blackcap, 15 Goldfinch and 1 Goldcrest at Balephuil.1f Blackcap and 1 Goldcrest at Vaul.1f Gadwall and 2f Pintail at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler/Andy Robinson).
25 October: Mid-Argyll: recent reports of 1-2 Kingfishers around Loch Gilp (Miller’s Bridge to canal at Ardrishaig) (Colin MacFarlane).
Tiree: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Fieldfares,1f Blackcap and 1 Woodcock at Balephuil. 2m Pochard at Loch a’ Phuill. 1m Pochard and 2f Pintail at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler/Andy Robinson).
24 October: Mid-Argyll: At Barsloisnoch 1 Pink-footed Goose and 260 Fieldfares. Increase in numbers of Blackbirds with 40+ in the Cairnbaan area. At Loch Gilp 485 Wigeon, 51 Redshank, 34 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Red Knot and 16 Bar-tailed Godwit (Jim Dickson).
23 October: Tiree: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Balephuil and an elusive Siberian Chiffchaff also 2 Bramblings, 2 Blackcaps, 10 Fieldfares and 2 Goldcrests there but no sign of yesterday’s Blyth’s Reed Warbler or Red-breasted Flycatcher (John Bowler).
Colonsay: A Yellow-browed Warbler still on Oronsay until 19 Oct, and another heard today at Colonsay House gardens plus a Brambling at Uragaig (David Jardine, Morgan Vaughan and Amy).
22 October: Tiree: 1 Blyth’s Reed Warbler and 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher new in John Bowler’s garden at Balephuil. Also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler still there plus 5 Bramblings, 1f Blackcap and 1 Goldcrest. 1 Waxwing at Hynish and 3 Wheatears at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler).
Islay: A Yellow-browed Warbler at Kinnabus today and 5 Long-tailed Tits there – my first here in 5 yrs despite being common on the island (David Wood).
Mid-Argyll: many small groups of Fieldfares moving NE over Cairnbaan with at least 470 in 2 hours early afternoon (Jim Dickson).
North Argyll: At Loch Laich (Appin) 7 Bar-tailed Gowits, 12 Redshanks, 31 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 25 Curlew and 23 Oystercatcher. At Columbas Bay (Barcaldine) there were 50 Wigeon and 20 Teal. A nice flock of about 15 Long-tailed Tit were near the head of Loch Creran (Robin Harvey).
21 October: Most of the Argyll WeBS Counts for October 2016 have now been submitted have been added to the website– click on the WeBS Count tab to see the table.
Tiree: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers still at Balephuil plus 15 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing, 1 Brambling, 10 Goldfinch, 2m,1f Blackcap and 1 Goldcrest. 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at West Hynish. 67 Whooper Swans and a Little Grebe at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler). 1 Long-tailed Duck off The Maze. 3 Blackcaps elsewhere around the island (Toby Green).
Cowal: Passing through Glendaruel today some exciting visible migration (Vis Mig) with Clive McKay noting: 156 Woodpigeons, 18 Blackbirds, 1,028 Fieldfares and 712 Redwings all streaming north.
20 October: Mid-Argyll: hundreds of Fieldfares were flocking in treetops in Connel this morning (Mike Harrison). A fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher over the River Aray below Inveraray Castle this morning (Glyn Toplis).
Tiree: – Balephuil: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers still present, 1 Goldcrest, 1 female Blackcap, 1 Waxwing, 45 Fieldfares, 60 Redwings, 5 Bramblings (plus 4 more over south) and 20 Goldfinches.
More Greenland White-fronted Geese flying over S (John Bowler).
– The Glebe: 1 Chiffchaff (Toby Green).
– Milton: 700 Barnacle Geese (Toby Green).
– Vaul: 1 Goldcrest, 1 female Blackcap and 1 Great Tit. (Toby Green).
Cowal: A mix of 100 or more Fieldfares and Redwings just north of Millhouse crossroads and huge numbers of Auk spp and Gannets in the Otter Ferry Narrows over the last few days (Tom Callan).
19 October: Islay: a big arrival of geese at Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve today. On the reserve: 30,230 Barnacle Geese, 119 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 hutchinsii Canada Goose and 1 parvipes Canada Goose (James How).
Mid-Argyll: this Nuthatch was observed at Achnameadhonach, Taynuilt between 7-10th October 2016, appearing several times daily to feed. Achnameadhonach, on the road to Balndore is an isolated decrofted croft, approx 2miles SW of Taynuilt village. Only visited from time to time so it’s possible it appeared before and after these dates. The first Nuthatch Hazel has seen in Argyll (Hazel Campbell).
Mid-Argyll: several flocks of mainly Fieldfares but with some Redwings, totalling about 200 birds, at Achnacloich. A group of seven adult Whooper Swans was on Loch Etive (Mike Harrison).
North Argyll: A flock of about 20 Redwings was noted in North Connel during a WeBS count (Mike Harrison).
Tiree: – Balephuil: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Blackcaps, 12 Fieldfares,
240 Redwings, 2 Bramblings, 1 Common Redpoll and 20 Goldfinches.
– The Glebe : 1 Chiffchaff and 60 Redwings.
– Heylipol Church: 1 Goldcrest and 1 immature Ring Ouzel.
– Loch an Eilein: 40 Whooper Swans.
– Sorobaidh Bay creek: 2 Swallows and 1 female Blackcap.
Hundreds of Barnacle Geese and Greenland White-fronted Geese flew south over the island all morning in flocks of up to 70 – also 807 Barnacle Geese at Balephetrish and 55 Greenland White-fronts at the Reef (John Bowler).
18 October: Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Balephuil with a female Blackcap, 1 Dunnock and 5 Goldfinches. A sea-watch in NW7 at lunch-time from Aird produced: 1 Great Northern Diver, 30 Fulmars, 105 Gannets, 24 Shags, 635 large auks and 895 Kittiwakes. 1 hr totals – all heading west out of the Minch (John Bowler).
17 October: Coll: a Yellow-browed Warbler was found at Garden House campsite at Uig as well as 6 Blackcaps and many Goldcrests (Toby Green per John Bowler).
Cowal: 1 Brambling settling on a rowan in a garden in Dunoon today with Chaffinches and a few Goldfinches (George Newall).
Mid-Argyll: a Dipper flew down the burn in Minard to the shore this morning (Paul Daw).
Yellow-browed Warbler still at Bellanoch, in large sycamores, this evening (John Halliday).
At Inverawe today: a Nuthatch at Inverawe Smokery bird table; good views when peanuts on offer, less so when replaced with seeds. River Awe below Inverawe House: Dipper and Grey Wagtail plus large loose flock of Redwings (probably in excess of 300) (John Sedgwick).
Tiree: A combined WeBS count / mowing survey today found:
– Balephetrish Hill: 56 Barnacle Geese, 2 Barn Swallows and a Northern Wheatear.
– Balephuil: a Yellow-browed Warbler as well as 2 Water Rails, 5 male Blackcaps, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Fieldfares, 12 Redwings, 1 Dunnock, 1 Brambling and 5 Chaffinches.
– Balevullin: 1 Lapland Bunting.
– Caoles: 2 Barn Swallows.
– Carnan Mor: an immature Ring Ouzel, with 1 Woodcock, 3 Goldcrests, 1 m and 2 f Blackcaps, 45 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings.
– Cornaigbeg: 1 Woodcock.
– Gott Bay: 2 Barnacle Geese.
– Loch a’ Phuill: 5 Barnacle Geese and 3 Little Grebes.
– Loch Bhasapol: 1 Black-tailed Godwit.
– Loch Riaghain: 3 Little Grebes.
– The Manse / Glebe: 14 Whooper Swans flying south, 1 Goldcrest, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Fieldfare.
– Vaul: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Great Tit.
And around the island in total: ca 33 Whooper Swans, 20 Black-headed Gulls and 30 Reed Buntings (John Bowler).
The Argyll WeBS Count tables for July-September 2016 have now been added to the website– click on the WeBS Count tab to see them.
16 October: Mull: this Great Grey Shrike was seen along the Grasspoint Road, Lochdon this afternoon (Steve Hiscock). A rare passage migrant and winter visitor to Argyll with only 3 records in the past 10 years.
Mid-Argyll: Two Kingfishers today during WEBS count in Loch Gilp, just near the pier (David Jardine).
The Yellow-browed Warbler was seen again early morning and now ‘calling’ frequently at Bellanoch, 120 metres west of the canal bird hide (Jim Dickson). Nearby at Crinan Ferry a large mixed finch flock feeding on rowan berries, with approx. 40 Goldfinch, 25 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch and 1 Brambling also 25+ Blue Tits, 10 + Robins several Dunnocks and Goldcrests (Jim Dickson).
North Argyll: During the WeBS count at Loch Creran today Robin Harvey recorded 5 Grey Plovers, the first he’s had there, as well as 64 Wigeon, 26 Teal and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. There were no geese to be seen at all! (Robin Harvey).
15 October: Mid-Argyll: the Yellow-browed Warbler was seen again at Bellanoch, nr. the canal bird hide (Colin MacFarlane/ Jim Dickson). Also there 15-20 Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff. On the estuary 7 Goosanders and Colin saw a male Goldeneye there yesterday and also 3 Otters, 2 Red Squirrels and a Common Seal. At Loch Gilp 493 Wigeons (Jim Dickson).On Luing: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull at Blackmill Bay, 1 Jack Snipe at Ardlarach, 1 Chiffchaff at Dubh Leathad (David Jardine).
14 October: Mid-Argyll: at Crinan Ferry this morning 150 Redwings, 45 Goldfinch and 4 Goldcrests (Jim Dickson). Nearby by the bird hide on the Crinan canal at Bellanoch a likely Yellow-browed Warbler in with 16+ Goldcrests and a Willow/Chiff warbler (Colin Macfarlane).
Also getting reports of dead auks (Guillemots) around Loch Gilp (mainly Ardrishaig) with up to 28 corpses found in recent days (John Law/Natalie Armour). A Red Kite was in the Ormsary area today (Errol Crutchfield).
12 October: Tiree: 1 Brambling, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Chaffinch and 1m Blackcap at Balephuil.
No sign of the Yellow-browed Warbler at Heylipol church (John Bowler).
11 October: Islay: a report of a Red-backed Shrike at Coille (Sanaigmore road) (Nicholas Watts per Ian Brooke). 200 Twite at the Oa and 6 Grey Plover at Loch Gruinart (Robin Harvey).
Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near Heylipol church plus 1 Chiffchaff and 1f Blackcap. 1 Blue Tit new at Vaul. An imm Golden Eagle reported from Moss. 3 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch and 2 Greenfinch at Balephuil. 2 scattered Goldcrests and small nos of Redwings and Goldfinches around the island (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
10 October: Tiree: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Balephuil (2 in garden and 1 at Main Road Farm) plus 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Heylipol church. 1 Lesser Whitethroat at Heylipol Church and another at the Scarinish Manse – both showed much white in outer tail feathers. Adult American Golden Plover again at Crossapol. 25 Goldfinch at roost at Balephuil plus scattered feeding flocks. Odd Swallow and Wheatear still around plus 7 Pintail that flew across Gunna Sound from Coll (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
Islay: 150 Golden Plovers at Loch Gruinart and a male Pintail on the floods (Robin Harvey).
09 October: Tiree: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers with 2 together at Balephuil, 1 at Heylipol Church and a new bird at Kilmoluaig. 2 Fieldfares, 45 Redwings, 1 Brambling, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests, 8 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch and 2 Water Rails at Balephuil. 1 Great Tit at Kilmoluaig. 1 Corncrake and 1 Water Rail at Sorobaidh Bay. 7 Goldcrests, 1 Blackcap, 60 Redwings, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Wheatears and 4 Chiffchaffs elsewhere around the island plus obvious increase in Meadow Pipits. 1 Great Skua off Coll (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
On Islay: 40 Choughs and 1 Goldeneye at Ardnave (Robin Harvey). The Yellow-browed Warbler was again at Port Mor campsites (per Ian Brooke).
Mid-Argyll: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler was at Ormsary estate (Stu Crutchfield).
08 October: On Islay: a Yellow-browed Warbler at Port Mor campsite, Port Charlotte this afternoon (Jonathan Platt).
Mull: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Audura Cottage, Strathcoil today (John Ogg).
Tiree: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Balephuil plus 35 Redwings, 4 Blackcaps, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Chiffchaff there (John Bowler). 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Heylipol Church (Mark from Sussex).
07 October: On Tiree: now 2 Yellow-browed Warblers in the garden at Balephuil, also 1 abietinus-type Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff, 6 Redwings, 4 Blackcaps and 6 Goldcrests there (John Bowler). 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Hynish (Mark Newell). 1 Brambling later at Balephuil, first of autumn here (John Bowler). 1 Arctic Skua at Gott Bay (Angela Plumb).
06 October: On Tiree: new arrivals at Balephuil included a Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcaps, 6 Goldcrests and 1 Redwing. The adult American Golden Plover again at Crossapol with 550 Golden Plovers and 1 Black-tailed Godwit (John Bowler).
Islay: 11 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Loch Gruinart, 80 Barnacle Geese at the head of Loch Indaal and 7 Grey Plovers at Uiskentuie (per Ian Brooke).
Mull: a 2W Iceland Gull at Tobermory (Stuart Gibson/Ewan Miles per Alan Spellman).
05 October: On Tiree: 2 Blackcaps, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch and 2 Goldcrests were at Balephuil with a Blue Tit and a Grey Wagtail there later in the day, 1 Goldeneye was a Loch a’ Phuill, also the imm/f Greater Scaup still there and 3 Whooper Swans at Heylipol Church Loch (John Bowler).
Mid-Argyll: a report of 3 Pomarine Skuas off Scarba on 1 Oct (Louise Muir).
04 October: On Tiree: 4 Goldcrests, a f Blackcap and a Chaffinch were at Balephuil, 2 Goldcrests were at Carnan Mor, a Kestrel was at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler). A Blackcap was at Vaul and a Goldeneye flew off the sea there (Mark Newell).
Mull: An Iceland Gull was reported from Tobermory (age not given), (Dave Sexton per Alan Spellman).
03 October: North Argyll: 80 Redwings in Glen Lochy this morning (David Jardine).
Mid-Argyll: a juv White-tailed Eagle turned up at the Add Estuary this morning causing a bit of havoc (Jim Dickson).
Tiree: The ad American Golden Plover was at Heylipol today then later at Kenovay. A Black-throated Diver was at Balephetrish Bay (John Bowler).11 Lapland Buntings were at The Green and a P-b Brent Goose was at Clachan (Mark Newell).
Islay: an adult White-tailed Eagle was near Port Charlotte today and recent sightings at Loch Gruinart include 160 Brent Geese and a Ruff plus 30 Barnacle Geese at Loch Gorm (per Ian Brooke).
02 October: Mid-Argyll: 199 Wigeons, 1 Goosander, 33 Ringed Plovers and 1 Wheatear at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).
On Tiree: A flock of 13 Lapland Buntings at Barrapol. 2 f/imm Chaffinch new at Balephuil, also 4 Goldcrests there and 2 Goldcrests at Carnan Mor (John Bowler).
Kintyre: a male Merlin in Saddell with a late Swallow there and 2 Jays in woods near Carradale Bay (Alasdair Paterson).
01 October: In Mid-Argyll: a first-year male Ring Ouzel was seen in a garden in Scammadale then moved to the hillside above (David Jardine/Rob Lightfoot). A Kingfisher and a Dipper between Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead at Loch Gilp (Alan Dykes).
Kintyre: 7 Whooper Swans flew over Tayinloan (Katie Pendreigh).
On Tiree: No sign of the Semiplamated Sandpipers at Vaul Bay but a Grey Plover there. A further 4 Grey Plovers at Clachan with 2 P-b Brent Geese, 1 Greenland Wheatear and a Chiffchaff there. A f/imm Greater Scaup, 8 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Little Grebes at Loch a’ Phuill. A Redwing and 5 Goldcrests at Carnan Mor and 4 Goldcrests and 2 Willow Warblers at Balephuil (John Bowler). A m + f Chaffinch at the Glebe (first of autumn) plus a Goldcrest and Chiffchaff there (Jim Dickson). A Yellow-browed Warbler was in a garden between Heylipol and Balevullin (Richard Whitson).
RECENT REPORTS September 2016
30 September: On Tiree: 2 juv Semipalmated Sandpipers were found at Vaul Bay (Jim Dickson). The adult American Golden Plover was back at Kenovay, the long staying 2CY Iceland Gull was re-found at Kilkenneth, 2 Lapland Buntings were at The Reef, several more Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers had arrived and 6 Whooper Swans were at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
29 September: On Tiree: a 90 min seawatch off Aird 07:00-08:30 included: a juv Sabine’s Gull, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Arctic Skuas, 10 Great Skuas (John Bowler) and later from there 16:30-18:00 included 26 Arctic Skuas, 3 Great Skuas, 665 large auks (Jim Dickson). A male Snow Bunting and 71 Pink-footed Geese going south near Balemartine, a new Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrests at Balephuil and 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest at The Glebe, 2 Goldcrest at Carnan Mor, 5 Gadwall, 5 Pintail, 1 Greater Scaup and 17 Tufted Duck at Loch a’ Phuill, a juv Curlew Sandpiper at Middleton (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
28 September: On Mull: an adult Iceland Gull at the head of Loch na Keal, Mull (Ewan Miles per Alan Spellman).
On Islay: A Ruff and 14 Black-tailed Godwits on the floods at Loch Gruinart and a count of 230 P-b Brent Geese (James How per Ian Brooke).
On Tiree: Off Crossapol at Hynish Bay 40 P-b Brent Geese (Richard Whitson). A Chiffchaff at Belephuil and 16 Black-tailed Godwits at Middleton (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
27 September: On Tiree: a Yellow-browed Warbler was new in at Carnan Mor, also 3 Redwings, a male Blackcap, 7 Goldcrests and a Willow Warbler with another Willow Warbler at Balephuil. A juv Curlew Sandpiper and 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Middleton, a Merlin at Balemartine and a Great Skua at Tragh Bhagh (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
26 September: On Tiree: an adult American Golden Plover was found by John Bowler at Kennovay. At Balephuil 3 Goldcrests, 2 Willow Warblers and f Blackcap. At Loch a’ Phuill a f Greater Scaup with 7 Tufted Duck. At Balephetrish 2 P b Brent Geese. At The Glebe 2 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler. At Gott Bay a juv Common Tern. At Middleton a Jack Snipe with 160 Common Snipe and a Ruff. Fewer Black-tailed Godwits and Wheatears today (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
25 September: On Tiree: a male Common Redstart again at Carnan Mor with a juv Willow Warbler there. At Balephuil 3 Goldcrests. At Sandaig 25 Black-tailed Godwits. At Heylipol 6 Bar-tailed Godwits. At The Glebe a juv Willow Warbler and 2 redpolls including a Lesser. At Milton a Sedge Warbler and ca 15 Wheatears around the island (John Bowler/Jim Dickson).
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).
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