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SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 : ARGYLL SPRING MIGRANTS 2017 – updated 20.04.17

Recent Reports 2017

25th April

COWAL: A colour ringed Lesser Black-Backed Gull was a visitor to a garden in Dunoon earlier today. (George Newall)
TIREE:  Today 6 Lapland Buntings still at Sorobaidh Bay; A record influx of at least 2,270 Black-tailed Godwits: 1,750 in single flock at Kilmoluaig was quite a sight – including 15 colour-ringed birds; 470 at Loch an Eilein including 7 colour-ringed birds and a lone Knot, 38 at An Fhaodhail including 2 colour-ringed birds, 12 at Loch Bhasapol; 1 Arctic Tern and 5 Little Terns at Traigh Bhagh.  Also scattered small groups of Whimbrel and low thousands of Golden Plover and still 6 Redwing at Balephuil. (John Bowler)
MID-ARGYLL: on 23 Apr two adult and one immature Whooper Swans at northern side of Loch Sween (Michael Gallico)

Colour-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull – Dunoon 25 Apr (George Newall)
Black-tailed Godwit Kilmoluaig Tiree 25 Apr (John Bowler)
Black-tailed Godwits Kilmoluaig Tiree 25 Apr (John Bowler)

24th April

MID-ARGYLL: Cuckoo , Common Sandpiper and Grasshopper Warbler in Kilmichael Glen today (Blair Urquhart).  Update for 22 Apr – 120 Pale-bellied Brents on Loch Gilp increased to 200 in area through the day and headed north over Oakfield, Lochgilphead in late evening.  At around noon 90 White-fronted Geese seen heading north over Lochgilphead (Simon Lawrence).
TIREE:  Today 6 Lapland Bunting inc 4 males again by feeders at south end of Sorobaidh Bay – also 6 White Wagtails there inc 1 with entirely pale grey crown; 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Traigh Bhagh; 135 Black-tailed Godwits at The Reef inc 2 colour-ringed birds; 325 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch Bhasapol inc 3 colour-ringed birds and 2 Common Terns at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).  Also today 30 Black-tailed Godwits at Kilkenneth including 1 colour-ringed bird (Tim Frank)
COWAL: Still 10 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon Crazy Golf course today. Update for 22 Apr – 3 Sandwich Terns offshore at Dunoon. (George Newall)
KINTYRE: Yesterday – a Common Swift briefly over Campbeltown (Eddie Maguire)

Black-tailed Godwits including a colour ringed bird at The Reef, Tiree – 24th April. (John Bowler)

23rd April

MID-ARGYLL: A Grasshopper Warbler reeling at Slockavullin today (David Jardine).  A Nuthatch made the observer’s day when it was spotted feeding on the bird table in a garden in Ardrishaig this morning. (Lynsey Gibson).
TIREE:  Today: 1m Corncrake calling at Mannal; 2 Arctic Terns off the Maze – first of the spring here; 28 Whimbrel, 15 Wheatears and 32 White Wagtails along the coast between Sandaig and Balevullin ;1 pair Pochard at Heylipol Church loch;220 Turnstones and 15 Purple Sandpipers at Hough Bay (John Bowler).
Yesterday: 1 Osprey north high over Loch a’ Phuill and 6 Whimbrel; 18 Whimbrel, 14 Blackwits and 2 Little Terns at Traigh Bhagh;1,500 Golden Plover at Balevullin; 2,500 Golden Plover at the Reef

Lesser Redpoll – Bellanoch Mid-Argyll 23rd April (W Alexander)
Lesser Redpoll – Bellanoch Mid-Argyll 23rd April (W Alexander)

22nd April

MID-ARGYLL: 60+ Pale-bellied Brents on the mud at Loch Gilp this morning (Malcolm Chattwood). A Cuckoo calling at Tayvallich (Colin MacFarlane).
COLL: 0n 19th April 120 non-breeding Ravens at Crossapol, a White-tailed Eagle on Gunna and a Merlin at Totronald (Colin MacFarlane).
COWAL: 6 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon Crazy Golf Course and at least 2 Cuckoos singing near Bishop’s Glen (George Newall).
KINTYRE: A significant passage of around 50 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO this morning with many loitering to feed on hatching kelp flies (Eddie Maguire).

White Wagtail – Machrihanish Seabird Observatory 22nd April(Eddie Maguire)
White Wagtail – Machrihanish Seabird Observatory 22nd April(Eddie Maguire)
White Wagtail – Machrihanish Seabird Observatory 22nd April(Eddie Maguire)

21st April

KINTYRE: A French ringed Goldfinch was controlled at Machrihanish SBO yesterday adding to the 68 which have been ringed at the Observatory to date in April. (Eddie Maguire).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Nuthatch was heard singing and then seen in a tree at Dalmally on 13th April (Miranda Shephard).
TIREE: 1m Lapland Bunting again at south end of Sorobaidh Bay on cattle feeder at lunchtime– also 79 PB Brent there including the same 5 colour-ringed birds as yesterday plus 12 White Wagtails. 8 Whimbrel at Traigh Bhagh, 58 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Little Tern at Loch Bhasapol. 3 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest and 6 Redwing still at Balephuil (John Bowler).

Goldfinch – Machrihanish Seabird Observatory 20th April (Eddie Maguire)

20th April

MID-ARGYLL: 24 Pale-bellied Brents grounded on the mud at Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson). 3 White Wagtails reported from Keills on 18 Apr (John Atchison). A Nuthatch was at feeders today in a garden at the head of Loch Scotnish (per Morag Rea).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Mandarin Duck was at the north end of Loch Awe yesterday, also a pr of Crossbills (Bob Grove).
COLL: some reports through from David Andrews on the island included a record of Lapland Bunting at Sorisdale on 28th Mar.
TIREE: 122 Pale-bellied Brents grounded in mist this am at Sorobaidh Bay including 5 colour-ringed birds (and 1 oddly pale-spotted bird) also 8 White Wagtails there. 6,350 Golden Plover at The Reef plus 1,950 in other flocks around West Tiree. 76 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch Bhasapol included 2 new colour-ringed birds. 65+ Black-tailed Gowits at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

P-b Geese – Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree 20 Apr (John Bowler).
P-b Geese – Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree 20 Apr (John Bowler).
Black-tailed Godwits – Tiree 20 Apr (John Bowler).
Lapland Bunting – Sorisdale, Coll 28 Mar (David Andrews).
P-b Brent Geese – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 20 Apr (Jim Dickson).
P-b Brent Geese – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 20 Apr (Jim Dickson).

19th April

MID-ARGYLL: 6 Black-tailed Godwits were new in at Loch Gilp where still 9 Bar-tailed Godwits. Also 2 ff Wheatears there. At Dalvore woods, Moine Mhore a m Redstart, Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit with 3 mm Wheatears nearby and an Osprey fishing at the Add Estuary. A Cuckoo calling at Cairnbaan this evening  (Jim Dickson). More Swallows just north of Lochgilphead today (Malcolm Chattwood).
KINTYRE: 35 Sanderlings, at least 20 Whimbrel and 15+ White Wagtails at the Machrihanish SBO today (Eddie Maguire). 3 Common Swifts over Campbeltown this evening 19:45 hrs (Eddie Maguire/Rab Morton)
TIREE: a pair of Common Scoter off Sorobaidh Bay – also 160 GN Diver, 600+ Manx Shearwaters and 1 Minke Whale there in flat calm seas. 2 Pale-bellied Brents at north end of Sorobaidh Bay plus 6 Goldfinch, 4 Whimbrels,1 Willow Warbler, 10 White Wagtails and 1 Little Tern. 2,700 Golden Plover and 83 Black-tailed Godwits this afternoon at Loch a’ Phuill including colour-ringed birds from Iceland and E. Scotland (John Bowler).
COWAL: several Sand Martins and Swallows in the Glen Massan, and excellent views of a Cuckoo (George Newall/Alistair McGregor).

White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 19 Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Redstart – Dalvore, Mid-Argyll 19 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Redstart – Dalvore, Mid-Argyll 19 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Osprey – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 19 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Wheatear – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 19 Apr (Jim Dickson).

18th April

COWAL: 55 Pink-footed Geese > NW over Glendaruel at 12:10 (Clive McKay).
KINTYRE: a report of around 80 geese (Pink-feet?) > N over Carradale this morning. Another separate report later of around 300 > N. Also Tree Pipit and 4 Reed Buntings at Carradale Bay (Alisdair Paterson).
The 2CY Iceland Gull is still at Campbeltown harbour (Eddie Maguire).
NORTH ARGYLL: the Common Sandpipers are back at the Benderloch gravel pits (Robin Harvey).
TIREE: 67 Black-tailed Gowits (2 colour-ringed birds) and 1 Greenshank (1st of year here) at Loch a’ Phuill – also 12 White Wagtails there. 1m and 1f Blackcap at Balephuil plus 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1m Wheatear and 6 Redwings. 3 White Wagtails at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler).
MULL: a House Martin seen this morning at Croggan (Steve Hiscock).
ISLAY: a 1w Little Gull at Black Rocks, Loch Indaal and a Glaucous Gull there later… Gary Turnbull:  Wild Islay Birding
Also 2 Arctic Terns (first report) at Loch Indaal (Angus Hogg).
COLONSAY: on Oronsay a Little-ringed Plover was found and causing much excitement with the team there (Morgan Vaughan).
COLL: first report of a Corncrake at Totronald RSPB reserve (Ben Jones).

Little-ringed Plover – Oronsay 18 Apr (Amy Millard).
1w Little Gull- Loch Indaal, Islay 18 Apr (Gary Turnbull).
1w Little Gull (with B-h Gull) Loch Indaal, Islay 18 Apr (Gary Turnbull).
Iceland Gull – Campbeltown, Kintyre 18 Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Siskin – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 18 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Lesser Redpoll – Dunoon, Cowal 12 Apr (George Newall).

17th April

MID-ARGYLL: a Cuckoo heard calling at Cairnbaan this morning, also two Blackcaps in song there. Ad Little Gull still at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson). First Swallows at Ormsary today and also a House Martin this afternoon (Stu Crutchfield). A Tree Pipit this morning in Kilmichael forest during my BBS transect (David Jardine). Grasshopper Warbler (our first report) heard at Minard today (Sally Hall).
Mull: two Tree Pipits singing at Glen Aros this morning (Sean Foote and Abi Jacobs).
TIREE: six Lapland Bunting (4 males) were at Sorobaidh Bay, also 5 White Wagtails there.
A m Blackcap singing at Balephuil (arrived evening of 15 April, was first of spring here), also 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest and 6 Redwings there. 2 pairs of Gadwall noted today (John Bowler). An imm White-tailed Eagle soaring high over Milton (Christian Verstraete).
MULL: a Cuckoo was heard calling at Croggan (Steve Hiscock per Alan Spellman) and one at Lochdon (Andrea Mackenzie per Alan Spellman).
ISLAY: a Cuckoo was at Ballygrant (Angus Hogg).

Lapland Buntings – Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree 17 Apr (John Bowler).
Blackcap – Balephuil, Tiree 17 Apr (John Bowler).

16th April

TIREE: 76 Black-tailed Gowits at Loch a’ Phuill and 300+ Manx Shearwaters and 12 Great Northern Divers off Hynish (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: two Common Sandpipers at the Add Estuary this evening (David Jardine).
ISLAY: a Little Tern ans a Whimbrel at Loch Gruinart today (Angus Hogg).

15th April

MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull again at Loch Gilp and 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a Peregrine at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).

14th April

TIREE: a juv Glaucous Gull and 2 Little Terns at Gott Bay – an obvious increase in waders with 190 Ringed Plovers there and 4 new leg-flagged Sanderlings on 3 beaches. 2 Pale-bellied Brents at Balephetrish Bay. A Pink-footed Goose with 405 Barnacle Geese at Balephetrish (most of the 4,600 Barnies that wintered here and almost all of the 900 Greenland White-fronts have moved north). A male Chaffinch singing at Balephuil – a rare treat here – also a Willow Warbler, 5 Redwings and 2 Goldcrests there (John Bowler). 20+ Shelducks watched arriving from the south at Traigh Bhi (Rob Archer).
KINTYRE: a Stock Dove at Killellan Park, south Kintyre (Eddie Maguire / Rab Morton), and a report for 12 Apr with a Little Tern and a Bar-tailed Godwit just N of Kennacraig jetty (Eddie Maguire per Darragh Hudson).
COWAL: 29 Purple Sandpipers at Crazy Golf, Dunoon this afternoon (George Newall).
ISLAY: a Sedge Warbler was heard singing at Keills yesterday – first report (Gary Turnbull).
NORTH ARGYLL: a 2CY Iceland Gull, Kilcheran Loch, Lismore, also a 2CY Whooper Swan there (David Jardine). Also on Lismore a House Martin at Achnacroish and 2 Red-throated Divers and a Black Guillemot off the pier, from new resident to Lismore (Robert Croma).

Mandarins – Kilmun, Cowal 14 Apr (Ian Giles).

13th April

MID-ARGYLL: a flock of 21 Kittiwakes flew up Loch Gilp then headed back south, also several Swallows in Lochgilphead now. 25 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows by the Crinan Ferry turnoff (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A massive flock of 7,500 Golden Plover at The Reef with 550 more at Loch a’ Phuill. 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Redwing and 1 Goldcrest at Balephuil. 5 Black-tailed Gowits at Loch an Eilein (John Bowler). 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Gott Bay, with 4 Little Terns, 44 Pale-bellied Brents (3 ringed) and 4 Purple Sandpipers later on at Gott Bay (Rob Archer).

Golden Plovers – The Reef, Tiree 13 Apr (John Bowler).

12th April

KINTYRE: at the Machrihanish SBO the first Whimbrel (3) and a light movement of Razorbills with 210 >S / 3hrs (Eddie Maguire). Sand and House Martins at Low Smerby and a Common Sandpiper at Claonaig (Neil Hammatt).
COWAL: Nuthatches seen occasionally in my garden at Glenbranter, with a recent sighting of one there (Agnes MacPhillimy).
TIREE: a Whimbrel at Traigh Bhagh was the first arrival report for the island (John Bowler).

Razorbills – MSBO, Kintyre 12 Apr (Eddie Maguire).

11th April

MID-ARGYLL: at Lochgair today, garden sightings included a Sparrowhawk, 4 Bullfinch and a Nuthatch (John and Julie Sutton). A party of 7 Bullfinch were by the Crinan canal near Crinan (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: a 2014 colour ringed Twite at Machrihanish SBO is performing well on trips to NE Wales and back to MSBO and now has a very interesting history of doing so. Connaught’s Quay, Flintshire, NE Wales is 298km SSE of MSBO. Last re-trapped at MSBO on 7 Apr. The six journeys completed by this bird amount to 1,788km (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: two Little Terns at Salum Bay are the first Argyll arrivals (Rob Archer per John Bowler).

10th April

KINTYRE: just received a report of our first Cuckoo (7th April) at Clachan, Kintyre (Ged Connelly per Alasdair Paterson).
COWAL: 15 Purple Sandpipers and 29 Turnstones yesterday at Dunoon Crazy golf (George Newall).
In Benmore Gardens this morning – 2 singing Chiffchaffs, 3 singing Willow Warblers, a singing Blackcap, 2 Swallows and a Nuthatch in full song (Steve Petty).
TIREE:  3 juv Glaucous Gulls at Loch Bhasapol and 1 juv at Loch a’ Phuill – also 550 Golden Plover there. 29 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Gott Bay and 1 at Sorobaidh Bay. A total of 66 Black-tailed Godwits at 3 lochs (John Bowler). 200+ Marsh Fritillary caterpillars out on the sliabh in the sunshine (with Neil Ravenscroft).
MID-ARGYLL: the female Greater Scaup is still on Ballachuan Loch, Seil (David Jardine).

Golden Plovers – Tiree Apr (Richard Whitson).

9th April

KINTYRE: at the Machrihanish SBO today 19 Great Northern Divers, 2 Common Scoters, 2 Sandwich Terns, 4 White Wagtails and ca. 20 Bottle-nosed Dolphins (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: 1 Woodpigeon and 1 Collared Dove new at Balephuil – also 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Linnets and 2 Goldcrests there. Three White Wagtails new at Loch a’ Phuill plus 25 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 550 Golden Plovers and 20 Black-tailed Godwits there and 1 Grey Plover at Sorobaidh Bay (John Bowler), also 3 Sand Martins at Milton (Martin Finnigan).
MID-ARGYLL: two Common Sandpipers at Taynuilt towards Bonawe furnace (Stuart Edwards).

Great Northern Divers- MSBO, Kintyre 9 Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Bottle-nosed Dolphin – MSBO, Kintyre 9 Apr (Eddie Maguire).

8th April

KINTYRE: another summer plumaged ‘Scandinavian’ Rock Pipit was found by Eddie Maguire at the Machrihanish Observatory today.
MID-ARGYLL: Willow Warblers now becoming more widespread e.g. several seen along the Crinan canal today (Colin MacFarlane et al) and around Kilmartin (Malcolm Chattwood et al).
First report of a male Ring Ouzel, in song, at Beinn Buidhe, Glen Fyne today (Graeme Garner).
MULL: first report of a Common Sandpiper with one today at Loch Beg (Bryan Rains/Steve Hiscock).
TIREE: 26 Whooper Swans north at Balephuil– also 1 Willow Warbler (first of spring there), also 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 50 Redwings (latter with much sub-song) 3 Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Wheatears and 5 Manx Shearwaters at West Hynish and 1 Swallow at Barrapol (John Bowler).

Scandinavian Rock Pipit – MSBO, Kintyre 8 Apr (Eddie Maguire).

7th April

MID-ARGYLL: A Whimbrel on the shore of Loch Craignish, south of Ardfern this evening (David Jardine).
TIREE: 20 Black Guillemots on dawn count off Ceann a’ Mhara and 5 m Wheatear on shore; 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 18 Black-tailed Godwits and 4 Sand Martin at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

Fulmar – Tiree Apr (Richard Whitson).

6th April

COWAL: The first record this year of a Wood Warbler seen near Stonefield, Glen Massan this afternoon (Alistair McGregor)
NORTH ARGYLL: A pair of Gadwall at Ardtur pond this evening (David Jardine).

Glaucous Gull – Tiree 6 Apr (Richard Whitson).

5th April

COWAL: A male Brambling joined two Lesser Redpolls in a garden this morning at Knockdow (George Newall).  Also an Osprey on the Kilmun side of Holy Loch this afternoon. (Alistair McGregor)
KINTYRE: Today a first winter Iceland Gull at Campbeltown Harbour. (Eddie Maguire)
TIREE: Today, A juvenile Glaucous Gull, 4 Sand Martin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 PB Brent Geese and 28 Whooper Swans at Loch a’ Phuill; 1m Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 Goldcrest and 50 Redwing at Balephuil; another juvenile Glaucous Gull and 5 Whoopers at Loch Bhasapol; 75 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Kenovay and 3,850 Golden Plover at The Reef (John Bowler)

1st Winter Iceland Gull – Campbeltown Harbour 5th April (Eddie Maguire)

4th April

KINTYRE: Today 62 Sanderling and 5 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO.  Also at Westport Marsh: 60 Eurasian Teal, 6 Northern Shoveler (4 males), 5 Little Grebe, 9 Moorhen and 6 displaying Lapwing. (Eddie Maguire). Two Sandwich Terns at Portrigh Bay, Carradale today (Alasdair Paterson).
TIREE: A group of circa 100 Brent Geese [pale bellied] today, with Greylags in a croft field opposite Loch Bhasapol (Stephanie Cope).

Sand Martin – Tiree 2 Apr (Richard Whitson).
White Wagtail – Machrihanish SBO 4th April (Eddie Maguire)


3rd April

KINTYRE: The Black Swan and 5 Whoopers still present at Kilkivan, The Laggan today.  Yesterday a Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Machrihanish SBO (Eddie Maguire)
TIREE: Amongst a flock of Sanderlings at Balemartin yesterday were three colour-ringed individuals.  Two were ringed in Iceland in May 2016 and the third in the Netherlands in Aug 2016. (Richard Whitson)

Scandinavian Rock Pipit – Machrihanish SBO 2nd April (Eddie Maguire)
Sanderlings – Balemartin, Tiree 2nd April (Richard Whitson)
Sanderling – Balemartin, Tiree 2nd April (Richard Whitson)



2nd April

MID-ARGYLL: a first sighting of a Nuthatch on a bird feeder in a garden at Lochgair (John and Julie Sutton). An Osprey was seen successfully fishing at Bellanoch today (Caroline Anderson).
TIREE: Yesterday a House Martin at Heylipol and today Corncrakes at Balinoe and Barrapol (Stephanie Cope).

Ringed Plover and Sanderlings- Tiree 2 Apr (Richard Whitson).
Osprey fishing at Bellanoch Mid-Argyll 2 Apr (Caroline Anderson)

1st April

MID-ARGYLL: an adult Little Gull again at Loch Gilp this morning (Jim Dickson).
KINTYRE: two Greenshanks at Carradale Bay (Ged Connelly per Alasdair Paterson).
COWAL: a hybrid drake American x Eurasian Wigeon found today at the Holy Loch (George Newall, Alsitair McGregor).

hybrid American x Eurasian Wigeon – Holy Loch, Cowal 1 Apr (Alistair McGregor).
hybrid American x Eurasian Wigeon – Holy Loch, Cowal 1 Apr (Alistair McGregor).

31st March

TIREE: some recent photos and reports from Stephanie Cope on Tiree included a Wheatear at Sandaig on 26 Mar, colour-ringed Sanderlings at Sorobaidh Bay on 23 Mar, a sub-adult White-tailed Eagle at Crossapol on 29 Mar and several Glaucous Gulls still around the island. Also a 4.5m headless Minke whale dead stranded in Scarinish Harbour. Many thanks Stephanie.
ISLAY: the drake Green-winged Teal seen again at Gruinart (Richard Belter) and 3 Lapland Buntings at Ardnave (Mark Eden).
KINTYRE: at Westport Marsh today: 8 Greylags, 10 Shelducks, 2 Wigeons, 83 Teal, 5 Shoveler (3 males), a male Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 7 Moorhen and 9 Lapwing (much display) (Eddie Maguire).

Glaucous Gull and Minkie Whale – Scarinish, Tiree 29 Mar (Stephanie Cope).
Wheatear – Sandaig, Tiree 26 Mar (Stephanie Cope).
Sanderling – Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree 23 Mar (Stephanie Cope).

30th March

KINTYRE: a Black Swan appeared with five Whoopers, a Pink-footed and 40 White-fronted Geese at Kilkivan, The Laggan today (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: a single Barn Swallow at Barrapol (Stephanie Cope).
ISLAY: a single Barn Swallow at Rockside (Bob Davison).
NORTH ARGYLL: a Chiffchaff singing in Benderloch today (Robin Harvey).

Black Swan- Laggan, Kintyre 30 Mar (Eddie Maguire).

29th March

KINTYRE: arrivals at Machrihanish SBO included 2 Sandwich Terns resting on the shore and 2 Sand Martins passing N, also 2 Common Scoters passed S (Eddie Maguire).
COWAL: 26 Purple Sandpipers and 1 Turnstone today at Crazy Golf.  2 Lesser Redpolls with several Siskins on the niger feeders in the garden.  At Knockdow yesterday no sign of  Stock Doves but the usual Moorhens and a pair of Little GrebesChiffchaffs almost everywhere. (George Newall).
MID-ARGYLL: The Mandarin ducks have been back with us at Durran, Loch Awe the last couple of weeks and surprised me today by perching on a nest box! (Mary Stewart).
MULL: three Barn Swallows at Knock are out first Argyll reports (Damian Jamrozik per Alan Spellman).

Grey Heron- Ardentinny, Cowal Mar (Steve Petty).
Greenfinch – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 29 Mar (Jim Dickson).
Mandarins- Durran, Loch Awe 29 Mar (Mary Stewart).

28th March

MID-ARGYLL: the Pied-billed Grebe again (seen last summer) at Loch Feorlin…only showed for a few seconds in 2 hrs! Also 3 Sand Martins there (Jim Dickson).


27th March

KINTYRE: at least 5 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO today and the regular leucistic adult Herring Gull put in an appearance (Eddie Maguire).
ISLAY: a Sandwich Tern was at Bruichladdich today (Peter Roberts). A report of a Great Grey Shrike at Avonvoggie (per Ian Brooke) was perhaps same as earlier bird on Islay.
MID-ARGYLL: a flock of 10 Redwings were enjoying the evening sunshine in Connel today and a Moorhen was on the Lusragan Burn in Connel. This could well be the same bird as was first seen there in December (Mike Harrison).

White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 27 Mar (Eddie Maguire).
White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 27 Mar (Eddie Maguire).
Herring Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 27 Mar (Eddie Maguire).

26th March

MID-ARGYLL: another Chiffchaff heard today at Oban High School (Blair Urquhart). A singing Stock Dove at Slockavulin today and at least 3 singing Chiffchaffs (David Jardine).
COWAL: a Chiffchaff was in song at Bischop’s Glen, Dunoon (George Newall).

25th March

MID-ARGYLL: 3 female Greater Scaup still at Ballachuan Loch, Seil, 1 Chiffchaff – Balvicar lagoons and at least 8, possibly 10 Northern Wheatears on Luing (David Jardine).
COWAL: now only 14 Purple Sandpipers at Dunoon crazy golf (George Newall). A pair of Red-legged Partridges was displaying in our garden at Ardentinny and a singing Chiffchaff there also (Steve Petty)

24th March

KINTYRE: a single Willow Warbler was in Katie Pendreigh’s garden at Tayinloan this morning.
MID-ARGYLL: a Chiffchaff was in song today at Achnabreck at 13:30… up by the carved stones (Blair Urquhart).

23rd March

KINTYRE: two White Wagtails at Uisead Point, MSBO. Also 63 Lesser Black-backed Gulls past N today (Eddie Maguire).

22nd March

MID-ARGYLL: a pair of Goldeneyes were displaying and mating at Loch Gilp, also 3 Little Gulls there (an adult + 2 first-winters = 5 different birds there this year) (Jim Dickson).
Three female Greater Scaup with four Tufted Ducks were at Ballachuan Loch, Seil and possibly the first Scaup records for Seil.. (David Jardine).

Goldeneyes – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 22 Mar (Jim Dickson).
Goldeneyes – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 22 Mar (Jim Dickson).
Goldeneyes – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 22 Mar (Jim Dickson).

21st March

MID-ARGYLL: a male Northern Wheatear this morning along the shore at Lingerton dump, Loch Gilp (Andrew Tongue). A 2CY Iceland Gull in a field  2km NE of Oban this morning (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: the Little Egret was again at Dalrannoch, Loch Creran. Photo taken through the barge window (Laurance Larmour).
TIREE: at least 306 Whooper Swans counted passing through Tiree today – most touched down briefly in heavy squalls before heading north again. Three juv Glaucous Gulls – singles at Loch Bhasapol, Crossapol and Balephetrish and 100’s of Black-headed Gulls and dozens of Lesser Black-backed Gulls around now (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: an adult Iceland Gull flew past the Machrihanish Seabird Observatory (Eddie Maguire).

Whoopers- Loch a’ Phuill, Tiree 21 Mar (John Bowler).
Little Egret – Loch Creran 21 Mar (Laurance Larmour).
Glaucous Gull – Tiree 21 March (John Bowler).

20th March

NORTH ARGYLL: I work at Loch Creran north of Oban and was interested to see a Little Egret through the window six feet away from me, perched on the handrail of our barge as I sat eating lunch today (Laurance Larmour).
TIREE: two Goldcrests and 1 Goldfinch at Balephuil, 2 Goldfinch at Balinoe, 2,450 Golden Plovers and 120 Turnstones at the Reef and a juv Glaucous Gull at Loch Bhasapol (John Bowler).

Teal – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 20 Mar (Jim Dickson).

19th March

ISLAY: a Sand Martin (our first report) and a House Martin at the RSPB Gruinart floods and male & female Peregrine plus an adult White-tailed Eagle there (Mike Peacock).

Reed Bunting – Keillmore, Mid-Argyll 19 Mar (Amanda Chadderton).

18th March

MULL: a Northern Wheatear near Gribun today (Jacqui Murphy per Alan Spellman).

16th March

KINTYRE: an Osprey was seen sitting on top of a wooden power line pole this afternoon just north of Campbeltown (Katie Pendreigh). A single Manx Shearwater was off Machrihanish SBO after a heavy shower (Eddie Maguire).

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