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25th May

TIREE: Still 2 Whimbrel and 120 Ringed Plover at Balevullin, now joined by the 2CY Iceland Gull (from Kenovay). A Common Chiffchaff was in song at The Glebe, also Willow Warbler and Dunnock there. A Woodpigeon was at Balephuil and 7 Redpolls still there along with a Cuckoo. This evening a 2CY Curlew Sandpiper with 10 Dunlin and 160 Sanderling at Sorobaidh Bay (Jim Dickson).

SKY LARK – TIREE 25th May (Jim Dickson).
HARES – Tiree 25th May (Jim Dickson).
SAND MARTIN – Tiree 25th May (Jim Dickson).

 


24th May

COWAL: Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Sand Martin all nesting on a 50 yard stretch of the River Eachaig  – and also a pair of Kingfishers perhaps also nesting (Alistair McGregor).
ISLAY: A Little Egret at Gruinart reserve last evening and still there today (Ian Bradley per Ian Brooke) and a Greenshank at Saligo (Ian & Margaret Brooke).
TIREE: A few bits and pieces today included – an Arctic Skua at Gunna sound, at least 7 Great Northern Divers around the coast, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits at Gott Bay – also 2 Red Knot there – plus good nos of Ringed Plover, Sanderling and smallers nos of Dunlin around. 2 House Martins at Vaul, a Common Sandpiper at Mannal, a Spotted Flycatcher at Balephuil – also 7 Redpolls there, at least one a Lesser -other Commons, 2 Redpolls over the Glebe, a 2CY Iceland Gull at Kenovay, 2 Whimbrels at Balevuillin (Jim Dickson).
MULL: An adult Little Gull with Kittiwakes and Manx Shearwaters at rest on sea – also two Storm Petrels near Cairns of Coll (per Alan Spellman).

KINGFISHERS – River Eachaig, Cowal 24th May (Alistair McGregor).
SHOVELER – Tiree 24th May (Jim Dickson).
2CY ICELAND GULL – Tiree 24th May (Jim Dickson).

23rd May

KINTYRE: A Common Eider fem with a single duckling today (the first of the year) – (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: First juv Robins seen in Lochgilphead yesterday, also 6 prs of Greylags with goslings at the Add Estuary (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: Yesterday on the slopes of Beinn Lora, Benderloch, one Wood Warbler in song (Robin Harvey).
TIREE: 1 Knot at Sorobaidh Bay, 1 Whimbrel at Heylipol,1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Goldfinch and 2 Common Redpoll at Balephuil (John Bowler).

male RUFF – Tiree 22nd May (John Bowler).

22nd May

KINTYRE: A 2CY Mediterranean Gull was bird of the day.  Also, 50 Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, the regular leucistic adult Herring Gull and 4 Sandwich Tern. (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: More Swifts around – 2 over Lochgilphead yesterday, and today – 4 over Kilmelford  and 9 over Oban. (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: Some records at Loch Indaal from Mike Peacock – Common Scoter 26, Velvet Scoter 1 male, Common Tern 2, Arctic tern 7, Great Northern Diver 5, Red-throated Diver 2. Also a belated report of a Dotterel at RSPB Kinnabus on 2nd May (per SOC ).
TIREE: 3CY Iceland Gull at Kenovay, 5 Knot at Loch a’ Phuill – also 1 House Martin there, 5m Ruff at 3 sites,1 Whimbrel at Balevullin, 1 Common Redpoll at the Glebe, 1 Jackdaw, 1f Blackcap and 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Balephuil, 2 Common Tern in with ca 300 Arctic Tern at Milton, 5 Basking Shark off Mannal (John Bowler).

2CY MEDITERRANEAN GULL – MSBO, Kintyre 22nd May (Eddie Maguire).

20th May

ISLAY: A Wood Sandpiper was at RSPB Gruinart (per Ian Brooke).
KINTYRE: At MSBO today – 22 Turnstones, a Whimbrel, 12 Sandwich Tern and 3 White Wagtails (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: Two groups of very tiny Greylag Geese goslings at Danna / Loch na Cille today – broods of 3 and 3 (Morag Rea). Had 5 Swifts circling and screaming round our house at Kilmichael Glassary for most of the day, 2 of which were banging and entering the box (Annette Anderton). 3 Whimbrel at Loch Gilp today (Jim Dickson).
NORTH ARGYLL: Walk in the drizzle up Glen Strae today included: 2 full plumage male Mandarins, 4 Goosanders a female Mallard with 8 small ducklings plus another pair and about 6 other males, 5 Teal (4 m, 1 f), also a male Whinchat, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Cuckoos (3+m) and 2 Grey Wagtails being the highlights (Mike Anderson).

WHITE WAGTAIL – MSBO, Kintyre 20th May (Eddie Maguire).
TURNSTONE – MSBO, Kintyre 20th May (Eddie Maguire).

19th May

ISLAY: George Newall now home (with his photos) after 3 weeks over on Islay and had found a fem/1w Black Redstart at Claggain Bay on 13th May. A report of the male Ring-necked Duck again at Loch Finlaggan today (per BirdGuides). A drake Green-winged Teal again at the north hide RSPB Gruinart reserve today (James Butcher).
MID-ARGYLL: 7 Swifts over Oban this morning (3 last evening) – also 6 singing Wood Warblers Gen Nant today (Mike Anderson).

RINGED PLOVER with chicks – MSBO, Kintyre 19th May (Eddie Maguire).
BLACK REDSTART – Claggain Bay, Islay 13th May (George Newall).

18th May

MID-ARGYLL: No sign of the 2CY Yellow-legged Gull at Loch Gilp so far today at 11.30 am – 2 Bar-tailed Godwits there – also 5 Whimbrels there this evening and 39 Kittiwakes flew up Loch Fyne and turned back once they reached Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson).

LINNET – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 18th May (Jim Dickson).
GOLDFINCH – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 18th May (Jim Dickson).
WHINCHAT – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 18th May (Jim Dickson).

 


17th May

MID-ARGYLL: A 2CY (first-winter) Yellow-legged Gull was at the head of Loch Gilp late morning today briefly but was back there at 5.15pm. Only the third record for Argyll if accepted by the SBRC. James Lehmann had a new ‘garden tick’ with a Golden Eagle flying over this evening.
COLONSAY: 2 Great Skuas in west of island today at 3.00pm, performing what looked like a courtship dance (Ian Cooper).

Buzzard + Golden Eagle Barsloisnoch, Mid-Argyll 17th May (James Lehmann).
SEDGE WARBLER – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 17th May (James Lehmann).
1W YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 17th May (Jim Dickson).
1W YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 17th May (Jim Dickson).
1W YELLOW-LEGGED GULL – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 17th May (Jim Dickson).

16th May

ISLAY:Lesser Whitethroat was reported from Rockside (Bob Davison).
MID-ARGYLL: Anne-Lise Dickie reported an Osprey fishing at Loch nan Druimean, Kilmelford and 2 male Hen Harriers over over her garden at Scammadale was a garden tick. An imm White-tailed Eagle soared over my house in Cairnbaan this afternoon (Jim Dickson).
MULL: 2 Tree Sparrows at Treshish House yesterday (Anand prasad per Alan Spellman).
NORTH ARGYLL: Robin Harvey noted 2 small Moorhen chicks now at Benderloch gravel pits.

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 16th May (Jim Dickson).
COMMON WHITETHROAT – Duntrune, Mid-Argyll 16th May (James Lehmann).

15th May

KINTYRE: A brief but unmistakable sighting of a male Pied Flycatcher by the road side at High Ugadale near Saddell (Alasdair Paterson).
MID-ARGYLL: A male Common Redstart in song at Barnakill (Cairnbaan) this morning – also a juv Siskin found dead after hitting a window (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: 1 Tree Sparrow new at Balephuil today – also 1 Robin, 1 Woodpigeon, 1m Chaffinch and 2 Chiffchaff there. 3 male Ruff at one site (John Bowler).

TREE and HOUSE SPARROWS – Balephuil, Tiree 15th May (John Bowler).
HAWFINCHES – Balephuil, Tiree 15th May (John Bowler).
SWALLOW – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 15th May (Jim Dickson).
EIDERS – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 15th May (Jim Dickson).
BLACKBIRD – Benderloch, North Argyll 15th May (Robin Harvey).

14th May

ISLAY: Now 6 Tree Sparrows today at Ian & Margaret Brooke’s nature reserve at Kilchoman. Update from Ian at 18:40…now 8 birds! Also from Ian, a report of a Hobby at Ardbeg yesterday…message left from Steve? ….more information will be required for this rare visitor to Argyll please.
TIREE: 2 female Hawfinch still at Balephuil – also 2 Common Redpoll, 1 female Blackcap, 1m Chaffinch and 1 Goldfinch there. 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Swift, 2 House Martin and 3 Cuckoo at Carnan Mor. 1 Common Tern at Sorobaidh Bay with 20 Arctic Terns. 4 Whooper Swans on the sea at the Green (John Bowler).

 

RINGED PLOVER – Machrihanish SBO, Kintyre 14th May (Eddie Maguire).

 


13th May

KINTYRE: Torrisdale Castle Estate today; best for views was a male Hen Harrier, a Cuckoo and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Singing birds included 3 Tree Pipit, 2 male Common Redstart, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, 7 Blackcap, 2 Wood Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and a Bullfinch.  A Jay flew over our heads calling (Eddie Maguire and group).
MID-ARGYLL: 10 Canada Geese with 6 Goslings at Ulva Lagoons and another 3 Canada with 10 Goslings on the marshes nearer Loch na Cille. We saw 24 Greylags in several groups in the area, but no Goslings yet (Morag Rea). At the Add Estuary – 2 lots Canada Geese with first goslings noted on 7th May. In the garden at Cairbaan today a single Garden Warbler and nearby a reeling Grasshopper Warbler and singing Common Whitethroat (Jim Dickson).
MULL: A report of a Great White Egret yesterday at Dervaig – more details required please.
TIREE: 2 female Hawfinch at Balephuil and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the spring there (John Bowler).

HAWFINCH – Balephuil, Tiree 13th May (John Bowler).
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER – Balephuil, Tiree 13th May (John Bowler).
CANADA GEESE – Ulva Lagoons, Mid-Argyll 13th May (Morag Rea).

12th May

KINTYRE: Eddie Maguire had good views of a female type Montagu’s Harrier at Strath (The Laggan), Kintyre at 08:10 this morning – potentially a new Argyll species if accepted by the SBRC.
MID-ARGYLL: Two Garden Warblers in song along the Crinan canal near Bellanoch this morning – also 5 Whinchat ters noted from the Moine Mhor roads (Jim Dickson).

GARDEN WARBLER – Bellanoch, Mid-Argyll 12th May (Jim Dickson).

11th May

MID-ARGYLL: A Great Crested Grebe was seen in Loch Gilp today – between Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead (Alan Dykes). 2 Common Swifts were circling overhead in Kilmichael Glassary today at ~ 2.45pm, banging a nest box and one entered the nest box (Annette Anderton).
TIREE: The female Hawfinch was seen again at Balephuil (John Bowler).


10th May

COLONSAY: A Lesser Whitethroat was seen in scrub north of Scalasaig in the evening (Darren).
ISLAY: Now 2 Curlew Sandpipers from the north hide at RSPB Gruinart late on Wed 9 May – a summer male and a female or 2CY male – also big increase in Dunlin numbers (James Butcher).
MID-ARGYLL: At least 6 ‘Greenland’ Wheatears around the Moine Mhor and Loch Crinan today (Jim Dickson).
TIREE: A female  Hawfinch new in the garden at Balephuil today (John Bowler).

HAWFINCH – Balephuil, Tiree 10th May (John Bowler).

9th May

MID-ARGYLL: At Loch Crinan this afternoon – 38 Dunlin and 18 Ringed Plover. Also a male Whitethroat and a pr of Tree pipits at Duntrune (Jim Dickson). It now seems most likely that the Common Rosefinch reported at Cladich, Loch Awe recently was a nice bright male Lesser Redpoll.
ISLAY: Ian Brooke has just phoned mid-afternoon to say there are 4 Tree Sparrows in his garden at Kilchoman…a new species for there!
TIREE: A male Whinchat at Meningie – first of season here (John Bowler).

WHITETHROAT – Duntrune, Mid-Argyll 9th May (Jim Dickson).

8th May

KINTYRE: 4 Common Swift over Campbeltown at 19:40hrs (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: More Dunlin around now – 32 at Loch Crinan this morning. Also 4 Whinchats and 2 ‘Greenland’ Wheatears along the road crossing the Moine Mhor (Jim Dickson).

‘GREENLAND’ WHEATEAR – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 8th May (Jim Dickson).

7th May

COLONSAY: A male Green-winged Teal at East Loch Fada this evening (Alan Davis et al)…perhaps same as birds from 28 Apr on Oronsay?
ISLAY: A red Curlew Sandpiper was in front of the north hide at Gruinart today – also masses of Dunlin arriving (James Butcher). A report of a Ring-necked Duck with Tufteds’ at Loch Finlaggan last Fri 4 May (per Gary Turnbull).
MID-ARGYLL: A second hand report of an adult Common Rosefinch at Cladich, Loch Awe (seen and photographed) however more details not forthcoming a this stage (per Bob Grove).
MULL: A female Common Redstart was at Loch Ba (Stuart Gibson per Alan Spellman).
TIREE: 1m Whitethroat singing at Carnan Mor but no sign of yesterday’s Wood Warbler. 1 Common Tern with the Arctic Terns at Loch a’ Phuill – first of season here – (John Bowler).

RED-THROATED DIVER – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 7th May (Jim Dickson).
RED-THROATED DIVER – Add Estuary, Mid-Argyll 7th May (Jim Dickson).

6th May

COLONSAY: A male Green-winged Teal at Ardskenish (per Alan Davis)…perhaps same as birds from 28 Apr on Oronsay?
KINTYRE: very quiet here at Machrihanish SBO; a Whimbrel, 6 Sandwich Tern, a ‘Greenland’ Wheatear and 2 Linnets with no White Wagtails for 6 days now (Eddie Maguire).
MID-ARGYLL: A Moorhen again today on the marshes beyond Ulva Lagoons; an Osprey over Loch na Cille; 42 Dunlin with 14 Ringed Plover, a Skylark and a Whitethroat at Danna. On Fri 4th May we saw a Golden Eagle early in the morning in our garden at Tayvallich presumably after a dead deer in the wilder part of the garden. Quite a surprise! (Morag & Norman Rea). 50+ Siskins coming to feeders at Carsaig House on 3 May and 20+ Lesser Redpolls at the Moine Mhor conifer woods on 6 May (Jon Close).
TIREE: 1 Wood Warbler at Carnan Mor. 1 House Martin at Loch a’ Phuill (first of season) in with 35 Sand Martin – also 340 Ringed Plover on the machair there (John Bowler).

LINNET – MSBO, Kintyre 6th May (Eddie Maguire).
LINNET – MSBO, Kintyre 6th May (Eddie Maguire).

Notable sightings roundup 29 April to 5 May

COLONSAY: An Iceland Gull and 2 Great Skuas from Balnahard on 30 Apr (David Hatfield).

COWAL: First report of a Spotted Flycatcher was at St Catherines on 30 Apr (Graham Thomas). A Little Egret was at the head of Loch Riddon on 2 May (Allister Hamilton).

ISLAY: A Common Whitethroat and a Whinchat were at RSPB Gruinart (James How) also a count of 119 Common Scoter in outer Loch Indaal on 30 Apr (Mike Peacock). A Grey Plover was in fields at Ballinaby with 43 Golden Plovers and 81 Linnets there on 1 May (Jim Dickson). 22 Sandwich Terns were in the Bruichladdich area of Loch Indaal with several courting and mating pairs, also from there 16 Red-throated Divers on the loch. 12 Wigeon (pr mating), 9 Black-tailed Godwits, male Pintail, a pair of Ruff, 10 Barnacle and 1 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Gruinart, 61 Pale-bellied Brents at Bridgend and 2 Greenland White fronts at Ballinaby all on 2 May (Jim Dickson) also a late Fieldfare was near Feolin, Jura same day (per Ian Brooke). On 3 May: 2 Velvet with 100+ Common Scoters in outer Loch Indaal and an Arctic Skua there. A minimum of 162 Whimbrels around the north of the island (most being 67 at Ardnave), 23 Red Knot, 2 Sanderling, 160 Dunlin and 52 Bar-tailed Godwits at Loch Indaal, also 4 Iceland Gulls (3x 2CY and a 3CY) and 2 x 2CY Glaucous Gulls between Loch Indaal/Gruinart/Rockside and Coull Farm (Jim Dickson) also an Osprey seen fishing at Loch Finlaggan (Richard Belter/Gary Turnbull). A Pectoral Sandpiper was found with Dunlins at Ardnave Point on 4 May (James Butcher).

KINTYRE: 20 Whimbrels were on the beach at Bellochantuy on 2 May (Tome Lowe). 18 Sandwich Terns were at the entrance to West Loch Tarbert on 4 May (Jim Dickson). 30 Whimbrels past Machrihanish SBO on 4 May and 43 past there on 5 May (Eddie Maguire).

MID-ARGYLL: The male Pied-billed Grebe was still present Loch Feorlin this week. 2 juv Glaucous Gulls south of Ardrishaig at the fish farm at Stronachullin on 2 May (Tom Lowe). 500 Kittiwakes were counted flying out of Loch Gilp on 3 May and a Garden Warbler was at Strath Brenfield on 4 May (Andrew Tongue). An adult Little Gull was at Loch Gilp on 5 May (David Jardine).

MULL: First Sedge Warblers appearing from 1 May (per Alan Spellman). 11 Black-tailed Godwits at Treshnish House on 4 May (Anand Prasad) and a pair of Shoveler at Lochdon on 4 May (per Alan Spellman). A Wood Warbler was at Aros Wood on 5 May (P &A Brown).

NORTH ARGYLL: No notable reports received.

TIREE: A male Pied Flycatcher was at Scarinish on 30 Apr (Simon Young) also the first arrivals of Common Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler today (John Bowler). 1 Fieldfare at Balephuil on 3 May – the latest-ever record there (John Bowler). 1 Snow Bunting and 6 Whimbrels at Traigh Bhagh on 4 May and a 3CY Glaucous Gull at the Green on 3-4 May (John Bowler). 3 adult Pomarine Skuas off Gunna Sound from the Tiree ferry (Andy Robinson) and 5 adult Pomarine Skuas and 1 Arctic Skua off Hynish (John Bowler) all on 4 May.

SANDWICH TERNS – Loch Indaal, Islay 2 May (Jim Dickson).
WHIMBREL – MSBO, Kintyre 3 May (Eddie Maguire).
GLAUCOUS GULL – Saligo, Islay 3 May (Jim Dickson).
WHOOPER SWAN – Gruinart, Islay 1 May (Jim Dickson).
LESSER REDPOLL – 4 May (Alan Forsyth).

28th April

MID-ARGYLL: Around the Moine Mhor area early am included – 5 Cuckoos, 2 m Whinchats, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Wood Warblers, 2 Crossbills and 2 Jays (Jim Dickson). At Taynish NNR – Jon Close reported 7 Wood Warbler territories.
COLONSAY – Oronsay: A report of a Green-winged Teal there this morning (David Jardine).
KINTYRE: Alasdair Paterson had 3 Tree Sparrows visit his garden today.

Cuckoos – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 28 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Cuckoo + Meadow Pipit – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 28 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Common Whitethroat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 28 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Grasshopper Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 28 Apr (Jim Dickson).
Sedge Warbler – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 28 Apr (Jim Dickson).

27th April

MID-ARGYLL: Whimbrels heard going high over Lochgilphead this morning – also 2 House Martins there (Jim Dickson). A Sedge Warbler and 6 House Martins at Brenfield, Ardrishaig today (Andrew Tongue).
KINTYRE: More Whimbrels (22) and White Wagtails (14) at Machrihanish SBO today (Eddie Maguire).
ISLAY: A report of 5 Tree Sparrows at Caol Ila yesterday (Gary Turnbull per Ian Brooke).

White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 27th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Whimbrels – MSBO, Kintyre 27th Apr (Eddie Maguire).

26th April

MID-ARGYLL: A Wood Warbler in song on N side of Crinan wood this morning – also 2 Blackcap in song there (Jim Dickson). My first Sedge Warbler of the year on the Moine Mhor moss. Cuckoo calling well, Grasshopper Warbler reeling, a pair of Raven out near Crinan ferry and a male Hen Harrier foraging for meadow pipits in the same location.  Lots of Common Sandpipers (least 6) at Bellanoch Bridge (Colin MacFarlane).
KINTYRE: A Great Skua >S came very close to Machrihanish SBO just before a squall arrived arrived (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: A pair of Garganey on a pool near Heylipol Church this morning, 22 White Wagtails, 8 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Chiffchaff and 4 Swallow at the Green, 11 Black-tailed Godwits and 2 Whimbrel at Loch an Eilein, 16 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch Bhasapol, at least 4m Corncrakes on the island and 5+ Chiffchaff at Balephuil (John Bowler).

M+ F Garganey – Heylipol, Tiree 26th Apr (John Bowler).
Garganey – Heylipol, Tiree 26th Apr (John Bowler).
Great Skua – MSBO, Kintyre 26th Apr (Eddie Maguire).

25th April

MID-ARGYLL: In the Loch Barnluasgan area this morning – 3 singing Wood Warbler, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Tree Pipits. Nearby at the Moine Mhor – a male Whinchat and four areas with Stonechats and another 2 singing Wood Warblers a mile W of Cairnbaan. Also 4 Whimbrel at Loch Gilp (Jim Dickson). 3 Sandwich Tern off Ardrishaig today (Andrew Tongue).
MULL: A report of a Hawfinch photographed at feeders in Fionnphort on 23 – 25 Apr (Carol Marshall per Alan Spellman).
KINTYRE: 10 Whimbrel, 3 White Wagtail and 2 Greenland Wheatear (Eddie Maguire).

‘Greenland’ Wheatear – MSBO, Kintyre 25th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Whinchat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 25th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Stonechat – Moine Mhor, Mid-Argyll 25th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Wood Warbler – Barnluasgan, Mid-Argyll 25th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Siskin + Lesser Redpoll – Salen, Mull 25th Apr (Mike Murphy).

24th April

ISLAY: A Lesser Whitethroat was seen and photographed at Upper Killeyan, The Oa yesterday by Dave Woods.
TIREE: A male Corncrake at Balephuil – the first here this year – also 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest there, 340 Pale-bellied Brents at Gott Bay including 11 colour-ringed birds, also 2 Little Tern there, 72 Pale-bellied Brents at Traigh Bhagh including 4 colour-ringed birds, also 2w Glaucous Gull, 2 Little Tern, 2 White Wagtail and 9 Whimbrel. 25 Black-tailed Godwit at Loch an Eilein plus 2 White Wagtails. 1m Greenland Wheatear and 6,500 Golden Plover at The Reef. 2w Glaucous Gull at Heanish (John Bowler).
COWAL: We probably had up to 20 Siskins here at Innellan today along with the two Redpolls (Alan Forsyth).

P-b Brents + Glaucous Gull – Traigh Bhagh, Tiree 24th Apr (John Bowler).
P-b Brents – Traigh Bhagh, Tiree 24th Apr (John Bowler).
Lesser Whitethroat – Upper Killeyan, Islay 23 Apr (Dave Wood).

23rd April

MID-ARGYLL: A Whimbrel and 3 Dunlin new at Loch Gilp this morning, also a Wood Warbler in song at Dalvore wood, Moine Mhor and 30+ Swallows inland from Loch Crinan. A Grasshopper Warbler singing at 9pm – heard from my garden in Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson).
MULL: A report just in of 2 Hawfinch (m+f) briefly at Ardtun yesterday – see attached record shot of female (Jon Lloyd).
ISLAY: A report of a Common Whitethroat heard singing at near Ardtalla (Tim & Em Halliday per Ian Brooke).

Hawfinch – Ardtun, Mull 22nd Apr (Jon Lloyd).
Willow Warbler – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 23rd Apr (Jim Dickson).
Willow Warbler – Cairnbaan, Mid-Argyll 23rd Apr (Jim Dickson).

22nd April

MID-ARGYLL: A single Common Tern (still showing a dark bill) at Loch Gilp this morning, also 2 Sandwich Terns and 3 Red-throated Divers there plus a Purple Sandpiper on Duncuan Island. At the Add Estuary a Greenshank and a passage of Swallows over the Moin Mhor with 16 >E between 9 – 9.30am and a Pink-footed Goose still with Greylags at Barsloisnoch farm (Jim Dickson). John Sedgwick noted his first House Martins back at Balvicar, Seil Island today and first Grasshopper Warbler there yesterday. 2 singing Wood Warblers at Dalavich are our first report, also 2 Tree Pipits there (David Jardine).
ISLAY: Peter Roberts noted an Arctic Tern at Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal today.
KINTYRE: A few migrants going through today at Machrihanish SBO – including the first two Common Sandpipers of the year, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Sandwich Terns and only 2 White Wagtail (Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: Some 200 Pale-bellied Brents headed low west over Loch a’ Phuill in rain at 1645hrs and then north up the coast – also 2w Glaucous Gull, 6 White Wagtail, 350 Golden Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 35 Sand Martin there, 3,500 Golden Plover at the Reef, 1m Siskin, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 1m and 1f Blackcap and 2 Goldcrest at Balephuil (John Bowler).
MULL: A report of the first Whinchat – at Inverlussa yesterday (Bryan Rains per Mullbirds).

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 22nd Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Brents, Golden and Ringed plover – Tiree 22nd Apr (John Bowler).
Rook – Loch Gilp, Mid-Argyll 22nd Apr (Jim Dickson).
Mistle Thrush- Dalvore woods, Mid-Argyll 22nd Apr (Jim Dickson).
Pink-footed Goose – Barsloisnoch, Mid-Argyll 22nd Apr (Jim Dickson).

 


21st April

MID-ARGYLL: At Strath Brenfield (N of Inverneill)5 Tree Pipits in song, also at least 2 singing Grasshopper Warblers and Black Grouse heard (Andre Tongue). Two Swallows in Ardrishaig this morning (Colin MacFarlane). A male White Wagtail on the front green of Lochgilphead this morning and 2 pairs of Bullfinch in my garden at Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson). Some reports from David Jardine today included – Luing – at least 7 Yellowhammers (across 4 locations), Toberonochy – 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 + Twite, 1 Greenland Wheatear, Bardrishaig – 1 Sedge Warbler, Blackmill Bay – c45 Pinkfeet > NW.
ISLAY: A pair of Little Terns off Bridgend, Loch Indaal today (Peter Roberts) and a Cuckoo at Foreland on Thurs 19th (Pia Roberts).
NORTH ARGYLL: At Benderloch gravel pits today – 2 pairs of Common Sandpipers and 2 Willow Warblers and a Cuckoo report nearby on Wed 18th (Robin Harvey/ Moira Scott).


20th April

COWAL: A Black-tailed Godwit was at the Holy Loch today and a Tree Pipit in Glen Massan (Alistair McGregor).
KINTYRE: Eddie Maguire has sent in photos of both nominate and Greenland type Northern Wheatears taken at Machrihanish SBO.
MULL: Carole Moore has kindly provided a photo of the first-summer male Black Redstart at Killiechronan yesterdaty taken by her husband Paul.
MID-ARGYLL: Jon Close noted at least 8 singing Grasshopper Warblers around the Moine Mhor at 6am today – also 3 calling Cuckoos. A 2CY Iceland Gull was in the middle of the Add Estuary late morning (Jim Dickson).
COLL: First report of a Corn Crake today – a male at Roundhouse (David Andrews per John Bowler).

Black Redstart – Killiechronan, Mull 19th Apr (Paul Moore).
‘Greenland’ Wheatear – MSBO, Kintyre 20th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Wheatear – MSBO, Kintyre 20th Apr (Eddie Maguire).

19th April

MID-ARGYLL: First report of a Grasshopper Warbler today – in field just south of Cairnbaan hotel in the ‘meadows’, also 2 Common Sandpipers at Loch Gilp, 2 summ- plum Red-throated Divers last night off Ardrishaig and a summ- plum Black-throated Diver there last week (Colin MacFarlane). A Cuckoo at Carsaig today (Lottie Goodlet) also one at Rhudle Mill -between Lochgilphead and Kilmartin (Andy Paton) and at Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson). First report of a Sedge Warbler – in one of the reed-filled leachate ponds at Lingerton waste dump today (Andrew Tongue) – also 2 heard on Moss road, ISLAY (Gary Turnbull per Ian Brooke).
TIREE: Glossy Ibis again on its favoured roadside pool at Kilmoluaig. Big arrival of Black-tailed Godwits involved 338 birds at 3 sites around West Tiree including the first 2 colour-ringed birds of the spring. 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing and 1 Water Rail at Balephuil (John Bowler).
KINTYRE: At Machrihanish SBO today – a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, a Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 15 Sandwich Tern and 32 White Wagtails. At Strath (The Laggan) an adult Whooper, 16 White-fronts and a Pink-footed Goose. At Drumlemble; 4 Whoopers (Eddie Maguire).
MULL:  A 2cy male Black Redstart was showing well at Killiechronan (Carole & Paul Moore per Alan Spellman).
COWAL: Neil Hammatt reports his first Swallow at Clachaig today and eagerly awaits arrival of House Martins – usually many nests on neighbours house.

Sandwich Tern – MSBO, Kintyre 19th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 19th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Wheatear – MSBO, Kintyre 19th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Black-tailed Godwits – Tiree 19th Apr (John Bowler).

18th April

KINTYRE: At Strath (Laggan) floods – a Whooper Swan, 10 White-fronts and a Pink-foot Goose plus 88 Lesser BB Gulls. At Machrihanish SBO- a 3CY Iceland Gull >S, 5 Whimbrel >N and 6 White Wagtails on the point (Eddie Maguire).  In Kintyre – 7 noisy Common Sandpipers and 6 noisy Sandwich Terns (2 at Kennacraig) also, a Little Egret and a Greenshank at Kennacraig, lots of Willow Warblers and the odd Chiffchaff here and there and 19 White-fronts still at Tayinloan (Neil Hammatt).
MULL: A drake Shoveler at Suidhe Farm, Bunessan – scarce on Mull (Tony Jefree per Alan Spellman).
MID-ARGYLL: Some recent notes for Mike Harrison in Connel – Willow Warbler – 2 on 11 Apr,  plenty around on 18 Apr, Blackcap – possibly 1 on 16 Apr, definitely 1 on 17 Apr and 2 on 18 Apr, Chiffchaff 1 or 2 on 18 Apr and Cuckoo – 1 on 18 Apr.

Iceland Gull – MSBO, Kintyre 18th Apr (Eddie Maguire).

17th April

MID-ARGYLL: Large numbers of Siskin 20+ and 6 Redpoll visiting garden feeders daily and male Blackcap at Carsaig House (Jon Close). A Glaucous Gull at Lingerton rubbish tip, Lochgilphead today and a Cuckoo at Loch Arail, Knapdale on 15th Apr (Andrew Tongue per David Jardine).
TIREE: An adult Iceland Gull and 2w Glaucous Gull at Traigh Bhagh, 1 Lapland Bunting, 11 Sand Martin and 3 White Wagtail at Sorobaidh Bay and 2 White Wagtail at Balephetrish Bay (John Bowler).
KINTYRE:Whimbrel and 16 White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO (Eddie Maguire).

Whimbrel – MSBO, Kintyre 17th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Sand Martin – Sorobaidh Bay, Tiree 17th Apr (John Bowler).
White Wagtail – Balephetrish Bay, Tiree 17th Apr (John Bowler).

16th April

COWAL: 2 Nuthatch at Benmore Gardens hide today (Andrew Mcfarlane).
TIREE: WeBs count today found: 1 Sand Martin at Sorobaidh Bay, 12 Sand Martin at Loch a’ Phuill – also 2w Glaucous Gull and 11 Black-tailed Godwits there, 2w Iceland Gull, 1 Pink-footed Goose and 8 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch Bhasapol. 1f Brambling still at Balephuil plus 1 Redwing, 1m Blackcap and 4 Goldcrest (John Bowler).
MID-ARGYLL: I watched a large forked tail raptor today up above Oakfield woods/Brackley, Lochgilphead, which I am sure was a Red Kite (Nicola Gray-Stephens).
ISLAY: The drake Green-winged Teal as seen again at RSPB Loch Gruinart (James How).
KINTYRE:White Wagtails at Machrihanish SBO (Eddie Maguire).

White Wagtail – MSBO, Kintyre 16th Apr (Eddie Maguire).
Nuthatch – Benmore Gardens, Cowal 16th Apr (Andrew Mcfarlane).
Nuthatch – Benmore Gardens, Cowal 16th Apr (Andrew Mcfarlane).
Red-legged Partridge – Glen Lean, Cowal 15th Apr (Alistair McGregor).
Little Grebe – Loch Loskin, Cowal 15th Apr (Alistair McGregor).

15th April

MID-ARGYLL: A Common Sandpiper and 2 Sand Martins at the Add Estuary. Also 20 Shelduck at Loch Crinan and single Pink-footed Goose still with the local Canadas/Greylags  and a fem Hen Harrier (Jim Dickson). Malcolm Chattwood has confirmed a pair of Dipper on the Add river at Bridgend today.
TIREE: 1 Siskin new at Balephuil – plus 1f Brambling, 1m + 1f Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldcrest and 1m Chiffchaff (John Bowler).

Bullfinch – Cairnbaan Mid-Argyll 15th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Bullfinch – Cairnbaan Mid-Argyll 15th Apr (Jim Dickson).

14th April

COWAL: A probable Arctic rather than Common Tern off Hunter’s Quay, also 10 Sandwich Tern and a surprise of Tawny Owl near Sandbank (Alistair McGregor). A Glaucous Gull among a mixed flock of gulls at the mouth of the River Auchalick at Auchalick between Kilfinan and Potavadie, also a 2 White Wagtails and in the same area a km up river in larches about 10 /15 Crossbills, Chiffchaffs calling and a 2 Sand Martin (Allister Hamilton).
MID-ARGYLL: Around Keills – a Swallow today and adult White-tailed Eagles, also up to 3 Sandwich Terns in recent days (John Aitchison).
MULL: A day visit to the Ross of Mull/Loch na Keal included 2 drake Common Scoter, a Black-throated Diver, 5 Greenshank, several singing Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, calling Crossbills, 2 Swallows and at least 5 Goldcrests on Iona (Jim Dickson/David Jardine).
KINTYRE: A report of a Cuckoo calling from the slopes of Ben Guillion, Campbeltown on 10th April (Alec Wilson per Eddie Maguire).
TIREE: Glossy Ibis again at Kilmoluaig, 1 Sandwich Tern at Crossapol Point, 1 Little Tern at Balephetrish Bay (John Bowler).

Tawny Owl – Sandbank, Cowal 14th Apr (Alistair McGregor).
Sandwich Tern – Hunter’s Quay, Cowal 14th Apr (Alistair McGregor).
Gannet and Harbour Porpoise – Hunter’s Quay, Cowal 14th Apr (Alistair McGregor).

13th April

MID-ARGYLL: A Black-throated Diver off Ardrishaig/Lochy Fyne late morning, also juv Glaucous Gull again just south of Inverneill (Jim Dickson). A male Blackcap today in Anne-Lise Dickie/Bill Allan’s garden in Scammadale Glen. A House Martin was at Lingerton, Lochgilphead today (Andrew Tongue per David Jardine).
KINTYRE: Another look for the reported male Cirl Bunting today was unsuccessful. Present in Alasdair Patterson’s garden at Port Righ, Carradale were 2 Yellowhammers (regular there), now 4 Brambling (2mm,2ff), a female Reed Bunting, 2 Greenfinch, 60+ Siskins, good nos of Chaffinch and Goldfinch – also 3 Whoopers over heading NE. A Cuckoo was at just north of Grogport (Jim Dickson).
ISLAY: 4 Sandwich Terns off Port Charlotte most of the day, a Glaucous Gull near Loch Gorm House, loch Indaal, 65 Golden Plover at Rockside and a Wheatear Machir Bay (Mike Peacock).

Glaucous Gull – Inverneill, Mid-Argyll 13th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Brambling – Port Righ, Kintyre 13th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Bramblings – Port Righ, Kintyre 13th Apr (Jim Dickson).

12th April

KINTYRE: Yesterday evening Alasdair Patterson cautiously identified a male Cirl Bunting at his garden feeding station at Port Righ, Carradale. It was feeding voraciously and was seen well at about 15 feet away with the black and yellow head markings and black throat seen well. No sign of it today despite a good search. Male and female Brambling, 70+ Siskin, 15 Goldfinch present – also a pair of Magpies recently. One Manx Shearwater off Skipness (Jim Dickson).
MID-ARGYLL: Two Sandwich Terns sitting out on the mud at Loch Gilp early afternoon (Jim Dickson).
MULL: Bryan Rains found 2 Lapland Buntings at Glen More yesterday evening. A Common Sandpiper, on the south shore of Loch Na Keal, opposite Eorsa (Pete and Jan Hall per Alan Spellman) and another Common Sandpiper at Pennyghael this morning (Jim & Linda Hurles per Alan Spellman).
ISLAY: A Magpie at Easter Ellister along with 5 Mistle Thrush, 4 Swallows and 1 Sand Martin (Mike Peacock).

Brambling – Port Righ, Kintyre 12th Apr (Jim Dickson).
Lapland Bunting – Glen More, Mull 11th Apr (Bryan Rains).

11th April

MULL: I saw the Firecrest again this morning at 07.25 in my front garden (just along from the Argyll Hotel in Iona village street) – Carol Dougall.
COWAL: On Loch Loskin outside Dunoon this afternoon, 30 + Sand Martins and two drake and one duck Mandarin and a pair of Grey Wagtail (Alistair McGregor).
TIREE: The Glossy Ibis back at Kilmoluaig pool (also there on 10 Apr), 1f Brambling, 17+ Goldcrest, 1m Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet and 2 Chaffinch at Balephuil. Ad Iceland Gull at Loch Bhasapol. 26 Greenland White-fronts north over Balephetrish at 1200hrs, 84 Great Northern Divers off Balemartine (John Bowler). 1f Blackcap at Baugh (Bill Welstead). 300 Greenland White-fronts north over Hynish at 1145hrs (Peter Isaacson).
Male Black Redstart at Carnan Mor this evening (John Bowler).
ISLAY: A Hawfinch showing well in a garden in Port Wemyss early afternoon. We also had a 1st-summer  Iceland Gull at Claddoch. Also at Gruinart, the Green-winged Teal still and two Ruff from the north hide (Val Wilson, David & Pauline Clugston). A Magpie was a rarity at Kilchoman today (Ian & Margaret Brooke).

Black Redstart – Carnan Mor, Tiree 11th Apr (John Bowler).
Glossy Ibis – Kilmoluaig, Tiree 11th Apr (John Bowler).
Linnet – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Apr (John Bowler).
Blackcap – Balephuil, Tiree 11 Apr (John Bowler).

10th April

NORTH ARGYLL: One Swallow just arrived at Rhugarbh Croft, Appin – five days earlier than last year (Mary Gregory). A Greenshank and a pair of Wigeon at Loch Tulla, also 30 Sand Martins feeding low over the loch (Roger Broad).
MID-ARGYLL: Both Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff singing at Lerigoligan, Ardfern this morning.  Also, a female Brambling feeding on sunflower hearts in our garden (Ju Randall). A Magpie today at Bellanoch around 11am (Annette & Roger Anderton).
TIREE: 1 Willow Warbler and 5 Goldcrests at Balephuil, 1 Willow Warbler at Meningie, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and 1 Goldeneye at Loch a’ Phuill (John Bowler).

Brambling – Ardfern, Mid-Argyll 10th Apr (Ju Randall).

9th April

MULL: Another (possibly the same) Firecrest seen today in the Village on Iona, by one of my neighbours saw one in her back garden (Carol Dougall per Robertson MacCormick).
MID-ARGYLL: Some recent records sent through from John McInally – included an egret, probably Little Egret at the Add Estuary on 31st March, an Osprey at Loch an Add (Letterdaill) on 6th April, an Osprey at River Add (Bellanoch Bridge) on 7th April and Sand Martins at River Add near Bellanoch on 7th April. Today a Willow Warbler was between Dunadd and Drimvore and 2 prs of Grey Wagtail yesterday between Cairnbaan and Barnakill on the Crinan Canal, also 30 Siskins in Cairnbaan (Jim Dickson). 15 Whooper Swans seen flying N over Ardfern (Ju Randall).
TIREE: A Little Tern at Gott Bay, 2 Great Skuas at Ceann a’ Mhara – also 46 Greenland White-fronts north over there at 7am and 23 Black Guillemots on the early morning survey. 5,200 Golden Plover in 3 flocks today including 3,300 at the Reef (John Bowler).

Yellowhammer – Dunoon, Cowal 9th Apr (George Newall).
Goosanders – Holy Loch, Cowal 9th Apr (Ian Giles).

 


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